My “Why”

That old adage of the apple not falling far from the tree certainly rings true with me. Growing up
with a Holistic Nutritionist and Health Researcher for a Mum left little room for junk food (to my
teenage chagrin) and much opportunity for learning about the connection between food,
lifestyle, and wellbeing. It’s in my bones to know the value of health promotion and disease
prevention, and to share that message to empower wellness in the greater community.
I believe that when the mind and body are in harmony, you can be the fullest expression of
yourself. My role as a Naturopathic Doctor is to empower you to live your life fulfilled.

Working Together

Having the time to tell your story is essential on the path to optimal health. I listen carefully to
your health history and use a functional medicine approach to identify dysfunctions,
predisposing genetic factors, environmental toxicities, psychosocial burden, triggers for dis-ease
and obstacles to healing. Within this model of medicine, we look at the connections between
body systems, lifestyle, and food to identify the root cause of your concern.
After testing and assessment, your individualized treatment plan may consist of a therapeutic
diet, lifestyle modifications, mind-body exercises, evidence-based supplementation, traditional
therapies, and physical modalities to support your health actualization. We work together to set
goals and troubleshoot challenges through regular follow ups and alterations to treatments to
reflect your progress. Optimal health is a lifelong commitment, and you and I work as a team.

Clinical Focus

I am particularly interested in helping you optimize your brain health, and address autoimmunity
and chronic pain, which may encompass:
+ Migraine and Headache
+ Depression, Anxiety and Emotional Wellness
+ Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury
+ Multiple Sclerosis
+ Autoimmunity and Immune Dysregulation
+ Alzheimer’s Disease and prevention
+ Cognitive Performance, Memory and Brain Fog
+ Complex, Chronic Disease and Infection
+ Allergy
+ Mold Toxicity
+ Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
+ Chronic Pain
+ HPA Axis Dysfunction (Adrenals, Thyroid, Reproductive hormones)
+ Hashimoto’s and Thyroid Disease
+ Fertility
+ Endometriosis
+ Inflammation
+ Rheumatoid Arthritis
Additional Training
+ Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture (2017)
+ Certified Bowen Practitioner (2018)
+ Holistic Counselling (2018)
+ Functional Medicine (current – Institute for Functional Medicine)

My Fullest Expression

I move by dancing, both in ballet slippers onstage and barefoot in the kitchen. I recharge by
forest-bathing and delight in “komorebi,” which is the Japanese concept of sunlight filtering
through the leaves of trees and creating a sort of dance between them. I time-travel to the days
of Lucy Maud Montgomery and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and savour the scent of old books.
When tending to my native botanical garden, I feel eternally in awe of Nature’s quiet wisdom.

Professional Qualifications

Dr. Cassie Irwin is a Naturopathic Doctor, health educator, and internationally published health
writer. Before graduating with her Doctor of Naturopathy from the Canadian College of
Naturopathic Medicine, Cassie completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts at the University of
Western Ontario, where she was awarded the Gold Medal for the Top Graduating Student in
English Language & Literature and the Gold Medal for the Top Graduating Student in French
Language & Literature. Her writerly craft then married her lifelong interest in health promotion,
and she began to contribute regularly to Canadian Health & Lifestyle, Remedies, and Healthy
Directions magazines. Cassie’s vision of empowering health through education lead her to study
naturopathic medicine.
Cassie completed the 4-year accredited postgraduate naturopathic program at the Canadian
College of Naturopathic Medicine, which included a 12-month clinical internship at the Robert
Schad Naturopathic Clinic and the Brampton Naturopathic Teaching Clinic. During her
internship, she was selected to practise with the Fertility & Reproductive Health team, where
she received additional training and experience serving patients with fertility challenges, PCOS,
endometriosis, and throughout menopause.
Cassie has worked in the natural products industry as a health educator and consultant, and
continues to contribute to health and lifestyle magazines. She is a proud member of the
Waterdown Clinic of Functional and Integrative Medicine.

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