Victoria, Nanaimo, Ladysmith
Services and Offerings
Naturopathic Physicians are trained in a range of modalities (types of services and treatments utilized). Many NDs, including Dr Katarine, also seek additional training in other areas for which they have a particular interest, or in which they see special interest for their clients.
Listed below are brief descriptions of the services and treatments offered by Dr Holewa. More than one is often recommended for treatment of any particular concern/symptom, and which will apply to you will be determined based on discussion as well as personal preference.
You are more than welcome to inquire about certain treatments that are of particular interest to you, and Dr Holewa will determine whether they are are appropriate. It is always very important to listen to your own body and express to which areas you may feel drawn. Don't forget - your body knows best. We just need to be able to listen and understand what it's telling us!
With Dr Katarine's extensive training you can trust in the knowledge that your health and wellness, as well as that of your family, are in excellent hands. You will be well taken care of!
Areas of Expertise
Bloating & Gas
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
Acupuncture & Cupping
Acupuncture is one of the oldest known medical procedures, dating back over 2000 years in china. It is used as a part of Traditional Oriental Medicine, and involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points along meridian pathways on the body in order to balance the body’s energy, known in Oriental Medicine as Qi in order to restore optimal health.
Acupuncture has thousands of years of evidence and research behind it, both empirical and scientific, for it’s effectiveness in many conditions, physical and mental-emotional.
Botanical Medicine & Herbal Therapy
Botanical Medicine is the use of plants and/or substances that come from plants to treat or prevent disease, as well as to support overall health. Herbs, flowers and other plant materials may be consumed as teas or whole foods, prepared into alcohol based formulations, encapsulated, etc., and may be prescribed in various forms according to individual needs.
Esthetic Medicine & Dermatology
Investigating what is dysfunctional in your body to help minimize and eliminate any skin conditions (including acne, rosacea, urticaria/hives, dandruff) that cause either acute or chronic distress.
Skin conditions commonly result from gut dysbiosis, chronic inflammation, food sensitivities, liver congestion, environmental factors, and many more - so we investigate these areas, work to prevent them from continuing to cause problems.
Additionally, we can enhance and preserve skin condition to minimize and often even reverse some of the signs of ageing, including wrinkles, roughness, discolouration and skin tone irregularities - approaches include nutrition, supplements, neuromuscular injections, proper skin care products, facial acupuncture and more - inquire for details!
Clinical Nutrition looks at relationship between food and the body. It is the science of the interaction of nutrients with the body, their digestion, absorption, metabolism, etc. in an individual. Clinical nutrition often involves the use of specific diets, nutritional supplements, IV therapy and other related therapies to address deficiencies, promote health and prevent disease. NDs utilize current biochemistry and physiological scientific knowledge, and will often gain information about a persons specific health conditions using laboratory testing.
Clinical Nutrition is beneficial for individuals with diverse health conditions and can help with many conditions including:
- Weight concerns: weight loss, weight gain, improvement of body composition
- Mood imbalance: anxiety, depression,
- Autoimmunity & Inflammatory disorders
- Hormone imbalances
- Digestive concerns: diarrhea, constipation, IBS, IBD, bloating, etc
- Athletic Performance
IV Therapy involves the infusion of sterile solutions of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients into the body directly through the veins. IV Therapy is ideal for treating nutritional deficiencies, as introducing these nutrients directly into the blood prevents any losses that tend to occur via the gastrointestinal pathways. It is also a direct and rapidly acting therapy that is very effective for supporting the immune system, hydrating the body, detoxifying the liver and treating disease.
Individualized IV Therapy is available for a variety of conditions including:
- Adrenal Depletion & Stress
- Improved Energy & Vitality
- Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia
- Autoimmune Diseases, Chronic Pain
- Immune Deficiency, Cold & Flu
- Glowing Skin, Skin Conditions
- Chemotherapy & Radiation tolerance
- Athletic Performance & Recovery
Discuss with Dr Holewa for specific conditions/treatments!
Vitamin Injections, particularly Vitamins D, B12 and B Complex are utilized to increase the vitamin levels in the body rapidly.
Injection of these vitamins can be a very valuable treatment when a physical condition requires higher amounts than may be appropriately provided through oral supplementation, or in the case when there is gastrointestinal compromise or nutritional deficiency.
Preventative Medicine involves a comprehensive assessment of a client’s overall health picture, including personal risk factors, exercise and stress levels, as well as family history and social impacts. From this information, an individualized health program is developed, designed to improve overall health, and prevent disease and dysfunction in the future, as well as in future generations.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture & Gua Sha
Facial Rejuvenation Facial Rejuvenation/Cosmetic Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely small and thin needles into acupuncture points in the face, head and neck. As with Constitutional Acupuncture, the Qi (body’s energy) is stimulated, as well as collagen production and blood circulation in order to improve the health, colour, tone and texture of the skin. This is an ideal therapy for erasing fine lines and broken vessels, minimizing pores and deeper lines and for firming sagging skin around the eyes and on the neck. Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely small and thin needles into acupuncture points in the face, head and neck. As with Constitutional Acupuncture, the Qi (body’s energy) is stimulated, as well as collagen production and blood circulation in order to improve the health, colour, tone and texture of the skin. This is an ideal therapy for erasing fine lines and broken vessels, minimizing pores and deeper lines and for firming sagging skin around the eyes and on the neck.
Neural Therapy is an injection procedure that addresses nerve pain, scar tissue, and trigger points thus helping relieve pain, strictures and dysfunctions.
Neural Therapy involves the use of Procaine which is a local anesthetic that helps reset membrane potentials thus allowing resetting of nerve function, enhanced microcirculation, improved drainage. All together, this leads to improved function of the affected tissues
In addition to Procaine, Homeopathic solutions (to enhance lypmphatic drainage, decrease pain, improve functionality) and Vitamins such as B12 may be used to enhance therapeutic effect.
Homeopathy & Biopuncture
Homeopathy is the use of infinitesimal amounts of natural substances to stimulate the body’s “Vital Force” or self-healing abilities. The concept of “like cures like” describes how a substance may be related to the physical, mental or emotional condition it is treating. Homeopathy is a natural, gentle system that is appropriate for use in a wide range of conditions and for individuals of all ages, infant to elderly.
Complex Homeopathics, Drainage and UNDA remedies may all be included in individual treatment plans as required.
Biopuncture involves the use of complex homeopathic into areas of the body to enhance healing, support function, improve detoxification and decrease pain.
Prolotherapy is also known as Ligament Reconstructive Therapy. It is a procedure that stimulates the body's natural healing processes leading to increased stability and therefore strength to joints weakened by arthritis, trauma or other degeneration.
In Prolotherapy, a Dextrose-Procaine solution is injected into tendons &/or ligaments. This results in mild inflammation which stimulates the body's natural healing mechanisms. Specifically, fibroblasts start to build new fibre resulting in a stronger scaffold and overall structure. This in turn helps decrease pain caused by lax tissues/joints
Counseling & Life Coaching
Clinical counseling provides a safe and supportive environment for you to work with Dr Holewa to discover, work through, and hopefully remove any blockages to physical and emotional peace and wellness.
Whether you've had a recent loss or trauma, or if you're suffering from a longterm problem, skilled counseling can make a great difference in how one is able to work through and get past their emotional and/or life challenges.
SIBO Breath Testing
(Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth)
Nutritional Genomic/DNA Testing
Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis
Adrenal and Sex Hormones
(Stress, Insomnia, Fertility, Menopause, PMS...)
Lifelabs standard blood testing &/or Naturopathic Expanded Panels - Autoimmune, - Hormones,
- Blood Sugar,
Thyroid Profile (fT3, fT4, rT3 Antibodies, TSH)