Healthy Individuals Create Vibrant Communities

Our Approach

The truth is, health concerns are often complex and multifaceted. You deserve to have a team of dedicated health care providers who will work together with you to identify the root cause of your condition and formulate an individualized treatment plan tailored just for you. We strive to simplify your health.

Natural Medicine Herb

Having gas, bloating, or other digestive issues?

Struggling with chronic pain or an injury that is not resolving?

Looking for support for hormone imbalances, menstrual irregularities, or menopausal symptoms?

Looking for fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum care?

Overwhelmed, fatigued, or feeling burnt out?

Wanting to improve your diet, but don’t know where to start?

Experiencing stress, anxiety, or depression?

Struggling with a chronic or autoimmune condition and want a different approach to treatment?

Feeling great and want support to help you stay that way?

We Can Help

We can help you with any of these concerns and more. Let us take the guesswork out of the equation by looking at your whole health picture, focusing on your present concerns, and working with you to determine the best treatment plan and complement of practitioners to guide you to where you want to be.

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts."

- Aristotle

Meet the Team

Our Integrative Health Team is passionate about guiding you to optimal health.

Dr. Michael Tassone

Naturopathic Physician

Focus: Acute and chronic pain management, ultrasound guided prolotherapy, PRP & other advanced injection therapies, digestive health

Dr. Tassone takes to heart the Naturopathic principle “Doctor as Teacher” and encompasses this value in every aspect of his professional practice. Dr. Tassone formerly taught Orthopedic Assessment & Physical Medicine at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM), and is a past Instructor in the RMT Program at VCC-Kelowna. He is currently a registered Continuing Education Instructor with RMTBC, Public Health Instructor at BINM, and a BC Board Examiner for the College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC (CNPBC). Dr. Tassone is the Co-Vice President of the British Columbia Naturopathic Doctors (BCND). He also currently sits on the National Advisory Board for Cyto-Matrix. Dr. Tassone's passion as an Educator keeps him up to date on emerging therapies and is the cornerstone of his approach to patient care. He believes in finding the root cause of a patient’s health concerns, and ensures his patients understand how they can take control of their own wellbeing. When not in the clinic (or marking students’ assignments), you can find him camping and getting lost in nature or immersed in the kitchen creating delicious gluten-free, dairy-free meals...(yes, they can be delicious).

Dr. Lauren Tomkins

Naturopathic Physician

Focus: Fertility, pregnancy and postpartum, hormone imbalances, thyroid conditions, perimenopause/menopause, children's health

Dr. Tomkins is passionate about helping her patients feel their best at every stage f their life - by empowering them to take control of their health through education and awareness. She is a past Instructor in the RMT Program at VCC-Kelowna and is currently a registered Continuing Education Instructor with RMTBC. She regularly provides educational sessions with Nature’s Fare Markets on a variety of health topics, as well as speaking at a variety of events and wellness retreats throughout the Okanagan. When not in the clinic, you can find Dr. Lauren enjoying the Okanagan lifestyle - adventuring from the farmers’ markets to wineries, soaking up the sunshine at the lake, skiing the local mountains, and hiking the many trails with her rescue dogs, Millie, & Ed. She is currently on maternity leave with her two little kids.

Dr. Kelsea Parker

Naturopathic Physician

Focus: Post-concussion syndrome, TBI recovery, sleep, mental health

Dr. Parker is a Naturopathic Doctor and Okanagan newcomer raised in small town lake life. She aims to authentically connect with her patients to help educate, guide and empower them towards their optimal health. Dr. Parker has a passion for brain health and balancing the nervous system including anxiety and depression, stress, insomnia, post-concussive syndrome and traumatic brain injuries. When not seeking further knowledge you can find her chasing sunsets on her paddleboard or exploring the surrounding great outdoors by water, forest or mountain peaks.

Dr. Kaitlyn Tougas

Naturopathic Physician

Focus: skin health, cardiovascular health, diabetes, sleep

Dr. Tougas was born and raised in Penticton, BC, and she is so excited to have returned to the Okanagan to grow her practice. She believes the journey to optimal health is a collaborative venture, and will guide and educate her patients along the way. She encourages strong, evidence-informed nutritional and lifestyle foundations, in addition to tailored treatment plans. She uses a combination of complementary, such as herbal medicine and acupuncture, functional, physical, and modern medicine to help you achieve your health goals. When she's not at WKIHC, you can find Dr. Tougas teaching yoga in the park, playing in the water with her two young children, or taking a family hike in the mountains. She also loves to run and golf with her friends and has the goal of completing Ironman Canada.

Miklos (Mike) Bencsik II

Registered Massage Therapist

Focus: Myofascial release, deep tissue massage, supporting athletes with chronic pain

Mike is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and local BC boy. He first became interested in massage therapy after it greatly helped him recover from an injury he sustained years ago. Being heavily involved in competitive Olympic weightlifting, Mike fully understands the importance of a team approach to healthcare and proactive treatments to ensure high quality training and performance. Mike is passionate about helping his clients get out of pain and back to the activities that bring them joy. He performs a thorough assessment to better understand the root cause of pain and injury, and develops an individualized treatment plan for each of his clients. When Mike is not in clinic, you can find him training and competing in Olympic weightlifting. He is currently ranked 2nd in the 109+ in Canada, a BC Provincial Champion, and working his way to compete in the next Commonwealth Games.

Steph Botham

Registered Massage Therapist

Focus: Headaches and migraines, neck and shoulder pain, stress management, chronic injuries, prenatal care

Stephanie Botham is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) who has been in practice since 2018. Steph always knew that she wanted to have a career in the healthcare field, she just wasn’t sure what area she belonged in. She has always admired the idea of helping people and making a difference in her clients’ journey to optimal health. At a young age, her Dad was in an accident which required extensive time in a Rehabilitation Centre. After attending many appointments with him, and seeing first hand her Dad’s benefits from massage therapy - she was inspired her to become an RMT. When Stephanie was an RMT student, she also benefited greatly from massage therapy treatments herself, which deepened her education and made her even more passionate about being in this field. When she's not in the clinic, you can find Steph reading, baking cookies, and watercolor painting. She loves spending time with family and friends, playing with her cat, and taking in all the activities and scenery the Okanagan has to offer.

Mac McMillan

Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)

Focus: individual, couples, and family counselling

Mac McMillan is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) offering individual, couples and family counselling. Mac has over 30 years experience helping people overcome addictive thinking and behaviour, strengthen relationships, and work through issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma and grief. Mac likes to give clients practical steps and exercises they can do to heal, learn and grow emotionally, mentally and relationally. Mac has developed six ways to increase self-respect, which he feels is the basis of healthy thinking and relating. He has also uncovered four steps to healing the past, which allows clients to move forward with more peace and joy in their lives and relationships. In order to accomplish all this, Mac utilizes the strengths and insights of each client, while employing approaches of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy for couples (EFT), Solution Focused Therapy, and Pastoral Counselling when applicable. Many clients have remarked that Mac’s empathy, insights and practical guidance have been instrumental in changing their lives. Areas of focus include: anxiety, depression, anger management, addictions, trauma, self esteem, grief and loss, life transitions, spiritual guidance, parenting, and narrative therapy.

Shonah Nykiforuk

Office Administrator

Focus: Office organizer extraordinaire, keeper of our sanity, coffee lover, camping enthusiast

Shonah is going to be the main voice over the phone when calling the clinic to book your appointments or when you have questions!  Coming from a background of administration and having most recently worked for a chiropractic clinic, Shonah has a passion for health and making your clinic experience seamless and easy.  She is not only an amazing administrative resource for the clinic, but also a great resource for the Okanagan, having lived here for 15 years. When Shonah isn't organizing, making lists, answering calls and taking care of our patients’ front-end needs, you can find her camping the back country with her husband and dachshund Bentley. She is also a talented artist, with her own paper crafts and painting company called Part n Parcel Studio.

Keramia Lawrie

Front Desk Receptionist

Focus: Office organizer extraordinaire, service with a smile, cat mom

Keramia is a post-secondary student, born and raised in West Kelowna. She has always had an interest in naturopathic medicine and health, and loves being a part of such an incredible team. When she’s not taking phone calls and helping the clinic run smoothly, you can find her knitting, climbing, and hanging out with her two cats, Pickles and Anethum.

"Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity."

- Hippocrates