Who are we?
We sometimes joke that ours is a family practice not just because we like to see families in our practice but because we ourselves are a family. Our two naturopathic doctors, Rena Bloom and Jacob Schor are married. They met while attending the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Both graduated in 1991 and have maintained active Oregon naturopathic licenses as primary health care providers since. Dr. Schor served as president of the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Physicians from 1992 until 1999. Dr. Bloom was the legislative chair coordinating political activity during the same period, served as CANP president from 2004 to 2007. She then served as legislative liason, continuing to lead our profession's efforts to regulate the practice of naturopathic medicine in Colorado. Dr. Schor is serving his third term as a board member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP). During his first term he served as Secretary to the association. He then served as vice president and currently serves as OncANP's president. The most challenging volunteer position Dr. Schor currently makes time for is chairing the speaker selection committee that plans the curriculum of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians' annual convention.
Dr. Rena Bloom spent her childhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but in 1973 she emigrated with her family to Israel. Her path to naturopathic medicine began in 1979 when a somewhat younger Rena Bloom experienced a macrobiotic shiatsu treatment in London. Though the treatment consisted of simple dietary changes, the effects were profound. Her experience that lives could be improved so simply, led her to look for ways she could teach others.
In 1980 she attended the Boulder School of Massage Therapy. Realizing that there was still more to learn, and more to offer, she completed her pre-med requisites at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and enrolled in the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1987.
Dr. Bloom believes that the simple things in life still make a difference. Her work with patients relies on the basic philosophies of naturopathy. One must listen carefully, as the patient will tell you what they need. Search for possible causes, remove all possible interferences, support and nourish the body, feed the spirit. Teach the patients to eat well, sleep well, and live well.
The kids who come to the clinic call her Dr. Rena, and they all know where the special things are that they can play with.
Dr. Bloom rereads the book Nature Doctors, a history of the nature cure practitioners who founded our profession for inspiration to her own practice. She loves to quilt, and is trying to perfect her spelt flour pie crust. Dr. Schor and Dr. Bloom are married, and live in Park-Hill. They have a daughter, now 16 years old, Sophie Rose, a cat named Beasty and a dog named Poppy who frequently comes to the office to 'work.'
Dr. Jacob Schor was born in San Francisco, and raised in a suburb of New York City. His eclectic resume includes time as a baker, a meditation instructor, an employee for a corporate food research lab, owner of a pizza restaurant, and telemark ski instructor. In the fall of 1987 Dr. Schor attended the National College of Naturopathic Medicine.
"The eclectic approach using the knowledge from so many different fields of study, looking for solutions for the entire person rather that fixing the piece, made such perfect sense to me, I couldn't resist." remembers Dr. Schor thinking back. "It was the right place, and the perfect profession."
Dr. Schor has a wealth of knowledge that he draws on to work with complicated cases. His passion for learning didn't stop in school, and he welcomes each patient as a chance to learn something new. He is gifted at figuring out the complex stories he hears, and pursues creative avenues to find each patient relief. He has never been known to limit himself to what he learned yesterday. He is the author of most of our newsletters. He is a the oncology contributor to the Naturopathic Doctor News and Review, the assoicate editor of the Natural Medicine Journal and has been a regular contributor to Naturopathy Digest and the Park Hill News.
He makes frequent trips to the mountains to be rejuvenated by snow and fresh air, but when stuck in the city, is either tinkering on the old house or trying to perfect a new recipe.
Dr. Schor is serving his third term on the Board of Directors of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and currently serves as that association's president. See www.OncANP.org for additional information.
In the Summer of 2008, Dr Schor became the first recipient of the Vis Award presented to him by Lise Alschuler, then president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. [Vis Award]
In the Summer of 2009 Dr. Schor received the OncANP's President's Award for service to the organization and furthering the group's mission.
He is currently president of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (www.oncanp.org) and a board member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (www.naturopathic.org)
Jacob Schor 2014
Summary of Credentials [Link]
After a quarter cetury of solo practice, Drs Schor and Bloom have welcomed an associate into their practice. Kelsey Asplin, ND, grew up in Lakewood, Colorado, graduated from the Integrative Health Care Program at Metropolitan State University (MSU) here in Denver and received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University, Seattle in 2015. She currently teaches part time at MSU. She brings a welcomed youthful vigor and openmindedness and new perspective to patient care.
She has her own website at: www.determinanthealth.com.
Dr Asplin's strong interest in adolescent health care complements our existing focuses on oncology (Dr. Schor) and women's health (Dr. Bloom).
Dr. Asplin's current teaching schedule includes classes in Health Dynamics, Complementary and Alternative Therapies, Botanical Medicine, Pharmacology, and Homeopathy.
Poppy the dog has grown up at the office and considers herself a white collar working dog. She takes her job of greeting patients quite seriously.
The only person she has ever barked at was a fellow at Pets Mart dressed up as Santa Claus. She absolutely refused to have her picture taken with him.
Our cat does not come to work with us but as we've received complaints from one particular patient for not mentioning her on the website, let us say that we do have a cat who for many years was called "The Beast" but at 16 years old has calmed down enough that we now call her "Kitty."
Over the years we've mentioned our daughter Sophie in our newsletters describing her interest in reading Harry Potter and other childhood activities as she has grown up. Years have passed and it is with pride that we should mention that she graduated from Smith College in 2014 as is now working on a Masters in Middle Eastern Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.