Dr. Shari Caplan MD, CCFP, FCFP, FAARM
Dr. Caplan excels at whatever she does and has always been ahead of the game.
She is the Medical Director and Founder of the 1st Physician-Run Integrative Medicine Lifestyle Center offering a personalized approach that is tailored to address patients’ unique medical problems, using both conventional and alternative treatment options. Her goal is to find safe solutions to treat hormonal imbalances while modulating genes to reduce the risk of breast cancer and improve vitality.
She graduated Medicine with Honours at the young age of 24 from the University of Toronto. Dr. Caplan went into Family Practice at the Women’s College Hospital where she was the Chief Resident. From there, Dr. Caplan went into Family Practice. She was the first Resident to go directly to a staff position at Women’s College Hospital, where she worked for over 20 years as a Family Practice Inpatient Attending, delivered babies, saw outpatients, and taught residents and medical students. Dr. Caplan is a Lecturer at the University of Toronto and is on staff at Sunnybrook Health Science Center.
She is amongst a few Canadian Physicians to have become Board Certified and a Fellow in Anti-Aging and Regenerative & Functional Medicine as well as a Fellow in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine with the Metabolic Medical Institute. She recently became Board Certified in Integrative Medicine with the American Board of Physician Specialists in 2020.
As a result of her expertise in Women’s Health, Dr. Caplan was given a GP Focused Designation in Gynecology in 2011.
Her areas of expertise are Women’s Health, Weight Loss, Low-Grade Infertility, Postpartum Depression, PCOS, PMS, Perimenopause and Menopause. In the last few years, she has expanded her knowledge base to include Epigenetics, Men’s Health, Andropause, and TBI.
Her newest claim to fame is addressing both Women’s and Men’s Sexual Health and treating conditions like ED (Erectile Dysfunction) with the P-Shot for men and for women, treating conditions like stress urinary incontinence (aka- leaking), vaginal dryness, lichen sclerosis, vestibulitis, and the good old fashion… “I lost my libido and I want it back.” She’s so popular, they call her the Queen of the O-Shot.
For several years she was a speaker for MotherRisk and Duchesnay on the topics of Nausea and Vomiting in pregnancy and the uses of medications and herbs in pregnancy. She often lectures and teaches other MDs and Naturopaths how to use Bio-Identical Hormones. She’s been on several podcasts both locally and internationally and was one of the speakers in “Regain your Brain” with leading doctors like Dr. Perlmutter, Dr. Daniel Amen, and Dr. Bredesen.
She is passionate about Health Optimization, Hormone Balance, and Sexual Health using Integrative and Functional Medicine approaches to help patients live better, longer lives and providing solutions to problems they thought they couldn’t talk about. Feel comfortable and let her team help you.
Functional Medicine is designed to find the root cause of medical conditions. It has evolved through the efforts of scientists and clinicians from many fields including clinical nutrition, molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, genetics, Environmental Medicine, Conventional Medicine and many other disciplines. Functional Medicine evaluates the body as a whole, with special attention on how lifestyle, nutrient deficiencies, hormone imbalances, stress and toxic load play on the body. Functional Medicine tests such as Organic acid test (OAT), CDSA (comprehensive stool analysis), SIBO testing, genetic testing, micronutrient testing offer additional information that conventional tests often don’t provide. They are based on scientific literature and evidence but are not often accepted by conventional medicine.
The College (CPSO) has a policy on Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM). It can be viewed on the College’s website. CAM Policy #3-11. Dr. Caplan abides by the College’s Policy and will inform you of diagnoses, testing, and therapies that Conventional Medicine may not consider customary or usual. Patients have the right to make health care decisions that are in accordance with their own values, wishes, and preferences. CAM services provided by Dr. Caplan and VitalityMD are informed by evidence and science. VitalityMD is motivated to provide therapeutic options that are in the best interest of the patient.