Dr. Alex Keller
My professional journey started way back in 2003 at the University of Ottawa where I studied Health Sciences and Psychology. Although originally intending to attend conventional medical school, after an amazing and challenging three-month volunteer internship at a rural Kenyan hospital where I observed how doctors used local food to treat patients, I was inspired to practice a more complete system of medicine, which led me to study naturopathic medicine at CCNM.
After graduating and starting my practice with the trail-blazing Dr. Chris Pickrell, ND, RH in a community acupuncture setting, in 2015 my wife (Dr. Jenn Keller, ND) and I moved to rural Ottawa where we started an organic farm. In the same year, I joined forces with my sister Jess Keller to build an integrative physical therapy clinic, which we operated successfully for seven years until the COVID-19 pandemic forced its closure. In 2022, I joined the amazing team at Manotick Integrative Health and currently consult with patients virtually across Ontario.
Some additional training I've completed and organizations I support:
College of Naturopaths of Ontario
Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors
Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors
Sports Nutrition Certification (International Society of Sports Nutrition)
Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (Institute for Functional Medicine)
Masters of Business Administration (Quantic School of Business & Technology)
Ever curious and passionate about the education of evidence-based natural medicine, in 2017, I joined an Ottawa-based health tech startup named Fullscript, where I serve as Medical Director and oversee the development of research and medical education content for practitioners across North America. Along the way, I thought it'd be a brilliant idea to complete an MBA, which taught me a lot about business ... and resilience!
As a former provincial-level athlete in rugby and competitive-level athlete in football, hockey, and soccer, I have a deep respect for the influence athletics and movement can have on a person's overall health, especially mental health. I loved running so much that I combined it with my other passion of spending time in nature and took up the sport of ultra-running, which involves racing +50km on trails, usually over a few mountains. Jenn still doesn't understand how I enjoy this. Maybe you do?
In my spare time, Jenn and I chase around our children (Oli and Isla) and tend to the everyday duties that come with operating an organic farm.
That's it from me. Now I want to hear your story!