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Even if you've been told there's no hope, I believe you can experience more energy, less pain, and feel like yourself again.
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Meet Michelle.

Welcome! I’m so glad you dropped by. My name is Michelle Dowker, I’m a Naturopathic Doctor turned Transformation Facilitator (what does that even mean? Read on and you’ll understand)

My formal education background includes an Honours Bachelor of Science in biomedical science, a Master of Science in human biology & nutritional science, both from the University of Guelph, Canada, and a four-year Naturopathic Doctor diploma, from the accredited Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Canada.

I’ve also accumulated a wide variety of additional experience from informal education, from teachers such as herbalists, acupuncturists, reiki practitioners, energy workers, Shaman healers, and a Buddhist nun. I’ve also received many certifications including life coach and reiki practitioner.

I understand how frustrating it is to deal with unrelenting symptoms like fatigue, bloating, and pain. I myself have endometriosis and an autoimmune condition. 

After a series of major stressors in my life, my conditions had flared and I had declined so badly I was bed-bound for months with pain, exhaustion, bloating, dizziness, nausea, and so much more. My life was slipping away. I’d tried everything I could think of given my knowledge as a Naturopathic Doctor, but nothing was working.

I stumbled across the meat-only Carnivore diet by happenstance, which got me back on my feet again within days. It felt like a miracle. This experience taught me a lot about many concepts that aren’t yet taught in mainstream nutrition. 

However, even after months of following the diet religiously, I wasn’t feeling 100%. And I was so reactive to foods, reintroduction was impossible.

Natural supplements to heal my gut, immune system, and hormones were somewhat helpful, but I still wasn’t feeling as good as I knew I could. I had to be honest with myself and explore the true root of the trigger that made me so sick in the first place: Stress and unresolved emotions and trauma.

While emotional healing and stress management work has been a part of my practice with patients and clients for well over a decade, it’s hard to see your own blindspots — like trying to see the forest when you’re amongst the trees.

So I hired coaches to help me uncover & heal some important things I was having trouble seeing on my own, and improve my own perspective and stress responses, and finally heal unresolved trauma I hadn’t fully addressed.

With this work that I did and continue to do (because it’s a lifelong journey), I’ve been able to reintroduce foods again. I don’t need to be chained to a 100% Carnivore diet for the rest of my life, which, at one point, I thought I was destined to have to do. And I see the same for my clients time and time again.

More importantly, I feel calm and in control of myself and my life, health, and my body – more so than I have in my whole life. And my clients I work with tell me the exact same thing once we start this process together.

Out of the dietary changes I made, the supplements I took, and the emotional healing I did, it was the latter I realize now was the most important of them all — it was at the root of everything. 

Diet & natural supplements were supportive and helped me better manage the symptoms I was experiencing, but the root of the matter was the stress and emotions, and I didn’t fully resolve the issue until I did the work to transform this key piece of the puzzle, particularly, my relationship with myself. 

I call this emotional roots of physical symptoms — this lays the foundation of what I call the inner emotional terrain, which impacts nervous system function…and as a result, ripples out to affect every single system in the body.

My clients have similar realizations once they transform doing the work with me: that diet isn’t the problem – the true root of their physical symptoms comes down to stress and emotions, which is why diet and supplements only helped them up to a certain extent.

This is a piece of the puzzle most practitioners ignore, especially in the medical system. Often, they just don’t have the time. Or it’s not part of their wheelhouse of expertise. We all have different talents.

Some practitioners may suggest trying yoga or taking time for things like bubble baths. While these are, no doubt, relaxing activities, they too, are just managing symptoms.

When you dive deep and transform how you think about and respond to challenges in life, heal your relationship with yourself so that you relieve all that inner pressure & criticism you put on yourself, and train your nervous system to function more flexibly, that’s when things change. Stress doesn’t build up and affect your body in the same way. 

When you start to understand that you have control over your body and mind, and more importantly, how to acquire that control, it changes you on every level. When you start to feel in control, you become Empowered. When you’re Empowered, your life changes in every way.

This is the work I do with my clients. They tell me all the time how much more in control they feel, not only of their body and their symptoms, but their whole lives. Not only is their energy, sleep, pain and digestion improved, but they feel like they’ve finally moved out of survival mode — they tell me they feel like they’re thriving now, with a sense of purpose and joy. They truly flourish.

Clients tell me all the time how life-changing this work is. It’s a transformation back to your true, authentic self that you guide yourself through, and I facilitate. Hence, the title: Transformation Facilitator.

As an empath and highly sensitive person (HSP), I’m able to pick up on nuances most people don’t see. I can detect patterns, emotions, and messages hidden underneath the surface through listening to how you speak, what you say, and the way you say it. 

And as most of my clients tend also to be empaths, I teach them how to harness this skill as a gift — as opposed to feeling it’s a burden, which I used to feel myself.

Combined with my academic research and clinical experiences, this blend of talents helps me connect dots most practitioners don’t consider. 

Trying to see it for yourself without outside help is very difficult to do — again, like trying to see the forest when you’re lost amongst the trees. Even I have my own coaches and mentors to this day to help me continue to heal and grow.

I’ve been told over and over again by clients that I’ve helped them in ways no other practitioner has. I ask the important questions no one has ever considered, put together pieces of their puzzle and connect dots they’d never been able to see before, and show them perspectives they couldn’t see before, which have changed their lives in magnificent ways.

I’ve been told that not even therapists or counsellors they’ve seen have ever been able to “go there” to a place to help them see and transform themselves the way they have with me, and that they realize now was the thing they needed to truly heal.

I create lightbulb “aha” moments of life-changing clarity for my clients. When those moments happen, there’s an instant desire to do things differently. It doesn’t feel forced, it’s a natural progression that happens as part of the transformation process.

Once we work together to regulate their nervous system, transform their stress response, and heal their relationship with themselves, 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 unresolved emotions or trauma are a big root cause of your fatigue, bloating, pain, and stubborn weight, and you’re ready to step up to your emotional healing, really look at what you want for your life, and take back control so that you can heal from the inside out and feel fully empowered, you may be a fit for my 6-month 1:1 intensive, Empowered You.

If this sounds like your next step to true healing, please have a look at the following link by clicking the red button below, which explains in more detail what this intensive includes, and how it helps you create life-changing transformation — not just for your health, but your whole life…

Two main support options:

Single personalized assessment and customized suggestions to get you kickstarted in the right direction to feeling better.

6-month guided 1:1 transformational program so you can transform emotional roots of physical symptoms and finally feel in control of your health, body, and entire life in every way.

Hi there! My name is Michelle Dowker, I’m a Naturopathic Doctor turned 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 finally heal the emotional roots of their physical symptoms so they can not just survive, but fully thrive in life.

I help women who’ve tried what seems like all the 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, unhealed emotions, and our relationship with ourselves are common and major contributors to all of the symptoms I mentioned above, especially when they don’t improve with dietary changes and supplements. 

I call this the emotional roots to physical symptoms, and determines the level of balance of your internal emotional terrain and level of flexibility of your nervous system.

The state of your nervous system determines the state of every other system & function in your body. If it’s dysregulated, chances are you’ll have trouble regulating everything else, including digestion, immune function, metabolism, hormones & more.

Once we work together, every single client tells me they see now how much deeper than diet it goes, and this realization changes their lives.

They also come to realize it’s not about the external stress going on outside of us — because that’s always going to be there. It’s not about hiding away to avoid stressful events. A little stress here & there is actually motivating & helpful.

What I do is help women completely transform their stress response, lead them back to themselves, and guide them to heal their relationship with themselves so that they not only 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), but can finally feel the level of self-acceptance, self-love, and inner-belongingness they had, underneath it all, been searching for all along.

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 emotional roots, which, especially for those of us with chronic illness, are key players that need to be healed.

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, talk therapy, 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, love, 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.

I myself have an autoimmune condition and endometriosis. It was a severe flare that led me to try the meat-only Carnivore diet, which got me back on my feet when nothing else could, even the Autoimmune Paleo protocol.

But it was the emotional healing that got me the rest of the way, and allowed me to reintroduce foods again, when every attempt prior was futile.

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, like I had been.

Once we work together to regulate their nervous system, transform their stress response, and heal their relationship with themselves, 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 unresolved emotions or trauma are a big root cause of your fatigue, bloating, pain, and stubborn weight, and you’re ready to step up to your emotional healing, really look at what you want for your life, and take back control so that you can heal from the inside out and feel fully empowered, you may be a fit for my 6-month 1:1 intensive, Empowered You.

If this sounds like your next step to true healing, please have a look at the following link, which explains in more detail what this intensive includes, and how it helps you create life-changing transformation

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Who I'm here for:

I’m here to usher women with autoimmune & endometriosis back to their true & empowered selves and heal the roots of dis-ease, from the inside out.

To remind my fellow sensitives who have a shy, sensitive, or empath side to them that this gift is a true superpower, not a weakness.

To guide women to their own medicine within themselves, so they can develop a deep knowing of what’s best for them, now, and always.

 

I’m here to create a safe, non-judgemental, and supportive space so you can:

– Connect to your own inner knowing and regain your own sense of agency

– Not just survive, but flourish, despite experiencing chronic illness

– Step into your true self, purpose, and mission, filled with self-love, acceptance, and true fulfillment.

 

This space is for the woman who understands the confusion and frustration of being stuck in the liminality of chronic illness: that uncertain space in between being sick and being well.

She understands the helpless feeling of not knowing what her body will do from day to day, but she’s ready to move past the hopelessness and step into her own sense of agency and power.

She understands that stress, emotions, and most importantly, her relationship and relating with herself are important roots to be healed in order to experience true control over not only her health, but her entire life.

She’s ready to look within and take responsibility for her own healing – from the inside out.

Deeper than controlling symptoms with diet, although she sees the importance in dietary choices, and beyond looking to others for the answers that will “fix” her. 

She’s shed the self-defeating victim mindset, and she’s ready to step into a new paradigm of self-responsibility — which, in turn, delivers the elixir of calm control that supports every aspect of her body, mind and spirit: from nervous system regulation, immune & digestive function, hormone balance, and above all, emotional well-being. 

To the self-leaders who are ready to rise up from the ashes of illness, with the courage and determination to look within for their own answers, love, and healing.

To the self-healers that are willing to meet themselves fully, shed the labels and beliefs that no longer serve, and step into the power of their truth, so that they can find their own medicine within.

To the women committed to themselves and their journey of growth and healing by courageously going within and creating their own sense of self-belonging.

This is where true freedom in wellness lies.

Let’s guide ourselves home and find freedom together.

Learn more about Me:

Have a question?

Send me an email to Michelle @ wellbalance.ca

Why do I focus on helping women with these conditions?

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?

Michelle Dowker, MSc, ND

Let me help you

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:

Want TO learn more?

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:

Free Guide

Click here to get your free e-guide: 5 Essential Factors for Relief from Endometriosis & Autoimmune

latest featured podcast

Click here to listen to me on Endoandbeauty podcast, where I share my personal story along with lots of information & tips

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