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What can I expect on the first visit?

Your first visit will be 1 hour. This consultation is important to develop a deep understanding of your health and medical concerns. We will discuss any symptoms or conditions you are experiencing, as well as review in detail your past medical history, diet and lifestyle choices, and any medications or supplements you have or are currently taking.

It is crucial to have a thorough understanding of you as an individual so the root cause can be addressed. Naturopathic medicine is holistic and takes into consideration all aspects of a person’s life.

Diagnostic tests, such as blood work, and any necessary physical exam will be done to confirm a diagnosis.

A treatment plan will be given and explained to the patient in detail. The patient will have adequate time to ask any questions regarding their condition and treatment.

What types of therapies do naturopathic doctors use?

Clinical nutrition

Used in treating multiple diseases which include the gut, as well as conditions that can be changed through diet choices and education. Vitamins, minerals, enzymes and nutraceuticals are also used to help patients achieve their optimal health. Clinical nutrition is also a large contributor to prevention of disease.

Botanical medicine

Herbs, plants, or specific extracts to treat diseases and illness. They have a low rate of side effects but have a powerful effect on the body, from immune function, hormone regulations, sleep disorders, blood pressure, digestive health, cardiovascular function. Just to name a few!


Can be used from a traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis or used locally for pain and inflammation management. It has been clinically proven to be helpful in chronic pain, quitting smoking, recent scar reduction, labour induction and many other conditions.

Lifestyle Counseling

Counseling on emotional and environmental factors are also discussed. Many factors affect a patient’s health therefore all area’s of life are considered.

What kind of training do Naturopathic Doctors have?

Eight years of education is the minimum time for an N.D. to receive a licence. First an undergraduate degree is obtained, with a basis of science.

Students then complete 4 years in medical training at an accredited college. The first two years are very similar to a Medical doctor where they learn about the human body and how to diagnose. This education is done through many courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, pathology, differential diagnosis, laboratory analysis, minor surgery, embryology, immunology. Throughout the four years, studen’s also learn the different treatment methods as well as pharmacology. It is important for N.D.’s to understand medical drugs even if in all provinces they are unable to prescribe them. Drugs can often interact with herbs or supplements, and the side effects of drugs may also cause some of the conditions a patient is experiencing.

N.D.’s are extensively trained in clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, traditional Chinese medicine (acupuncture), counselling, and homeopathy.

The fourth year of education is a residency program where the student’s treat patients under the supervision of a Naturopathic Doctor who has practiced for multiple years.

On completion of graduation a 3 day board exam is written to determine if the person is educated and fit to practice. Followed by a 1-2 day provincial exam to obtain the final Naturopathic License.

Where did Dr. Kelly Brown get her training and education?

Dr. Brown obtained a Bachelor of Science, in Biological Sciences from the University of Manitoba. After graduation she worked in cancer research at CancerCare MB before returning to school for Naturopathic Medicine, at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.

During her internship at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine Dr. Brown completed a clinical rotation at Sherbourne clinic, focusing on health care of patients diagnosed with HIV.

She has aslo completed advanced training in facial rejuventation acupuncture.

Currently Dr. Brown is a peer review board member for research articles written for Integrated Healthcare Practitioners Magazine.

Summary of Qualifications

  • Registered to practice Naturopathic Medicine in Manitoba
  • Manitoba Naturopathic Association, member and Vice President
  • Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, member

If you have any other questions, please call Birch Wellness Centre to book a free 15 minute consultation with Dr. Kelly Brown (204) 505-0325