DR. FLEETWOOD'S STORY
I WAS DONE. I CAME HOME AND ANNOUNCED TO MY BELOVED SPOUSE THAT I WAS READY TO QUIT MY CAREER. NOT MY JOB, MY CAREER.
“Let’s sell everything we have, leave everyone we know, and move to the other side of the universe so I can go back to school full-time to become… a naturopathic physician!”
As a retail pharmacist for nearly a decade now; I knew I couldn’t continue another 10 years, much less until retirement age. The FDA had put a "Black Box Warning" on a drug for heartburn that had been heavily marketed to pediatricians for babies who spit up. Many precious little ones had died.
A "Black Box Warning" is literally a black box with a warning inside it about what devastating side effects a given drug can cause. Never seen one? That’s because it’s folded up ever so nicely and placed inside the cardboard box that bottles of medicines are packed in for delivery to hospitals and pharmacies. So, you probably never will!
Some backstory: my own sweet babe had died because of an asthma drug I’d been given to stop early labor at 32 weeks of pregnancy. Twenty years later, I discovered that truth while teaching a pharmacology class. By then, I’d worked with enough pharmacy customers to watch their disease progressions. More drugs for the same disease, not less. More drugs for more diseases. More interventions when the drugs weren’t enough. I was making connections between what people put into their bodies and their diagnoses.
I personally had gotten radically ill and the medicine I’d grown up with, bought into, studied and promoted, failed me. So I began to read everything I could get my hands on, in an effort to determine what else was “out there” like herbal medicine, Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, nutrition, homeopathy, orthomolecular medicine (high-dose vitamins and minerals) and mind-body medicine. Then, through a series of seemingly unrelated events, I learned about naturopathic medicine, which incorporates much of the above listed studies. I wanted something radically different—for myself and my customers.
I quit my career, sold everything we had, left everyone we knew, and moved my family across the country to go back to school and earn a doctorate in naturopathic medicine.
Fast forward a few years, I now had an amazing set of skills as a pharmacist/physician. My patients and clients all over North America and beyond were reversing their chronic diseases and creating “medical miracles” on a daily basis. It was a unique situation, even among other NDs. Medicine is an art as much as it is a science. Ever been through an art gallery? Michelangelo and van Gogh—while both masters—produced vastly different kinds of art.
My peers began asking me to write continuing education for them. Students asked for specific pharmacy/pharmacology curricula. As a homeschool Mom to my two sons, I’d already learned how to teach to multiple learning styles, so found teaching at all levels fun and challenging. I was one of the first students ever to be granted the post-doctoral certification of Vitalist through the Naturopathic Medicine Institute. I now have as many letters after my last name as in my last name!
And now I'm ready to help you, no matter what disease or condition you are living with, no matter what medications have failed you up until this point and no matter where you are, I am confident that with my unique skills, vast knowledge and experience and some grit and hard work, we can help you to transform your health, your life and your true self.
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