Dr. Glenna Calder

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Glenna is an excellent Naturopathic Doctor, dedicated mother of three and business creator of Optimal Health - a clean eating online program - and Elite Health, her signature 5 month, 1:1 program for women ready to commit to their health and finally address long standing health issues that are holding them back from enjoying health and life more fully. Dr. Glenna lives on the Western side of Cape Breton Island with her husband and three children. She moved back to her hometown of Port Hood to smell and hear the Ocean each day.


I am a Naturopathic Doctor, Mother of three small children and wife to a wonderful husband. I grew up in beautiful Port Hood on Cape Breton Island and have returned in 2015 with my family after living away. My passion is empowering women to feel their very best by understanding their mind and bodies and knowing the choices in their everyday lifestyles.

What are you most proud of professionally? And who or why?

Creating an online clean eating program called Optimal Health that has transformed the health of hundreds of women since March 2017 and creating a signature program called Elite Health where I work with women 1:1 to overcome any health struggles they have that is holding them back from looking and feeling their best.

What's your vision for Atlantic Canada in 10 years? What’s our biggest opportunity now?

To become a destination for those looking for beautiful landscape, hospitality, city life that is very close to rural communities that are thriving.

What's your favourite or most read book or podcast?

I love listening to Caroline Myss and have enjoyed her books.

What's your deepest learning from this past year? How did/will you apply it?

We create our life, we are responsible for our own happiness and our beliefs are our only limit.

Who's inspired you, directly or indirectly? How have they inspired you?

Mildred Lynn McDonald by being an example of someone who gains their strength and clarity from having a strong connection with her highest self. My husband Jason inspires me in that he is non-judgmental and accepting for each and every being he meets.

 What would you have done differently?

Took myself less serious and not worked as hard in my teens.

What are the principles you live by?

Education, staying health and fit and being a good parent. My athletic background and long distance running helped me push through school, being an entrepreneur and started an online business. Long distance running taught me stamina, dedication and the feeling of accomplishments. Anything is possible with hard work and vision.

How have you recovered from fractured professional relationships?  What uncomfortable truths have you learned about yourself in those experiences)?

I owned an integrative clinic in Halifax with 17 professionals working together. I was not a well-developed communicator back in my 20's, I was uncomfortable with others not working as hard as myself and perhaps envious that others care as much about professional success as I. It allowed them to work less, play more and rest more. I have since reflected a lot in this area and have new belief systems in place that allow me to enjoy my life, my family. These same belief systems allowed me to move back to Port Hood to live on the Ocean in 2015 and not wait until 'someday'.


Naturopathic Doctor, Health Coach, Mother, Expert in Functional and Naturopathic Medicine


Glenna Calder