Doctor Veerle Willaeys has rich clinical work experience. She is a specialist in Preventive Medicine and Public health. She has been working for many years as a family doctor in the community, in a treatment center for mental health and addictions, and in a psychiatric inpatient unit at UBC hospital. She has been teaching family medicine students as a clinical instructor in family medicine at the University of British Columbia.
Growing up in Belgium, her parents taught her from a young age about organic gardening, holistic nutrition, nature conservation, social connection and responsibility.
She is a lifelong learner and passionate about functional medicine, especially how it relates to brain health. She is certified to practice functional medicine by the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM).
She received advanced training at the Walsh Research Institute, the Integrated Psychiatry Institute, the International Society for orthomolecular medicine, and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M).
She applies a Functional Medicine model to address the underlying causes of dis–ease and promote optimal wellness. Her approach is patient-centred and science-based.
She invites and empowers patients to work together to gain a deeper understanding of the factors that contributed to ill health and together develop a personalized treatment plan.
She is grateful to live in beautiful British Columbia, especially since she loves yoga, meditation, gardening, spending time with family and friends, and hiking in the mountains.