Dr. Colleen has had a long-term passion for health and wellness and a fascination for how the human body works. In pursuit of better understanding human physiology, Dr. Colleen her Honours BA in Kinesiology and Physical Education with a minor in Psychology, at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON. Unsure of what path while in her 3rd year of university, Dr. Colleen was serendipitously gifted with an opportunity to see a Naturopathic Doctor in her hometown of Peterborough, Ontario. Lo and behold, Dr. Colleen stumbled upon a career whose philosophy was in line with what I have always thought medicine should be: to treat the individual, not the symptom, with safe and effective therapies and, most importantly, ascertaining the underlying causes of disease. After our hour-long first visit, Dr. Colleen knew her next steps.
Not but a few months later, Dr. Colleen matriculated to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Toronto, Ontario, where in 2011, she completed her four years of training as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. During my formative education, I completed an externship in Beijing, China at a hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where she honed my pulse and tongue diagnostic skills and reinforced her knowledge of herbal medicine.
Upon successful completion of her four-year diploma as Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Colleen fulfilled her desire to move westward, toward the mountains and ocean, to start her family-focused Naturopathic practice in Campbell River, BC where she continues to serve both the residents of Campbell River, as well as smaller communities on the North Island with her satellite clinic in Port Hardy, BC.
Over the last 8 years of practice, Dr. Colleen has adopted an eclectic style of practice where she incorporates an array of physical and energetic medicines to best address her patient's health needs including diet, acupuncture, functional medicine, herbal remedies, homeopathy, Bach flowers and phytoembryotherapy. Dr. Colleen relies heavily on her psychology background and has a special interest in addressing her patient's mental health including trauma and abuse.
Outside of the teaching role Dr. Colleen has assumed for her patients, her passion for education has lead Dr. Colleen to expand into a teaching role at the Canadian School for Natural Nutrition located in Nanaimo, British Columbia, where since 2015 I have been instructing students in Pathology, Cell Biology as well as Anatomy and Physiology. It is with great honour that I share my knowledge and clinical experience with the students who have matriculated to CSNN.
In my spare time, I can be found at Robert Ostler park, practising yoga, in Strathcona Park conquering another summit with my dogs, cycling down the roads of Quadra Island, climbing the crags at Crest Creek or Comox Lake or surfing on the west coast.