Dr. Lawren Chan
Any time a patient entrusts me with their health, I feel honoured to work with them to help restore balance and stimulate the body’s inherent ability to heal itself.
About Dr. Lawren Chan
Dr. Lawren is a licensed Naturopathic Physician and first year resident at Integrative. She received a Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology and Physiology at Simon Fraser University, and is a graduate from Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster, BC.
During her Naturopathic education, Dr. Lawren was trained to provide safe and effective patient-centred primary care. She has a background in conventional standard of care, nutrition, acupuncture, physical medicine, botanical/herbal medicine, and homeopathy. Throughout her undergraduate and Naturopathic degrees, she has had a growing passion for age management and skin health.
As a student, Dr. Lawren completed multiple clinical rotations at the Positive Living Society of British Columbia, where she provided Naturopathic care for a wide range of HIV+ patients. She has a continued interest in increasing the accessibility, affordability and awareness of Naturopathic medicine and is excited to be working with patients in the Integrative Community Assistance Program (ICAP).
In Their Words
Having grown up in a family of alternative health care practitioners, I was raised with a lifestyle and mentality founded on finding balance within the body, mind, and soul. I now realize that this ongoing self-awareness of the physical/structural body, the biochemical/metabolic processes, and the mental/emotional aspects of us as people are essential to health and happiness.
My exposure to complementary medicine from a young age was a gift that not only resolved many of my own health concerns (including asthma, allergies and eczema), but also fuelled my interest in pursuing this field because I was witness to how well it works, and also to how few people knew about it. Based on my background, I have a particular interest in eczema and atopy in children and adults, as well as many other skin conditions including naturopathic aesthetics. Viewing the body as a whole means understanding that inward balance and outward appearance often go together.
To me, age management begins from youth, as we learn and are taught how to treat and nourish vs neglect and abuse our bodies. My goal is to prevent age-related diseases/disorders and naturally manage the effects of aging, including pain, injuries, hormone imbalance, digestive disturbances, mental and emotional shifts, and changes in the appearance of the skin and body composition, to ensure patients look better and feel better for longer. Ultimately, it is easier to fortify health than it is to fight disease, making age management the pinnacle in preventative medicine. Any time a patient entrusts me with their health, I feel honoured to work with them to help restore balance and stimulate the body’s inherent ability to heal itself.
When I am not at Integrative, I am most likely outdoors (especially if it is sunny) in nature or my garden, hiking with my dog, in a park, at the beach, or exploring the city with my camera.