Dr. Katie Coombs, Naturopathic Doctor
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Naturopathic medicine brings together the parts of the world that I enjoy the most. Nature and medicine! As a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, I am able to perform physical exams when required, request lab work (for a fee), diagnose conditions with this information and prescribe nutrition/ supplements as well as prescription drugs, administer intravenous therapies, botanical medicines, counselling, heavy metal chelation as well as upcoming new therapies in the industry.
Your hormones are the messengers of your body and a small problem (excess or deficiency) in one hormone can cause global symptoms throughout the body. This can even include effects on other hormones. Common diagnoses include: hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, hypogonadism, estrogen dominance or progesterone deficiency, PCOS, menopause and PMS. Weight and aging are common concerns that many of my patients are struggling with. Often there is an underlying problem that is hindering their efforts. Once we solve the issue, or improve the way in which the body works, we can make efforts more effective. I have taken additional training with LP3 (pharmacist) as well as with A4M in order to accurately and effectively prescribe bio-identical hormones for any number of these concerns.
I also have taken additional training in heavy metal chelation and advanced IV therapies with the leading experts in Canada and the US. I find that when treatments are not seeming to work or a case is especially complex, we often find very high levels of toxic metals such as lead or mercury. The additional training and certification in Ozone and oxidative therapies that I have recently completed has allowed me yet another tool to work with chronic diseases and aging. IV therapy can be a great way to improve your energy and begin to get your life back when you just need to feel better quickly or can be used when we need to address a concern but absorption of nutrients is compromised. I am always looking to learn something new and am actively researching and attending continuing education and conferences in various areas of health.
I tend to treat a lot of chronic digestive disorders including those which conventional medicine doesn't treat particularly well, including IBS, SIBO, Chrohns or ulcerative colitis. You can learn more about my approach here.
In my personal life, I’ve spent time living in several mountain towns in BC and have become an avid snowboarder and all-mountain biker. I stay active by running, hiking, biking, snowboarding, yoga and enjoy weight training as well. I believe it is very important to find activities that you enjoy in order to maintain fitness in your everyday life. This has also given me great interest in naturopathic sports medicine and has driven me to training in prolotherapy and prolozone to help heal some of the chronic injuries that are inevitable in such activities. After practicing in Calgary for 4 years, I made the move back to BC and call Kelowna my home!
I understand that health is a complicated task for most people. There are any number of things that get in our way but the most common barrier is time. By combining my nutrition expertise, personal training and naturopathic treatments I give the most complete treatment plan to any of your health concerns. My focus is doing what is best for you!
Each person has elements that make them different from every other person. These elements might be on a mental, emotional or physical level but with our wide variety of professional services we can help on every level to get you where you want to be. Our first goal of treatment is to make you feel better and our second goal is to find and treat the cause. There is a synergistic relationship between the food we eat, the movement or exercise we perform and our overall mental well-being. The body does not heal selectively and to perform at your highest level, you must address all areas of health.
I am committed to the communities in the Kelowna and Okanagan areas and have an office within West Kelowna Acupuncture in West Kelowna where I provide Naturopathic consultations, therapeutic nutritional consulting and Naturopathic treatments, including IV therapies and heavy metal chelation.
CERTIFICATES AND EDUCATION
- DOCTOR OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE, BOUCHER INSTITUTE OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE
- ACUPUNCTURE CERTIFICATION
- ADVANCED INTRAVENOUS THERAPIES CERTIFICATION (INTERNATIONAL IV NUTRITIONAL THERAPY/ NATUROMED)
- CHELATION AND ADVANCED INTRAVENOUS THERAPIES CERTIFICATION (NATUROMED/ INTERNATIONAL IV NUTRITIONAL THERAPY)
- PROLOTHERAPY CERTIFICATION (AOAPRM/ MAUI REGENERATIVE MEDICINE)
- OZONE CERTIFICATION (DR. SHALLENBERGER OZONE THERAPY TRAINING)
- SUPERSEDING SIBO
- LP3 BHRT and A4M BHRT
- CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY 1 AND 2 (UPLEDGER)
- WILSON'S TEMPERATURE SYNDROME PRACTITIONER
- BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, THOMPSON RIVERS UNIVERSITY
- CAN-FIT-PRO, CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER
- NATUROPATHIC EMERGENCY PROCEDURES/ ADVANCED CARDIAC LIFE SUPPORT
- CPR-C WITH AED