Hello.  Welcome to my website! I’m Dr. Alison Danby, Naturopathic Doctor but as you read below you’ll see I’m not your typical Naturopathic Doctor, I also have Advanced training in Functionally Medicine. Let me tell you why that makes me different

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is the belief that medicine should be personalized. No two people are alike. Each of us is unique in our genetic makeup and physiology. What ultimately causes illness in one person is not the same for another, and treatment for each person will, therefore, be different. Another philosophy of Functional Medicine is establishing the Root Cause of the condition/problem, whether it is diet related, viral/bacterial, adrenal function, hormonal imbalance, inflammation or immune and addressing it, allows the treatment to enhance physiological performance.

Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms, hence, shifting the disease-centered focus of traditional medical practice to a more patient-centered approach.


How does Naturopathic Medicine fit into that model?

Like Functional Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine addresses the root cause, however, the approach to correcting the problem is sourced from natural means. Our core modalities include: nutrition, herbal medicine, acupuncture, and vitamins/minerals are used to address biochemical imbalances. Many people wonder if they need to be on these supplements for life, not necessary, once the balance is established there will be a maintenance plan in place, which will protect and prevent you from future problems.

My Approach to Health Care:

As a Naturopathic Doctor and a Functional Medicine Practitioner, I spend time with my patients, listening to their histories and looking at the potential triggers, such as genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex chronic disease.

The details of your health history are compared to a puzzle that creates an interconnecting web. Everything is a clue to your present state of health. My job is to make those connections while piecing together the puzzle. With each patient, I seek to find a common link and solve problems from the root cause of pathology – not simply treating your symptoms. By treating the root cause, I am able to enhance performance on a physiological level.

I’ve seen incredible health changes with my patients with this approach. Now let’s see what I can help you discover.

Book your Free 15-minute Consult to find out how we can work together.

Functional Medicine Approach:

  • Environmental Inputs (Diet, Lifestyle, Toxins, Stress and Trauma)
  • Inflammation and Immune Balance (The Hidden Fire Within)
  • Hormone and Neurotransmitter Balance (Insulin, Thyroid, Adrenal Balance; Sex Hormones and Mood Chemicals)
  • Gut and Digestive Health (Digestion, Absorption, Assimilation, Intestinal Ecosystem and the Gut-Immune System)
  • Detoxification Imbalances and Function (Getting Rid of Wastes and Dealing with Toxins)
  • Creating Energy (The Source of Life Energy and Metabolism — Antioxidant Balance)
  • Mind-Body/Body-Mind Connection (Change Your Mind, Change Your Body; Change Your Body, Change Your Mind)

Book your free 15-minute consult with Dr. Danby to find out how Naturopathic Medicine and Functional Medicine can help you!

Dr. Alison’s Biography

Dr. Alison Danby is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and the Clinic Director at the Root of Health. She focuses on a Functional Medicine model to treat patients with (or looking to prevent) digestive concerns, hormonal imbalancethyroid diagnosis, autoimmune illness, and neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s, depression, anxiety and ADD/ADHD.

Alison takes an individualized and integrative approach when treating clients, making use of progressive lab diagnostics and evidence-based medicine.  As a result of this approach, Dr. Danby has helped thousands of people to balance their hormones, sleep better, increase their energy, control their immune system, enhance memory and cognitive function, and to live healthier and happier lives.

Dr. Alison combines the wisdom of traditional medicine with advanced medical testing and natural medicine, to create a customized health plan for each of her patients. She understands the importance of optimizing metabolic and hormonal functions within the body to achieve optimal health. This balance is established through:

  • Personalized Nutrition
  • Natural Hormone balancing methods
  • Individualized detoxification
  • Advanced biochemical testing
  • Functional Medicine

In addition to her busy practice, Dr. Danby authors regularly for a number of publications and is a professional speaker on a variety of health topics.

Dr. Danby earned her Bachelor of Science, Honours, in Biological Science degree from the University of Guelph with a major in Human Kinetics and Sports Injury Management. Further studies led Alison to obtain her Bachelor of Education in secondary school mathematics and health education at the University of Exeter, UK, teaching in England and Canada for 2.5 years before returning to medical school. She then completed a four-year program in Naturopathic Medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto, Ontario. To further her education in integrative and evidence-based medicine, she completed Advanced Training in Applied Functional Medicine, at the Institute of Functional Medicine.  For the past 5 years Dr. Alison has been a representative for Provincial and National Associations of Naturopathic Doctors, currently, she holds the position of Vice Chair for Ontario Naturopathic Doctors.

Dr. Danby’s Practice:

Dr. Danby’s further training in Functional Medicine has advanced her expertise in:

  • Chronic Pain & Fatigue (Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia)
  • Optimal Aging (Bone health, Chronic illness, Blood sugar control)
  • Functional Neuropathy (Parkinson’s, Nerve damage)
  • Cognitive health (Anxiety, Depression, and ADHD)
  • Hormone balancing (PMS, Menopause)
  • Detoxification & Environmental medicine
  • Digestive concerns (IBS, Crohn’s, Colitis)
  • Autoimmune conditions (Graves, MS, Lupus, Thyroid, Celiac),
  • Thyroid Illnesses 
  • Allergies (Allergies, Food sensitivities),
  • Skin rashes & asthma (Eczema & Psoriasis)

Book your free 15-minute consult with Dr. Danby to find out how Naturopathic Medicine and Functional Medicine can help you!

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