Dr. CARIN’S PRACTICE FOCUSES ON:
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and Master of Science in Acupuncture at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Carin Matsushita, BSc (Kin), ND, RAc
Naturopathic Physician & Registered Acupuncturist
Because every patient has a unique history, environment and biology I aim to provide patients the space to be direct and the confidence to be honest and heard. Understanding a patient’s whole health is critical to addressing symptoms and achieving optimal wellbeing. Therefore I work with patients to clarify where their symptoms are coming from and address key functions at each phase of recovery. In addition to patients feeling better, over time we work to develop a “toolbox” of strategies for building resilience in themselves and their families. I believe in empowering patients to continuously improve their health so they can fully engage in the things that are most important to them.
My interest in how our bodies function and their incredible potential for healing was established at an early age. As a competitive gymnast constantly pushing my body to and sometimes past its limits, I became well acquainted with all manner of injuries. Through this experience, observing my body recovering time and time again, I gained a profound respect and admiration for the body’s ability to repair and heal itself.
Later in life while traveling abroad I encountered stubborn skin symptoms that my body couldn’t seem to overcome. I sought the advice of doctors and was frustrated by prescriptions that only provided temporary relief and the implication that my body was incapable of overcoming the symptoms I was experiencing.
In my quest for answers I discovered naturopathic medicine and with it gained the knowledge I needed to optimize my individual constitution and experienced lasting improvements in my overall health. Family members also experienced dramatic recoveries from chronic pain and Bells Palsy though Traditional Chinese Medicine where conventional treatment options were limited.
These experiences set me on the path to becoming a naturopathic doctor and shaped the direction and purpose for my life: Work with patients to understand their whole health, empower them with the knowledge to recover function, optimize health and ultimately promote health in their families and communities.