Elisha E., Airdrie, Alberta
I am a natural animal health care consultant, educator and life-long animal lover. I got my first quarter horse when I was ten years old and I began competing on the AQHA circuit at the age of fourteen with my new quarter horse, Willy. He was willing, kind, athletic, and way more tolerant than I ever gave him credit for. Unfortunately, in the early 90’s we didn’t know much about natural health options for our horses. We didn’t understand what horses needed to be healthy or what caused them to be unhealthy.
So, when Willy’s health started to break down with hoof, skin, and immune problems, my Mom and I did what everyone else did. We continued to feed commercial grains, we used shoes, wedges, and pads; a lot of sprays and creams, and anything else we were told to do including vaccines.But we soon learned that not only was this approach not working but it was actually making him worse. It was at this point that we knew there must be a better way. We changed his diet, started using herbs, and homeopathy and turned him into a natural horse. It wasn’t long after this that we started to see positive changes in his health and well-being.
Fast forward twenty-five years and here I am helping hundreds of horses with natural methods.
Fortunately, I grew up in a household that embraced both alternative and conventional health care. My mom is a holistic nutritionist and homeopath. She graduated from the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine (CCHM) in 1996. She ran her own health practice for twenty-five years and owned and operated a homeopathic pharmacy for five years. My Dad is a pharmacist who owned his own drugstore for over ten years.
I spent many years working for both businesses, so I became very well versed in both approaches to health care very early on in my life. After spending several years working in the natural health industry, I had become fascinated with the chemistry of life. I knew how much value natural medicine had to offer both humans and animals, but I wanted to know how to bridge it with science.
This led me to the University of Alberta where I pursued my Bachelor of Science degree in organic chemistry. Before my graduation, I secured a position as a professional chemist in the research & development department of a large biotech company, where I would spend the next 5 years. It was during this period that I truly started to make the connection between science and natural medicine. By acquiring a better understanding of molecules and their behavior in a lab setting I started to realize that the same scientific principles that I relied on in the lab were the same ones that explained the effectiveness of homeopathy.
In 2011, I returned to my roots and I joined my mom, Marijke van de Water, at Riva’s Remedies, a natural health product line for horses and pets, as an educator and natural horse health consultant. I started to reconnect with the world of horses again, and I began using my combined knowledge of science and natural medicine to help them in a much bigger and better way. During my time at Riva’s Remedies I learned everything I could from my Mom’s twenty-five years of experience as an equine health practitioner and homeopath. And the more practice I got, the more the horses taught me, and the more confident I became with my own approach. It was from this place that I started to get incredible results and I began to see first-hand how big of an impact I was able to have on the horses.
In 2019 I started my own business as an online educator and natural horse health consultant. This role has not only allowed me to work more intimately with horses and people, but it has also given me the opportunity to witness some extraordinary healing journeys for both species. It is these experiences that have inspired me to nurture my own hard-wired abilities to heal. For me, that starts with expanding my knowledge of the vast topic of homeopathy. I am fascinated by the science and philosophy behind homeopathy and I can’t wait to use it to help humans and animals in a more significant way.
Throughout my career, I have worked with thousands of people in the natural health industry from customers and clients to peers and students. Now with the launch of my new online education platform, it is certain that I will be working with thousands more. It is important to me that I am able to deliver as much value as I can as both a healer and a teacher. Becoming a certified homeopath with the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine is not only going to allow me to add to my skill set but it will also allow me to help them in a more profound capacity.