Dr. Jacques Imbeau - Director

Doctor of Dental Medicine - D.M.D. (Montreal)

NZDREX (Otago)

Fellow Australasian College for Nutritional & Environmental Medicine - FACNEM (Melbourne)

I am the the director of the Centre. I am a dentist with a specific interest in integrative dental and natural health and a natural medicine practitioner.

As a dentist my scope of practice is as a general dental practitioner and I am registered as such with the Dental Council of New Zealand under the HPCA Act 2003. I completed a DEC in Health Sciences at Marie-Victorin College in 1976 and graduated in 1980 with a D.M.D. ( doctorate in dental medicine ) from the Faculty of Dental Medicine, University of Montreal, Canada, studied for and passed the New Zealand Dental Registration Examination ( NZDREX ) in 1993 at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Otago in Dunedin and gained my NZ dental registration as a general dental practitioner in early 1994 ( DCNZ– DD-2763 )

As a natural medicine practitioner I am registered with Natural Health Practitioners New Zealand ( NM-2447 - Nutrition, biochemistry and homeopathy ) and I am registered as a full professional member of the New Zealand Natural Medicine Association ( NZNMA-0053). I am also on the executive board of the NZNMA and the registrar. In 1998 I studied for and passed the fellowship in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine ( FACNEM) and I am a current full professional member of the Australasian College for Nutritional and Environmental Medicine .

I am also a full member of the following professional bodies: the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association, the New Zealand Dental Association the Auckland Dental Association, the International Team for Implantology, and the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. I am a certified instructor in through-transmission alveolar ultrasonography and a published author on such maxillofacial bone disorders as ischaemic bone disease and oral osteoporosis as well as being SMART certified by the IAOMT.

Those seeking my professional services can consult me as a dentist or as a natural medicine practitioner or both. However as a dentist, pursuant to my scope of practice as a general dentist, I can only provide advice and treatment for issues related to the oral cavity. As a natural medicine practitioner I cannot provide dental treatments unless specifically requested to do so as a dental practitioner. Therefore those seeking my professional advice will be asked to specifically state in writing whether they wish to consult me as a dentist only, as a natural medicine practitioner only or both and they should understand that each modality is distinct with a separate scope of practice. The dental modality is specifically regulated under statutory law ( HPCA Act 2003 ) whereas the natural medicine modality is self-regulated under the laws of NZ in general. For more information see the NZ Ministry of Health website.

All health practitioners in New Zealand, whether HPCA or self-regulated, are subject to the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights. See Health and Disability Commissioner for more information about the Code.

   

I am a father of three with dual New Zealand - Canadian citizenship and I have over 30 years experience in all aspects of dental and oral health and diseases, including over 15 years in advanced diagnosis and treatments of problems related to dental and oral pathologies, including oral \ dental infections, oral galvanism \ corrosion, dental material toxicity, facial pain, jaw joint and maxillofacial bones disorders, abnormal bite and nutritional imbalances resulting from such pathological conditions. Frequently these problems are linked to general health problems that can adversely affect the heart, liver, gut, nervous system, the skin and may be involved in many others problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, osteoporosis ect.... Increasingly dental problems and common dental procedures can impact overall health and systemic health problems can adversely impact oral health so that an integrative approach to health is indicated, both as a preventative and curative modality.

Suzanne Thouin, Clinical Co-ordinator

B. Sc. - Dietetics (McGill)

Suzanne is the clinical co-ordinator of the Centre. She graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics ( B.Sc., P. Dt. ) from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She has over 15 years experience in dental clinical management and 5 years in hospital dietetic management. She is a professional dietician \ nutritionist and an experienced chairside dental assistant with extensive hands-on knowledge of treatments for patients suffering from health problems related to dental and oral diseases. In addition to her training as a dietician \ nutritionist, her skills are complemented by ongoing continuing education in a wide spectrum of health modalities.

Suzanne is both my sweetheart and the heart of the practice. I love her to bits ! She has the feminine touch that is so important in helping those who are doing their best to recover their health and maintain it. And yes, even if we do not have the same surname, we have been married for over 30 years !

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