Dr. Kristijana Rakic
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE & NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR
Dr. K is passionate about helping individuals with complex medical conditions break free from the conventional paradigm where illness is simply managed.
She focuses on optimizing each individual’s unique underlying environmental, genetic and physiologic imbalance, which lie at the root cause of chronic disease.
Dr. K has a special interest in metabolism and weight loss resistance, hormone health, digestive health, chronic fatigue, autoimmune disease, longevity, and brain health.
Your Care Team
Welcome to Dr. K Guiding Wellness! We are dedicated to helping you achieve optimal well-being through personalized guidance and support. Our team of experienced professionals is passionate about empowering individuals to take control of their health and live a balanced life. With a holistic approach, we provide comprehensive wellness programs tailored to your unique needs.
Discover the path to a healthier and happier you today!
ASSOCIATE NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR
Dr. Erica Behr
Dr. Behr is passionate about preventative medicine and educating patients on how they can optimize their health with naturopathic medicine. She is a firm believer in treating the whole person (mind, body, soul) and finding the root cause. Dr. Behr uses evidence-based practices to support her patients and strives to provide a space where patients feel empowered to reach their health goals.
Dr. Behr has a special interest in skin, digestive health, weight management, women’s health, stress management, osteoarthritis, and pain management. Dr. Behr is currently accepting new patients and is practicing alongside Dr. K, taking on patients from her waitlist. As an associate of Dr. K’s, Dr. Behr is learning advanced practice strategies, including mentorship in Functional Medicine and Functional Testing.
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE COACH
Gloria has been helping women with their metabolism for over 20 years. As a career personal trainer and yoga instructor, she has worked alongside women struggling with motivation, resources and other challenges. Gloria loves using positivity to create an empowered mindset and follow through toward a healthy lifestyle.
After doing the Metabolism Makeover program herself in 2018, it was a natural transition for Gloria to make this the focus of her career and help other women with metabolic issues to experience the amazing transformation she had experienced.
Gloria attended the Functional Medicine Health Coaching program and has worked alongside Dr. K, coaching women to experience their best health and best version of themselves. She has helped over 800 women in the last four years and looks forward to using her experience, passion and knowledge to help many more.
Gloria is also certified in HeartMath, leads meditation programs and teaches yoga for fun! She is a mom and wife and loves travelling in her spare time.
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE COACH
As a coach, Michelle helps women achieve their wellness goals by offering effective strategies, education, motivation and accountability.
Her personal journey with functional medicine began in 2019 when she met Dr K. Dr. K and her amazing team helped Michelle take control of her health and get to the root cause of her
metabolic dysfunction, weight loss resistance, and hormonal imbalances.
Now in her 50’s, Michelle feels more vital than ever in her life. Her personal journey and success were the inspiration to become a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach, so that she may support other women in achieving their personal wellness goals and experience the life-changing transformation that she did.
“My goal is to make the rest of my years the best of my years and working with Dr K has shown me it is all well within our control and our reach!”
DIRECTOR OF CLIENT CARE
Jen started her healing journey with Dr. K in 2018 as a patient of both functional medicine and the Metabolism Program. With the help of Dr. K and her team, Jen was empowered to focus on making lasting changes to her health and self-care practices which inspired her to make a big career change. In December 2019, Jen joined Dr. K's team and has enjoyed participating in every positive transformation.
With over 20 years in professional administrative roles and a passion for natural wellness, Jen is always eager to ensure that client care is number one and the office runs smoothly.
Jen graduated from the Business Administration program from Conestoga College and also completed a certification through the Purchasing Management Association of Canada.
Our Core Values of Care
Root Cause Resolution
We use an in-depth initial intake, through medical history, blood work and strategic functional testing to identify the root cause of your health concerns and offer permeant solutions to heal your body rather then managing your health with medications and band-aid solutions.
Each member of our team brings a special lens and wealth of expertise to your care and together we ensure you are guided along your health journey with confidence. Our mission is to educate you and empower you to take back control of your health.
Once we have identified the root cause of your health concerns we provide you with a personalized wellness plan which takes into consideration your current life circumstances, lifestyle, and support system to ensure you get better faster.
We use evidence-based treatment protocols and extensively-researched tools and functional tests available to provide you with the most comprehensive level of care and to ensure your body is provided with everything it needs to heal.
The Philosophy That Drives Us
When we don’t feel well we are not able to pursue our dreams or support the people that we love.
Dr. K and her care team are specially assembled to support heart-centred care that empowers patients to enjoy a rich and fulfilling life.
Our team strive to help you understand how to nurture your sustainable health and achieve a feeling of renewed energy and sense of well-being.
You will be equipped with the functional tests and comprehensive roadmap that you need to be an active participant in your own health journey. This is not about short-term and ‘bandaid’ solutions for your symptoms.
You will receive the benefit of our integrated care team. Together, we offer decades of knowledge and our passion for life-long learning keeps us on the cutting edge of research.
What should I expect at my initial consultation?At your initial consultation, your doctor will listen to your story, review your medical history, and perform physical exams. They will discuss necessary functional tests and lab work to help identify the root cause of your health concerns, and you will be referred to their team of coaches to initiate Nutrition and Lifestyle modification. You will met with your doctor again to review your lab work and functional test results in 2-6 weeks.
What are Dr. K’s fees?The initial Naturopathic and Functional Medicine consultation is typically 75 minutes and the investment is $400. Follow-up consultations are billed by the hours, $400/hour.
What are Dr. Behr’s fees?The initial Naturopathic and Functional Medicine consultation is typically 75 minutes and the investment is $375. Follow-up consultations are billed by the hours, $300/hour.
Do I still need to see a primary care physician?Yes. We do not provide acute or urgent care services and we do not replace the services that your current medical team provides. We provide a stand-alone service focused on eliminating root causes and creating and advancing health.
Do you bill to insurance?The cost of any services provided by Dr. K or her team will be billed to you directly. You are responsible for submitting your insurance claims. Medical expenses such as lab tests and prescription medications may be covered by a member’s health insurance plan per that plan’s rules. We do not submit a medical claim to insurance on your behalf. We will provide you with a detailed billing summary that you may submit to your insurance for reimbursement. There may be procedures or lab tests that are not covered depending on your plan’s rules.
What do I need to know about lab tests?The specific tests ordered will be personalized to you based on your initial evaluation with your doctor and may include blood, saliva, urine, or stool testing. You will be provided with options on how you can proceed with functional testing and lab testing so it is affordable and comprehensive. We may request conventional lab testing as part of your medical workup. These tests, if requisitioned by your family doctor, would be covered by OHIP. You will be given the opportunity to speak with your family doctor to see if they would be willing to requisition the test. Alternatively, our team will requisition the conventional tests. Conventional testing requisitioned by our team will not be covered by OHIP and you will be responsible to cover the cost of the testing. We will make every effort to make you fully aware of any additional lab fees that may be incurred and to give you the opportunity to choose which lab tests you feel comfortable paying for. You are under no obligation to purchase any specialty testing.
Are labs and supplements included?Labs and supplements are not included in our consultation and are an additional cost depending on what you need.
Can my appointments be virtual?Yes, we offer in-office and virtual appointments. Appointments can be booked with our online scheduler or by emailing or calling the office. We see patients virtually via video chat or phone call.