LUCI SKAKEN N.D.
Naturopathic Doctors, expertly trained in preventive medicine, are at the forefront of what we as a population are embracing as a quest for wellness and "healthy" longevity.
Dr. Luci Skaken is third generation from one of Canada's oldest families of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Skaken N.D. continues a legacy of 100 years of tradition restoring her patients' confidence in their ability to achieve wellness, take charge of their health and maintain that wellness.
Dr. Skaken’s family pioneered the naturopathic profession in Alberta. In honour of the city where her Grandmother and Father received their medical training, they founded the well-known Vienna Clinic in Calgary and later also in Edmonton where Luci began her practice in the family clinic and eventually assumed leadership. Dr. Luci has continued in practice for many years and has expanded it to include clinics in the Peace Country and now here in West Kelowna, always emphasizing the fundamental natural principles of health.
Dr. Luci brings to the West Kelowna clinic, a wealth of experience with her special interest in Nutrition and Weight Loss, Women's Health, and Longevity. She takes time with her patients to help them achieve an understanding of why specific modifications in lifestyle are beneficial and necessary to the "healthy outcome” each of us is striving to achieve.
As a Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Luci Skaken holds a Degree in Naturopathic Medicine from the National University of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, and meets continuing education requirements and practice standards of the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia.
Dr. Luci Skaken N. D. is a member in good standing of:
- College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC (CNPBC)
- British Columbia Naturopathic Association (BCNA)
- Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND)
- College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA)
As a registered member of CNPBC and CNDA, Naturopathic services are covered by many extended health plans.
A Degree in Naturopathic Medicine demands at least 7 years of basic and clinical sciences along with the study of traditional naturopathic disciplines:
Clinical Nutrition - the therapeutic use of foods and nutritional supplements (vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, glandulars ...) has always been a cornerstone of naturopathic medicine. Adequate daily supplies of macro and micro nutrients are essential for normal metabolic function.
Homeopathic Medicine - these medicines act to stimulate the body's innate homeostatic mechanisms and work on the principle that "like cures like". Homeopathic remedies can help on a physical as well as mental/emotional level.
Botanical Medicine - plant substances are our oldest friends and medical tools. With a fundamental understanding of health, disease and healing, the naturopathic physician effectively utilizes botanical therapeutics from many of the world's healing disciplines - Western Herbal Medicine (including Native North American traditional remedies), European Nature Cure, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine.
Physical Medicine - this encompasses hydrotherapy, electrical therapeutics, massage and manipulation of soft and bony tissues.
Counselling and Stress management - mental attitudes and emotional states are important aspects of health and frequently contribute to disease.