Dr. Elizabeth is presently away from private practice on maternity leave until late summer 2016!
For as long as I can remember, I have had an interest in medicine and how the human body works. Growing up in rural PEI, my primary exposure to this was Western medicine. Shortly after completing my BSc in Biology at St Francis Xavier University, I had my first encounter with natural medicine. Having suffered from allergies all my life, I had remarkable relief with a few natural treatments from a local practitioner. This is what sparked the idea of a career in naturopathic medicine.
During a year abroad in Germany, I did further investigation into the training to become a naturopathic doctor. The time NDs were able to spend with their patients, the way they thought about health, and the tools they used fit exactly into my philosophy of how medicine should be practiced. Wanting to make sure this was the right decision, I moved to Victoria BC to do an MSc in Biology at UVic. It was only six months into my MSc, during a presentation by a naturopathic doctor, that I decided for sure that naturopathic medicine was the career path for me. After finishing my degree, I moved to Toronto to attend the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, where I trained to be an ND.
I began my practice in Ottawa in 2012, before moving to Kingston in the fall of 2013. During my time in practice, I’ve seen a wide variety of conditions and have developed a few areas of special interest:
Elizabeth Brothers, MSc ND
Registered with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO) Member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) Member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) Graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) Graduate of the University of Victoria (MSc in Biology) Graduate of St Francis Xavier University (BSc in Biology with Honours)
- Allergies and immune function, including autoimmune disease
- Digestive concerns, such as bloating, heartburn, indigestion, as well as more complex digestive issues such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis
- Hormonal issues, including fertility, menopause, and menstrual issues
In addition to private practice, I also work with a group called the Real You. This is a holistic, multidisciplinary program comprised of a team of health professionals including medical doctors, naturopathic physicians, registered physiotherapists and psychologists. This program has become a true passion of mine, with a focus on patient education and preventative medicine that I believe is so important. We have seen incredible results in improving health and reversing symptoms of chronic disease in this program.
Although I’m a relatively new transplant to Kingston, my husband and I love it here! We have a 2 year old son and are expecting our second child in the spring of 2016. We recently purchased a hobby farm, which we’re excited to turn into a huge garden to grow our own fruits and veggies next summer. Kingston is the perfect city for us to live, work and raise our growing family.