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Dr. Jessalyn Shamess, ND

Naturopathic Physician

Specializes: Children's Health & Naturopathic Medicine

Dr. Jessalyn Shamess works with patients to help clarify, understand and manage complex chronic diseases. During an appointment with Dr. Shamess, she will conduct a thorough health history, which may include an overview of all previous labs, physical exams and screening for underlying causes of the patient’s conditions. From there, she will discuss the patient’s specific goals for treatment and work together to establish a treatment plan. Dr. Shamess uses a combination of pharmaceutical drugs, nutritional supplements, herbs, acupuncture and lifestyle counselling to develop a personalized treatment plan. 

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Dr. Akehurst believes that doctors play an important role as teachers, educating and empowering patients to achieve balance in their own lives. During an appointment, she will listen to your unique story and conduct a thorough health history, a focused physical exam and laboratory testing (if necessary). She will then recommend an individual treatment plan that may include a combination of pharmaceutical drugs, herbs, acupuncture, diet and lifestyle counselling, and nutritional supplementation. In her practice, Dr. Akehurst emphasizes integrating foundational scientific knowledge and modern research with the traditional philosophies and practices of naturopathic medicine.

Dr. Akehurst is highly trained in the treatment and prevention of chronic disease, immune dysfunction, allergies, gastrointestinal disorders, hormone imbalance and stress and fatigue. She has a strong passion for family medicine, especially women’s health (including recurrent UTIs), pregnancy and children’s health and has extensive additional training in these areas. Dr. Akehurst provides detailed birth education and support and has additional training and experience as a birth doula, childbirth educator and breastfeeding consultant. Most recently, she has been a contributor to Let Them Eat Dirt – a book about bacteria and the role it plays in gut health in children. She is also a consultant for a local microbiome testing company.

Outside of clinical practice, Dr. Akehurst can be found spending time with her three children, husband and dog. She enjoys skiing or hiking the local mountains, reading a good book or cooking for family and friends. At this time, Dr. Akehurst is accepting new patients in person and via telemedicine who reside within the province of British Columbia.

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