On Anti-Black Racism & Medicine

I want to express solidarity and empathy with my patients and members of our community impacted by the scourge of anti-Black racism and white supremacy.  Recent deaths in Canada and the US, as well as historical and ongoing police violence, reinforce and re-enforce the impact of racism on health, disproportionately impacting Black and Indigenous communities.  I know that these events have a direct impact on people’s wellbeing.  I reaffirm my condemnation of anti-Black police violence, structural, and interpersonal racism.  I will continue to work on dismantling racism within myself, centre the voices of people who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC), and hold others to account to do the same.

COVID-19 Update – June 1, 2020

As of May 26, the Ministry of Health began allowing for the gradual restart of deferred and non-essential health services.  I will be continuing to offer appointments primarily through virtual care, by either phone or video.  For your convenience, you can book telemedicine appointments online or contact me by phone/email.  However, should we determine that the benefits of an in-person appointment outweigh the risks, I want to assure you that I am putting safety protocols in place so your visit is as safe and comfortable as possible.

Steps I am taking to ensure your safety:

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A virtual waiting room: Appointments will be spaced apart to ensure time for disinfection between patients and to maintain physical distancing. I have set up virtual “waiting room” for check in via text message or phone call and waiting, if necessary, somewhere safe outside the clinic. Where possible, patients should come to the visit by themselves.

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Tech-enabled screening: If you have an in-person appointment, I will send you an online form to complete on the morning of your appointment to screen for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors. If you answer ‘yes’ to any screening questions, your appointment will be conducted via telemedicine. I will also be screening myself on a daily basis

Dr. Cyndi Gilbert ND

Hi! I believe in acknowledging and addressing the parts of health too frequently neglected in medicine – the mental/emotional pieces, the sociocultural aspects, the environment around you, and the patterns of relationship between it all.

Through a patient-centered and collaborative approach, I focus on assisting you to identify the source of your concerns, remove obstacles to your health, and support your body’s innate ability to heal using individualized nature therapy and naturopathic medicine. I am committed to a harm reduction and anti-oppression model of care that affirms you, and respects your first-hand knowledge of your own health.

Join me, I’d be honoured to work with you to reclaim, establish, and maintain your health.

Dr. Cyndi Gilbert ND

Forest Bathing

Discovering Health and Happiness Through the Japanese Practice of Shinrin Yoku

In her latest book, Cyndi introduces readers to the art and science of forest bathing, the deceptively simple Japanese practice of spending time in the forest as a way to find peace, rejuvenation, and to promote health.

She shares her own personal history with the practice—how in the midst of an urban sprawl she lost touch with nature, only to rediscover it through the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku or forest bathing. In Forest Bathing, you’ll discover the health benefits of Shinrin Yoku, from restoring Vitamin D to balancing your microbiome, along with the rich mental and emotional rewards that spending time surrounded by trees can offer.

An easy and practical guide to begin your own forest bathing practice, you’ll learn how to tap more deeply into your five senses, practice true mindfulness in sacred woodland spaces, and experience the healing impact of nature wherever you are.

Forest Bathing - Dr. Cyndi Gilbert ND

Dr. Cyndi Gilbert ND - A Toronto Naturopathic Doctor & Author

Work With Me

I help people to meet their health goals and live their life to the fullest. Together, I work with my patients to help them feel calmer, ease aches & pains, have regular menstrual cycles, plan families, regulate moods, improve their quality of life, resolve acute or chronic illness, and generally have more energy and vitality to get through each day.

I’d be honoured to join you in working on your health goals. Your physiological, mental, and emotional health together form the basis for being a motivated, inspired, energized, and successful person in both your business and your personal life. With health on your side, you can be your best self as a leader, a parent, an artist, a lawyer, or an activist.

*I’d like to acknowledge that my office sits on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. Long before my family fled persecution in Europe and settled here, this land has also been home to the Wendat and Haudenosaunee.

It was part of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee, Anishnaabe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. I’d also like to acknowledge the participation of the naturopathic profession in the process of colonization, of devaluing of traditional Indigenous knowledge, and misrepresenting Indigenous herbal and natural health knowledge as its own.

Today, the meeting place of Tkaronto (Mohawk) is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work in this community, on this land, and I commit to advocating for the Truth & Reconciliation Committee’s calls to action.

8-stripe LGBT+ pride flag with black and brown stripes added to signify queer people of color. The Transgender Pride flag was designed by Monica Helms, and was first shown at a pride parade in Phoenix, Arizona, USA in 2000. The flag represents the transgender community and consists of five horizontal stripes, two light blue, two pink, with a white stripe in the center. Monica describes the meaning of the flag as follows: "The light blue is the traditional color for baby boys, pink is for girls, and the white in the middle is for those who are transitioning, those who feel they have a neutral gender or no gender, and those who are intersexed. The pattern is such that no matter which way you fly it, it will always be correct. This symbolizes us trying to find correctness in our own lives".