My Background and Approach

Welcome to the web site for Dr. Deanne M Roberts MD.

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Group Meetings Will Be By Video.


UPDATED: June 26, 2020.

Appointments continue to take place by phone or by video.

To make an appointment -> use the online booking calendar. CLICK HERE

(There is no plan at present to resume having appointments in person (that is, in an office).)

New Patients: new patients are not being accepted at this time or for the foreseeable future.

Please do not delay finding another physician or health professional to see regarding your health concerns. At this time there is no planned time frame for resuming accepting new patients.

Some clinicians you might want to consider are listed here on the website of the Canadian Clinicians for Therapeutic Nutrition.

*** I am not accepting names for a waiting list or call-back list. ***

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• If you are considering an appointment, please click here to see the Appointments and Programs page, as well as the location and contact info in the sidebars and at the bottom of the page.

• Online appointment booking is the usual way to book an appointment. Everything starts with booking an Inquiry Phone Call to discuss and consider your questions and options. (Please read about Appointments and Programs here first.)

Phone and video visits are available for people who live in B.C. but outside of the Greater Vancouver area. They are also an option for people who are dealing with significant mobility issues or other barriers to coming into the office.

My practice focus is Functional Medicine, Metabolism, Brain Health, Nutrition, Foods, Weight Health and Food as Medicine.

This includes dealing with your Bully Appetite, Cravings, Sugar Cravings, Chaotic Eating Patterns, “Emotional Eating”, and I-keep-falling-off-the-wagon-itis.

Mandarins are delicious!

I favour a relentlessly individualized approach that emphasizes a wholistic view of the person within their circumstances, and the integration of a broad spectrum of treatment and prevention options.

Many of the people who come to see me are looking for help with problem-solving some health concern they have not found good options for. Often they are feeling “stuck” or discouraged about their health situation and their options. They wonder if looking at this from the view-point of nutrition and the broad view-point of Functional Medicine might bring some new insight or new options. Some people are seeking to avoid medications or lessen their need for medications when possible.

In particular, nutrition-related medical problems and interference with well-being are so very common these days, and can be of such serious burden and consequence for people, that I feel that my best way to be of use is to focus much of my efforts in this area.

My practice is limited to these areas of interest:

I feel this is how I can best be of service in the context of today’s medical reality where so many people are struggling with or burdened by health issues or quality of life issues related to foods and nutrition.

I am not accepting new patients as a “GP” or family physician or primary care physician.


I have been fascinated and inspired by the powerful role of food in health since my first year in University. This enthusiasm led to graduating, as head of the class, with my degree in Human Nutrition from the University of British Columbia. Next came medical school, also at UBC. As I went through medical school, I really valued already having that knowledge of nutrition available to enrich my understanding of both health and disease.

I have been practicing Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Medicine for over 30 years. For example, my first courses biofeedback and various aspects of Mind-Body skills were in 1982-83, as an essential part of bringing to fruition a “whole person” perspective. The core of my practice has always focused primarily on using nutrition and foods as tools to better health, within the context of a comprehensive view of each person’s journey and their well-being and individual fulfillment.

This includes:

  • metabolic health, metabolic syndrome, inflammation
  • pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes
  • health-focused weight loss and weight management
  • “courting” the best function of your appetite regulation centre, recognizing that imposed calorie restriction has proven to be both problematic and of amazingly limited benefit over time,
  • food cravings and dysregulated eating patterns,
  • blood sugar stability and regulation
  • digestive tract function, disturbances and illness
  • food allergies and intolerance, celiac disease
  • mental energy, brain “fog”, mood and mental health
  • brain health, nerve and neurological problems
  • fatigue, low sense of well-being
  • and so on.

Recent Educational Programs (2016-2017):

Institute for Functional Medicine: 

  • member
  • Immune Advanced Practice Module, February 2017
  • Cardiometabolic Advanced Practice Module, February 2017

The Bredesen Protocol Training: December 2016 and December 2017

Obesity Medicine:

  • SCOPE Certification (Specialist Certification of Obesity Professional Education) administered by the World Obesity Federation
  • The 13th International Congress on Obesity, May 2016
  • Member Canadian Obesity Network
  • Numerous Obesity Medicine conferences and programs over recent years, such as Canadian Obesity Network conferences and Obesity Medicine Association conferences

Medical Cannabis Education Symposium: presented by Cannabis Expertise, May 31-June 2, 2017


  • American College of Nutrition – member, 2016 conference presentation videos
  • Low Carb Breckenridge conference – February 2017
  • most of the educational programs listed above under other headings include a major focus on nutrition and foods

Only the major programs of 2 full days or longer are listed above. Ongoing education of countless shorter programs, webinars, books, published medical literature, and so on.


If you are interested in inquiring further or you are thinking of making an appointment, please click to go the Appointments and Programs page.