Dr. Valerie Penton-Power, ND has chosen MediSeen to power her at home practice, and we are thrilled! Over several conversations, Dr. Penton-Power explained exactly why she has decided to take her practice into the home and how her experience, dedication and vision aligns with MediSeen. Dr. Penton-Power, and other providers like her, are laying the foundation for an improved healthcare system for Canadians, one patient at a time.
Dr. Penton-Power, ND is a fully licensed and board-certified Naturopathic Doctor and a professional member in good standing of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) and a practicing member of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO). She holds a Bachelor of Science (Honors) degree, a Masters degree in Applied Health Services Research and Doctor of Naturopathy degree.
She completed four years of study and a clinical internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic and at the Sherbourne Health Centre where she worked with patients with mental health illness and addictions. She also has additional training in cosmetic acupuncture and needle-less therapies for skin rejuvenation. In 2015, she was certified as a Birth Doula and has extensive experience in pregnancy, labor and postpartum support. Other focus areas include Thyroid health, Women’s health, Fertility, Mental Health and Neurological health.
She prioritizes taking a natural approach to her patient’s health goals, aiming to identify the root cause and address preventable risk factors, without a 15 minute time restriction in visits. “People often have a difficult time accessing services in a healthcare setting,” Dr. Penton-Power shared, “Ultimately, I believe there needs to be a single point of entry to healthcare that’s easy for patients to access, and support should happen in the home.” With regard to accessing home healthcare services, she believes “It should be accessible. Providers should be vetted and safety, privacy and confidentiality should be of the highest importance.”
Her Masters degree in Applied Health Services Research from the Faculty of Medicine of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador focused on this idea of a single point of entry to healthcare. Dr. Penton-Power’s poignant view of the healthcare system in Canada has developed over a 13+ year career in public service starting in 2006 working in assistive technologies for people with disabilities. She later secured a role as a Senior Policy Analyst working with the Disability Policy Office and other departments within the Provincial Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
“I happened to work with the Disability Policy Office during a very crucial time, and had the opportunity to interview service providers and service users. You can see the effects of people not having access to health services or who have spent a large amount of time in the hospital. There is huge potential there – people need access to those services.”
Dr. Penton-Power highlighted that caregivers themselves are stretched thin in the current environment, which can be catastrophic to their own health. The time, energy and resources spent arranging travel to and from appointments can be draining on patients and their families. The solution is clear to Dr. Penton-Power that the real work needs to be done on the ground and what’s really needed is more resources for people at home.
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