Trinity Health Clinic was founded by Kavita Sharma, ND in February 2008.
The clinic’s concept of healing is rooted in the principles of bioenergetics which bridges biological and scientific diagnoses with the energetics and cellular information of the body. Currently, Trinity Health Clinic is comprised of a team of uniquely specialized Naturopathic Doctors, Psychotherapists, Registered Massage Therapists and Fitness Trainers. Our team aims to identify and treat the underlying causes of disease rather than focus merely on the symptoms, treating the whole person as a unique individual. Overall, Trinity Health Clinic is an inviting, calming and family friendly clinic, striving to put clients at ease and offering them personalized treatment plans, no matter what their age or malady.
The name Trinity Health Clinic is inspired by our treatment philosophy and clinical approach to preventing disease and promoting health. Like the relationship between land, water and sky, the interdependence and balance of the mind, body and spirit are essential for total wellness. We provide a holistic approach to naturopathic medicine encompassing life’s most important trinity – the mind, body and spirit. At Trinity Health Clinic we focus on exploring the past, to maximize the present state of well-being and aim for the healthiest possible future.
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary healthcare system which combines modern scientific knowledge and standard medical diagnostics along with traditional tools of assessment and natural treatment methods. The goal is to address the underlying causes of acute and chronic illness by supporting the body’s own ability to heal and re-establish harmony.
Naturopathic medicine uses an integrated approach to disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention that includes: clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, physical medicine, asian medicine, acupuncture, lifestyle counseling and other bioenergetic therapies.
Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are primary care physicians who focus on restoring and maintaining optimal health in their patients. They observe the individual as an integral whole including the physiological, structural, cellular, psychological, emotional, spiritual, environmental and lifestyle factors affecting health. They are trained to do a complete physical exam as part of the medical assessment and in laboratory diagnosis and interpretation. They require standard and/or specialized lab testing to conduct a thorough health assessment and monitor treatment progress.
Naturopathic Doctors provide patients with a truly integrative approach to health care. They cooperate with other branches of the medical system referring patients to other practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate, creating a collaborative healthcare team to maximize quality patient care.
Naturopathic Doctors practicing in Ontario have completed a minimum of seven years of post-secondary education and rigorous entry-to-practice exams, prior to registration as a Naturopathic Doctor in Ontario. Education includes a minimum of three years of undergraduate coursework, and a four-year, accredited, naturopathic medical education. Graduates must pass two sets of provincial licensing board exams and are required to maintain their competency throughout their career by completing at least 70 hours of accredited continuing medical education courses every three years, in order to keep their current registration in good order.
Naturopathic education encompasses basic and diagnostic sciences – including anatomy, clinical physiology, biochemistry, pathology, embryology, immunology, pharmacology, physical and clinical diagnosis, and lab diagnosis – as well as conventional and naturopathic approaches to improving and maintaining patients’ health. NDs collaborate closely with other healthcare professionals through consultation and referral.
From 1925 until 2015, Ontario’s Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) were regulated under the Drugless Practitioners Act. In recent years, the focus of mainstream healthcare has shifted toward wellness and prevention. In line with this shift, and recognizing the invaluable role NDs play as primary health care practitioners, naturopathic medicine got its own piece of legislation in 2015. On July 1st, 2015, the Naturopathy Act 2007 was proclaimed and NDs became regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act. Naturopathic Doctors are regulated by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO), an arm’s length body of the government of Ontario with an independent Registrar and Council. CONO’s main responsibility is to regulate the profession of Naturopathic Medicine in the public interest.
Naturopathic Doctors are guided by six principles that outline the naturopathic approach to health and healing and form the foundation of healthcare for each patient:
1. First Do No Harm
By utilizing procedures, remedies and therapies that are safe and effective, to increase your health and minimize harmful side effects.
2. The Healing Power of Nature
By restoring and supporting the powerful and inherent healing ability of your body, mind and spirit, and preventing further disease from occurring by recognizing and removing obstacles to health.
3. Identify and Treat the Cause
Through identifying and treating the underlying causes of disease rather than simply managing or suppressing the symptoms.
4. Treat the Whole Person
Treat the Whole Person Through understanding the physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, spiritual and other factors that contribute to disease and creating unique treatment plans for each individual patient.
5. Doctor as Teacher
By educating patients on the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine, and empowering them to become more capable of maintaining their own health and well being.
5. Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
By partnering with patients to assess risk factors and recommending appropriate naturopathic interventions to promote health and prevent disease in a proactive manner as a team.
Meet Our Team
H.BSc, ND, Clinic Director
Dr. Sharma graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto, in 2002 after obtaining an Honors Bachelor of Science degree majoring in biology and psychology from McMaster University. She began working at CCNM in 2002 while maintaining her clinical practice, and shortly after became the Associate Dean of Academics responsible for curriculum design and the delivery and evaluation of various academic programs. Dr. Sharma introduced the visiting Elders Program into the curriculum at CCNM, bringing senior naturopathic doctors from around the world to both lecture and be available for consultation with naturopathic students. During her time at CCNM, Dr. Sharma was brought on by the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC), as the project manager for the development of the Professional Competency Profile to be used across North America.
Dr. Sharma was a frequent guest on Human Nature Radio Show on 1050 CHUM AM offering insight into the modalities of naturopathic healing and answering live questions on air. With her focus in education, she has also done various television and magazine interviews increasing public awareness of health promotion and disease prevention.
In 2008, Dr. Sharma went into full-time clinical practice in Toronto, as the founder and clinic director of the Trinity Health Clinic, while still instructing part time a CCNM. Her clinical practice integrates eastern and western philosophies of the nature and cause of disease and focuses on the connection between the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual layers of health. She uses asian medicine and acupuncture, clinical nutrition with diet and supplementation, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, counseling, detoxification, drainage, reiki and auricular medicine as primary therapeutic tools. Currently, Dr. Sharma is focusing on her growing family practice, which continues to offer seminars and workshops for the general public and health professionals, promoting health awareness to achieve optimal wellness in all areas of life.
Melvia Agbeko is a licensed Naturopathic doctor (ND) in Toronto and a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). She received a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Alberta and is currently in a 2-year clinic Residency at CCNM. In this role, she supervises 4th year students at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic and Sherbourne Community Health Centre.
In private practice, Dr. Agbeko treats patients in all stages of health and has treated patients with chronic endocrine, hormonal and gastrointestinal concerns. Specifically, she has had success with female reproductive health concerns, Irritable/Inflammatory bowel diseases, thyroid/other metabolic concerns, to name a few. She uses a combination of Traditional Chinese medicine including Acupuncture; Botanical medicine, Homeopathy, nutrition, and dietary/lifestyle counselling. Dr. Agbeko aims to empower and support her patients, because she believes that providing safe and effective care ought to be comprehensive yet, individualized and holistic. She has a special interest in Mind-Body medicine and Mindfulness based strategies which help her patients achieve wellness on all levels.
BHSc, ND, Clinic Manager
Nahida Jamal BHSc, ND graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto, in 2010 after completing her Bachelor of Health Sciences Degree at the University of Western Ontario. She began working part-time as an Educational Sales Representative for CLM Health Group in 2008, and upon graduation in May 2010, became their Medical Advisor. Dr. Jamal completed her 4 month clinical externship at Trinity Health Clinic in 2010 after which she was brought on as the Manager of Clinic Operations. In September of 2010, Dr. Jamal went into clinical practice in Toronto, as part of the team of doctors at Trinity Health Clinic.
Dr. Jamal’s practice focuses on assessing the various layers of health including physical, mental, emotional and spiritual and uses a combination of eastern and western principles of treatment. She uses various naturopathic modalities such as traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, detoxification, drainage, physical medicine, lifestyle counseling and auricular medicine. She is FirstLine Therapy certified and heads Trinity Health Clinic’s weight management program. Dr. Jamal runs a family practice with a keen interest in sports medicine, musculoskeletal injuries, men’s/women’s health, as well as pediatric health. At the present time, Dr. Jamal is focusing on furthering her knowledge in the field of auricular medicine, as well as devoting time to the development and execution of various seminars offered by Trinity Health Clinic, for health professionals and the general public.