Jennifer Purdy, MD

Jennifer Purdy, MD

Do you know that by making changes in our eating habits and daily activities, we have the power to prevent, treat, and sometimes reverse many of the common chronic diseases?

I didn’t. But I do now, and I’ve dedicated my practice to spreading the word because it’s had such an impact on my patients and allowed them to take control of their own health.

I first learned about the link between food and pain when I attended a 2011 conference in Ottawa on chronic pain. I was blown away by the information presented. This connection was something I’d never heard before — and it was much too powerful to ignore.

A year or two later, I started seeing patients who were dealing with chronic pain and searched for more information about the importance of diet to share with them. Stumbling across Dr. Neal Barnard’s book, “Foods That Fight Pain,” I immediately ordered a copy, read it, and within days, ordered additional copies to lend to my patients.

At the time, only one of my patients was truly committed to trying a different approach because he was desperate for relief from his lower back pain. Various medications, including narcotics, had been tried, as had physiotherapy and other modalities, with little to no success. Fortunately, he was already a non-smoker and didn’t drink much alcohol, but he did enjoy his ice cream! After about 30 days of making changes in the foods he ate, my patient experienced a significant reduction in his pain and noticed that if he decided to eat meat or dairy products, his pain would return within 24 hours. This couldn’t have been a more powerful demonstration to me on the power of food!

Dr. Barnard had also been featured in a documentary called “Forks Over Knives” so I decided to check it out and that’s when my eyes were fully opened. The documentary inspired me to increase my knowledge and understanding of the importance of food, not just as it relates to chronic pain but as it impacts many other chronic diseases and issues as well.

My continued learning has taught me that benefits from the Whole Food, Plant-Based (WFPB) way of eating that I’d initially recommended can be maximized by paying close attention to physical activity, stress management, sleep, alcohol moderation, and tobacco cessation. Together, these elements make up Lifestyle Medicine and I’m excited to help you use it to take control of your own health.


University of Ottawa
Medical Degree, Residency in Family Medicine

Royal Military College of Canada
B.A., English Literature



  • Member (CCFP) of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)

  • Member of College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO)

  • Certified in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell

  • Diplomate, American College of Lifestyle Medicine

  • Served 23+ years of service in the Canadian Armed Forces

  • Originally from Kanata