Dr. Stephanie Trenciansky
Dr. Stephanie Trenciansky has had an established medical practice in Langley, British Columbia since 1997. From young children to the elderly, patients have sought her help in treating their acute to chronic illnesses. Utilizing her skills in naturopathic medicine, nutrition, acupuncture, women’s health, intravenous therapies and chelation she has successfully treated her patients’ healthcare problems. She frequently lectures to the public, writes for magazines and has been a featured lecturer on local television.
Dr. Trenciansky has spent over 20 years in the healthcare field. From a young age she knew she would be a healthcare practitioner. Her early interest was first in the conventional medical field. This interest eventually evolved into a commitment for naturopathic medicine. Through this evolution, she came to understand that the “shot gun” approach of standard medical practice didn’t always work. Most patients require a comprehensive and individualized treatment strategy. It was through naturopathic medicine that Dr. Trenciansky was able to achieve this.
Dr. Trenciansky graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology. She then worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 3 years. In 1992 she entered naturopathic medical school at Bastyr University in Seattle. After completing medical school, in 1997, she entered into private medical practice, which she continues to do today. During private practice she has further completed certification in acupuncture, chelation therapy and ozone therapy. In addition to private practice, she was the treasurer for the British Columbia Naturopathic Association for over 6 years.
Dr. Peter Bennett
Dr. Bennett was a founder of Meditrine Clinic with Dr. Trenciansky but currently Dr. Bennett is on a sabbatical.
Dr. Bennett uses diet, nutrition, herbal medicines, acupuncture, homeopathy, physical medicine and intravenous nutritional medicines to help patients with acute and chronic health problems. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA in Asian Studies in 1980 and completed the naturopathic medical school program at Bastyr University in 1987. Dr. Bennett concurrently completed the three-year degree program in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at the Northwest Clinic of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He received his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) in 1987 and was selected by his peers for a post-graduate residency training program at Bastyr University. After completing his education, Dr. Bennett returned to his home on a small island off the coast of British Columbia where he worked as a sole practitioner for many years.
Dr. Bennett’s patient care is based on the importance of each person’s uniqueness. He treats each patient with a special program suited to their own health problems, their own genetics, theirown personal life situation. In contrast, the practice of mainstream medicine is quite different. Usually, most “standard of care” primary care and specialist medical doctors are trained to evaluate and treat single organs (lungs, stomach, bladder, colon) and organ systems (nervous, immune, digestive), and to consider them as separate and distinctive health care specialties. To assist in the specialization of a single organ system, there are cardiologists, neurologists, and gastroenterologists. When a patient consults mainstream physician about his or her problems, the typical process is to try to match symptoms with disease complexes, conditions, and disorders familiar to the doctor in order to reach a diagnosis. Once the problem has been named, tests might be done to confirm the diagnosis, and a treatment program follows. Usually this treatment program is a pharmaceutical or surgical intervention. The name of the problem usually describes the type of damage that the disease has wrought or the part of the body that’s affected. The treatment is based on a model called the “standard of care,” which means that the physician treats the disease, not the person, using the standard textbook approach. This model is not designed to factor in the genetic uniqueness and biochemical individuality of each patient and the special circumstances of his or her situation.
Obviously, the mainstream method of health care delivery works very well in certain cases, especially when a patient’s problem is of an acute nature or emergency situation. However, in many cases, chronic problems in multiple systems is the presenting situation. When a doctor can’t identify a clear-cut cause, he or she treats the symptoms alone, often with medications to suppress the symptoms, and the patient never really gets better. The method of temporarily stopping the pain with a drug or cutting out the tissue that is diseased, may only cause the problem show up somewhere else. This strategy is not the same as treating the source or cause of the problem. In some cases, the source of the problem is separate from the site of the disease.
For example, arthritis means inflammation in the joint, and gastritis means inflammation in the stomach. These names are descriptive only—they tell us nothing about why the inflammation has occurred. However, from the point of view of Dr. Bennett’s care, these states of tissue inflammation are caused from disorders in other parts of the body. A person with arthritis could actually have a digestive problem, and gastric inflammation could be the result of food intolerance. In natural healing, the reason for an illness is more important than its name. The cure begins with understanding the cause.
Dr. Monique Hallee
Dr. Hallee has followed a path to become a doctor inspired by the work of missionaries who shared their experiences with her. She has made an effort to study and medical care globally. She has taken her to different regions of Canada, the USA, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Bolivia and Cuba.
Dr. Hallee graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and attended Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. She attended and graduated from Boucher Naturopathic Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM) in New Westminster, BC in 2011 and she continued to mentor and teach at BINM after graduation.
Naturopathic medicine is not just a job for Dr. Hallee, it is a passion that she enjoys sharing with patients, doctors, students and anyone who has questions about the path to wellness and balance. She continues to promote health in Body, Mind and Spirit through writing and speaking and finds inner depth and meaning in her family and personal faith.