Sharon Behrendt, BSc., ND, Clinic Director
Dr. Behrendt is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor who enjoys working with people of all ages, but has a special interest in women’s health and pediatrics. As a mother of 2 step-children and a son, she has seen from her own children’s experience what a difference naturopathic medicine can make to improving their overall health and resilience.
Prior to completing her medical training at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Dr. Behrendt received an Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics at the University of Guelph in 1995. She has continued her studies post-graduation: in May 2008, she was certified as an autism biomedical practitioner, and in December 2015 she was certified as a therapeutic prescriber, with the ability to prescribe certain medications.
Dr. Behrendt regularly attends conferences and seminars to stay on top of the latest research and treatments in both conventional and complementary medicine to improve the care she can provide at the Orleans Wellness Clinic. She has also received additional certifications in drainage therapy, women’s health, digestive diseases, and cancer treatment. She is affiliated with the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs, the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
Dr. Behrendt has been featured on television, written magazine articles, and lectured on contemporary health issues at various venues, including health clinics, corporations, and women’s health shows.
Dr. Behrendt has been at the forefront of change and growth in her profession. In 2009, she was appointed to the transitional council of the College of Naturopaths by the government of Ontario. Her role was to help transition naturopathic medicine from the old health care act to the RHPA, the Regulated Health Professions Act, which is the legislation that governs Ontario’s health professionals. She served in that capacity for over six years, helping to create the new regulations of the College, until the changes were finalized in July 2015. One of the new regulations permits naturopathic doctors to prescribe certain medications, including bioidentical hormones.
Having been in private practice in Ottawa since 2001, Dr. Behrendt has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in treating thousands of patients. She looks forward to helping you with any questions you may have, via email or telephone, in French or in English, and will greet you for your appointments with a warm smile and a hot cup of tea!