About Dr. Bjorgaard
Dr. Sheldon Bjorgaard is a licensed Naturopathic Physician and a graduate of the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. Prior to naturopathic medical training, Dr. Bjorgaard earned his Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in Biology from the University of the Fraser Valley, where he also lettered in varsity basketball during his undergraduate studies.
Dr. Bjorgaard has received training in a wide variety of modalities, including clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, acupuncture, minor surgery, and osseous manipulation, as well as additional certification in intravenous therapies, pharmaceutical prescribing, and advanced injection therapies. His wide scope of practice allows him to provide comprehensive care for all ages.
Dr. Bjorgaard believes strongly in patient-centred medical care, and in providing evidence-informed medical options that address causes as well as symptoms. He treats each of his patients individually to help them reach their health goals. In order to do so, he takes an integrative approach to health care, collaborating with other doctors and health care professionals when appropriate.
When not in the clinic, Dr. Bjorgaard enjoys staying active by playing sports, fishing, and hiking, and frequently visits the court to shoot hoops with friends and colleagues. He also enjoys playing the piano and listening to classical music.
Dr. Bjorgaard is now practicing out of Performax Health Group in South Burnaby as well as Arc Integrated Medicine in Delta and is currently accepting new patients.
About Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession. It is built on a patient-centred approach which emphasizes the prevention of disease and optimal health. Therapeutic methods and substances are utilized to support the body’s natural capacity for healing, which helps patients achieve sustainable health and wellness. Naturopathic doctors focus on individualized patient care and careful monitoring of patient progress.
Naturopathic medical theory emphasizes a functional medicine approach to health care, using minimally invasive therapies in order to restore health and normal physiological function. It also focuses on providing the body with the sufficient building blocks it needs in order to prevent disease and maintain optimal health.
Rather than focusing on symptoms, naturopathic medicine is centered around finding and addressing potential causes and contributing factors of impaired health. Factors like food sensitivities, nutrient deficiencies, and hormone imbalances are often overlooked in patient care, and play an important role in restoring and maintaining health and preventing chronic disease.
The core principles of naturopathic medicine are:
First, do no harm (minimally invasive treatment)
Identification and treatment of the root causes of disease
Treatment of the whole person
The primary role of the doctor as a teacher
Disease prevention through health promotion
Because of the wide scope of practice of naturopathic medicine, many practitioners have very different approaches to patient care. Therefore it is important to talk with your naturopathic doctor about their individual training and the evidence and rationale behind the therapies they provide.