Dr. Blake A. Kovner is a Naturopathic Doctor, an 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 has a small apothecary in her office for personalized botanical medicine formulations, creating individualized combinations for her patients. She teaches her patients about the gut-brain axis, empowering them from the inside out to need the medical system less and less. For the same purpose,
she promotes drug-free chronic pain management techniques, utilizing functional medicine and biofeedback.
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 Naturopathy?
A foundation of health
Diet, nutrients and one’s relationships to food are major components of health and happiness but there is so much more to it. Clean air, sunlight, a sense of safety, healthy relationships, personal empowerment and a balanced mind that can minimize negative self talk and judgment are the true foundations of health. Food as medicine is as old as human civilization, older than Hippocrates and dates back to the Indus Valley in 3500 BCE. What we eat undoubtedly ties into who we are because it determines how we feel. So fresh fruit and veggies with healthy oils and tons of herbs and spices and teas all the time and I’ll be just fine? Maybe! There is merit in this only when the soils our food is grown in is not depleted of nutrients and filled with poison. These days often we need some supplementation to support organs, cleanse the whole system or replete depleted nutrients to see a sustainable change in our lives.
Getting back to the basics of being a human with functional posture and movement, diaphragmatic breathing while figuring out which herbs and dietary modifications might help best, we will experiment with your entire life and build a plan together to get you going to work for yourself and the well being of your unique system, life and needs.
I highly endorse natural and organic pest control like neem, thyme, garlic and hot pepper oil. The use of ROUND-UP has unequivocally been found to cause some forms of Non-Hodgkin LYMPHOMA. All farms and gardens need to be free of all glyphosate herbicides, as well as any chemical pesticides. Almost all of the plants coined as “weeds” have medicinal applications. This should make you stop and think. Also, implementation of these medicinal herbs as cash crops for southern and midwestern farmers is a brilliant idea… just sayin’.
Dr. Blake practices Naturopathy in Winston-Salem, NC, and has training in natural, conventional, alternative, and integrative healing methods which include Functional Medicine, Biofeedback, Ayurveda, tissue manipulation, botanical medicine, homeopathy, nutrition and Rasayana Yoga Therapy.
WE ARE DIFFERENT
At the Naturopathic Health Clinic of North Carolina. we hold a vision of helping people and the community find their way to wellness and away from suffering, by treating the whole person, rather than just the disease.
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?