About Aranka

You probably want to know how to pronounce my name: it’s “Ahh-run-kah”. Technically you’re supposed to roll the “R” but if you can’t, don’t worry; I answer to a number of variations and won’t be offended if you botch the pronunciation. I answer to Dr. Jones if you’d like to be more formal and AJ if you’d rather not. My pronouns are she/her.

I grew up in Blue Mountain and Collingwood, Ontario, where I spent most of my childhood skiing, riding my bike, climbing trees and exploring the great outdoors. Surrounded by artists and endless material for inspiration, including adventures in Europe and Mexico with my parents and sister, I spent a lot of time drawing and painting. The rest of the time I had my nose in a book. I left this paradise to study at the University of Guelph where I thrived in health sciences but struggled to decide on a career path until one day I quite literally stumbled upon naturopathic medicine. After seeing a naturopathic doctor for my own health concerns I realized this profession was a natural fit. I was accepted to the Doctor of Naturopathy program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto and graduated in 2008. I opened my naturopathic practice in Collingwood in 2009 and have served the Southern Georgian Bay community ever since.

When I’m not in the office you’ll find me skiing, riding my bike to the farmers’ market, hugging trees and exploring Georgian Bay on my paddle board. When you can’t find me I’m either in my kitchen preparing handmade pasta or somewhere in the Mediterranean under a yellow and white striped umbrella, sipping Rosato with my husband.