Meet Dr. Eleanor Stein

I’m Dr. Eleanor Stein, and I’m glad you’ve found me. I’m a retired doctor who devoted my medical career to helping people like you — and people like me. Yes, like me.

In 1989, I became ill with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME, CFS), fibromyalgia (FM), and environmental sensitivities (ES). I was in the second year of my psychiatric residency, and at that time there were no experts in these conditions. So, I became my own expert. For the next 27 years, I learned as much as I could: I read over 5000 papers, went to hundreds of conferences, and learned what science had to offer. I used what I learned to experiment on myself until I finally had a breakthrough!

It was such a profound breakthrough that — gradually and steadily — I was able to return to doing the things I love. I also began teaching my patients the various strategies that were helping me. Patients whose conditions had plateaued for years began to improve.

It has been one of my greatest joys to help thousands of patients improve their own health before I retired from medical practice at the end of 2022.

Now I’m dedicating my "retirement" to providing science-based information on ME, CFS, FM, ES, long COVID, and chronic pain to anyone worldwide who wants to take charge of their health and improve their quality of life.

I continue to lead research and advocate so that all Canadians with chronic complex diseases have access to informed, effective care within the publicly funded Canadian health care system.

My goal is simple: to help you improve your health much more quickly than I was able to. My vitality is proof that what I’m offering on this website works! So, if you’re ready for hope, empowerment, and education, I invite you to read on!

“My goal is to pass on what I have learned as an ME/CFS patient and a medical doctor
to help make your journey to healing easier, faster, and less expensive.”

Read my full story

I Got My Life Back
and Went Traveling!
What Recovery Can Look Like.

I am living, traveling proof that what I offer in my courses and on my website works. 

I am literally my own best testimonial! Whether I’m mingling with penguins in Antarctica or looking a gorilla in the eye in Rwanda, my travel adventures are the result of practicing the self-management and neuroplasticity strategies that have helped me recover and return to a life of doing the things I love.

With my travel stories and my online education, I’m offering you hope and inspiration to go for whatever dreams you’ve nearly — but not quite — let go of!

A documentary of my fabulous travels

Meet Our Team

Amanda | Pathways in Action Mentor and Pathways to Improvement Moderator

Amanda met Dr. Eleanor Stein in the summer of 2020 after living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME, CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM) for over 15 years. During that time, she experienced cycles of work-crash-recover-work-crash. She was no longer able to drive because of extreme brain fog. She also suffered from frequent migraines and back pain most of her life. 

Her doctor recommended Dr. Stein’s programs after admitting, “I don’t know how to help you.” Amanda registered for Dr. Stein’s Pathways to Improvement course in 2020. The daily changes that Amanda learned in Pathways to Improvement have drastically improved her quality of life. 

In Amanda’s words, “I no longer have ongoing FM pain or chronic migraines, and all my symptoms of ME, CFS have improved significantly. My day-to-day energy is more stable as I finally stopped the push-crash cycle. Now I can do things like go for long walks and read for a few hours at a time. I drive again without any concerns, and I can visit with friends for hours. I still consider myself a work in progress, but overall, I’d say I have figured out a balance that works for me. That is what I envision for Pathways in Action mentees — that with ongoing support, you figure out which of the strategies work for you and how to put it all into action so that you can manage your life better and find your balance.”

Cat | Neuroplasticity in Action Mentor

Catherine (aka Cat) was introduced to neuroplasticity by Dr. Eleanor Stein after being diagnosed with severe multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS). Within a couple of weeks of practising neuroplasticity, she started seeing improvements in her MCS and her mood. With Dr. Stein’s guidance, she learned the science behind and the practice of neuroplasticity (NP) and gained a huge toolbox of techniques.

Cat then took Dr. Stein’s Healing Through Neuroplasticity course to help her manage to help her manage her migraines. Her migraines have virtually stopped. After a year or so of practicing the techniques, she realized that she was feeling happy, despite having had chronic severe depression and clinical depression since she was a teenager. 

In Cat’s words, “Neuroplasticity is definitely the best thing I have ever done for myself. To me, this was a miracle. I now practice NP every day, many times a day, in a variety of ways. NP is a way of life for me. The more I practice, the better I feel and the fewer and less severe my symptoms are. I am so pleased that Dr. Stein has offered this course so that others may find help and hope with their conditions.”


Karen | Neuroplasticity in Action Mentor

Karen has been using Dr. Stein’s neuroplasticity program since 2018. She is dedicated to self-management and neuroplasticity strategies to manage her condition. 

In Karen’s words, “My quality of life has dramatically improved. Self-management strategies helped me stabilize, and the neuroplasticity practices have drastically improved my pain levels, mood, and MCS. I have gone from 28 to 30 migraines a month, down to 2 or 3 minor headaches a month, and my MCS and FM is negligible. I continue to improve with ongoing practice. Studying the science of neuroplasticity and sharing the techniques is a passion. It is my desire to inspire hope and assist others on their journey.”


Lina  |  Healing Through Neuroplasticity Moderator

Lina first met Dr. Eleanor Stein when she applied to be moderator for her Pathways to Improvement (PTI) course in December of 2020. On medical leave because of chronic pain, Lina was eager to be part of a team that helped people improve their quality of life through self-management. As a moderator for the PTI Live course, she learned even more self-management skills for her persistent pain. 

Lina also helped Dr. Stein create the Healing Through Neuroplasticity (HTN) course by assisting in the creation of PowerPoint presentations and the workbook. Doing so gave her an even greater understanding of neuroplasticity and more tools to add to her toolbox.

Her role as moderator for the HTN course and the HTN community is to help participants with any problems they might have with the course or with the community. The sharing of tips and resources in the HTN community continually allows her to learn and discover new tools and strategies.


Meghan | Live! with Dr. Stein Moderator

Meghan began working for Dr. Eleanor Stein in September 2019. From talking to Dr. Stein’s patients, Meghan realized that she had a lot in common with them in terms of the health issues she’d been experiencing for 5 years. This motivated her to take the Fibromyalgia criteria to her doctor to discuss the possibility of a diagnosis. She walked out of that appointment with a diagnosis and started her health journey anew! 

Since then, she has taken Dr. Stein’s Transforming Pain group (now called Healing Through Neuroplasticity) twice and found relief from the nagging pain. She also leapt into Dr. Stein's Pathways to Improvement course and started using her manual Let Your Light Shine Through to adjust the way she was pacing, eating, and sleeping. She was lucky enough to take the last sleep group that Dr. Stein ran through her medical practice, which improved her sleep significantly.  

In Meghan’s words, “Although I had a setback in the summer of 2022 when I caught COVID and developed ME, CFS, I have used the tools that I learned in Dr. Stein’s courses to start to heal. I managed to keep up with my job, stay present in both of my little nieces’ lives, and keep up with friends and family even through new symptoms, fatigue, and the missteps that come with a change in circumstance. Earlier this year, I have continued to learn more about both my condition and myself on my journey.”