Living Well Integrative Health Center

2176 Windsor Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. (902) 406-1500

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May our voices embrace humanity so children grow embracing theirs

Children are the original mindfulness practitioners. I remind each adult that denies their capacity that they began life with innate ability to be mindful. To understand what role mindfulness serves requires consideration of the inherent nature and capacities we were born with. Take a moment to cons…

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From Survive to Thrive A short guide to a healthy journey Dr. Maria Patriquin

The road to balance: How to survive and thrive in life

Those who choose professional careers tend to have personality characteristics that coupled with a high demand culture of training engenders overworking and a lack of self- care. This excess can and does lead to burnout. Current studies indic…

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Mindfulness & Stress Reduction with Dr. Maria Patriquin MSI covered Register for January

Introduction to Mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction With Molly DeShong January 7th

Introduction to Mindfulness


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction


Public program at Living Well Centre


January 7, 2019 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM


With Molly DeShong, MEd, RCT


Explore how these evidence-based practices have helped thousands feel more healthy, stab…

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Recover & Resilience for Complex Trauma to start January 2019 register now MSI covered

FMF presentation..."Living Well, living hell. The trials and tribulations of collaborative care"

Thank you to the CFPC and FMF for the opportunity to speak about collaborative care. "Living Well, living hell; The triumphs and tribulations of collaborative care was an honor to present. I look forward to presenting the same at Family Medicine grand rounds Valentine's day 2019 and at the Dalhousie faculty club in April 2019. In the midst of chaos and reform creativity arises. Success does not come without its shadow of failure. Indeed one requires the other. Shortcomings and limitations are not failures as much as they are opportunities to observe, inform so we can change, grow and evolve. Living Well is the actualization of vision of the PMH, a model of care that breaks down hierarchical barriers that exist within the institution of health care; those which devalue the valuable roles, expertise and wisdom that so very many compassionate and intelligent health care providers. It breaks down the stigma created by the artificially created duality of mind and body that is pervasive in a disease-based model. We have reached the anticipated expiry date of the silos, the hierarchical ladders and the illness model. Collaboration is not innovation, it is common sense. We are living in a knowledge economy and "common sense" isn't valued as much as other forms of knowing. Having said that I have taken great leaps to break down other barriers to care including cost to patients for non MSI insured services by offering alternative forms of visits like group medical visits. This is just the beginning. Without the encouragement and validation of the CFPC and the PMH department I would certainly still be doing this but the support of like minded peers is very much appreciated. The presentation has been requested to be submitted for the hypothesis section of the CFP journal. Thank you for the opportunity to be heard with open ears, hearts and minds. It is my sincere hope that the same may occur at home in NS so that we begin to serve our communities and create a healthier system that embraces the value of compassion, communication and collaboration in health care.






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What children need of us as teachers, parents, doctors, mentors and role models...



Children are the original mindfulness practitioners. I remind each adult that denies their capacity that they began life with innate ability to be mindful. To understand what role mindfulness serves requires consideration of the inherent nature and capacities we were bor…

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Spring 2018 newsletter

Do you know how to measure your breathing rate and what does it tell you?

Robin Stamm tells you how and why and there's lots more  in the Spring 2018 newsletter!  

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Canadian Family Physician Editorial Advisory Board Meeting

Here at the Canadian Family Physician Office in TO for my first Editorial Advisory Board meeting with incredibly inspired colleagues including my old team mate from Women's College Hospital, Nick Pimlott. Feeling grateful and honored for the o…

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Spring Programs Still Open.. and Summer is Coming!

We are currently still accepting enrollment for our Spring programs which are MSI covered. Please call administration for more information as they begin soon. If there is not a space please add your name to the wait list and keep abreast of website and Fb updates! This summer we will be offering wor…

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The Little Clinic That Could....

April 11, 2018

Submission ID: 456

Dear Dr. Patriquin,

Thank you for your submission for a presentation at Family Medicine Forum (FMF) 2018, to be held from November 14th to 17th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario.
The FMF Committee has reviewed your su…

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Important Concepts in Collaborative Transformation

I am grateful for CBC's public forum tonight which enabled me to speak on behalf of all of you who are courageous, strong, gentle and fiercely passionate. Thank you for family, my patients and my dear colleagues. Sharing some:Important conceptualizations about Collaborative…

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Guidelines for Comprehensive Mental Health Services for Older Adults in Canada - Knowledge Translation (KT) Planning Workshop on November 21, 2017.

Dear Sareda and Francine,
I very much appreciated the invitation to participate. I cant tell you how inspiring, empowering the experience was. It is a very difficult time to practice in Nova Scotia where we have the most seniors per capita. Daily they wander off the street, call and send me …

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Living Well Welcomes Mara Toombs as practice manager and administrative assistant

We are pleased to welcome Mara Toombs to Living Well. Mara is currently completing her social work degree and has extensive experience in administration having worked in health care as well as pr offices. She comes with dynamic energy and a broader perspective of the needs of our patients and orient…

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Joanne Morrison RN & RMT Registered Massage Therapy for infants to elderly, pre & post natal, sports injuries & post surgical care

Joanne  graduated with honours from The Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, Halifax. She originally hails from South Yorkshire, England, but has lived in Canada since 2006. In her former career she was a nurse, specializing in the care of critically ill children. Joanne believes that mas…

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Nurse Practitoners and MDs in a health crisis: Why Less is MORE this time!

Lesley MacGregor is a Family/All Ages Nurse Practitioner who has been providing care to her patients across Ontario and Alberta for the past 18 years. Recently relocated to Halifax, Lesley is honored to join the Living Well Integrative Health Center.

Lesley completed her Bachelor of Nursing Scien…

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Call for Story Submissions by family doctors: Benevolence; the art of being kind on purpose.

Relationships can only be fostered through a care model that encompasses collaboration, communication and compassion. A reductionist approach undervalues and undermines the “art” of practicing medicine and deprives us the joy of being a “healing” profession; leaving patients feeling uncared…

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Supporting compassion in care. Your stories matter.

So today I got this in response to a story I shared with a kindred spirit on the Mental Health Care Committee of the College of Family Physicians of Canada that I and privileged to sit on. It made my day. What also made my day was just what Dr. Yu is referring to. Although it pains me to hear of the…

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Living Well on Global News Working to put the "care" back in health care

Halifax clinic working to put the ‘care’ back in health care

Halifax’s Living Well Integrative Health Center has been nationally recognized for their innovative approach to collaborative care…

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Local Express on Collaboration and the Five Year Anniversary of Living Well

Collaborative clinic in Halifax marks successes, frustrations after five years

The owner of Living Well Integrative Health Centre spoke of the challenges and fulfilment that come with blazing an alternative trail through the thicket of establishment health care.

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