Zeenia Junkeer was born in Colombo Sri Lanka and raised in Beaverton, Oregon. Trained as a naturopathic physician, Zeenia has combined her work in social and racial justice advocacy with her training as a physician to work towards equitable health outcomes that center healing through traditional ways of knowing. A double Sagittarius and an avid seeker of the sun, you’ll find Zeenia near water whenever possible.
Dr. Zeenia received a B.S. in Justice Studies and Social Inquiry with a concentration in Child and Family Studies and a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.) from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in 2010. Dr. Zeenia is a founding director of Naturopaths Without Borders, adjunct faculty at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) and current Director of a local Oregon based non-profit.
My medical practice and my consulting work are driven by the same values, beliefs and principles
Definition below created by the Oregon Health Equity Alliance (OHEA)
Health equity is rooted in dismantling and shifting oppressive structural and systemic practices that affect individuals and communities’ ability to thrive. Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity, resources, power and autonomy to attain their full health potential. In order to achieve health equity, systems that sustain beliefs and behaviors rooted in the oppression of our communities based on race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, religion, immigration status, and other characteristics, must be dismantled.
Identify and treat the cause
Definition from the Naturopathic Principles of Healing
Tolle Causam. Illness does not occur without cause. Underlying causes of disease must be discovered and removed or treated before a person can recover completely from illness. Symptoms are expressions of the body’s attempt to heal, but are not the cause of disease; therefore, naturopathic medicine addresses itself primarily to the underlying causes of disease, rather than to the symptoms. Causes may occur on many levels, including physical, mental-emotional, and spiritual.
Definition from Race Forward
Anti-Racism is defined as the work of actively opposing racism by advocating for changes in political, economic, and social life. Anti-racism tends to be an individualized approach, and set up in opposition to individual racist behaviors and impacts.