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Meet Dr. Karley Denoon

Dr Karley Denoon's colleagues have joked she is a mix of Hugh Laurie's character from “House” and “Dr Quinn Medicine Woman”.

Her clinical skills were accelerated from the demand of an extremely busy rural practice right out of the gate. This combined with her love of her patients, Karley was pushed to organize systems to build a busy successful practice, while still finding time for a cup of tea at a home visit.  Karley has spent over a decade up-leveling her clinical skills through extensive trainings, continuing education, and mentorship. Being thrown into the role of a ‘rural doc’ exposed Karley to much more than the average ND in a city, very early on.  It is her passion to sit with her patients in a way that feels like there is room for anything that comes up. She deeply believes, as a pharmaceutical prescribing Naturopathic Doctor, in the AND in healthcare. Building the foundations of health, restoring form and function of the physiology AND using medical interventions and medications when necessary AND tending to the yearnings of our beings. Dr Denoon is guided by the Wise Woman approach to healthcare and strong relationship with the natural world. 

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Karley collaborates extensively in study and focus groups with medical doctors, researchers, psychologists, clinical herbalists, pharmacists, entrepreneurs, social workers, medicine makers and other practitioners outside of her profession, ongoing to enhance her clinical and professional skill set.

 

Dr Denoon’s goal with offering mentorship is to share what she has learned through her years pioneering Naturopathic Medicine in a rural area, having seen thousands of patients, being defaulted to practicing a lot of primary care all while owning and running a large clinic and regularly consulting for other clinics and doctors.  Karley successfully sold her big clinic in 2022 and has since kept a small modest practice where she could diversify her offerings. 

 

Karley acknowledges that healthcare professions can be lonely and isolating, even competitive, and her goal is to start to shift this.  There hasn’t been a week that Dr Denoon has been in clinic where she hasn’t called a colleague, mentor or friend to bounce an idea off or ask for insight.


Karley has hosted students for many years in her clinical practice, she has been both a formal mentor for ND’s, as well as informally been a go to resource for many ND’s and other practitioners.

Karley has a multifaceted career. Karley has presented for many professional groups, had multiple speaking engagements, and was recruited to help set up the first biohacking facility in Canada, Aeon Future Health. She sits on the board of Arnica Foundation, which serves to increase access to mental health support for young women, and is the Co-Founder of The Center for Sacred Arts. She hosts the Podcast The Modern Day Wisdom Keepers Podcast where she interviews leading experts with the intention to resource women with modern day wisdom to live a fulfilled, enriched and connected life. She deeply believes in mentorship and guidance, and asking for help at pivotal stages of development, both personally and professionally.

Karley has scaled the growth of a clinic from a windowless closet at the top of steep stairs to a gorgeous ground floor clinic hosting over 10 practitioners. She has run both small and large scale practices, dispensaries and staff, had locums, a maternity leave, a sick leave as well as been through incorporation, dissolution of a company, creating legal contracts and navigated the nuances of the ND scope and standards of practice. She was voted one of the Kootenay's top 40 under 40 in business (when she was under 40…ha!) and regularly nominated for excellence in business awards by her local chamber of commerce.

When Karley is not seeing patients, or building businesses, she is on her 40 acre farm where her and her family raise livestock and have a garden that feeds them year round, and a medicinal garden from which she makes medicines for her family.  She loves living in the mountains, skiing, walking and being surrounded by wildlife and the natural world. Karley attributes much of her own success to her mentors, and her grounded relationship with her SELF and with the natural world.  

Education & Training

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Training and Regulation of Naturopathic Doctors:

In British Columbia, Naturopathic Physicians are licensed and regulated by the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC). For licensure, naturopathic doctors must complete a university undergraduate degree followed by a four-year naturopathic medical program. NDs also complete 1500 hours of hands on clinical training in addition to coursework, and must pass standardized board exams in order to be licensed in the province. To maintain licensure, Naturopathic Physicians must be in good standing with the college and complete continuing education requirements and certification requirements annually that are set out by the CNPBC. 

Hard Skills and Framed Papers

BScH Life Sciences – Queens University
Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine – Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine
Pharmaceutical Prescribing License (BC)
American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine - Cardiology Module 
Neural Therapy Certification – Naturopathic Healthcare 
Advanced Intravenous Therapeutics – International IV Nutritional Therapy
Naturopathic Cardiac Life Saving (NCLS) and CPR

Affiliated Organizations

College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC)
British Columbia Naturopathic Association (BCNA) College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA) Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND)
NAMS (North American Menopause Society) Member, MSCP (cand.) 
Founder of Naturopathic Prescribing Collaborative 
Board Member Arnica Foundation 
Co-Founder of Center for Sacred Arts 

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Relevant Awards and Achievements 

2014- Fernie Excellence in Business nomination
2015- Fernie Excellence in Business Nomination
2016 - Fernie Excellence in Business Nomination
2016 – Top 40 under 40 Kootenay Business
2017 – Influential women in Business Nomination
2020- Fernie Employer of the Year Nomination ( results Oct 2020) 2020- Fernie Excellence in Business- Business of the year nomination (Results Oct 2020)
2020- Fernie Excellence in Business – Outstanding Customer Service nomination (results Oct 2020) 

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