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After a long cold, snowy winter in Squamish, I think we are all thankful for the transition to Spring. Spring brings an opportunity for change – a chance to reflect on the previous Season and observe our present life to determine the changes we would like for the future. We will naturally move from warmer, comforting foods to a cooler, nutritive diet as the days get longer (and hopefully warmer!). A Spring Cleanse can be great as we move from Winter to Spring, and as our bodies adjust to this change. We may do a spring clean of our house to purge belongings that we no longer need – this can be cleansing physically, as well as mentally and emotionally. As we come out of our own hibernation, we may feel more social to spend time with friends and family, as well as immerse ourselves in the season of biking, hiking, climbing, and yoga.

Read below to ‘meet’ two new faces at Garibaldi Health Clinic, understand about the nutrition behind bone broth, learn about a useful acupressure point for Spring, as well as the benefits of Osteopathy and the conditions it treats.

Garibaldi Health Clinic would like to wish you, your family, and loved ones a beautiful Spring with birds buzzing and flowers blooming. We hope you enjoy the newsletter!
In Health,
Dr. Ashely Gordon


Wellness Quote:

In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.
Coco Chanel


Health Tip:

A Fresh Way to Start your Day….

Start your day with ½ of a fresh lemon in 6-8 oz. of room temperature or hot water on an empty stomach. Wait 15 minutes after drinking, before you eat breakfast. This drink is nourishing for the body, detoxifying for your liver, hydrating, alkalinizing for your system, and helps to relieve constipation.

Welcome Brittany to Garibaldi Health Clinic!
We have a warm, welcoming face at the front desk now, in addition to Barb. Brittany is the Office Administrator at the Clinic on Mondays and Wednesdays, and will be happy to book your appointments, arrange for any supplement refills, and answer any questions you may have. We are very pleased to have Brittany join the team at Garibaldi Health Clinic!

Laura Highmoor has joined the team at Garibaldi Health Clinic!
Laura is training in Manual Practice Osteopathy, and we are excited for her to bring her treatments and expertise of Osteopathy to the Clinic – Welcome Laura! Please read below to find more about Laura and the conditions she treats.
Laura Highmoor
Registered Nurse., BSc.N., Manual Practice Osteopathy (current study)

Laura was born and raised in Saskatchewan, early on she was fascinated with the complexity of the human body and directed her passion towards health care. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan in 2010 and further specialized in critical care. During this time she realized she valued a more holistic approach in identifying the underlying causes contributing to discomfort. From this space she found Osteopathy.
Laura is currently in her final year of a five year program at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Vancouver. Her goal of treatment is searching for the root origin of patients’ issues, not always where the pain is present or where the symptoms are exacerbated. By considering all aspects of the person --physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual -- she is committed to helping patients find their health.
Laura’s global treatment approach not only will focus on areas of concern but will also help gain awareness on where issues may have originated from. Her greatest area of interest lies within the mind-body connection.
In her spare time you can find her mountain biking, connecting to her body in a yoga class, or surfing her bright yellow surf board on the beaches of Tofino.
What is Manual Osteopathy?
Manual Practice Osteopathy is an evaluation and treatment of the musculo-skeletal, visceral (organs), circulatory, neurological, and cranial systems. The intention is to restore the normal function of the body by treating the causes of pain and dysfunction
Over time, the body gradually loses its ability to effectively self-regulate and to self-heal. These losses may be due to natural processes (i.e. aging, childbirth), or unnatural processes (i.e. trauma, surgical), or the cumulative effects of mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual stress. In most cases the patient has had some combination of the above experiences which may present symptoms at the site, or more commonly symptoms arise far from the original site of injury.
In a typical treatment a full interview and past medical history will be taken of the patient followed by a full body evaluation. Osteopathy may include a combination of General Osteopathic Technique (GOT), osteo-articular adjustment  (joint mobilization), myofascial release, Muscle Energy Technique (MET), visceral manipulation, and cranio-sacral therapy. To restore normal body function treatment will be directed toward restoring the body’s circulation, and ease of movement, encouraging the self-regulation and healing process. (Canadian School of Osteopathy – Manual Practice Website, 2016)
Conditions treated with Manual Osteopathy:
  • Back & neck issues
  • Chronic fatigue/stress/anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Decreased mobility/circulation
  • Digestive Problems
  • Dizziness/ Vertigo
  • Dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps)
  • Joint pain /arthritis
  • Migraines/ headaches
  • Motor vehicle accident injuries
  • Musculoskeletal dysfunctions
  • Rehabilitation post-surgery
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Scar tissue from injury or post-operatively
  • Spinal disc injuries
  • Sport & work related injuries
  • TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disorders
Laura is enrolled in the Canadian College of Osteopathy currently in her final year of the five year Osteopathic program.
For more information, or to book an appointment, please contact Laura:


Learning To Use Acupressure on Gallbladder 21

The acupoint known as Gallbladder 21 or Jian Jing is a fantastic point to work on during the spring transition.
The point can be found midway between the spine and the prominence of the shoulder joint (the acromion process), at the high point of the shoulder.
This point has the ability to improve a wide variety of symptoms and conditions, some of which include : pain in the neck or shoulder, headaches, stress, mastitis, insufficient lactation, and the point promotes labour.
Acupressure is a great way to stimulate an acupoint at home. Simply press the point, or massage it in a circular motion on both sides, 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


Bone Broth: What makes it so healing?  

Bone broth contains many beneficial nutrients like glucosamine and chondroitin (which provides strength to joints), and minerals such as phosphorus, calcium and magnesium. Its main nourishing ingredient however is gelatin - that jelly-like substance that is found in ‘jello’. Gelatin and other non-muscle meats (eg. organ meats, skin, and marrow) are necessary to balance the methionine levels found in muscle meats. Methionine is an essential amino acid (a building block of protein) that, when in excess, will readily metabolize to a harmful substrate called  homocysteine. In  high levels, homocysteine can be a risk factor for heart disease and stroke by increasing plaque formation in arteries, as well as a possible contributor to Alzheimer’s disease.

Ancient healing knowledge 

Our ancestors commonly consumed bone broth and other non-muscle meats.  Lean animal meat that many of us consume today, was not as readily accessible and the hunter-gatherer populations of the past ate what was available – the whole animal, not just the muscle meats. In fact, many carnivorous animals will eat organ meat prior to eating the muscle meat – perhaps they innately know where the nourishment lies, and the balance that is needed.  Bone broth can help to balance the consumption of muscle with non-muscle meat.

  • 2 lbs bones from healthy origins (i.e. grass-fed beef bones, organic chicken carcass)
  • 2 chicken feet for added gelatin
  • 1 onion & peel
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 bunch vegetable stems
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 lemon (cut in half)
  • 1 tbsp iodized sea salt 
  1. Place everything in a slow cooker and pour filtered water on top.
  2. Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer.
  3. Simmer for a minimum of 2 hours, and up to 48 hours. (Longer cooking times help to extract more calcium and cofactors out of the bone.)
  4. Strain and, when cool, store in the fridge for up to 5 days. 
Use as a stock base for soups or stews, or drink as is, as regularly as you desire. Enjoy the nutritive benefits!

Allergy Testing and Treatment offered at Garibaldi Health Clinic

Allergy season is upon us! Do you suffer with itchy, watery eyes; runny nose, sneezing, wheezing, headache, fatigue, plugged ears, and sinus congestion?
Garibaldi Health Clinic offers allergy testing (via diagnostic
scratch testing) to determine if you have allergies (and the severity)
to the following: Grasses, Trees, Weeds, Ragweed, Dust mite,
Cats, Dogs and/or Mold.
Treatment using SLIT (Sublingual Immunotherapy):

Sublingual immunotherapy, given as drops under the tongue, treats
the cause(s) of allergies by giving low doses of the allergen (for eg.
cat dander) to the patient. Repeated exposure over time to these small
doses, increases one’s tolerance to the allergens and reduces allergy
symptoms. SLIT re-trains your body not to be allergic in the first place.
Patients that undergo SLIT treatment report a better quality of life -
fewer sick days from work and school, improved sleep, and a drastic
reduction or elimination of allergy symptoms. Many patients are
dependent on antihistamines to function, and are happy to not
need them anymore.
SLIT has been studied in over 60 clinical trials over the
past 15 years proving efficacy, safety, and tolerance to
the treatment. It is now the most widely prescribed form
of allergy immunotherapy in Europe. SLIT is Health
Canada and FDA approved, and is recognized by the World
Health Organization as an effective treatment for allergies.
Research shows that committing to the full therapy can result in
permanent symptom relief - no more suffering from allergies!

Please contact Garibaldi Health Clinic - 604.898.1999 for
more information or to book an appointment. The
drops are written as a prescription, and are covered
by most medical plans.

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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 

Beth Ebers
Registered Midwife

Janice Forman
Registered Midwife

Lydia Szymanski
Registered Midwife

Anna Turyk
Registered Midwife

Natalie Scopaz
Homeopathic Practitioner

Carolyn Green
Reiki Practitioner

Laura Highmoor
Manual Practice Osteopath (current study)

Kirstin French
Vega Technician

Barb Fredericks
Office Administrator

Brittany Sharpe
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 - 4:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Dr. Ashely Gordon's Hours:
Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 9:o0am- 6:00pm 
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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