Hi there, I'm Anne!
My first period came as a complete and utter shock to me - I thought something was really wrong! I had learnt nothing about it in school and the sociocultural taboos around it meant that my friends and family didn't speak about it.
As I entered my late teens, my cycles became very irregular, my energy and mood tanked, I was constantly bloated, and I just didn't feel like myself. The only solution I was offered was the birth control pill without a proper investigation or discussion about the potential effects and side-effects of the pill; turned out I got pretty much all the side-effects on the pill. Needless to say, I came off it, started researching, sought out help, and advocated for a comprehensive assessment. It turned out I had PCOS and Hashimoto's thyroiditis on top of my genetic anaemia called thalassaemia.
Having been through all of this and having supported hundreds of menstruators through hormonal challenges, discouragement, infertility, and overwhelm, I know that hope and good health can seem elusive.
It takes work and it takes a plan that is tailored to you.
My plan led me to regular 32-day cycles, better energy and mood, clearer skin, less bloat, and better flow in my life. My whole life was transformed using a plant-based lifestyle (which is what I personally wanted), strategic supplementation, acupuncture, and more. I had to unlearn and learn lots of things, and I continue to do that to this day.
I can't imagine doing the work I do today or have the capacity to dream big feeling the way I did in my late teens and early twenties.
I believe that when you take care of your health, you can show up for yourself, your dreams and goals, and the people who matter most. And we need more menstruators and more women in all kinds of roles in the world.
If you're ready to to take the next steps, I'd be honoured to support you.
Period literacy advocate, Author, hormone detective, fertility strategist, entrepreneur, plant-based, naturopathic doctor, Nature-lover, Retired Birth Doula, PCOS Warrior
Philosophy & Guiding Principles
Our healthcare system is failing too many people. Women are more prone than men to being dismissed and disregarded; this is more pronounced in the BIPOC and non-heteronormative population. Male models are applied to women all the time – women are not little men! Trans people have all their health concerns blamed on their hormone therapy. We ALL deserve access to healthcare that supports us.
Your healthcare should be a discussion and your care plan should be one that takes you, your history, and your lifestyle into account.
Synthetic hormones are not the only option when it comes to menstrual
and hormonal health concerns – medication is ONE of many options. There is a time and place for medication. Medication is often overused for multifactorial conditions like acne, painful periods, PMS, and mood swings.
Our culture of perpetual productivity is running us into the ground and we must learn to lean into our body’s natural cyclical rhythms of ebb and flow to fully show up. We also need to create and find more moments of peace, joy, and pleasure in life.
Everything in our bodies is connected – nothing works in isolation. As such, the food we eat, the thoughts we think, the people we spend time with, the information we consume, our financial situations, the way we move, and the products we use on our body ALL play a role in our health. Your healthcare plan should address all of these areas.
When we support our health and well-being, only then can we fully show up for ourselves, our dreams and goals, and the people who matter most. We need all kinds of people in all kinds of roles in the world.
Education & Interests
I obtained my naturopathic medical education at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine after completing a 5-year co-op BSc Honours program in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University.
I am a member in good standing with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario and belong to the Canadian & Ontario Associations of Naturopathic Doctors.
As a student, I did an externship in Cap Haitien, Haiti with Naturopaths Without Borders and at the Sherbourne Naturopathic Health Centre in Toronto.
I obtained my naturopathic doula training in 2015 and have seen many women through their pregnancies and post-partum periods. I’m also trained in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture and love offering this service to patients.
Apart from seeing patients and teaching all the menstruators I can about their bodies, I love eating chocolate, hugging trees, drinking tea, reading fantasy & sci-fi books, doing DIY projects, playing with animal friends, hosting intimate community events, talking to my plants, travelling, playing tetris, and taking baths. I also play alto sax with my town’s concert band – Aurora Community Band – and serve on its board of directors. I also sit on the board of directors of the Toronto Vegetarian Association.
I love supporting the local and global community and regularly volunteer with Naturopaths Without Borders as a supervising clinician serving the hill tribe communities in northern Thailand.
Fun fact: I was born in Hamilton, ON but then moved to Karachi, Pakistan and did my full elementary schooling there!