Dr. Joe Klassen attended Bastyr University of Naturopathic Medicine in Seattle, Washington in 2004. The comprehensive Naturopathic Doctor program includes dissection, anatomy, physiology, and pathology that align with similar Doctor of Medicine programs, plus the focus on botanical medicine, physical medicine, hydrotherapy, laboratory testing, nutrition, and other natural healing modalities. In addition, he is a Board Certified Colon Hydrotherapy Instructor and practitioner.
Prior to Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Klassen was a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. After starting a career in the stressful world of Fortune 500 companies, he decided to make a radical change and enter the field of natural health. This experience has given him a real world perspective on health challenges in our community, and a realistic approach to health when relating to patients with challenging work and home demands.
Dr. Klassen has a special interest in the naturopathic principle of ‘Docere’ or ‘Doctor as Teacher’. Accordingly, he teaches Anatomy and Physiology, Cellular Biology, and Pathology at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Calgary. In addition, he does wellness consulting and health education for corporations and community organizations of many types. He periodically offers educational seminars to the general public at local health food stores, community associations, or events on topics such as hormones, stress, allergies, digestive dysfunction, children’s health, fertility, and many others. He also trains new colon hydrotherapists in his clinic and educates other Naturopathic Doctors on laboratory testing, as the National Clinical Specialist for Rocky Mountain Analytical.
Dr. Klassen has taken part in the community in many ways. He has been involved with the Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society on many projects and as an active Rotarian, participated in many charitable ventures through their organization. He is the Treasurer for the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta council. Through the clinic, he has financially assisted Greens Eggs and Ham of Leduc, Alberta, a small local farmer needing investors. He enjoys many outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, and skiing, and loves to travel to new places.