Dr. Alaina Overton, ND
Seven years ago, my story began. Like many university graduates, I finished my degree, moved back home, and thought, now what? I knew I was interested in health, but I had no idea how to translate this interest into a fulfilling career. By chance, I accepted an administrative position at a naturopathic clinic despite having never heard of naturopathic medicine before. There, I learned the 6 principles of naturopathic medicine, and these principles continue to guide and define my practice to this day.
First, do no harm . The healing power of nature . Treat the cause . Treat the whole person . Prevention . Doctor as teacher.
These beliefs paralleled the views and approach to health I'd always had. Believing the body has an inherent ability to heal itself? Focusing on the cause as well as symptoms? I remember thinking, this makes so much sense. Then I met my mentor. I'd never encountered a doctor so compassionate, informed, and articulate. A doctor so willing to impart knowledge to patients. An approach to practice that paired conventional medicine with holistic support at each visit?
I knew I'd found my passion.
That passion grew over the next five years as I enrolled in, and completed the four-year naturopathic doctorate program. Each day cultivated my understanding of the practice, redefined my relationship with my health, influenced my expectations of medicine, and what it means to be a doctor. Now, my journey takes me to my practice. My intent, always, is to keep learning, keep helping and to keep sharing with you along the way.
What you need to know about me:
I consider health to be an evolving state of mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. I am driven by passion to better understand this dynamic and entrust an evidence-based approach that blends conventional medicine with natural therapies. Through my knowledge of the body and my philosophy that each person has a unique path to optimal health, I will help you achieve your balance. I will be compassionate, caring and dedicated to your journey because you've entrusted your health to me, and I recognize this is a privilege. I will help you understand the concerns that have brought you in, identify your health and lifestyle goals, and together we will discuss all of your options. We will work with your other trusted health care providers to make decisions about your care. I love that the naturopathic scope of practice is exceptionally comprehensive, with such an array of tools to choose from, my patients can expect to receive the most effective and appropriate treatments to best suit their needs.
I obtained my Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria, majoring in counselling and health psychology. I applied for admission and was accepted to the CNME accredited institution, the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, and in 2015 after completing the four-year full-time program consisting of approximately 4800 hours of class and preceptor time, as well as 1200 hours of hands-on clinical training, I graduated as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. I am licensed and board certified by the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia and am a member in good standing with the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the British Columbia Naturopathic Association.
About Less Cola More Kale:
Less Cola More Kale began as a creative outlet during my academic years, and has since grown into an online resource for those seeking education, enlightenment and empowerment. My mission is to provide a sanctuary for you to explore your health. Find inspiration for your journey. Discover ways to nourish your body, mind and soul. Experience community, and connect with me for private support.