Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

At Roots to Branches, our mission is to get you feeling your best to live your ideal life.

Roots to Branches is a whole health clinic – we treat the whole person. Our multi-disciplinary team uses a broad toolkit to customize care to give you more energy, more health, more joy. Naturally.

Tracy Palmer ND, Roots to Branches’ founder, has a focus in women’s health and fertility.  Cassandra Goodwin ND has a general practice, seeing clients of all ages.  And Charlene Pierce, our Registered Massage Therapist, is also certified in acupuncture and cupping.

Together, we treat a range of concerns, from chronic health issues to acute conditions such as cold and flu. We are proactive, optimizing your health to prevent future illness. We want you to enjoy vibrancy and resiliency in the long run.

Your participation is key. You are part of every decision to move you closer to your goals. The right plan is the one that works for you, that suits your schedule, budget and lifestyle. We don’t deal in strictures, guilt or shame.

After all, it shouldn’t be stressful to be healthy.

Our Team

Dr. Tracy Palmer ND

Making people happier and healthier isn’t just my career – it’s my passion.

Before I became a Naturopathic Doctor, I was a Registered Nurse in internal medicine and oncology. I had my own health challenges, including a gastrointestinal condition for which I took as many as 16 pills a day. After naturopathic medicine helped me heal, I was hooked. I wanted to help others as I had been helped. I moved to Toronto for four years of medical training at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.

I have been practicing as a licensed Naturopathic Doctor since 2012, with a special interest in women’s health and infertility. I am registered with the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta and am a member of the New Brunswick Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

I believe in combining modern research and evidence-based medicine while getting back to the basics and using the gifts nature has given us. Most of all, I believe being healthy is about having fun, being inspired and feeling joy. Balance is key – I love nachos as much as anyone.

After all, life is short. And it can change quickly, as I learned during my pregnancy when an ultrasound revealed our baby had a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (read more about my pregnancy and how it’s impacted my practice here).  I’ve always been a positive person, but this experience confirmed what is really important and what I want to help my clients achieve. The ability to make the most of each day. To laugh. To feel good in your body. To have joy and fun. We are all resilient with the right support.

Dr. Cassandra Goodwin ND

I love to help my patients move from surviving to thriving. My practice is inspired by the power we have over our lives and our health. I believe in the innate wisdom of the body and the innate wisdom of the patient.

My parents were both in medicine, so, growing up, medicine was part of my world. I’d always assumed I’d likely follow in their footsteps career path. But travel opened my eyes to how others in the world view wellness. Naturopathic medicine’s focus on vibrancy and on leading fuller, more connected lives resonated with me. I love how it is both an art and a science, how it is based on evidence and research, but allows for customization.

I had found my path.

In 2015, I graduated from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, in New Westminster, B.C. I practiced near Charlottetown for nearly two years before joining Roots to Branches in 2017. I am thrilled to be part of this positive, progressive team.

As a naturopathic medical student, I did clinical training at Qmunity, Vancouver’s queer resource centre. My practice is a safe space for all gender and sexual expressions. I also spent time at Positive Living BC, a meeting place for HIV positive people.

My practice welcomes people of all ages, dealing with a range of health concerns. In each case, I look at my patient as a whole person. What can we clear away so vitality can return? What lights you up? What’s your purpose?

Once we get your physical challenges under control, that’s where the real healing begins.

Charlene Pierce RMT., R.Ac

Meet Charlene Pierce

I take a holistic approach to bringing health and harmony back to the body. I combine therapeutic modalities such as deep tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, lymphatic drainage, joint mobilizations, sports massage and pre-/post-natal massage.

I address musculoskeletal problems and repetitive strain injuries. I also help manage and reduce chronic and acute pain, stress, anxiety and digestive disorders. As a Registered Massage Therapist and certified Acupuncturist, I am also certified in cupping.

I encourage my clients to better manage their own health by providing exercises specific to their imbalances and designing a treatment plan that suits them. My philosophy is to not create a dependence on massage therapy or acupuncture, but to encourage self-care specific to each individual. The long-term goal is massage for prevention and maintenance.

Melissa Watson-Whaites, Office Manager

Roots to Branches is more than just a job to me.

Every day, on the front line of our clinic, I see transformation in our patients. Often, they arrive feeling overwhelmed. This may be their last-ditch attempt to regain health. Sometimes this is the final resort for people who have been struggling for years.

When you walk in, you sense you are in the right place. That you are going to have a different experience here, receive a different kind of care. You’ll see how every member of our team has time for you.

I’ve experienced it myself. I, too, am a Roots to Branches patient. Naturopathic medicine changed my life.  I know first-hand the level of care, attention and personalized expertise you can expect here. The depth of the relationships between our practitioners and our patients. The sense of fun and happiness that permeates our clinic.

Roots to Branches is a good-feeling place. I’m proud to be part of that.