My name is Kristen and I am a 3rd year naturopathic medical student living in Toronto, Ontario. I am currently attending the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, from which I plan to graduate in 2021. Prior to Naturopathic Medical School, I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I absolutely loved my time on the east coast, but have returned home to Ontario to complete my Doctor of Naturopathy degree. I am very passionate about educating others on how to optimize their health. In particular, digestive, hormonal, and mental health are of special interest for me!
When I am not busy studying, I love spending time outdoors, gardening, and practicing yoga. I also love to bake (keep and eye out for some of my favourite healthy recipes!)
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a form of primary health care that focuses on treating the root cause of health concerns. A Naturopathic Doctor (ND) works with their patients to treat the whole person, not just the presenting symptoms. The main objective is to remove obstacles to heal so that your body can do what it does best - heal itself! In naturopathic medicine our goal is to first utilize the most natural treatment available, then proceed with conventional medicine (like prescriptions) when necessary.
Naturopathic doctors are trained in Clinical Nutrition, Diet and Lifestyle Counselling, Botanical Medicine, Homeopathy, Hydrotherapy, Massage, and Traditional Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture!
Did you know that many of the
pharmaceuticals we use today were first
derived from plants? Botanical
Medicine (also called herbal medicine)
uses a variety of plants to treat or
The science of nutrition involves understanding the biochemical make up of food and how it affects the human body. It's clinical application uses this knowledge to aid in the treatment or prevention of disease.
Homeopathy is the process of using minimal doses of a substance to treat illness. It focuses on stimulating the body's vital force so that the body can heal itself.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
TCM is more than 2000 years old and focuses on "pattern's of disharmony" that envelope the physiological and psychological person as a whole. Treatments centre on restoring balance to the whole person and often include acupuncture and botanical medicine.
Lifestyle changes are often the most important (and hardest) changes to make to improve health or prevent disease. Lifestyle counselling offers you the support you need to make these changes.
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles along pathways called "meridians" throughout the body. The manipulation of these meridians can restore the smooth flow of Qi and rebalance bodily disharmonies.