Practice in Integrative & Functional Medicine 

Background Synopsis:

  1. Over 20 years of clinical experience seeing over 3000 patients
  2. Board Certified in Functional Medicine (IFM)
  3. Graduate of 3 three first professional doctorate university degrees: Medicine (MD), Chiropractic (DC) and Naturopathic Medicine (ND)
  4. Board certified and registered in Ontario under 3 distinct health care professions: Naturopathic Medicine, Chiropractic and Homeopathy

Integrative and Functional Medicine Approach to Care: 

“My Approach to Medicine could be summarized as: To practice as a good generalist using patient centred approach and the IFM model of care.” IHP Cover Story Interview (April-May 2013)

1. Integrative & Functional Medicine Model: My model of care is of Integrative and Functional Medicine, implementing evidence based natural medical alternatives when indicated, in addition to enhancing function (hence functional medicine) by understanding physiopathology and treating mechanism(s) of disease processes, before they are pathological. My special clinic interests are Functional Medicine and Orthomolecular Medicine

2. Patient Centred Medicine (versus Diseased Centred) : Medicine should be wholistic yet, individualized & personalized, every case and every patient is unique, unlike the “Disease Centred model of conventional medicine” the Patient centred (Whole Health) approach takes into consideration issues that may impact one’s overall whole health and wellness and therefore may have a direct or even indirect effect on their ability to cope with certain illnesses or disease processes.

“You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.” Dr. Patch Adams, MD

3. Primary Care-Generalist Approach (versus Specialist Approach):  The human body is the most intriguing biological entity there is, composed of many organ systems, subsystems, tissues, cells, particles and sub particles. Furthermore, If you zoom into one area, you might miss the big picture, This reductionistic model of care, is a serious shortcoming, in todays health care, currently we have many specialists and shrinking population of general practitioners.  If someone has an hormonal issue they are referred to an endocrinologist, if a patient has a stomach concern, they are referred to a gastroenterologist etc.  In my opinion we need more holistic generalists that assess the entire patient as a whole, connect the dots between various systems , and treat mechanism(s) of disease(s). 

 

Educational Background

Education 

  • BSc, Bachelor of Science, York University, 1993
  • BMSc, Bachelor of BioMedical Sciences, National College of Chiropractic, 1995
  • DC, Doctor of Chiropractic, National College of Chiropractic, 1997
  • MD, Doctor of Medicine, UHSA School of Medicine, 2006
  • ND, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, NUHS College of Professional Studies, 2011

Integrative & Functional Medicine Certifications:

  • Board Certified in Functional Medicine, Institute of Functional Medicine 
  • Clinical Homeopathy Diploma Program, CEDH
  • Medical Acupuncture for Physicians 300 hrs Certification, McMaster University
  • Clinical Acupuncture for Health Professionals 200 hrs Certification, NUHS
  • Clinical Nutrition Diploma Program, ICS Canada
Awards and Recognitions
  • York University, Bachelor of Science, Graduated with Honours
  • ICS Canada, Diploma in Clinical Nutrition, Graduated with Highest Honours
  • National College of Chiropractic, DC Degree, Graduated with Honours, Cum Laude
  • NUHS, Naturopathic Medicine Degree, Class Valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude
  • Best Canadian Integrative Doctor 2017 | National Nutrition Symposium
  • Nominated Top Integrative Doctor 2018 | Canadian Natural Health Symposium  
Licensure and Registrations

Dr. Levy is a registered member of the following regulatory colleges: