Lise Alschuler, ND, was the first individual in the 36-year history of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) to receive an honorary bachelor of naturopathy degree. The honorary degree was awarded at the college’s 34th convocation ceremony on May 22, 2014.
Dr Alschuler graduated from Brown University with an undergraduate degree in medical anthropology and received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University in 1994. She also received her board certification in naturopathic oncology. She currently practices at Naturopathic Specialists in Scottsdale, Arizona.
In 2008, Dr Alschuler was diagnosed with breast cancer. After undergoing surgery and while receiving chemotherapy, radiation, and hormonal treatment, she integrated natural supplements, diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes that kept her healthy throughout the process and still do to this day. She has used her own experience with cancer in her work with others who face this disease. She is widely recognized internationally as an expert in cancer treatment and prevention and is a sought-after speaker to physicians, patients, and the general public.
“I am delighted that the recipient of this honor is Dr Lise Alschuler,” noted Dr Bob Bernhardt, president of CCNM. “Dr Alschuler has been a champion in leading the naturopathic profession forward in North America, particularly in the area of naturopathic oncology.”
CCNM is Canada's premier institute for education and research in naturopathic medicine. CCNM offers a rigorous 4-year, full-time naturopathic medicine program. The college educates, develops, and trains naturopathic doctors through excellence in health education, clinical services, and research that integrate mind, body, and spirit.
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are primary health-care practitioners. Interns at CCNM’s Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic improve their patients’ health by identifying and treating the underlying causes of illness and employing therapies such as lifestyle counseling, nutrition, botanical medicine, acupuncture/Asian medicine, manipulation, homeopathic medicine, and hydrotherapy/massage.