Naturopathic Medicine

We feel so grateful here at Ladies that Life to access to so many incredible people, including this amazing guest blogger. Cassandra Goodwin is a licensed naturopathic doctor and taking PEI by storm! I wanted to share my incredible sister with you all, so here is an interview we had recently.  Side note- if there are any specific topics you would like covered by Dr. Goodwin on our blog, please let us know. Stress management? Sleep hygiene? What is acupuncture? An intro to Traditional Chinese Medicine? Fertility help?

Let us know in the comments below or email ladiesthatlife@gmail.com   Enjoy! 

Cassandra Goodwin is a licensed ND on Prince Edward Island, working both in Charlottetown and Summerside. She is smart, honest and shedding a wonderful positive light on naturopathic medicine.

 

One of my favourite herbs- Passionflower!

How did you decide on naturopathy as a career?

I grew up with a physician and a registered nurse as parents, and got to see first hand the positive impact health care providers can have on our community. I travelled for two years after my undergrad, and got to see how other cultures view wellness – it blew my mind, and I began exploring options once I was back on Canadian soil. Naturopathic medicine is perfect for me, as I love the blend of evidence and tradition, of science and the art of listening, and the luxury of time I get to really take a through health history from a patient. At times, it is like I am a health detective, diving deep into a case to find out the root cause of why symptoms or disease processes are happening so that we can address the ‘why’ and eventually lead to optimized health.

What are your favourite parts of the job?

I love many things about my profession – each day is different. Since I work in a smaller city, I see a wide range of cases. I also love the fact that the field of naturopathic medicine is constantly evolving. I spend a lot of time reading research and prepping for my patients, which generally involves learning a lot each day. My favorite part about my work is how simple things can have really big effects – for example, simply focusing on being present while eating can really improve digestion verses eating on the run. I always focus on sustainable changes that create lasting impacts, which guides the patient to thriving in their lives in a way that’s maintainable. This is why I do what I do – to help people identify and remove barriers to living optimal lives.

 There is some confusion and misleading information out there about ND’s. Can you clear up a few rumours for us! 

There are some strong misconceptions about naturopathic medicine and naturopathic doctors, especially in an unregulated province like PEI. The most frustrating thing for me is likely that the terms ‘naturopathic medicine’ and ‘naturopathic doctor’ are not protected terms on PEI. This means anyone can claim to be a naturopathic doctor, even if they haven’t graduated from an accredited school or passed the North American board exams. To ensure you are seeing a licensed ND on PEI, make sure she is listed here: www.peiand.ca. Another misconception is that a patient shouldn’t seek care from both a medical doctor or nurse practitioner and a naturopathic doctor. This is in fact the ideal situation, as I can support the care you receive from your primary care provider.

 Final thoughts? 

Overall, running a business and being a naturopathic doctor is a challenging professional life, but I wouldn’t change it. I love seeing patients evolving and progressing, and helping facilitate lasting impact. I know I get better at my work with each passing day, and there is always more to learn. If anyone has any questions about naturopathic medicine, or is interested in learning more about how to become a naturopathic doctor, I’d love to help. I can be reached at drgoodwin@vitalnm.com

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