Dr. Alexandra Smith, ND
Naturopathic Doctor With A Focus On Women's Hormones
Dr. Alexandra Smith is a Naturopathic Doctor who empowers women to become the best version of themselves. Through comprehensive diagnostic testing, Dr. Smith identifies the root cause of her patient’s health concerns. With detailed treatment plans, she strives to give each patient a fresh start at life — one free of painful chronic symptoms.
Dr. Smith primarily focuses her practice on women’s health and hormones, treating conditions that range from hormonal imbalances and painful menstruation to gastrointestinal concerns. She has a robust understanding of the various diagnostic testing options for hormonal concerns as well as targeted supplements for each concern.
“I’ve had a great experience with Dr. Alexandra Smith. I had been misdiagnosed a few times and was struggling to find someone to look at my symptoms from a holistic and all encompassing approach. Dr. Smith spent a ton of time getting to know my full story before putting together a proper supplement protocol and treatment plan. Would highly recommend for other women looking to find strong medical support.” – Lauren Korte ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Why Naturopathic Medicine?
Even as a young adult at the University of Arizona, Dr. Smith was fascinated by the human body and knew she was destined to be in healthcare. Yet, after receiving her undergraduate degree in Human Physiology and finishing out her collegiate career as a high-level soccer player, she knew she was far from healthy. Though physically fit on the outside, Dr. Smith was riddled with acne and anxiety, and plagued with constipation, bloating, and what seemed to be a permanently upset stomach.
“I didn’t feel I was getting any support from healthcare and didn’t really know what to do about it. To be honest, I was at a bit of a loss and thought I just had to live with it for the rest of my life. And then my mom sent me the website for a naturopath and I explored that avenue myself for my own health concerns and was blown away at the care.” — Dr. Alexandra Smith, ND
Dr. Smith took her mother’s recommendation and scheduled an appointment with a naturopath in Calgary. Her first appointment lasted 60 minutes — which was far longer than any other doctor had ever spent discussing her health concerns. During that time, her doctor explored beyond Dr. Smith’s current symptoms to learn more about her as a person and her lifestyle.
They spoke about gut health, which was something no other doctor had asked. They discussed Dr. Smith’s hormones and how her skin changes, along with her current diet and exercise. They completed focused testing to determine her underlying gut concerns and hormonal imbalances. And ultimately, they started Dr. Smith on a targeted protocol that had wonderful results.
“Since having that experience, I decided that, yes, this is what I also want to do: To provide that option for women who are struggling with the same conditions as I was to take control of their health and be able to present their best selves to the world.” — Dr. Alexandra Smith, ND
“Dr. Smith is super welcoming and friendly. She listened to my concerns carefully and developed a treatment plan that worked perfectly for me. I started out with pretty bad acne and it has almost completely gone away after about 6 months! It’s clear that she genuinely cares about her clients and does whatever she can to make their lives better. Thank you, Dr. Smith!” – Anmol Dhatt ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A New Avenue for Women’s Health
For Dr. Smith, the most rewarding part of being a Naturopathic Doctor is having the opportunity to sit one-on-one with a patient and for them to feel comfortable, divulge their concerns, and ultimately watch some of those concerns go away. She leverages her robust knowledge gained at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine to offer a different avenue for preventative healthcare.
“Whether that’s every month or every day, these are not things that we should be experiencing as women. I just want women to feel that they can present themselves for their family, their work, their personal lives, to be able to do all the things that they want to do and not be hindered by any of the symptoms that they’re experiencing.” — Dr. Alexandra Smith, ND
Rather than look at one symptom or a few symptoms that a patient is currently presenting, Dr. Smith looks at each individual as a whole person. She strives to understand what motivates each patient and what kind of stress they may be under. She works to gain the whole picture of each patient as a whole, because she knows women are more than their symptoms.
“This is where naturopathic medicine shines because we have time with our patients. We have the opportunity to do a deep dive into health history and understand, based on those symptoms, what root causes we’re considering that we need to rule in or rule out that you may be dealing with.” — Dr. Alexandra Smith, ND
Conditions Treated by Dr. Smith, ND
Patients typically seek out Dr. Smith for an array of chronic symptoms and conditions, from painful menstruation and headaches to bloating and constipation. With a robust knowledge of hormone health and naturopathic medicine, Dr. Smith treats a wide range of health conditions including:
- Hormone imbalances
- Gastrointestinal concerns
- Skin conditions (Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea)
- Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
- Chronic environmental toxins
- Autoimmune conditions
- Mental health
“With women who have health concerns, whether that’s hormonal or gastrointestinal or any other host of health concerns, the number one step that I do is gather a full health history. This helps better understand what kind of symptoms you’re experiencing and how they’re affecting your daily life.
With the understanding of your symptoms, comprehensive testing is the next step to further understand the root cause of your health concerns. Then we can come up with a targeted treatment protocol, whether that includes supplementation, diet, and lifestyle factors, or other medications that potentially need to be prescribed by your medical doctor.” — Dr. Alexandra Smith, ND
Additional Services Offered by Dr. Smith, ND
Much like her fellow providers at Neurvana Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Smith offers a suite of therapeutic services to lead her patients towards holistic health. The services offered by Dr. Smith, ND include:
“Naturopathic medicine allows us to figure out the root cause of what’s going on and ultimately treat not only with supplements or medications but also with what we are doing in our daily life to prevent further health conditions from happening and to decrease the symptoms that we may be experiencing right now. It’s very encompassing and holistic.” — Dr. Alexandra Smith, ND
“It’s been a fascinating and beneficial journey having received services and care through Dr. Smith, and through the neurofeedback team at Neurvana. I’ve been able to learn more about my brain and body from a lens and knowledge base that I wouldn’t have otherwise had access to. I now have new and expanded ways of understanding my symptoms of concern, and my overall health and wellness, and the path forward. It’s wonderful having more options for routes I can take to improve my health and brain functioning. This is a great clinic filled with skillful, knowledgeable team members, passionate about what they do.” – Jessica Johnson ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Getting Personal with Dr. Smith, ND
Dr. Smith, ND is fluent in French and speaks it often at home with her partner, Clément. She loves working with her French-speaking patients and welcomes them to communicate in French with her, though she does sometimes have to respond in English for more technical medical terminology. A Calgary native, when Dr. Smith isn’t with her patients, you can find her in the mountains with Clément.
In the summer she’s busy trail running and mountain biking, and in the winter she’s hitting the slopes backcountry and cross-country skiing. When she’s not in motion, you can catch Dr. Smith at the side of the river fly-fishing or reading a good book. She considers herself quite the hamburger connoisseur, but she recommends Community Natural Foods as the best spot for health brands.
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