Welcome to our newest blog series – Let’s Get Personal! This series is all about vulnerability & getting to know a different side of our healthcare team. Are you ready to get to know Dr. Jenny Schmidt? Let’s jump in!
1. What is your favourite part of what you do for a living?
What I love about what I do as a naturopathic doctor is the privilege of hearing patient’s stories – their health journeys, their lifetime of struggles and successes, where they are currently: physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It’s a privilege to be a witness to people who are vulnerable and willing to wade through the murky waters of their own healing. I am deeply grateful to my patients.
2. Do you feel like you have found your purpose in life, and how did you get there?
I do feel like I’ve found part of my purpose in life. I have been wandering into the world of holistic, nature-based, and human-based health for as long as I can remember. I feel my purpose is constantly being refined, as I continue to gather more knowledge, and learn to listen to myself a little more. I am here to facilitate health, that is for certain.
How I got here? It’s always found me – I have forever gravitated towards healing, both through education, and the never-ending delving into the shadowy bits of my own healing.
3. What is your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishment might be that I have consistently stuck to who I am as a person (occasionally getting lost). I am somewhat of a black sheep from what I grew up with, and have learned that me feeling comfortable in my skin is essential to my well-being.
4. Where is your favourite place in the world?
I’m pretty sure I haven’t been there yet. The world is full of magical places. My heart and soul are at peace on a calm lake, in a canoe, with the sound of loons and the paddle dipping into the water.
5. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Probably from my dad: “You can love anyone, but you have to like them.”
6. What lights you up?
Pretty much anything having to do with the outdoors – blue sky, hiking, fresh water rivers and lakes, wild healing plants (yarrow is a favourite)… and of course I will always feel an extra sparkle if there’s a dog around.
7. What is your favourite quote?
So many good quotes, but right now it’s Mary Oliver: “What misery to be afraid of death. What wretchedness, to believe only in what can be proven.”
8. What is your favourite book of all time and why?
Unfair question – so many good books. Right now, it’s If Women Rose Rooted by Sharon Blackie. (If you asked me in my tweens it would’ve been Roald Dahl The BFG or The Witches).
9. What is one thing that you do every single day that people might be surprised by?
I don’t know if I’d surprise anyone with daily habits, but I do like to audibly say “thank you” to the Earth when I’m at the dog park walking my dog, which is almost daily.
10. What is your #1 non-negotiable when it comes to your self-care?
Sleep. I love sleep – a good 9 hours is perfection.
11. If you could speak with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
These are not my favourite types of questions… I would love to speak with Sharon Blackie right now, because her book has me unearthing so many feelings and questions about the history of women and the deep remembering of who we are.
12. What do you do when you’re feeling unmotivated?
Ha! Often nothing. I’m guilty of falling down the rabbit hole of devices or TV. If unmotivated is not an option, I move my body – going for a walk, stretching, even cleaning is helpful to start momentum.
13. What is one book, podcast, or other resource in the health & wellness space that you would recommend?
Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Canadian Rockies by Linda Kershaw (book) – get to know how magnificent your plant allies are – plants we see daily and call weeds offer an abundance of support for our bodies.
Hi, I’m Dr. Jenny Schmidt. My practice focuses on family health and wellness, healthy aging for men and women and optimizing fertility & hormone function. I work with you, within realistic and sustainable parameters, to find the root cause of dysfunction in your body and address it. I am available as well for HeartMath, which you can read about here.