He believes that the departure from this basic principle, as seen in the widespread practice of treating symptoms with "band-aid" solutions, is at least partly responsible for the growing pandemic of chronic degenerative diseases that are destroying the quality of our lives and threatening to bankrupt our health care system. These destructive diseases enter our lives surreptitiously and, unfortunately, no one remains untouched. Dr. Brkich believes that these diseases can be avoided if we learn what to do to prevent them.
Dr. Brkich believes in science and evidence-based medicine and values the role of medical research in furthering our understanding of human health. He has a tireless passion for expanding his medical knowledge and staying abreast of new developments in medical education and clinical research. He has studied with and continues to learn from leading health experts, researchers, and practitioners from around the world. Dr. Brkich will work with your family physician, specialist, or other health care provider to ensure the most comprehensive and integrated approach to meeting your health care needs.
Dr. Brkich is always open to changing his way of thinking to align with the latest medical breakthrough. He is skeptical of scientifically unfounded philosophies of health and healing regardless of their source, and is constantly searching for the truth amidst a sea of contradictions. He believes that conventional allopathic medicine is the best option for emergency medical treatment and that natural medicines and practices are preferred for all other preventative and curative treatments. A foundational philosophy that guides Dr. Brkich's approach to his practice is "Vis Medicatrix Naturae", Latin for the "Healing Power of Nature".
Dr. Brkich has been practicing naturopathic medicine since 1994. He received his naturopathic medical degree at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon - the oldest accredited naturopathic medical college in North America. He is certified by the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia in chelation therapy and has prescriptive authority to prescribe pharmaceutical drugs pursuant to the Health Professions Act of British Columbia. He also holds degrees in political science and law from the University of British Columbia. During his pre-med studies at the University of Calgary he co-authored a research study on the utilization of alternative medicine by patients attending a gastroenterology clinic at Foothills Hospital in Calgary. The study is published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Dr. Brkich is a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND); a member and past board member of the British Columbia Naturopathic Association (BCNA); and a member of the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC).