Dr. Roger Rogers is the co-founder of the Centre for Integrated Healing in Vancouver, now known as InspireHealth. Dr. Rogers is true pioneer in integrative medicine and has been an inspiration to a generation of phyisicans interested in health, healing and supporting the body’s ability to heal.
He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and psychology, a Bachelor degree in Social Work, and a Doctorate of Medicine (UBC, M.D. 1959). He worked in Family Practice for over thirty years and was involved in teaching medical students at as a UBC Clinical Instructor.
Dr. Rogers has had a special interest in integrative medicine for more than 50 years. Following his lifelong interest in nutrition, natural healing and complementary therapies, he co-founded the Thera Wellness Centre in 1977. This non-profit organization was devoted to working with the whole person towards optimum well-being. It was operated next door to the family medical practice established by he and his wife and partner, Dr. Marion Rogers. As word of mouth grew and the one room Centre became increasingly busy, Marion shouldered more of the family practice while Roger began to focus on the careof cancer patients. The Centre for Integrated Therapy was formalized in 1992 and evolved into the Centre for Integrated Healing in 1997, which Dr. Rogers co-founded with Dr. Hal Gunn. Dr. Rogers was involved in founding and supporting the Association of Complementary & Integrative Physicians of BC (ACIPBC) and the Canadian Complementary Medical Association (CCMA).
In 2001, Dr. Rogers was appointed to the Order of British Columbia, the province’s highest honour, for his pioneering work in alternative and complementary cancer care. The Dr. Rogers Prize for Excellence in Complementary and Alternative Medicine has now been established in recognition of his contribution to the field and his tireless efforts to gain widespread recognition for – and acceptance of – complementary and alternative cancer treatments in this country.
In 2001, the Rogers moved to Vancouver Island for a very well-deserved retirement.Passionate about helping others, Roger continued to see patients on a part-time basis on the Island until February 2006, when he fully retired in his late-seventies. The Rogers have three children Gordon, Geoff & Alison and three grand-children.
A wonderful and passionate man, Roger’s gentle spirit is still so appreciated by his thousands of patients and all those who have known him.