The experience changed my life! Not only did the homeopathic remedies and cream work to help me get back on my feet within a week but I was so inspired by the medicine that it became my chosen profession. My brother and I were raised by a very active mother who taught us the importance of physical activity and a whole foods diet. She is from a farming family and it was her dad, my Grandpa J, that really taught me the value of the great outdoors. He was a nature lover through and through and between he, my mom and my aunts and uncles my brother and I and cousins spent countless hours outside, sleeping under the stars, doing yoga in "the west pasture", swimming in the lake, building snow forts.
A healthy lifestyle was instilled in me at a young age and though I did go through that high school period of McDonalds and Pizza Hut for lunch (seriously!) I remained active and by University returned to my early values and took them further learning more and more about nutrition and health. Which is why when confronted with the career choice of conventional medicine I just couldn't do it. The tools that conventional medical docs learn for treating their patients just didn't resonate with what I would want to do for myself. I couldn't imagine myself spending my career being limited to prescribing pharmacological agents and referring to specialists. It simply didn't light me up!
After I started working with Jacqui it didn't take long for me to realize that this was the type of doctor I was meant to be. Everything about the experience just fit for me: being able to take time with my patients, sit and listen to them, connect with them, work with a multitude of health giving and supportive tools (herbs, supplements, nutrition, counseling) and address all aspects of their health from the physical to the emotional to the psychological. And so it is that I absolutely love and feel to grateful and blessed to be able to do the work I do every day.
To honor and love and respect my patients and support them in the best ways to bring about their own healing.
And so this is the reason that ever since 2005 I have been working with my alma matter the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine at the U of R and U of S Career Fairs to promote this profession to university students that might be otherwise unaware of this amazing rewarding career option.
If you know anyone that might be interested in Naturopathic Medicine, send them to the U of R on September 28th. I will be there proudly representing my school and my profession!