Mission Naturopathic Team

The Mission Naturopathic Team

We at Mission Naturopathic Clinic, are a group of likeminded Naturopathic Physicians that have partnered together to provide a more optimal environment and experience for our patients.

We started this clinic in 2011, with each of the partners having experience prior to opening our clinic in different work environments. We desired to come together to collaborate our knowledge and tools and give more options to our patients. We also had a desire to achieve more balance in our own lives by working together as a team.

We have since grown to incorporate 3 associate doctors, as well as several support staff, to help us provide the most diverse and enriching health care experience for our patients.

We continue to strive to learn and expand our skill sets, as our goal is to provide our patients an atmosphere of integrity and innovation.

NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS

Dr. Alana Berg, ND

Dr. Alana Berg, ND

Dr. Alana Berg born and raised in Alberta, attended the University of Alberta majoring in Biology and minor in Psychology. She then attended the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine for 4 years in Toronto, graduating in 2005. Since graduation, she has taken various courses and certifications to expand her career as a naturopath: Mind Body Medicine from Harvard University, Homeopathic UNDA and Gemmotherapy, Bodytalk, Neural therapy and Trigger point injections, Guna Cosmetic injections, and Lyme disease therapies. She is also BC Board Certified in: Acupuncture, IV Therapy, Chelation Therapy, Ozone & Oxidative Therapies and Pharmacology.

Dr Berg had been in Kelowna since 2006, where she had the privilege to work in and experience a couple different multi-disciplinary clinics before Mission Naturopathic Clinic.  She enjoyed her time there and developed a great network practitioners in the community, however with the desire to achieve and optimal balance and support, she relocated and formed Mission Naturopathic Clinic with her wonderful ND partners. She is very proud and excited to be working in such a beautiful location with such a dynamic set of ND’s.

Dr. Berg has a general family practice, with a special interest in Lyme disease and chronic infections, detoxification and environmental medicine, digestive conditions, auto-immune diseases, men’s and women’s health, and stress management.  

She is also in the process of writing and launching her first book, The Courageous Cure.  For details go to her website at www.dralanaberg.com, or on her Dr Alana Berg, ND Facebook page.  She can also be found on Instagram as "dralanaberg". She plans to launch her book for the spring of 2018.

Dr. Berg has enjoyed making Kelowna her home, and loves to spend time with her husband and two daughters taking in the many activities that this beautiful city has to offer.

Dr. Andrea Chambers, ND

Dr Andrea Chambers ND

Dr. Chambers is licensed by the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia and a member of the Provincial (BCNA) and National (CAND) Naturopathic Associations.

In 2004, she graduated from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, in Vancouver, with her Doctorate and received the award for excellence in Homeopathic Diagnosis.

From Vancouver, Dr.Chambers went on to join a very busy clinic in Winfield specializing in the treatment of allergies and chronic disease with diverse European Medicine Modalities. After two years, she moved to Kelowna, where she opened her own clinic in the lower Mission. Most recently she has joined forces with Dr. Berg and Dr. Wolter to create the Mission Naturopathic Clinic.

Dr. Chambers has gained considerable experience in testing and diagnosing sensitivities to specific foods, hormones and airborne allergies. She also successfully treats fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, eczema, migraine headaches and all sports injuries including sciatica and spinal disc disorders.

Clinic services include VEGA allergy testing, MORA desensitizing, urine and saliva tests, heavy metal tests, intramuscular vitamin and mineral injections, and acupuncture.

Dr. Chambers has a holistic approach to healing, using the above-mentioned techniques to the whole person as opposed to the disease alone. She prioritizes working with the patient to adapt treatments to each patient's lifestyle choices.

Dr. Audrey Wolter, ND

 

Dr. Audrey Wolter, ND

Dr. Wolter has been practicing since 2008 after graduating from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Ontario. She is a general practitioner of Naturopathic Medicine, and has many passions, enjoying an eclectic combination of modalities.

Her practice incorporates kinesiology-based muscle testing as part of her assessments in each visit to understand the deep functioning of the body on a physical, mental and emotional level.

She enjoys treating many conditions, including anxiety, depression, hormonal imbalances & fertility issues, allergies, autoimmune diseases, anti-aging, digestive conditions, skin disorders, joint and muscle rehabilitation. She also has a focus on children's health.

Dr. Wolter also has extensive training in Homeopathy including injection therapies such as Prolotherapy, Neural Therapy, Trigger Point Injections, lymphatic drainage and other detoxification techniques.

She is a wife & mother to two busy, inspiring girls, and is proud to work alongside other like-minded practitioners who share her holistic health care vision at Mission Naturopathic Clinic.

Dr. Emily Pratt, ND

 

Dr. Emily Pratt, ND

Dr. Emily Pratt received a B.Sc in Biology from the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C. She then worked with as a biologist in Kitimat, B.C. before completing her naturopathic medical training at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster, B.C. Dr. Pratt started in private practice in Kelowna and Vernon in 2012, but since 2013 Dr. Pratt has been working with the Pure North S’Energy Foundation – a chronic disease prevention program that uses research-based nutritional supplements as part of Canada’s largest primary prevention focused not-for-profit organization – in remote communities and underserviced populations throughout BC and Alberta.

Dr. Pratt chose to pursue a career in Naturopathic Medicine because she believes that each person is a unique individual and his or her health concerns are specific to their physiology. Dr. Pratt’s private practice is focused on, but not limited to, hormone balancing, fertility support, thyroid and adrenal health, integrative cancer care, autoimmune disease, digestive health, chronic pain and chronic disease. Dr. Pratt uses a variety of modalities in her practice and has completed additional training in bio-identical hormone replacement, intravenous therapies, neural-prolotherapy for chronic pain and neural therapy for pain & scar treatments.

Dr. Pratt is honoured to be part of the dynamic team at Mission Naturopathic Clinic and looks forward to offering you individualized, compassionate and comprehensive care to support your health care needs.

 

Dr. Mark Cseszko, ND, RAc

Dr. Cseszko has been practicing Naturopathic Medicine since 2004 and is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor with the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia. In addition, Dr. Cseszko is a licensed Acupuncturist and is registered with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners & Acupuncturists of BC. He is one of the few practitioners in BC to hold registration in both fields, which is a great asset to those patients with extended health benefits as it allows for a continuity of treatment that is often covered by insurance.

Dr. Cseszko completed his pre-med program at the University of New Brunswick, after which he furthered his studies in science as a chemistry major. In 2000, Dr. Cseszko went on to continue his medical studies at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario. Over the years, Dr. Cseszko has completed training in Acupuncture, I.V. Therapy, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Applied Kinesiology, Korean Hand Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique and Bowen Therapy.

His combined training in Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture and Bowen Therapy enables him to see the body from multiple viewpoints, employ a variety of techniques and tailor a treatment plan that is individualized to each patient. Having grown up with Crohn's disease (inflammatory bowel disease), he has a unique understanding of being both a doctor and a patient, and he is able to help patients navigate the often overwhelming path to health. Dr. Cseszko's personal health struggles inspired him to become a Naturopathic Doctor, and he is living proof that conventional and complementary medicine can come together in a very powerful way.

Dr. Cseszko shares his insight and knowledge with future generations of Naturopathic Doctors and the general community. He has served as a mentor and supervisor to students at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in Vancouver and also hosts talks on health and wellness. He looks forward to continuing this as he expands his practice to the beautiful city of Kelowna.

TECHNICIANS

Jenny Poppitt Mission Naturopathic
Photography credit: Tammy Gagnon

Jenny Poppitt, IV Technician

After completing her Bachelor of Science degree from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Jenny moved back home to her native Calgary to pursue a career as a paramedic.  After overcoming serious adrenal fatigue, she went on to complete her Holistic Nutrition Diploma and was amazed by the dramatic transformation in overall her health since applying the lifestyle. 
 
Jenny works as an IV tech in the clinic, and is happy to give nutritional advice to patients on the job.  Her diverse background offers patients a broad spectrum of information and knowledge.  
 
When she is not working, she can be found Stand Up Paddling on the water, skiing in the winter, and basically doing anything she can outside.  

Jesika Tebb Holistic Nutritionist

Jesika Tebb, RHN

Jesika Tebb was born and raised in Calgary AB, who eventually moved out to Kelowna in 2010. Growing up, health and wellness was not something she knew a lot about but she quickly found her passion for holistic health in 2011 and changed many aspects of her own health and life through her research. Jesika then went on to attending The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, graduating and receiving her diploma as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist in 2014.

It had been a goal of hers to work for a naturopathic clinic after graduating, and in 2016 she happily found herself as a part of the Mission Naturopathic Clinic team. Through working at Mission Naturopathic Clinic, she is not only the on-site nutritionist, but is also the Vega Testing Technician for foods and environmental sensitivity testing, as well as MORA desensitizing and administers vitamin injections.

She believes everyone has their own specific individual needs and is very passionate about guiding others on their paths to achieving overall health and wellness with nutrition.

“As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, I believe in the philosophy that everyone has unique nutritional needs and I work from a “holistic perspective”, considering the whole person and how the body, mind and spirit interact. I provide customized and unique nutritional guidance along with consultations for my clients based on their lifestyle, diet, and health goals.”

Jesika loves Kelowna as her home and enjoys doing yoga and spending as much time outside as she possibly can with her boyfriend, friends, and fur baby. When she’s not outside, you’ll find her in the kitchen playing around with all new kinds of healthy recipes that she can’t wait to share with you!

SUPPORT STAFF

Katie Mission Naturopathic

Katie Illichmann, LEAD MOA

 

Katie is a Medical Office Assistant at Mission Naturopathic Clinic, and has been with the clinic since 2011.

Katie completed her MOA course in Burnaby, BC in 2010 and moved back to Kelowna shortly after finishing her 9 month course. She was born in Vancouver, but raised in Kelowna where she is now raising her family.

In Katie’s free time she enjoys spending time with her family and trying out new activities the city has to offer.

Wendy Oleksyn Mission Naturopathic

Wendy Oleksyn, MOA & Clinic Manager

Wendy was born and raised in Saskatchewan, but spent most of her adult life in St. Albert Alberta. Wendy is married and has 2 grown daughter and 2 beautiful grandchildren.

Wendy and her husband were in search of milder shorter winters and moved out to Kelowna in 2011. While it is very hard living away from family, they love living in the Okanangan.

Wendy worked for a naturopathic clinic in St. Albert for 5.5 years and was thrilled to be able to join the team at Mission Naturopathic clinic upon moving to the Okanagan.

Wendy started as a MOA and moved into the role of Office Manager in 2012. She is proud to work for such talented and caring doctors, who are making such a difference.

Wendy’s passions are travelling, golfing, touring on the back of a motorcycle and spending time with family.