Dr. Taal Bastien, ND
My dream of becoming a doctor started when I was no more than 5 or 6 and I became fascinated with our family GP. He was a larger than life figure who played a prominent role in our lives because with two overworked parents, an ageing grandparent, and 5 children, we were never short on reasons to see him. We showed up with something wrong and he always knew how to fix it or make it better. I loved how much he was able to help us and I wanted to be just like him.
As time passed however, I made choices that took me down a different path and I ended up, decades later, climbing the corporate ladder, my dream of being a doctor forgotten. To the outside observer I had all the trappings of success, but underlying it all was a deep unhappiness. It took a lot of soul-searching to realize that I had lost sight of my passion and as a result, my life lacked purpose.
By examining all the things that I cared about and looking at what excited me, it didn’t take long for me to come back to my childhood conclusion that medicine was my true calling. So I decided that I would do whatever it took to see that dream come true.
It took me 6 years to complete my prerequisites and another 4 years to get my doctorate, but in December 2016 I graduated from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine with the added honour of being class valedictorian. Now I have the privilege to help people just like my family doctor did so many years ago.
My love of medicine comes from a deep seeded desire to help people become the best version of themselves they can be. I know first hand how easy it is to lose touch with who we are and become lost in the daily grind. But I can also attest to the joy that comes from reconnecting with your passion and then taking steps to manifest it. So in addition to helping people heal their physical ailments, I know how vital it is to work with them on a mental and emotional level as well. Naturopathic medicine is built on this fundamental principle; as only by treating the whole person can true healing occur.
I look forward to working with a variety of patients, but I have a keen interest in chronic pain, chronic disease, hormonal imbalances, weight loss, and men’s health. Using nutritional and lifestyle counselling, supplementation, botanical medicine, acupuncture, physical manipulation, IV and peri-neural therapy, in conjunction with my prescriptive authority, my goal is to create treatment plans that use the best possible therapies to address each patient’s unique concerns. I look forward to working with you on clarifying your goals and providing tools with which to achieve them.