Digestive Concerns

Improve digestion at Oak Clinic, Dawson Creek. Treating heartburn, IBS, IBD & more. Good health begins with nutrient absorption through effective digestion.

Digestion is more than a bodily function; it's the starting point for overall well-being. At Oak Clinic, our dedicated team of naturopathic doctors, acupuncture practitioners, and massage therapists collaboratively guide you toward optimal digestive health.

Naturopathic Doctors: Nurturing Digestive Health from Within

Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) at Oak Clinic approach digestive issues with a deep understanding of the intricate connections between gut health and overall health. They recognize that a well-functioning digestive system is essential for nutrient absorption, immune function, hormone metabolism and even mental health. NDs delve beyond surface symptoms to identify underlying causes that lead to discomfort and dysfunction.

Drawing upon both western and eastern medical paradigms, as well as natural medicine, our Naturopathic Doctors create individualized treatment strategies. These may encompass strategic dietary adjustments, targeted supplements, herbal remedies, lifestyle modifications and occasionally prescription pharmaceuticals. Our NDs also possess access to specialized testing that might not be readily available elsewhere. This personalized methodology effectively tackles a wide spectrum of digestive concerns, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, dysbiosis, small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), Crohn’s/colitis, bile acid malabsorption and food sensitivities. By delving into the underlying origins of digestive issues, our NDs empower individuals to achieve lasting relief and optimal digestive function.

Digestion Panels Offered with NDs:
  • SIBO Breath Testing for H2/CH4 Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth
  • Stool Culture for Good Bacteria, Bad Bacteria (including prescription and herbal resistance), Parasitology and Inflammatory/Digestive Markers
  • Food Sensitivity Testing
  • Urea Breath Testing for H. Pylori

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Acupuncture: Balancing Energy for Digestive Harmony

Grounded in the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture provides insight into the dynamics of digestion, viewed as a complex web of bioelectrical signaling ("qi") within the body. Our acupuncture practitioners are well-versed in the intricate relationship between these pathways and digestive equilibrium. By precise placement of fine needles at strategically mapped acupuncture points, they engage with neural and biochemical pathways, eliciting responses that optimize the coordinated regulation of digestive functions.

Acupuncture can effectively alleviate a range of digestive issues, including bloating, constipation, reflux and indigestion. By supporting the body's ability to absorb nutrients, reducing inflammation, and calming the nervous system, acupuncture plays a pivotal role in restoring optimal digestive function.

Massage Therapy: Easing Tension and Enhancing Digestion

Massage therapy, another component of our holistic approach, offers unique benefits for digestive health. Our skilled massage therapists understand the connection between the body's musculoskeletal system and digestive function. Tension, stress, and imbalances in these areas can hinder proper digestion. Through specialized techniques, our therapists work to release tension, improve blood flow, and promote relaxation, thereby facilitating a more efficient digestive process.

By incorporating massage therapy into our approach, we address not only the physical aspects of digestion but also the emotional and mental components. A relaxed body and mind are conducive to optimal digestion, ensuring that you receive holistic care that supports your overall well-being.

The Synergy of Digestive Wellness

In a world where digestive discomfort is widespread, Oak Clinic offers an integrative path to restoring digestive harmony, alleviating discomfort, and promoting overall wellness. Whether seeking relief from chronic digestive issues or aiming to maintain optimal gut health, this partnership provides a roadmap for individuals to embark on a journey toward renewed vitality and well-being. Through the expertise of naturopathic doctors, acupuncture practitioners and massage therapists, digestive wellness becomes an achievable reality.

Contact us today to embark on your path to lasting digestive harmony and overall vitality.

Practitioners Specializing In:

Digestive Concerns

Dr. Ayla Andrus

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Ayla is a full-time Naturopathic Doctor, seeing patients Monday through Thursday. She runs a general clinic but does focus her time on digestive and hormone concerns.

Dr. Elena Moore

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Elena is a full-time Naturopathic Doctor. While she operates a general clinic, her expertise and primary areas of focus are mental health, digestion, hormonal health, and cardiovascular disease.

Ally Ratzke

Registered Acupuncturist

Alexandra (Ally) Ratzke is a Registered Acupuncturist with the CTCMA and Certified Laser Acupuncturist. She sees patients Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Megan Piccinin

Certified Massage Professional (CMMOTA)

Megan is an accomplished and dedicated Massage Professional, known for her exceptional expertise in a variety of massage techniques.