Alumni Speaker Profile
Fraser Smith, Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Fraser Smith came to naturopathic medicine through a positive firsthand experience. After his sister began to see a naturopathic physician to relieve the pain that had been caused by a serious automobile accident, Dr. Smith was amazed by the results: her symptoms were relieved through a process of naturopathic healing.
Dr. Smith became fascinated by the alternative approach to medicine. He attended Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), graduating in 1997. He then completed a two-year residency, serving as a clinician at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic and other sites in Toronto. After becoming very familiar with the educational issues confronting naturopathic medical students, in both clinic and classroom, Dr. Smith became dean of the naturopathic program at CCNM, a position he held until 2003.
In 2005, Dr. Smith was recruited by National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) to develop their naturopathic medicine program, which was launched in September of 2006, the first of its kind in the Midwest. Dr. Smith continues to serve as assistant dean of the program.
Dr. Smith is currently president of the Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians and believes that people everywhere should enjoy access to highly trained and licensed doctors of naturopathic medicine, who play an important role in the wider field of health care. Dr. Smith also recently published his first book, Principles and Practices of Naturopathic Medicine.