Dr. Melissa Howe BScN., RN. (in-active), ND., Naturopathic Doctor & Advanced Bowen Practitioner

It is my goal to understand you and your health care needs. By understanding you, I can then provide appropriate education, support, empowerment, and Naturopathic treatments and Care which will dramatically improve your ability to achieve your optimal physical, mental, emotional and spiritual potential.

With over 25 years in the health care field, I run my practice based on: a deep respect and compassion for each individual’s unique experience, and a passion and ability to use both the art and science of naturopathic medicine to help in the best ways possible.

I began my career in health care as a registered nurse (Ryerson in 1992). I then worked in a variety of settings from palliative, to home-care, to post surgical, settling happily at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital's labor and delivery unit. During my nursing education and even more so once working in the field, I became aware of a conflict between my instincts and what allopathic medicine prescribed. Conventional medicine clearly excelled in many areas, some of which include; diagnosis, research, surgery, life supportive measures, urgent care and support for the masses. However, I noticed that there were areas that could use improvement, such as; preventative care, the use of gentle, safe, natural methods to "get the job done", helping those with minor symptoms before they became major ones, and reversal of chronic illnesses. In the latter two, addressing symptoms (palliation) was often the primary focus of conventional medical treatment, rather than really digging for the underlying cause. I noticed that once the symptoms were "taken care of" with medication, the underlying condition would often progress undetected until it reared its head in a deeper more serious illness as time went on. This more serious illness would then require more medical attention, medication and intervention and unfortunately patient suffering. These observations, combined with a handful of my own health issues, an incredible heart & mind opening experience as a work scholar at California's Esalen Institute in 1992 and a very wise step-mother, led me to The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM).

As a patient at the Naturopathic College Clinic, I was treated for severe eczema, allergies, asthma, chronic reoccurring colds and flues, and fatigue. A short time later, feeling the benefits of Naturopathic treatment, I became a student myself, graduating from their full time program in '99, which included over 4,000 hours of classroom training and supervised clinical experience during an extended four year period.

After completing this internationally accredited and highly acclaimed program, passing the external Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations and provincial examinations in 1999, I became and continue to be a registered and fully licensed Naturopathic Doctor with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario. I am also a member of The Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND), and a non-practicing member of the College of Nurses of Ontario. I am also a certified Wilsons Temperature Syndrome practitioner for Women’s Health and thyroid disorders. I continually enhance my qualifications and understanding in this ever-growing field, through the CCNM and OAND's continuing education programs, The Academy of International Bioenergetic Sciences, The Bowen Institute, The Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia, L'Académie Internationale des Méthods Thérapeutiques Contemporaines, The International Society of Homotoxicology and the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine, to name but a few.

I participate in, and host regular group mediations, am a student of the Tree of Life/ Kabbalah as well as of Traditional Native Healing and Spiritual Technology. I seem to be forever hungry for more information/ knowledge/ understanding in all matters related to health and wellbeing. There are so many factors that contribute to being healthy on all four levels - physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. I believe that it is important to address all four aspects when helping people to achieve health. I believe that my participation in mindfulness practice and regular self growth activities assists me to be of better service to myself, my family and of course my wonderful patients. 

I derive great pleasure in helping others return to health. On an even more personal note, I also enjoy spending time with my wonderful husband Andrew, and our incredible son and daughter. I love being in Nature; gardening, biking, hiking, canoeing, traveling, and walking in the woods with our dog Lucy as well as cooking, dancing and reading (mostly about health :)

As a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, we are trained and licensed in the healing arts and science of: 

Clinical and Holistic Nutrition
Lifestyle Counseling 
Homeopathic Medicine
Botanical/Herbal Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture
Hydrotherapy & Massage 

I am also trained in multiple additional therapeutic techniques including:

The Bowen Technique 
Energy Releasing Massage
Total Body Modification
CranioSacral Therapy  
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy 
Zero Balancing


Daena Hinshelwood, Office Manager

Daena, our wonderful office manager, is a joyful, energetic, caring, flexible, organized, efficient and intelligent manager and problem solver. She comes from 10 years in reception and 34 years in customer service. Natural health has been a passion for her for over 22 years. Daena is a creative and patient mother to her and her husband's lovely daughter. She finds working in this environment, and seeing it's positive effects on each individuals' lives deeply rewarding. Please contact Daena for your appointments, and enquiries. 905-690-6123.



  White Pines Naturopathic Clinic

Waterdown – Ontario – Canada