Dr. Kathy is a Naturopathic Doctor with a special interest in Hypermobility & Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Sports medicine, pain management & mental health.  She grew up in a small town playing baseball and soccer and after developing a fascination with human physiology and movement, she went on to complete an Honours B.Sc. in Kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario.  It was here that she realized her dream of becoming a Naturopathic Doctor and moved right along to study the four-year Naturopathic Doctor Diploma program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.  She lives her life with passion and practices what she preaches, incorporating her love of running and great food into her own healthy lifestyle.

  • Hypermobility & Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
  • POT & Dysautonomia
  • Mast Cell Activation Syndrome
  • Sports Medicine & Pain Management
  • Clinical & Performance Nutrition
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Acupuncture & Cupping
  • Energy & Sleep Dysfunction 

special interests

About the doc


(AKA the loves of my life!)

The running naturopath

Dr. Kathy's passion is people and her mission is medicine.  By taking a comprehensive, wholistic, and realistic approach, she helps her patients to maximize their health so they can live life to its fullest!

30k Around the bay

- hamilton, 2013


my toronto running buddies!  -  east york toronto runners

the chocolate race 10k

- st. catharines, 2013

midsummer night's Run 15k     -  Toronto, 2013

Dr. Kathy van Zeyl, B.Sc, ND


medical training:

  • Honours B.Sc. in Kinesiology with Biology (University of Western Ontario)
  • Naturopathic Doctor (Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine)
  • Sports Medicine & Pain Management Internship (Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic)
  • EDS Society ECHO Clinician Program (2021); EDS Society ECHO Nutrition Program (2023)
  • The Mast Cell Disease Society ECHO Program (2023 - currently enrolled)
  • Ongoing Continuing Education in Special Interest topics (EDS, HSD, Dysautonomia, MCAS)

running & Community engagement :

  • Dr. Kathy has a history of running & training for 5k's, 10k's, half & full marathons. In spite of an ACL tear and numerous connective tissue related factors that led to her Hypermobile EDS Diagnosis in 2021, she still runs & finds meaning & purpose through movement!
  • Somerset Runners Founder & Organizer - After moving to Ottawa in 2013, Dr. Kathy founded "The Somerset Runners," a fun-loving, social, and supportive running group who participate in regular social runs and races together.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/945209812163708/