Founder of Aumakua & Clinic Director
As a primary healthcare physician, Dr. Groenewoud is committed to helping every patient maintain or achieve optimal health. She is always looking to uncover the cause of her patients’ dysfunction or imbalance. With this information, she then devises an individualized treatment plan to maximize her patient’s health, vitality, and quality of life. Her goal is to ensure her patients are provided with a setting in which they feel comfortable and confident to ask questions and answered in a way that is easy to understand. Patients will leave her office feeling motivated to make the necessary changes on their path to well being. Dr. Groenewoud ND is the author and founder of Aumakua’s The Thrive Program as well as Medical Director of Aumakua Integrated Wellness Clinic.
Dr. Groenewoud is well versed in treating the following conditions, using the modalities listed below in her treatment plans:
- Hormone Health: Adrenal insufficiency/ Burn out, Hypo or Hyper thyroid, PMS, Menopause, Vaginal dryness, Peri-Menopause, PCOS, Infertility, Repeat miscarriage, Dysmenorrhea, Establishing a cycle post BCP use.
- Bio-Identical Hormones: Dr. Groenewoud has undergone extended studies to use Bio-identical hormones in establishing hormone balance.
- Digestive Health: IBS, Chrones, Colitis, Malabsorption, Ileocecal valve dysfunction, Constipation, Diarrhea, Acid Reflux, Bloating, Gas, Stomach Pain, Food Sensitivities and testing for bacterial, fungal or parasitic overgrowth
- Autoimmune Dysfunction: RA, Lupus, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Sjogrens and Hashimotos. Experienced using Low Dose Naltrexone
- Cardiovascular Health: Hypertension, atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, family history and risk reduction.
- Mental Health: Anxiety, Depression, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s
- Allergy Relief and Correction: Food, Seasonal, Environmental, Eczema
- Urinary Tract Health: Recurrent UTI’s, Frequent urination, Interstitial cystitis
- Detoxification: Liver detoxification and seasonal cleanses
- Skin Care: Eczema, Anti-aging, Acne, Rosacea, Melasma, Hyper pigmentation, Scarring
- State of the Art Laboratory Testing: Micronutrients, hormones (blood, saliva and urine), Genetic, Cardiovascular, Stool Analysis
- Chelation Therapy: Removing toxic metals
- Intravenous Nutrient Therapies: Exceptional for compromised absorption, adrenal burn out, immune compromise and in higher doses for cancer patients.
- Total Body Modification and Applied Kinesiology: The essential premise of Total Body Modification is assessing organ dysfunction
Dr. Groenewoud is currently continuing her studies and is a candidate for a Masters degree in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine from the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. In conjunction, she is also writing a book on the four pillars of health with a special emphasis on women’s health and hormones.
Dr. Natalie Groenewoud ND is a licensed naturopathic physician in good standing with both the College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC (CNPBC) and the British Columbia Naturopathic Association (BCNA). She is also a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Physicians (CAND), the Bowen College and the International Society of Chelation Technicians.
Dr. Natalie Groenewoud, ND Reviewed by: Anna, Whistler, BC
“…great care and tactfulness”
At a point in my life where I was the most discouraged after meeting with Doctors who could never answer any questions in regards to a tumor I had discovered in my liver , I was directed to meet up with Dr. Natalie Groenewoud, who immediately put my mind at ease and with great care and tactfulness was able to describe to me what could be possible reasons for why this tumor is existing in my body. With her techniques and knowledge we were able to pinpoint various weak points in my system, which now after having been put on a healing program through homeopathic medicines, I have seen GREAT progress in my health. My energy has increased, pain has decreased and for the first time in forever literally my skin has been smooth and glowing.. I feel so grateful to have met her and have been educated through her how to change my diet and what to look out for as I’m having great success.. I recommend her to everyone I meet and am SO thankful that I turned to her for help.
Dr. Natalie Groenewoud, ND Reviewed by: Jason Smith, Seattle, WA.
“Dr. Groenewoud is a great Dr. and a wonderful person”
I am 44 years old and have been dealing with skin irritations for over 21 years. I have, like most people, gone to family doctors, medical doctors and dermatologists in which they would ask only a few questions and then prescribe a topical dermatitis cream that “should reduce and/or eliminate the issue”. Well, it/they did reduce the issue, but for a very short period of time, where then I would go back and they would prescribe a higher concentration cream (you know where this is going….)
However, in May of 2014, I went and saw Dr. Groenewoud, ND for a 60 min consultation/visit, and right off the bat I felt she had already surpassed finding out the cause of my issues further than any medical doctor or dermatologist had, by asking me questions. After every question she asked and that I answered, she would fire off another question; she was listening to me and understanding my lifestyle to get a better idea to the cause of the issue. This is something I have never experience with any other doctor. This truly made me feel like there was hope and that I didn’t have to be stuck with these issues for the rest of my life.
Three weeks into the program/lifestyle change, the change in eating habits became easier and the lifestyle change because easier. Five weeks after that first visit, the majority of my issues were gone due to understanding what I was putting into my body and the effects it had on it, and how my liver just wasn’t keeping up with processing all that bad stuff. This change was a very easy change, but also was an adjustment as the bad stuff was in a lot of the food I was eating.
Dr. Groenewoud is a great Dr. and a wonderful person. It was so comforting to have a doctor that asked a lot of questions and a doctor that truly listen. She listened to me and provided me what I needed. She is changing my life – a life I didn’t know I could have.
Dr. Natalie Groenewoud, ND Reviewed by: MG, Williams Lake, BC
“Working as a team with this dedicated Naturopathic Dr. has been life changing!”
Dr. G was the perfect Coach for me as she was female and younger than me. (I could only assume I would feel Menopausal effects sooner or later…)
Physically, emotionally and psychologically not feeling all that well, I was prepared to dedicate myself to making lifestyle changes to improve my health. I had been injecting methotrexate for a number of years for my Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis in order to prevent inflammation, pain and deformity. I quit taking this strong drug in February 2013 and over a year later, have found no need to start again. The side effect of the drugs and not nurturing my body properly took its toll on my weak link, my digestive tract. By “Eating to Thrive” I noticed the positive effects quickly but it took a full 5-6 months to achieve feeling healthful and to get a continuous flow of compliments on how well and young I look.
Recently I had a major digestive tract revolt. Dr G. helped me heal/repair the new damage/symptoms and I changed my field of work to reduce my stress loads. Working as a team with this dedicated Naturopathic Dr. has been life changing!
Dr. Natalie Groenewoud, ND Reviewed by: Nikki, Squamish, BC
“…listen to me supportively and be so invested in my health“
After years of GP’s treating me with antibiotics to treat my chronic yeast overgrowth, and all the symptoms that come along with it, seeing Dr. Groenewoud was so refreshing. She helped me get to the root of the problem, which she suggested was my diet. It was nice to finally have a Dr. listen to me supportively and be so invested in my health. Her personality is warm, bright and her optimism is uplifting. I followed her advice on diet in addition to taking the supplements she prescribed me and all my symptoms disappeared. It is nice to have faith in the (natural) medical system again.
Dr. Natalie Groenewoud, ND Reviewed by: Katherine, North Vancouver, BC
“…will go out of my way to recommend her to anyone I meet”
I was referred to Dr Groenewoud by a close friend of mine. At the time, I had a very sick little 3 year old boy who had been on a series of antibiotics over the course of 2 months with no resolve. I at the time had also fallen ill with what seem to be a never ending series of chest, ear and sinus infections which wouldn’t go away despite a series of medications given to me by my GP. I finally went to Dr Groenewoud in a desperate attempt to try the alternative in the hope that she could help me get better and give me information to try get my little boy back on the track to health.
When I visited Dr Groenewoud, I was immediately put at ease by her compassion and willingness to offer me all the information I needed to make the right decisions for my health. She took the time to explain every aspect of what was happening with my health and my well being without overwhelming me. To my surprise and after the initial discussion in our session, we discussed a number of other health issues I had been experiencing for most of my adult life that I had just learned to live with.
By the end of the session I had a clear 2 week plan of what I needed to do to get back on track, what a longer term objective was for overall balance and well being as well as information, direction and advice to provide my son with what he needed to get better.
I was sceptical when I started taking some of the supplements, but was completed won over when results started surfacing after only a couple days. I can’t explain how relieved and grateful I am to Dr Groenewoud for not only helping me with an immediate need but for also outlining a plan for the future of my health and arming me with the tools to get my son’s health back on track.
I look forward to a long relationship with Dr Groenewoud and will go out of my way to recommend her to anyone I meet.
Dr. Natalie Groenewoud, ND Reviewed by: Gary Charbonneau, North Vancouver, BC
“…impressed with her inquisitiveness in understanding my life“
Being energetic and active, it came as a surprise when I found myself battling daily bouts of fatigue. A visit to my GP provided no answers and left me with a pharmaceutical prescription. Uncomfortable with this, I sought the advice of Dr. Groenewoud. I was immediately impressed with her inquisitiveness in understanding my lifestyle, work, stress, diet and past complications. Her thorough review pointed to possible causes while eliminating questionable suspects. With her diagnosis, Dr. Groenewoud prescribed natural remedies which reduced my symptoms in seven days and full recovery within the month. Since that time, she has successfully treated me with other ailments and I feel quite confident in recommending Dr. Groenewoud.
Dr. Natalie Groenewoud, ND Reviewed by: TP, North Vancouver, BC
“…helped me beyond her duties and I am very thankful”
I first visited Dr. Groenewoud in January 2012. I have been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and I wanted to try some forms of treatment to improve my digestive health, my immunological response, and other aspects of my health that are not usually attended to by mainstream medical doctors.
I have found Dr. Groenewoud to be a very open and caring person. She told me from the outset that though she had not had many RA patients she was willing to both help me improve aspects of my diet that might contribute to my health, as well as to read more about RA—including alternative approaches to it—and to learn with me as I try to deal with my evolving condition. Her openness and willingness to listen and learn has been very refreshing and has been as important to me as her expertise on aspects of diet and naturopathic treatment. I have learned a lot from Dr. Groenewoud about how I can eat better, deal with underlying issues such as buildup of toxins in my system, and generally try to achieve better immunological and digestive health. At the same time, she has been willing to help me start on alternative forms of treatment for my RA, helping me to avoid some of the more immunologically damaging treatments that are typically prescribed by rheumatologists.
Dr. Groenewoud’s openness and willingness to try to help her patients with what they would like to achieve is one of her most endearing attributes, and she shows it not only in how she listens to my ideas about my condition and possible treatment protocols but in how she consistently evaluates and re-evaluates the evidence regarding the treatments and tests I have tried with her. Dr. Groenewoud never remains fixated on a simple formula for what to do next but talks through with me the different aspects of my treatment, suggests new tests and avenues to explore in trying to improve my health. As but one example, after I had already begun working on diet issues, she decided it might be worth having tests for levels of heavy metals in my system. We found that I indeed had some abnormally high levels and could benefit from treatments to reduce these.
Recently, I found that RA may be caused by mycloplasma and that certain kinds of antibiotics may be the best treatment for this illness. I brought up this issue with Dr. Groenewoud and provided her with information about an organization that supports this treatment, along with name of patients who have been treated successfully with the antibiotic protocol. Dr. Groenewoud was not only interested in the information but contacted a recovered patient and asked her about her experiences and outcomes from the treatment. After I later found a rheumatologist in the US who uses the antibiotic protocol to treat RA patients, Dr. Groenewoud helped me coordinate the testing that needed to be done prior to an appointment with this rheumatologist. She has helped me beyond her duties and I am very thankful for this.
My condition is a complicated one that is difficult to treat. I expect no miracles and Dr. Groenewoud does not try to supply them—she simply listens and helps. In spite of the certainty the rheumatology profession sometimes exudes, no one really knows what causes RA, and there are about as many different kinds of stories about treatment successes and failures as there are people telling the stories. For a condition like this, having an intelligent, knowledgeable, caring, and open-minded professional like Dr. Groenewoud is one of the greatest assets a patient can have. I am so grateful every day to have Dr. Groenewoud as my doctor.
Dr. Natalie Groenewoud, ND Reviewed by: Patti, West Vancouver, BC
“Her knowledge, experience and sincere care…”
I went to see Dr. Groenwoud to address a slow recovery from Adrenal Fatigue. I felt confident choosing her as a support for my health concerns as she had too experienced the same condition. Her knowledge, experience and sincere care have resulted in a quick and successful recovery. I feel like I finally have my life back. I can’t thank her enough!
Dr. Natalie Groenewoud, ND Reviewed by: Danica Burpee, 33 year old, mother and teacher
“…always empathetic, professional and conscious of realistic recommendations”
I first met Natalie (Dr. Groenewoud) through a friend and was drawn to her warmth and cheerful outlook. Under her care I was treated for adrenal fatigue and hormonal imbalance. Dr. Groenewoud was always empathetic, professional and conscious of realistic recommendations for lifestyle and budget. She is very knowledgeable, especially in women’s health issues, and she works hard to find a treatment to suit your individual needs. Under the guidance and care of Dr. Groenewoud I recovered from adrenal fatigue and supported my hormones to successfully conceive a child. She recently met her new, youngest patient– my baby girl!
Dr. Natalie Groenewoud, ND
…Clients value Dr. Groenewoud’s knowledge, experience and sincere care, 5 out of 5 based on 8 reviews