Naturopathic Family Medicine
Welcome to Centre Downe Health, the home of Dr. Kathryn Cranford, ND and Dr. Brian Paterson, ND, LAc. We have been married for 13 years and in practice for almost 40 years between us. Our practice is a balance between our different specialties so there is expertise for almost anything you would like to improve in your health.
Dr. Cranford practiced naturoapthic midwifery in homes and birthcenters for 15 years and so has had a lot of experience with family medicine in that process. While not delivering babies at this point, she has an active holistic pediatrics practice while seeing other members of the family for a range of health concerns.
Dr. Paterson has years of experience in body work and acupuncture and is regularly referred to as a "magician" when it comes to getting people out of musculo-skeletal pain. He is also extremely well versed in nutritional and micro-nutrient assessment and mechanisms behind all sorts of dis-ease.
We maintain a very select and high quality in-house dispensary of herbal and nutritional supplements to recommend in some cases, with which we have experience and confidence.
Naturopathic Medicine is a relatively new conglomeration of newer scientific advances and many ancient arts which have been proven over time, in study and in practice, to be effective. This effectiveness is due in part to the fact that Naturopathic medicine refuses to specialize entirely.
While Dr. Paterson works on your muscles, he is thinking about the ergonomics and micro-nutrient deficiencies that have created the tension and in turn about the dietary and/or digestive issues that may have created the deficiencies.
While Dr. Cranford is looking at the eczema on your 2 year old's skin, she is thinking about the food triggers that may underlie the reaction and the imbalances in the micro-biome that may be allowing for these sensitivities.
It is not through treating the symptoms alone that you become well, but thorough ferreting out the cause and addressing it that you may achieve a state of real health. We are your partners in unearthing the things in your life and routine that cause you dis-ease and helping you to make more sustainable choices and finding your allies in the foods and medicines available to you.