I’m Dr. Rebecca Sagan ND, I earned a B.Sc. (Biology) from the University of Lethbridge and then went on to complete the 4 year naturopathic medicine program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto graduating in 2003. Naturopathic medicine became a part of my world after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 21 years of age. Looking back, I can see how I ended up with this level of gut inflammation, I had been struggling with acne and taken antibiotics to treat it, I had my wisdom teeth pulled that spring and was told to take more antibiotics to prevent infection afterwards, then I had a bout of strep throat and ended up on more antibiotics. All these rounds of antibiotics in a 4 month period pretty much devastated my microbiome and I was left with some scary painful cramping and some terrible GI symptoms. After scopes, a diagnosis of an IBD and a prescription of anti-inflammatories for the rest of my life, I felt like there had to be another way. So began my journey into naturopathic medicine, I made some intense diet changes and took lots of supplements under the guidance of my naturopathic doctor, did rounds of acupuncture and tried not to stress out too much while still going to university full time. After 18 months of being super diligent, I was able to stop all medications, I still had some repopulating of my gut to do but I was officially told I was disease free and have been ever since. This experience inspired me to want to share what I had learned and it continues to motivate me to help others overcome their health challenges.
In practice, I’ve become very interested in the treatment of thyroid disorders and all hormone imbalances, beating fatigue and balancing digestive issues. I recently completed training with international microbiome expert, Dr. Grace Liu, this training has focused my treatments toward finding the root of disease through microbiome testing and genomics. I love sharing information with people and I’ve spoke publicly and appeared on Breakfast Television.
At home, I love being a mom to my two girls, and through becoming a mother, I now really enjoy supporting women and families during pre-conception, pregnancy and afterwards as the family and children grow.
I’m a native Calgarian and I’ve always been involved in local athletics such as; soccer, basketball, field hockey and running. Today, I still enjoys being active and have found a new love for fitness with Crossfit.