Dr. Walter Lemmo is a board certified Naturopathic Physician in British Columbia and Washington State. He also attained a Fellowship of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO) in the United States. In 1999 he graduated from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, one of the leading Naturopathic medical schools in North America, which highlights integrative medical care.
Before entering naturopathic medicine, Dr. Lemmo received his undergraduate education in Biotechnology at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and in Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC. Dr. Lemmo is past Chair (president) for the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Naturopathic Foundation. He is a member of the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia, the British Columbia Naturopathic Association, Washington State Naturopathic Physicians, and the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
He is a frequent guest on numerous health, radio & television programs throughout Canada and the United States and he has been published in several magazines. While Dr. Lemmo has diverse interest and knowledge in numerous medical fields, he is highly specialized in the area of cancer care since 2004, along with his affiliation with InspireHealth in Vancouver, and is sought out locally and internationally for his expertise. Consequently, he founded and is director of LEMMO Integrated Cancer Care Inc. in Vancouver – the first and longest operating naturopathic center in Canada exclusively focused in cancer.
Dr. Lemmo strongly believes in an integrated approach to health care and works together as part of a team with all healthcare providers, family physicians, and oncologists. In fact, since 2004 Dr. Lemmo had established collegial relationships beginning with oncologist Dr. Paul Klimo at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver. For each patient, Dr. Lemmo provides the latest information on the numerous approaches, treatments and methods of testing available, and the options most beneficial to their cancer diagnosis and situation. A cancer diagnosis and the treatment information, or lack of, is both frightening and overwhelming. Dr. Lemmo strives to create meaning and understanding in this time, and provide compassionate and informed care to both patients and concerned family and friends.
In addition to his practice, Dr. Lemmo is extremely passionate about creating awareness for integrative health care and the life-enhancing, life-saving treatments that many people desperately need, but cannot afford. In 2011, Dr. Lemmo co-founded Thrive Alive Foundation, a charitable organization committed to providing resources and assistance to people in need for cancer treatments and services not covered by government or health plans. Thrive Alive Foundation began operating its Thrive Support Program in 2012 and has supported patient treatments from various health practitioners throughout the province.
In October 2012, Dr. Lemmo and his wife welcomed their new baby daughter into the world.