Dr. Genevieve Newton, DC, PhD
Dr. Genevieve Newton is the Scientific Director of Fringe. Her job is to “bring the science” that supports our education.
Dr. Genevieve Newton has four degrees: a BSc, DC, MSc, and Ph.D. Thousands of hours studying every system of the body and dissecting how it works. She has worked in research labs with cells, animals, and human tissues, and run clinical trials and observational studies with people ranging from preschool-aged children to adults. Her lifelong passion is rooted in education, however, her deepest and most cherished lessons about health have come from her own life.
By the time she was a young adult her type, A tendencies were well established. Dr. Genevieve Newton thrived on success and productivity—the more the better, although in retrospect, she realizes that none of her achievements ever helped to make her feel like she was anything other than an imposter.
“Sure, I got an A, but that was just luck. That scholarship? Must not have had many people apply! No matter what I did, I always had a harsh inner critic that spoke to my unworthiness.”
In 2015, Dr. Genevieve Newton had surgery for a chronic health problem. She had post-surgical complications, which resulted in being off work for six weeks. “I will never forget the gratitude I felt at being given a bit of a break from all of my responsibilities.”
This should have been the wake-up call that she needed to slow down, but it wasn’t. She started up again at full speed as soon as she recovered.
Her health started to deteriorate. Badly. In late 2017, she fell into a depression that continued to worsen over several months.
She was used to cycling moods, which had plagued her since early adolescence, but this was different. It wouldn’t let up, and it brought her to some really dark places.
Dr. Newton’s doctor suggested that I take a leave of absence from work, which she did through the summer of 2018.
She felt like I had room to breathe again. She went on two trips with some of her best girlfriends. “When I was away, I had an “aha” moment: I realized that I was deeply unhappy with my life.
Not the details of it, but the way that I engaged with it. That was the beginning of a new way of being.”
Dr. Genevieve Newton’s health challenges continued. The nagging back pain that she had since her early 20s progressed to the point where she was in constant pain and couldn’t sit. She had to retreat from the world again and try to figure out how to heal.
The journey brought her through previously unexplored realms of healing, especially complementary and alternative, and even though her back problem ultimately required surgery, she experienced deep and profound healing in many other ways through all of the practices that she engaged in. She came to recognize the interconnectedness of body, mind, and spirit, and the need to always care for oneself, as well as others, with love and compassion.
She now looks back on the journey of mental and physical breakdown as being the greatest gift of her life. It led to a complete inner transformation and a new way of being in the world. Paradoxically, her life was the same as before, but everything was different because of the way she perceived it. It’s incredible what a shift in consciousness can do.
She emerged with a personal ecosystem that included things like breathwork, mindfulness, energy, and plant-based medicine, which maintain her harmony and balance. This is the framework that informs how she engages with the world in every moment.
In early 2021, she sent Alyson Evans, one of her dearest friends and founder and CEO of Fringe, a text. Among other things, she told her about a dream I had just had, that she was working for her new company. She responded that she had been thinking the same thing.
“When she shared the Fringe ecosystem, the company’s guiding vision and framework of health and healing, imagine my surprise to discover that it was a perfect mirror to my own. Coincidence? I don’t think so.”
Everyone at Fringe is unique, but we all share the same values. Whole person health. Harmony. Mind, body, spirit. Connection and belief. The power of community.
“I am so excited to be able to contribute to Fringe by translating the science that supports our mission. As a scientist, I am always trying to understand how things work. But I also embrace not knowing. Together, I hope that we will not only walk well-worn paths of healing but will also blaze new trails, continuously expanding our understanding of what it means to be truly healthy.”
“As one of my favorite teachers, Roshi Joan Halifax, says in her book “Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet,” growth happens at the edges. It is the place of our greatest transformation.”
On the Fringe.