Axiom Health – Kelowna Naturopathic Clinic
Who are we?
Axiom Health Clinic has been established as its very own clinic as of January 2020, after shifting from a partnership with the very successful Mission Naturopathic Clinic for the past 9 years. Dr. Berg has practiced in Kelowna for over 13 years, and her dynamic team at the clinic are excited with the new transition. They will continue to strive to provide you the most health-optimizing environment and experience possible. We offer many different tools and therapies to support you on your healing journey, from Intravenous therapy, to nutritional advice to counselling. We have a holistic approach to both Mind, Body and Soul.
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is health care that treats the underlying cause of disease. It utilizes the art and science of supporting the natural healing processes of the patient through the removal of obstacles.
It is a preventative medicine that deals with the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical bodies. It utilizes therapeutics that support or enhance a patient’s overall health.
The treatments are designed individually, and with the goal of teaching the patient how to become empowered over their health.
In B.C., Naturopathic Doctors are licensed to be primary physicians. They are trained as general practitioners in complementary medicine and provide a full range of diagnostic tests and therapies.
The main tenants in Naturopathic Medicine are as follows:
– To do no harm.
– To cooperate with the healing powers of nature.
– To address the fundamental cause of disease.
– To heal the whole person through individualized treatments.
– To teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine.
What is the training of a Naturopath?
All licensed Naturopathic Doctors must have a minimum of 3 years pre-medical training from a university; followed by a four-year intensive Naturopathic medical training at an accredited school. In the Naturopathic colleges, students receive roughly 1,500 hours of basic and clinical sciences, 1,900 hours of standard medical therapeutics (pharmacology, internal medicine, laboratory diagnosis, etc.), and extensive training in naturopathic techniques.
The Doctors must also pass board exams to be able to practice. They may also undergo additional training in things like acupuncture, IV therapy, chelation, prolotherapy, homeopathy, etc.
What to expect on the first visit?
We request that new patients print off the consent form and appropriate intake form from our Intake Forms attachments below.
By printing these forms and bringing them to your appointment filled in, you save having to come to your appointment 20 minutes early. We will collect a urinalysis on your first visit, so please arrive prepared. Your first appointment will be a 60 minute complete assessment with our holistic nutritionist and will be performing a several urine and blood tests, as well as a complete vitamin and mineral check. Please bring along any supplements you are currently taking so they can also be assessed on this initial appointment.
After this appoint, you will then visit with the ND, which is typically 80-90 minutes, and a comprehensive health assessment is taken including medical history, dietary habits, emotional stress, exercise, environmental toxin exposure, and current health conditions. A physical exam may also be part of the assessment, as well as lab tests may be indicated (either onsite or via referral).
Does insurance cover naturopathic care?
As of January 2002, provincial subsidies for naturopathic care were cut. At present, there is no MSP coverage unless you are on premium assistance (which can be limited). Most extended health care plans (i.e. private plans) do cover visits (usually around 80% of costs).
Be sure to check with your own insurance prior to visiting. Patients are required to pay onsite and then remit the fees afterwards to their own insurance companies.
Dr. Alana Berg, ND, Owner
Dr Berg had been in Kelowna since 2006, where she had the privilege to work in and experience a couple different multi-disciplinary clinics before Mission Naturopathic Clinic. She enjoyed her time there and developed a great network practitioners in the community, however with the desire to achieve an optimal balance and support, she relocated and formed Mission Naturopathic Clinic with ND partners for nearly 9 years. As of 2020, she has created her next step in a clinic of her own that is centred around balance, healing and education.
Since graduation, she has taken various courses and certifications to expand her career as a naturopath: Mind Body Medicine from Harvard University, Homeopathic UNDA and Gemmotherapy, Bodytalk, Neural therapy and Trigger point injections, Guna Cosmetic injections, Low level Laser therapies, and Lyme disease therapies. She is also BC Board Certified in: Acupuncture, IV Therapy, Chelation Therapy, Ozone & Oxidative Therapies and Pharmacology.
Dr. Berg has a general family practice, incorporating functional bio-feedback testing with each patient. She has a special interest in Lyme disease and chronic infections, detoxification and environmental medicine, digestive conditions, auto-immune diseases, men’s and women’s health, and stress management.
Dr. Audrey Wolter, ND
Dr. Wolter has been practicing since 2008 after graduating from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Ontario. She is a general practitioner of Naturopathic Medicine, and has many passions, enjoying an eclectic combination of modalities.
Her practice incorporates kinesiology-based muscle testing as part of her assessments in each visit to understand the deep functioning of the body on a physical, mental and emotional level.
She enjoys treating many conditions, including anxiety, depression, hormonal imbalances & fertility issues, allergies, autoimmune diseases, anti-aging, digestive conditions, skin disorders, joint and muscle rehabilitation. She also has a focus on children’s health.
Dr. Wolter also has extensive training in Homeopathy including injection therapies such as Prolotherapy, Neural Therapy, Trigger Point Injections, lymphatic drainage and other detoxification techniques.
Amber Batke, our Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Functional Nutritionist, also has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the UBC, and is a wife and mother of two. She planned to work in her field of study, Political Science, but after children, she began to discover her passion for health and wellness, particularly to food. She also has a special interest in cooking and love to experiment with recipes in a way that makes them more nutrient dense while also adhering to food sensitivities and knowledge of common food allergens.
She is happy to be working with Dr. Berg and Dr. Wolter at Axiom Health because she believes in the work these women are doing and the environment in which they have created for their patients. She admires their knowledge and commitment and enjoys to continually be learning from them each day. She also loves working in this environment because it fulfills her. To her, there is nothing more fulfilling and inspiring than being a part of someone’s health journey; whether they are ready to take control of their health or just taking the first step and working on putting their goals into words.
Being a Nutritionist means listening, educating, and creating. She believes firmly in the connection between mind, body, and spirit and know that there is an emotional connection to every physical health challenge. As a functional nutritionist, she believes in getting to the root or source of the illness/ailment, rather than just treating the symptom(s). And as everyone is an individual, with individual needs, any plan that she creates will be written with their specific needs and challenges in mind. Educating and thus empowering her patients about their health condition is her greatest passion.
I firmly believe that a practice is stronger when there is a team of professionals who each bring a unique skill and passion to the table. Where there is collaboration and consultation, there is success. She invites you to make an appointment to see her, she is here to answer your questions, guide you towards resources, support you in a meal plan, or compliment a program you are already doing with your Naturopathic Doctor or other healthcare provider. Her purpose is to support and educate you on your path to health and wellness. Let your journey begin!
We specialize in the following treatments:
Based on traditional Chinese Medicine, this therapy works using small needles to stimulate and re-balance the energy (or Qi) within the body. It uses various points on the body that connects to the body’s 12 main meridians. It can be used in acute situations like sports injuries, cold/flu, pain; or more chronic conditions like insomnia, arthritis, menopause, etc.
Allergies to foods or various environmental triggers can be debilitating and progressive. Our clinic uses several techniques to help desensitize your system to this common condition. This can be done safely and effectively via either pollenguard prescriptions, or MORA electrodermal treatments.
This treatment uses herbs in tea and/or tincture form to aid the body in its healing process. It is often very effective in acute conditions like urinary tract infections, cold/flu, etc.
B12 / Folic Acid Injections
Often our society is deficient in B12 and folic acid. This small and safe intramuscular injection provides an excellent means to raise these levels, particularly when a common problem in deficiency is absorption not intake. These injections are a useful form of therapy for pernicious anemia, general fatigue, fibromyalgia, MS, and chronic fatigue.
Heavy metals, like lead, mercury, arsenic, etc., are all around us: in foods we eat, the water we drink, the products we use. They tend to accumulate in the body and can have detrimental effects in the body when the levels are elevated or compounded by more than one heavy metal in the body. They often affect neurological tissue, kidney function, hormone balance, and immune systems. One defence we have against heavy metals is chelation. This uses various agents like EDTA or DMSA to remove these heavy metals from the body.
Cosmetic Homeopathic Treatments
From wrinkle reduction to thigh firming to breast tightening to hair replenishing, these specific homeopathic preparations from Europe are injected superficially into the skin in the corresponding areas. These treatments are quick and safe treatments performed by the ND to achieve your cosmetic goals without harmful side effects often associated with cosmetic surgeries and procedures.
This is an important process of removing all the toxic chemicals from the body, which often accumulate through our everyday lives. We are exposed to chemicals constantly in the food we eat, the air we breathe and the beverages we drink. Detoxification is accomplished through many different therapies but may involve any of the following: dietary suggestions, supplements, infrared saunas, homeopathics, etc. This process allows our body to rest in order to eliminate the chemicals we don’t always have time to deal with.
This therapy uses principles from the age-old homeopathic medicines, as single remedies and combinations to create a balance within the body. They are very safe to use and can often be used in conjunction with prescription medicines. It works very effectively for such things as detoxification, allergies, stress, hormonal imbalances, childbirth, etc. They are also very effective for most ailments of children and infants.
This treatment uses high dose vitamins and minerals that are directly administered to the bloodstream, thereby passing the absorption processes of the GI tract. These therapeutic levels of vitamins and minerals cannot be reached via oral doses. There is a large volume of research showing the benefits of high dose vitamin/minerals in the body, particularly when these nutrients are deficient. This treatment is very effective in cancer, sports medicine, immune enhancement and viral infections.
There are several lab tests that can be done at the clinic when further information may be required. They can include heavy metal analysis, salivary hormones, blood-spot allergy testing, zinc analysis, comprehensive stool analysis and parasitology, and blood tests. We also offer various allergy testing at the office, from allergy scratch testing to VEGA-type electrodermal testing.
This is a very broad category as it can incorporate stress management, personal issues, goal setting, life balancing, fitness incorporation, etc. The main goal of counselling here is to provide a safe environment to encourage growth and development.
Mesotherapy & Lipo-reduction Therapy
This therapy is a French technique that is used to treat areas of cellulite and fatty deposits on the hips, belly, thighs, buttocks, back, and arms. It actually helps to eliminate fat cells to give a firmer and tighter appearance.
Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant in the body, helping to combat elements that create damage known as free radicals. This therapy is administered via inhalation of glutathione gas (the most optimal way to administer it to the body). This is very effective in cancer and sports medicine.
Personalized diet assessment and plans created by our Registered Holistic Nutritionist are based on a patient’s individual needs. For health issues such as allergies, GI complaints, weight loss, cardiovascular health, and diabetes – the appropriate diet can be formulated. This may also involve the use of various supplements, and there is often a focus on nutritional deficiencies that are so common in our society today.
Neural Therapy, Trigger Point Injections & Scar Therapy
This therapy uses injections of local anesthetic and B Vitamins into autonomic ganglia, peripheral nerves, scars, glands, and trigger points for chronic pain and illnesses. It is believed to act through normalizing the function of the nervous system to the affected area and/or breaking down scar tissue.
Neural prolotherapy is founded on the premise that hundreds of nerves exist just beneath the skin and play a key role in regulating pain and healing. When small injections are administered along the nerve routes, it is believed we can regulate the immune system induce healing to these areas. These injections are often used in circumstances of pain, both acute and chronic.
Ozone & Oxidative Therapies
Ozone and Hydrogen peroxide is used in these therapies to stimulate many different processed in the body; from increasing energy production, modulating the immune system, clearing infections like bacteria and viruses. It is also an anti-ageing and anti-cancer treatment. Dr. Berg uses this treatment quite often in her protocols for addressing chronic Lyme, though there are many benefits to be had by using ozone both topically and internally.
ND’s in BC, once completing board certification, can prescribe pharmaceutical medications and compounded medicine from local pharmacies. This prescriptive authority allows ND’s to serve as a more primary care role in a patient’s health.
This therapy uses injections of solution, including anesthetic and dextrose, to help reconstruct new tendons and ligaments in areas like our joints. It is used for injuries, pain and arthritis. The purpose of the injection is to stimulate the body’s regeneration processes, thereby assisting in the production of new connective tissue.
This works on a similar principle as IV therapy, but a small amount is injected superficially or intramuscularly to target the areas and allow a slower release. There are different combinations available, which can be very effective for infections, fatigue, acute injuries, migraines, and menstrual cramping to name just a few.
** YES! We are accepting NEW PATIENTS! **
For all patients
Pediatric Intake Form
Newborn – 1year
Child Intake Form
13months – 12years
Adolescent Intake Form
13years – 17years
Adult Intake Form
18years and older
If you would like to fill out your intake form ahead of time, please feel free to download the appropriate form(s) and bring it to your appointment.
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Address: 104-3040 Tutt Street
Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 2H5
Telephone: (778) 478-0070
Email: [email protected]
Monday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Friday: 9:00am to 1:00pm