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A little about me...

My name is Jayelle Haavaldsen and I am a naturopathic doctor serving the Edmonton area. I grew up in St. Albert, but my heart called me to British Columbia after high school. I spent five years in Kelowna earning a Bachelor's degree in biochemistry, followed by four years in Vancouver earning my degree in naturopathic medicine. After a decade of learning and exploring, I decided to re-visit my roots and return to Edmonton, where I began my practice.

 

I'm basically a huge science nerd with a profound respect and appreciation for nature. My undergraduate studies in biochemistry fostered in me a deep sense of curiosity - I always want to look closer and understand how and why things work. However, even after years of studying biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, I never cease to be amazed by the resilience of the human body and its capacity to heal. My goal is to help you realize what your body is capable of when giving the right tools and environment.

 

I feel deep gratitude to have found a career that I am so passionate about. I spent my teens working at a physiotherapy clinic, observing from a young age that many people were desperate to find a healthcare practitioner who would listen to their story. I knew I wanted to offer that to people, as well as educating people around the role that diet and nutrition could play in their health. As soon as I learned what a naturopathic doctor was, I instantly knew it was what I was looking for.

While I enjoy a general practice, I have a special interest in mental health - this means working with individuals who have diagnosed conditions such as depression or anxiety, but also addressing the psychological well being of all individuals with any health condition. In addition to mental health, I see and treat a variety of conditions, including pain, headaches, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, menstrual issues, digestive issues and many more. I have received additional training in providing trauma-informed care and participated in "conscious-clinician" workshops to ensure I am able to bring my best self to the table when listening to you. Whatever your concern is, I am happy to sit down with you.  

Outside of the clinic, I like to spend time outdoors hiking, biking with my bike-fanatic husband, playing soccer, camping, snowboarding and jumping into cold lakes. In the last few years I’ve taken to gardening, which I’ve fallen completely in love with. I also have a regular yoga practice, which has been one of the greatest gifts in my life. While inside, I am usually in the kitchen as cooking and baking are huge passions of mine (especially when it includes my garden yields).  

Education

BSc with a major in Medical Biochemistry - UBC Okanagan

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine - Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM)

Clinical training

1200 hours of clinical training through Boucher Naturopathic Medical Clinic (BNMC), including:

  • 6 months at Katzie First Nation Health Center

  • 3 months at Positive Living BC

120 hours of preceptorship with licensed naturopathic doctors

Certifications

Acupuncture (CNDA approved)

Naturopathic I.V. and Injection Therapy (CNDA approved)

Trauma-Informed Practice Level 1 + 2

CPR + Basic Life Support (Heart and Stroke Foundation)

Professional Memberships:

College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA)

Alberta Association of Naturopathic Doctors (AAND)

Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND)

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" I came here to be a magnificent being.

I didn't come here to be small, and good, and respectable. 

I came here to be vibrantly alive. 

To taste the nectars. 

To touch the textures. 

To inhale the fragrances. 

To move joyfully.

To express the fountains of emotions that bubble up inside.

I came here to expand."

-Annonymous