Thanks for joining me! As a Naturopathic Physician, there is nothing else I’d rather do with my day than sit with you and get to root cause of your pain and suffering. The first time people sit down with me, we take 2 HOURS so I can hear your story in your words and we begin the healing process by taking the time together to bear witness to your narrative. Naturopathic Medicine is a team sport and I not only trust but rely on you and your intuition to show up and be willing and open to address all aspects of your life. Part of the trust I hold includes believing that all people are smart enough to understand their health picture and body if provided the right education. I believe deeply that health and wellness are human rights and as a part of the Hippocratic Oath that I took, I believe educating my patients is at the foundation of doing no harm.
As a part of my practice, I use evidence-based botanical medicine and have over a thousand hours of training both as a part of the Naturopathic Medical Program at Bastyr, where I studied but also several hundred hours were done in a number of different electives. Botanical medicine is near and dear to my heart and I use it in my own life, family and practice every day. I have created dozens of botanical formulas, approved by highly-trained mentors, that effectively address and support the body’s natural healing process. I love to apply what I know to the formulation process and create individual products for my patients. Whether they are teas, tinctures, bath soaks, sitz baths, lotions, creams, salves, oxymiels or medicated vinegars, oils and honey. An interesting aspect of medical herbalism is that we all ultimately have a handful of herbs that will work best with our system to support our overall health.
“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin” – Will Shakespeare
Dr. Blake Ashley Kovner ND, is a graduate of Salem College’s Fleer Program where she earned her B.S. in biology with a minor in chemistry with an emphasis in the crossroads of the two, biochemistry. She went to Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington where she was trained as a Primary Care Provider in Naturopathic Medicine. During her education, Dr. Kovner underwent specialized and extensive Naturopathic training in Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and autoimmune disease management approaches. She also became a licensed massage practitioner at the same time.
Her practice is comprised of roots-based, constitutional medicine that stems from Western Medical Herbalism, German Biologic Medicine and Ayurveda. As a Medical Herbalist, Dr. Kovner employs the art and science of individualized formulation where she makes botanical medicine for her patients, teaches them about the plants and how to grow them.
While she is a specialist in nutraceuticals, Dr. Kovner believes strongly in the Hippocratic principle, “Let thy food be thy medicine.” With this in mind, she teaches her patients about the gut-brain axis, empowering them from the inside out. In a similar light, she excels in drug-free pain management for almost any chronic condition utilizing functional medicine and biofeedback.
She worked in New Orleans at LSU as a research associate on an NIH-funded clinical trial on the safety and neuroprotective effects of a green tea extract on people with Multiple Sclerosis. There, she co-authored two peer-reviewed articles on MS that were published in scientific journals. The first is entitled, “Cognitive Impairment in multiple sclerosis” and the second one, “Polyphenon E, Non-futile at Neuroprotection in Multiple Sclerosis but Unpredictably Hepatotoxic: Phase I Single Group and Phase II Randomized Placebo-Controlled Studies”. She also participated in building an MRI database to see if brain atrophy is directly related to disease progression as measured by EDSS score and was trained as a Wheelchair Hatha Yoga Teacher and a Rasayana Yoga Teacher.
Prior to practicing medicine, Dr. Kovner was a poet on the local SLAM poetry team and is the artist who created the iconic Trade Street figure called, Sax Man and had two gallery openings at AFAS's former UnLeashed Gallery.