Featured Vancouverite: Dr. Stella Seto, ND

Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia

How long have you been a Vancouverite? Born and raised.


Naturopathic physician at Alliance Wellness (#401-1177 West Broadway at Alder Street) and Balance Medical (1590 West 7th at Fir Street). For more info visit www.stellarhealth.ca.

Dr. Stella Seto, ND, is dedicated to providing individualized natural medical treatment towards optimal health and disease prevention. Born and raised in Kitsilano, she obtained a degree in Biology from the University of British Columbia. She completed her four-year naturopathic medical training at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto) and was part of the Sports and Pain Management Group, receiving extra training in increasing athletic performance and the prevention and management of pain. Acupuncture, myofascial release, pelvic and spinal alignment, nutrition and exercise were primarily used.

She continued her training at the Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, working at the acupuncture hospital to deepen her acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine skills.

A regular contributor to the Canadian Diabetes Association: Team Diabetes lectures, Dr. Seto also writes a monthly healthy living article for the City of Vancouver’s (city hall, police, fire and library) newsletter. In 2011, worked at a clinic that was voted runner-up for the best naturopathic clinic in Vancouver by the Georgia Straight newspaper.

Five essential items for a Vancouverite:
Bicycle: To use our great network of bike lanes, have a low stress commute, get exercise, and help us reach our city’s goal of being the greenest city in the world, all at the same time. Also great for a leisurely ride around the seawall on a sunny day to see the city skyline juxtaposed against the mountains and water.

Skis or a snowboard: Enjoy runs before or after work at the local mountains, weekends at Whistler or the many fantastic BC interior ski hills.

Rock climbing or hiking shoes: To scale our vast network of trails and mountains in whatever way you can. The Squamish Chief, Garibaldi or Seymour Provincial Park and the Lions are some highlights.

A way to enjoy our precious natural resource – water: a boat, kayak, paddleboard, wakeboard, kite board or bathing suit. Or sit on the beach with your beverage of choice and enjoy from afar.

Vitamin D3: 3000-4000 IUs per day when we can’t get some sunshine.

Best way to spend a Saturday in Vancouver:
Start your day with brunch at one of our great restaurants; indulge in some dim sum at Dai Tung on Kingsway or Jade in Richmond.

High tea at the Secret Garden Tea Company in Kerrisdale.

For those with dietary restrictions or those who just enjoy delicious food, go to Organic Lives. Get the raw, gluten- and dairy-free original pizza with Caesar salad, finishing with the OMG pie or chocolate macaroon.

Go to Granville Island, wander around the Public Market to see the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Buy some birdseed to feed the ducks at the duck pond. Stop by the Hangout Place to buy a hammock and a good old-fashioned paper book at Blackberry Books. Walk along the seawall and set up your hammock at Kitsilano beach to enjoy your book and the passers-by. Enjoy some sustainable Ocean Wise seafood at the Boathouse on Kitsilano beach while you watch the sunset.

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2 Responses to Featured Vancouverite: Dr. Stella Seto, ND

  1. Giovanni

    La vostra Città è un vero sogno, io amo molto la natura l’educazione, la gentilezza, l’arte la cultura e la gente buona.
    Spero un giorno di poter venire a visitarla.
    Ciao Giovanni Carenza

    • Grazie Giovanni. È una bella città, e mi auguro che lei è in grado di visitare presto.