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Meet Karly Brown


Why Naturopathic Medicine?

Growing up in Brandon, Manitoba, Karly was surrounded by a close-knit family who encouraged healthy living. Every year, her parents planted a huge vegetable garden which they harvested every fall so they could enjoy healthy produce all year round. Fresh produce from the garden was used to make jams, salsa, and canned goods. Karly realized the benefits of fueling the body with natural, healthy, whole foods and wanted to explore options in the healthcare field that would allow her to promote living a healthy lifestyle. This is when the field of Naturopathic Medicine peaked her interest!

Training and Qualifications:

After graduating from Vincent Massey High School in Brandon, Manitoba, Karly attended Brandon University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Math and Minor in Psychology. She then moved to Toronto, Ontario to attend the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) where she completed a 4 year degree in Naturopathic Medicine. During her time in Toronto, she received training in all aspects of Naturopathic Medicine, including but not limited to, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Botanical Medicine, Nutrition, Lifestyle counselling, Physical Medicine and Homeopathy. During her Naturopathic Internship, Karly cared for and treated patients who presented with a wide variety of conditions. Karly also received training in Oncology where she was an integral part of the Integrative Oncology Team at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic in Toronto.

Karly is certified to practice as a Registered Naturopathic Doctor (ND) under the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Medicine (CAND). She is also an active member of the Manitoba Naturopathic Association (MNA).

Karly is passionate about the care and well-being of her patients. She is excited to share her knowledge and passion for healthy living and wants to encourage all her patients to become the healthiest version of themselves!

Personal Life

In her spare time, Karly she likes spending quality time with her family and friends. She enjoys the benefits of living an active lifestyle. She loves activities such as yoga, mountain biking, playing hockey, baking healthy (but tasty!) snacks, and gardening….especially when these activities can be enjoyed alongside family and friends!

Meet Alyssa Robbins


Why Naturopathic Medicine?

Born and raised in Brandon, Alyssa knew from a very young age that she wanted to find a career in which she could help others. As she grew up, science and medicine came to the forefront of this endeavour, and she made the decision to attend university with the intention of becoming a doctor.

After graduating with her Bachelor degree, Alyssa went on a volunteer trip to Africa that drastically changed the direction of her life. It was there that she recognized how much basic dietary and lifestyle needs could impact human health, how important human connection is for healing, and how vital the basics of mental/emotional well-being are for our body’s ability to maintain themselves. Her experiences on this trip working with children living in unfathomable conditions, lead to her desire to practice medicine in a setting in which she could build a connection with, and work closely with patients to get to the root causes of their illness and help them on their journey to health and healing on all levels. This desire lead her to find Naturopathic Medicine and she could not be happier with her decision!

Training and Qualifications:

After graduating from Crocus Plains high school, Alyssa attended Brandon University where she graduated and was awarded the Gold Medal in Bachelor of Science. She then attended the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto, Ontario, for four years to obtain her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine.

While attending CCNM Alyssa logged over 1000 clinical hours, in which she cared for and treated patients with a wide variety of health concerns. She is trained and certified to treat patients utilizing an extensive range of modalities, including, but not limited to, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Botanical Medicine, Nutrition, Lifestyle counselling, Physical Medicine, and Homeopathy.

Alyssa is registered as a licensed Naturopathic Doctor through the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Medicine (CAND), and is an active member of the Manitoba Naturopathic Association (MNA).

Alyssa is so happy to be back living in her hometown, and is excited to be able to bring Naturopathic Medicine to as many people as she can in her community; now more than ever!

Personal Life

In her free time Alyssa enjoys spending as much quality time with family and friends as she can. She loves spending time outdoors as much as possible, hiking, water skiing, and just enjoying fresh air … when Manitoba weather permits! She also enjoys being creative, and always tries to find time for writing, drawing, creating crafty projects, and playing the piano. Alyssa is so excited to be expecting her first little one in 2021!

Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is a Naturopathic Doctor?

    A Naturopathic Doctor is a health care provider who uses medical diagnosis and current scientific research in combination with traditional and natural medicines. They are medically trained to treat both acute and chronic conditions using therapies such as clinical nutrition, lifestyle counselling, homeopathy, Chinese medicine/acupuncture and botanical medicine to create an individualized treatment plan for each patient. In addition to disease prevention and promoting healthier lifestyles, they focus on finding the root cause and working with individuals to overcome their health concerns. Naturopathic Doctors work with other health care professionals to ensure their patients receive the most comprehensive and effective care possible. They want every patient to be the healthiest version of themselves.
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    Are Naturopathic Services covered by Manitoba Health?

    No, they are not. However, most extended health benefit plans and private insurance policies cover naturopathic services. Check with the human resources department at your workplace or call your individual insurance provider to determine the type of coverage available. Regardless of your coverage, naturopathic services are GST exempt.
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    What kind of training do Naturopathic Doctors receive?

    Naturopathic Doctors are required to complete a 3 or 4 year Bachelor’s degree at an accredited university prior to applying to an accredited Naturopathic college. The Naturopathic Program is a 4 year program consisting of both classroom and clinical training which covers basic and diagnostic sciences, conventional approaches to health concerns, as well as naturopathic approaches. Naturopathic Doctors are required to write two national licensing exams and a provincial licensing exam in order to work in a regulated province like Manitoba.
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    Can I see a Naturopathic Doctor and a Medical Doctor at the same time?

    Yes, many individuals decide to see both a Naturopathic Doctor and a Medical Doctor to address their health concerns. Naturopathic Doctors work with other health care professionals to ensure their patients receive the most comprehensive and effective care possible. You do not need a referral to see a Naturopathic Doctor.
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    How do I contact my doctor if I have questions regarding my treatment plan?

    You can email info@goldenoakclinic.com if you have a simple question or require clarification regarding your current treatment plan. For more in depth questions and concerns, a phone consult or short appointment can be scheduled by calling the clinic or by booking online.
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    What is your cancellation policy?

    Please provide 24 hours notice for cancellations.
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    What services do Naturopathic Doctors offer?

    Check out the services tab on our website!
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    What conditions do Naturopathic Doctors treat?

    Naturopathic Doctors are able to treat most conditions. We typically see patients who have concerns including food sensitivities, cancer, pregnancy, infertility, hormones, autoimmune disease, gastrointestinal problems, and more.