Dr. Christine Matheson, ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Christine Matheson is an experienced naturopathic doctor who has been treating patients in Toronto since 2001 in her diverse naturopathic practice. She is respected for her pioneering role in the field as one of the first naturopathic doctor’s in Canada to work in a hospital setting as a member of an integrative medical team of doctors and specialists at the former, Women's Pelvic Health Centre at Women's College Hospital in Toronto (2002-2004). While it was open, this truly innovative clinic offered a distinctive blend of conventional and natural therapies for women suffering from all sources of pelvic pain. Through working with this dynamic multidisciplinary team, Christine gained unique clinical experience and insight about treating a range of pelvic health issues. This opportunity confirmed her belief in the efficacy and benefit of an integrative medical model which has helped to define her balanced approach as a naturopathic doctor.
Christine ran and operated her own family medicine clinic with a particular focus on women’s health on St.Clair West in Toronto from 2001-2009. Then she was happy to be invited join the team at Mahaya Forest Hill Integrative Health www.MahayaForestHill.com
where she has then been practicing ever since. In addition, it was a real honour for her to have been asked to work at Medcan, Canada’s leading corporate wellness clinic www.medcan.com
, where she managed patients and supported the growth of the integrative medicine program from 2014-2015 .
While genuinely trying to practice what she preaches, Christine aims to support others to discover the lifestyle changes that inspire a healthier life. It is her thorough and gentle approach that has earned her a devoted and trusting patient following. Christine emphasizes disease prevention and the intricate connection between the body, mind and spirit with her patients. Honouring the true naturopathic tradition, Christine focuses on treating the underlying causes of illness and tailoring the treatment to the individual. She does so while incorporating a full spectrum of western and eastern-influenced natural therapies including nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, hydrotherapy and lifestyle counseling.
Christine is also passionate about being one of only a few practitioners in Toronto who is able to provide patients of all ages with the healing benefits of the ‘Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy’ (ATMAT) www.arvigotherapy.com
. Through a unique non-invasive external massage, ATMAT gently aligns the muscles and ligaments of the abdominal ameliorating circulation and lymphatic flow to the region which improves the functionality of the abdominal and pelvic organs. Learn more about Christine’s ”BELLY BE WELL” Program ©
which thoughtfully combines a tailored naturopathic treatment with ATMAT. Click here
Her scope of practice covers a thorough listing of common health concerns. Recognized particularly for her specific clinical experience in women’s health, pelvic health, gynecology, urology, pre and post natal care and children’s health. Christine is also committed to her special interest and success in addressing stress management, enhancing digestive health, optimizing immunity, ameliorating food sensitivities and raising awareness to the environmental links to health. As a mother of two children, Christine sincerely appreciates the efficiency and benefits of a model of health care that supports the wellness of the entire family. She is therefore dedicated to simultaneously addressing the health care needs of parents and their children in a manner that provides convenient family health care.
As a certified yoga instructor since 1995, Christine can feature healing yoga techniques into treatment strategies for patients. She has developed and taught specialized yoga programs, including classes for people living with cancer at Wellspring, a cancer support agency in Toronto. She also speaks regularly at Wellspring about safe and effective strategies to include natural medicine in cancer care.
As an accomplished public speaker with expertise on a broad range of health topics, Christine is frequently asked to present as a natural health expert to the public, to other medical professionals, corporations and mothers groups. As an energetic and thoughtful speaker she has been well received at the popular Women’s Health Matters Forum and Expo, Havergal College, Wellspring and has made guest appearances on the Rogers television program ‘Medical Intelligence’ as well as appearing on TVO. Christine is often asked to contribute to the media such as The Toronto Star, Canadian magazines Chatelaine and Flare and shares her knowledge in articles for professional health journals.
After graduating with honours from the University of British Columbia with a bachelor of arts in Women's Studies, Christine excelled at the top of her class at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto).
As a naturopathic student, Christine was the original founder of the college's annual ‘Women's Health Awareness Week’. Upon graduation she was the recipient of the Swiss Herbal Remedies Bursary in recognition of "excellence in the promotion of women's health" and the prestigious President's Award for "professional courage and vision" from the Clinic Faculty.
Dr. Christine Matheson is proud to be a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.