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Dr. Blake A. Kovner, ND, LMP is a graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington where she trained as a Naturopathic Doctor in Primary Care and Family Medicine. During her education, Dr. Kovner underwent specialized Naturopathic training in Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and autoimmune disease management approaches. She practices constitutional medicine based on Ayurveda, one of the world’s oldest holistic (“whole-body”) healing systems. As a clinical herbalist, Dr. Kovner employs the art and science of wild-crafting and cultivating medicinal plants for botanical medicine formulation, creating individualized medicines for her patients. While she is a specialist in supplements and nutraceuticals, Dr. Kovner strongly believes in the Hippocratic principle of using food as medicine. With this in mind, she teaches her patients about the gut-brain axis and its influence on the immune system and emotional/social health. Empowering people from the inside out, Dr. Kovner uses Biofeedback, where medical instruments are used to provide the patient with information about what is going on within their mind and body.
Prior to practicing medicine, Dr. Kovner 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. She co-authored two peer-reviewed articles on MS.
Jesus Lovera, MD and Blake Kovner, BS, Cognitive Impairment in multiple sclerosis, Current Neurological Neuroscience Report, 2012 Oct; 12(5): 618–627.
Jesus Lovera 1, Alexander Ramos 2, Deidre Devier 3, Virginia Garrison 4, Blake Kovner 5, Tara Reza 6, Dennis Koop 7, William Rooney 8, Anne Foundas 9, Dennis Bourdette 10, Polyphenon E, Non-futile at Neuroprotection in Multiple Sclerosis but Unpredictably Hepatotoxic: Phase I Single Group and Phase II Randomized Placebo-Controlled Studies. Journal of Neurological Science, 2015 Nov 15;358(1-2):46-52
Dr. Blake Kovner also participated in building an MRI database to see if brain atrophy is directly related to disease progression as measured by the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS). She was trained as a Wheelchair Hatha Yoga Teacher. Now she teaches a deeply healing form of yoga called Rasayana, in conjunction with her Ayurvedic training and seamlessly incorporates all of this into her practice in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. (To learn more, visit her website DrBlakeKovnerND.com
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