Anybody who knows me knows I love to help people. I was raised on a farm in central BCs Cariboo district. This is where I learned many of the values and skills I use as resources every day - problem solving, the power of the natural world, the value of hard work and perseverance (to name a few). My life's journey prior to naturopathic medicine included forays into a wide diversity of fields; from cancer research to delivery driver, from the ancient craft of timber-framing to biotechnology, from production labourer to high-rise tower design. It is this broad spectrum of experience that allows me to have some insight into most of my patient's daily lives: the struggles and inspirations specific to them.
It was my role as a parent that truly led me into naturopathic medicine. As a young man holding my own children, I felt overwhelmed with responsibility. I wanted to do as much as possible to support my sons as they grew. I learned about health and treatments that were not part of the mainstream medical model; I became impassioned. I could not learn enough; I knew I had found my calling. My road to ultimately practicing naturopathic medicine was long and convoluted. Balancing family life and getting an education was certainly an enormous challenge. I earned a BSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry from UNBC, a MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences from UBC and, finally, a Naturopathic Doctorate from Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine.
Areas of Practice Focus:
Working in the forefront of functional, individualized medicine is something that I feel very privileged to provide for my patients. Even if your needs are outside of the areas mentioned above, the principles are the same: you can be helped. My job is to identify, and help you remove, the blockages that are preventing you from healing. I do not treat conditions, I treat people – people like you.
For more information about my practice please visit my own website: www.dreberding.com
Polo Health + Longevity Centre
711 Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC V3M 1B1