Naturopathy with Dr. Susan Ritcey, N.D.



Naturopathy, with Dr. Susan Ritcey, N.D.

Dr. Ritcey, N.D. has a special interest in Naturopathic Bodywork, to help patients with arthritis, acute & chronic neck and back pain, muscle tension and stress relief. Naturopathic Bodywork may include:

Naturopathic Massage

Naturopathic Massage is a blend of therapeutic Swedish massage combined with acupressure points, trigger point therapy, cupping, infrared heat and hot stones.

Balneo and Hydrotherapy

Balneo and Hydrotherapy are the topical use of minerals such as Dead Sea salts, peat or mud packs, as well as the use of a steam tent and hydrocollator (moist heat) packs.

Herbal Salves, Lotions and Oils

Use of plants for healing dates back to the beginning of civilization and is the foundation of modern pharmacology. Plant substances from around the world are used for their healing effects. We support local companies and herbalists that produce all natural skin care products by the in-office use of their unique formulas as part of your treatment.

Other Treatments

Other naturopathic treatments include:
  • Clinical Nutrition/Orthomolecular therapy
  • Botanical medicine
  • Homeopathy
  • Acupuncture, Cosmetic acupuncture and TCM
  • Prevention & Lifestyle modification

Laboratory testing

Laboratory testing* (Rocky Mountain Analytical, Dr. Data)
  • IgG and/or IgE allergy testing (96 different foods, inhaled allergens)
  • Female/Male Salivary Hormone Panel
  • 4 Point Cortisol test
  • 24 hour Urinary Thyroid test
  • Environmental Pollutants test
  • Hair Analysis
  • Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis
*fees for laboratory testing available upon request.
Hawthorn Naturopathy

We ask you to arrive a few minutes early for your first appointment to fill out a short intake and consent form. You can save some time by downloading the two forms below, filling them out ahead of your visit, and bringing them along with you.

Dr. Susan Ritcey, N.D., Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Susan Ritcey, BSc., N.D.

Dr. Susan Ritcey, N.D., was born and raised in the beautiful Annapolis Valley. She is a graduate of Acadia University and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. She returned to the valley in 1996, and now lives in Kentville where she has been practicing Naturopathic medicine for over twenty years.

Dr. Ritcey, N.D., is a member of the Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors. She enjoys travelling and exploring areas around the Maritimes, as well as abroad.

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care that uses natural therapies and substances to promote wellness and treat disease. The roots of modern naturopathic medicine lie with "nature cure," a practice of treating individuals with natural agents (herbs, hydrotherapy and proper nutrition) that began in 19th century Europe. Over time homeopathy, acupuncture, massage therapy, counselling and other forms of bodywork were added to create the eclectic therapies of today’s Naturopathic Medicine.

Naturopathic medicine
can help treat:
  • Stress and burn-out
  • Digestive problems
  • Anxiety, depression
  • Eczema, skin rashes, and acne
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Menstrual complaints
  • Fatigue and sleep troubles
  • High cholesterol and/or blood pressure
  • And many more conditions...