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We have so many powerful tools and can make so many positive changes with naturopathic medicine because it is so good at working on the whole person and not just the disease. Being passionate about naturopathic medicine and having a clear vision of what you want to do will set you up for success.
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Senior Research Investigator at National University of Natural Medicine Helfgott Research Institute Affiliate Professor at Oregon Health & Science University Department of Neurology and Layton Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Center.
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Dr. Jillian Finker always knew she wanted to be a doctor. Thanks to advice from her chiropractor, she discovered naturopathic medicine.
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Dr. Lisa Krebs started out in graphic design and multimedia, however, when she experienced a few abrupt changes in her life, she found a completely different outlet for her creative abilities: naturopathic medicine.
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Dr. Kirsten Wright’s first encounter with naturopathic medicine was when several of her family members failed to find relief from conventional care and turned to alternative treatment for their autoimmune conditions.
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Dr. Ellen McDonell didn’t waste any time diving into the field of naturopathic medicine. She had been interested in nutrition, exercise, and preventative medicine from a young age, and she was planning to apply to medical school after graduating from the University of Ottawa.
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Dr. Chad Aschtgen came across naturopathic medicine by accident. He saw a small Bastyr poster on the wall at a health food store while he was attending university in Boulder, Colorado. Given his interests in the outdoors and holistic health care, ND school was a natural next step for him.
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Dr. Amy Cole was planning to pursue a career in conventional medicine, but her own experience with naturopathic care changed her path. She began seeing a naturopathic doctor and experienced better results without the use of prescription drugs, which led her to decide to pursue an education in naturopathic medicine to better serve her future patients.
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Dr. Julie Durnan discovered a huge gap when she saw firsthand how many sick people suffered because they couldn't find treatment. Then she discovered naturopathic medicine and found her passion. After visiting a friend studying to be an ND, Dr. Durnan decided to pursue an education in naturopathic medicine.
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Dr. Amy Bader always tells people that she didn’t choose naturopathic medicine, it chose her. She stumbled upon the field while she was in the process of applying to conventional medical school. When she was young, Dr. Bader’s mother was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Her family pursued a wide variety of approaches. Dr. Bader believes this is what led her to have an open mind about medicine.
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