First of all, you probably want to know how to pronounce my name: it’s “Ahh-run-ka”. Technically you’re supposed to roll the “R” but don’t worry if you can’t; I answer to a number of variations and won’t be offended if you botch the pronunciation. Call me Dr. Jones if you’d like to be more formal or “AJ” if you’d rather not.
I grew up in Blue Mountain and Collingwood, Ontario, where I spent most of my childhood skiing, climbing trees, catching frogs and swimming in Southern Georgian Bay. Surrounded by artists and endless material for inspiration, 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 for the University of Guelph to study biological science and became interested in nutrition and botanical medicine. After seeing a naturopathic doctor for my own health challenges I realized the profession was a natural fit and applied to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. Four years later I graduated from the Doctor of Naturopathy program and moved back to my hometown of Collingwood where I opened a naturopathic practice in 2009 and have been serving my community ever since.
I have a special interest in treating people with digestive concerns and mental health conditions, in particular IBS and anxiety since these have affected me personally and respond well to an integrative approach. I help people navigate their best options for treatment, integrating conventional care with complementary and alternative medicine so my patients feel informed and empowered making good decisions about their healthcare.
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. If you can’t find me I’m probably in my kitchen preparing handmade pasta with my husband or gallivanting around the Mediterranean or Pacific Northwest 🙂