Valley Metabolic Health

Powering health with nutrition, movement, and behavioural change.

Valley Metabolic Clinic

Comprehensive care for patients living with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and complications of obesity.

Valley Metabolic Health

Aiming to reverse the rising tide of type 2 diabetes and complications of obesity in Nova Scotia.

Valley Metabolic Health

Improving care of type 1 diabetes through collaboration, connectivity, and community.



We provide comprehensive assessment of your medical condition, optimize medical therapy, and provide supervision should you engage in any form of lifestyle intervention. 


We connect you to unique opportunities to improve your health and well-being with therapeutic nutrition, mindfulness, and improved fitness.


Increasing awareness and knowledge of therapeutic nutrition and lifestyle interventions through teaching clinics, workshops, and conferences.

Are you living with Type 1 Diabetes?

Valley Metabolic Health is excited to bring a comprehensive approach to diabetes care with collaboration between dietitian, physician, and other providers as necessary. We provide flexible options for in person and virtual visits. We focus on education and helping foster community. Your Type 1 Diabets portal is coming soon! 



There is a rising tide of type 2 diabetes and complications of obesity in Nova Scotia. Obesity and type 2 diabetes are not due to problems with will power or moral failings. They are not due to an individual’s fault. Further, if we are offered the proper support and guidance, we can shift toward a healthy pattern of eating, improve sleep, increase fitness, and improve our metabolic health and quality of life. Our health care system needs to be reoriented in order to support patients in their journey toward wellness. This approach, integrated with providing access to the full stack of medical and surgical options, is the reason Valley Metabolic Health was born.


Meet Dr. Michael Mindrum


Dr. Mindrum practices general internal medicine. He has in depth experience managing acute complications of metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes. He also has experience seeing first hand the profound impact a shift in lifestyle can have in improving these metabolic illnesses. His interests are in metabolism, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, obesity, behavioural change and therapeutic nutrition. He is passionate about helping patients optimize their metabolic health with a “lifestyle first” approach, reducing medications when possible, and optimizing others in order to help patients achieve their goals.  He graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed his residency training at the University of Hawaii, The University of Vermont, and Dalhousie University.  He married Dr. Christa Mindrum, a family physician and Newfoundlander, which led to his migration north to Nova Scotia. He is a proud father of three beautiful children.  


Let Us Help You Achieve Your Best Weight

“Live the healthiest life you can enjoy, not the healthiest life you can tolerate”.

~Yoni Freedhoff, MD, Obesity Medicine Specialist. 


Brittany Lowe

Brittany Lowe

Clinical and Program Coordinator

Brittany was born and raised here in the Annapolis Valley into a very close family as the youngest of three girls. With a strong passion for helping others, she has spent the last decade nursing both in long-term care and acute care. After experiencing her own health scares, she developed an understanding for healthy living and adapting a sustainable lifestyle in her busy day to day life and is eager to help others achieve their goals

Christa Mindrum, MD

Christa Mindrum, MD

Primary Care Clinical Lead

Dr. Mindrum is a locum family physician practicing in the Annapolis Valley.  She is an advocate for patient-centred care and enjoys both the art and science of medicine.  She graduated from Memorial University Medical School in 2003 and Memorial’s Family Medicine Residency Program in 2005. Christa is excited to support participants in this exciting journey toward self-empowerment and greater health.

Joelle Caplan, PhD

Joelle Caplan, PhD

Psychology and Behavioural Change Lead

Dr. Caplan is a clinical psychologist currently in private practice in New Minas. She was previously a practicing therapist and coordinator of mental health services for Kings County. Dr. Caplan has a history of Type 2 Diabetes which she reversed with a diet first strategy with carbohydrate restriction beginning in 2017. Quite simply, it has changed her life! Dr. Caplan is excited to support others make a long term change. 

Jonathon Fowles, PhD

Jonathon Fowles, PhD

Exercise is Medicine Lead

Dr. Jonathon Fowles’ is a professor of kinesiology at Acadia University and Chair of Exercise is Medicine Canada. His work through the Centre of Lifestyle Studies (CoLS) has focused on implementation of physical activity guidelines into clinical practice. He spearheaded initiatives with national and regional health organizations to increase capacity for physical activity counselling by health care providers. Dr. Fowles worked with the Diabetes Care Program of Nova Scotia in 2008 to develop the “Physical Activity and Exercise Toolkit” and developed workshops to train diabetes care providers on physical activity counselling in clinical practice.

Melanie MacNeil, MD

Melanie MacNeil, MD

Obesity Medicine Lead

Dr. MacNeil is a family physician practicing in the Annapolis Valley (  She is a certified bariatric educator and has undergone extensive training in the evaluation and treatment of obesity.  She wrote the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) exam this February which is the highest certification offered in Obesity Medicine.  She graduated from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) in 2011 and completed her residency training in Family Medicine at NOSM in 2013. She has lived in Nova Scotia with her husband and 4 children since 2016. 



SUITE 250, 21 Roy Avenue, New Minas, Nova Scotia B4N 3R&

OFFICE PHONE: (902) 915-4435

OFFICE FAX: 1(815) 962-2375