Dr. Rikst Attema, Naturopathic Care in the heart of Duncan
I am happy to offer comprehensive Naturopathic Care at the Matraea Centre in the heart of downtown Duncan, B.C. I am passionate about what I do and have been blessed to work with patients as a Naturopathic Physician the last 14 years in practice.
I use an eclectic approach in my practice using botanical medicine, homeopathy, nutritional counseling, acupuncture, therapeutic injections, exercise, counseling, nutritional supplementation, prescription medications when needed and more. With a background in Human Kinetics and Exercise Physiology, I have long believed that diet and lifestyle are the foundation of health. Our bodies are amazing and have a strong innate ability to heal but sometimes we need guidance along the way. Naturopathic Medicine offers a safe, effective and non invasive way of achieving this.
In BC, as a Naturopathic Doctor we are fortunate to have such a large scope of practice which allows us to better serve our patients. I am a licensed Naturopathic Doctor by the College of Naturopathic Physicians of B.C. (CNPBC) and am a member of the British Columbia Naturopathic Association (BCNA) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Medicine (CAND).
I have experience and a keen interest in women’s health including perimenopause/menopause, bioidentical hormones, fertility, diabetes and metabolic conditions, preconception and postnatal care, weight loss, gastrointestinal health, chronic infections, and mental health.
I completed my naturopathic education at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster, BC. Before moving to beautiful B.C., I was studying at the University of Ottawa where I completed both a BScHon in Human Kinetics and then a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology. During my graduate studies, I had the opportunity to work on a large clinical trial examining the effects of exercise on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. My thesis work is published in medical journals and has been presented at several medical conferences.
Born in Europe, I was exposed to complementary therapies at an early age and quickly became fascinated with natural medicine. I am extremely passionate about Naturopathic medicine and strongly believes in the innate healing power of the body. I believe that patient education and empowerment are key to patient health and success and that the integration of both conventional and complementary medicines is ideal and a more comprehensive approach to health care. I treat all my patients individually and work with them to achieve their goals.
My greatest joy in life has been becoming the mother to my daughter after a long and challening fertility journey. I love spending as much time as I can with my family as well as being active and spending time in nature exploring West Coast! I also love baking and exploring healthy ways to make food for my family and learning more about health.
Education & Training
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine 2007
Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine Vancouver, BC *Board licensed to provide acupuncture, prescribe pharmaceuticals & more.
Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology 2003
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON
Honours Bachelors of Science Human Kinetics 2001
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON
Bowen Therapist, Vancouver BC
Brain State Technician, Vancouver, BC
Dr. Rikst Attema, ND
Compassionate family naturopathic care in the heart of Duncan.
The Matraea Centre
170 Craig Street, Duncan BC