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dr athir ghanim

Dr Athir is currently assisting at a hospital in South Africa, returning November 2017. On his return to Ottawa, he will be practicing as a Medical Doctor (MD) and will also continue to offer Functional Medicine at Ottawa Holistic Wellness.

Dr Athir’s approach

Dr Athir, Functional Medicine practitioner,  thinks that a good doctor will die learning, and he also thinks that his best teachers are his patients, so he pays special attention to each and every detail and information.

He was and can wean many of his patients off medications. This is achieved by identifying the underlying causes of the problems.

He uses functional medicine testing as a tool to find out the root cause of specific chronic illnesses that have no conventional therapy. These would include Fibromyalgia, Chronic Arthritis Pain, Migraine Headaches, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue, Obesity and a lot more…



English, Arabic and Romanian.


Dr Athir was born in Baghdad and raised in Dubai from the age of two.

He studied General Medicine at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Gr. T. Popa in Iasi, Romania (1993 – 1999) and went on to specialise in Family Medicine at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa (2002 – 2006).

He has additional training and certification in Clinical Solutions for Addressing the Underlying Causes of Disease and Low-Level Laser Therapy Foundation and Clinical Application.

To further his studies and training to provide the best care for his patients he is a member of the Institute of Functional Medicine.


Dr Athir has a wide range of experience.

As a clinician, he rotated through all the major medical departments such as Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics. He also worked in the Emergency Room, Primary Health Care and Intensive Care Unit.

He worked in Dubai as a Family Physician combining his therapy with Functional Medicine Testing, Laser Sessions, Personalized Supplements, Targeted Dietary Advice and Lifestyle Modification Programs (2007 – 2015).

In addition to his clinical experience, he uses alternative ways to help his patients find real solutions for their chronic conditions.


In January 2016, Dr Athir moved to Ottawa and started practising as a Functional Medicine Doctor.

He is in the process of getting his medical license to practice in Ontario as a Family Doctor; he passed the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam and intends to sit for the rest of the licensing exams soon. He is currently registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a General Practitioner and with the Dubai Health Authority as a Family Physician.

Dr Athir believes in the importance of work-life balance and likes nothing more than to spend time with his family.