Congratulations on taking the next step towards your best health!
My name is Melissa Blake and I am a registered naturopathic doctor.
My journey towards becoming an ND began in my third year at Dalhousie University in Halifax. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a doctor. To me that meant helping people feel better. At the time, I knew nothing about naturopathic medicine but life has a way of throwing things at you, to put you on the right path. After a series of events that made me question the direction I was heading, I was lucky enough to connect with a naturopathic doctor who was practicing in Summerside, PEI. From the first moment, I fell completely head over heels in love with naturopathic medicine and knew I would spend the rest of my life developing that love.
With renewed purpose, I completed my pre-medical studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology. After graduating from the four year naturopathic medical program at Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2006, I opened The Pear Tree Integrative Health Centre.
After having two children, naturopathic family medicine became a strong focus in my life and practice. However, there are many wonderful NDs working in that field and I felt my skills and energy were meant for something else. But what?
In 2015 I was thrown another curve ball. I was diagnosed with cervical cancer and told I would need aggressive treatment. I immediately starting building my wellness team and quickly realized how truly blessed I am to have such an amazing support system and, what seemed like, unlimited resources. I surprised everyone in the conventional medical community with what little interventions I needed and how quickly I returned to health.
I learned so much in the 6 months it took to get a clean bill of health from the oncologist. I realized how much fear plays a role in any chronic disease diagnosis. And how much this fear can blind you from making decisions that are right for you. I realized that I have so much to offer people who are going thru similar experiences and that EDUCATION is the key to everything! Being informed is essential to any treatment plan.
I am a knowledge seeker and, as of 2019, have fully turned my attention towards research and education. Along with a part-time clinical practice, I enjoy promoting naturopathic medicine through writing, podcasting, and presenting on the extraodinary benefits of naturopathic medicine.
Let’s find the answers together.
It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.J. K. Rowling
“The first step to knowledge is to listen, then to be quiet and attentive, then to preserve it, then to out it into practice, and then to spread it.”Imam Sufyan bin Uyaynah
Good information is the best medicine.M. E. DeBakey