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The Wellness Community | Professional Profiles

A natural approach to your family's health care.

Dr. Kathleen Mercer B.Sc., N.D.

Dr. Tanya O’Brien B.Sc., N.D.


Naturopathic Medicine is the art and science of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease based on natural therapies and techniques. It is a distinct system of primary care that addresses the root cause of illness and disease. The foundation of Naturopathic Medicine is built upon the belief that the body has the natural ability to heal itself.

Whether you are looking to maintain and maximize your health; not feeling as good as you should; or have been diagnosed with a specific disease or condition, Naturopathic Medicine can help you find your way back to optimal health.  Health for Life treats a wide range of conditions, including depression, cancer, arthritis, food intolerance, skin problems, chronic fatigue and pain, and much more.


Treatment methods include:

  • Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • Botanical Medicine

  • Craniosacral Therapy

  • Homeopathy

  • Life Style Counseling

  • Nutritional Analysis and Counseling


What to expect

The initial consultation usually takes between 1 and 1½ hours. A full health history is reviewed and different options are developed to have you move your body toward a more balanced state.  Immediate health concerns are addressed first, while developing a long-term health plan for the future.


Follow up appointments are normally 45 minutes.


Health for Life Naturopathic Doctors

Naturopathic Doctors are general practitioners of natural medicine who integrate standard medical diagnosis with a broad range of natural therapies. Their education consists of at least 8 years of medical training. They are board-certified and licensed under the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND).


Dr. Kathleen Mercer and Dr. Tanya O'Brien both obtained their Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degrees from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). The CCNM is one of only six accredited medical schools in North America offering four years of formal studies in Naturopathic Medicine. In addition, they both hold Bachelor degrees in science.

Together they help individuals learn to heal by treating patients one-on-one, and by working in the community teaching continuing education courses at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador (MUN). They often organize and speak at seminars, trade shows, and corporate wellness events.  Dr. Mercer also offers yoga classes and birth support as a Doula.


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Insurance Coverage

Most extended health insurance plans have coverage for Naturopathic Care. Inquire 

with your insurance company to see if you are covered.


Contact Us

25 Allandale Road, St. John’s, NL

t.     709.722.4232



Skype appointments are available to serve all of Newfoundland and Labrador.


To find out if a person is a qualified Naturopathic Doctor you can go to the CAND website at See our details in the CAND Publication (page 54). Read more about us here.

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