Bare Roots Natural Health Centre – provides full-service functional medicine, nutritional medicine and mind-body-medicine under one roof. This integrative model of modern medicine is able to better address the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the ‘traditional and conventional’ disease-focused model to a more client-focused approach, we address the whole person, not just the isolated set of symptoms. We spend more time with our clients, listening to their histories, and assessing the interactions between environmental, lifestyle and genetic factors than can influence chronic and mystery disease states. Just because you have been from doctor to doctor…and specialist to specialist….does NOT mean you have to deal with your suffering forever. There are solutions. We have specific training not provided in traditional medical school. Our professional, multidisciplinary, and collaborative team provides you with a science-based, full service integrative health experience.
Our goal is to work together with you and your health care professionals to combine the services you need to help you get better – from cutting-edge diagnostic testing and natural treatment protocols as well as the integrative mind-body practices of Iyengar Yoga and Qigong. We are proud to have Certified Functional Medicine Practitioners, Registered Nutrition Consultants, Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructors and Medical Qigong Practitioners as part of our team.
The company’s philosophy is to create a business culture where professionals and clients can increase their capacity to create the results they desire, where new patterns of thinking are nurtured, and where collective goals are set free.
Crystal McMillan, owner/operator, holds a master’s degree in leadership, is a certified functional medicine practitioner & registered nutrition consultant as well as a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor. Crystal is also a recognized leader in bear conservation and human-wildlife conflict issues. Crystal is an active member of the International Organization for Nutritional Consultants (IONC) as well as an active participant of the Royal Roads University Leadership program. Crystal’s passion for bear conservation led her to develop Bear Smart BC Consulting, Inc., (2004), a company that works to reduce human-caused conflict with bears.
To bridge Crystal’s diverse educational achievements and her passion for health and wellness practices and bears, Bare Roots Natural Health and Yoga Centre was born. The name ‘Bare Roots’ was chosen for the company’s name because ‘bear root’ is a medicinal plant used for improving human health, including: circulation, respiratory illnesses, and viral infections. The plant also has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. In Native American folklore there is a story told of the brown bear’s affinity for the bear root plant. The bears would eat the roots and rub it on their fur to rid themselves of parasites. The Navajo credit the bear with leading them to powerful medicine.