Editor’s Note: Today Dr. Jen launches her first day seeing patients at the Naturopathic Nook, with her partner, Dr. Shivaune Wright, seeing patients virtually and now physically in their new home clinic in Toronto’s east-end. I have known Jen for over 30 years and there is NO ONE more compassionate, or professionally thorough than this woman. She has cried with my sister Steph and I as we’ve tried to figure out how to help all of our kiddos through some of their greatest health challenges, as well as our own. Please consider checking her out if you are looking for a naturopath in your own wellness journey.– Stacey (aka WillowjakMama)
This video was filmed in the early days of COVID-19, but these tips in how to talk to your kids about it, still apply today more than ever.
I have always wanted to be a naturopathic doctor even before I knew this career existed. As a kid, I loved learning about the power of healing. I talked at length with family and friends about vitamins and minerals and, because I grew up with social worker parents, I was also passionate about mental health.
Like so many others, I ignored my heart and followed another career path. But I was miserable and lost. I worked as a flight attendant for a few years and, while traveling the world, decided to be a doctor.
Unfortunately, my personal life took an unexpected turn: I got sick, divorced, and depressed. All three, while connected, were also a painful eye-opening gift. I needed to prioritize my health and decided that I had no choice but to go back to school and become a naturopathic doctor.
It was not easy. I worked full time while in medical school and had a baby in my third year just to keep things interesting. But it was who I was meant to be and I never looked back. That’s why I’m so passionate about helping others become who they are meant to be. As E.E. Cummings stated, “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are”.
Dr. Jen is a licensed naturopathic doctor. The content of her videos are intended for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to substituted for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Please consult your physician or qualified naturopathic doctor for medical advice.