BY SARA KEDDY
Kings County Register
Berwick naturopathic doctor Lois Hare is doing her part for health care recruitment.
Her Valley Naturopathic centre has just added two new staff members: doctor of naturopathy Pauline Crouch and doctor of osteopathy Grace Crawford.
Hare’s practice in Berwick is close to 20 years old. When Crouch heard she had openings, “I came.”
Crouch grew up in Montreal but studied at Acadia University, focused on pre-med, then worked for Parks Canada all over Atlantic Canada. “Then I got sick with mono, and medical doctors couldn’t do anything for it. I went to a naturopath and was cured in a week.”
Crouch went to an Oregon naturopathic medicine school and became a fully-licensed physician – in Oregon. Her credentials are accepted – or not – to different extents across North America. “Here, it’s not happening: we aren’t able to operate in the traditional health system, and I accept that – but it’s sad,” Crouch says. “There is a paucity of doctors. “But, the patients we have are either not getting the help they need from traditional medicine, or they are philosophically aligned with our practice.”
Crouch is a certified intern of extragenic healing, a therapy that promotes a sustainable balance of body, mind and spirit. “Some problems are basically physical: fix it, it’s gone. But, there are a lot of stresses, internal struggles people have that, if you can find them makes a massive difference in the body.”
Crawford follows the same principles, encouraging the body to heal when you find things “out of place. “Body, mind and spirit is the cornerstone of what we do as osteopaths – it’s just our approach to the body is more manipulative,” Crawford says.
Born in Ireland, Crawford grew up in Ontario, intending to study pediatric medicine. Following research and genetics work, she did apply to med school, only opting for a doctor of osteopathy in Maine. She practiced for years and moved to Nova Scotia for family reasons almost three years ago. “I see everybody, but I specialize in learning difficulties, special needs, autistic spectrum disorders in youth. I’m busy.”