DR. MICHELLE PERIS, Naturopathic Doctor
Hi! I’m Dr. Michelle Peris, a Naturopathic Doctor and clinic director of The Poppy Clinic who serves women in Oakville and the surrounding areas who are so over feeling sick or staying home with a sick child (again). These women hope there’s a different way to look after their health; they’re ready to stop messing around taking the newest health supplement, starting yet another fad diet, or trying the latest workout craze. They’re ready to try something that works—for their body.
Through teaching women of all ages and life stages how to listen to their bodies and tune into the wisdom inside, I help them create a life that feels good to live, with energy and passion that had been long forgotten.
I am here to help you become an advocate for your health.
I’ve been practicing Naturopathic Medicine for ten years. I’m here to see your pain, and as a fellow woman, I’m here to listen and see you for who you truly are.
I’m not just here to help you feel well in the moment. As a Naturopathic Doctor, I have an interest in your long-term game—your entire healthy, happy, life.
My clinical focus is on women and children, hormone health, and digestion. I’m the proud creator of Dr. Mom ND, an online resource for health conscious mamas and their natural babies. As a speaker and creator of the Rebel Tribe, I love giving and facilitating talks about wellness, mindfulness, and living our best life. I’m also a contributor to several podcasts.
When I’m not working through health concerns with my patients, you’ll find me sipping bulletproof coffee, hanging out with my tribe which includes my super cool husband, playing with my two young kids, or staying up entirely too late with my husband and a few goofy pets.
DR. LISA KNAPPER, Naturopathic Doctor
When I’m asked about how I found Naturopathic Medicine, my answer is “It found me!” I had no idea that such a wonderful system of medicine existed until sometime during my undergrad studies at the University of Regina. The topic came up in my psychology class and I immediately had to know more. I went home that very day and started my quest to find out what Naturopathic Medicine was all about, and how to practice it. My research lead me to the Canadian College on Naturopathic Medicine. I knew this was the place for me. It was an instant “ah-ha!” moment. After I finished my pre-med studies, I packed up my whole life into two suitcases and hopped on a flight to Toronto. I haven’t looked back since!
Being a Naturopathic Doctor allows me to combine my passion for Natural Medicine, my problem solving skills and my desire to help people make positive changes. My main goal is to educate and inspire you so you can feel better and be better!
Over several years of practice, I have shifted my focus to helping people beat stress and anxiety, correcting digestive disturbances, regulating period and hormonal issues, and helping women stay healthy and strong during pregnancy and labour. No matter what your concern is, I will always take the time and get to know you and your story, working to provide the best solutions for your health and wellness concerns.
Besides being obsessed with Naturopathic Medicine, I am a mamma to an energetic daughter who keeps me on my toes. I love forests and music festivals equally. I get my workouts in (almost) every morning, and I love cooking meals for my family and friends.
I look forward to getting to know you!
DR. KIRSTY GAYLOR, Naturopathic Doctor
I am passionate about helping people to discover, create, and cultivate their own health. In my practice, it is integral that you feel you seen, you feel heard, and you have the space to tell your story. Every part of it is important and relevant to your wellbeing.
So many people think that health is simply the lack of disease—that if you aren’t sick, then you are healthy. But there is so more to health than just “feeling okay”. I love to remind my patients that you weren’t just born a “bad sleeper”, there is something we can do about that. Or you can loose weight, keep it off, and actually enjoy the process. It is possible to find peace in your day despite the chaos that you may feel now.
Health is not just a luxury for lucky people but rather something you create and cultivate. There are endless possibilities that can be achieved, and it is my passion to help you to re-discover your own health. You can have an abundance of energy and vitality. You can feel rejuvenated and kick that stress out of your life!
Ultimately, I strive to remind you that you really can achieve those health goals!
Intravenous therapy is something I focus on at the Poppy Clinic. With IV therapy we are able to replenish your body with an abundance of vitamins and nutrients. The benefit is that we are bypassing the digestive tract allowing for higher absorption and getting these nutrients right to your cells. The amazing part is that many people are able to experience benefits literally within hours of receiving a treatment. On our journey towards health, sometimes we just need that jumpstart back on track towards health, wellness, and rejuvenation. There are so many ways intravenous therapy can benefit you, Click here to read more.
I am also a soon to be mamma and cannot wait to meet my little one. I love to create in the kitchen—whether its food, medicinal teas, or homemade beauty products. These days, if I am not working, I am probably daydreaming about or on my way to a beach in Costa Rica. My partner and I love to surf together, he is a surfer and I think also part fish! I half grew up in the Philippines and so learning about the diversity of cultures fascinates me. Adventure and spending time immersed in nature are what keep me grounded!
DR. AFROUSHEH AMINI, MSc., CNP, ND—Naturopathic Doctor, Functional Medicine Practitioner
Dr. Afrousheh Amini is a Naturopathic Doctor and a Functional Medicine Practitioner with over a decade of experience in the health and wellness field. She works together with her patients to develop a comprehensive, evidence-based plan to address their health goals.
In addition to her Doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Amini also holds a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology, a holistic nutritional practitioner designation as well as extensive training with the Institute of Functional Medicine.
Dr. Amini, ND is a licensed, board-certified Naturopathic Doctor in the province of Ontario, and is fully fluent in English and Farsi.
CAIT MIZZI, Certified Nutritional Practitioner
Cait Mizzi is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP), having graduated with first class honors from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Canada. She has dedicated thousands of hours and years of research and study into understanding the intricate relationship between the human body and the foods that we eat.
Having sent two autoimmune conditions of her own into remission, Cait’s passionate journey in health and wellness began. After leaving a successful 15-year career in Fashion & Entertainment, Cait now spends her days educating and empowering others to heal themselves and strive for a life of optimal, vibrant health.
Cait’s practice focuses on pediatric nutrition (the best place to begin setting up dietary habits for a life without dis-ease). She also works with men and woman for both libido, fertility, autoimmune disease, mental health and more.
Cait is thrilled to have joined the incredible team of doctors and practitioners that make up the Poppy Clinic. She can’t wait to meet ya!
JAMIE WAGGONER, Registered Massage Therapist
Scar Tissue Release
Applied Manual Lymph Drainage
Hi, I’m Jamie Waggoner – Registered Massage Therapist with a clinical focus on Scar Tissue Release and Applied Manual Lymph Drainage. I have been treating scars since 2004 and have seen some amazing results!
I graduated top of my class in 2003 from ICT Kikkawa College in Toronto. Over the years, I developed a busy traditional massage practice while continuing post-graduate training to enhance my skills and today I primarily work with scars and lymph drainage.
Scars can be the overlooked missing piece of the puzzle when seeking treatment for countless complaints and manifestations. Early in my career, I began to marvel at the outcomes manual scar tissue release could provide and started chasing courses specifically targeted at treating scar tissue. This included advanced training with the MPS Dolphin Neurstim, a direct micro-current which “repolarizes” thickened scar tissue and fascia. Still, after years of manually treating scars, I began to wonder what else could be done to help prevent the scar tissue from causing problems in the first place. This led to receiving my Certification in Applied Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) with the Dr. Vodder Academy/School – International. By adding MLD to my tool belt, I could safely and effectively treat soon after surgery/injury with MLD to help clear away inflammation and assist in better scar tissue formation and healing in the first place.
Fast forward to today and I am helping clients at all stages of recovery – soon after surgery to decades-old scars as well as countless other manifestations which benefit from Applied Manual Lymph Drainage.
I look forward to meeting (and treating) you!
RYAN WORM, Certified Athletic Therapist, Osteopathy (Current Study)
Ryan grew up in Toronto where he played competitive hockey in the GTHL as well as playing soccer with FC Ukraine United in the Ontario Soccer League. Ryan took interest in the field of manual therapy after a series of sports injuries and enrolled in Sheridan’s Athletic Therapy program in 2008.
After graduating from Sheridan in 2012, Ryan wanted to help improve his identification and management of concussions and more complex viscero-somatic dysfunctions. He then pursued Osteopathy, enrolling at theCanadian College of Osteopathy where he is currently working through his fifth year at the Canadian College of Osteopathy and working on his thesis; The Effects of Global Osteopathy on the Mind-gut Connection on Cognition in the Elderly.
Ryan’s practice focuses on resolving the mechanical strain patterns that our body compensates with from the daily wear and tear of life. Restoring mobility to our fascial webs helps restore movement and function to our body and improving its inherent capacity for health and autoregulation. Ryan is excited to be working at the Poppy Clinic with such a wonderful group! He looks forward to meeting you!