Member Spotlight: Sharon Gurm, BSc, ND, FABNO

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Member Spotlight: Sharon Gurm, BSc, ND, FABNO

Port Moody Health – Integrative Medicine & Cancer Care was founded in 2006 by Naturopathic Physician  Dr. Sharon Gurm BSc, ND, FABNO. The clinic is situated 30 minutes east of Vancouver, in beautiful Port Moody, BC. The team consists of naturopathic physicians, nurses, nutritionists, acupuncturists and more. As leaders in modern healthcare, Port Moody Health boasts a team of highly experienced expert physicians and medical support staff working collaboratively to provide comprehensive, whole-person and empowered healthcare using an integrated and evidence-informed model of care. Offering innovative treatments such as local-regional hyperthermia and photodynamic therapy, we are known for our progressive, outcomes-focussed approach to treating cancer and other chronic disease.

Recently, Port Moody Health was awarded CNME recognition as a site for naturopathic oncology residency.

How did you get into Naturopathic Oncology?

While completing my undergraduate degree at UBC, I was offered an exceptional opportunity to be involved in a clinical trial at the BC Cancer Agency Vancouver as a research associate. It was an incredible experience and affirmed my desire for a career in oncology, but it also opened my eyes to the limitations of care in standard medical oncology, especially back then (in the mid-to-late 1990’s). By the time I completed my 5-year commitment to the cancer agency, I knew there had to be more we could offer in oncology. At that time, a friend spoke to me about naturopathic medicine. As I learned about naturopathic medicine, I realized NM was the medical platform I would use to establish a practice of whole-person integrative oncology. The OncANP was instrumental in building my knowledge of evidence-informed naturopathic oncology.

What are you most grateful for in your practice of Naturopathic oncology?
In my practice, I am most grateful for the type of patients I have the privilege to serve. I feel honoured every day to provide care for individuals who are dealing with a difficult situation and have placed their trust in me; to guide and walk beside them as they navigate these waters. Equally, I am grateful for the amazing oncology providers I have the opportunity to collaborate with.

What do you do on your down time and/or what do you do for fun?

As a clinic owner and medical director of a large integrative centre – downtime is often in short supply! I enjoy being physically active so exercise is part of my daily morning routine. My favourite time is spent on vacation with my daughter and my husband. I covet that family time more than ever.

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