HANS Professional Member Interview: Dr. Danny Jui, ND

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Can you tell me about yourself?
I'm a naturopathic doctor (ND) originally from Vancouver. I graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. After graduation, I became the first Canadian ND to complete the residency in Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine at Griffin Hospital, a teaching facility affiliated with Yale University. It was a one-year residency in a collaborative program from three institutions. We did side-by-side consultations with a naturopathic doctor and a medical doctor so patients get the best of the two worlds in one session.

With that type of training and exposure, both practitioners learned to appreciate the strengths of what the other does, and also the areas where we complement each other. It was a really valuable experience and approach for patients. I really hope that's the model for the future of health care. One person can't do everything. Everyone has his or her own talents and expertise. Ultimately, in collaboration, we can focus on what's best for the patient and the planet, and we can work from the heart.

Why should people visit a naturopathic doctor?
When people ask me what I do, I usually say we're GPs (general practitioners) of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Whenever someone is interested in looking into CAM, he or she may not know where to start. NDs are trained in all major areas of CAM. For example, we know about physical medicine, homeopathy, herbal medicine and energy medicine just to name a few. If a patient isn't sure what approach to take, an ND would be a good place to start.

What do you offer in your practice?
My practice is integrative. I'm not biased in terms of one particular style or paradigm of medicine. I use whatever works. I offer nutritional counseling, acupuncture, herbal medicine and homeopathy. I have additional experience in intravenous (IV) therapy, which is simply an infusion of nutrients directly into the body, bypassing the gastrointestinal tract to ensure optimal absorption. I've used IV therapy quite a bit and have seen good results with people experiencing fibromyalgia. It's also useful for complementary cancer care.

I have a general practice with additional focus in fatigue, fibromyalgia, complementary cancer care, digestion, and mental/emotional health. Sixty to ninety percent of health care visits are related to stress-induced conditions. That's a high percentage. If we can address that, we are truly practicing preventive medicine.

What's your favorite hobby?
I love spending time with family. I love dancing, any style of social dancing; and any type of exercise - biking especially now that I'm back in Vancouver, my hometown. I practice Mindfulness Meditation; I enjoy Tai Chi every morning; and I enjoy reflective times for writing and reading.

What kind of books do you read?
Non-fiction. I leave the fiction for films. The one I'm reading now, which I like to read over and over, is "Wherever You Go, There You Are" by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. It's an easy read with short essays so people can read it cover to cover or one essay at a time. It's quite reflective. I get something different from it every time I read it.

If you could meet one famous person, past or present, who would it be?
Dr. Carl Rogers, the psychologist. I admire his person-centered approach to health and healing. He approached any clinical encounter with a non-judgmental attitude and the idea of seeing the person coming in as if he or she already knows the answers and that the role of any healer is to facilitate awareness and to be there for the patient. I admire that.

What's something you would like people to know about you?
I do my very best. I'm here to listen. I'm here to help give options and credible information so patients can make informed decisions about their own care. I do my best to collaborate with other health care professionals if it's indicated for. Bottom line, I'm committed and passionate about integrative care for every patient who walks in my door.

What's one question that you wished people asked more often?
I wish people asked themselves more, "Okay, what am I feeling now? What's the next best thing I can do for myself and others?" It's so easy with the busyness of life to forget to stop and breathe and become aware. The world would be a better place if everyone had more of a self reflective process throughout the day and our lives.

Danny Jui, ND
Ray Clinic

Phone: (604) 461-7900
#3-201 Morrissey Road
Port Moody, BC  V3H 0E5

With his unique integrative medical background from Griffin Hospital, a teaching facility affiliated with Yale University, Dr. Jui brings to his practice the best of both conventional and naturopathic medicine. He has a general naturopathic practice with additional focus on Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Cardiovascular Health, Diabetes, Weight Management, Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Arthritis, Gastrointestinal Health, and Complementary Cancer Treatments. Dr. Jui is committed to providing the best possible integrative care and access for his patients.

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