Family medicine 

Dr. Alden has a passion for working in rural communities where he can bring naturopathic medicine to those who have previously lacked access to this service. As as a rural doctor, Dr. Alden loves the diversity that he sees in his patient demographic; from paediatrics to geriatrics and everything in between. Whether you wish to discuss a specific health condition, or you are coming to get a check-up, Dr. Alden will intently listen to your concerns and do his best to accommodate your needs.

One of the best things you can do for your health is to take a preventative approach. Dr. Alden believes that regular check-ups are a key ingredient to sustained, optimal performance in all aspects of your life, both personal and professional. 

 

Dr. Alden’s approach:

  • Functional medicine approach.
    • This is treating the person as a whole, functional individual and not separating the body into individual parts. Dr. Alden gains a full picture of your health needs with an emphasis on what the patient is presenting and data gained from relevant testing and laboratory results.. 
  • Patient centred medicine 
    • Dr. Alden's initial appointments with his patients are a hour in length so that he can acquire a full medical history and adequately listen to all of his patient's concerns and desired health goals. 

 

Common concerns (But not limited to):

  • Allergies (seasonal/dietary)
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Chronic disease management (for example: diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, poly pharmacy, ) 
  • Decreased energy
  • Decreased immune function
  • Detoxification
  • Digestive complaints 
  • Health optimization
  • Hormonal imbalances 
  • Mood disorders, mental health, depression and anxiety disorders
  • Pain management, inflammation, acute and chronic injuries
  • Sleep disorders 
  • Stress and burnout
  • Weight management 

 

 

 
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PHYSICAL MEDICINE 

This is an area of medicine that is focused on keeping your body moving pain free and efficiently so you can feel strong and energized everyday. Making sure that your body is nourished and healthy at the cellular level will lead to a structural efficiency as well. Whether you are a dedicated athlete looking to improve your performance or someone who wants to feel more fluid movement with less pain, you will definitely find benefits in taking care of your bodies framework. 

 

Dr. Alden’s approach:

  • Focus on functional movement 
  • Body impedance analysis (BIA) testing – looks at your lean mass, fat mass, cellular health, hydration status, and metabolic rate 
  • Detailed and focused physical assessment and examination 
  • Postural and spinal assessment 
  • Nutritional assessment to determine if you are getting the most out of your diet for your daily needs 
  • Procaine (local anaesthetic) trigger point injections. 

 

Conditions (but not limited to):

  • Chronic and acute back pain 
  • Chronic and acute injury 
  • Concussion (Traumatic brain injury) 
  • Epicondylitis 
    • Medial (Golfer’s elbow)
    • Lateral (Tennis elbow) 
  • Knee & ankle pain and injuries
  • Migraines
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Tension headaches
  • Post fracture healing and rehabilitation 
  • Osteoarthritis 
 
 

PAEDIATRICS/TEEN HEALTH (INFANT TO 18YO)

From infants to teenagers, kids are incredibly dynamic individuals. Watching your kids grow up and thrive as happy, energetic people brings so much joy, but when they are suffering you would do anything to help take the pain away. In managing this optimal growth, it is important to have a skilled practitioner dedicated to your child’s health who can accurately assess the needs of the patient. I will carefully and patiently construct a treatment plan that fits the physical, nutritional, and mental demands of the child. 

 

Dr. Alden’s approach:

  • Monitoring the child’s development both physically and mentally
  • Detailed physical exams and assessments to help guide treatment plans and progression 
  • Providing a comfortable, patient, and supportive environment for both the patient and caregiver 
  • Discussing how the caregiver can enact changes for optimizing the child’s health 

 

Conditions (but not limited to):

  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Skin conditions (eg eczema)
  • GERD
  • Acne 
  • Anxiety 
  • Anemia
  • Fatigue and low energy 
  • Obesity
  • Depression 
  • ADHD 
  • Food allergies 
  • Sleep disorders
  • Sinusitis 
 
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GASTROINTESTINAL HEALTH 

Optimal health begins in your gut! Your digestive system is the gatekeeper to a huge portion of your health and when it is healthy you can definitely notice the difference. Bloating, pain, or gas are just a few of the symptoms you may feel that are giving you a warning sign that things aren’t functioning properly.  The cliché “you are what you eat” doesn’t account for the whole picture, it is more accurate to say, “you are what you absorb”. 

 

Dr. Alden’s approach:

  • Detailed history around your digestive system health 
  • The use of the most up to date, effective lab testing in the assessment of gastrointestinal health. Some examples include food allergy, SIBO, H.pylori, parasites, and hormone testing. 

 

Conditions (but not limited to):

  • Gas and bloating
  • Food allergies
  • GERD/reflux
  • Celiac disease 
  • IBD (Crohn’s and Ulcerative colitis)
  • IBS
  • SIBO 
  • H-pylori
 
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AUTOIMMUNE/CHRONIC DISEASE 

The average time in the medical world that it takes to diagnose a chronic condition is from 3-5years from the onset of symptoms. It is Dr. Alden’s goal to reduce the time it takes to get a proper diagnosis so you can get on the right treatment plan for you. Autoimmune diseases are chronic inflammatory conditions in which the immune causes damage to the body. Up to 10% of the population are affected by it with females being affected more than males.  

 

Dr. Alden’s approach

  • Functional medicine approach 
  • Detailed lab assessments ranging from blood work to genetic testing 

 

Conditions (but not limited to):

  • Thyroid conditions:
    • Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
    • Grave’s disease 
  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus 
  • Celiac disease
  • Irritable bowel disease (IBD)
    • Ulcerative colitis 
    • Crohn’s disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Common chronic conditions:
    • Anemia
    • Arthritis 
    • Asthma
    • Cardiovascular disease 
    • Chronic pain 
    • COPD
    • Respiratory diseases