Jess DruryPlease help me welcome Jess, a naturopathic student intern in her 4th year of studies, who will be joining me in my practice on Tuesdays from May until August this year. During the fourth year of naturopathic college, senior clinic interns work under the direct supervision of regulated naturopathic doctors to provide primary health care. Most of this time is spent working in the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, the teaching facility of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) and its satellite clinics. Students may also apply to intern with naturopathic doctors outside of CCNM.

Some of you may have met Jess before as she observed, or preceptored, with me frequently last summer. Her role in the clinic will be both adjunctive and primary. She will observe and assist me during visits, and will also be available to see patients herself. In the case of the latter, I will be present in a supervisory capacity, providing teaching and guidance as needed to ensure that your care is consistently safe and effective. As always, you are free to withdraw your consent for her presence during part or all of your visit. You will continue to receive the naturopathic health care you need while Jess gains valuable clinical experience.

I am thrilled to have Jess join me in clinic, and hope to provide her with valuable clinical experience and mentorship while you continue to receive the naturopathic healthcare you need. In support of Jess’ education, we are pleased to offer treatments and services at reasonable rates for visits where Jess is leading your care and I am supervising. Please call 416-817-2385 to discuss this option.

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Hello friends and patients of Dr. Cyndi Gilbert!

My name is Jess Drury and I am a fourth year student at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). I am currently completing the final term of my clinical internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic. This summer, I will have the opportunity to work with, and learn from, Dr. Cyndi Gilbert. I will be spending one day a week (Tuesday) at Cyndi’s clinic beginning in May until August 2012. My goal is to observe how she creates a healing environment for her patients and to learn her techniques for developing individualized and wholistic treatment plans.

Since I will be spending time getting to know some of you during your visits with Cyndi, I wanted to take a moment to share a little of my story with you. My journey toward Naturopathy began while studying psychology at the University of Toronto. I was introduced to the field of positive psychology and I became enamoured with the dynamic and fundamentally interconnected relationship between psychological health and physical health. In time, my interest in health deepened to include not only a thorough understanding of physiology, immunology and pathology, but also an exploration of meditation and spiritual wellbeing. Through my studies, I have realized that all the resources necessary to transform the human experience of dis-ease are found within nature and within us.

My four years at CCNM have taught me how to work with the healing power of nature. Through my training, I have learned to use counselling, nutrition, herbs, acupuncture and homeopathy to bring about significant and sustainable improvement in patients’ health. I believe every moment is an opportunity to change your life, and I am eager to work with Cyndi and to learn from her ability to support her patients on their journey back to wellness.

I look forward to meeting you.

Be well,

Jess