Meet our doctors
Dr. Rebecca Tocher-Richmond, BA, BPHE, ND,
I graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2001 as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Prior to this I attended Queen’s University in Kingston for my undergraduate degrees. During my 4 years studying naturopathic medicine I met my husband, fellow student, Dave Richmond. Although we both grew up in Ontario, after graduation we decided to move to Alberta where there was a greater need for naturopathic doctors. We became the 30th and 31st NDs in the province. There are now over 200. After gaining some valuable experience working in multidisciplinary clinics in Edmonton, we opened St. Albert Naturopathic Clinic in 2004.
What resonated most with me about naturopathic medicine was the philosophy. In Naturopathic Medicine we treat the whole person, not just the body part that is showing the symptoms. The goal is to always to identify and treat the root cause of a problem. I take the time with my patients to hear their whole story and develop a treatment plan that will lead to real, lasting results.
The focus of my practice is women’s health issues and pediatrics. I have been successful helping women with hormonal balancing, headaches, fatigue, fertility, thyroid issues, digestive issues, skin conditions, stress and sleep troubles. I enjoy working with children to resolve skin conditions, digestive problems and allergies. Over the last couple of years I have developed a passion for researching and helping women with PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome). Naturopathic Medicine has so much to offer women suffering from this disorder.
We are very grateful to have discovered the wonderful city of St. Albert. We love the small town feel and big city amenities that St. Albert offers. We live within walking distance of our clinic in quaint downtown St. Albert. Over time our practice and family have grown. Our 3 children attend our local school and we enjoy being active outdoors and taking part in community events. Along with being a wife and mother to our wonderful children, my passions include running along St. Albert’s beautiful trail system, triathlon training, skiing, camping and reading.
Dr. David Richmond, BSc, ND,
I approach life with enthusiasm and a passion for teaching others to heal themselves. I studied Biomedical Science and received my Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph in Ontario. Faced with a variety of career options, Naturopathic Medicine’s philosophy and approach to caring and fostering healing stood out among the rest. I then completed the four year program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto in order to achieve my goal. I have been involved with the political aspect of Naturopathic Medicine and have held the positions of secretary, registrar and treasurer for the Alberta Association of Naturopathic Practitioners. I am proud to live and work in the wonderful community of St. Albert and to offer Naturopathic care as part of a husband and wife team. My life is rounded out with three wonderful young children, Owen, Mya and Sophie.
Dr. David Vojtisek, BSc, ND,
Born and raised in what is now part of the Czech Republic, I moved to Edmonton in early 1980. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Alberta and then went on to earn my degree in Naturopathic Medicine at Toronto’s Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. In early 2010 I had the wonderful opportunity to join Dr.Richmond and Dr.Tocher-Richmond at the St.Albert Naturopathic Clinic after having practiced in Edmonton. I will consider it a great privilege to assist you on your path to well-being.
It is my belief that we all need to be intimately involved in attaining and maintaining our own health and I strive to empower each and every one of my patients to be able to take an active role in doing so. I also believe in leading by example and I balance my busy practice schedule with activities such as tennis, regular sauna detox, bird watching, yoga and spending time in Canada’s great outdoors!
Dr. Aki Kawai, RPh, ND,
I am a native of Tokyo, Japan. After graduating from university in 2001 and practicing as a pharmacist for several years, I felt there was a more complete model of health and self-healing to be learned. My search led me to Canada to study Naturopathic Medicine at CCNM in Toronto.
After graduating from CCNM, I started practice in Edmonton in 2008. I am an active member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta and the Alberta College of Pharmacists. I have taken further training in chelation, advanced IV therapies, medical ozone and oxygen therapies. I treat most health concerns with a special interest in family practice, women’s health, fertility and digestion disorders.
In my free time, I am engaged in the creation and preparation of nourishing, whole foods as well as physical activities such as tennis, scuba diving, hiking and yoga.
Meet Our Staff & Therapists
Erica Campbell-Gullekson, BioFlex Laser Therapist,
I’ve always been drawn to natural medicine, alternative therapies and have a passion to help others. Whether it be a friend, family member or someone I just met, I’m excited to assist in any way I can.
After suffering tirelessly for 15 years with whiplash & a debilitating back injury from an MVA, I discovered BIOFLEX Laser Therapy as the first modality that brought me significant relief. Experiencing the amazing results first hand, it inspired me to become a Certified Laser Therapist. In May 2007, I received my certification where I practiced locally for 2 years. Although my career path lead me in another direction for a short time, I always knew that this was my calling and one day I would pursue my passion. After a life-altering event in 2013, I knew it was time to do what I was meant to do. I’ve recently completed my Advanced Training & Certification and in January 2016, I finally began living my dream to assist others in their quest to find pain relief, mobility and happiness once again!
I’ve been a St. Albert resident for the past 13 years and I am so grateful in my life to have an amazing husband, 2 wonderful daughters, a husky pup and rescue bunny. I enjoy walking our dog, relaxing with our snuggle bunny, gardening, reading, continual learning, interests in nutrition, yoga and running. Many weekends are spent on the ball diamonds watching our girls playing fastball or just being their biggest fans, entertaining in our home or just enjoying quality time with positive, inspirational family and friends.
There is such an incredible heartfelt reward when you can make someone’s day a little bit brighter and know that you were a part of it.
Sarah Strass Receptionist and Patient Care Co-ordinator,
I was born and raised in the Stony Plain area. I have been working in the service industry ever since graduating high school. I studied psychology courses at Grant MacEwan before finding construction work in Fort McMurray. Then after meeting my husband, we settled in Stony Plain. I decided to take a course in Medical Office with Unit Clerk Specialty at Choice College. I started my practicum at St Albert Naturopathic Clinic in 2014 and was hired on right after! I was drawn to this clinic because of my belief in natural remedies and taking control of one’s health. I am very impressed with how relaxing and supportive the environment is here.
I have always enjoyed the outdoors and grew up on a ranch always surrounded by nature. I enjoy painting and reading in my spare time. My husband and I have two dogs and spend a lot of time walking them at the local dog park!