the IV team
Here at the IV wellness boutique our dedicated team of health care professionals are committed to providing all of our patients with the best possible health care. The IV team is comprised of licensed and regulated health professionals and customer service specialists who together represent over 35 years of education, training and private practice.
Dr. Heidi Rootes, Naturopathic Physician
Dr. Rootes has been practicing naturopathic medicine in Vancouver for ten years. She has created a strong presence within the health care community, earning a reputation as a physician who takes the time to listen to her patients, develop individual treatment plans and achieve excellent health outcomes. Dr. Rootes strongly believes that everyone can and should feel and look fabulous. She has extensive specialized training in treating pain and injury, hormone imbalance, weight loss and fatigue.
Dr. Brett Simpson, Naturopathic Physician
Dr. Brett Simpson appreciates the hard work it takes to afford living in a city like Vancouver, and enjoys supporting her patients in making the most of their busy lifestyles. She works with her patients to establish health goals that will improve energy and optimize adaptation to stress, in order to better take on personal and professional goals. Brett is dedicated to getting to know her patients and understanding their state of health, which enables her to tailor health plans for each individual’s unique lifestyle. She works with her patients to optimize nutrition, balance hormones, improve immune function, and address mental and emotional stress. Dr. Simpson creates treatment plans that are sustainable, and support her patients in achieving their goals, and making the most of their lives in this beautiful city.
Dr. Nicola Bennett, Naturopathic Physician
Dr. Nicola is a Naturopathic Doctor and yoga teacher living and thriving in beautiful Vancouver, BC. Her interest in the human body and its movement brought her to UBC where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and Health Science. Although Nicola had always wanted to be a doctor, she realized along the way that the conventional medical system was not for her. Yoga was the key that unlocked the door to a whole new world of Eastern philosophy and healing traditions, and she soon realized there were more paths to good health than those offered by western medicine. Nicola decided to pursue another four years of school at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine where she became a Naturopathic Doctor. Her special areas of interest include women’s health, physical medicine, and medical aesthetics. She especially enjoys treating fatigue, thyroid and hormonal imbalances, menstrual irregularities and menopause. She also has a passion for treating sports and other pain related injuries. Dr. Nicola is certified in IV therapy, acupuncture, cosmetic botulism toxin, dermal fillers, and holds prescriptive authority in BC.
I have been seeing Dr. Nicola for nearly a year. I came to her with a severe case of eczema which I had not been able cure after trying several remedies and creams. Dr. Nicola was an excellent listener and provided me with a series of treatments and lifestyle changes to try. We set personal and health goals tailored to my lifestyle and she created a weekly regime with supplements to enhance my overall well-being. On top of that, Dr. Nicola sends personalized follow up emails between appointments summarizing our previous appointment and checking in on the progress of my health and personal goals. My eczema has been clear for over 6 months now!
Dr. Julie Cahill, Naturopathic Physician – IV Specialist
Everyone has the potential to feel better and be better now! Dr. Julie’s here to help you get there. Dr. Julie is a Naturopathic Doctor in Vancouver. Utilizing comprehensive health history, clinical presentation and functional lab testing her goal is to determine the root cause of health concerns. Her focus is to provide individualized attainable natural solutions for sustainable vibrant health.
Dr. Julie was excellent. I went to her after too many visits to my regular MD with no results. She is very good at really working towards the root cause of the issue in a thoughtful and caring way. I continue to see her and recommend to my friends.
Dr. Erica Kubanek, Naturopathic Physician – IV Specialist
Dr. Erica Kubanek is an experienced naturopathic doctor who has been using advanced intravenous nutrient therapies since 2012. She loves providing patients with safe and effective natural options to improve their wellbeing and elevate their daily lives. Before training to become a doctor Erica was doing her Masters in Medical Genetics at the U of A, Edmonton. She wasn’t happy being a research scientist so when she learned about Naturopathic Medicine she enrolled in the program in the Naturopathic Medicine Program in BC. Early on in practice, Erica found that her patients were struggling with a variety of health concerns of which many can be traced back to their digestion and absorption of nutrients. That led to her interest in treating digestive disorders and IV nutrient therapy. Now you can find her supervising naturopathic medical students, practicing naturopathic medicine and always on the hunt to learn more about natural medicine and how to best serve the patients that are seeking health and wellness.
Sarah McGuire, Registered Acupuncturist
Sarah McGuire, R.Ac., knows that the free movement of qi (energy) is vital to good health. Her belief is that treating the root cause of pain or illness is the key to better health. With blockages removed and balance restored, one sees renewed possibility, leading us toward our true potential. Sarah’s clients experience a compassionate and effective treatment which utilizes traditional acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, five element acupuncture, acutonics, biopuncture, tuina and cupping.
Candace Kakowchyk, Osteopathic Practitioner & Registered Massage Therapist
Candace artfully aligns and rebalances the body by gently working with every system, including bones, soft tissues and ligaments, the nervous system, vascular system, and various organs of the body. She works with everyone from newborns to adults, addressing a variety of health concerns ranging from headaches and low back pain to digestive problems, chronic ear infections, immune system dysfunction, anxiety and depression, and much more.
I came to Candace after healing some broken bones that were a result of a being a pedestrian hit by a car. It wasn’t until six months after that I was diagnosed with a neck fracture in which surgery was not an option and I would suffer from chronic pain as a result. I was receiving a wide spectrum of treatments but wasn’t getting much relief. I knew even though the bones had healed something was still off in my body and that’s when I sought out Osteopathy and met Candace! She utilized her skill set and helped restore function in my body by treating the pain and the imbalance. She provided me the support I needed on my road to recovery and without her I know I wouldn’t be as strong as I am today, both physically and mentally, as a result of receiving treatment from her. She is a beautiful person that radiates healing. I am so grateful she came into my life regardless of the circumstances.
Dr. Heidi Rootes, ND
Dr. Rootes is one of the most knowledgeable naturopaths I have had the pleasure of working with. She is very warm and attentive and it is clear that she cares very deeply about the patients under her care. Her expertise in diagnosing the root cause of the problem helped many of our patients achieve optimal health. I strongly recommend Dr. Rootes to anyone seeking high quality, effective health care.
Heidi’s expertise in shoulder ligament rehabilitation is second to none, and I have sought care at some of the best clinics in Canada. Through prolotherapy and suggested rehabilitative practices, she brought my shoulder with multiple tears from less than 80 percent to 100 percent over a 2 year period. I cannot thank you enough!
Naturopathic physician Dr. Heidi Rootes has appeared numerous times on Shaw TV as a health expert, addressing popular health topics of the day. She’s wonderful to work with, not just because of her expertise in her field, but because of her warm personality, creativity in delivering relevant information to a TV audience, and boundless energy.
I would highly recommend Dr. Rootes to any of my friends or family members. She is a real professional who knows how to get to the heart of the matter and also someone you can feel comfortable with right away.
Heidi is a pleasure to work with. I’m always happy to see Heidi’s bright smile and friendly personality – she lights up a room! She can make any patient comfortable & is always great at providing creative solutions to difficult problems.
I worked with Dr. Heidi Rootes for 2 years and always appreciated our ability to work collaboratively when treating patients. Dr. Rootes has a very thorough, holistic approach to patient care, which I know has improved the quality of her patients’ lives!
Sarah McGuire, R.Ac.
Sarah has been able to intuitively pinpoint where my mind and body have become disconnected which has enabled me to finally put my ideas into action.
My acupuncture treatment with Sarah was amazing. Her nurturing energy helped me feel relaxed and at ease. My body felt much better, and after the first treatment I was relaxed, calm and felt awesome after.