What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
A Naturopathic Doctor is a General Practitioner who uses Natural Methods. Naturopathic Medicine uses a blend of evidence based medicine and patient centered care, which provides the patients with safe, effective and individualized treatment plans. Naturopathic Doctors seek to treat the underlying cause of your concern using the least invasive methods first.
The 6 principles of Naturopathic Medicine:
- First, do no harm
- Treat the cause
- Treat the whole person
- Doctor as teacher
- Use the healing power of Nature
Naturopathic medicine focuses on treating the whole person, using symptoms as a guide to figure out the root cause of your concerns. It focuses on proactive health care by educating and empowering each patient to take their health into their own hands.
Meet Dr. Jane Levesque
Dr. Jane Levesque is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in Spruce Grove. She is a graduate of Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine and holds a Bachelors degree of Health Sciences from the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Levesque focuses on treating the whole person, using symptoms as a guide to find the root cause of the concern. She focuses on proactive health care by educating and empowering each patient to improve their overall wellbeing. Dr. Levesque has extensive experience as a personal trainer, a gymnastics coach and a CrossFit instructor. Her passion for sports and exercise combined with Naturopathic Medicine allows her to create individualized treatment plans to help her patients feel their best.
Dr. Levesque is enthusiastic and passionate about proactive health care. She also focuses on creating a compassionate and nurturing environment for her patients. Her curiosity and genuine desire to help allows her to create a space that facilitates the healing process. She believes in building lifelong and authentic relationships that support her patients through all stages of their lives.
“As a practitioner, I focus on proactive health care by educating and empowering each patient to improve their overall well-being. I dedicate myself to discovering the root cause of your concern by using symptoms as a guide and therefore finding a more permanent solution.
I also have extensive experience as an elite level gymnastics coach and a CrossFit instructor. My passion for sports and exercise combined with Naturopathic Medicine allows me to create unique and individualized treatment plans in order to help my patients feel their best – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
I am excited to be part of the Health Care Community in Spruce Grove and Stony Plain and I look forward to working with you and your family.”
“Self-care for the benefit of the whole”
Each person responds to food and supplementation differently. Individualized diets and nutritional supplements can be recommended in order to address deficiencies, support detoxification and promote overall health. Some of the benefits include increased energy, improved gastrointestinal function, improved immunity, faster healing and improved general sense of well-being.
This refers to the use of hands-on technique, such as soft tissue and spinal manipulations, as well as various types of electrical stimulation and therapeutic ultrasound for the purpose of treating musculoskeletal and neurological problems.
Acupuncture and Asian Medicine
This refers to the use of needles (acupuncture), Eastern herbs and dietary changes to eliminate disease and balance body functions. Acupuncture refers to the insertion of sterilized disposable needles through the skin into the underlying tissue at specific points on the body. These points stimulate our energy flow and help to bring our system back to balance.
This is a plant-based medicine that may involve herbal teas, tinctures, capsules and tablets. Herbal preparations can be used to support the function of your organs, improve detoxification pathways, increase energy and much more.
This is a form of energetic medicine that uses the principle of “Like cures like”. It is a very low dose medicine that is safe and effective in shifting your perception and stimulating the body’s ability to heal itself. It is a powerful tool that effects healing on physical, mental and emotional level.
This involves identifying and working through internal factors and behaviors that are preventing you from achieving your health goals in supportive and compassionate environment. In order to optimize one’s physical, mental and emotional health it is important to address the difficulties and struggles and make appropriate recommendations.
Dr. Levesque’s Approach
When focusing on weight loss it is important to create a positive relationship with food as well as your body. When we learn to love and take care of ourselves, our body will adjust to its natural weight.
In order to lose weight in a sustainable and healthy manner you have to make sure that the following are accounted for:
- Nutrition – find the right diet for your body and activity level. Everyone is unique and therefore will require an individualized nutrition plan. It is important to find a diet that suits your needs.
- Hydration – in order for you to be able to lose body fat, your cells have to be properly hydrated.
- Stress management – when we are under a lot of stress our body goes into a “fight or flight” state. During the stress response our body holds on to any energy resources, such as fat tissue.
- Sleep – without a proper sleep your body will be in a higher stress level and therefore will prevent you from losing weight.
Here are some other reasons why you may be having a hard time losing weight:
- Nutrition deficiencies
- Hormone imbalances
- Poor detoxification systems
- Underlying illness/disease
If you have your nutrition, hydration, sleep and stress under control but are still having a hard time losing weight, I can help you figure out the root cause of the problem.
If you are finding yourself chronically fatigued look at 2 things: your energy reserves and how you spend them. You energy reserve or bank is the amount of energy that you can spend throughout the day. Your reserve will highly depend on your activity level, nutrient intake, hydration level, your sleep patterns and how well you manage your stress. If you are struggling with any of those things then the energy you have access to on daily basis will be lower.
The key to managing your energy bank is to become aware of how much is going in versus how much is going out. A great way to improve your energy balance is to make a list that identifies what withdraws the energy and what deposits it. If you are always spending your energy and not banking any, the body will begin to fatigue. It is important to figure out the root cause of your fatigue, since there could be a more serious underlining problem.
In order to perform to your true potential as an athlete, it is important to take care of yourself and your body. The definition of an athlete can vary for everyone, if you are training more than 5 one hour sessions a week – I would consider you an athlete.
Key components for high level athletes:
- Nutrition – high quality wholefood will increase performance gains, speed up recovery, and build a strong, lean body
- Sleep – an athlete requires more sleep in order to recover from a hard day of training. I recommend 8-10 hours of uninterrupted sleep
- Hydration – optimal hydration levels are a must. You want to make sure that you are drinking enough water, as well as supplying your body with electrolytes to optimize the function of your body.
- Stress management – training several hours a day, several times a week puts an enormous stress on your body. It is important to minimize and learn to manage any other stressors in your life.
- Supplementation – high demands on your body mean you need to support its function. This includes your musculoskeletal system, your liver, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, etc.
- Physical therapies – are used to keep your joints aligned, ensure proper muscle function, and enhance recovery. These therapies include but are not limited to acupuncture, spinal manipulations, electrostimulation, and injection therapies.
Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation
Sustaining an injury can be frustrating. It debilitates your ability to maintain an active lifestyle, and can decrease the quality of your everyday life. As an athlete, an injury can set you back in your training and can be mentally difficult to deal with.
Here are the keys to recovering from an injury:
- Physical medicine (acupuncture, manipulation, soft tissue work, rehabilitation exercises)
- Nutrition and Hydration
- Adequate Sleep
- Adequate Rest
- Active recovery
- Long term approach – patience
Recovering from an injury is so much more than just rest and rehabilitation exercises. These are important, however, making sure that you are getting proper nutrients, drinking enough water and getting adequate sleep is vital to reducing your healing time.
TIP: When recovering from an injury it is important to SLOW down. Usually an injury occurs when there are too many things going on in your life or the demand on the body is too high. Resting and taking care of yourself will speed up your healing time, so you can get back to your favorite activities.
Although one should never depend on Nutritional Supplementation to replace a quality diet. It can help to address deficiencies, support detoxification and promote overall health.
Some of the benefits of Nutritional Supplementation include, but are not limited to:
- Increased energy
- Improved digestive function
- Improved immune system function
- Reduced healing time
- Improved general sense of well-being
Some reasons why you may need Nutritional Supplementation even with a proper diet:
- Over-farming – the land is not as mineral and nutrient dense as it used to be
- Excessive food processing – destroys most of the minerals and vitamins
- Use of additives and other chemicals in our food
- Contamination – a lot of our food sources can be directly or cross-contaminated with numerous toxins
TIP: It is important to purchase a high quality supplement. Higher price does NOT mean higher quality. Be sure to read all of the ingredients on the label and choose a supplement with hypoallergenic, high purity ingredients without extra additives and fillers. Also be sure to check and compare the dosage of the supplements.
Price List for Naturopathic Services
Many private and corporate health benefit plans cover Naturopathic Medical visits and tests. Please check with your insurance provider to determine your coverage.
Adult Initial Consultation- $195
Pediatric Initial Consultation- $185
Follow-up 60 min- $185
Follow-up 40 min- $130
Follow-up 20 min- $65
Follow-up 15 min- $47
Physical treatments- $115
*Please note that any prescriptions for supplementation or injection therapies are not included in the price of the consultation.