Dr. Alison Parsons, ND is dedicated to providing natural health care options to individuals and families who are looking to optimize their health and wellbeing.
I want to share with you my journey of becoming a Naturopathic Doctor in hopes that it will help you to decide whether I’m the right Naturopath for you and to feel more comfortable during your visits by knowing my journey.
“Your path is beautiful & crooked, and just as it should be”
My journey began in childhood, but I didn’t piece that together until later in life. I was a happy child with a close-knit family, but I was also anxious and had high expectations of myself. The first major defining moment in my journey occurred when my Dad passed away from cancer when I was 13. I felt helpless, and this was a new feeling to me. I wondered what he could have done differently to avoid the diagnosis, and how I could better help my family cope. I struggled inwardly for a long time with this, while outwardly continuing to put my best foot forward. I began to think the best way to come up with these answers and be able to help people was to become a Medical Doctor, so I pursued a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Human Kinetics at the University of Guelph.
Another major turning point in my life happened in University as I started having my own health issues. I was having what was diagnosed and thought to be chronic urinary tract infections so was continually visiting walk-in clinics where I would receive a prescription for antibiotics. After my first few unsuccessful antibiotics I was getting frustrated; after my 5th visit (and 5th antibiotic prescription) I felt defeated. Why wasn’t anyone taking a full history and realizing that the first 4 antibiotics didn’t work? I started second guessing my decision to write my upcoming Medical College Admission Tests as a result. Serendipitously, I had a Naturopathic Doctor come and speak at one of my Nutrition lectures at the same time in my life. She explained what a Naturopathic Doctor does, what schooling is required, and most importantly, described their holistic model of care. I was sold at that very moment (“she had me at hello!”), so I immediately began to see a Naturopathic Doctor and decided to apply to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM).
“Things happen for a reason; things go wrong so you can appreciate them when they’re right;
good things fall apart so better things can fall together”
– Marilyn Monroe
CCNM was an amazing fit for me, it just felt right; I geeked out on the curriculum (e.g. Anatomy, Physiology, Nutrition, Traditional Chinese Medicine), took on a 4th year specialty pediatric shift that I loved, and was surrounded by incredible, like-minded people.
I became licensed as a Naturopathic Doctor and began a general family practice in 2009. I became pregnant with my first son soon after this and had my second son in 2014. Kids are often our greatest teachers and my kids have allowed me to develop empathy, vulnerability and a healthy understanding of the challenges of parenthood. I’ve also learned so much from my patients, have come to realize what my passion and strengths are as a doctor and therefore have gradually shifted my practice towards fertility, perinatal care, pediatrics, hormone health, clinical nutrition and digestive health.
I’m currently living in Bracebridge with my husband, our 2 boys and our dog Tilly. I love spending time with my family, whether it’s hiking, biking, gardening, camping, playing driveway hockey & basketball, travelling, getting into an intense board game competition or spending time in the kitchen baking & trying out healthy new recipes.
I’m so thankful for all my experiences, education, patients, and family as it’s all brought me to where I am today. I certainly have my ups and downs like all people do, but with purpose, passion, a supportive family by my side and my knowledge of Naturopathic Medicine I’ve been able to optimize my health and alleviate that feeling of helplessness I once had. I look forward to helping you on your own journey to wellness 😊
Yours in health,