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Nanaimo Naturopathic Physicians
Dr. Carmen Luterbach
Chantal David, Clinic Nurse
Dr. John Yim, Clinic Director
Dr. Daniela Jesin

Primary Care Providers Practicing Patient Centered Care

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Welcome


Nanaimo Naturopathic Physicians
Dr. Carmen Luterbach
Chantal David, Clinic Nurse
Dr. John Yim, Clinic Director
Dr. Daniela Jesin

Primary Care Providers Practicing Patient Centered Care


Welcome To VitaCare Natural health Clinic

 

 Optimizing your health care with leading lifestyle and nutritional solutions and effective individualized programs.

Getting results with science based natural medicine.

 

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About VitaCare


About VitaCare
Located at 2147 Bowen Rd in Nanaimo, BC

About VitaCare


About VitaCare
Located at 2147 Bowen Rd in Nanaimo, BC


 

PATIENT CENTERED CARE USING SCIENCE BASED NATURAL MEDICINE

 

As part of your healthcare team we put your health needs and goals first. Your vital health is our priority.  To that end we work with medical doctors, chiropractors and other healthcare practitioners to ensure you receive the best healthcare possible.

With more than 32 years of experience, combining ancient tradition with modern science, our Naturopathic doctors are trained and licensed to prescribe therapeutic natural medicines as well as prescription drug therapies in creating the perfect treatment program.

We offer extensive services with highly trained and caring staff. Our Naturopathic doctors are continually upgrading their knowledge and adding new treatment modalities and programs to our already thorough lineup. We also have exclusive therapeutic product lines,  backed by years of research and clinical trials, to draw from. We also carry our own in house formulated brands created by Dr. Yim as part of our very successful Candida Terminator and Healthy Gut Healthy Mind protocol.

We take pride in the diagnostic tools we use and the treatment programs we create for each patient.  The individualized programs  take each patient's lifestyle and ability into account to ensure maximum success and optimal health. 


About Dr Yim


About Dr. John Yim

Naturopathic Physician

About Dr Yim


About Dr. John Yim

Naturopathic Physician


 

Practicing Science-Based
Natural Medicine

 
 

With over 32 years of practice in the health care field, Dr. Yim brings experience, knowledge and sincerity to the care of each patient. His reputation for carefully listening in order to develop a clear diagnosis and prescribe a workable, proven treatment program that can improve lives dramatically. Dr. Yim's passion is to help patients reach their true health potential.

Our clinic provides exceptional care for healthy living and healthy aging, optimizing your health care with leading lifestyle and nutritional solutions and effective programs.

 

Educational BackgrounD

Dr. Yim's lifelong interest in health and nutrition led him initially to massage therapy. After completing his training and board exams, he opened his own practice as a registered massage therapist in Nanaimo, BC. During his seven years as a RMT he realized that he could only take people so far in their health journey.  He was able to successfully assist them with physical and structural issues, but felt there was a missing component.

In 1987 he began studies at Malaspina University-College, now Vancouver Island University for prerequisites to attend medical school.

After working as an RMT and attending classes at the university he and his family moved to Seattle so he could attend the prestigious, Bastyr University. He proudly received his doctorate in naturopathic medicine after four years with top honours.

Upon completion of the rigorous licensing exams that the College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC requires, Dr. Yim established his clinic and practice back home in Nanaimo, B.C. 

Since 1994, Dr. Yim has been helping people regain and maintain optimal health, naturally. He has earned a respected name and reputation for providing exceptional health care.

With a special interest in:

  • family medicine,

  • gastroenterology,

  • allergies,

  • cardiovascular health,

  • healthy aging and

  • arthritis.


 

Dr. Yim focuses on science based natural medicine to stimulate the body to heal itself.
In addition to his private practice, Dr. Yim promotes natural health care through articles in various periodicals and public lectures. If your organization or association would like to have Dr. Yim speak at  a meeting please contact our clinic at 250-585-2150

 

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About Dr Carmen Luterbach


About Dr. Carmen Luterbach

Naturopathic Physician

About Dr Carmen Luterbach


About Dr. Carmen Luterbach

Naturopathic Physician


 

Dr. Carmen Anne Luterbach

 
 

Dr. Carmen Anne Luterbach has been working with patients in a clinical setting for the past 10 years. She has a special interest in thyroid health, women’s health, chronic infections, resolving adrenal burn-out, and pediatrics. 

Her story to pursue naturopathic medicine began in childhood where chronic illness affected her mother at a young age. Her mother had a severe, rapidly progressive form of multiple sclerosis (M.S.) diagnosed in her late twenties.

 

Dr. Luterbach’s childhood was filled with deeper questions about the meaning of life and loss. She studied M.S. as a young scientist hungry for answers. Observing first hand some of the limitations of medicine in chronic, complex illness, she searched for solutions. 

As a young adult, travel to China, South East Asia and India provided a deepening of world view and a fresh perspective on natural medicine.

She deeply understood that answers come from listening to the patient. Discovering the multiple causes of illness. Uncovering the truth in the patient’s story. Beginning first with lifestyle, diet, habits and emotional well-being while investigating any possible triggers to disease. 

Dr. Luterbach values family in life and in the clinic. She is a proud mother of two daughters who keep her on her toes! She brings her experience as a mother into the office visit offering a supportive, safe environment and keeping treatment plans realistic. She speaks from personal experience on topics of family health and wellness, fertility care, peri-natal and post-partum treatment. 

Her greatest goal is to inspire families to achieve optimal health. 

To inspire others in the greater Nanaimo community, Dr. Luterbach speaks on topics such as thyroid health, menopause, interpreting genetic results and therapeutic fasting. 

She holds advanced training in genetic testing and interpretation, SIBO diagnosis and treatment, intravenous therapies and hormone medication prescription and tapering. 

Dr. Luterbach enjoys trail running, yoga, hiking and camping. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast and feels most comfortable under the stars!

Dr. Luterbach is currently accepting new patients seeking acupuncture or naturopathic medicine.


Dr Luterbach's goals are to optimize the health of both parents before baby is born and to educate and empower them with natural, effective treatments for keeping their children healthy.

Dr. Carmen Luterbach

“My naturopathic practice has begun a transformation of its own. I have been focusing on the care of infants, children and their parents!  It is my passion to care for the long-term health of families.

My own family spends weekends hiking or camping at Rathtrevor Beach, Maffeo Sutton Park, Morrell Nature Sanctuary and the Englishman River. On Wednesday afternoons, you will find us at the Island Roots Farmer’s market, filling our basket with ripe, local treasures.

Fresh food is a definite passion of our family – from meeting local food producers and cooking whole food meals to nurturing a backyard vegetable garden.

 

 

As a busy mother, I carve out time for myself to go running and attend yoga classes. For playtime, I thrive on the laughter and connection from acrobatic, partner yoga.  To let go, I dance to reggae and folk music around the house (sometimes even during chores!). 

I live for cuddles with my daughters, the smell of the forest after a rain, deeper human connection and new experiences. I am a curious, compassionate and authentic human being. And I love that my training in naturopathic medicine allows me the opportunity to nurture the seed of health in others."


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About Dr. Daniela Jesin


About Dr. Daniela Jesin

About Dr. Daniela Jesin


About Dr. Daniela Jesin

Dr. Daniela Jesin, Naturopathic Physician, with a special focus in Pain Management, Fibromyalgia, Weight Management, Hormonal Health and Family Wellness.

Dr. Daniela Jesin, Naturopathic Physician, with a special focus in Pain Management, Fibromyalgia, Weight Management, Hormonal Health and Family Wellness.

I completed my Naturopathic Medical training at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto.  As part of my clinical internship, I was a member of the clinical focus shift treating patients suffering with Fibromyalgia and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis . I  have also treated patients at  Brampton Civic Hospital; Canada’s only Integrative Naturopathic Clinic in a hospital setting. There, I was involved in implementing the Integrative Diabetes Trail, researching the most effective Naturopathic Treatments for Type 2 Diabetes.

Prior to studying Naturopathic Medicine, I worked at a health and wellness company where I delivered personalized wellness plans to clients with Metabolic Syndrome working in a corporate setting. I completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology at McGill University which helped lay the foundation for my passion in addressing the mind-body connection in relation to health, and the importance of an integrative and holistic framework when addressing wellness.

These experiences have fueled my desire to have a family centered practice with a clinical interest in stress and energy production, hormonal health, chronic pain and complex conditions such as autoimmune and metabolic disease.

Some of the conditions I treat are:

·      Fibromyalgia

·      Thyroid conditions

·      Weight Loss

·      Arthritis

·      Metabolic syndrome

·      Auto-immune conditions

·      Digestive concerns

·      Women’s hormonal health

 

I am inspired to work together with my patients to navigate health concerns, overcome barriers, and find evidence based solutions. I look forward to meeting with you!

About Dr. Daniela Jesin

Hi,

 I’m Dr. Daniela Jesin, ND!

I am so excited to join the dynamic team at Vita Care, and engage with the community in Nanaimo.  

From an early age, I have been passionate about health, active living and adventure. I thrive on new experiences, meaningful connections, and immersing myself in nature. In my personal time you may see me hiking, skiing, scuba diving or exploring the beautiful trails of Vancouver Island. My love of family and friends is paramount, and community connection is a very important aspect of my life.  To me, wellness is not only the absence of disease, but it is also the ability engage in what we love, fuel our passions, and live our lives to the fullest. I love that my Naturopathic medical training allows me to provide practical and result oriented care in order to guide my patients in their quest to achieve their personal vision of wellness, naturally.

I am driven to find out the “why” to any health concern. This entails addressing the underlying root cause, rather than just managing symptoms of illness. Whether your goals are to work towards disease prevention and health optimization, or whether you are looking to peel back the layers in understanding and addressing a complex condition I believe in an individualized, compassionate and straightforward approach.  Together, we can navigate your journey to health so that you can maximize your state of wellbeing, and engage in what is most important to you. 


Dr. Jesin is now accepting New Patients!


 

 

 

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About Chantal David


Chantal David, LPN

Clinic Nurse & Colon Therapist

About Chantal David


Chantal David, LPN

Clinic Nurse & Colon Therapist

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Chantal David has been practicing as a Colon Hydrotherapist since 2002 and is also a Licensed Practical Nurse. She has a passion for health and helping those around her to achieve their goals. Beyond providing colonics at Vita-Care Clinic, Chantal is excited to be working with Dr. John Yim, ND as his clinic nurse providing patients with IV Therapy treatments, vitamin/mineral & homeopathic injections, Laser Therapy and Foot Detox baths.

Want to know more about how Colonics could improve your digestive health? Want to know how to make Colon Hydrotherapy a part of your wellness program? Want to start feeling more energy, less bloated and think clearer? Click Here To Find Out More!




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The Team


The Team
Professional Staff to Serve You

The Team


The Team
Professional Staff to Serve You


BRENDA MacDONALD
Receptionist

DALE MUNSON
Receptionist

VitaCare Welcomes Joanna (Jo) Meerman to our team of Naturopathic Office Assistants.

VitaCare Welcomes Joanna (Jo) Meerman to our team of Naturopathic Office Assistants.

Chantal David, LPN  Clinic Nurse & Colon Therapist

Chantal David, LPN

Clinic Nurse & Colon Therapist

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Clinic Information


Clinic Information
Integrative Health Centre

Clinic Information


Clinic Information
Integrative Health Centre


 

providing the latest technologies and education for healthy aging

 
 

Our dispensary carries professional lines using therapeutic doses of healing nutrients and botanicals.

VitaCare provides health solutions using the science of natural medicine and the tradition of ancient healing arts. Drawing on both our own diagnostic tools and conventional lab testing our doctors create individualized programs for acute and long term results. Our goals are always to provide patient centred care and to act as catalysts and coaches in ensuring our patients enjoy renewed health and vitality.

VitaCare also boasts a dispensary of professional, therapeutic, nutritional and herbal formulas as well as Dr. Yim's own specially formulated products. 

VitaCare also provides excellent support material for the treatment programs in the form of workshops, ebooks, menu planning products and more. 

 

Our Doctors Provide
Total Health Programs

Our doctors view health holistically. In other words they view symptoms as an expression of a health issue impacting the whole system. Rather than only focusing on the symptom, they get to the bottom of what is causing the health crisis. 

When health is viewed from this perspective, recovery can be dramatic and life altering. 

To achieve these results our doctors see patients for longer initial and return consultations. An initial visit will be a minimum of 45 minutes long during which time the doctor will take a complete medical history, develop a real understanding of patient health goals and discuss the steps to achieving and maintaining vital living. 

Dr. Luterbach specializes in paediatrics and pregnancy care with a focus on acupuncture.

Dr. Luterbach specializes in paediatrics and pregnancy care with a focus on acupuncture.

Based on the information gleaned from this first visit, VitaCare doctors will create an individualized treatment plan that may include specific testing. VitaCare provides in house initial testing using electrodermal testing to determine if food sensitivities or weak organ systems are impacting the patient's health. Further investigation may be required with the use of blood, urine or stool tests.

It is important to note that our doctors are primary care health providers. That means they are your first line of defence when facing acute or chronic health issues. All VitaCare naturopathic doctors are licensed to prescribe specific pharmaceutical drugs and in certain cases these will be prescribed to work in combination with natural remedies. 

Results Based Total Health Programs

We are a results based clinic! Our focus and objective with each patient is to assist them in achieving their health goals. How? By providing the best care possible, getting to the cause of the health issue, creating the most effective program and coaching each patient through every step to wellness. Our entire team and staff put you the patient first. We are there to provide the tools and information needed to achieve quality and quantity of life at the optimal level.


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Programs & Services


Programs & Services
Healthy Living Starts Today

Programs & Services


Programs & Services
Healthy Living Starts Today


 

VitaCare Provides Many Programs & Services

 

In the words of a Chinese philosopher, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” We want to help you on your journey in any way possible. That means providing you with the tools needed for each step of your journey.

No matter how big or how small those steps, if they are in the right direction they are a positive move. From remembering to take your supplements to eating whole, organic foods, as long as you are changing old habits and adopting healthier ones you are making the move to wellness. Our job is to help you move to wellness.

 

To achieve this goal our clinic provides patients with current diagnostic tools and treatment modalities to create specific individualized programs that fit each persons lifestyle and health goals. We also provide our patients with the highest quality professional products, up-to-date treatment modalities, coaching services and educational seminars to ensure each of our patients achieves the best results, reaches their personal health goals and
attains optimal vitality.

 

Electrodermal Testing


Electrodermal Testing
Diagnostic Screening Technique

Electrodermal Testing


Electrodermal Testing
Diagnostic Screening Technique


What is Electrodermal Testing?

Electrodermal testing, using the VegaTest Expert is a diagnostic screening technique developed by a German medical doctor, Helmut Schimmel. The electrodermal test method used by Dr. Yim takes advantage of the fundamental principles of energetic theory which builds on the idea that the body has a measurable energetic field that is directly related to the health. By building on this idea we have a technique that surpasses the limitations of conventional biochemcial testing.

Electrodermal testing measures electromagnetic frequencies emitted by the body in order to detect imbalances that might cause present illness or contribute towards future disease. The detection of energy level imbalances in the body is essential for providing an early warning system for potential disruptions in biochemical balance that may lead to disease. Balance can then be restored using holistic therapies.


How does Electrodermal Testing Work?

Electrodermal testing using the VegaTest Expert is very simple. The machine outputs a low level electrical current which runs through an electrode held in one of the patient’s hands. The electromagnetic pulses travel through the patient’s body and are measured by the technician with the aid of a hand held measuring stylus which is placed on an acupuncture point on the patient’s hand.

Electrodermal testing is safe, effective and non-invasive. Both the Food Sensitivity Screening and the Comprehensive Health & Organ Analysis offer you invaluable information in your quest for optimal health.

 

Ask Dr Yim for more information on how to prepare for youR Electrodermal Test and about Food Sensitivity Screening

 

 

PROVIDING SPECIFIC INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR HEALTH

IT SCREENS FOR:

 
 
  • Vitamin, mineral & trace element deficiencies

  • Enzyme deficiencies

  • Hormone imbalances

  • Yeast overgrowth

  • Toxicity levels

  • Specific organ dysfunction

  • Presence of parasites

  • Viral or bacterial infection

  • Most stressed organ

  • Presence of food sensitivities

  • Chemical sensitivities

 

THE VEGATEST EXPERT

The VegaTest Expert, used extensively in Europe by medical doctors, dentists and naturopathic physicians gives the healthcare provider and patient a fantastic tool! It allows Dr. Yim to create a more finely tuned personal healthcare program. By analyzing results from the test, he can design a systematic protocol for regaining or maintaining your health.

In addtion to the above list, the VegaTest Expert can evaluate dental disturbances, mercury intoxication, and sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation. It an also determine what homeopathics, herbal formulas, vitamins, etc. will be tolerated and be effective for the patient.


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Blood Testing


Blood Testing
& Blood Allergy Testing for Foods

Blood Testing


Blood Testing
& Blood Allergy Testing for Foods

Blood Tests Now Available!


 

Dr. Yim is excited to announce that a wide range of blood tests will now be available through our clinic.

 

The tests include:

  • ABO/Rh typing (especially important for people following the Eat Right For Your Blood Type diet)

  • Liver enzymes (to monitor liver damage)

  • C reactive protein (inflammatory marker associated with cardiovascular disease)

  • Ferritin (storage form of iron)

  • Vitamin D3 levels

  • Free T3 and T4 (the actual thyroid hormones), thyroid antibodies, and reverse T3

  • Homocysteine (another contributor to atherosclerosis)

  • Insulin (if elevated can indicate insulin resistance, a predisposition for type 2 diabetes)

  • And so much more


Blood Allergy Testing for Foods

One test that Dr. Yim is very pleased to offer again is blood allergy testing for foods.  One sample of blood can test for over 100 delayed food allergies.  Two panels of foods can be tested; one consists of common foods and the other consists of foods commonly found in a vegetarian diet.

This tests only delayed food allergies, most immediate reactions can easily identified once delayed allergies are eliminated from the diet.

The main benefit of doing the blood allergy testing is that only true allergies will be identified by looking in the blood sample for the actual antibodies against specific foods.  This provides greater motivation for one to avoid the foods that test positive when one knows that these foods are negatively impacting the immune system.

Blood draws can be done by our doctors or at any LifeLabs location in Nanaimo with a requisition from Dr. Yim (patients are billed by our clinic). Rocky Mountain Analytical in Calgary does the actual testing.  This is one of the first accredited medical laboratories in Canada that does blood testing for patients of naturopathic physicians.

By offering these new tests, we hope to be of greater service to our patients.  Please call our office for an appointment if you are interested in discussing any of these tests.


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Bioflex Laser Treatment


Bioflex Laser Treatment
Helps Eliminate Pain & Promotes Healing

Bioflex Laser Treatment


Bioflex Laser Treatment
Helps Eliminate Pain & Promotes Healing


 

Explaining how the Bioflex Treatment works

 

Laser therapy works by preventing scar tissue formation and increasing the production of collagen, a protein that holds the body together. In addition, laser therapy has the capacity to lower pain by blocking a neurotransmitter called substance P, which normally tells the brain to feel pain.

Low-intensity laser also work similar to anti-inflammatory medications by decreasing pain perception, swelling and redness. Reduced pain means less, and even discontinuation, of pain medication. This also means less side effects including constipation and drowsiness and long term complications like stomach ulcers and liver damage. This makes Low-intensity laser is a great tool to use while waiting for surgery.

Repeated treatments can also prevent short term aches from turning into long term chronic pain, something that becomes very difficult to treat.

Suffering with a joint and muscle injury and being restricted because of pain, does not have to be the only way. Laser therapy may be your ticket back to a normal life.  Book your appointment at VitaCare Natural Health Clinic today!


Benefits of Laser Therapy

Laser therapy offers patients a safe and effective therapy for a wide range of medical conditions, including soft tissue and sports injuries, arthritic conditions, repetitive stress injuries, wound healing and a variety of general health problems.

 

Clinical Benefits

  • Eliminates pain

  • Reduces the need for pharmaceuticals

  • Restores normal range of motion and physical function

  • Non-invasive

  • Non-toxic

  • No known adverse effects

  • No drug interactions

  • Often makes surgical interventions unnecessary

  • Provides a treatment alternative for patients that have not responded to conventional therapies

Physiological Effects

  • Increased production and release of:

    • Endorphins – natural analgesics

    • Cortisol – precursor of cortisone

    • Growth hormone – instrumental in tissue repair

    • ATP – improves and regulates cellular metabolism

  • Increased protein synthesis – collagen, DNA, fibroblasts

  • Venous and lymphatic flow facilitated

  • Increased angiogenesis – elevation of oxygen saturation

  • Enhanced immune response, etc.