Hi there! My name is Michelle Dowker, I’m a Naturopathic Doctor turned Empowerment Coach & Transformation Facilitator.
I have 3 post-secondary degrees that took 10 years to complete: a Bachelor of science in biomedical science, a Master of science in human biology and nutritional science both from the University of Guelph and a Naturopathic Doctor diploma from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.
I’m passionate about helping women struggling with fatigue, bloating, pain, and stubborn weight, especially from chronic and invisible illness like autoimmune disease and endometriosis.
I help women who’ve tried what seems like all the therapies and diets, including AIP, Keto, and especially Carnivore, and realize that they need to go deeper than just dietary changes to get the results they crave.
While diet’s important, it’s only a piece of the puzzle. More often than not, STRESS is a common and major contributor to all of the symptoms I mentioned above, especially when they don’t improve with dietary changes and supplements.
If you don’t get control over stress, no amount of dietary changes, even down to Carnivore, will give you all the results you’re looking for. And even if you’re feeling some improvement, you won’t be able to successfully reintroduce foods again unless you get the stress response under control.
The thing is, getting control over stress goes much deeper than bubble baths and yoga poses – these activities, while relaxing, only manage symptoms of stress, they don’t deal with the stress response at the root.
What I do is help women completely transform their stress response, so that they can finally feel energetic, banish bloat, ease pain, and release excess weight, even if they’ve tried what seems like all the diets and therapies and nothing helped.
When we work on this vital piece and transform it, the women I work with finally feel in control of their bodies, health, and their entire lives. They feel calm, confident, and comfortable in their bodies, often for the first time in their lives.
I don’t offer a magic pill solution, but what I do offer is a different way. You likely have never seen an approach like mine: Medical doctors don’t have the time to even consider the root causes, and most Functional medicine and alternative health practitioners are focused on the physical symptoms, rather than digging down and transforming the true root of these frustrating symptoms: your stress response.
You may have tried stress management activities, or have gone to see a therapist or counsellor, but often these approaches fall short. Relaxation techniques are helpful, but don’t address the root of why you respond to stress the way you do. And “top down” therapy approaches like CBT and meditation can be helpful for some, but for most of us hard-wired in our stress responses, starting at the level of the mind is difficult and often ineffective. We need to first train our nervous system to calm down.
My approach goes deeper than relaxation techniques, and it starts with a “bottom up” approach, so that you can feel calm in your body first, before you start to even think about managing your thoughts. Because that hamster wheel of whirring thoughts can be tricky to get a hold of if you try to start there – kind of like herding cats.
Once we get your nervous system calm, then we can start on the transformation that will improve every aspect of your life: your body, your health, relationships, and the level of happiness and contentment you experience with absolutely everything, including yourself.
I wouldn’t be able to guide clients through this type of transformation had I not taken the journey myself, which I continue to explore as a lifelong process. My hope is to hold a shining light on the path for all those who are in the same place I’ve been, so they can find their way to more ease, peace, and freedom, as well.
Feeling stressed and out of control about your life and your body is not the way we were meant to live. There is another way. It’s not a magic pill, but if you’re willing to give it a go, it can give you the peace that you’re looking for.
The women I work with have often had to resort all the way to Carnivore before they found me. They’ve either not gotten all they results they wanted, or they’ve plateaued. Or, they’re ready to reintroduce foods, but find they’re reactive to everything they try.
Once we work together to transform their mindset and stress response, not only do they feel more energetic, calmer, and more comfortable, but they find their tolerance to different foods improves, so that they can finally reintroduce and create more dietary variety.
If you’ve tried what seems like all the diets and treatments, you’ve come to the realization that stress and emotions are a big root cause of your fatigue, bloating, pain, and stubborn weight, and you’re ready to transform your own stress response so you can finally be in control of your body and your whole life, you may be a fit for my 1:1 package, Empowered You.
Over the course of 6 months, I guide you through the process I described above, and so much more. We also work on finding the dietary choices that work best for you, I provide natural supplement suggestions that help calm your nervous system, and improve digestion and immune function, and if you’re into it, I also make personalized essential oil suggestions that help with mood and mindset shifting, to make the process go much more smoothly and easily.
While the program itself lasts 6 months so that we have the time to make the true transformational changes that will last forever, clients start experiencing more energy and mental clarity, less pain, and better sleep and digestion in a matter of weeks, sometimes even days, and continue to feel better and better as they continue through the rest of the package.
Are you ready to get your life back, and even better?
I myself have battled with endometriosis and autoimmune conditions, and through my personal and clinical experience, along with my love of keeping up-to-date with current research, I’ve created a unique approach that gets to the root cause of chronic illness symptoms.
I use a blend of functional physiology, nutrition, mindfulness, and emotional regulation work to help women regain control of their bodies and their lives, so they can feel less confused and frustrated, and become more calm, empowered, and confident.
I help women not only control the symptoms associated with their physical conditions, but resolve the emotional and stress-related roots of their physical symptoms, for more effective and long-term control and resolution.
I help you to dig deep, find your personal power, and discover a healthier, happier, and more energetic you.
Women with endometriosis & autoimmune have suffered long enough without answers or hope.
My mission is to help you figure out your answers, give you hope, and help you feel like you again.
Ready to look at your life differently?
I know how confusing it can be to not know what to do to get relief from fatigue, pain, bloating, brain fog, and all those other debilitating symptoms that go along with endometriosis & autoimmune.
I offer a limited number of complimentary Clarity Calls per month, where I will help you get deep clarity on what’s keeping you stuck feeling this way and what the next best step is for you on your path to feeling well again.
If you’re ready to uncover what’s keeping you feeling the way you are, this is an opportunity for you to gain clarity on how to finally restore your energy and get relief from your symptoms so you can feel like you again.
Click on the button below to learn more about these Clarity Sessions and to fill out your application:
Here’s some resources you can access to learn more about me, my approach, and how you can start getting control over your frustrating symptoms and start to feel like you again:
Send me an email to Michelle @ wellbalance.ca