Dr. Briana Botsford, ND and Ironman Triathlete, graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and attained additional certifications as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Yoga Teacher.
“The area of medicine that interests me most is performance medicine. My passion lies in helping people address their health concerns so that they have the ability to perform at a high level, whether that means performing in high level athletics or performing in life in general. When athletes get sick or injured and consult with a medical professional, most athletes are told to simply “stop training and get some rest”. I try to give people more options and take a different approach, I focus on helping athletes and active individuals get well while they continue with their training. Another passion of mine is women’s health, so I also focus on resolving women’s health issues, such as painful periods, that are preventing them from being active. I like to help women get well so that they are able to train at their desired level.”
I like to live by the motto: “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself”. – George Bernard Shaw
For me this means you have to develop as an individual and you have the power to create and manifest what you want your life to look like.”
“My personal mantra is: “Brain. Body. Business.” What does this look like for me on a daily basis? Meditation and journaling, nutrition and exercise, as well as working on and in business. The first two (brain and body) need to be in place before the third (business) can become a priority.”
“A typical day for me starts off early with journaling and going to the pool or hopping on my bike to train. Then I’m in the office seeing patients for 8-9 hours. I come home and have dinner with husband and my cats, and occasionally I will go out to speak at events, such as the Running Room or the teachers’ convention.”
“I currently practice at Green Apple Health Care in Edmonton, however, I found moving to Edmonton from Toronto quite challenging at first. Initially, my husband still lived in Toronto and I didn’t know anyone in Edmonton. I struggled during this initial adjustment period, but I overcame it by making a conscious choice to make it work, put myself out there, build friendships and connections.”
“The most rewarding aspect of my career is seeing patients heal. It fills me with joy when I no longer have to see someone on a regular basis, and they are achieving whatever they want in life. That really excites me! For example, I had a patient who was able to run the Death Race solo. I am happy when I can assist people in reaching their goals, regardless of how small or large they are. Another aspect that I find really rewarding is having the ability to provide a space for people to be vulnerable, allowing them to open up, to cry if they need to, and to just be themselves.”
Adapted from a phone interview conducted by Annick Meckes on March 13 th , 2020.