Welcome, and thanks for stopping by!
My name is Alexa, and I would love nothing more than to help you feel amazing every day. Here’s a little about me, so you can decide if I am a good fit to help you on your health journey.
About me as a naturopathic doctor
I'm driven by a desire to understand exactly how things work. When I don't know the answer, I work to figure it out. This shows up in my life in various ways, from my love of crossword puzzles and designing spreadsheets, to my work as a naturopathic doctor.
 
When a patient sits in my office and describes what they're experiencing, my brain goes to work. I assess my patient's symptoms in the context of their age, family history, lifestyle, and more. If it's not immediately clear what's going on and what is needed to help them feel better, then it's time to dig. That may mean more questions, testing, or an alternative path, depending on my patient. Ultimately, I keep digging, because once the underlying problem becomes clear, the way forward is also clear.
Along with persistent effort, it's this continual curiosity and desire for clarity that led me to academic success in the past; I was the recipient of the prestigious BINM Academic Excellence Award for my graduating class, I earned my undergraduate degree with distinction, and I received a Governor General's Academic Medal prior to university. I only include this to demonstrate that these are innate qualities that  were once being used to learn in an academic setting, but that I now use to help people like you.
Simple solutions for complex problems
The health concerns you are dealing with may be layered and complex, but once I understand what the core problem is, then I can recommend treatments that will target the issue from all angles in order to get the best outcomes for reaching your health goals.
If you are curious about what the experience of a visit with me is like, please refer to the FAQ page
Qualifications & training
Education
  • Diploma of Naturopathic Medicine (Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM))

  • Bachelor of Medical Sciences  - Honors Specialization in Medical Sciences (Western University)

Other

  • Licensed by the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA).

  • Member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND).

  • Member of the Alberta Association of Naturopathic Doctors (AAND)

  • In-depth seminars on SIBO Testing & Treatment

  • Advanced training in Alpha-Stim for mental health concerns and pain.

I am always working on expanding my knowledge base in order to provide the best care to my patients through regularly attending seminars, conferences, and online training.

About me as a human:

I was born and raised in Calgary, where I spent a fair amount of time in the dirt in my parents' backyard and making all kinds of crafts. Over the years I became heavily involved in sports, and ended up being a competitive alpine ski racer as a teen. This was the beginning of my interest in health and nutrition, and also the beginning of my own health challenges, as this time was extremely demanding both physically and mentally.

 

After stepping away from skiing, I pursued my fascination with human physiology by completing my Bachelor of Medical Sciences at Western University in London, Ontario. Here I learned important things like how you might genetically modify a rabbit to glow green in the dark (yes, this is a thing). But in all seriousness, it was a rigorous and valuable four years that provided me with a strong foundation to study medicine. During this time, I also spent two years as a peer support volunteer in residence, which suited my natural desire to help others.

 

Throughout my undergrad I set myself up to attend conventional medical school, but after my experiences with my own health challenges, my heart kept telling me this wasn’t the right direction. Instead, I found myself considering a career in naturopathic medicine, which would allow me to be the type of doctor I wanted to be, and to help empower my patients to achieve long-term health solutions.

 

I completed my naturopathic training at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster, BC. Here I spent the most demanding (but highly rewarding) four years of my life, training to help people like you feel better and live longer.

 

These days, when I’m not in the clinic, you’ll often find me in the mountains hiking, cycling, or skiing. Or just enjoying the natural beauty of the Rockies! I also dabble in artistic projects, photography, flag football, and doing puzzles, among other things. You may find me researching interesting health-related topics in my spare time too (nerd alert!).

Thanks for reading, and I would be honoured to be a part of your journey to wellness!

© 2020 Dr. Alexa Birdgeneau ND

403-542-3763

Centre for Natural Medicine

1025 - 1 Ave NE

Calgary, AB T2E 9C6

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