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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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Dr. Ashley Biscoe was working as a public health researcher and project manager in Chicago when her health began to decline. She visited several conventional doctors, but each one told her there was nothing wrong with her – that it was probably just stress. Refusing to accept those answers, she began doing her own research to find out more about her health problems, and discovered naturopathic medicine.
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