Dr. Brenda Gill
I am a naturopathic physician who has had a medical practice in Rossland and Nelson, B.C. since 1997. I assist people to achieve their health goals with the use of natural medicines. I believe that patients are an integral part of a healing plan and empower them to change their own lives by giving them effective strategies and treatments.
Listening is an essential tool, so, appointments are 1 hour to make sure all the pieces of the health puzzle are covered. That is the only way to find the underlying cause of your health challenges and create treatment plans that truly are cures rather than taking a drug that just treats the symptoms. Thus, not just a band-aid solution!
I have a Bachelor of Science from S.F.U and a teaching certificate from S.F.U. I also have a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon and am a licensed naturopathic physician in B.C. I have also done post-graduate training in VEGA testing and interpretation, women’s medicine, neutraceuticals, pediatric medicine, homeopathy, laser therapy and more.
What kind of person comes to see me?
- I can assist patients with a wide variety of concerns. I welcome men, women and children into my practice.
- I have extensive experience in treating people with allergy-related concerns, women’s health issues, digestive disorders of all kinds and many other acute and chronic conditions.
- I often treat patients with complex health concerns such as chronic pain, auto-immune disease, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and cancer.
- I also treat healthy people who want to attain a higher level of health. For instance, people who are generally in good health may yearn for better energy, athletic performance, sleep or weight loss.
- I can review your supplements and test them for effectiveness, set up cleansing programs, perform a thorough physical exam or Pap test, do female and thyroid hormone testing and optimize your nutrition. This will assist you in achieving the level of health and happiness you strive for.
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathy means treating “pathos” or disease using natural remedies. Naturopathic physicians are general medical practitioners who are specialists in natural medicine, thus natural medicine doctors. We are extensively trained in modern medical science at accredited medical schools. Naturopathic physicians treat disease and restore health using a combination of clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, counselling, and physiological medicines. We tailor a personalized treatment plan based on the needs and desires of the individual. The patient is encouraged to take responsibility for their health and is educated about how to use safe, natural approaches to optimize their path to wellness.
Naturopathic Medical Education
Naturopathic physicians undergo rigorous medical training. British Columbia licensing requires a completed undergraduate degree including “pre-med” sciences. Then we must obtain at least four years of post-graduate training from an accredited naturopathic medical college. This post-graduate work includes medical sciences such as:
• laboratory diagnosis
• clinical and physical diagnosis
• minor surgery
• gynecology/ women’s health
• naturopathic therapeutics
• other clinical sciences
The education includes 1,500 hours of supervised clinical experience and receive approximately 4,500 hours of academic and clinical training. Graduates receive the title “N.D.” or Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, and must pass rigorous international licensing and board examinations to be eligible to practice as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Naturopathic doctors are regulated in the province of British Columbia.
Continuing education requirements in both naturopathic medicine and pharmacology are required to ensure that physicians stay current in the ever-changing field of medicine.
Philosophy and Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic medicine is based on six main principles which make as much sense in today’s modern world as they did 200 years ago.
1) First do no harm. Naturopathic physicians use safe and effective natural therapies to maximize the body’s ability to heal. We seek to create “side-benefits,” not side effects.
2) Nature has healing powers. Naturopathic physicians believe that the body has considerable power to heal itself. We facilitate and enhances this process with the help of natural, nontoxic therapies.
3) Identify and treat the cause. Naturopathic physicians are trained to seek the underlying causes of a disease rather than to simply suppress symptoms. Symptoms are signs of the body’s attempt to heal itself, while the primary causes can originate from the physical, mental or emotional levels .
4) Treat the whole person. Naturopathic physicians are trained to view an individual as a whole being composed of a complex set of physical, mental, emotional and social influences.
5) The physician is a teacher. Naturopathic physicians are primarily teachers – they educate, empower and motivate patients to assume more personal responsibility for their health by adopting a healthy attitude, lifestyle and diet.
6) Prevention is the best cure. Naturopathic physicians are preventive medicine specialists. Prevention of disease is accomplished through education and by encouraging life habits that support health and prevent disease.