individualized treatment plans
No-one is the same, we are all unique right down to our genes and how we express them. That is why a one-size-fits all approach to medicine won't work for everyone. That is the art of medicine- catering what we know from science and making it work for the individual. Dr. Klassen provides individualized treatment plans for each and every one of her patients. The focus of treatment is primarily on identifying and addressing root issues for long-term health and improved quality of life.
Lab Testing & Assessment
Dr. Klassen will always conduct a comprehensive review of both new and previous lab work so that you understand the meaning and implications of your test results. Dr. Klassen has access to hundreds of standard blood and urine tests including special, comprehensive tests including, but not limited to:
- Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) 3-hour Lactulose Breath Test
- Food Intolerance Testing (Blood Test)
- Hormone Testing (blood and saliva)
- Celiac disease test
- Comprehensive Stool Analysis
- 4-point cortisol stress testing
- Comprehensive thyroid panels
- Vitamin D Test
Dietary & lifestyle counselling and analysis are fundamental to Dr. Klassen's practice. She will assess your current diet and work with you to create a realistic but optimal diet just for you. Diet recommendations are custom, taking into consideration food allergies, nutrient deficiencies and individual health needs.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture are used to create balance and vitality. Acupuncture theory recognizes that the body functions best as a whole and the parts are all connected. This means that when acupuncture is used as part of your naturopathic treatment plan, it can treat multiple health issues at once. Acupuncture is most commonly used for pain, hormone balancing, fertility, anxiety, insomnia and seasonal allergies. You may be surprised by the various clinical applications of acupuncture!
Vitamin B12 Injections
Vitamin B12 is an important B-vitamin required for the formation and maturation of red blood cells and proper functioning of the nervous system, bone marrow, cardiovascular system and gastrointestinal tract.
You may need to be assessed for Vitamin B12 deficiency for the following:
- Fatigue/low energy
- Paleness, weakness, shortness of breath
- Dizziness, rapid heart rate
- Celiac Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Irritable Bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Poor digestion/food intolerances
- Numbness, tingling, sciatica, post-herpetic neuralgia
- Vibration and position senses alterations
- Vegetarian/Vegan diet
- Anxiety, depression or mood swings
- Use of antacids like proton-pump inhibitors for gastrointestinal reflux
Please note that all patients must have at least one initial consultation with our naturopathic doctor including relevant assessments prior to initiation of a vitamin B12 injection protocol
What causes Vitamin B12 deficiency?
Vitamin B12 is found primarily in animal products which is why diets restricted in these often require additional B12 supplementation. In order to absorb Vitamin B12, the body also requires intrinsic factor, a substance that is normally produced in the lining of the stomach. Any condition that alters stomach acid levels or damage to the gastrointestinal lining can alter Vitamin B12 levels. These conditions may include long-term use of Proton Pump Inhibitors, Irritable Bowel Disease, Celiac disease, untreated food allergies/sensitivities, chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal system and infections of H.pylori. Liver conditions may also impact the storage of Vitamin B12.
How is Vitamin B12 supplemented?
Vitamin B12 can be supplemented orally or injected. In either instance, the best absorbed form is methylcobalamin. This is the only type used and recommended in the clinic. Injections are well absorbed into the body as they bypass the digestive system and the need for intrinsic factor. However, sublingual Vitamin B12 supplements are widely available and well absorbed by those without any clear digestive concerns. Both Vitamin B12 injections and oral supplements are available at the clinic.
Proper assessment of Vitamin B12 deficiency is important before ruling out other causes of symptoms. A blood test is available to determine Vitamin B12 levels. This is often done in conjunction with assessment of folate levels.
Because of the environmental, physical, mental and emotional burden we place on our bodies on a daily basis, periodic custom detoxification plans are available to optimize bodily functioning and healing. Detoxification can take on many different forms, intensities and durations and is always based on an individual’s vitality and health needs.
Utilizing the medicinal properties of herbal plants in the form of tincture, powder, capsule, and tea infusions to deliver gentle and effective improvements in health. Dr. Klassen will work with you to determine if this modality is appropriate for you.
Widely used in many countries, and originally developed during the 18th century by the German physician Hahnemann. Minute amounts of substances prepared and prescribed according to strict homeopathic principles are used to evoke a physiological and/or psychological response. This gentle modality is safe to use in conjunction with other medications and is particularly useful in infants, children and the elderly.
Healing from SIBO Program
28-Day Therapeutic Detoxification Program
Corporate Wellness & Public Speaking
One of the fundamentals of naturopathic medicine is to teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine, by sharing knowledge and encouraging individual responsibility for health. Through corporate wellness programs and community workshops, Dr. Klassen can fulfill this mission. She can speak on a wide range of topics and can cater to your group's specific needs. For more information about corporate wellness or speaking opportunities with Dr. Klassen, see below.
Contact Dr. Klassen directly about having her speak at your next event or office meeting