How are you currently using your ND? What is your primary focus area of practice? Stuart: I have been in practice for 30 years. I began with a general practice, but moved into working on the energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual levels after I found that the physical level alone often did not help my patients.
What is unique about your clinic or the way you practice?
Stuart: I specialize in the underlying emotional spiritual issues of chronic illness. I have developed a system which I call “Wholehearted Healing – the Map of the Human System”. It addresses the human being from the nondual and spiritual levels to the mental, emotional, energetic and physical levels. All levels are important to understand both theoretically and from personal exploration, and, as all levels are involved in illness and therefore in healing, it is important to learn how to navigate through and within each level. I now am offering trainings to professionals to learn how to work with others in the Wholehearted Healing system.
How is OANP valuable to you and/or your profession?
Stuart: It’s very important to have an organization that is an advocate for you. I feel the OANP offers support for me as a Naturopath in a number of different ways (especially offerings of CE), and am excited about the new direction it seems to be heading, which asks the ND’s what they need.
Do you have a favorite patient experience?
Stuart: My favorite patient experiences are when someone who has tried everything else without success comes to me as “a last hope”. I am happy when someone I am working with finds their own truth, their own power, their own knowingness, and often the resolution of symptoms. Working within the Wholehearted Healing system will often bring results because it works to find the root cause of illness on many different levels, and guides you to find your own answers from within.
Why do you practice naturopathic medicine?
Stuart: I practice as a Naturopathic Physician because I believe in the fundamental naturopathic principles of mind/body/spirt working in balance to establish health and healing. I have seen and been involved in many different aspects of disease and healing in my 30 years of practice, and am very happy that I chose this field. It has given me the freedom to work within the basic principles of naturopathy and expand into the psychological/energetic/spiritual realms as well.
Who is the most influential person to you on your naturopathic journey?
Stuart: I had many teachers who I admired and felt influenced by both in school and out. The main characteristics they all ad were the willingness to listen to others without judgment, to continue learning regardless of how accomplished they were, and to have true humility and respect for the individual and the healing process.
What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
Stuart: I am proud of the Wholehearted Healing system which is the culmination of 30 years of study and practice. And I am most happy when it appears to help others.
Do you have any words of wisdom for recent ND graduates?
Stuart: There are many things I wish I’d been taught in school that I didn’t learn until I was in practice. How to deal with my own system – my reactions, my fears, my feelings of responsibility for another person’s health, my own old programs and patterns that kept me locked up in ways that affected the way I practiced. I would tell a recent ND grad to find a person they trust to help them debrief and work through whatever comes up for them as they find their own confidence as a practicing ND. And I would add, always come from the heart, with humility and respect for others and for the healing power within us all.
What is your definition of “happiness”?
Stuart: Ha! Happiness in externals is always subject to loss, but that doesn’t mean that my family, my friends, my dog, my art work, beauty and connection with others doesn’t make me happy. I am, however, most happy when I am connected to myself, others and life from a deep quiet place of the heart.
If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
Stuart: Watch out for the feisty side. Loving is not always gentle and sweet. And cranky comes with all the rest of it!