“I love being part of the transformation I see in my patients’ lives as their health improves.”
Laying the groundwork to become an ND
With a love for science and a passion to provide person-centered holistic care, Dr. Spice Lussier discovered naturopathic medicine while pursuing a career in allopathic medicine. As a medical receptionist, she felt there had to be more to medicine than spending ten minutes with a patient and writing a prescription. Feeling discouraged with her future in allopathic medicine, she took the advice of a friend and went to Discovery Day at the “natural school” in town – Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM). “I still remember walking into SCNM and reading the naturopathic philosophy banners for the first time – they were exactly what I thought medicine should be!”
SCNM as a springboard
With its convenient location and warm weather, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine was the best fit for Dr. Lussier. “I had a great educational experience at SCNM. I enjoyed the challenge of classwork and the early integration of patient interactions. I was very active in the community medicine program and enjoyed providing naturopathic care to the underserved, all while putting my clinical skills to practice.”
As a student, Dr. Lussier took shifts with local practices to gain experience, and to network with other doctors. Because of these connections, she received job opportunities prior to graduation.
Following graduation, Dr. Lussier took a full-time position as a physician with a startup company. As the first employee, she had the unique opportunity to build a successful practice from the ground up. This experience helped her realize her love for business.
Finding fulfillment as an ND
“I am grateful for the privilege of being a naturopathic doctor. I love being part of the transformation I see in my patients’ lives as their health improves.” A big advantage of a degree in naturopathic medicine is the variety of career paths. “I have a balanced 40-hour week schedule seeing patients, running a practice, and growing my consulting business. I am also a contributing author, lecturer, and teacher. As a mother of two, I love the flexibility of being my own boss and setting my own schedule so I am able to spend my evenings and weekends with my family. I am so grateful for the ability to have an amazing career and be there for all the special moments.”
Advice for aspiring NDs
Dr. Lussier encourages prospective ND students to interview or shadow at least one local naturopathic doctor. Furthermore, if you have the means, visit the naturopathic medical schools you are interested in to determine the best fit for you! Each of the schools has a unique culture, location, and feel.
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