A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic offers the lower mainland a “one-stop-shop” for alternative medicine. Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove combines a wide range of approaches to naturopathic healthcare including, acupuncture, bio-identical hormone prescription, spinal manipulation, deep tissue massage, prolotherapy, neural therapy, IV therapies, nutritional support, homeopathy, herbal treatments and prescriptions. At A New Leaf, patients also enjoy the convenience of in house laboratory testing to better discern the root of their health concerns. These tests range from food sensitivities to hormone panels. A New Leaf is on the cutting edge of naturopathic medicine. The clinic’s practitioners are committed to continually learning and evolving as naturopathic physicians and are driven to work with patients, as well as their existing medical team, to resolve the hidden causes of chronic disease. Dr. Vandekerkhove works with patients to adapt treatments to each patient’s unique lifestyle choices. All doctors at A New Leaf have full prescription rights.
Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove
Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of British Columbia and went on to study as a pioneer student at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Vandekerkhove, affectionately known by patients as Dr. Alison, treats a wide array of health concerns from infant and children’s health to seniors’ concerns. She is particularly interested in treating arthritis, digestive health, women’s health, anxiety, cardiovascular health, allergies, and skin conditions. Dr. Alison is a strong believer in scientific-based holistic health care. Dr. Alison has extensive knowledge and training in endocrinology with the treatment of hormonal imbalances and bio-identical hormone therapy. Beyond being a licensed Naturopathic physician, Dr. Alison has further training in chelation therapy, prolotherapy, IV therapy and acupuncture. Dr. Alison is also working on a Masters of Science in Metabolic Nutrition specializing in hormone treatments.
I am the clinic manager and an MLA here at A New Leaf Naturopathic. I did my training at Northern Lights College for Business Administration and my certification for MLA at CSLMS, as well as additional training from BCIT in phlebotomy and venipuncture.
Being able to be a part of our patient’s treatment and recovery is an aspect of my job which I value greatly. I get the chance to know people on a personal level, as they share their happiness and sadness with me and I get to be a part of their lives in a meaningful way. Having casual conversations with patients centered around healthy living and swapping work-outs and recipes, have resulted in some amazing friendships. As manager, I have the privilege of cultivating a friendly and nurturing environment in the clinic where every patient is treated individually and with respect.
I started at A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic in March of 2016 as both a lab assistant and receptionist. After finishing my MLA training at Stenberg, I interviewed for an available position here at A New Leaf which combined reception and lab work, allowing me to work with people in a facilitating and tactile way. As an MLA here at the clinic I get to create an environment in the lab for children and adults who are anxious about blood draws by making them feel as comfortable as possible; whether that means telling knock-knock jokes, or letting the patients lie down and get comfy with blankets and pillows.
As a mom one very cool girl, I appreciate the fact that I work with a team of women who value and encourage a balance between work, family, and health for patients and staff. As opposed to working in a lab or hospital, I have the chance to get to know patients by name and the conversations I get to have with patients either in the lab, IV room, or front desk end up being the highlight of my day.
As a receptionist here at A New Leaf, I get to be part of that first patient interaction and work intentionally to create a safe space for patients as soon as they walk in the door. With a passion for healthy food and fitness, I work together with the Naturopathic doctors here at the clinic to develop the blog and social media posts that you see online and around the clinic. What I love most about my job at A New Leaf is the team I get to work with every day. There is something so inspiring and empowering about a workplace made up of intelligent, caring people who work diligently and tirelessly to help people feel their best. Getting to witness and be a part of someone’s health journey is such an exciting thing, and I have had the honor of hearing some amazing stories and meeting some incredible people from my desk.
I first developed an interest in naturopathic medicine while completing my undergraduate degree in biology and psychology at Trinity Western University. Frustrated by a lack of energy and digestive difficulties, I booked an appointment with a naturopathic doctor. I was encouraged in my visit and thrilled to regain my digestive health and energy over time. I realized too, that naturopathic medicine could help me in resolving the abuse my knees had suffered dancing competitively throughout childhood and adolescence. With continued care, I strengthened my knees and returned to hiking and running. I was enlightened and inspired by this sustainable approach! A tenacious learner with a penchant for medicine, I set out to become a naturopathic doctor and help others regain their health. I completed my training at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine.
I am a primary care physician with special interests in: • physical medicine (athletic injuries, overuse injuries, general aches and pains) • digestive health (bloating, food sensitivity, constipation, diarrhea, IBS) • hormonal health (perimenopause, PMS, PCOS, thyroid conditions) • children’s health (allergies, eczema, digestive disturbance, behavioural difficulty)
To further help my patients with stubborn joint and ligament injuries, I have taken further training in advanced injection therapy (prolotherapy, neural therapy). I value laboratory testing for diagnostic accuracy and use research-based treatments. My training allows me to treat conditions using both naturopathic and conventional approaches, including prescription medications when necessary.
It is my goal to encourage and empower others to find and cultivate the intersections of their own health and passions, to help you get back to what you love!