Dr. Jennifer Luis ND

About Dr. Jennifer Luis

Naturopathic Physician

Dr. Jennifer Luis completed her undergraduate degrees in Cell Biology/Genetics (1996) and Secondary Education (1997) at the University of British Columbia. After teaching at an alternative secondary program in Vancouver for 10 years, she returned to school and graduated as a Naturopathic Physician from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (2011) in British Columbia. She has continued to upgrade and learn with additional advanced training in thyroid and hormonal therapy, SIBO and digestive health, LDN therapy, mold illness treatment and aesthetic medicine.

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and hypothyroidism are important aspects of Dr. Luis’ practice. Having Hashimoto’s thyroiditis herself, Dr. Luis recognizes the challenges of navigating treatment and is passionate about helping others feel better using alternative prescription options and natural therapies. Barriers to health with a thyroid condition involve looking at metabolism and treating digestion, blood sugar and insulin balance, sex hormones, cortisol and stress. Dr. Luis has personally done the work and has helped thousands of people feel better.

Dr. Luis uses a variety of methods to improve health such as hormonal prescriptions, herbs, supplementation, IV therapy, chelation and aesthetic medicine. A strong emphasis on the use of laboratory testing helps her focus treatment specific to the individual health needs of her patients. Diet and nutrition guidelines are a part of each treatment plan and any deficiencies are addressed. Having 3 children herself, Dr. Luis has a good understanding of the challenges of incorporating healthy life choices into a busy lifestyle.

Dr. Luis is licensed by and in good standing with the College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC and is a member of both the BC Naturopathic Association and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors. She holds a license to prescribe pharmaceutical agents in BC. Dr. Luis is an active examiner for the CNPBC provincial board exams for new Naturopathic physicians.

Dr.Jennifer Luis, ND

How is a Naturopathic Physician trained and regulated in BC?

The title “Naturopathic Physician” is protected, meaning that only BC practitioners who meet the standards of the College of Naturopathic Physicians in BC (CNPBC). These standards are high and have many requirements to attain.

There are only 6 dedicated programs to study and earn a degree or diploma of Naturopathic Medicine in North America, two of which are located in Canada. Entrance requirements are the same as for medical school – a preference to a completed undergraduate degree from University with specific prerequisite courses in sciences. Once accepted, the 4-year program is rigorous and intense. Two sets of nation-wide board exams are required in addition to school exit exams and successful completion of all courses in the 4 years.

However, it doesn’t end with the completion of school and board exams. As a Naturopathic Physician practicing in BC, both written and practical based examinations must be performed and passed before the regulatory board will grant the ability to practice in our province. The highest standards of care are expected from BC naturopathic doctors to permit a license to practice. Most NDs go on to do additional certification in pharmaceutical prescribing with both oral and written exams for competency. Other areas of focus can require additional courses and certification in order to practice in clinic and can require many hours of study and examinations.

Annual continuing education in ethics, prescribing, general areas of practice and special areas of focus (IV therapy, Medical Aesthetics, Injection therapy etc.) must also be completed in cycles. The CNPBC is a regulatory body that monitors the CE compliance and standards of care on behalf of the public and reports to the Ministry of Health. Regular practice audits are performed by a sub-committee of the CNPBC responsible for Quality Assurance and eventually each ND with licensure will go through this process.

All Naturopathic Physicians are required to be in good standing with the CNPBC in order to practice. Each licensed practitioner is listed on the College’s website so that the public can easily check on the credentials of their ND. This is an important aspect of our title protection, individuals who call themselves Naturopaths/Naturopathic Physicians/Naturopathic Doctors must successfully go through the training and examination that is listed above and maintain the standard of care in practice. We all go far beyond the required continuing educational hours in order to keep up to date and learn new skills and treatments in our areas of focus. I am an examiner for the College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC for new graduates who would like to practice in our province.

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