“To achieve true healing, balance must be restored on all levels of existence—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.  I take a thoughtful and thorough approach to foster a healing, trusting relationship between doctor and patient.  I encourage each patient to be a steward of his or her own health, while providing support and education to guide them on their journey.  My therapies are shaped by the six naturopathic principles and serve to stimulate the body’s curative forces and re-establish proper, healthy physiology.” ~ Derek Lawrence, ND

I received my Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Oregon.  While at NCNM, I completed a one-year internship with renowned naturopathic doctor Dickson Thom ND, DDS and a six-month internship focused on cardiopulmonary medicine. Furthermore, I have received special training in biotherapeutic drainage and natural foot heath.

I am able to help men, women and children of all ages with acute or chronic health problems, as well as anyone looking to increase their wellness and vitality. My practice focuses on treating Cardiopulmonary Medicine and Chronic Illness, restoring Natural Foot Health and utilizing physical medicine modalities to address various musculoskeletal complaints.

My Personal Story

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, my connection to nature was fostered from a young age.  During walks through the neighborhood, my parents encouraged my sister and I to hug trees and stop to hear nature’s messages. This introduced me to an understanding I hold now, that we are all connected, we are all one.  I have been fortunate enough to spend time traveling around Canada, the United States and other parts of the world, which opened my eyes to the beauty and diversity of people and nature.  I have always appreciated the magnificence, calmness, wisdom and strength that nature provides, and I truly believe that a connection with nature is crucial to health and happiness.

Having been raised with a doctor in the family, I was privy to the successes of conventional medicine, but also its limitations and frustrations.  In my opinion, there was not enough HEALTH in healthcare.  I believe that true healing comes from within and that there is more to health than the absence of disease, ideas which were not congruent with the conventional medical paradigm.

Naturopathic medicine offered me the opportunity to learn about medicine and pathology, but went further to instill the knowledge and wisdom of centuries of healers before me.  It presented a system of care that focuses on treating the cause of illness and truly promoting health and healthy living. The gentle, yet powerful, therapies focus on stimulating the body’s innate ability to heal, without unwanted side effects.  Lastly, naturopathic medicine fostered the understanding that we are more than a physical body with parts that can be removed when they are not working.  We are intricate beings, whose overall wellness is dependent on a healthy body, a sharp mind and a vibrant spirit.

I believe that real health is more than a state free of disease and pain.  It is the balance of the physical, emotional and spiritual realms, allowing us to lead happy, purposeful lives. It is my privilege to help you achieve your health goals and assist you on your journey to optimal wellness.

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