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NATUROPATHIC WELLNESS

KOI Wellbeing focuses on patients’ individual needs

By Brianne Brown

Dr. Brooke Leverone always knew she wanted to work in the medical field. Raised by a mother who stressed the importance of eating her vegetables, avoiding soda and sugar and getting outdoors regularly, Dr. Leverone knew from an early age that naturopathic medicine was her calling. But it almost didn’t happen that way.

“I was going to traditional medical school for my MD, but I became disenchanted with the profession,” Leverone states. “So I took some time off after undergrad to travel and do volunteer work. It was during this time that I met a woman who was a naturopathic doctor and she inspired me to look into it.” The rest, as they say, is history: Leverone applied to The School of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University and went on to obtain a residency in women’s health specializing in functional medicine and bioidentical hormones. Following that experience, Leverone knew she had found her calling. “I wasn’t sure that this was the specialty I would stick with, but the impact we made on women’s lives was so profound, I knew this was what I wanted to focus on.”

Connecting with KOI Wellbeing CEO Jeff Sternberg and CFO Leah Freeland proved to be exactly what Dr. Leverone needed. “[They] had a vision to create a space of wellness for the community. … The concept they had of bridging the gap between traditional western medicine and naturopathic medicine aligned with my own beliefs of practicing medicine,” she notes. “At KOI, we believe that everyone has the right to optimal health and wellness, and that’s exactly what we’re here to provide.” In addition to hormone therapy, KOI and the doctors that work there provide healthcare for the whole family and specialty services.

Leverone’s unique understanding of hormone therapy allows her to treat her patients with their total health in mind, rather than simply treating symptoms. “So many women feel like they are ‘crazy,’ when really it’s just that traditional medical care doesn’t focus on hormones. Too many women are walking around feeling like there is something wrong with them and they don’t have to. That’s why I’m so passionate about educating people about their health and hormones and letting them know that there are other options. “

Patients at KOI Wellbeing can benefit from hormone balancing treatment and bioidentical therapy. Because hormones such as estrogen, testosterone, insulin and cortisol are vital to maintaining overall health, an imbalance can cause symptoms ranging from hot flashes to digestive problems and insomnia. These issues can often be addressed with a customized treatment plan that may include professional-grade supplements, nutrient injections and lifestyle recommendations.

Dr. Brooke Leverone
Dr. Brooke Leverone

In addition to educating patients on how hormones can affect their everyday lives, Dr. Leverone believes that people can take additional preventative measures to feel their best every day. “Minimizing stress and reducing inflammation are two of the most important preventative measures we can all benefit from. Take time out for yourself every day, get out into nature and unplug from the technology for awhile. It’s also important that you’re recovering from the day with a proper 7–8 hours of sleep every night!”

While no one really enjoys going to the doctor, Dr. Leverone is looking to change that. “Most people dread going to the doctor, and who can blame them? The waiting rooms aren’t that comfortable, it feels cramped with people who are sick and it’s usually in an office building with fluorescent lights. KOI created space that is filled with natural light and feels very much like a spa. We’re here to help people, not make them more stressed. Our whole team strives to make sure our clients have what they need and are taken care of.”