Naturopathic Consults are virtual
Acupuncture appointments are in person
Procedures have been put in place to help prevent the spread of Covid-19
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care that addresses the root causes of illness, and promotes health and healing using natural therapies. It supports your body's own healing ability using an integrated approach to disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention.The strength and uniqueness of naturopathic medicine is founded on six principles:
Danika Sicard ND, MS.Ac.
Hi! My name is Danika Sicard, owner of Orléans Naturopath. I began my career at the University of Ottawa completing an undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics. This was the beginning of my particular interest in nutrition and healthy living. I began to incorporate concepts I had been taught into my daily life and experienced profound improvements in my general health, energy and state of mind. I decided then that my vocation lay in helping others to reach their health goals, prevent disease and to heal themselves.
I continued my studies and completed the four-year graduate degree at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. I augmented my professional credentials with a Master of Science in Acupuncture granted by the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.
It wasn’t until my second child came along that I really became interested in autoimmune diseases. My daughter was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and even after extensive education in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture, I felt I needed to know more and that’s when I fell upon the Autoimmune Protocol and the teachings of Dr. Sarah Ballantyne. It was my mission to learn everything I could about her condition and other autoimmune conditions.
So, here I am today able to help people living with a variety of health conditions by offering them the direction and tools they need to achieve their optimal state of health.
Areas of interest include autoimmune conditions, fertility, pain management, digestive problems and stress management.
Additional Certifications: AIP Certified Coach
My name is Shakila Mohmand and I am a licensed Naturopathic Doctor. I am excited to officially join the team at Orléans Naturopath where I have collaborated with Dr. Danika Sicard ND over the past two years. My educational background consists of obtaining a four year Bachelor’s of Science degree in Honours Biomedical Science with a minor in Psychology at the University of Ottawa. I then went on to pursue a four year Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine degree at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine located in Toronto.
In addition to my ND license, I have also met the naturopathic standards of practice for prescribing and therapeutics in Ontario, allowing me to offer my patients a broader scope of care. I have experience working with a wide range of conditions as well as patient populations.
To me, the naturopathic principle of “doctor as teacher” is something I highly resonate with as my goal with patients is to treat the root cause and educate in order to empower each individual on their own health journey.
One of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world, acupuncture originated in China more than 2,000 years ago. Acupuncture is one of the key components of the system of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). In the TCM system of medicine, the body is seen as a delicate balance of two opposing and inseparable forces: yin and yang. The main assumption in TCM is that health is achieved by maintaining the body in a “balanced state” and that disease is due to an internal imbalance of yin and yang. This imbalance leads to the blockage in the flow of qi (vital energy) along pathways known as meridians. Helpful adjunctive treatments include, Moxa, Cupping, Guasha, and Tui na massage.
Botanical medicine utilizes diverse plant substances from around the world for their powerful healing and nutritional values. Naturopathic doctors use herbs from Europe, the Americas, China and India to prevent and alleviate illness. The flowers, roots, leaves or oils of a plant may be used in the remedy. Therapy may take the form of:
• Teas • Tinctures • Ointments • Essential oils • Capsules
Food is essential to life. However, the food we choose can make the difference between being well and being sick. Using food as medicine is one of the simplest ways to help heal the body. Applying a Functional Medicine approach can help target certain disease pathways and help restore health. For example, someone who has been in pain for many months or years may feel a decrease in their pain once they make some key dietary changes. Another example, the connection between blood sugar dysregulation and fertility issues. Diet has an immense impact on our health and it is essential to help restore quality of life.
Homeopathy Homeopathic medicine is a natural, nontoxic therapeutic system of healing that assists the inherent ability of the body to heal itself. Homeopathy restores the body to homeostasis, or healthy balance, which is considered its natural state. The symptoms of a disease are regarded as the body's own defensive attempt to correct its imbalance, rather than as enemies to be defeated. Homeopathic remedies are designed to stimulate this internal curative process rather than to suppress the symptoms.
Counseling and lifestyle modifications are important elements in overall health and should be considered when treating illness and disease. Lifestyle counseling, in conjunction with other naturopathic and traditional Chinese therapies, can provide support for those dealing with fertility issues, work-related stress, relationship difficulties, life transitions, and health problems, particularly chronic health problems.
|Initial Visit (60-75 mins)|
Follow-Up Visits (45 min)
|Initial Visit with Treatment (75 min)||$125|
|Single Treatments (60 mins)||$90|
Did you know that kids get arthritis too? Many believe that arthritis happens only to older people. Let me tell you a little something about arthritis. There are two large groups of arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis that people get confused with. Osteoarthritis is the type of arthritis that happens as we age or with wear and tear of the joints. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a condition whereby the immune system attacks its own joints, also known as an autoimmune disease.
It’s that time of year when we start to think about arming ourselves for the dreaded cold & flu season. There are many natural over the counter products that are very effective at preventing and shortening the course of a cold or flu. However, I like to caution my patients with autoimmune disease to think twice before grabbing the Echinacea or Cold FX off the shelf.
As a naturopathic doctor who has a special focus in fertility, pregnancy, and post-partum I am frequently taken aback by the small number of men joining their partners for fertility optimization. According to the Canadian government, 30% of all fertility issues originate solely in the male partner1. However, the female partner is often the only one seeking care to enhance her fertility and chances of conception.