Transition from nutrition to Naturopathic Doctor
At this point, I was three years into my nutrition and dietetics program and still very interested in what I was learning, which was nutrition biochemistry and calculating micronutrients for patients being fed by IV. It wasn’t until the final year of the program that I knew I had to change gears; this was the year we began clinical work, using the “Canadian Food Guide” as our primary resource.
I was astounded that all this intensive, biochemical knowledge of nutrition was being boiled down to something like the Food Guide. I couldn’t come to terms with it. I looked at the guide, and if I ate five slices of bread, canned beans, a banana, tomato sauce and some milk and cheese, apparently I was following its recommendations. This was so far from the philosophy of individualized nutrition that I had come to embrace.
Making real, positive impact on people’s health journeys
I wanted to be at the forefront of people’s health and be in a position where I could help make drastic improvements in people’s lives. I knew nutrition was a big part of health, but I knew there was more I needed to know. This was when I decided to become a doctor. In the beginning, I didn’t fully understand that Naturopathic Doctors were medically trained doctors or the extent of what they do. As I looked more into the four-year doctorate program, I became more and more excited about the approach to healthcare they embodied. I applied for — and was accepted into — the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and haven’t looked back.
I still credit my nutrition biochemistry professors with my love and in-depth knowledge of human biochemistry. I always look at every health issue from a biochemical standpoint which allows me to understand where symptoms are coming from and how to address them.
If it wasn’t for the succession of experiences I had, I might not be where I am today. I feel excited and blessed to do the work I do, with allows me to make a positive impact on people’s health journeys.