Speaker’s topic: Endocannabinoid System

Dr. Chris Spooner ND, B.Sc. is a North Okanagan naturopathic doctor with 20 years of clinical experience. His professional objective is to improve health care outcomes through the development of integrative care strategies, evidence informed clinical practice and innovative research partnerships.

He has been a board member and vice chair of the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia since 2008. He also holds positions on the Quality Assurance Committee, the Standards of Practice Subcommittee, the Cannabis Standards Subcommittee, the Pharmacopoeia and Diagnostics Referral Committee and is the CNPBC’s representative for the Inter-professional Working Group

Dr. Spooner received a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Victoria and his ND from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. In 2003 Dr. Spooner accepted the position of Post-Doctoral Fellow in Environmental Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Environmental Medicine Center of Excellence. After completing the fellowship in 2005, he continued instructing at SCNM as an Assistant Professor, teaching courses in toxicology, environmental medicine, nutrition and supervising student clinical rotations at the Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center. While in Phoenix, Dr. Spooner was on staff at Phoenix Fire Department Medical center as the director of the PFD Wellness Center.

He is the Natural Health Products Domain Lead of the Intervention Development Committee for the Ottawa Hospital – Ottawa Integrative Cancer Care: Thoracic Peri-Operative Integrative Surgical Care Evaluation (POISE) Trial.

In his private practice, Paradigm Integrative Medicine, Dr. Spooner works with a wide range of patients who are looking for a balanced approach to health care that combines conventional medicine with research informed integrative approaches. His goal is to educate and empower patients so that they have the knowledge they need to make informed decisions when choosing therapies, integrative or conventional. Dr. Spooner has advanced certifications through the College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC including prescriptive authority.

He recently joined the medical advisory board of Atrium Innovations, a division of Nestlé Health Sciences, for the development of integrative care protocols and products for gastrointestinal illness and also works in an advisory capacity for Kisameet Glacial Clay.

Dr. Spooner has been a member of the medical advisory board for MedReleaf, True Leaf Medicine International and currently is a member of the medical advisory boards of Pharmacielo and Heritage Cannabis .