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Christopher Johnson, ND is the founder and owner of Thrive Naturopathic. He is a graduate of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM), located in Tempe, Arizona. The program at SCNM is a 4 year, accredited, doctorate level education resulting in the degree Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Johnson is the incoming editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Homeopathic Medicine - a peer-reviewed medical journal established in 1909. This journal is the publication of the American Institute of Homeopathy, the oldest national physicians organizaion in the US (established, 1844) - where Dr. Johnson is also a member. Dr. Johnson is the first naturopathic doctor to serve as editor (all previous editors were MDs).
The story bringing Dr. Johnson to naturopathic medicine began with his experience of chronic illness, brought on in part by occupational exposure to toxic chemicals. Unable to find help in conventional medicine, he turned to holistic medicine, regaining health through naturopathic medical treatments involving homeopathy, nutritional and botanical supplementation, and dietary and lifestyle changes.
Based on what he has learned in his own healing journey, in his interactions with others facing chronic illness and from his training and study, Dr. Johnson favors two areas of therapeutics which he considers the most effective to address illness of all types: homeopathy and nutrition.
His interest in holistic health goes back to 1994 when he inadvertantly came across a copy of Andrew Weil's "Natural Health, Natural Medicine". He has since read a voluminous number of health texts and studied a wide variety of therapies and healing modalities. Dr. Johnson speaks widely on the topics of homeopathy and naturopathy at medical conferences, colleges, hospitals, local stores, etc. He has published papers in the peer-reviewed medical literature  and serves as a peer-reviewer for The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. He has been featured in national publications such as Natural Health Magazine and Mothering.com. He served as Vice President of the Virginia Association of Naturopathic Physicians (VAANP) from 2009-2013. He is certified as a Master of the Institute for Human Individulality (IfHI). He holds a BA in religious studies from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.