Corporate wellness is a growing field where naturopathic doctoral graduates can apply their unique, holistic training. Robin Vinge, a 1998 alumna, is an example of someone who has created a thriving career in workplace wellness with a part-time private practice on the side.
I work 20 hours a week in private practice and do corporate wellness work on the side as an independent contractor. The corporate wellness work involves presenting "lunch-and-learn" lectures to companies on topics pertaining to health and wellness.
My background is in science. My father was a medical doctor. I grew up being exposed to medicine and decided it would be a good career for me. I was also influenced by my field hockey coach at the University of Victoria, who recommended I look into naturopathic medicine as a possible career.
I became involved in corporate wellness work after graduation by following up on a lead from a friend. My friend knew the director of corporate wellness for Canadian Pacific Rail and suggested I approach her about doing corporate lectures. I put together a package of possible lectures and presented it to her, which gave me a foot in the door. After that, I proved myself to be a decent speaker and I was persistent. Since then, I have lectured for companies including Shell, Husky, Nexen, Precision Drilling, Transalta Utilities, TransCanada Pipelines and many more.
I appreciated the diversity of Bastyr's education. At Bastyr, I was exposed not only to a solid science-based program, but also to methods of treatment that were more out-of-the-box at that time (such as mind/body medicine).
It gave me a solid platform from which I could practice with confidence. It exposed me to many different ways of treating patients. Now that I have graduated, I have focused on the methods that work for me and that resonate with me as a practitioner.
I am currently working on a book and I hope to lecture about it.
Interviewed January 2010