NATuropatHic MeDICInE

About Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathy is based on the understanding that each patient is unique, and an individual approach is needed to address the physical, environmental, lifestyle and emotional aspects of health. Looking at a full patient history alongside laboratory test results allows naturopathic doctors to find and address the unique root causes of symptoms using a variety of therapies.

Treatment Modalities Included

Therapies included in the practice of Naturopathic Medicine at BioHeal Ottawa include Western and Eastern herbal medicine, functional nutrition, homoeopathy and traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, as well as lifestyle counselling to support a preventive approach to health and wellness.

Naturopathic Doctors are Committed to Holistic, Individual Patient Care

Naturopathy is based on the understanding that each patient is unique, and an individual approach is needed to address the physical, environmental, lifestyle and emotional aspects of health. Looking at a full patient history alongside laboratory test results allows naturopathic doctors to find and address the unique root causes of symptoms using a variety of therapies.

A Holistic Approach to Wellness That Does Not Mask Symptoms

Whereas conventional medicine typically treats the symptoms of diagnosed, established disease using pharmaceutical therapies or surgery, a Naturopathic approach allows issues to be addressed earlier in their development and from a variety of angles. Our team treats all health concerns for all ages, helping to improve overall wellness and quality of life for those with mild to serious concerns. Your ND will work in collaboration with your MD where necessary to support your wellbeing and minimize side effects of surgery or medication used in conventional treatments.

Should You Visit a Naturopathic Doctor?

Nowadays, more people than ever are seeking out the support of a Naturopathic Doctor as recognition for the field of natural and preventive medicine increases. More research is emerging each month that supports the therapies we have always used, and interest in a more natural approach that puts the power in the hands of the patient is growing.

Meet dr. Marie Matheson

Dr. Marie is a Naturopathic doctor and co-founder of BioHeal Ottawa which opened in April, 2019. She graduated from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in 2005 and for the past decade was the senior ND at a local wellness clinic. Opening the BioHeal Ottawa clinic is a professional dream come true.

Grounded in general practice skills, Dr. Marie thinks of herself as somewhat of a health detective for chronic illnesses, specifically when it comes to figuring out the underlying causes of chronic illness. Within this field, she is particularly well known for her expertise in treating Lyme Disease.

Her willingness to freely share clinical pearls of wisdom among colleagues has led to her being a sought-after speaker at conferences. This, along with her professional reputation, lead to her being asked to be a recent author of a chapter within the Connie Strasheim’s ground-breaking book, New Paradigms in Lyme Disease.

It’s hard to improve on the Naturopathic refrain, “fix the terrain”, but this is the mission at the heart of Dr. Marie’s practice. She meets all her patients with the heartiest smile and an open mind.

Meet dr. Jesse Pierce

Dr. Jesse Pierce, ND, Bsc., is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor who graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2007, and has been in practice in Ottawa since 2008. Dr. Jesse has a general family practice and has a special interest in treating complex chronic illness. She strives to provide an approach to your healthcare that is focused on you! The goal is to provide you with the information, resources, and motivation you need to get you back on the road to health. 

Dr. Jesse’s approach is based on helping you understand the cause of your condition. By removing the cause and allowing your body to heal, you will improve your overall vitality. Dr. Pierce has been able to help many people overcome their symptoms and many types of illnesses such as Lyme and co-infections, auto-immune issues, severe acne, insomnia, digestive disturbances, anxiety and depression.

In addition to using lab reports and clinical examination, Dr. Jesse further employs the use of an assessment technique known as Auricular Medicine. This is an assessment tool to determine blockages that are preventing the body from healing.

In her practice she uses drainage, herbs, homeopathy, acupuncture, nutrition and lifestyle counselling as tools to facilitate change and improvements in her patient’s lives. More recently, Dr. Jesse has incorporated “neurofeedback” to help support optimal brain wellness (Learn about Neurofeedback here), as well as becoming a practitioner of the Elapromed system for naturopathic skin treatments (Learn about Elapromed here).

She is a member of both the Canadian association of Naturopathic Medicine and Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

Meet dr. Erin Kasparek

Dr. Erin Kasparek is a Naturopathic Doctor accepting patients in the Ottawa area. After graduating from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, she became a licensed practitioner with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO). She has further training in pediatric care, biomedical treatment for autism, bio-identical hormone prescribing, injection nutrient therapy, as well as doula training to support women in labour.

She believes that the body is like a puzzle, and investigating dietary factors, nutritional deficiencies, organ system function, hormonal health and lifestyle factors makes all the difference in finding the root. Addressing the root causes of symptoms allows for lasting resolution, empowerment through understanding the body’s signals and in promoting a feeling vitality and optimal wellness.

Your First Visit

We look forward to serving you and your health needs at BioHeal.

Below are the steps to making your first appointment a great experience…

1. Book Your First Appointment

Please contact the office either by phone at 613.446.6060 or email us at to schedule an initial visit.  Please note: For Initial Visits only  with Dr Marie Matheson, you will be required to book in and see our holistic nutritionist, Jessica Parkes first for an initial visit and a follow-up with her BEFORE conducting your Initial Consult with Dr Marie Matheson. These bookings are included in the initial cost of the appointment.

2. Access Your Online Account

Upon booking, you will receive a couple of email notifications from our office via Jane App:

  • Confirmation of your email address.
  • Welcome email to set up a username and password to access your secure patient portal.
    • Once logged in, you will be able to book/manage appointments, complete online intake forms, add credit cards on file, join any online consult bookings, and much more.
  • Payment receipt for the non-refundable deposit.
  • Confirmation of appointment booking.
  • Link to your online intake form.

Online Intake Form

The link to your online intake form will be emailed once you have made the appointment and provided the non-refundable deposit. 

  • It is important that you fill out the form completely and accurately so that the first meeting can be productive and efficient.
  • The intake form is designed to help you examine some of the many factors affecting your health. While it is quite detailed, the time spent in answering ALL the questions is well worth your while 🙂
  • Your family history of disease, your past illnesses, your health habits, your work and home environments all have a direct bearing on your health. (Many details that seem insignificant to you may have an important bearing on your diagnosis and treatment.)
  • We encourage patients to have their intake forms completed within 7 days of booking their initial visit.
  • Please note: We recommend that you set aside about 45-60 minutes of your time to complete the online intake form as it is lengthy and detailed.

Medication & Supplements

Please make sure you list on the intake form: your current medications and supplements including the brand, dose, how long you have been using them and approximately how often you take them

Previous Lab Tests

Please email us (at least 7 days prior to your first visit) any previous test results for Lyme disease, mycotoxins, heavy metals, and any recent blood work, or anything you feel is relevant to your case.