Dr Maria Shapoval

Naturopathic Doctor

Naturopathic doctor treating Neurological Conditions such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis and many other

CLINICAL FOCUS: Neurological conditions including Parkinson’s disease, migraines, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, seizures, and many more

Welcome! I’m Dr. Maria Shapoval, ND. I am a naturopathic doctor focusing on Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions.  I see patients within the Integrated Healthcare Centre, located in Toronto, Ontario. If you consider yourself someone who is willing to try new things and maintain an open mind, I would be honored and excited to introduce you to new treatment options that may improve your the way you live – no matter what condition or prognosis you are facing. All I ask for is your willingness to try and a positive attitude.



I am passionate about neurological conditions, in particular Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. Thus I dedicate my clinical practice to supporting patients suffering from these conditions. One of my favorite aspects of naturopathic medicine is the flexibility that it offers. There are so many different treatments to choose from. This flexibility is crucial when dealing with complex neurological conditions. Neurological conditions do not only affect the function of the nervous system but end up affecting the whole person. Conditions like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s influence mood, digestive function, quality of life, even the sleep and cardiovascular systems. These conditions do not fit the neat borders of medical classifications and require us to provide integrative treatments to address the multiple factors of these diseases.  Hence why it is so important to have access to a wide range of treatment options.

Naturopathic Doctor


Research is very important to my clinical practice! As it is my job to provide you with both safe and effective treatments I spend a lot of time making sure I am up to date on the latest neurological research. I frequently travel to various neurological conferences around the country and engage in courses and certifications to expand my expertise. As a member of the research team at the Department of Research & Clinical Epidemiology at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine located in Toronto, I am thus privileged to coordinate clinical trials and contribute to the development of new  naturopathic treatments. I am a member of the Movement Disorder Society. This gives me the opportunity to engage with the leading neurologists around the globe and receive additional training. This year I had the great pleasure of attending the 21st International Congress on Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders. This is the largest international conference that was attend by close to five thousand leading neurologists and researchers in the world. 


Parkinson’s Disease affects between 1-2% of the population over the age of 65. The key symptoms include tremor, slowing down of movement, and muscle rigidity. However, there is significant variability in the presentation. Additional motor symptoms can include gait abnormalities, balance problems, difficulty with speech and hand writing as well as changes in facial expressions. Non motor symptoms can include constipation, loss of smell or a change in smell, urinary and sexual difficulties and sleep abnormalities. As a naturopathic doctor I can offer support in managing both motor and non-motor symptoms through diverse range of treatment options (see Services for more details). 

Movement Disorder Society - 21st International Congress

Parkinson's disease


Naturopathic Doctors are regulated in Ontario under the Regulated Health Professional Act by  The College of Naturopaths of Ontario. After completing a 4 year undergraduate degree, naturopathic doctors complete an intensive 4 year naturopathic program that includes 1 year of clinical internship and countless hours of clinical observation. In addition, ND’s must successfully complete two licensing exams – Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations. ND’s may further their education by completing a 2 year residency. In my case, I had the privilege of competing the 2 year residency focusing on research in Parkinson’s disease. 


While I am currently located within Toronto and am seeing patients with the Greater Toronto Area, I am do video/audio conferences for long distance patients located in Ontario. This services requires that we have met physically in person at least once, in order to allow me to complete my assessment. Additional in person meetings may be necessary depending on the condition. For more information please schedule a free phone consultation by calling 416-498-8265. 

Please allow me the privilege of being YOUR Naturopathic Doctor and assisting you in your journey to better health!

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