Meet our team
A Welcome from Dr. Macdonald
Welcome to The Macdonald Centre for Natural Medicine! Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our clinic, our services and our team of health care professionals.
You deserve a doctor who listens, who respects you and who is your ally in creating optimal health. Great health can take time and effort, but it’s our goal to help you get there, and our vision to do it in a caring, enjoyable environment.
Thank you for your time and interest, and on behalf of The Macdonald Centre team, thank you for considering our Courtenay clinic. We value your trust, and we look forward to helping you feel better.
Yours in good health,
Dr. Deidre Macdonald, ND
Founder, The Macdonald Centre for Natural Medicine
Meet our practitioners
Dr. Deidre Macdonald, BA, ND
Dr. Deidre Macdonald has won the Reader’s Choice award for Best Naturopathic Physicians and Alternative Health Providers every year the contest has run. She is a naturopathic physician who has had a naturopathic medical practice in Courtenay, B.C. since 1997. She is passionate about sharing the wisdom of naturopathic medicine to help people achieve their health goals. She believes that her patients hold the power to change their own lives given effective and professional medical coaching.
Listening is a doctor’s number one tool, and Dr. Macdonald works with her patients to find the underlying cause of their health challenges and create protocols that work.
She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from U.B.C. and graduated first in her class. She has her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon and is a licensed naturopathic physician in B.C. She chose to attain additional training in pharmacology and received prescribing authority in 2010. She has also done post-graduate training in pediatric medicine, homeopathy, Bowen Therapy, laser therapy, SIBO (IBS), women’s medicine and more.
What kind of person comes to see Dr. Macdonald?
- Dr. Macdonald assists patients with a wide variety of concerns. She welcomes men, women and children into her practice.
- Dr. Macdonald has extensive experience in treating people with allergy-related concerns, women’s health issues, digestive disorders of all kinds and many other acute and chronic conditions.
- She often treats patients with complex health concerns such as chronic pain, cancer, autoimmune disease or neurological disease.
- She also treats healthy people who want to be healthier. For instance, people who are generally in good health may desire coaching to lose weight, review their supplements, do cleansing programs, enhance athletic performance, have a thorough physical exam and blood work, optimize their nutrition or have a Pap test.
Dr. Shawn Peters, ND
Dr. Peters brings many years of experience as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist to his role as a primary care provider / naturopathic physician. He is a good listener who strives to deeply understand his patients’ concerns and goals.
Dr. Peters has many tools to offer you. He can provide full medical workups including physical exams and blood tests. He can help you understand your body better and learn how to get the most out of your health. His treatment plans may include nutrition, herbal and homeopathic medicines, acupuncture and spinal manipulation.
Dr. Peters practices general family (naturopathic) medicine and has an interest in helping men to feel great and age well. He believes that listening and collaborating are the keys to a good doctor-patient relationship. Learn more or book now
Terry – Office Manager
Terry is our office manager and the real brains behind the operation. Having served with a smile since 1998, she is the Master of Multi-tasking. She’s the one who gets you quick appointments when you are sick and puts a rush on your special orders, so be extra nice to her!
Natalie Rogers, RMT
Natalie Rogers is licensed massage therapist who shares her kind heart and skilled hands with her lucky clients. We love having Natalie as our in-house massage therapist. She can provide massage to compliment our laser patients’ treatments and the staff here all love to get a massage too! Natalie’s practice goes beyond traditional massage in that she teaches Somatics. This gentle exercise method helps patients address underlying muscular tensions and imbalances. To book an appointment with Natalie, click here.
Danielle Lambrecht – Counselling Services
Danielle Lambrecht is a Canadian Clinical Counsellor (#7453) and a Registered Social Worker (#11093). She provides Individuals and Couples/Relationship Counselling/Psychotherapy and brings over 15 years experience in the mental health and addictions field.
Danielle works with multiple Employee Assistance Programs, including the Crime Victim Assistance Program, First Nations Health Authority, CV Head Injury Society, and sees a range of private clients. Danielle’s methods/techniques are in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Client-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness models, Brief Solutions Focused Therapy and Insight Oriented Therapy and a variety of art modalities.
Danielle provides community presentations to schools, colleges, and other community resources and actively conducts local and international (Hawaii) workshops/retreats. To book a counselling session or workshop please go to Danielle Lambrecht Counselling website to schedule online at: www.daniellelambrecht.ca or call 250-898-9847. Check out her blog at https://www.ccpa-accp.ca/blog/
Celia Laval – Counselling
Celia Laval is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#3590) and Certified Canadian Counsellor (#10007473). She provides individual counselling to adults. She has been working as a Registered Clinical Counsellor for over 10 years. Celia enjoys respectfully collaborating with people to help them reach their goals using resources from their body, mind, spirit and the larger community.
She is passionate about learning and using recent findings in the field of neuroscience and mental health to help people find healing and practical help for moving forward. Her specialties are trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, as well as shifting unwanted patterns.
For more information, please check her website https://celialaval.weebly.com/ .
Glenda Neufeld – Breast Thermography
Glenda moved to Vancouver Island two years ago and is loving the ocean, the lifestyle and meeting people who are taking charge of their health! She finds it very rewarding to help empower women, and working with the Macdonald Center for Natural Medicine is a natural fit!
Breast Thermography is a radiation-free, non-compression method of testing for the risk of developing breast cancer. It is based on the scientific premise that before the growth of abnormal cells can occur, an increased blood supply must be circulated to the growth area. Medical infrared technology can identify areas of abnormal, asymmetrical thermal patterns often associated with underlying pathology. This early warning system gives the opportunity for intervention and prevention.
Thermography is a great gift to women of all ages who want to be pro-active. Early breast exams can provide a valuable baseline from which to measure future breast health and potential risk factors. Women with dense or fibrocystic breasts, women who have had inconclusive mammograms, and women with implants are among those who will benefit from thermographic monitoring.
Cranial/dental/thyroid, as well as full body thermography exams, are also available and provide an additional literal picture that may help identify and monitor dental pathology, inflammatory conditions, musculoskeletal disorders, chronic pain and nerve issues, to name a few. http://www.thermographyvancouverisland.com/