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
Lisa Dhillon, Patient Care Co-ordinator,
Born and raised in Kamloops, BC. I’ve graduated from Thompson Rivers University with major in management and tourism. I’ve moved here two years ago with my boyfriend for work and school. My dream job would be to work in the law field as a paralegal and maybe after couple of years become a lawyer. I’m super passionate about being healthy and active ever since I tore my ACL. In my spare time, I’m usually outside doing active things with my boyfriend and friends. I’ve worked front desk since my first year in university and love doing it as I’m a people person. I love helping people out when I can and bringing a smile to their face.
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.
Claire Maisonneuve, RN Intravenous Therapy,
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Solange Viel, RN Intravenous Therapy,
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