Niki Tavouktsoglou, Chilliwack, BC
Approximately three years ago, shortly after the birth of my daughter, my health took a turn for the worse. In a complete downward spiral, life came falling apart and I had no idea why. Doctor after doctor, specialist after specialist, no one could give me an answer, yet every single one of them was quick to prescribe medications to attempt to cover up symptoms. Within two years, I was passed off to 2 separate psychiatrists, who conducted separate and full psychiatric evaluations. The results: Severe Clinical Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, PTSD, Social Phobia and Agoraphobia. Harmful and addicting medications were added to my daily routine, none of them helping, in fact I was getting worse. While my issue was not just psychological, and was more physical, severe debilitating body pain, weight gain of over 70lbs within that two year span, hair falling out complete lack of menstrual cycle at 32 years of age, complete lack of energy, every one of them told me this was all in my head, I needed to eat less and excersise more. I followed instruction religiously to no avail.
In March of 2013, I booked my first appointment with Dr. Garrett. He spend over an hour listening to me, not once making me feel like a hypochondriac. That same day, I walked out of his office with a long list of labs, labs that the other doctors could have easily written me (especially considering I had specifically asked for many of them). It turned out I have problems with my thyroid, and had hit menopause. All of my problems were due to severe hormonal imbalances. Dr. Garrett wasted no time assisting me in weaning off all of the unnecessary medications I was on and immediately started me a natural therapies, medications, supplements. Within one month I saw my life transforming and the old me resurfacing. It has been less than one year and I am now by miracle expecting my third child. Dr. Garrett has been there for me in every way shape and form, accepting last minute emergency appointments, replying to panicked emails, answering phone calls. This man is truly a God send. I have learned from him more than I ever have from anyone else, I have become my own advocate. He has guided me from a dark and desperate hole with no hope, through to the road of discovery. I have regained my health, my family, my life. There are no words to express the deepness of my gratitude my family and I both have for this man.