DR. MICHAEL MASON-WOOD

Michael Mason-Wood is a naturopathic doctor, licensed by the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA), who specializes in managing arthritis & joint pain using prolotherapy and has advanced specialty training in environmental medicine and autism. Dr. Mason-Wood won the “Red Green Award” at CCNM in recognition of his creative approach to treatment therapies. He is co-founder of Natural Terrain, a naturopathic clinic in Edmonton.

full name:

Michael Mason-Wood

specialty:

Pain management treatments using prolotherapy, prolozone, ozone therapy and neural therapy. He also loves working with Autistic children.

education:

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

Noteworthy information

“Red Green Award” at Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

Hobbies and interests:

Environmental medicine, plant medicine, and gardening

IN HIS OWN WORDS…

I am a naturopathic doctor who is truly passionate about helping people achieve greater health. My philosophy is to treat every patient as a unique individual in order to design a treatment plan that will be most suited to their needs.

I grew up in Mayo, Yukon, a First Nations community. I have native heritage on both sides: Metis on my mom’s and Northern Tutchone on my dad’s. I was taught to value the planet we live on and this is where my passion for environmental medicine, plant medicine, and gardening originated. As a teenager, I learned about traditional (botanical) medicine while hiking the Keno Hill area. I then had the opportunity to learn the medicinal uses of native plants from Elders of the Nacho Nyak Dun First Nation. To this day, I wildcraft plants in Edmonton and use them to make medicine: botanical/herbal formulas, essential oils and hydrosols.

HOW I BECAME A NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR

Prior to becoming a Naturopathic Doctor, I was a regular blue-collar guy in the mining industry. I started my mining career as a placer (gold) miner on Duncan Creek, Yukon. In fact, the gold I mined at Duncan Creek was used to create the wedding rings my wife and I wear. After getting a geology diploma from NAIT, I worked for a few companies exploring the wilds of the Yukon and Alaska. Eventually, however, my love for botanical medicine lead me to get a degree in Botanical Science from Simon Fraser University. (At that time, I did not yet know about naturopathic medicine as a field of study and practice.)

My passion for helping people with pain stems from my own struggles with pain. I have scoliosis and kyphosis of the spine (which means a side and convex curvature) and after sleeping on cots in bush camps, my back would be killing me. It was while getting a massage for my back pain that I learned about Naturopathic Medicine from a therapist who, at the time, was a student at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). The system of medicine fit with my philosophy and I decided to apply to CCNM for my doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. Today, I specialize in managing joint pain—knee, hip, shoulder, ankle—any joint can be treated using prolotherapy .

FOUNDING NATURAL TERRAIN

The “terrain” of the body is important and this combined with the word “natural” is where our clinic’s name came from. I like to use the garden analogy since I am a gardener: If you want to be healthy, you have to take care of the body (i.e., soil) and give it the right nutrients as well as the right environment in order to grow an amazing crop. My goal is to educate patients on preventative medicine and to treat following the principles of naturopathic medicine. I am committed to providing natural health care in conjunction with other health care providers to help you reach your health potential.
At our clinic, we collaborate and work together as clinicians, so you are getting the benefit of all our brains, not one. I know there is a solution to your current health problem, and I can help you figure that out, whether you experience chronic pain, have difficulty sleeping, are unable to conceive, notice behavioral issues in your children, or suffer from low energy. Let naturopathic medicine do for you what it has done for my patients and free yourself from pain and suffering today!

At our clinic, we collaborate and work together as clinicians, so you are getting the benefit of all our brains, not one. I know there is a solution to your current health problem, and I can help you figure that out, whether you are having difficulty sleeping, unable to conceive, notice behavioral issues in your children, or suffer from low energy. Let naturopathic medicine do for you what it has done for my patients and free yourself from pain and suffering today!

testimonials

Thank you so much for everything over the years. You give me hope the minute I see you. You are caring and help give me peace. I am so glad you are you and I am lucky enough to know you. You are a remarkable woman; honest, open, caring, kind and so very compassionate. You take the extra time to not only listen but to hear, it means a lot! For anyone who knows you we are all blessed to have you in our lives.

Love, VA

Our 9 year old had food intolerances and vitamin deficiencies with digestive tract candida overgrowth. It's been a few months and he's doing wonderful in school and with sports. I urge you to please give “the natural way” a chance.

Amanda T.

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