Do you have unanswered questions about your health? Do you feel lost, confused, frustrated?
Are you looking for someone to listen, find answers, and guide you through a plan?
You’ve come to the right place. I’m glad you found me!
Hi, I’m Dr. Abrar, Naturopathic Doctor, and I believe when it comes to advocating for your health, knowledge is empowering. That’s why I take the time to listen to your story, find the “WHY” behind your symptoms, and explain it to you. I encourage you to ask questions and play an active role in creating your treatment plan. I also believe that best outcomes arise when your team of healthcare practitioners work collaboratively together FOR you. I’d love to be part of your team!
+ Land Acknowledgement: I acknowledge that my office sits on the ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq people, Mi’kma’ki.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM MY VISITS?
Your first visit is 60-75 min long where I do a thorough intake discussing your chief concern, medical and family history, nutrition, lifestyle, current medications and supplements and health goals. It will also include a physical exam relative to your chief concern. After explaining and educating you on why you’re feeling the way you are, I will then provide you with an individualized treatment plan including dietary and lifestyle recommendations, possible supplementation and diagnostic blood work. If you have any blood work or diagnostic tests done over the last 2 years it may be helpful to bring them with you on your first visit.
During your second visit I will go over your blood work results and either modify your current plan or add new recommendations based on the findings. You will leave with a short-term and long-term plan in hand.
WHAT METHODS OF TREATMENT DO YOU USE?
I use a combination of the following therapeutic modalities:
ARE MY VISITS COVERED BY INSURANCE?
Most private health insurance policies cover Naturopathic medical services, anywhere between $500-$1000 per year. Please check with your insurance provider for details.
HOW MANY VISITS WILL I NEED?
This varies depending on the complexity of your case and the type of treatment you’re receiving. Initially you may need anywhere between 4-6 visits (30min-1hr each). Returning patients come back to see me 2-3 times per year to address new concerns.
As part of my services I also offer Perineural Injection Therapy (PIT) to eliminate pain. Read below for more information on these injections.
What is Perineural Injection Therapy (PIT)?
Also known as “Neural Prolotherapy”, PIT involves subcutaneous injections of 5% dextrose or 1% procaine injected along the superficial nerve branches just under your skin, which will eventually reach deeper nerve branches and roots. PIT is an injection therapy aiming at resolving neurogenic pain and/or neurogenic inflammation. The injections result in immediate pain relief and overall improved quality of life.
How does it work?
Local inflammatory markers can result in neurogenic inflammation when nerves are injured, damaged or hypersensitive. The over production of inflammatory markers can result in chronic pain, stiffness, swelling, weakness, paresthesia and hypersensitivity to touch. Neurogenic pain may also be a result of chronically tight muscles or fascia, traumatic injury or underlying tendon or ligament dysfunction. PIT can be combined with other standard treatments to treat both acute pain as well as underlying causative dysfunction in the deeper connective tissues.
What is the course of treatment?
Initial assessments are a standard 60-75 minute initial appointment in order to complete a full assessment of the affected area as well as general history taking. Follow-up injection appointments are 30 mins to allow frequent re-assessment, monitoring progress and administration of injections. Ideally, injections are administered once weekly for 3-6 weeks until symptoms subside, followed by injections as needed.
What conditions do PIT help with?
My mission is to make healthy living realistic and sustainable. I provide you with the most current evidenced based research and medical information and a treatment plans individualized to your needs that will improve your quality of life today and prevent chronic disease tomorrow.
Anxiety and depression can show up in many ways. If you’ve noticed a change in your motivation or energy levels, focus and concentration, sleep quality or digestion; it may be worth getting screened for mental health concerns. At times there are other health conditions such as hormonal imbalances or nutritional deficiencies that could be exacerbating your symptoms, which I can assess for.
Taking care of your digestion is key to your overall health. Our gut health is strongly connected to our mental health and immune system, influencing each other all the time. Examples include anxiety causing indigestion and heartburn, or a food sensitivity causing joint pain. Testing for food sensitivities, hidden gut infections or disturbances in gut bacteria can guide us to the best treatment.
Hormonal imbalances can lead to many different symptoms including heavy, painful periods, irregular cycles, mood changes, hot flashes, sleep disturbances, constipation, hair loss, acne, infertility and more. Whether it’s your thyroid hormones, your stress or sex hormones causing your symptoms, I’ll provide you with a plan to make sure they’re optimized and to improve your quality of life.
Chronic pain can be disruptive to your quality of life by impacting your energy levels, mood, sleep quality and motivation. Managing your pain by taking painkillers may not be a sustainable solution in the long-term. I can provide you with alternative methods to manage your pain.
Very commonly seen in my practice, fatigue can show up in different ways. Whether you’re experiencing low energy, brain fog, cognitive dysfunction or lack of motivation we can work together to determine the underlying cause(s) and treat them in order to restore your energy levels. Common causes include nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, mood disorders, disturbed sleep, etc.
Heart health and Metabolic Syndrome:
Given our current modern lifestyle increasing our risk of heart disease, the smart move is to be proactive and start prevention today. Working together we determine your risk factors and I provide you with tools you need to optimize your heart health in the long run.
Dr. Abrar Negahban is a Naturopathic Doctor and Women’s health advocate. She is passionate about empowering and educating her patients about their bodies and their health. She helps them achieve their health goals by finding the root cause of their illness and creating individualized treatment protocols for each patient taking into account their mental, spiritual and physical health.
She treats all health concerns using an integrative approach and evidence-based medicine and has a special interest in Women’s health, stress management and preventative medicine.
She uses a combination of the following therapeutic modalities in her treatment plans:
Common concerns managed by Dr. Abrar include and are not limited to Premenstrual Syndrome, Perimenopause and Menopause, Prenatal and Perinatal care, Postpartum support, Fertility support, IBS, IBD, Anxiety, Depression, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, Fatigue, Chronic pain, etc. Learn More
She has strong communication skills and is fluent in both English and Farsi (Persian) and knows basic comprehension in Arabic. She strives to educate herself on cultural diversity and welcomes all backgrounds in her practice.
Fun Fact: In 2012, Dr. Abrar volunteered as part of a medical brigade to Guatemala, where she provided naturopathic care to underprivileged communities with challenging cases, with the majority including digestive and mental health concerns.
Dr. Abrar completed her bachelor degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, graduating with a double major in Microbiology and Immunology, and Religious Studies in 2010. She then moved to Toronto, Ontario and attended the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, obtaining a four-year Doctor of Naturopathy degree in 2014.
She is a member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors, College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.
East Coast Naturopathic Clinic:
30 Damascus Road, Suite 101
Bedford, Nova Scotia B4A 0C1
Phone: (902) 252-3080
Coastal Sports and Wellness:
15 Dartmouth Rd, Suite 200
Bedford, Nova Scotia B4A 3X6
Phone: (902) 404-8034