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Dr. Christina Bjorndal

Founder, Natural Terrain

Dr. Chris

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

While I was doing my undergraduate degree at UBC in the late 1980’s, I experienced a debilitating depression and anxiety which was very difficult to treat. I also had an eating disorder and was not coping with the stress I was under at that time. Like most people, I had not heard about Naturopathic medicine or Orthomolecular medicine, so I was treated with medications that were not effective. After surviving a suicide attempt  (which left me in a coma, on dialysis waiting for a kidney transplant), I finally began the healing process after reading a book called “ A Return to Love” by Marianne Williamson. Up until this point I was living with the shame and stigma of having a mental illness and I had not accepted myself.
Since reading that book, I have spent over 20 years learning to accept and understand myself & my diagnosis with the help of many types of practitioners and have found more natural ways to treat mental “dis-ease”. The sole reason I became a Naturopathic Doctor was because when I was struggling with my illness there weren’t many natural experts in the field. After attending the Orthomolecular Medicine Society’s Mental Health Regained Public Forum in 1999, I became a patient of Dr. Abram Hoffer’s and experienced my first depression free year in 13 years. I also made some major life changes, such as resigning from my job as Head of Marketing in a global investment management firm where I reported to the CEO and travelled frequently and I began the process of inquiry into what I really wanted to be doing with my life. After sitting with the question “If money didn’t matter, what would I be doing?” the answer revealed itself to me in a tiny whisper “ Become a Naturopathic Doctor and help people heal from anxiety, depression , anorexia, bulimia, bipolar disorder (types 1 or 2), addiction, schizophrenia, ADD/ADHD, OCD, etc using natural therapies and orthomolecular medicine.

“As we discover a more compassionate relationship with both our strengths and our weaknesses, the storms of struggle will calm down enough for us to hear the voices of wisdom inside of us that know the path to the healing we are longing for.”

I have many areas of interest when it comes to health and while I have a general practice and see patients with any health concern – be it – acne, digestive issues or eczema, I have expanded my expertise into balancing hormones for women when it comes to PMS, menopause, fertility and pregnancy – especially since becoming a mom myself. Nothing gives me greater joy than helping a woman conceive, seeing her birth her baby naturally and being the primary care physician for her and her newborn baby.

If you are recently diagnosed with a mental illness or any illness that has left you struggling, please accept my helping hand and let me guide you to optimum health by teaching you how the “8 health pillars”  – stress, sleep, exercise, nutrition & supplementation, thought processes, emotions, your environment, and spirituality – are important in your overall wellbeing. Have faith that you can get well. I believe you can and I wish you all the joy there is to be found on the healing journey. Let love for yourself always be your guide.

Credentials
  • Mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend and colleague
  • Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in 2005
  • Speaker, Mental Health Regained Public Forum organized by the Orthomolecular Medicine Society.
  • Speaker, Its time to Bloom, Edmonton October 2017
  • Speaker, Functional Medicine University May 2017
  • Advisory Board, Functional Medicine University May 2017
  • Sponsor, Natural Terrain Mental Health Scholarship, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine November 2016
  • Speaker, Integrative Medicine Series, Edmonton January 2016
  • Naturopathic Development Center: Top 43 Canadian ND list + various featured articles of the month 2016
  • Integrative Practitioners: Clinic Feature article November 2015
  • Podcasts: Businesses in Bloom, Evolution of Medicine/James Maskell, Story Hinge, MAXIMize your Business 2014 – present
  • Speaker, Mind Alive event – Health action network, Vancouver October 2015
  • Naturopathic Doctor News Review featured article on bulimia
  • Guest interview, City Breakfast TV
  • Speaker, Masks of Madness, Canadian Society of Orthomolecular Medicine October 2012 & 2013
  • Speaker, Brain Solutions Conference, 2013
  • Interviewed by Primacy.ca, Health Local on bowel health Sept 2012
  • Interviewed by Psychology Central on Eating disorder recovery October 2010
  • Interviewed by Alive magazine on Orthomolecular medicine for mental health November 2010
  • Several articles published in Health Action Network magazine, Alive Magazine, Naturopathic Currents, Healthy Directions magazine, Edmonton and Fort McMurray local newspapers 2005 – present
  • Several podcast interviews: James Maskell, Businesses in Bloom, StoryHinge, MAXIMize your business 2005 – present
  • Member, Canadian Society of Orthomolecular Medicine
  • Member, Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors Assoc.
  • Guest, Global Breakfast TV & CTV’s Alberta Primetime discussing current health topics on the Health Panel
  • Former board member, Pink and Green Ribbon Campaign – www. Pinkandgreenribbon.com
  • UBC, Faculty of Science prerequisites for CCNM, 2001
  • UBC, Faculty of Commerce Valedictorian 1990
  • UBC Dean’s Honor list recipient 1987-90
  • Scholarship varsity track & cross country athlete  at UBC
  • UBC Rhodes Scholar applicant.
  • Trained in Compassion Focused Therapy, Gestalt psychotherapy, Mindfulness Therapy & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
  • Avid outdoors and exercise enthusiast, completed three marathons, Ironman, many triathlons and ½ marathons.
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