Dr. Rebecca Genuis was born and raised in Burlington, Ontario. She attended McMaster University where she first got her Bachelor of Health Sciences. She went on to attend the Michael DeGroote School of Medicine and obtained her medical degree. During this three year program, she was at a medical conference and heard a physician speak about his practice of Environmental Medicine. Intrigued, she visited Alberta to spend some elective time learning about this emerging field of medicine. While working in his clinic, Dr. Genuis was fascinated with seeing new scientific information being translated into clinical practice to target the root causes of diseases. After two weeks, she had found a new side of medicine that she was certain she would incorporate into her future practice.
After completing medical school, she married an Albertan man and moved out west, where she began her family medicine residency through the University of Alberta. Dr. Genuis found that she enjoyed caring for women throughout their reproductive years while continuing to be fascinated by the field of environmental medicine. Given the rising rates of numerous childhood illnesses, Dr. Genuis decided to begin her work in preconception care – helping women to prepare their bodies for pregnancy to help women have healthy pregnancies and prevent adverse health outcomes in children.
Dr. Rebecca Genuis has written for several medical journals on topics ranging from preconception care, nutrition and environmental health to medical ethics. She is a mother to 3 children and having seen the benefits of healthy living in her children, she is passionate about educating women to make healthy choices for themselves and their families.
- What is preconception care?
- Why is it important to take care of your health before conception?
- Is preconception health important for men as well?
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