Dr. Blake A. Kovner is a Naturopathic Doctor, HeartMath Certified Practitioner of Biofeedback Therapy, a Clinical Herbalist and a Craniosacral therapist. She is a graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle, where she earned her doctoral degree in Naturopathic Medicine and was trained as a Primary Care Provider with a special interest in autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases through the lens of psycho-neuro-immunology.
During her education, Dr. Kovner underwent specialized and prolonged training in Complementary, Alternative, Integrative and Naturopathic approaches to managing Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. She is a practitioner of Vitalism, the clinical awareness and utilization of body’s natural tendency to heal itself once the obstacles to an individual’s ability to heal are removed. This is can be physiological obstacle, a mental/emotional or even spiritual obstacle or any permutation thereof.
Through the practice of Constitutional Medicine, the person’s entire makeup, or constitution, is taken into consideration when assessing for which obstacles need to be removed in order for the body to heal itself.
By drawing from the collective body of medical knowledge and reaching beyond the “Western medical model of health, Dr. Kovner includes Western Herbalism, Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine all of which have many overlapping concepts with Naturopathy
Dr. Kovner offers personalized botanical medicine formulations right out of her beautiful in-office apothecary. She teaches her patients about the gut-brain axis, empowering them from the inside out.
Prior to practicing medicine, Dr. Kovner 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 has been practicing Rasayana Yoga since 2004.
What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
Naturopathic doctors are educated and trained in accredited 4 year naturopathic medical colleges. They diagnose, prevent, and treat acute and chronic illness to restore and establish optimal health by supporting the person’s inherent self-healing process. Rather than just suppressing symptoms, naturopathic doctors work to identify underlying causes of illness, and develop personalized treatment plans to address them. Their Therapeutic Order™, identifies the natural order in which all therapies should be applied to provide the greatest benefit with the least potential for damage.
While many naturopathic doctors are trained in primary care, like conventional allopathic medical doctors (MDs), some choose to specialize or focus their practices.
For a comprehensive report from the Nation Institutes of Health (NIH) on Naturopathy for Primary Care,
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
A foundation of health
A distinct form of health care, Naturopathic Medicine supports the body’s innate ability to heal using modern science and cutting edge technology, botanical medicine, diet, nutrients and the mind-body connection. Relationships to people, places and food are major components of health and happiness. Clean air, sunlight, gravity, sleep, sex, a sense of safety and personal empowerment contribute to a balanced mind that can minimize negative self talk and judgment and make way to access the true foundation of health.
Dr. Blake has training in Natural Medicine, conventional/western/allopathic medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), and Integrative healing methods as well as Biofeedback, Ayurveda and Rasayana/Restorative, Hatha and Wheelchair Yoga.
WE ARE DIFFERENT
Dr. Blake holds a vision of helping people and the community find their way to wellness and away from suffering, by treating people, not diseases.
Common questions people come in with:
Do I really need supplements and if which ones are safest? Can I afford to feed a large family on a budget with healthy foods? Can I still eat meat? Which foods should I avoid and WHY? What the heck are “healthy fats”? Do I have to eat kale? How do I combine the right foods for my body type so I can lose/maintain a healthy body weight? What is my constitution with regard to Ayurveda? And what is the deal with vaccines?
Let’s Chat about it!