At Paradigm Naturopathic Medicine we believe in Integrated Health Care.  We Offer services in Naturopthic Medicine, Massage Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nutrition and a Yoga Studio.

Here is a general summary of what our patients can expect when working with Dr. Spooner or Dr. Read

1. The First Visit

The initial interview is a 60-minute consultation with the doctor to discuss your medical history and health concerns. After a thorough case history and interview we will discuss the specifics of your program, including required diagnostic tests and questionnaires.

2. Assessment and Evaluation

During the second visit we will discuss how the initial treatment plan is progressing and review any tests or homework that was assigned in the initial visit. During this visit we may discuss some of the specialized testing/therapies that are offered at our clinic. Here is an example of some areas you will be evaluated in order to create your personalized program:

•Medical Lab testing

•Comprehensive Hormonal Assessments

•Systemic Toxic Load Assessment

•Functional and Physiological Testing

3. Your Personal Plan

The foundation for your health care program is now being implemented and we continue to support your health goals with education and other therapies. We will also assist you in prioritizing options since our program never relies on an all-or-nothing approach.

Please contact us to book your appointment.

The Role of Symptoms

Disease does not happen overnight. In the beginning, our body gives us gentle “nudges” or symptoms to let us know that things are not quite right. Instead of blunting these symptoms with medications, it is important to listen to our body to find the root of the imbalance. Our naturopathic physicians guide and monitor each patient through the right complementary therapies at the right time.

By providing health education, our naturopathic doctors help patients understand how their life choices affect their health. Naturopathic doctors aim to provide patients with the skills and tools as well as natural medicine treatment, in order to help achieve the optimum level of health. They encourage and emphasize the patient’s responsibility to take care of their own health and well-being.

Over the last few years, we have invited several practitioners to join our group. Along with naturopathic care we also offer massage therapy, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, counseling, thermography, colonics, nutritional consultation, weight management programs, laboratory services and a full natural medicine pharmacy.

“It is more important to know what kind of patient has the disease than what kind of disease the patient has.”

– Sir William Osler

Welcome to Paradigm Studio –

Where we love what we do and do what we love

Paradigm Yoga Studio is a small studio within Paradigm Naturopathic Medicine in downtown Vernon.  We are a smaller, intimate studio with space for up to 12 students so we do encourage you to register for your classes We offer classes 6 days a week including 5 days of noon hour and 3 Rise ‘n Shine options in addition to offerings such as Power with Matt, Yin with Kate, Simply Stretch with Mel and more.  We are sure you will find a class that suits your needs and if you have any suggestions please do let us know!

You will find our rates and descriptions of our classes here

For the most up to date schedule and any changes, teacher subs and to be sure sure your class is happening please click on the large See our Fitness Schedule – Register for a class banner below.

You can view our complete studio schedule by clicking below and NOW you can register for your favorite class and reserve your spot ONLINE! Simply Click Below and you will come to our online schedule.  On the upper right hand corner click on the Classes Tab.  If you have not already created a profile for yourself you will be asked to do so and then you are ready!

See our Studio Schedule

Get to know our Instructors:

Mel Spooner – Mel completed her 200RYT Teacher Training with SOYA in Penticton in the Spring of 2014.  Mel loves working with people to determine how to implement a healthy lifestyle individually! Whether it is nutrition, a training program for an event or a yoga pose everyone will have their own way of expressing it and feeling it. Understanding that people’s needs are individually based is the foundation of how Mel works. Sure there are general guidelines but how do those work with each person’s own life? Whether dealing with food sensitivities, weight loss, event goals or how to do a headstand effortlessly– Mel understands that we are all unique. She enjoys being a part of a great team that works together to help educate people to get the most out of life!

Kate Tooke – “Yoga is a joyous, magnificent integration of all my heart-felt passions!”

Kate Tooke lives on acreage here in Okanagan heaven with her husband, three kids and a whole lot of animals. She recently completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training through Blissology Yoga School. With a background in psychology, creativity and working as a certified professional life coach, she’s found the challenges we face in life, continually circle back relationship we have with our bodies. Yoga can be the most beautiful expression of a positive relationship, based on respect, listening, growing, compassion, connection and self-love that ripples into every aspect of your life.

Matt McDowell – Matt McDowell has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and received his teacher training in Costa Rica from Amazing Yoga founders Karen and Sean Conley.  Originally from California, Matt moved to Vernon ten years ago and hasn’t looked back (okay, maybe the occasional glance).  Matt has run marathons, half IM triathalons and adventure races.  An avid golfer, swimmer, tennis player, cyclist, kayaker and movie watcher, Matt feels that yoga is a perfect form of exercise that enhances every aspect of life: physical, mental and spiritual.

In addition to yoga, Matt teaches filmmaking at the Center for Arts and Technology in Kelowna and has a MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and a BA in Motion Pictures/Television from UCLA.  He lives in Coldstream with his lovely wife, two fantastic children, one great dog, and two angry cats.

For Questions email Mel Spooner at