Dr. Lisa Ghent – BINM

“I thrive on helping people feel better, not just for a few months, but for the rest of their lives. Often it’s about helping people to discover what is most important to them and showing them ways they can prioritize differently.”

Laying the groundwork to become an ND

Frustrated with the lack of help she was receiving from conventional medicine, Dr. Lisa Ghent discovered naturopathic medicine as a patient struggling with fertility. With a background in the medical field, she saw medicine in a new light, and was inspired by the holistic approach to patient care. “Considering everything about a patient – mind, body, soul –  was so different than what I had previously been exposed to. Something just felt right about naturopathic medicine.”

BINM as a springboard

Following her gut instinct, Dr. Ghent took the leap of faith and completed her naturopathic medical degree at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, while working full-time and having three kids throughout the program. “The experienced and caring faculty took an interest in helping me hone my skills. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.”

Following graduation, Dr. Ghent opened a small private practice where she saw patients on evenings and weekends while working a corporate day job. She admits that it was challenging to balance family, school, and a full-time job, however her determination and hard work paid off after two years when her patient base was established enough to allow her to practice full-time.

Dr. Ghent opened a clinic earlier this year, offering family-focused and community-oriented care. “For me, running a business has always been about staying true to my core values. It’s always been incredibly important to me to provide practical and affordable healthcare. I am blessed to work with other like-minded local health care practitioners and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

Finding fulfillment as an ND

As a naturopathic doctor, “I thrive on helping people feel better, not just for a few months, but for the rest of their lives. Often it’s about helping people to discover what is most important to them and showing them ways they can prioritize differently.”

As a mother of three, and the wife of a pilot, career flexibility was big component to pursuing naturopathic medicine. “When things with my kids are really important, I can be there, and that is important to me.”

Advice for aspiring NDs

“This is a profession that requires you to be all in if you want to be successful, so your why has to be meaningful.” Pursue your passion by taking time to shadow or interview a local naturopathic doctor, and visit the naturopathic medical schools you are interested in to determine the best fit for you!

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Dr. Spice Lussier – SCNM

“I love being a part of the transformations I see in my patients’ lives with the improvement of their health.”

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 in to 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 didactic and the early integration of patient interactions.  I was very active in the community medicine program and enjoyed providing naturopathic care to the underserved 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 experiences and connections, she received 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.

Today, Dr. Lussier runs a thriving practice, Desert Wellness Center and recently launched ND Catalyst, a consulting business in which she works with other doctors to ensure successful naturopathic businesses.

Finding fulfillment as an ND

“I am grateful for the privilege of being a naturopathic doctor. I love being a part of the transformations I see in my patients’ lives with the improvement of their health.”

A big advantage of a degree in naturopathic medicine is the variety of career paths. “I have a balanced 40-hour week schedule of 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 students to interview or shadow a 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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Dr. Radley Ramdhan – UBSNM

“The experience of serving in the military has provided me with a deeper appreciation for life, a stronger desire to help others, the flexibility of thinking outside the box, and has shown me the importance of patience and humility, all of which helped me through medical school and now in practice. Often times, I am able to draw on military experiences to relate to patients, and as a result, I can help them more effectively. Resiliency, flexibility, and adaptability are some qualities from the military that have made me a stronger naturopathic doctor.”

Laying the groundwork to become an ND

Radley Ramdhan’s childhood dreams were to be a pilot and serve in the United States Army – never did he dream of becoming a doctor. It wasn’t until later in high school when his grandfather was dying, that Dr. Ramdhan recognized his calling, “I saw how the health care system in Trinidad and Tobago was lacking, and decided I wanted to pursue a career in medicine to help fill that void and make a difference.” Dr. Ramdhan describes his grandfather’s treatment as “a pill for every ill.” At last it was determined that his continuous decline was due to the amount of medication he was on. Unfortunately, by that point, his kidneys and liver were damaged, and he was addicted to sleep medication. Dr. Ramdhan was determined to become a doctor who could offer patients pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical options, educate them on both and then make a mutual decision on the best course of treatment for their unique case.

Balancing the military and naturopathic medical school

Recognizing that the principles of naturopathic medicine aligned with his personal beliefs, Dr. Ramdhan pursued his naturopathic medical education at the University of Bridgeport School of Naturopathic Medicine. Following his childhood dream of serving in the US Army, he completed Army Basic Training during his first summer break.

When school started up again, he struggled to balance military duty and school. “It wasn’t always easy to balance both, sometimes between weekend classes, clinic, seminars, and military obligations I would go a month without having any days off. It boiled down to some of our military teachings of adapting and overcoming, never quitting, and Army values being applied to my daily life.” As a result, he decreased his course load to part-time. “After some time and hard work, I was able to balance both, returned to being a full-time student and decided to push myself to complete a dual-degree in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture. Support from family, and friends both in school and the military helped with motivation especially when I felt overwhelmed.”

Dr. Ramdhan and his unit were deployed to the Middle East during what was supposed to be his final year of medical school. With prior knowledge of the possibility of deployment, he worked ahead to complete courses and exams prior to his deployment and leave of absence.

“The experience of serving in the military has provided me with a deeper appreciation for life, a stronger desire to help others, the flexibility of thinking outside the box, and has shown me the importance of patience and humility, all of which helped me through medical school and now in practice. Often times, I am able to draw on military experiences to relate to patients, and as a result, I can help them more effectively. Resiliency, flexibility, and adaptability are some qualities from the military that have made me a stronger naturopathic doctor.”

Finding fulfillment as an ND

Following graduation, Dr. Ramdhan returned to Trinidad and started a naturopathic medicine and acupuncture practice. “I network and integrate with other health care providers to ensure the best options, care, and results for my patients.” Dr. Ramdhan describes his passion as uncovering the root cause with his patients and teaching them to become independent.

Dr. Ramdhan also presents free lectures and workshops on various topics in health. In his free time, he enjoys playing cricket and being involved in the community.

Advice for aspiring NDs

“People are becoming more aware of their health and are trying to take control of it, so now more than ever naturopathic medicine has its time to shine. There are several career opportunities in naturopathic medicine and the future career outlook is great, but we need more people to join the profession and spread the knowledge. I would advise anyone with an interest in naturopathic medicine to not only talk to NDs and patients, but also attend events such as Lobby Day or DC Federal Legislative Initiative (FLI) as they give you a different perspective and inspiration about the potential for our medicine. Like all great things in life, it is not an easy road, but if you have the passion, drive, and a why for choosing naturopathic medicine, you will be successful.”

Dr. Ramdhan continues, “There shouldn’t be any us versus them mentality; we are in a paradigm that allows medicine to be integrated to provide the best patient care. Start building your network from day one as a student and support your classmates along the way. Remember the principles of naturopathic medicine as you go along your path of growth, for the deeper rooted a tree, the stronger it can withstand any storm.”

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Tips from a Naturopathic Medical Student

Join the AANMC and President of the Naturopathic Medical Student Association – Blake Langley for an informative session on what it takes to thrive as an ND student!

Here’s what you can expect to learn:
-A day in the life of a naturopathic medical student
-What to expect from naturopathic medical school
-How to balance school and life responsibilities
-How to build your resume and experience as a student to prepare for a career you will love
-Advice for prospective students

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About the Presenter

Blake Langley is in his sixth and final year of studies in naturopathic and Chinese medicine at the National University of Natural Medicine. Hailing from the southeastern United States, he was raised in an area of the country underserved by naturopathic medicine. He serves as President of the Naturopathic Medical Student Association and represents the voice of naturopathic students at the Integrative Health Policy Consortium and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. He additionally serves as the Founding Co-Chair of the Student Committee of the American Society of Acupuncturists. With his passion for students, advocacy, and administration, Blake hopes to integrate these into the next journey in his career as a physician.

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Dr. Kaley Burns – NUHS

“There is magic in medicine that does not derive solely from technology or diagnostic aptitude; but rather from our interactions with patients.”

Laying the groundwork to become an ND

Like many naturopathic doctors, Dr. Kaley Burns discovered her passion through her own healing journey. After visiting multiple physicians and specialists with no success, Dr. Burns’ mother suggested she see a naturopathic doctor. Accustomed to conventional medicine, she was aware of naturopathic medicine misconceptions, but also believed that medicine could provide more. Naturopathic medicine gave her the healing results that she long desired. A then-physical therapy aide with dreams of becoming a physical therapist, Dr. Burns changed career paths and applied to naturopathic medical school, supported by the mentorship of her naturopathic doctor.

“Naturopathic training has helped me transform into a uniquely talented individual with experience, understanding, and strengths.”

NUHS as a springboard

With roots in Minnesota and an undergraduate degree from Wisconsin, Dr. Burns is a self-proclaimed “Midwest girl at heart.” She was attracted to National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) for its location in Illinois, and the collaborative programs. Throughout her schooling, she worked alongside chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, and other health professionals to expand her knowledge and open doors to integrative care.

Since NUHS is in a pre-licensed state, the limitations in the naturopathic medical scope of practice inspire ND students to develop additional skills for patient care. “I sought training in IV and regenerative injection therapy. Additionally, I contacted clinics and medical professionals for preceptor and observation opportunities to gain an understanding of how I wanted to structure my practice. Furthermore, I worked to advocate for myself, my colleagues and the profession as a whole, with intentions to advance our training and opportunities.”

Dr. Burns also participated in a medical brigade to bring the healing power of naturopathic medicine to an underserved population in Nicaragua. Furthermore, she describes her NUHS clinic rotation at the clinic where she is currently practicing as an integral part of her growth as a naturopathic doctor.

“I am fortunate once again to be part of a comprehensive team, who are all dedicated to bringing the utmost care to patients in the community.”

Finding fulfillment as an ND

Following graduation, Dr. Burns took some time off to reconnect with her loved ones before making the move to her first job at an integrative clinic in Connecticut. Since then, Dr. Burns has moved to Montana and practices full-time at a naturopathic primary care clinic.

“I am passionate about regenerative therapies, specifically injection therapies. As much as we know about the human body, mysteries remain. Moreover, the connections between mind and body become ever more prevalent in medicine. There is vulnerability when someone seeks help. Patients will share things about themselves; as doctors we must listen with open hearts and minds. There is magic in medicine that does not derive solely from technology or diagnostic aptitude; but rather from our interactions with patients.”

Dr. Burns enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as building connections in the community. She also values an active lifestyle and recently summited Mount Kilimanjaro.

Advice for aspiring NDs

Naturopathic medicine is rewarding career with many paths. “I encourage prospective students to embark on this journey because you believe whole-heartedly that there is a better way to help patients, a better method of healthcare. The infinite tools and meticulous training of naturopathic physicians allow us to truly treat each patient uniquely.” To learn more about career paths in naturopathic medicine, click here.

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