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.
Dr. Allison Ronda BASc, ND,
I was born and raised in southern Alberta and received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Lethbridge. After experiencing my own chronic health issues, I chose to study Naturopathic medicine to enable me to give the same care, support, and wellness to others’ that I received. I obtained a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto which is an intensive four year program including a one year internship at the Robert Chad Naturopathic Clinic and Parkdale Community Health Centre. I also had the opportunity to experience a clinical internship in Nicaragua with Natural Doctors International. I have further certification in acupuncture, Applied Kinesiology, Intravenous Therapy and Chelation Therapy. As well, I continue to research and train in the areas of lyme disease, environmental medicine , and clinical genetics. I am registered and licensed as a Naturopathic Doctor in Alberta and began my own practice in 2012.
Naturopathic medicine is a patient-centered , compassionate, and long-lasting way of approaching health that involves more than the just the absence of disease. My goal is to guide and educate in order to achieve optimal health while facilitating self-awareness and empowerment. Being a Naturopathic doctor allows me to be a life-long student, and continually evaluate and improve my own health and wellness which in turn enables me to give back to patients knowledge, empathy and experience. Life takes a toll. Take time for yourself, slow down, breathe.
Meet Our Staff & Therapists
Lindsay Snyder, Patient Care Co-ordinator,
I grew up on a small farm just outside of Stony Plain. After high school I worked in the service industry for a number of years before going to college and graduating as a Pharmacy Technician. A few years later I received the great opportunity of joining the team here at the St. Albert Naturopathic Clinic. I am passionate about helping people in any way I can and enjoy working in such a positive and supportive environment. I have a beautiful daughter and in our spare time we enjoy spending time outside, reading and almost any type of physical activity.
Sarah Chisholm – Patient Care Co-ordinator,
I was born and raised in St Albert. After graduating high school, I worked in the service industry for a few years. I then attended University, where I graduated as a Holistic Health Practitioner. Soon after, I owned and operated a successful local business for several years.
Looking to return to the field of health and wellness, I sold my business and am fortunate to have joined the team here at St. Albert Naturopathic Clinic. I am happy to be working in such as positive environment with such wonderful people.
When I’m not working, I’m either in my garden, outside playing with my two dogs or cooking up something yummy in the kitchen!
Claire Maisonneuve, RN Intravenous Therapy,
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Solange Viel, RN Intravenous Therapy,
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Michelle Vinther, RN – Intravenous Therapy,
I was born and raised in Edmonton, moving to St. Albert as an adult. My husband and I have two children who keep us very busy!
I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the U of A in 2005, and shortly after that started working at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where I still work when not here at the clinic! I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to provide care to the clients here and expand my knowledge and skills in this field.