Sarah Sjovold was raised in Hope, and now she’s coming back to offer her services as a naturopathic physician at Hope Healing and Health. Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard

Hometown girl returns to Hope as doctor-for-hire

Growing up locally, naturopath Sarah Sjovold is back and wants to help build a healthier community

One of Hope’s own is returning home to provide an additional—and needed—service to our community.

Naturopathic physician, Dr. Sarah Sjovold, graduated from Hope Secondary School in 1993, before moving on to study naturopathic medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, achieving her license in 2005.

“I always planned to come back home to the mountains,” said Sjovold while sitting in Hope’s Blue Moose Coffee House. “I used to dream of creating a clinic that was a positive light in the community, where people and practitioners felt supported, and welcomed.”

And luckily for Sjovold, it’s a vision that Dr. Sean Eldridge at Hope Healing and Health also shares. “So when he approached me about coming to Hope, I knew it was time to bring my skills back home to help my community.”

“I have known Sarah for 15 years and feel confident in her abilities to provide our community with effective health care that is evidence informed and patient centered,” said Eldridge. “She is a caring, compassionate, intelligent and professional practitioner and I feel blessed she has decided to practice in Hope.”

Aside from practicing naturopathic medicine, Sjovold is also licensed to do: micronutrient IV therapy (e.g. vitamin mineral amino acid therapy used to boost energy/immunity/etc.), chelation IV therapy (e.g. heavy metal detoxification for cardiovascular health), acupuncture, and prescriptive authority for pharmaceuticals.

“Many of these therapies require frequent treatments to be effective, followed by regular maintenance,” Sjovold continued. “So, in the best interest of the patient, I would want to be well established in Hope before being able to offer these additional therapies.”

Sjovold’s goals while in town, in addition to offering her healing services, is to build connect with local health professionals, and work in collaboration with conventional and natural medicines to best suit the needs of the patients.

“One of the greatest challenges in this industry is managing expectations,” Sjovold explained. “Through my past health challenges, I understand the power and the limits of both the natural and conventional medicine and the importance of recognizing that both drugs and herbs have their powers and their limits, depending on the situation.”

Based out of Hope Healing and Health, Sjovold will be taking appointments for the last Monday of every month.

To book at appointment, or to learn more about her services call the office, or visit

The Hope Healing and Health clinic offers chiropractic care involving manual manipulation, soft tissue therapy and exercise prescription, massage therapy, naturopathic services, custom orthotics and braces.


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