Dr. Hartwick has always had a passion for health and wellness and a fascination for the human body. Following her passion, she pursued post-secondary studies in the field of Kinesiology and Physical Education, as well as Psychology, at Wilfrid Laurier University. During her 3rd year of education, she was at a crossroads. Unsure of what path to take next for her career, she was serendipitously gifted with an opportunity to see a Naturopathic Doctor in her hometown of Peterborough, Ontario. She stumbled upon a career whose philosophy was in line with what she always thought medicine should be: treat the person, not the symptom, with safe and effective therapies and, most importantly, figure out why the person is unwell and address the underlying causes of disease. After her hour-long first visit, she found her path and purpose.
She then matriculated to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Toronto, Ontario, where she completed her four years of training as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. During her formative education, she completed an externship in Beijing, China at a hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where she honed pulse and tongue diagnostic skills.
Upon successful completion of the diploma as Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, she moved westward, toward the mountains and ocean, to start her practice with a focus on serving smaller communities that are often devoid of beneficial healthcare services. Dr. Hartwick’s four years of practice have unfolded in such a way that she fully addresses the whole person: mind, body and spirit where she integrates dietetics, herbal remedies, homeopathy, bach flowers and phytoembryotherapy to address, on an individual basis, the core imbalances for her patients.
In her spare time, she can be found at Robert Ostler park, practising yoga, in Strathcona Park conquering another hike, cycling down the roads of Quadra Island, climbing the crags at Crest Creek or Comox Lake or tending to her garden or in the kitchen, experimenting with her latest creation.
Dr. Hartwick presently teaches Pathology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Cellular Biology at CSNN Nanaimo.