naturopathic medicine

The IV is your best choice for naturopathic medicine. Our doctors are passionate about health and have the experience and credentials to treat a variety of conditions and illnesses such as digestive disturbance, fatigue, hormonal imbalances, pain, stress and anxiety.

Dr. Heidi Rootes, Naturopathic Physician

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Over the past nine years in practice Dr. Rootes has created a strong presence within the health care community, earning a reputation as a physician who takes the time to listen to her patients, develop individual treatment plans and achieve excellent health outcomes. She has extensive specialized training in treating pain and injury, hormone imbalance, weight loss and fatigue.

Without Dr. Heidi Rootes, I’d still be a mess. When I first went to her I had constant pain in my neck for over 4 years. With only a few treatments the pain was gone and I was back enjoying the active lifestyle I was missing. Her professionalism and awesome personality put me at ease and made the treatments an enjoyable experience. I’d recommend her services to anyone that has any sort of joint injury in a heartbeat.

—Shawn L., Owner at BluLiving

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Dr. Brett Simpson, Naturopathic Physician

Dr. Brett Simpson appreciates the hard work it takes to afford living in a city like Vancouver, and enjoys supporting her patients in making the most of their busy lifestyles. She works with her patients to establish health goals that will improve energy and optimize adaptation to stress, in order to better take on personal and professional goals. Brett is dedicated to getting to know her patients and understanding their state of health, which enables her to tailor health plans for each individual’s unique lifestyle. She works with her patients to optimize nutrition, balance hormones, improve immune function, and address mental and emotional stress. Dr. Simpson creates treatment plans that are sustainable, and support her patients in achieving their goals, and making the most of their lives in this beautiful city.

Dr. Brett is a kind, compassionate doctor who takes the time to listen to her patients. Her innovative approach to healthcare shines through in the success her patients achieve in reaching their health goals.

—HR

Dr. Nicola Bennett, Naturopathic Physician

Dr. Nicola is a Naturopathic Doctor and yoga teacher living and thriving in beautiful Vancouver, BC. Her interest in the human body and its movement brought her to UBC where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and Health Science. Although Nicola had always wanted to be a doctor, she realized along the way that the conventional medical system was not for her. Yoga was the key that unlocked the door to a whole new world of Eastern philosophy and healing traditions, and she soon realized there were more paths to good health than those offered by western medicine. Nicola decided to pursue another four years of school at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine where she became a Naturopathic Doctor. Her special areas of interest include women’s health, physical medicine, and medical aesthetics. She especially enjoys treating fatigue, thyroid and hormonal imbalances, menstrual irregularities and menopause. She also has a passion for treating sports and other pain related injuries. Dr. Nicola is certified in IV therapy, acupuncture, cosmetic botulism toxin, dermal fillers, and holds prescriptive authority in BC.

 

I have been seeing Dr. Nicola for nearly a year. I came to her with a severe case of eczema which I had not been able cure after trying several remedies and creams. Dr. Nicola was an excellent listener and provided me with a series of treatments and lifestyle changes to try. We set personal and health goals tailored to my lifestyle and she created a weekly regime with supplements to enhance my overall well-being. On top of that, Dr. Nicola sends personalized follow up emails between appointments summarizing our previous appointment and checking in on the progress of my health and personal goals. My eczema has been clear for over 6 months now!

—M.

Dr. Julie Cahill, Naturopathic Physician – IV Specialist

Dr. Julie Cahill, ND can help you gain vibrancy and vitality. She empowers you to reach full health. Dr. Julie works with a variety of people who struggle with various health challenges.

 

Dr. Julie is Great. She was very thorough in helping find the root of the issues. Her ability to use all her training in different areas was impressive. Very friendly, I will go to her again.

—Marlis M

 

Dr. Erica Kubanek, Naturopathic Physician – IV Specialist

Dr Erica Kubanek is an experienced naturopathic doctor who has been using advanced intravenous nutrient therapies since 2012. She loves providing patients with safe and effective natural options to improve their wellbeing and elevate their daily lives. Before training to become a doctor Erica was doing her Masters in Medical Genetics at the U of A, Edmonton. She wasn’t happy being a research scientist so when she learned about Naturopathic Medicine she enrolled in the program in the Naturopathic Medicine Program in BC. Early on in practice, Erica found that her patients were struggling with a variety of health concerns of which many can be traced back to their digestion and absorption of nutrients. That led to her interest in treating digestive disorders and IV nutrient therapy. Now you can find her supervising naturopathic medical students, practicing naturopathic medicine and always on the hunt to learn more about natural medicine and how to best serve the patients that are seeking health and wellness.

 

 

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Naturopathic Medicine – Alternative Medicine at a Glance

Naturopathic physicians are primary health care doctors who treat both acute and chronic conditions such as digestive disturbance, fatigue, hormonal imbalances, pain, stress and anxiety. Naturopathic medicine is based on the fundamental principle of treating the cause of a condition. By focusing on the cause with a holistic approach not only are a patient’s symptoms alleviated, long term healing is achieved.

Naturopathic Treatments

Naturopaths have a variety of treatment options to address various conditions and illnesses. These treatment options are based on treating the underlying cause while managing symptoms. This revolves around natural antibiotics and other natural remedies that rest on the foundation of herbal medicine and bio-identical therapies. Overall, treatments are wide and varied.

conditions treated

  • allergies
  • anxiety and depression
  • asthma
  • diabetes
  • digestive disorders and food sensitivities
  • headaches and migraines
  • heart disease and high blood pressure
  • heavy metal toxicity
  • hormone imbalance
  • immune dysfunction
  • infertility
  • insomnia and fatigue
  • menopause/andropause
  • pain and injury
  • skin conditions
  • sports injuries
  • stress management
  • thyroid disorders
  • weight management

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Are you suffering from an injury, old or new? Do you have painful joints or lower back pain? Regenerative injection therapies such as PRP and prolotherapy are safe, effective, non-surgical treatments to help stimulate repair of damaged tissue.

When a tissue is injured it requires blood flow to the area to promote healing. This response is what we feel as inflammation. Often times we suppress this response and shut down the healing process; other times the injury is too severe for the body to heal itself. PRP is a therapy that removes the healing factors (also called growth factors) from your blood and injects them directly into the injured tissue or joint. Essentially PRP uses the body’s own healing mechanism to promote tissue regeneration and repair!

PRP has been used for years throughout the US and other countries to improve healing and speed recovery. PRP is being used with increasing demand to treat chronic pain and injury such as back and neck pain, tendonitis, joint pain, arthritis, rotator cuff tears, ACL tears and much more. PRP can treat all joint, tendon and ligament damage whether it is chronic or acute.

conditions treated

  • ankle and foot pain
  • athletic injuries
  • arthritis
  • back pain
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • chronic pain from whiplash and head injury
  • chronic tendonitis
  • degenerative joint conditions
  • dislocation
  • elbow pain
  • headaches and migraines
  • hip pain
  • jaw pain
  • joint pain
  • knee pain
  • muscle pain
  • neck pain
  • partially torn ligament, tendon or cartilage
  • post surgical pain
  • rib pain
  • rotator cuff injury
  • sciatic pain
  • sacroiliac joint pain
  • shoulder pain
  • sports injury
  • TMJ

Prolotherapy

Are you suffering from an injury, old or new? Do you have painful joints or lower back pain? Regenerative injection therapies such as PRP and prolotherapy are safe, effective, non-surgical treatments to help stimulate repair of damaged tissue.

Much like PRP, prolotherapy is another regenerative injection therapy that uses blood flow to promote healing and repair of damaged tissue. “Prolo” is short for proliferation. By use of injection of a solution of dextrose, vitamins and other substances such as hyaluronic acid, prolotherapy stimulates blood flow to an area of injury such as a damaged ligament or tendon, and promotes healing. The result is the proliferation or growth of new, healthy tissue without surgical intervention or lengthy rehabilitation.

conditions treated

  • ankle and foot pain
  • athletic injuries
  • arthritis
  • back pain
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • chronic pain from whiplash and head injury
  • chronic tendonitis
  • degenerative joint conditions
  • dislocation
  • elbow pain
  • headaches and migraines
  • hip pain
  • jaw pain
  • joint pain
  • knee pain
  • muscle pain
  • neck pain
  • partially torn ligament, tendon or cartilage
  • post surgical pain
  • rib pain
  • rotator cuff injury
  • sciatic pain
  • sacroiliac joint pain
  • shoulder pain
  • sports injury
  • TMJ

Neural Therapy

Nothing relieving your pain or increasing your mobility? Neural therapy utilizes injections into nerve sites, acupuncture points, scars, muscle trigger points and other areas of the body to relieve pain and dysfunction. Neural therapy promotes the body’s own natural healing ability which results in a decrease in pain and an increase in motion and function.

Neural therapy is a safe and effective treatment used widely in Europe since the 1940s. It is extremely effective in creating long lasting treatment for a variety of conditions involving pain, dysfunction and immobility.

conditions treated

  • allergies
  • athletic injuries
  • back and neck pain
  • chronic pain from whiplash and head injury
  • headaches and migraines
  • hormonal imbalances
  • jaw pain
  • muscle pain
  • neuralgia
  • organ dysfunction
  • post surgical pain
  • joint pain
  • scar disturbance
  • sinusitis
  • trigger points
  • vertigo

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Any person who has suffered from hormone imbalance realizes the important role hormones play in our energy, mood, libido and sense of well-being.  Bioidentical hormones act in the body just like the hormones we produce.  It is a safe and effective way to balance hormones without the risk associated with other hormone therapies.

conditions treated

  • hot flashes
  • hair loss
  • weight gain
  • menopause/andropause
  • infertility
  • osteoporosis
  • low libido
  • fatigue
  • depression and anxiety
  • sleep disturbance

Weight Loss Programs

Can’t seem to jump-start your own weight loss program? Losing weight can be a frustrating process. Our customized weight loss plans will help you achieve your goals. Whether you need to lose weight fast, are in need of extreme weight loss, or are just looking to lose a few unwanted pounds, our weight loss programs are designed specifically for you.

At the IV our experienced doctors take time to create specialized diet plans and discuss with you not only how to lose weight but also how to keep the weight off. Weekly meetings with the doctor for a check in, weight and measurement reading and weight loss booster (an optional intramuscular injection of vitamin B12 to promote energy and metabolism, plus amino acids methionine, inositol and choline to help promote fat burning) will ensure you stay on track and meet your weight loss goals!

conditions treated

  • 6 week customized weight loss programs
  • rapid weight loss programs

Acne & Skin Conditions

Acne is one of the most common, (and frustrating!) skin conditions. It occurs when hair follicles become clogged with dirt, skin cells, and excess sebum, an oily substance produced by the skin. Bacteria, Propionibacterium acnes (P.acnes), grow in clogged pores, the release lipases that breakdown sebum, and this leads to an inflammatory cascade causing redness, swelling and pus. The visible results? Acne.

What causes acne?

Sex hormone fluctuations are largely responsible for acne, however diet, in particular food sensitivities, stress, certain medications, cosmetics and lotions may all contribute to or worsen acne.

the goals of a holistic natural approach involve:

  • removal of known food sensitivities and dietary triggers
  • balancing hormone levels to decrease excess oil production in the skin
  • increasing healthy skin nutrients
  • enhancing immune system function to prevent excessive bacterial growth

Clinical Nutrition

At The IV Wellness Boutique, we believe nutrition is the cornerstone of good health, and that it is possible to enjoy nutrient-rich foods while leading a busy lifestyle. Our naturopathic doctors will assess your nutritional needs based on your medical history and current circumstance, and may use laboratory or physical exam in order to make recommendations for your diet. We know that every person is unique and has different needs when it comes to nourishing their body; we take this into account in order to help you achieve your health goals.

conditions treated

  • restore energy
  • weight loss
  • digestive disturbance & heart burn
  • address food allergies or sensitivities
  • maintain optimal health
  • nutrition for athletic performance
  • alleviate symptoms of chronic disease or illness
  • hormone balancing
  • prepare for, or heal from a major medical event or surgery
  • post-concussion or brain injury
  • eating disorders
  • anxiety & depression

Phytotherapeutics

Phytotherapy uses the healing properties of food and plant-based medicines to treat illness and maintain health. Contemporary research is continuously revealing the value of botanical constituents for their powerful healing and nutritional value.

conditions treated

  • pain relief
  • PMS
  • hormone imbalance
  • acne
  • allergies
  • digestive problems
  • fatigue & stress
  • weight management
  • chronic disease
  • cardiovascular health & high blood pressure
  • anxiety & depression

Bowen Therapy

Haven’t responded to other forms of therapy? The Bowen Technique has proven to trigger sometimes surprising and unexpected recovery when nothing else has worked. It is a system of subtle and precise mobilizations over muscles, tendons, nerves and fascia. The moves are performed using the thumbs and fingers applying only gentle, non-invasive pressure.

conditions treated

  • lymphatic congestion
  • joint immobility
  • muscle pain
  • poor circulation
  • poor posture

 

 

 

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