The Bowen Island Wellness Centre welcomes practitioner Heidi Mather to our team. Heidi is an acupuncturist and registered nutritionist, qualified in London, UK, with 6 years’ clinical experience. Since moving to Bowen with her family in the fall of 2015, Heidi has been meeting regularly with Catherine Shaw, a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, for study sessions. The two enjoy working together to find the best solutions in clinic.
“Depending on how a situation presents itself, I think either along the lines of Chinese Medicine energetics or in terms of nutrients and organ system pathology,” says Mather. “It is exciting for Catherine and I to be working so closely with one another, and brainstorm the linkages between the east and west. Drawing from the best of both nutritional perspectives offers exponential possibilities for effective treatment.”
When asked how she works, Mather says that she considers herself a health detective.
“My biggest skill is being a puzzle solver, and human health is certainly one of the most complex puzzles I know. I would say my gift lies in tying together seemingly separate issues. That is why I spend 90 minutes during my initial consultation finding all the facts, and then another few days putting together a client plan. I allow myself time to get to the heart of the matter, to digest the ideas, and to do the necessary research. There is no one size fits all solution,” says Mather, who adds that she also considers education to be an important component of her work.
“I feel it is my responsibility to communicate ideas to my clients in a way that makes sense to them, so that they can make informed choices. Effective action requires understanding. As a nutritionist, I prefer to focus on what is an ‘appropriate’ food choice as opposed to what is simply ‘healthy.’ What that means changes over time, as any individual client changes.”
Heidi Mather is currently offering nutritional consultations and will offer acupuncture consultations later in the year once her BC registration is completed.