About Dr. Karim Alami, ND - The Gut Health Doctor
Dr. Karim Alami is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor practicing at Living Science Wellness Centre in Stittsville, and Somerset Health & Wellness Centre, in the heart of Ottawa. He utilizes nutritional counseling, lifestyle counseling, supplementation, herbal medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, as well as Intravenous Therapy to tailor each treatment to the specific needs of each patient.
With a background in kinesiology, he pursued his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Concurrently, Dr. Alami obtained his Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Health Sciences (DHMHS) at the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine. He is currently a registered member of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO).
Dr. Alami firmly believes in working with his patients to take a holistic approach in treatment, to address the root cause of disease and to focus on optimal health and disease prevention. As a lead instructor at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Ottawa, Dr. Alami is especially passionate about treating individuals suffering from gut-related health concerns, men's health concerns, and mental-emotional health concerns.
"After years of training with other like-minded experts, I‘ve learned to share my experience through a combination of service and education. I’m a passionate healer with an alternative approach, and I’m dedicated to helping my patients move through a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual transitions in the most efficient and transformative way possible."
-Dr. Karim Alami, ND
When he is not in clinic, you can be sure to find him enjoying the outdoor sports scene or planning his next trip overseas!
We have patients visiting us from Stittsville, Kanata, Nepean, Centrepointe, and Ottawa, Ontario.
What to expect in a naturopathic visit
The initial visit can range from 1 to 1.5 hours long. During this visit, medical history details are reviewed and analyzed. Any available blood work is reviewed and analyzed. Also, necessary non-invasive physical exams are completed. A customized treatment plan is the end result of your first visit.
If you don't have labwork (general blood work/specialized testing), or don't have access to it, Dr. Alami may send you for necessary blood work or request a release of records from your family physician.
When, and for how long, to follow up will be discussed at the end of the visit, as it depends on the case. Some people may need to follow up sooner than others.
Follow up durations are dependent on case by case basis. General follow up durations range from 30 minutes to 45 minutes. During your follow up, updates on your health concerns are reviewed, and your response to the treatment plan is also reviewed. If blood work was ordered, it will be thoroughly explained and taken into consideration in any treatment plan modifications.
If everything is progressing well, we may add to the treatment plan so to improve treatment outcome. Otherwise, the treatment plan is modified to help improve tolerability, compliance, and efficacy.
Acupuncture visits are 45 minutes long. Dr. Alami will walk you through your first acupuncture visit step by step in order to make the experience more comfortable. Follow up acupuncture sessions will generally begin with a tongue and pulse assessment, after which the acupuncture treatment will begin. Once all needles are in place, there is a short review of health concerns, after which you begin a relaxing deep breathing meditation to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system.