Smell and the Brain
Smelling is our ability to detect airborne volatile chemicals. If the ability to smell declines, it can affect everyday safety, diet and nutrition, physical well-being, and relationships. Olfactory tests assess odor processing pathways within the brain and provide insight into the health of those brain pathways and abilities in primary odor detection. This can be thought of as our
The sense of smell is not only one of the greatest indicators of brain health but can also detect the earliest signs of neurodegenerative disorders (e.g., dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s). I provide all the tools, guidance, and support my clients need to assess and train their sense of smell. I am currently taking clients and building workshops for Olfactory Training, think of this as physiotherapy for your brain.
I'm interested in exploring how olfactory testing can detect the earliest signs of cognitive decline and dementia. My research focuses on neuropsychological and chemosensory functioning across the lifespan in the context of age-related cognitive decline and neurodegenerative diseases. Of particular interest to me, is how olfactory training can positively impact the brain.
I am currently taking clients and will be hosting workshops for individuals who have lost their sense of smell or who are worried about cognitive decline.
I am currently located in Victoria, BC and acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory I live and work, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.