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 sat on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Association of Naturopathic Physicians (VAANP) where he served as Vice President from 2009-2013. He is certified as a Master of the Institute for Human Individulality (IfHI)
The story bringing Dr. Johnson to naturopathic medicine began with his experience of chronic illness, brought on in part by exposure to toxic chemicals while working in the paint industry. 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 (the pre-eminent academic journal devoted to holistic medicine, internationally). From 2011-2013 he wrote a regular column on homeopathic research for Homeopathy Today (the official publication of the National Center for Homeopathy). He has been featured in national publications such as Natural Health Magazine and Mothering.com. He holds a BA in religious studies from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
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