Dr. Lisa Doran B.Sc., N.D.

Lisa_doranDr. Lisa Doran,  B.Sc.,  N.D is a Naturopathic Doctor who has been practising in Durham Region since 1997. Her area of focus and interest is general Women’s Health and Children’s Health.

Dr. Doran is a graduate of the University of Waterloo (B.Sc. 1991) and Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (ND 1997). Dr. Doran is a pioneer in the area of Naturopathic Pregnancy care in Ontario and has much experience working with families on their journey with fertility, pregnancy, birth and the newly postpartum.  However, the longer she practices the more she realizes that Women’s and children’s health in general fascinate her and she works with women and children in all stages and ages of life.

In addition to her busy private practise, Dr. Doran also works as a professor of Obstetrics and a guest professor of Pediatrics at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and as a Clinical Supervisor at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic.   She is a contributing Local Health Expert, on Rogers TV Durham Region, (Channels 10 and 63) and also a frequent guest on the Hannah Murray Show on Talk Radio Europe. Dr. Doran is the founder  and the Medical Director of  Barefoot Health Inc. Naturopathic Clinic, as well as the Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors.  She is a guest lecturer at York University within the post-graduate developmental psychology program. She has sat on the board of directors for Journey Support Servcies, a post-partum support group in York Region.  She is the past Medical Director of the National Clearnet/ Telus Corporate Wellness Center with clinics in Vancouver and Toronto she is a past board of directors member of Choices Childbirth and doula services, a Durham region prenatal resource group.

Lisa Doran ND believes that healthy birth advocacy has an important role in health promotion and disease prevention for both mother and baby.  She has worked with birthing families for 18 years as an educator, an advocate, as a doula, and as a Naturopathic Doctor.  Dr. Doran has a unique practice and attends births as a doula and naturopathic doctor and provides services to new families such as breastfeeding support, post-partum depression support, and instruction on newborn development and care.

Lisa Doran has written and lectured extensively on the topics of Healthy Children, Child Development,  Pregnancy and Birth and various women’s issues such as endometriosis, menopause, PMS, osteoporosis as well as Stress Management, Immune System function, and General Health and Wellness.  She has lectured alongside her mentors in the birthing community Ina May Gaskin and Suzanne Arms.  She has also participated in the professional training of Ontario midwives and doulas in the use of natural remedies and supplements at various workshops.  She is the author of  the book   Bearing Witness  Childbirth Stories Told by Doulas published by Fox Womens Books as well as The Textbook of Maternal Based Naturopathic Care which was used in her third year obstetrics course at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine,  and is also a contributor as a professional reference to the book “A Woman’s Book of Healing Herbs” published by Rodale Press as well as “Treat the Cause” by Peter Papadogianis N.D.    Lisa has also published articles in Viva Magazine, Midwifery Today Journal , THE PULSE Naturopathic Newsletter as well as  ND news and Reviews.

Dr. Doran came to Naturopathic Medicine through her own struggles with Endometriosis in her early 20’s. Lisa was told as a young woman that she would probably never have children because of the severity of her Endo. This devestating news lead Lisa to try surgery and medication without satisfactory results. Lisa was fortunate enough to have the guidance of a wonderful GP who was open minded enough to suggest that within the mainstream system of medicine, besides more surgery and stronger drugs, there really wasn’t a lot that could be offered to treat the symptoms she was experiencing and give her hope for the family she knew someday she wanted. Her GP referred her to a local Naturopathic Doctor and after 9 months of working with this ND and making some enormous changes in her lifestyle and health, Lisa was symptom free, off of all medication and was astonishing her gynecologist with her recovery. Lisa went on to conceive and deliver three healthy babies and is thrilled that she is surrounded by her children as they grow up. Lisa maintains her very healthy and active lifestyle and 20 years later her Endometriosis remains in remission.

Lisa Doran’s personal philosophy is getting back to the basics with health:  Choices in health care, good food, good water, fresh air, exercise, stress management, and personal fulfillment. Lisa Doran lives with her partner of 19 years and their three homebirthed and growing sons ( ages 16, 13 and 9 ) and balances her busy professional life with her joy in mothering, her love of the outdoors, urban farming, bread baking, celtic-fiddling and fiber arts.

Contact her anytime at lisa.doran@barefoothealth.ca

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