Mental Health

Oak Clinic in Dawson Creek supports mental well-being, offering care for stress, anxiety, depression & more. Tailored treatments for mind & body.

Anyone who has struggled with a mental health disorder understands its profound impact, extending beyond the mind. At Oak Clinic in Dawson Creek, we recognize the intricate connection between mental, physical and spiritual health. Our dedicated team is committed to providing comprehensive care that addresses all dimensions of well-being.

Mental health disorders don't exist in isolation; they intricately influence physical health and vice versa. The effects can range from disruptions in sleep patterns and immune responses to gastrointestinal disturbances. Our holistic approach stems from understanding this interconnectedness – we believe that to foster true well-being, mental and physical health must be nurtured together.

At Oak Clinic, we go beyond symptom management. We understand that mental health is a multi-faceted experience, and our scope of care reflects this depth. We address not only specific concerns like anxiety, depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), disordered eating, and body image issues, but also prioritize cultivating healthy stress management techniques for all our patients. This comprehensive approach ensures that you receive the support you need to manage symptoms while enhancing your overall mental and physical resilience.

The Role of Naturopathic Doctors

Our Naturopathic Doctors (NDs), equipped with a profound understanding of the intricate mind-body connection, are essential in our mental health care approach. Drawing on their expertise in both western and eastern medical paradigms, as well as natural medicine, our Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) use their expertise to create personalized treatment plans. These encompass an array of modalities, ranging from tailored dietary adjustments to targeted supplements and lifestyle modifications. In recognizing that mental health is complex, our NDs delve into the influences that shape brain chemistry, such as chronic stress, hormonal imbalances, digestive issues, nutrient deficiencies, and chronic illnesses. By working on the many causes of mental health concerns and their interactions with these factors, our NDs empower patients to better equilibrium.

The Integrative Power of Acupuncture

Acupuncture, with its foundation in traditional Chinese medicine, offers an integrative perspective on mental health. Beyond being a practice that soothes the mind, it also harmonizes bioenergetic pathways that influence physical health. By strategically stimulating specific acupuncture points, our skilled practitioners work with neural and biochemical networks ("qi"), promoting the synchronized modulation of emotional and physical responses. As a result, acupuncture can help regulate neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, which play pivotal roles in mood regulation. It can also enhance the body's natural relaxation response, easing feelings of tension and stress. This approach contributes to a holistic sense of overall well-being.

Massage Therapy for Mind-Body Balance

Massage therapy, another facet of our approach, plays a pivotal role in harmonizing the mind and body. Our massage therapists understand that stress often manifests physically, leading to muscle tension and discomfort. Regular massage sessions stimulate the release of endorphins – the body's natural feel-good hormones – while also reducing the levels of stress hormones like cortisol. This dual effect can lead to improved mood, reduced anxiety, and a greater sense of relaxation. Moreover, massage therapy encourages mindfulness and a heightened awareness of the body, helping individuals connect with their physical sensations and manage emotional triggers more effectively. Through specialized techniques, massage therapy alleviates tension, improve blood circulation, and induce relaxation – all of which contribute to mental and physical equilibrium.

Holistic Well-being: Bridging the Mental-Physical Divide

In an era where mental health is rightfully gaining attention, it's crucial to explore a range of avenues for healing. By acknowledging the interconnectedness of the mind and body, these practices empower individuals to take control of their mental health journey in a holistic and sustainable way. If you or a loved one are navigating mental health concerns, consider exploring the benefits of this integrative approach – one that recognizes the profound link between mental well-being and overall health.

Contact Oak Clinic today to take the first step toward nurturing your holistic well-being. Your journey to vibrant mental and physical health begins here.

Practitioners Specializing In:

Mental Health

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.

Emma Sloane

Certified Massage Professional (CMMOTA)

Emma is a full time Massage Professional and has additional training in Neurostructural Integration, RAPID Neurofascial Reset and Lensen Osteopathy.

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.