Week 26: Frances Turk
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up in Malton, which is a small neighbourhood in the northeastern portion of the city of Mississauga, Ontario. It was small town at the time, but I imagine it has gotten much larger since I moved! I went to the University of Guelph where I obtained my undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Nutraceutical science. I then went off to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where I graduated and am now a practicing Naturopathic Doctor in 2 clinics that I own and operate. One of my clinics is in Rockwood, Ontario and is a single operation where I am the “it girl”, meaning I do everything from administrative tasks, marketing and booking and seeing patients. The other clinic is in Guelph, Ontario and it is a multidisciplinary clinic with 10 other practitioners. Having both types of clinics has been really interesting in the dynamics of how one is so vastly different than the other. The multidisciplinary clinic has been a great love of mine in that we do consider ourselves a team and are very supportive of each other. I do believe this comes from our mutual love and respect from different backgrounds of sport and teamwork related environments.
I am also a Disc Jockey and Race announcer with a company I own and operated for 28 years. I love this job immensely because not only do I get to watch people have a great time listening to their favorite music on the dancefloor, but in the last 20 years, I have also taken my skills on the road of race announcing different sports, such as triathlons, running races, and obstacle courses. Being able to cheer on athletes young and young at heart at the beginning of their race as well as crossing the finish line is a great love and passion of mine, as I do want to share the love and appreciation for those who have worked hard to compete in these races and be able to be proud of their accomplishments.
Oh my goodness! I have one more thing that I do! I am also a personal trainer and had worked at a gym for 5 years having one on one training with clients of various ages and abilities. I have continued to use my fitness training skills in boot camp style classes weekly.
I have played a variety of sports my entire life and feel I have some sort of addiction to any and all sports! I haven’t found an event yet I didn’t like! I have been involved in badminton, tennis, ball hockey, basketball, baseball, volleyball, track and field events, mountain biking, curling and triathlon. I currently play in a competitive volleyball league in Guelph, and curl competitively in Milton and am training for triathlon which I hope to get into some races this coming year.