Meet Dr. Kathleen Finlay Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Kathleen Finlay

  • Practicing for 18 years in Owen Sound, Grey-Bruce, Collingwood and Kincardine areas
  • Originally from Owen Sound
  • 4 year Honours Biology degree and Psychology minor from Brock University
  • 4 year degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

My Journey to become a Naturopathic Doctor

My discovery of Naturopathic Medicine happened by chance, but my intuition reinforced this direction.  I have always been intrigued about the natural world, biological systems, quantum physics, in an attempt to understand life on earth.  My honours thesis at Brock University was studying “the molecular aspects of limb regeneration in newts”.  The ability for organisms to adapt to stressors in varying ways fascinated me and still does.

I was on my way to spend a life of research into these complex mechanisms.  One day at the end of my last term at Brock University I was reading “The Brock Press” and noticed a career advertisement from the Ontario College of Naturopathic Medicine (now known as the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine) in Toronto.  I’m not a person to really look ads much, but this one literally gripped me and shifted everything inside of me.  I proceeded to visit the college.  I went to several talks from Naturopath Doctors and knew this was what I wanted to learn and do.

In the meantime, I realized with the help of naturopathic doctors and my own learning, I could do something about my own chronic health issues in a safe and natural way.  I was able to eliminate migraines and headaches I’d had my entire life, and cease to suffer from severe seasonal allergies I developed in my early 20’s.  It has been very empowering to know that I can change the way I eat, learn to cope with stress, and completely alleviate these problems and deal with future ones.  If I can do it, so can others!

I knew something was missing in the medicine and doctoring I was raised with.  By age 25 I had taken enough pain medication for headaches and migraines to last a lifetime. Most people are not being exposed to another side to medicine that is in fact first line chronic disease therapy in many other parts of the world.  This other side encourages and supports SELF-AWARENESS, RESPONSIBILITY, EDUCATION, and THE HEALING POWER OF NATURE.  This is the vital role of the Naturopathic Doctor and I endeavor to be the best I can be to help those who seek my counsel for their health issues.

A little history ….

  • Graduated with an Honours degree in Biology and minor in Psychology from Brock University in 1991.
  • In 1998 I graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.
  • Upon passing rigorous international licensing exams, I began naturopathic practice in the Grey-Bruce-Collingwood-Owen Sound-Kincardine area the same year.
  • I have a special interest in how environmental toxins effect health. I taught Environmental Medicine at the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine from 2004-2007.
  • From 2006-2008 I served on the Pesticide Bylaw Committee to help Owen Sound be among the first munipicalities in Ontario to restrict the cosmetic use of pesticides.
  • I have also lectured and conducted seminars to various community groups regarding various health topics.

To keep current in the enormous field of Naturopathic Medicine, I attend professional seminars and workshops regularly.