Dr. Fiset has been a family doctor in Montreal,
Canada since 1990. From a broad family practice,
she had to narrow it down to the follow-up of
pregnancies and attending births. Her path came
across hypnosis in 2001. She immediately developed
an interest for hypnotherapy, feeling like she had
found the missing link in her medical practice and
in her personal life. After all, it's not everyday
you find a 100% natural method, proven safe and
efficient for bringing about better mental,
physical and spiritual health and well-being. She
completed her hypnotherapy certification in 2004
with Omni Hypnosis Training Center and in 2005
received a second certification with the American
Alliance of Hypnotists, and she has done extensive
research on the many applications of hypnosis for
Does this mean you think that hypnosis
is better than traditional medicine?
Certainly not! If you are suffering from an
acute perforated appendicitis, find the best
surgeon in town and have him treat you promptly.
People will agree with me that traditional medicine
has always and will always have its place in health
and well-being. One simple example is antibiotics.
The number of lives it has saved in the past is
countless. I can tell you that when we did a
medical mission in Arteaga, Mexico during July of
2004 and the medications arrived late on the second
day, those antibiotics were like gold for treating
the children with high fever and suffering from
What is then the place for hypnosis?
I find hypnosis to be an interesting alternative
for that gray zone where neither psychology nor
traditional medicines have good results. An example
of those applications is Weight Loss, Smoking
Cessation, Chronic Anxiety and Stress, Insomnia,
Natural Childbirth, etc.
Why do you think hypnosis works?
As you know when we take resolutions with the
best intentions in the world, we get into an
internal battle. An example of this is when someone
is on a diet. What is the number one thought in his
or her mind? Yes, food! So the second she is
getting off this diet, guess what, those foods are
gone. Hypnosis works on the subconscious part of
our mind, the non-arguing part, so changes take
place easily and effortlessly. I always get a smile
on my face when I catch myself doing something that
I know is a direct consequence of the suggestions I
got in hypnosis, like saying no thank you to food I
would normally have swallowed up in the past.
Why do you have such an interest in
Interestingly, I am a medical doctor who happens
to think that we are over-medicated. The
consumption of medication is constantly rising and
we all know that when we take a pill, there are
side-effects associated with it, sometimes creating
more problems. I always get concerned when they
take a medication off the market because they had
"unexplained deaths" with people on this
It is obvious that everyone should have a good
doctor that they see regularly. I see modern
hypnosis as a complement to medicine. If a person
is highly overweight, her blood pressure tends to
rise, her sugar levels increase, her arteries get
clogged, etc. Her doctor will do the follow-up and
take all necessaries measures to ensure the best.
But where can this person go to find help in losing
weight, getting motivation for exercises,
diminishing her stress level…etc? This is where
hypnosis can play a very interesting, complementary
and natural role.
Hypnosis is very powerful because it works by
bypassing the critical factor of the conscious
mind. This way, more positive and healthy
suggestions can be input in the subconscious and
result in easy changes. The most impressive
application of hypnosis for me is when I saw the
movie of a woman who was having a caesarian section
with hypnosis as the sole anesthesia and was
singing during the whole procedure. In fact, doctor
James Eisdale (1808-1859), a surgeon, performed
hundreds of surgeries in Calcutta (some major ones
like amputations) with only hypnosis as anesthesia.
He actually reported a postoperative death rate of
5% while the current rate at that period was over
50%. This shows you that when you go into surgery
with the proper mind set, you recover much better,
a proven scientific fact. This convinced me.
I have had the privilege to attend more than 2000
births in my career and I am still moved very much
by the miracle of nature. Here I am "posing" with a
baby I just had the joy to welcome into our world
the day before.
Special thanks to my children who have
been more than understanding about what
having a career mother implies. Their
profound support and pride of me has been
and will always be my number one