I found natural medicine when I needed healing myself. After college, I worked for several years in a high-stress job. My lifestyle was pretty imbalanced with long working hours, a daily reverse commute from Manhattan to Greenwich, CT, and going out to enjoy the New York nightlife scene more often than not. This lifestyle took a toll and I developed mysterious symptoms that, after a year of tests and biopsies, were diagnosed as a rare form of cancer.
Hearing that diagnosis was like a call to action – I was unwilling to accept it. That day, I called out of work, went through a box of tissues and then somehow managed to get it together enough to call for the recommended appointments. I saw several excellent oncologists specializing in this rare disease at the big New York hospitals, but was told that my only option at the time was steroid treatment. I was grateful to have access to the specialists, but I refused to keep suppressing symptoms with steroids while not actually treating the disease. There had to be a way to actually heal.
From that place of fear and deep desire to heal, I researched: I read countless studies, books, stories and anecdotes. I overhauled my diet, began using specific herbs and spices, adjusted my exercise habits, started taking a slightly later train to work, cut way back on the New York nightlife scene and – probably the greatest change of all – experienced a huge perspective shift, which brought more mindfulness and gratitude practices into my life. After several months of commitment to these changes, my symptoms disappeared. As a matter of course, I continued to see the oncologists; after a couple more years, they finally told me that they couldn’t explain it, but I didn’t need to keep coming in. Happiness.
After seeing the power of my ability to heal myself with what I had learned, coupled with my gigantic perspective shift, I knew that I needed and wanted to work in healthcare. I started researching career paths and stumbled upon naturopathic medicine (and wondered why I hadn’t heard of it before!). I ended up leaving that high-stress job, working at a nutrition school and spending two years completing pre-med courses in order to apply to naturopathic medical school.
Much has changed in my life since then, and it’s all for the better. I’ve come to learn that the things that challenge us in life are opportunities for deep growth. I continue to be grateful for this path. I feel both honored and humbled to be able to help others improve their health, allowing them to enjoy a fuller and greater quality of life. This is why I became a naturopathic doctor.”
The long version of my bio:
(In case that wasn’t enough reading!)
Kathleen Cannon, ND is a naturopathic physician licensed to practice by the State of Connecticut. Dr. KC earned her naturopathic medical degree from the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, a rigorous four-year in-residence naturopathic medical school. As part of her medical school education, Dr. KC worked in various medical clinic settings with patients. In addition to the school’s naturopathic clinic, Dr. KC worked at community clinics in the greater Bridgeport area providing free medical care to patients, including an HIV/AIDS clinic and an addiction recovery facility. Dr. KC also worked at the Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine, where she was both taught and trained by Dr. Peter D’Adamo. She also served as a post-graduate resident and teaching assistant at the Center of Excellence.
Dr. KC has special training in homeopathic medicine, having completed several specialty homeopathy clinical rotations and trained under Dr. Florence McPherson. She completed the New England School of Homeopathy taught by Dr. Paul Herscu and Dr. Amy Rothenberg in Amherst, MA. She received a scholarship to study with Dr. Andre Saine in Montreal, Quebec, where she attended the Essentials of Acute and Chronic Prescribing intensive course. Dr. KC also attended the Levels of Health Conference where world-renowned expert Professor George Vithoulkas presented. She has also had the privilege of attending lectures by Dr. A.U. Ramakrishnan, developer of the Plussing Method, and Robert Street.
Prior to naturopathic medical school, Dr. KC completed pre-medical post-baccalaureate studies at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She holds a certification in health coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is Reiki Level II certified. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Connecticut College, majoring in English and philosophy. During college, she attended the Business Bridge Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Dr. KC is a member of the Connecticut Naturopathic Physicians Association (CNPA), the Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians (RIANP) and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).
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Naturopathic medicine includes botanical medicine, homeopathy, micronutrient therapy, food as medicine, lifestyle modifications, genetic consultations, preventive medicine and more.