After completing her year of sciences at the University of the Fraser Valley, Shabita Teja was accepted into the Bachelor of Pharmceutical Sciences degree program at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver.
Having many health challenges herself, Shabita has been on ‘both sides of the counter’, so to speak, where she has been both the patient and the pharmacist. She has lived with an ileostomy for over two and a half years. Today she doesn’t have an ileostomy, but has a J-pouch and has lived with that since 2006. She is a regular volunteer with Ostomy Canada Society where she is a part of the Visitor Program and writes an “Ask Your Pharmacist” column. She currently writes a similar column for the South Asian Woman magazine.
Shabita is in her third year of studies at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine and as a gastrointestinal and chronic pain patient herself with training in natural health products, strives to bridge the gap between conventional and alternative medicine to not only treat but support her patient’s health and well being. She has seen first hand that the balance between acute and supportive drug and non drug therapy is the key to wellness. Check out Shabita’s website Bridge the Gap Health for more information.