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Mississauga scholarship winner chooses the “natural path”
2005 (Toronto) – To
look at her resume, you would never guess that Christine Nguyen,
B.Sc., has only just completed her first of four years at The
Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). That’s because the
26-year-old Mississauga resident has already racked up years of
experience counselling people around the world about their health.
volunteering with various organizations since I was fourteen,” says
Christine, who has become inspired by the vision of sharing the
naturopathic experience with people in her local community and
Her vision has
been recognized with an $800 scholarship from the Institute for
Natural Medicine (INM). Christine is one of only two Canadian
recipients of the 2005 Natural Health Scholars Program award.
Winners were selected for their ability to provide leadership,
creativity and diversity to the naturopathic medical community.
Christine fits the requirements to a tee.
completing her undergraduate degree in physical education and health
at the University of Toronto, Christine volunteered as a peer health
advisor, educating fellow students about body image, sexual health,
nutrition, stress management and quitting smoking.
her undergraduate degree, she spent seven months in Tanzania
a humanitarian organization that promotes the health of
disadvantaged children and communities around the world using the
power of sport.
refugee camps that, all together,
house more than 150,000 Burundian refugees.
returned to Canada, Christine began considering career options in
medicine, nursing and health promotion. Then a friend told her to
check out CCNM’s naturopathic program.
completing the first year of the academic program she calls “the
most challenging” of her career, Christine is more excited about the
future than ever.
are the cream of the crop,” she says. “They’re the most
collaborative, compassionate and positive group of people I’ve ever
In addition to
providing a rigorous scientific foundation, CCNM’s program teaches
students to listen to patients and ask lots of questions to get to
the root cause of patients’ health problems.
“How can a
health-care practitioner understand someone they haven’t spent time
with?” Christine wonders. “There’s so much more to health than just
prescribing medicine or sending patients off with a list of
give patients a ‘magic bullet,’” she continues, “but they work with
the person to find the best therapeutic approach for them.”
graduation is still three years down the road, Christine clearly
sees herself working in the community to bring naturopathic medicine
to people who need it. She even dreams of someday traveling around
the world with a naturopathic organization similar to Doctors
importantly though, Christine dreams of connecting with her
“I want to
learn as much from my patients as they learn from me. When you learn
about someone, you’re just naturally inspired to help them to the
very best of your ability.”
in 1978, The Canadian College Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) offers
Canada's only accredited four-year, full-time professional program
in naturopathic medicine. To
be admitted, candidates must have completed three years of
premedical studies at an accredited university with required minimum
credits in areas such as biology, chemistry and psychology.
At the Robert Schad Naturopathic
Clinic (RSNC), CCNM’s senior clinic interns treat patients under the
supervision of regulated naturopathic doctors using acupuncture,
Asian medicine, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy,
physical medicine and lifestyle counselling. Affordable rates mean
that anyone can experience the benefits of naturopathic medicine.
For more information:
For more information:
Heather Gibson, Communications
The Canadian College of
416-498-1255 ext. 263