Arugula Pesto Recipe, Calmness Support tip by Carolyn Green and Learning Acupressure with Andrea Lamont.
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Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring!

What a glorious time of year – longer, brighter days, the flowers are blooming, and the birds are chirping! As we make this transition, it is a great opportunity to do some spring cleansing. Pass on clothes and household goods that you no longer have a need for. Rejuvenate your body and mind by getting outdoors and connecting with nature – hiking, biking, spring skiing, and climbing are all amazing in this Corridor. Also, as we move from eating warmer to cooler foods with the change of season, it can be a good time to do a spring cleanse to support your liver, kidneys, and bowels. This allows the body to restore itself and prepare for Spring.
Garibaldi Health Clinic would like to wish you a very Happy & Healthy Spring!
Yours in Health,
Dr. Ashely Gordon


Health Tip:

Strengthen Your Eyes and Bones

To strengthen your eyes and bones add avocado, olive oil, nuts, olives, fish, or other healthy fats to your red, green, orange, and yellow fruits and veggies to increase the amount of fat soluble vitamins like A, E, D, and K. These nutrients help vision, improve the immune system, and protect against stroke and osteoporosis.

Learning to use Acupressure on Gall Bladder 34

The acupoint known as Gall Bladder 34 (or Yang Mound Spring) is an easily accessed and widely used point.
To find this point, run your finger up the outside of your lower leg until you hit a bony prominence. You have now found the head of the fibula, and Gall Bladder 34 is located slightly in front of and below this bone.
This point has many uses, but I especially love using GB 34 in spring time.  In the spring, our wood element needs to be tuned up, and this point can be especially useful.
Some of the main reasons you would use this point include:
  • Depression, irritability, anger, stress
  • Tendon and ligament issues
  • Sciatica
  • Knee pain
  • Pain in the ribs
  • Nausea and vomiting
Acupressure is a great way to stimulate this acupoint at home. Simply press the point, or massage it in a circular motion on both legs, for three minutes a day.
Andrea Lamont is an experienced Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, specializing in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, practicing at Garibaldi Health Clinic.  For more information about Andrea or to book an appointment visit her website at

Recipe of the Month:

Arugula Pesto

2 garlic cloves, peeled
6 cups baby arugula
¼ cup unsalted sunflower seeds (raw or roasted)
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
In a food processor, pulse garlic until minced. Add arugula and sunflower seeds; pulse until finely chopped. With machine running, drizzle in oil and lemon juice. Add pesto to roasted veggies, pasta, or use it as a base on homemade pizza!

The Goods on the Ingredients

Garlic – an excellent source of Vitamins B6 & C, manganese, and selenium. It provides protection again heart disease – including helping to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Garlic is also great for boosting the immune system.
Arugula – this mustard-like leafy green is part of the Brassica family (which also includes broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, mustard, and kale). It is high in Vitamins A, C, folic acid, calcium and magnesium, as well as being a great source of fiber.
Sunflower Seeds – a good source of unsaturated fat (a ‘good’ fat) that is beneficial for the skin, as well as for balancing hormones and improving heart health. It also contains protein, as well as B vitamins, and Vitamin E. They are great added to a salad, or mixed with other nuts and dried fruits as a healthy snack.
Olive oil – a ‘good’fat that is excellent for our skin, as well as for balancing blood sugar levels, lowering cholesterol, and reducing inflammation.
Lemon – high in Vitamin C to support the immune system. It is a great addition to water to help with digestion and to support the liver.

Calmness Support Tip by Carolyn Green

A Sensory walk:

The next time you take a walk try a sensory walk. Focus on one of your senses for 5minutes, then change your focus to another sense for 5minutes longer. Or if you walk a lot, focus on a different sense each walk. Every time you find your thoughts wandering in, easily and effortlessly shift your focus back to the awareness of your sense. The trick is to focus on your awareness of each sensory without judging or analyzing what you are sensing.
HEARING – this is a lovely sense to focus on a nature walk. Simply listen to everything around you.
SEEING – be aware of everything in your vision and you will start noticing great details in the small things.
TASTING – simply taste what’s in your mouth without judgment. Taste the air, the water from the rain, etc.
SMELLING – again, no judgment, just simply accepting all smells. Even dead salmon in the river, as unpleasant as it is to us, has a purpose of attracting wildlife to support our eco-system.
TOUCHING – Feel the sun on your face, the wind on your skin, touch the rocks, trees and leaves around you.
The purpose of this walk is to keep you in the moment, allowing your body to calm itself. Your body during this time is not responding to thoughts or fears but allowed to understand the simple truth of where you are RIGHT NOW.
Carolyn is a Calmness Coach working at Garibaldi Health Clinic. She can be reached by phone or email to book private sessions for reiki, meditation and calmness coaching, and integrative energy work.
A warm welcome to Heather Laine as she joins the Garibaldi Health Clinic Team!

Heather Laine, M.Sc.PT, PYT

Physiotherapist, Professional Yoga Therapist, Prenatal and Kids Yoga Instructor

Heather completed her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science in Physical Therapy at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and moved to British Columbia to be closer to the mountains and ocean over 9 years ago. After practicing physiotherapy in a variety of settings she focused her practice primarily on maternal and child health.

Heather has extensive training in women’s health areas specifically related to fertility, pregnancy, postpartum recovery and pelvic area concerns. In addition she has taken many courses related to infant/child development and treatment for orthopaedic/neurological conditions.

When working with her clients Heather utilizes her Professional Yoga Therapy (for medical professionals) training as a framework to provide integrative and holistic care.

Heather’s focus includes:

– incontinence (urinary, fecal, mixed) – overactive bladder – infertility – enhancing natural fertility – generalized pelvic pain – pelvic muscle dysfunction – prolapse – dysparenia/vaginismus – abdominal separation – low back/hip/SI joint pain – endometriosis – fibroids – recurrent miscarriages – pregnancy fitness – birth preparation (especially pelvic floor awareness)

In Infants, she treats:

– torticollis – plagiocephaly – hip dysfunction (screening for common orthopaedic concerns) – delayed gross motor skills – brachial plexus injury – cerebral palsy

Heather is available for appointments on Sundays at Garibaldi Health Clinic.


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Our Team

Dr. Ashely Gordon
Naturopathic Physician

Dr. Jennifer Moss
Naturopathic Physician, Registered Massage Therapist

Andrea Lamont
Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner 

Heather Laine
Physiotherapist, Professional Yoga Therapist, Prenatal and Kids Yoga Instructor  

Beth Ebers
Registered Midwife

Leslie Gunning
Registered Midwife

Lydia Szymanski
Registered Midwife

Janice Foreman
Registered Midwife

Anna Turyk
Registered Midwife

Natalie Scopaz
Homeopathic Practitioner

Carolyn Green
Reiki Practitioner

Kirstin French
Vega Technician

Barb Fredericks
Office Administrator

Our Hours

The clinic is open from Monday to Saturday to book an appointment or pick up supplement refills. 
Clinic Hours:
Monday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 7:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Dr. Ashely Gordon's Hours:
Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 9:o0am- 5:00pm 
Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
106-41105 Tantalus Road (The Galleries)
Squamish BC V8B 0N3

Tel: 604 898 1999
Fax: 604 898 1986

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