Naturopathic Doctors – Halifax, NS

About Dr. Julia Dean RN, ND

I began my career in health care as a registered nurse. Although I found it a wonderful and rewarding profession, after four years of working in acute care and community health care, I felt something was missing. I myself had been seeing a naturopathic doctor for several years. What I learned from my ND had completely transformed my busy, stressful life. My physical and mental health improved, and my understanding of health and nutrition were deepened and enriched. I realized that this was the kind of care I wanted to offer my patients. I wanted to be able to teach them how to optimize their health and improve their quality of life no matter what they were going through. I wanted to be able to take that extra step, spend quality time with my patients and truly understand their health concerns. With the encouragement of my family and friends, I made the life changing decision to move to Toronto and go back to school. I am incredibly excited to be now practicing as a naturopathic doctor and share with you what I have learned.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, I have always led an active life. I played soccer for many years and have run several half marathons. I also enjoy practicing yoga, cooking and baking healthy recipes, relaxing with family and friends, and taking in the outdoors sailing or skiing. I am so happy to be home in Canada’s ocean playground and to be starting this new chapter in my life!


My background as a nurse and my knowledge as a naturopathic doctor allows me to provide the best of both naturopathic and conventional care to my patients. What I love so much about naturopathic medicine is that it can work safely and effectively in conjunction with conventional medicine. There is a role for both in quality health care. The code of ethics for registered nurses and principles of naturopathic medicine both hold a special place in my heart and I am dedicated to upholding them both in my practice.

I want to understand your health concerns and goals and work toward them with you so that you feel your best! I have a general family practice and accept patients with any type of concern. I have a special interest in cancer prevention, in caring for people who have been diagnosed with cancer, and in palliative care support. I want to help you improve your health, quality of life, and wellbeing in a non-judgmental and supportive environment.

I can’t wait to meet you!


Dr. Julia Dean completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) at Dalhousie University in 2010. She worked in a hospital in acute care for two years followed by two years as a community health nurse. In 2014, she moved to Toronto to study naturopathic medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) and graduated with her Doctor of Naturopathy in 2017. She was the founder and co-president of the Integrative Oncology Club at CCNM. She completed a 1-year clinical internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic (RSNC) and the Parkdale Community Health Centre. Dr. Dean was an intern on the Adjunctive Cancer Care (ACC) shift at the RSNC working under the supervision of a FABNO, (Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology), qualified naturopathic doctor. Dr. Dean was awarded the 2017 Natural Medicines Recognition Award in recognition for demonstrating exemplary promise in improving patient care through showing interest in an evidence-based approach to natural medicines. Dr. Dean was a senior research assistant with the Knowledge in Naturopathic Oncology Website (KNOW) project for the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP) in 2016 and 2017. Dr. Dean continues to work as a registered nurse in the community.

Dr. Dean is a licensed naturopathic doctor and registered nurse. She is currently registered with the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA), the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), the Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NSAND), and the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP). Dr. Dean holds her nursing license with the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) and is a member of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and the Nova Scotia Nurses Union (NSNU).

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