“I serve my patients as an advocate to help them better understand some of their cancer care options and as an expert in naturopathic medicine and all that it offers to support them during cancer treatment,” says Heidi Kussman.
She adds, “I encourage my patients to understand the ways their lives can be changed by cancer, and to make available all the resources they may need during their treatment, for themselves as well as their family and friends.”
In December 2010, Kussman joined Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Southwestern Regional Medical Center. As a naturopathic oncology provider, she works alongside medical oncologist Dr. Sagun Shrestha and a dedicated clinical team that includes a registered dietitian, clinic nurse and nurse care manager.
“At CTCA, inclusive and integrative oncology is at work every day,” emphasizes Kussman. “The team-oriented approach at CTCA ensures patient care is delivered efficiently and compassionately. I believe CTCA is an excellent choice for anyone who wishes to have complete cancer care.”
A Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology, Kussman earned a doctorate degree in naturopathic medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario in 2002. The college honored her with a merit achievement award, in addition to a vitality award. In 2006 she was awarded "Naturopathic Doctor of the Year" by the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors. Kussman also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia.
For more than six years, Kussman served as clinic director and naturopathic doctor for two primary care clinics she founded in southern Ontario. She implemented cancer care programs involving IV therapeutics, botanical and orthomolecular protocols using an integrative approach.
In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, playing tennis or golf, running, reading, hiking, and watching funny movies. She is currently a member of the Society for Integrative Oncology education committee and a board member with the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians.