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Welcome to our first newsletter! We are Yaletown Integrative Clinic – if you haven’t been to our clinic and you are receiving this newsletter, you likely were a patient at Sage Clinic. In the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic Sage closed its doors after 18 years of service to the community. Many of us didn’t want to leave this beautiful location and we felt responsible to uphold quality health care in this community. We are thankful for the relationships we have built over the years of service and we are grateful for the opportunity to open a new clinic in the same location.

At Yaletown Integrative Clinic, our team of experienced Naturopathic physicians are focused on providing comprehensive treatment plans that are tailored to you and your health care needs, and we are here to keep you educated on how you can take charge of your health.

If you are looking for health tips and guidance on how to feel your best, this newsletter is for you. We want to keep you up-to-date on new products and services offered at the clinic, as well as introducing you to our team of Naturopathic Physicians.

Let us know what you would like to learn! We are developing a new format for the newsletter and want to create a resource for you that is informative and educational. Send us an email with any feedback to 
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Summer is still here and it is a great time to get out, relax and enjoy the beautiful weather. Many people have more free time in the summer and this is the opportunity to start working on some nagging health issues before the busy fall season arrives. 

Meet our doctors! Some familiar faces – Dr. Julie Moore NDDr. Alexia Harris ND, Dr. Giselle Lefebvre NDDr. Arjuna Veeravagu ND,Dr. Heidi Lescanec ND and Dr. Simone Baum ND.

New faces  – Dr. Alina Vasilescu ND - the Skin Doc who you will learn more about in our next Newsletter, and Dr. Emma Lee ND, who is away on parental leave until November 2021. Dr. Giselle Lefebvre ND will be covering her practice until she comes back.

Some of you may have had an appointment with Dr. Kristy King MD. Dr King has made some changes to the practice model. Unfortunately, Dr King will not be seeing patients at Yaletown Integrative Clinic anymore.

If you need to reach Dr. King, please contact Journey Medical (604) 914-2571

We were really excited to work side by side with a Medical Doctor. If that is something you are interested in, please let us know as we are working on different options.

Each issue we will feature one of ND's so you can learn more about their practice.
Dr. Simone BaumHello! I am Dr. Simone ND, Naturopathic Doctor in Yaletown. I look forward to working with you towards a more vital and healthier you! 

Are you tired of feeling anxious, exhausted, and feeling like things are never going to change? It’s time to take control of your health and work towards feeling better. I will meet you where you are and together we will make a plan to help you reach your goals.  It is important to me that you receive care, attention and feel heard. 

As a Functional Medicine practitioner and Naturopathic Doctor, I will look for the root cause of your symptoms/condition to bring about long-lasting benefits and not only symptom suppression.  

I use an eclectic approach bridging different modalities to assist in helping you find your path to health and vitality.  Unique to my practice, Biofeedback training, and the Safe and Sound Protocol. These will help you reset your nervous system allowing you to be more resilient in everyday life. You will walk through your day feeling calmer, safe, and better equipped for what the day will bring.  

Outside of my practice, you can find me running around with my three beautiful children. I love exploring different cultures through art, food, and travel. Cooking and feeding those I love is a passion of mine. You may also find me on long walks/runs in the forest with my 2 dogs, at a yoga class or doing quick 20 min workouts at home!  

I look forward to getting to know you and all your concerns/goals and helping you achieve a healthier you. Now is the time to take charge of your health! Let me help you feel better!

Read Dr. Baum's full bio
Product Feature:
Dermal Collagen 

Prevent, Repair & Rejuvenate with Dermal Collagen Peptides

By Dr. Alina Vasilescu

Are you ready for summer? Looking forward to being outdoors and having fun in the sun? Keep your skin healthy and toned with Dermal Collagen Peptides. It comes in powder or liquid. Perfect addition to your tea, smoothies, shakes, yogurt or just about anything!

The hype about collagen – is it true that it has skin benefits?
Yes, there are studies* that confirm the benefits of collagen peptides in skin, hair, nails regeneration, as well as joint cartilage, based on the type of collagen. Collagen peptides are a key factor in skin elasticity, firmness, and hydration. Here are a few benefits:

  • Skin benefits: renew and repair – improved tone and elasticity, minimizing scarring and speeding up wound healing (think acne damage), minimize fine lines
  • Improved hair follicle health and the structural proteins in the hair
  • Stronger, faster growing nails increase the amino acids needed to produce keratin 
  • Protective effect on joints and cartilage regeneration, alleviate joint pain and stiffness.

Keep your skin soft, smooth & firm this summer by being proactive and taking collagen every day! Do you want more for your skin? Book in a Facial Rejuvenation treatment to give your skin a healthy boost. And we can keep the conversation going by talking about Collagen boosters like vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera gel, ginseng, antioxidants, retinol. 

Pssst, do you want to know a secret? Applying collagen topically on the skin does not work! Stop buying expensive collagen-based creams, lotions and serums, these products simply do not have the power to build collagen from the outside. From a physiological point, it needs to be produced inside the body from key building blocks in order for you to see results. 
One of our favourite Collagen Products at Yaletown Integrative is Dermal Collagen Peptides buy CytoMatrix.  1-2 scoops a day in water or juice can create a real shift in the overall look and feel of your skin. 
Check out the research here.


Recipe Feature:
Walnut Sundried Tomato Spread

By Dr Heidi Lescanac

This is an addictive savoury spread that my friend Stephanie Kaplan, a fellow Portland ND created on a visit to my place. We had last cooked together in Tuscany the summer before and when she whipped up this spread in my Vancouver kitchen it brought back some of the rich flavours of Italy and tasty memories! This features a satisfying combination of tangy sundried tomatoes, garlic, earthy walnuts, parmesan cheese and a hint of thyme. Simply divine spread on crusty bread, or hearty crackers. 

Walnuts have the highest amount of omega 3 fats of any nut. Their anti-inflammatory fats are essential for making healthy cell membranes and keeping skin moisturized. Tomatoes are a great source of vitamin C, another powerful anti-oxidant which assists in the production of collagen, key for skin’s elasticity and healing.  Tomatoes also happen to contain all the carotenoids and a good dose of lycopene providing protection against sun damage and wrinkling. 

2 cups walnuts
2 clove garlic
4 tablespoons sundried tomatoes 
2-3 tablespoon olive oil
½ cup parmesan cheese, grated fine *can substitute with nutritional yeast to make vegan
1-2 tablespoons fresh thyme- pulled off stems 
¼ teaspoon sea salt and black pepper to taste

Toast walnuts in a dry heavy skillet for 1-2 minutes or oven at 375 F for 5-10 minutes.
In a food processor, first puree garlic, then add walnuts and process for a few seconds until just crumb-like.
Next add the remaining ingredients and process until uniformly mixed but do not puree—it is best if you process just to the point of chunky, spreadable texture and adding more olive oil if it is too dry. 

The “perfect” quantity of oil will depend on the moisture in the sundried tomatoes and what you are using it for. Remember you can always add more.

Let us know if you made it and send us a picture to 


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