Dr. Matthew Nagra
I grew up in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island and from a young age had struggled with multiple health issues such as asthma, allergies, and weight management. It wasn’t until I took control of my own health and began transitioning to a plant-based diet that I noticed massive improvements, which was ultimately the catalyst for the career I’ve chosen. My goal is to help others do the same.
I graduated from the Boucher Institute after having completed my Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology at the University of Victoria 4 years earlier. I hold additional board certifications in intravenous therapies, prescriptive authority, and acupuncture. Using an evidence-based approach, I create individualized treatment protocols for each patient based on their health goals and unique lifestyles.
I have a particular passion for plant-based/vegan nutrition, physical medicine, and chronic disease. With additional training in nutrition, I hold a Plant-Based Nutrition Certification from Cornell University and the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies where I’ve authored multiple articles on the subject. There’s certainly a lack of understanding around plant-based nutrition amongst healthcare professionals, sometimes resulting in practitioners recommending non-vegan treatment options to their vegan patients. My aim is to help that population thrive while maintaining their vegan lifestyle if that’s their goal. Beyond catering to the plant-based population, my passion for nutrition is only amplified by my personal history with asthma and my father’s battle with cardiovascular disease, where we both were fortunate enough to come out on top because of lifestyle changes. I believe this is where I can have the greatest impact in helping patients transform their lives.
As a life-long athlete and past teaching assistant for the physical medicine program at the Boucher Institute, I also aim to help others get back in action as quickly as possible after an injury and performing at their absolute best. I know what it feels like to sit on the sidelines with a stubborn injury and how important physical activity is to so many of us.
And finally, although I may have certain areas of focus, I also have experience in treating people of all ages, backgrounds, and conditions, including:
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Vegan/Vegetarian Diets
- Digestive issues
- Food sensitivities/intolerances
- Weight Loss/Management
- Muscle & Joint Pain
- Autoimmune conditions
- Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate: eCornell and T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies 2019
- Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine: Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine 2018
- Bachelor of Science, Microbiology: University of Victoria 2014
- Pharmaceutical Prescriptive Authority
- IV Nutrient Therapy