Dr. Blake A. Kovner ND
Dr. Blake A. Kovner NDDrug-Free Pain Therapy
Biofeedback, Electrical Stimulation Therapies, Energy Healing, Energy Psychology, Exercise Programs / Yoga, Health Coaching, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Low Level Laser Therapy, Massage/Body Work, Mind Body Medicine, Nutritional Medicine, Physicians (Integrative/Holistic), Spirituality, Support Groups, Web-Based & Phone Coaching
Dr. Blake Ashley Kovner ND, LMBP and an herbalist. She is a graduate of Salem College’s Fleer Program where she earned her B.Sc. in biology with a minor in chemistry with an emphasis in the crossroads of the two, biochemistry. She went to Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington where she was trained as a Primary Care Provider in Naturopathic and Functional Medicine.
During her education, Dr. Kovner underwent specialized and prolonged Naturopathic training in neurodegenerative diseases, drug-free pain therapies, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and autoimmune disease management approaches. She practices constitutional medicine which is primarily informed by her training in Ayurveda. This allows her to expand her pain treatment to people with IBS, headaches, depression, anxiety and cardiovascular disease all of which can exacerbate pain syndromes.
As an herbalist, Dr. Kovner employs the art and science of botanical medicine formulation, creating individualized medicine for her patients. While she is a specialist in nutraceuticals, Dr. Kovner believes strongly in the Hippocratic principle, “Let thy food be thy medicine.” With this in mind, she teaches her patients about the gut-brain axis, empowering them from the inside out. In a similar light, she excels in drug-free pain management for almost any chronic condition utilizing functional medicine and biofeedback.
Prior to practicing medicine, Dr. Kovner was a poet on the local SLAM poetry team and is the artist who created the iconic Trade Street figure called Sax Man. She worked in New Orleans at LSU as a research associate on an NIH-funded clinical trial on the safety and neuroprotective effects of a green tea extract on people with Multiple Sclerosis. There, she co-authored two peer-reviewed articles on MS that were published in scientific journals. The first is entitled, “Cognitive Impairment in multiple sclerosis” and the second one, “Polyphenon E, Non-futile at Neuroprotection in Multiple Sclerosis but Unpredictably Hepatotoxic: Phase I Single Group and Phase II Randomized Placebo-Controlled Studies”. She also participated in building an MRI database to see if brain atrophy is directly related to disease progression as measured by EDSS score and was trained as a Wheelchair Hatha Yoga Teacher and currently practices Rasayana Yoga and teaches it as a part of her clinical Functional Medicine application.
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