What is Integrative Medicine?
Integrative Medicine is an approach to care that seeks to integrate the best of Western scientific medicine with a broader understanding of the nature of illness, healing and wellness.
A practical strategy, integrative medicine puts the patient at the center of the care and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person’s health.
By treating the whole person, both the patient’s immediate needs as well as the effects of the long-term and complex interplay between a range of biological, behavioral, psychosocial and environmental influences are addressed. This process enhances the ability of individuals to not only get well, but most importantly, stay well.
Integrative Medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies. (Dr. Andrew Weil, The University of Arizona, Center for Integrative Medicine)
A truly integrative approach has always been at the heart of everything in Susan’s life, and has now found its place in “Dr. Susan’s Integrative Medicine Program”. Starting in early school days, a relationship with horses was the outlet for anxiety and stress, followed by the addition of transcendental meditation and massage therapy for overall health while in high school in England, a fascination with the European inclusion of alternative medicine approaches such as homeopathy in standard medical training, and then back in Canada, she pursued a “bedside” nursing training program at the Foothills Hospital, graduating in 1978.
After several years of trying to combine mental health and counseling with physical care, she decided a better route was to pursue medicine, where she could have a greater impact and the autonomy to practice the way she thought best for the “patient” – the integrated care of an inseparable mind, spirit, and body.
Since graduating with her M.D. from the University of Calgary in 1985, she has achieved a Fellowship in the Specialty of Family Medicine, practiced rural family medicine for 15 + years in both Sundre and Milk River, and in 2004, following the untimely passing of the visionary Dr. Derrick Thompson, moved full time into the role as Medical Director, practicing physician and co-owner (with Kelly Blackshaw) of Foothills Health Consultants Ltd. in Calgary. In that role, she further developed the Executive Medicine and Corporate Medicine programs, serving many corporations and organizations in Alberta, supporting health promotion and early diagnosis for their executive, professionals, managers and front line workers. With encouragement from these groups and many individuals, she created the Total Health Management framework for personal care. When the company grew in size and success, she sold her share to Coril Holdings Ltd. but continued on as Medical Director, helping to guide it through the acquisition of Innovative Health Group and then the creation of INLIV.
After 10 years contracting in a number of positions at INLIV, but most prominently as a consulting personal physician in the Total Health Management Program, it was time to move back to her rural home, and explore further avenues for patient care in integrative health and medicine. In November 2017, she departed INLIV and began her practice at Glenmore Landing.
In her spare time, she has a number of interests but especially enjoys spending time with her husband at their horse ranch, and hiking and hanging out with her two grown daughters.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Tania completed her Degree in Bachelor of Arts majoring in Communication at the University of Calgary before moving to Toronto, where she completed her qualifications as an MOA (Medical Office Administrator).
She has worked in the healthcare sector for over 15 years – including a pharmacy assistant, a medical office assistant at the Occupational Rehabilitation Department at the Toronto Western Hospital, and a 4 year ‘stint’ as a MOA at Medcan in Toronto. Since then she worked at INLIV before moving to Dr. Susan’s office at Glenmore Landing.
Tania moved back to Calgary with her teenage son in the Summer of 2016. In her spare time, she enjoys watching sports (especially NFL), travelling, cooking and dancing.
Cheylynn has lived in Calgary for most of her life. She graduated from SAIT’s Medical Laboratory Assistant program and she began her medical career working at the Alberta Children’s Hospital specializing in Pediatric Phlebotomy for three years before seeking work in integrative medicine.
She has been working with Dr. Susan since 2014 first at INLIV and now at the Glenmore Landing Clinic.
Cheylynn loves to run and has proudly completed numerus races including a half marathon. She spends her spare time baking, cooking, and adventuring outdoors with her husband, two daughters and their dog.
Agnes arrived in Calgary in 1972 after completing college in Copenhagen, Denmark for Medical Lab Technology.
Agnes worked at the Holy Cross Hospital laboratory until it closed and then worked as a phlebotomist for Foothills Health Consultants Ltd. (later INLIV) until moving to Dr. Susan’s Glenmore Landing Clinic in 2018. Agnes has been doing phlebotomy for Dr. Susan since 2004.
Outside of work, Agnes loves to travel, hike, and spend time in the mountains. Most of all she loves to hang out with her family.