When it comes to supporting your health, nothing quite matches FinIandia’s expertise. The vision of pharmacist Harlan Lahti, Finlandia Pharmacy and Natural Health Centre, was founded in 1974 and is well respected by all healthcare modalities – from western medicine to homeopathy. Finlandia recognizes that prescription medications are frequently an important method of treating disease, particularly when the situation is acute (to this end, we maintain a full service medical/compounding pharmacy). However, we also recognize that support with natural preventive agents and remedies is more attuned to nature’s plan.
Our mission is to help our customers attain optimal health and vitality and to enable full enjoyment of all life has to offer. This is achieved through traditional prescriptions and complementary modalities -including herbs, supplements and naturopathic/homeopathic services- personalized for each individual. Our store and health services centre are fully equipped to provide integrated, personalized health care and wellness medicine. We retain the services of many health professionals in the fields of traditional pharmacy, naturopathic medicine, homeopathy and acupuncture, to ensure the appropriate modalities are conveniently available to customers who require them.
Our retail store also incorporates a natural beauty and skin care department.
At Finlandia, you can find answers for your medical concerns and questions from our staff of highly trained specialists. Our health professionals include pharmacists, herbalists, nutritionists, naturopathic and homeopathic physicians, and an aesthetician. We are pleased to introduce you to some of our team members below.
Finlandia Pharmacy & Natural Health Centre founder and owner, Harlan Lahti, is widely recognized as the nation’s expert in natural health medicine. He and his highly qualified team have been integrating allopathic and natural medicine for over 40 years and their pharmacy has grown into one of the most widely respected and trusted integrated pharmacy/natural health centres in the country.
Before starting Finlandia, Harlan worked as a licenced pharmacist in hospital and in geriatric care settings, where he saw how some prescription medications could have undesirable consequences. “If people want to take natural remedies along with their prescription medications, we counsel them whether this is advisable or not advisable,” Harlan says “That’s one of Finlandia’s specialties—to keep people safe if they want to make their own choices with respect to their health.”
Beth Lahti holds a Bachelor Degree in Physical and Health Education (University of Toronto), and a Bachelor of Education. She was a teacher in the lower mainland for 17 years and owned a small fruit and vegetable business. Growing her own organic vegetables for sale, Beth says she “made about 5 cents an hour” and, as a result, has a huge respect for today’s farmers.
Working at Finlandia for the past 15 years, Beth brings extensive knowledge of the many supporting services available to Finlandia clients. Specialized state-of-the-art services include breast thermography, Osteometer bone scan, ETA bio-resonance scan, and heart rate variability assessment.
Markus Guggenberger joined the Finlandia retail store in 2009. During the first three years, he was responsible for inventory management and purchasing. Because of his dedication and hard work, Markus was promoted to be Finlandia’s Operations and Purchasing Manager in 2012. Over the years, he has developed a strong passion for the natural health industry. Markus has seen his responsibilities grow on an almost daily basis.
He is currently responsible for focusing on marketing strategies, the website and online store, Finlandia’s product and site licensing, as well as purchasing. When Markus is not busy at the store, he enjoys rock climbing, loves to go hiking and take part in many other outdoors activities in beautiful British Columbia.
Pharmacist Jason Wilhelm is passionate about health and the best ways to achieve well-being. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, he graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. During his 13 years as a drugstore pharmacist, he came to realize that truly helping people regain their health embraced more than the standard pharmacy model could provide.
With an interest in functional medicine, as well as respect for all forms of natural healing, Jason is now able to follow his passion for compounding—with comprehensive training in standard and sterile compounding under his belt. He maintains expert knowledge of hormonal therapies for men and women.
Jason enjoys interacting with Finlandia pharmacy customers and making sure they have all the information needed to benefit fully from their medications.
Salmeh, graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Pharmacy and has 13 years of experience, working in specialized community pharmacies. she has practiced both in the United States and Canada as a clinical pharmacist with passion for integrating western and eastern medicine. She is originally from Iran and is passionate about helping people achieve their optimum health mostly through prevention and early stage diagnosis.
She has special interest in Women’s and Children’s health, Dermatology and Auto-Immune diseases. She has obtained training in Compounding through PCCA institute in Texas, and is knowledgable about hormone replacement therapy, supplements and herbal remedies. She has also been a faculty member at the University of British Columbia for 5 years and enjoys teaching.
Michelle is a published research biologist, herbalist, sound healer and vibrational medicine practitioner. She began her 30+ year journey into the healing arts with scientific research into human viruses. This led Michelle to the awareness that a more integrated approach was needed to better affect health at the cellular, emotional and spiritual levels.
Michelle subsequently studied phytomedicine (plant medicine), sound therapy, crystal and other forms of healing, vibrational medicine and yoga.
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Dr. Lopez’s journey into naturopathic medicine began after receiving treatment for her allergies. She was so impressed with naturopathic philosophy that she decided to become a naturopathic doctor herself. Currently she maintains a family practice and has had experience treating a variety of conditions including hormone imbalances, pregnancy related complaints, digestive issues, anxiety and depression and autoimmune conditions. Dr. Lopez holds a BSc. in cell biology and genetics from UBC and is a graduate of the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (2007). She has pharmaceutical prescription authority in British Columbia.
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Dr. David Duizer is a practising naturopathic physician and a graduate of the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. He has a special interest in the treatment of muscle and joint pain, autoimmune conditions, digestive concerns, anxiety, depression and chronic fatigue. Dr. Duizer is certified in intravenous vitamin and mineral therapy, heavy metal chelation and mistletoe therapy in complementary cancer care. He is a member in good standing with the College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC and the BC Naturopathic Association.
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