Naturopathic Health & Wellness Winston-Salem is overseen by Dr. Blake Ashley Kovner, a Naturopathic Doctor and an Ambassador for the Institute of Natural Medicine. She is a Certified Clinical Biofeedback Practitioner, a Clinical Herbalist, Craniosacral Therapist, and she is certified in IV Therapy. As a graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle, the premier four-year natural medical school, she earned her doctoral degree in Naturopathic Medicine and was trained as a Primary Care Provider with a special interest in autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases through the lens of psycho-neuro-immunology. Her clinical training was in primary care and family medicine, neurology and mental health, and minor surgery.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, “Dr. Blake,” the name her patients fondly refer to her as, is primarily visiting with patients online who need chronic disease management, acute urinary tract infections, natural mental health counseling, and nutrition and lifestyle medicine and coaching. She is enthusiastically awaiting the end of the pandemic before resuming her impassioned work in Physical Medicine services like Craniosacral Therapy, spinal and visceral manipulation.
During her education, Dr. Blake underwent specialized and prolonged training in natural medicine approaches to managing Anxiety, Depression, Autoimmunity, Parkinson’s Disease, and Multiple Sclerosis. These management techniques span herbal medicines, nutritional supplementation, diet and lifestyle medicine, and eco-therapy. Her Winston-Salem naturopathic clinic is currently 100% telehealth/video.
She is a practitioner of Vitalism, the clinical awareness and utilization of the body’s natural tendency to heal itself once the obstacles to an individual’s healing ability are removed. This can be a physiological obstacle, a mental/emotional or even a psycho-spiritual obstacle, or any permutation thereof, so the people who are most successful in her practice are those highly motivated and ready to heal on all levels. The whole-person approach she takes considers all aspects that make YOU an individual since her specialty is treating people, not diseases.
Dr. Blake is based in Winston-Salem, N.C., but through telemedicine, you can book an appointment and have a telehealth wherever you are. Click here to learn more about Naturopathic Health & Wellness.
Through the practice of Constitutional Medicine, the person's entire makeup, or constitution, is taken into consideration when assessing for which obstacles need to be removed in order for the body to heal itself.
By drawing from the collective body of medical knowledge and reaching into and beyond the “Western” or allopathic medical model of health, Dr. Kovner includes Western Herbalism, Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine all of which have many overlapping concepts with Naturopathic Medicine.
Dr. Kovner offers personalized botanical medicine formulations right out of her beautiful in-office apothecary.
She teaches her patients about the gut-brain-immune axis, empowering them from the inside out.
Prior to practicing medicine, Dr. Kovner worked in New Orleans at LSU as a research associate on an NIH-funded clinical trial on the safety and neuroprotective effects of a green tea extract on people with Multiple Sclerosis. There, she co-authored two peer-reviewed articles on MS that were published in scientific journals. The first is entitled, “Cognitive Impairment in multiple sclerosis” and the second one, “Polyphenon E, Non-futile at Neuroprotection in Multiple Sclerosis but Unpredictably Hepatotoxic: Phase I Single Group and Phase II Randomized Placebo-Controlled Studies”.
She also participated in building an MRI database to see if brain atrophy is directly related to disease progression as measured by EDSS score and was trained as a Wheelchair Hatha Yoga Teacher and has been practicing Rasayana Yoga since 2004.
Dr. Blake founded Naturopathic Health & Wellness Winston-Salem in 2019 after practicing in Washington.
How Naturopathic Health & Wellness Winston-Salem Is Different
Dr. Blake holds a vision of helping people and the community find their way to wellness and away from suffering, by treating people, not diseases.
Common Questions People Come In With:
- Do I really need supplements and if so which ones are safest?
- Can I afford to feed a large family on a budget with healthy foods?
- Can I still eat meat?
- Which foods should I avoid and WHY?
- What the heck are “healthy fats”?
- Do I have to eat kale?
- How do I combine the right foods for my body type so I can lose/maintain a healthy body weight?
- What is my constitution with regard to Ayurveda?
- What is the deal with vaccines?
From a Patient of Dr. Blake
“Dr. Kovner has been working with me for a year to get my health back on track. She is empathic and listens to my concerns, more appealing is the fact that she explains all the processes in great detail, how each formula assists in healing and also gives me a voice and choice in the treatment.
“Dr. Kovner has a fine manner and makes telemedicine a breeze. It’s been very convenient consulting on the phone, and I don’t find it any different than meeting her in person. I’m receiving attentive care and it has taken the stress out of commuting from a different city, and especially in these unprecedented times her consultation and support have been a stress buster.
I hope more people have a chance to interact with her, and participate in holistic healing.
– Sonya Cheema