My goal is to support you and your family's health through Holistic Naturopathic Care.
My Naturopathic practice offers a holistic approach that is both safe and effective in support of your natural health. I enjoy working with all aspects of health in all ages. I do have a special interest in the following: women's health including hormonal health, (pms, perimenopause, amenorrhea, osteoporosis, PCOS, bioidentical hormones and more), preconception care, fertility, prenatal care, Nutrition (including weight loss, digestive health including IBS, and IBD), preventative health (cardiovascular, type 2 diabetes mellitus, metabolic syndrome and more), mental health and chronic infections.
I am certified in and provide the following services to my patients:
Nutritional counseling – including exercise and weight loss programs, food sensitivity testing, dietary plan support, IBS, cardiovascular disease and more.
Homeopathy – both constitutional and complex homeopathy can be used to help physical and emotional well being and is considered the safest form of medicine. The beauty of homeopathy is that it is safe to use with a new born baby and is safe to use for someone who is on multiple medications!
Intravenous and Intramuscular Injections of vitamins, minerals and/or homeopathics - an extremely effective way of delivering these substances in the body, bypassing the digestive system for immediate absorption and allowing for quick results.
Prescriptive Rights- I have completed the prescriptive course and licensing exam for Naturopathic Physicians in BC and now can offer patients access to natural products requiring prescriptions such as progesterone as well as conventional pharmaceuticals when needed. This new access does not change my approach to treating my patients but rather, it allows for access to substances that may be needed by the patient and can be used in conjunction with my other approaches.
Herbal medicine - Herbs have long been used to safely and effectively treat a variety of conditions and are what many pharmaceuticals are derived from (made into a synthetic form). They are also a great way to strengthen and tonify the body without side effects. I use professional grade herbs to achieve desired effects. Custom formulas can also be made to tailor to individual needs.
Lab testing: I run both conventional lab work through Life Labs and run non-conventional testing such as urinary hormone testing, IgG food sensitivity testing, stool analysis, hair mineral analysis, urinary mycotoxin test, Organic Acid Testing and more.
Bio-identical Hormones : I have always had a keen interest in women's health, and I still believe trying to achieve a hormonal balance without the use of hormones is the best way to go however, bio-identical hormones when used properly are extremely safe and effective in helping women achieve a balance when needed. I have found bio-identical hormones to be an effective tool that I can offer my patients. There are most commonly used in perimenopause and menopause but can sometimes also be helpful in fertility and PCOS.
Dr. Rikst Attema, ND
Compassionate family Naturopathic care in the heart of Duncan.
The Matraea Centre
170 Craig Street, Duncan BC