Dr. Fiona Smulders, founder of Four Rivers Wellness, is a Naturopathic Doctor and Herbal Medicine Instructor in Vancouver. She grew up in British Columbia and is grateful to live, learn, work and raise her family on the unceded ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Growing up hiking the local mountains, kayaking the west coast, and exploring the valleys, rivers and lakes of these beautiful territories inspired her passion for natural health and wellness.
Her training in healthcare began with an honours degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario. After 3 years of working as a Personal Trainer and Rehabilitation Therapist, she decided to explore other ways of healing. Dr. Smulders volunteered at three international organizations to gain more experience in Holistic healthcare.
First, she volunteered at the Mercy in Action maternity clinic in the Philippines to assist in post-conception care and education in Magsaysay and the mountain villages of Tabuk. Second, she volunteered at the Jatun Sacha ecological reserve in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest where her passion and love for herbal medicine began. Here, she learned about the healing properties of various local medicinal plants from a Quechua healer. Lastly, she volunteered with Natural Doctors International in Nicaragua to provide holistic healthcare under the guidance of Dr. Tabatha Parker ND.
“I recommend Dr. Fiona Smulders as a beacon of compassion and a master of communication between the realms of natural, healing plant medicine and the people that have had their connections to nature diminished. Like a happy, healthy plant in a human disguise, Dr. Smulders brings ancient wisdom back into a world that is so desperately looking for it.”
~ Jay Tilley CNP
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine uses the least invasive therapies to strengthen and support your own ability to heal yourself. As a Naturopathic Physician, I first perform a thorough assessment of your current health state through specialized laboratory testing, physical exams and consultation. Next, I remove any obstacles to health through changing dietary & lifestyle behaviours, reducing toxin exposure and lowering stress.
Once the obstacles to health are removed, I incorporate nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, acupuncture, bodywork, spinal adjustments and IV therapy to strengthen your body’s capacity to heal itself and to return to a state of health and balance.
All Naturopathic Physicians abide by the following six principles of our medicine.
The Six Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
1. The healing power of nature
I trust in my patient’s inherent ability to heal themselves and work on encouraging and strengthening this process.
2. Identify and treat the cause
I look beyond the symptoms and find the common denominator to get to the root cause of your health concerns.
3. First do no harm
I use the most natural and least invasive therapies to regain your health.
4. Doctor as teacher
I provide my patients with the tools they need to heal themselves.
5. Treat the whole person
I view each patient as a unique, complex and dynamic person with multiple layers of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual interactions.
I believe the most powerful cure is to prevent the progression of disease. I focus on overall wellness and disease prevention.