About Aoife Earls

Why I Became a Naturopathic Doctor

Aoife Earls, ND

My path to becom­ing a natur­o­path­ic doc­tor began with an escal­at­ing case of eczema (atop­ic dermatit­is). From the age of twelve, my eczema worsened stead­ily, and des­pite the efforts of sev­er­al spe­cial­ists and vari­ous dam­aging med­ic­a­tions includ­ing cortisone, pred­nisone, and Protopic, the symp­toms nev­er went away for more than a few hours.

I knew that con­stant use of immune sup­press­ants and top­ic­al ster­oids was not a reas­on­able long-term plan.

When I had my wis­dom teeth removed mid-uni­ver­sity I couldn’t eat sol­id foods for sev­er­al days. At the same time my eczema began to clear and I felt less inflamed. When I star­ted eat­ing again, I ate oat­meal and pasta, and began to itch with­in 30 minutes. I star­ted explor­ing my intern­al health as the cause of my skin irrit­a­tion.

I real­ized that my inflam­ma­tion was very much con­nec­ted to the food I was eat­ing and com­pletely elim­in­ated glu­ten. It was the tip of the ice­berg.

I pur­sued natur­o­path­ic medi­cine, and my eczema was more or less gone. Two years ago, I was offi­cially dia­gnosed celi­ac, and I am a huge advoc­ate for out­side-the-box think­ing with respect to chron­ic dis­ease.


I com­pleted a Bachelor and Masters of Science at McMaster University in Hamilton ON. I then enrolled and com­pleted the 4-year Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine pro­gram at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.

Additional Training

I have com­pleted a cer­ti­fic­ate in Applied Mindfulness at the University of Toronto. I am cur­rently com­plet­ing the pro­gram with Dr. Aviva Romm MD as a Women’s Herbal Educator through the Herbal Medicine for Women Program.

I have com­pleted addi­tion­al licens­ing through the College of Naturopaths of Ontario to pre­scribe phar­ma­ceut­ic­al med­ic­a­tion as of October 31 2016.

About Naturopathy

Naturopathic doc­tors are edu­cated in a four-year med­ic­al pro­gram that com­bines both con­ven­tion­al med­ic­al courses ( i.e. ana­tomy, physiology, immun­o­logy, phar­ma­co­logy ) as well as courses that com­bine oth­er modes or meth­ods of treat­ment ( i.e. tra­di­tion­al Chinese medi­cine and acu­punc­ture, botan­ic­al [ herb­al ] medi­cine ), nutri­tion).

Naturopathic doc­tors at min­im­um have a 3-year post-sec­ond­ary uni­ver­sity level degree with basic sci­ence courses on top of their 4 year med­ic­al school courses, and such most natur­o­path­ic doc­tors have been in school for at least 7 years. All natur­o­path­ic doc­tors in North America write board exams and per­form clin­ic­al board exam­in­a­tions in order to become licensed in their province ( or state ).

Naturopathic doc­tors are cur­rently reg­u­lated Regulated Health Professionals Act, and gov­erned by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.

How treatment works

I treat by find­ing the root cause(s) of your con­di­tion. This is not a lin­ear pro­cess and takes effort , hon­esty, and patience on your part. The tools I use to facil­it­ate these changes with you include:

Clinical Nutrition

Treatment may include diet­ary modi­fic­a­tion and nutri­tion­al sup­ple­ment­a­tion such as vit­am­ins or min­er­als. If in-depth nutri­tion­al coun­selling is required, a refer­ral to a nutri­tion­ist may be con­sidered.

Botanical (Herbal) Medicine

This is where our cur­rent phar­ma­ceut­ic­als or drug ther­apies have their ori­gins — from plants. Many plant extrac­tions through dried herbs (in cap­sule form), liquid forms (called tinc­tures), and teas, can be used to heal your body.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine involves bal­an­cing the flow of Qi (pro­nounced “chi”) or energy in the body. Acupuncture you are most likely famil­i­ar with, and I use it to treat it for everything from loc­al­ized pain to infer­til­ity and anxi­ety.

Lifestyle Counselling

Your body and your mind are con­nec­ted, and influ­ence one anoth­er. If this rela­tion­ship is out of bal­ance, you will not achieve phys­ic­al health. As so many of my patients exper­i­ence severe stress, we integ­rate tools to change their life­style as well, for example devel­op­ing bet­ter sleep habits, med­it­a­tion train­ing, encour­aging reg­u­lar phys­ic­al ther­apy, and some­times refer­ral to a licensed psy­cho­ther­ap­ist.

Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathy is based on the prin­ciple of “like cures like” and uses minute amounts of nat­ur­al sub­stances to stim­u­late the self-heal­ing abil­it­ies of the body.

Physical Medicine

Hands-on tech­niques can be used when required to manip­u­late the spine, joints and soft tis­sues. Techniques will be taught for you to per­form at home to con­tin­ue thera­peut­ic pro­to­cols and goals out­side of the office. You may also be referred to a physio­ther­ap­ist, osteo­path, or chiro­pract­or.

Hormone Therapy

I am licensed to pre­scribe cer­tain phar­ma­ceut­ic­al med­ic­a­tions in Ontario, which include hor­mone-based ther­apies like estro­gen, pro­ges­ter­one, and thyroid med­ic­a­tions. These treat­ments will only be pre­scribed with labor­at­ory test­ing and an ini­tial vis­it.

Common health concerns that I treat

I treat everything a gen­er­al prac­ti­tion­er would treat, includ­ing but cer­tainly not lim­ited to the list below. Please be aware that how treat­ment is giv­en will be unique and dif­fer­ent for each indi­vidu­al per­son.

  • General:
    • Insomnia
    • Common cold
    • Flu
    • Pneumonia
    • Bronchitis
  • Skin:
    • Eczema
    • Psoriasis
    • Rosacea
    • Ringworm
    • Acne
  • Gastrointestinal con­cerns:
    • Heartburn
    • IBS
    • Celiac Disease
    • Crohn’s dis­ease
    • Ulcerative Colitis
    • Constipation
    • Diarrhea
    • Parasitic and bac­teri­al infec­tions
  • Women’s Health:
    • Endometriosis
    • Dysmenorrhea (men­stru­al cramp­ing and pain)
    • Polycystic ovari­an syn­drome (PCOS)
    • Premenstrual syn­drome (PMS)
    • Amenorrhea (absence of men­stru­al cycle)
    • Fertility
    • Pre- and post-preg­nancy sup­port
    • Lactation
    • Menopause
    • Urinary tract infec­tions
    • Yeast infec­tions
  • Men’s Health:
    • Fatigue
    • Prostate health
    • Impotence
    • Andropause
  • Mental Health:
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Bipolar dis­order
  • Children’s Health:
    • Colic
    • Failure to thrive
    • Mental health
    • Eczema
    • Psoriasis
    • Autoimmune con­di­tions
    • Asthma
    • Allergies