I deeply resonated with the of using the healing power of nature and food as medicine to facilitate self-healing and wellness. This belief is also prevalent in my own Southern Black-American roots and traditions, because for generations, my family had to depend on growing our own food, using herbs from the backyard/forest as our medicine, and passing along home remedies to manage our health.
I honestly didn’t know that naturopathic medicine existed! I was looking for something in healthcare where I could spend a good amount of time with patients and not feel rushed. I also considered Teacher’s College! So, when I found out about naturopathic medicine, it seemed like a great fit. NDs are already teachers by nature with their patients, and I’m fortunate to also do it formally at CCNM.
I left a PhD program in Pharmacology to pursue an ND because I wanted to do research on lifestyle and non-pharmacologic interventions. Before I left Duke University to go to ND school, the Heart Health Study was published by Dean Ornish, MD, demonstrating advanced cardiovascular disease could be stabilized by lifestyle changes. Upon learning about that study’s findings, I decided I didn’t want to study drug mechanisms anymore, and instead I wanted to learn how to help people create health.
I want to be a provider who focuses on engaging patients in the cultivation of a healthy lifestyle which is individualized based on family history and identified risk factors so people can live, healthier, happier, longer lives. When I came upon the principles of naturopathic medicine, I knew naturopathic medicine was it for me. The principles speak for themselves, and, if followed well, they work wonders.
“I love the naturopathic principle of docere, which means doctor as teacher. Doctor as teacher has been something I have been passionate about for a long time.” shared Dr. Laura Belus. She embodies this belief into her clinical practice and interactions with patients.
Dr. Masahiro Takakura took an interest in sports medicine early in his career. He began working for the MLB Seattle Mariners team as a full-time medical practitioner, and has traveled with the team since 2013. This experience with team sports led him to be a huge believer in the team concept.
Recognizing that parents of special needs children have one the highest divorce rates, Lindsey Wells, ND was motivated to focus her medical career on keeping families together. After shadowing allopathic doctors and observing some of the challenges with limited disciplines and time spent with the patients, she knew there had to be another approach to care.