My Background and Approach

Welcome to the web site for Dr. Deanne M Roberts MD.

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My practice focus is Integrative Medicine, with a particular interest in Nutritional Medicine.

I favour a relentlessly individualized approach that emphasizes a wholistic view of the person within their circumstances, and the integration of a broad spectrum of treatment and prevention options.

Many of the people who come to see me are looking for help with problem-solving some health concern they have not found good options for. Often they are feeling “stuck” or discouraged about their health situation and their options. They wonder if looking at this from the view-point of nutrition and the broader view-point of Integrative Medicine might bring some new insight or new options. Some people are seeking to avoid medications or lessen their need for medications when possible.

In particular, nutrition-related medical problems and interference with well-being are so very common these days, and can be of such serious burden and consequence for people, that I feel that my best way to be of use is to focus much of my efforts in this area.

“Your Blooming Health” refers to:

  • you are the one who plays the central role in your health. There is a British phraseit’s your bloomin’ ….. that is used to emphasize your ownership of the matter at hand.
  • each individual blossom is unique and there are are an endless variety of blossoms
  • each blossom can only come into full optimal form if the plant is (mostly) well
  • nutritional factors are particularly involved in plant health and optimal blossoming
  • growing and coming into bloom is a process that develops over time
  • there is something inspiring and beautiful and wondrous about each unique blossom

“A Curious Way to Thrive” refers to:

  • Curiosity as a health tool and skill. The days are long gone of finding health by being told what to do. It requires individual exploration. It can take a lot of individual exploration! Having an attitude of curiosity is a core health skill.
  • A “way” refers to the reality that what we will be undertaking is a journey, a process over time.
  • To thrive” is the goal. Your global state of net wellness and quality of life is what counts, including your expression of your values and choices and meaning in life. This trumps any specific narrow medical goals, and all interventions must intimately be considered with this in mind.

Background

I have been fascinated and inspired by the powerful role of nutrition in health since my first year in University. This enthusiasm led to graduating, as head of the class, with my degree in Human Nutrition from the University of British Columbia. Next came medical school, also at UBC.  As I went through medical school, I really valued already having that knowledge of nutrition available to enrich my understanding of both health and disease.

I have been practicing Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Medicine for over 30 years. For example, my first courses biofeedback and various aspects of Mind-Body skills were in 1982-83, as an essential part of bringing to fruition a “whole person” perspective. The core of my practice has always focused primarily on using nutrition and foods as tools to better health, within the context of a comprehensive view of each person’s journey and their well-being and individual fulfillment.

This includes:

• metabolic health, metabolic syndrome, inflammation

• health-focused weight loss and weight management,

• “courting” the best function of your appetite regulation centre, recognizing that imposed calorie restriction has proven to be both problematic and of amazingly limited benefit over time,

• food cravings and dysregulated eating patterns,

• blood sugar stability and regulation, diabetes

• digestive issues related to foods,

• food allergies and sensitivities, celiac disease,

• and so on.

Over the years, I have also developed a strong interest in fatigue, brain health, mental health and persistent pain.

My practice is limited to these areas of interest.

I feel this is how I can best be of service in the context of today’s medical reality where so many people are struggling with or burdened by health issues or quality of life issues related to foods and nutrition.

The people who I see have another doctor who is their “primary care physician”. If you are looking to find a “GP” or family physician, I do not provide that service. I do not offer care for acute illness or injury. My focus is on long-standing health problems and prevention. 

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