Dr. Leila Sahabi, ND
About – Who am I?
I grew up knowing that I wanted to be in health care; from a young age, I was fascinated with biology and learning how our body functions.
I chose naturopathic medicine after learning about this field when a close family member developed a condition for which specialists said there was no cure. Seeing my family explore options, my eyes were opened to a field of medicine offering alternative therapies for complicated health conditions, chronic illness or as a palliative medical treatment.
I became a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) ten years ago when I graduated from Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia with a double major in biology and psychology.
I have completed a 4-level training program in Advanced Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy (BHRT) from WorldLink Medical Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah where I was trained by Dr. Neal Rouzier, the leading expert and educator in BHRT. I continue to attend courses several times a year in the United States to stay current with my training and learn the newest protocols in this field.
When I started practicing in 2009 was when my learning truly exploded. I’ve gained tremendous knowledge from working with seasoned colleagues, attending international conferences, completing advanced courses and exploring each case for all of my patients’ unique ailments.
With additional training in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy, I have focused on women’s health for the past seven years and I’ve seen hundreds of women optimize their overall health. It has been a dream come true to be able to use my skills as a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) to enhance the health and quality of life for her patients.
I have certifications in Intravenous Therapies and Chelation Therapy. I also completed training in ‘homotoxicology’.
I started my naturopathic practice in Richmond in 2009 and am thrilled to have expanded services to include a naturopathic clinic in West Vancouver as of 2018.
I know there is no shortage of naturopathic clinics in Vancouver, Richmond and West Vancouver, however, every one of us practices with a different style and focus. What makes me different to other naturopathic doctors in West Vancouver and Richmond, in particular, is that I don’t do a lot of expensive assessment panels, for example, food sensitivity testing or salivary hormone testing. I’m also not going to suggest taking numerous supplements unless there is a specific purpose. Most patients find this refreshing.
I keep my practice simple and consider it patient-based and consultative. To me, this means I have to understand what patients are willing to start with and make recommendations. I can perform therapies such as intravenous therapies and injections, but reserve these options for specific situations. I prescribe only what is needed and proven to be effective. Ultimately, I know that my patients decide what they want to start with and I am here to serve their needs.
A lot of people I see in my clinics, have already worked with one or more naturopathic doctors or someone in the alternative medicine realm and I am grateful to be part of their healthcare management team.