How To Become a Naturopathic Doctor: Dr. Christina Vlahopoulos

” The word “doc­tor” is Latin in ori­gin, and it actu­ally means teacher. And that’s because they’re an edu­ca­tor.” Dr. Christina Vlahopoulos

 

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Intro: What do you want to be when you grow up?

CV: The word “doc­tor” is Latin in ori­gin, and it actu­ally means teacher. And that’s because they’re an educator.

Sec­ond Intro: This is How to Become.tv.

CV: I’m Christina Vla­hopou­los. I’m a natur­o­pathic doc­tor, and I prac­tice out of Kingston Inte­grated Healthcare.

What excites me most about the pro­fes­sion, is when I have a per­son who comes to see me and they’ve gone through years of a con­di­tion or ali­ment or they feel a cer­tain way [and then after they receive treat­ment from me they say] “I feel so much bet­ter.” That’s really what excites me.

[Edu­ca­tion to become a natur­o­pathic doctor]

It’s 8 years; 4 years of natur­o­pathic med­i­cine, and 4 years of under­grad. I guess the obsta­cle is specif­i­cally the edu­ca­tion itself. In the sec­ond year we had exams every­day, 5 days a week for 3 weeks straight. So, it really is a ques­tion of endurance. You really have to make sure you’re tak­ing care of your­self while you are going through the education.

In under­grad, peo­ple take 5 courses maybe 6 per semes­ter. At the Natur­o­pathic Col­lege you’re tak­ing any­where from 7,8,9. Not only tak­ing the didac­tic por­tion, or the in class time, but also the practicum por­tion. It really felt right when I got to the school, and when I started doing the pro­gram. Prob­a­bly by my sec­ond year I really felt com­fort­able. And [felt like], “this is it, I’m home.” When you’re done, it’s really a phe­nom­e­nal feeling.

Why [did I] become a natur­o­pathic doctor?

Grow­ing up in a fam­ily where we used more alter­na­tive forms of ther­apy, my dad using an onion pulp-ice on his foot for instance, and my mom using pota­toes and hand­ker­chief around her head for headache, it made sense when I found out about the school, and when I found out about the col­lege. Hav­ing an inter­est in biol­ogy and envi­ron­men­tal­ism, the two sort of fit together with respect to natur­o­pathic med­i­cine because [natur­o­pathic med­i­cine] looks at the whole body.

[Dif­fer­ence between con­ven­tional med­ical doc­tors and natur­o­pathic doctors]

I guess the biggest dif­fer­ence between con­ven­tional med­ical doc­tors and natur­o­pathic doc­tors is natur­o­pathic doc­tors go for root cause or get­ting a bet­ter under­stand­ing as to why a per­son is exhibit­ing the symp­toms and not just treat­ing the symp­toms them­selves.
I would do absolutely noth­ing dif­fer­ently. This is exactly where I would be.

End­ing: What do you want to be when you grow

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