Dr. Sarah Clouthier holds an honours degree in Human Kinetics and Health Science from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. She completed medical school at McMaster University and Family Medicine residency at the University of Ottawa. During Dr. Clouthier's residency, she piloted a self-directed residency program that allowed her to train in rural and remote medicine in Nunavut, Manitoulin Island, and various rural Ontario locations.
Prior to joining Medisys, Dr. Clouthier practiced family medicine with Copeman Health Care. Prior to that, she practiced full-scope rural medicine, including palliative care, emergency, and urgent care medicine. During this time, Dr. Clouthier also taught medical students and residents from Queen's University and the University of Ottawa.
In keeping with her passion for wellness promotion and disease prevention, she is currently completing a fellowship in integrative medicine through the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine.
What was your first job?
Scooping ice cream for my uncle's food truck. I developed huge biceps that summer. Unfortunately, only on one arm!
What do you do to unwind?
I love doing anything outside, especially if it is with my dogs and horses—the more remote the location, the better. I love to disconnect.
What is your single most important piece of preventive health advice?
"If you do not take time for your wellness, you will be forced to take time for your illness." -author unknown
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
The mind and body are intimately connected, so if you want to maintain physical health, you must take care of your mental and emotional health.
What keeps you inspired?
Nothing excites me more than working with patients motivated to make the changes required to either maintain or return to health. Our Western culture certainly does not support a healthy lifestyle. Still, more and more people are becoming interested in taking radical control of their health and wellbeing. This inspires me to keep studying and learning as much as I can to support my patients' health.
What is the one health lesson you have learned that you want everyone to know?
Food can be either medicine or poison for the body. What you eat matters a lot. It can make all the difference in the world in how you feel, function, and perform daily. It can also make the difference between health and disease later on.