Dr. Carley Akehurst, ND
It was while sailing around the world in 2003 that Dr. Carley Akehurst was first introduced to complementary and alternative medicine. A student of international study abroad program Semester at Sea, Dr. Akehurst developed a passion for the ancient healing modalities that would eventually become part of her medical practice. After returning home to UBC, Dr. Akehurst continued her pursuit of natural medicine and became the first UBC student to graduate with a minor in Health and Society. Following graduation from UBC, Dr. Akehurst worked in the medical field with both NDs and MDs. This experience, combined with her broad background in sciences and arts, has proven to be invaluable in her naturopathic clinical practice. After gathering clinical knowledge in both the conventional and naturopathic fields, Dr. Akehurst followed her heart to the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine.
Dr. Akehurst believes that doctors play an important role as teachers, educating and empowering patients to achieve balance in their own lives. During an appointment, she will listen to your unique story and conduct a thorough health history, a focused physical exam and laboratory testing (if necessary). She will then recommend an individual treatment plan that may include a combination of pharmaceutical drugs, herbs, acupuncture, diet and lifestyle counselling, and nutritional supplementation. In her practice, Dr. Akehurst emphasizes integrating foundational scientific knowledge and modern research with the traditional philosophies and practices of naturopathic medicine.
During her training at Boucher, Dr. Akehurst worked in various clinical settings including the Family Naturopathic Clinic in Victoria and the Positive Living Society of BC in downtown Vancouver. Dr. Akehurst is highly trained in the treatment and prevention of chronic disease, immune dysfunction, allergies, gastrointestinal disorders, hormone imbalance and stress and fatigue. She has a strong passion for family medicine. She has completed extensive continuing education in women’s and children’s health with renowned ND/midwives, Dr. Cathy Carlson-Rink and Dr. Mary Bove. Dr. Akehurst provides detailed birth education and support and has additional training and experience as a birth doula, childbirth educator and breastfeeding consultant. Most recently, she has been a contributor to Let Them Eat Dirt – a book about bacteria and the role it plays in gut health in children. She is also a consultant for a local microbiome testing company.
Outside of clinical practice, Dr. Akehurst can be found spending time with her two children, husband and dog. She enjoys skiing or hiking the local mountains, reading a good book or cooking for family and friends. Born and raised in Vancouver, Dr. Akehurst is thrilled to practice alongside the fabulous team at Cross Roads Naturopathic.