About Dr. Girolamo

My Story. My Principles. My Training.

Naturopathic Doctor St Catharines

“My life changed in 1998 when I learned about the mind-body connection. I started to understand how much control we have over our health, and how much chaos we can create in our health. I went on to study English literature and Sociology, because it was through these avenues the brilliant authors continued to share this idea of symbolism, of metaphor, that we each carry in our lives and connect to our health if we stop to look and listen. We all have a story. Through yoga, this same connection was revealed, through the breath. During this time I experimented with my own health, and found that simple nutritional changes completely transformed my life ~ my immune system strengthened, I lost weight and energy increased. Then I found Naturopathic medicine. This was it! This combined the thread I was looking for – the mind and emotions are intricately embedded in our cells and organs, and Naturopathic medicine could account for it. Since then, my journey has lead me to understand how important all aspects of the body are; the physical – we live in a polluted environment, children are born with hundreds of known toxins, getting addicted to sugar at an early age, are inundated with antibiotics, the list is endless here. The emotional – our stress hormones touch each organ system and now are known to cause most chronic disease. Addressing all factors is imperative to health care. My passion has continued to be inspired by how magnificent the body is, and can continue to educate us, about our entire being if we connect the dots. The body is the true healer, the one with the wisdom.”

After graduating from the University of Toronto with an honours Bachelor of Arts degree, Dr. Donata Girolamo then pursued her passion for holistic medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, becoming a licensed and registered Naturopathic Doctor.

Dr. Donata Girolamo maintains a private family practice, with special interests in mental wellness and fertility. Her mission is to optimize your health care by combining evidence-based medicine with the art and wisdom of traditional medicine. To address your health concerns, she uses acupuncture, herbs, homeopathy, nutrition and lifestyle counselling.

She maintains inspired through continuing education, and has extensive training in homeopathy, biotherapeutic drainage, auricular medicine, and medical intuition. She has additional certification in First Line Therapy, a lifestyle program for weight loss and chronic disease prevention and treatment. Due to her interest in the link between mind, body and spirit, Dr. Donata Girolamo has taken intensive courses in Vipassana and Mindfulness meditation, and mind-body medicine.

She is certified by the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy Naturopathy and an active member of The Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and the Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors. She is a regular contributor to Health Wellness and Safety magazine, and has written for Canadian Health and Lifestyle. She is a guest speaker at Niagara College, teaching stress management with meditation, and is active in the community, giving health talks to groups like Run Girl Run, Happy Hearts, and Form Fitness.

Donata continues to follow her inspiration and helping her patients through continuing education:

  • Standard First Aid with CPR “C” (2005-Present)
  • Reiki levels 1 &2 (2006)
  • Homeopathy By the Book, Dr. Kellerstein, N.D. (2007)
  • Psychosomatic Energetics level1, Biomed (2008)
  • OAND Convention: Exploring the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine (2008)
  • Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, Virginia Doran M.Ac., L.Ac., L.M.T (2009)
  • One Day Unda Numbered Compound Intensive, Dr. Jacinta Willems N.D. (2009)
  • Restorative Medicine Conference, Sedona Arizona (2009) Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome certification
  • CNDA: Naturopathic Advancements in Gastrointestinal Conditions, California (2009)
  • OAND Convention: Revolutionizing Medicine, The Connection Between Environment and Health(2009)
  • CAND Convention: (2009)
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy 8 week meditation program, Dr. Patricia Rockman, M.D. (2009)
  • Mindfulness Webinar, Dr. Paul Epstein, N.D. (2010)
  • The Evolution of Disease &Biotherapeutic Drainage™ for Individualized Medicine Dr. Robert Abell, N.D., L.Ac. (2010)
  • Biotherapeutic Drainage™ & unda Numbered Compounds, Dr.Dickson Thom D.D.S., N.D (2010)
  • First Line Therapy: weight loss and chronic disease prevention program (2010)
  • Clinical Patient Evaluation: Miasms, Temperaments, Consitutions. Dr. Robert Abell (2011)
  • Medical Intuition: Lori Wilson’s Total Body Intuition (2012-2013)
  • Auricular Medicine intro and advanced Dr. K.C. Bateman, ND (2012-13)
  • Case Management and Treatment of Lyme’s Disease, Dr. Adams (2013)
  • The Evolution of Disease &Biotherapeutic Drainage™ for Individualized Medicine Dr. Tondelier, M.D., France (2013)
  • MTC2 – Advanced Clinical Patient Evaluation & Treatment: Miasms, Temperaments & Constitutions Dr. Robert Abell, N.D., L.Ac. (2014)
  • Clinical Rounds – Dr. Robert Cass, 2014
  • Healthy & Active Metabolism Program (2014)
  • Individualized Nutrition For Women’s Health: Beyond Bio-Identical Hormones Dr. Ginger Nash, N.D. (2014)
  • Differential Clinical Diagnosis Using Biotherapeutic Drainage™ for Optimal Patient Outcomes Dr. Mikhael Adams, N.D. (2015)
  • Holistic Counseling Dr. Moshe Daniel Block (2015)
  • Foundations of Functional Diagnosis Training Dr. Dicken Wetherby( 2016)
  • Clinical Applications for Phytotherapy Series Dr. Robert Abel (2016)
  • Psychosomatic Energetics Level 2 (2016)
  • Heavy Metal Toxicity Dr. Dick Thom (2016)
  • The Treatment of Infertility – the complete series Jane Lyttleton (2016)
  • The Natural Fertility Masterclass Drs. Chasse, Sgarlata, Epstein (2016).

Her mission is to optimize your health care by combining evidence-based medicine with the art and wisdom of traditional medicine.

The Naturopathic Principles:

First Do No Harm (Primum Non-Nocere): Naturopathic medicine aims to use treatments that are safe, effective, with minimal side effects, to avoid suppressing symptoms whenever possible and to respect each person’s individual healing process with the least force necessary to effectively treat health challenges.

The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Your body has an inherent ability to operate properly, and heal, once obstacles to cure are removed. Naturopathic medicine aims to guide the mind, body, and spirit back into balance by tapping into its higher knowing.

Identify and Treat the Cause (Tolle Causam): pathology cannot exist when the body is functioning optimally. Naturopathic doctors treat the underlying cause of disease, rather than managing symptoms. This is individual to each person.

Treat the Whole Person: there are a lot of factors that make up an individual; mind, body, emotions, genetics, environment, lifestyle, spirituality. Disease can develop from an imbalance on any of these levels. True healing occurs when all factors are taken into account.

Doctor as Teacher (Docere): Teaching how to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle is the foundation to long-term wellness. All treatments and protocols are thoroughly explained and discussed with all patients to ensure that they not only understand the treatment goals, but also learn how to apply healthy living principles to all areas of their lives.

Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: This includes the health of our provider, Earth, and our natural resources. Caring for our health is part of a symbiotic relationship with everything around us. “As within, so without”, meaning, who we are, is reflected in our environment. Prevention is achieved through treating ourselves with care through proper nutrition, exercise, positivity in thoughts and actions, and respect for our resources on a daily basis.

The Naturopathic Training:

In Canada, the naturopathic medical profession includes accredited educational institutions, professional licensing, and national standards of practice that include the following:

  • 3-4 years of undergraduate study
  • 4 years post-graduate studies at the accredited Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, which consists of more than 4,500 hours of classroom training and 1,500 hours of supervised clinical experience.
  • Passing NPLEX board exams that are written after the 2nd year and 4th year of study. NPLEX is the standard examination used by all licensing jurisdictions in North America. The OSCE’s is a newly implemented exam set to ensure competency before entering the supervised clinic. The BDDT-N is the regulating body in Ontario that controls the final set of exams that regulate competency in acupuncture, manipulation, physical examination, and jurisprudence.
  • Meeting the Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits as required by the provincial regulatory boards on an ongoing basis.

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