Thank you for this most exceptional experience (as I wipe my tears..). I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am for this privilege to study with such exceptional teachers, students and administration. What a gift and a blessing. As Voltaire said “with great privilege comes great responsibility”. I... Read More
My experience working with yourself, Dr Joe and the school has been absolutely wonderful! I was apprehensive and nervous having an appointment over a computer but with in minutes I was comfortable. Dr Joe is very good, I felt his concern and compassion even on a monitor! Big thank you... Read More
"I am extremely grateful for the experiences I gained in just two years of learning, and also for having a very helpful, bright and kind group of classmates. I couldn’t have done anything without their support and non-judgemental opinions. I appreciated their warm welcomes and cheers every time I entered... Read More
After the abrupt closure of the prospective program in homeopathic studies that was to be offered at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, I wanted to spread some light for this school, that has done the same for me each and everyday. Though that program was pulled, and without real reason... Read More
What makes CCHM so special is that, firstly, it has no upper age limit criterion for admission. Secondly, it allows students to pursue the course even while they are employed full-time in any other organization. Thirdly, CCHM is the topmost homeopathic college in the whole of North America and offers... Read More
I am a current 2nd year student and in October I attended Study Week for the college. My week can be described as it being profound, as well as surprising. First of all, I had the pleasure of meeting fellow distant education students like myself and I finally had a... Read More
“This year was not only a challenge, but had unexpected obstacles. The faculty really pulled through with providing us with what we needed to keep things going. And here we are! I think I speak for all the students when I say thank you to the CCHM team for helping us pull through... Read More
Hi Kim, Just want to thank you for a very informative, challenging yet interesting weekend. I couldn't communicate in the last half of today's lecture due to some mic issues but didn't miss a word you said. Thank you very much again for sharing a treasure of knowledge with us. you... Read More
A Day in the Life of a Homeopath: Kerri Flood, Hom, DCHM 1. What inspired you to become a homeopath?I have been drawn to healthcare my whole life, but after being exposed to Western medicine while working at a veterinary clinic, I became disheartened and turned away from medicine. Years later, still feeling the draw to healthcare, I started investigating alternative healthcare options and thankfully discovered homeopathy. At first I was simply intrigued by the idea of treating the root cause of the problem versus simply palliating symptoms. After beginning my studies at CCHM and deepening my understanding of homeopathy, I fell in love with this powerful and fascinating system of medicine. 2. What does your average day as a homeopath look like?It is pretty great – most days I can ride my bike to my clinic where I see in-person and virtual patients and collaborate with the other practitioners at the clinic. The other practitioners at my clinic are mostly massage and physical rehab specialists and I find their perspectives quite interesting and insightful. Often my nights are spent doing case research and marking student cases. 3. What do you most love about being a homeopath?My favorite thing is seeing a transformation in people. When patients come in they are struggling – and that struggle wears them out. With the proper treatment, the struggle is lessened and they have more energy. I love watching patients become themselves again. 4. What is your favorite homeopathic story?My favorite story is still one that happened a few weeks into my first year at CCHM – when homeopathy was still an abstract and somewhat impossible idea for me. My cat suddenly became critically ill and despite immediate treatment with a Western-based veterinarian I was told he was going to die. As a last-ditch attempt, I reached out to the school community and begged for help. A wonderful alumnus contacted me and took the case. Clutching the prescribed vial of pills, I raced to the vet with little faith that two little “sugar balls” could save my beloved cat when nothing else could. It was shocking to see my cat – he was ungroomed, dehydrated, smelly, glassy eyed, and completely unresponsive. I shoved two pellets into his mouth, lay my head on the table next to him, and cried – my cat was dying. Within minutes I felt something tugging at my hair – my cat was grooming me! I looked up and he was back! His eyes were bright and he was trying to stand up. Those two little sugar pills saved his life. I can happily report that he subsequently lived a long and healthy life.5. We don't need to know what you had for breakfast, but I'm sure it was healthy and delicious, so do tell! What did you have for breakfast?I am feeling a little pressured to lie and say it was some kind of uber-heathy, sprouted and fermented super food concoction, but I will tell the truth – it was delicious…and at least it was all organic. A fresh baked croissant, local 100% fruit strawberry preserve, local plain yogurt, and a fair-trade coffee laced with Harmony Organic eggnog! Not a regular breakfast, but a wonderful one.6. Tell us a little about your life before you became a homeopath. I think I had a typical life – I worked a 9-to-5 job as a senior policy advisor for the Ministry of the Environment, I had a husband, two step-kids, a house, the usual. I was successful in my career, but disenchanted with my job and I felt ineffectual. I had typical health issues come up: colds, flus, infections, and so on. I would bounce back ok but never quite back to 100 percent, and I was often tired, drained and uninspired. 7. How did you change your life through homeopathy?The first time I took a homeopathic remedy it was like a fog had lifted: my mind was clear, I had more patience, I was happier, and I could see a future full of bright possibilities…oh and my sinuses cleared! I realized that over time my health had been ebbing away from me, and I was slowly losing my vitality. I am unwilling to let that happen again, and thankfully I don’t have to. I am more aware of my health and I understand that I can, and should, take action to correct the small health issues that we all have crop up from time to time. It is those little, subclinical issues that slowly drain you and predispose you to greater illness. With the right remedy, I regained the energy I needed to focus on the things that are important to me. 8. What role did CCHM play in supporting your transformation?CCHM gave me the foundation I needed to solidify my holistic view of health. The homeopathic principles and theories that I learned at CCHM are completely consistent with the ecological approach of an interconnected natural world. The scientist in me delights in the rigour of the classical homeopathic approach. It was so refreshing to be exposed to a system of medicine that actually respects and works with universal natural laws instead of trying to dominate and suppress natural processes. 9. What are three key memories from your experience at CCHM?
Starting a weekend of classes with a feeling of joy and excitement.
Ending a weekend of class feeling exhausted with my head reeling and my mind expanded.
The comradery and friendship of my classmates.
10. What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to become a homeopath?There were a few – the worst ones for me were self-created. Leaving a steady, secure job to start a practice is scary, and I had to overcome personal insecurities and fears about such a big change. I also had to overcome caring about negative reactions from others. Not everyone understands or supports homeopathy, and some people are even deeply opposed to it. Luckily, my fears have been worse than the realities of practice! 11. How do you see your future in homeopathy?I am excited to be a part of CCHM faculty this year – I love the immersion in homeopathic thought and the thought provoking conversations. I had forgotten how inspiring it is to spend time in homeopathic lectures and discussion. I will be including more “class” time in my future.12. What do you love about the homeopathic community?It is so supportive and inclusive. The people I get to spend time with are eager to learn and willing to share. I love that I get to be a part of conversations with master homeopaths and students in which we all learn from each other. 13. What advice can you offer to a person considering becoming a homeopath?Study it because you enjoy it and you will never regret it. It is hard work, and for me, completely worth it. I will never regret that I can offer people alternatives to Western medicine theories and treatments. 14. Can you recommend a couple of good books on homeopathy?Because I am a total homeopathy geek – I like the Organon the best. I often pick it up and read some aphorisms. I find aphorisms are like short stories – perfect for a quick read. I rarely only have one book on the go – more often it is a stack! I have found that with homeopathy books I often have one philosophy book and one practical application book in the stack. I am currently enjoying “The Principles and Art of Cure by Homeopathy” by Herbert A. Roberts and “Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicine” by Stephen Cummings and Dana Ullman.About Kerri:I see patients in person at my clinic in Toronto (390 Dupont St.), I offer a house call service and I see patients virtually from anywhere in the world!416-579-6234;[email protected]Website: www.kerriflood.comI come from a long line of women who have known how to work with nature and the body’s own strengths to preserve health and treat illness.
After graduating from the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine and starting a practice, I discovered that many patients could benefit from additional support, so I completed my Holistic Nutrition diploma with the Edison Institute of Nutrition. Considering my love of food and the pleasure eating brings me, I have really enjoyed expanding this aspect of my practice, and I now weave nutritional healing and support into my practice with great success.
I love practicing holistic medicine; it gives me the chance to combine the knowledge and wisdom that has been passed on to me with my education and my passion for helping people. I feel profoundly privileged every time a patient places their trust in me and lets me help them find their path to health. It is a privilege that I take very seriously.