Julia graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Prior to Naturopathic studies, Julia attended the University of Toronto to complete a three year pre-medical science program. Julia also holds an honours undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from the University of Windsor.
Her areas of study and interest include naturopathic family medicine, with special interests in women’s health, fertility, peri-natal care, chronic neurologic conditions, digestive health, and the mental-emotional-spiritual connection essential for wellbeing and health.
Julia has studied with homeopathic masters such as Jonathan Shore, Lou Klein, Jeremy Sherr, and Rajan Sankaran. She has also trained with Virginia Doran, M.Ac., L.Ac., LMT, to become certified in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, a technique designed to minimize the signs of aging, while treating underlying imbalances of the whole person. Alongside her Naturopathic studies, Julia completed certification in Mongan approach of Hypnosis for childbirth called the Hypnobirthing® Method, and teaches childbirth education classes to couples and small groups.
Julia has held professional memberships with the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) while in Canada. She is currently a member of the Israeli Naturopathic Association. Though in Israel, Dr. Gonen maintains her licensure in Ontario through the Board of Drugless Practitioners - (BDDT-N). She is also a member of the Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors (APND), a group that has a special interest in issues surrounding pregnancy and fertility.
Julia also lectures about Perinatal Care and Women's Health. She taught a course about Perinatal Naturopathic Care to Midwives at Haddassah Hospital Jerusalem, Israel.
Julia’s interest and background in arts and sciences has provided her with a holistic view of the world. She approaches naturopathic medicine as both a science and an art. Julia is dedicated and motivated in providing patients with comprehensive and holistic health care. This means working in tandem with other healthcare providers for the best possible care from all perspectives, and helping to facilitate her patients’ understanding of what it means to be truly healthy.