We had the good fortune of connecting with Erika Enos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erika, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
As a Naturopathic Doctor, there are a multitude of ways that my work and business support our local community and the larger world. Here are three of the main ways this positive impact is created: helping individuals to thrive as we address chronic disease, empowerment through teaching and encouraging conscious day to day lifestyle choices. First, let’s talk about helping individuals to thrive. So much of conventional medical care is focused on treatment of symptoms and cookie-cutter solutions. My practice is instead focused on individualized medicine that addresses not only symptoms but has an ultimate goal of helping people to thrive in mind, body, and spirit. When we feel really good physically, mentally, emotionally, we show up differently in the world. We bring a more positive energy and are able to share our unique gifts more easily. I think of my work as helping people to put their best foot forward in their community and the world. Practicing as a Naturopathic Doctor is about so much more than simply prescribing herbs, supplements, and homeopathy rather than pharmaceuticals. There is a huge teaching component to it. I teach my patients to pay attention to their bodies, to listen to themselves and to understand that symptoms are messages. I teach patients how to eat and how to live in a way that will serve them in achieving vitality today and down the line. Many of my patients are women with children. I see them passing on what they learn about self-care, health and listening to their own bodies to their children and through this they contributing to a healthier future for our community. The knowledge trickle down isn’t just parents to children. Other patients often speak of sharing what they’ve learned in our work together, thus inspiring their parents, friends and other community members. I love the one to one teaching that I do with my patients but I also enjoy writing blogs and posting on social media to educate a larger audience. I am currently working on a course and several traditional and e-books to empower larger audiences with the knowledge they need to thrive. The third contribution I make as a Naturopathic Doctor is encouraging lifestyle choices that benefit the larger planet. It is a beautiful coincidence, or more likely not a coincidence at all, that some of the best choices for our own bodies are also the best choices for the planet. Our bodies thrive best on whole, local, organic foods. We do best in environments that are low in chemical toxins. If we can swap one day of commuting in the car for a bike or walk/public transport commute, we will not only help air quality, we will feel better physically and emotionally. The individual choices we make on a daily basis can have a profound impact on the health of our environment and in combating chronic disease.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Hope. Expert guidance. Compassionate support. Thoroughness. An endless tool box for healing. These are the things my patients tell me that sets me apart from other doctors and holistic providers they’ve seen.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take a visiting friend for a morning hike at Red Rocks followed by a lunch at Just Be Kitchen or maybe somewhere in downtown Golden. We’d spend a few hours of the afternoon at the Denver Art Museum and taking in the out door sculptures in that area of town. Then happy hour and dinner on the patio of El Five.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This shout out goes to Tom and Cheri for our weekly conversations, case reviews, and friendship.