Naturopathic Medicine for Lyme Disease and Complex Chronic Illnesses
Dr. Sal Meli ND treats the following conditions:
- Acute Tick Bites
- Chronic Lyme Disease
- Tick-borne Co-Infections
- Chronic Viral Infections
- Mold Toxicity
- Environmental & Heavy Metal Toxicities
- Histamine Intolerance / MCAS
- Chronic Digestive Concerns
- Chronic Neurological Disorders
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Chronic Pain Syndromes or 'Fibromyalgia'
- 'All my tests are normal and my GP can't figure it out"
*Telemedicine consultations are only available to Canadian residents of certain provinces. Email to inquire.
You should consider working with Dr. Meli if:
What You'll Receive:
Personalized Treatment Plans
Dr. Meli creates unique treatment plans for each patient. You will receive clear instructions on how to take the recommended treatments as well as referrals for therapies that can be administered by local practitioners. You will gain access to professional-brand supplements, tinctures and homeopathic medicines. All recommendations will be written out and emailed to you after your appointment.
Dr. Meli can help provide access to the very best testing laboratories in the world including ArminLabs, Igenex, Galaxy and others. For urine tests, including those used for mold toxins, heavy metals and hormone assessment, the test kits can be easily mailed to your home. For blood tests, requisitions will be provided to a blood draw at your local LifeLabs facility.
Dr. Meli is a strong proponent of using the best available testing to guide his treatment plans. Testing for various infections, mold toxins, heavy metals, genetic SNPs, food sensitivities, immune markers and many others elements are available and commonly recommended to undercover the root causes of chronic illness.
Dr. Meli has a strong preference for botanical medicine and works closely with Apex Botanicals to provide all of the herbs one might need. Tinctures are often formulated into a customized blend for your unique needs. Dr. Meli regularly incorporates the protocol's outlined by Stephen Buhner, Dr. Cowden, Dr. Klinghardt and others.
Dr. Meli uses a wide variety of professional supplement brands to ensure that his patients are receiving the very best therapies available. He will assist in ensuring access to professional products via online dispensaries including Fullscript and others.
Dr. Meli is a licensed Naturopathic doctor in BC, with full prescriptive authority, which includes most antibiotics, anti-fungals, bio-identical hormones and many other useful medications. Prescriptions will only be written when safety has been established, which may require laboratory findings, physical exam findings and a detailed medical history.
Book your initial consult with Dr. Meli
Initial consultations are typically 60 minutes. To make best use of this time, an extensive intake form will be sent to you after booking your time slot. We recommend all patients send a copy of all relevant lab testing before the consultation. Afterwards, Dr. Meli will prepare a unique plan for your individualized needs that may include testing, lifestyle changes, supplements, herbal therapies or pharmaceutical agents.
About Dr. Sal Meli ND
Dr. Meli is an 'outside-the-box' thinker, avid reader and permaculturalist. He believes that many complex chronic ailments are driven by a multitude of factors, all of them needing to be assessed. Commonly patients are deficient, toxic, over-worked and inflamed. Defence against the burden of infections, chemicals and parasites is lost.
Dr. Meli's approach to healing involves deep exploration of the various inflammatory triggers via lab testing. Treatments are always individualized to address these findings.
Dr. Meli's Experience
Dr. Meli has been practicing Naturopathic Medicine since 2012. He shifted is clinical focus to Lyme Disease after attending several ILADS conferences. He has trained with Dr. Steven Harris MD through the ILADEF physician training program and continues to refine his knowledge through medical conferences and continuing education courses.
Dr. Meli's Collaborative Approach
Dr. Meli works collaboratively with your primary care provider (MD or ND). Ongoing consultation with both your primary physician and Dr. Meli is recommended but not required. For patients who do not have access to a 'Lyme-literate' physician, Dr. Meli will be available for on-going follow up and case management until you've reached your health goals.
Dr. Meli's Accreditations
Dr Meli is a member of the College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC and is licensed to prescribe pharmaceutical medicines. He has additional training in IV Therapy, Chelation, Ozone, Prolotherapy and PRP. Although these therapies are not available to telemedicine clients, Dr. Meli would be able to recommend and refer to a local practitioner when indicated.
Dr. Meli's Unique Approach Using Genetics
The NutriGenetic Research Institute explores how various environmental factors (ie. toxins, infections) and our individual genetics interact to create bio-chemical vulnerabilities, which invariably lead to disease. Having completed this extensive genetics course, Dr. Meli analyzes his patients' genetic profile to best address their individual needs. Often, the exploration of your unique genetics nuances greatly accelerates the therapeutic process.
How does it work?
Step 1: Book your initial consultation. Choose either:
Initial 60 minutes appointment - to start working with Dr. Meli (recommended)
Initial 75 minutes appointment - for additional time (recommended for complex cases)
Free 10 minute Meet & Greet - to first meet Dr. Meli and determine if he is a good fit for your needs
Step 2: Upon booking an initial appointment, you will receive an email with an intake form. It must be completely filled out before the consultation. If you have any questions about this form, email reception at email@example.com.
Step 3: Send a copy of all relevant lab test results and notes to our office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 4: Just before your appointment time, you will receive an email with a link to join the video call. If you're not logged in for the video call, Dr. Meli will call you at the phone number provided. Dr. Meli makes every effort to be on time but if he is running late, he will still contact you. Please be patient. Your appointment length will not be cut short due to any delays. Be prepared with your questions and be ready to take notes.
During or after the consult, a treatment plan will be created and emailed to you. If indicated, arrangements must be made with your local practitioner to acquire laboratory testing. Test kits will be mailed to you if required. Supplements, herbal therapies and pharmaceutical prescriptions will be sent directly to your home.
Step 5: You will be sent a secure payment link with invoice based on the actual length of your appointment. (ie, if you appointment runs 15 shorter or longer than scheduled, the fee billed will be different than the scheduled appointment fee). Any laboratory tests and treatments will be billed separately. Your receipt will be emailed to you. Note: Direct billing to insurance providers is not available at this time, however you are encouraged to claim the consult under your own extended health care plan.
Step 6. Book your follow-up consultation.
*Due to the limitations of telemedicine, any concerns that require a physical exam or blood draw will be referred to your local MD or ND for assessment.
Initial Consult (60 minutes)
Initial Consult (75 minutes)
Follow up (90 minutes)
Follow up (75 minutes)
Follow up (60 minutes)
Follow up (45 minutes)
Follow up (30 minutes)
Follow up (15 minutes)
Meet & Greet (10 minutes)
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*All information provided will be kept strictly confidential.