Paradigm Naturopathic Medicine has had a long history in the heart and mind of Dr. Chris Spooner.
He has always envisioned a clinic with practitioners working collaboratively in order to provide the best individual patient care.
It wasn’t until February of 2014 that the actual Physical Space became a reality.
Dr. Spooner and Mel Spooner envisioned a space that was comfortable, welcoming and accepting. Over the past 3 years they believe that they have been fortunate enough to build a team that also shares this vision.
Welcome to Paradigm Naturopathic Medicine and Yoga Studio where we do what we love and love what we do.
“A Team becomes more than just a collection of people when a strong sense of mutual commitment creates synergy, thus generating performance greater than the sum of the performance of its individual members.”
Dr. Chris Spooner
Dr. Spooner works with a wide range of patients who are looking for a balanced approach that combines conventional medicine with naturopathic approaches. Many of his patients are dealing with complicated health issues such as hormone imbalances, menopause and andropause, arthritis, longstanding joint injuries, cancer, and chronic illnesses such as Lyme’s and autoimmune diseases. In addition to standard naturopathic approaches, Dr. Spooner has advanced certifications so he can use bio-identical hormone therapies, intravenous and injection therapies, chelation therapy, prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma injections for injured joints, and conventional prescription medications. Dr. Spooner was an oarsman for the University of Victoria Varsity Crew and a member of the Canadian National Rowing team. He is an avid cyclist, open water swimmer and cross country skier and when he is not in the office you can find him outside with Melissa, and their crazy dog, Lola, taking advantage of all the North Okanagan has to offer.
A Personal Message from Dr. Spooner
My goal is to help you understand what is happening in your body and to help you find out the best approach for your needs. I spend the time to listen to you, understand who you are and address your health concerns. I work with you to develop individualized treatment plans that work with your body’s natural healing ability, using the most effective methods possible. I always aim to educate and empower my patients so that they are aware of the control they have with regards to their health and have the knowledge they need to make the health care decisions that are best for them. I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your health goals. In health, Dr. Chris Spooner B.Sc., N.D.
B.Sc. in Biology – University of Victoria -1991
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine – Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine 1998 – Toronto, Ontario
Post Doctoral Fellow, Environmental Medicine – Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2006 – Tempe, Arizona.
College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC – Chair of the Finance committee, member of the Pharmaceutical and Diagnostic Referral committee and the Scope of Practice committee
University of British Columbia Okanagan – Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health and Social Development
Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine – Adjunct Professor
British Columbia Naturopathic Association
College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia
Oncology Academy of Naturopathic Physician
NCCP certified level 1 coach for triathlon and rowing
Pain Management – Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma
Intravenous Therapies and Chelation
BC Prescriptive Authority
1990 Canadian National Rowing Championships 4- Gold Medalist
1990 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta Mens 8+ Champions
1991 US National Rowing Championships 4- Silver Medalist
1991 Pan American Games Mens 4- Bronze Medal
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!
After years of being a world class Ironman athlete and winning 3 IM titles Mel retired from racing in 2005 and moved to Vernon in 2006. She has a local Triathlon club called Endurance Health and Fitness. She loves being part of this community and seeing what lies around the next corner – whether that corner is on a run, a bike or life!
Mel completed her 200 RYT training with SOYA in Penticton In June of 2014 and has enjoyed learning how to create a space for others to come to their mat. She continues to practice and explore various types of yoga from Flow to Restorative.
Dr. Ray Lendai
Dr. Ray Lendvai is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (1991). In 1995, Dr. Lendvai travelled to India for a six month internship / study program at the National Institute of Homoeopathy in Calcutta. While in Calcutta, Dr. Lendvai studied and worked with several modern day masters of Homeopathic Medicine. Formally the medical director of the Vernon Integrative Family Medicine Clinic Dr. Lendvai provides the following natural therapeutics at Paradigm Naturopathic :Naturopathic Medicine, Homeopathic Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Allergy Testing and Desensitization, Nutritional and Lifestyle Counselling and Chelation and I.V. Therapy
Registered Massage Therapy
Kelsey graduated from okanagan college of massage therapy in 2007. Since graduation Kelsey has taken a variety of post graduation courses in both Canada and the United States. She has a special interest in pre and postnatal massage. Scar tissue rehabilitation including post c section work, pelvic dysfunction, and chronic pain conditions. Kelsey enjoys collaborating with other practitioners in the community to optimize patient care. She strongly believes in a team approach and is excited to be apart of paradigm. When not at work Kelsey loves chasing after her 2 year old daughter Brynn, hiking her dog Oakley, getting inspired with yoga and running.
Registered Massage Therapy
Richard graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1996.
After completing his training in Vancouver, Richard moved back to his hometown Vernon. Richard has taken a variety of post-graduate courses in orthopaedic assessment, myofascial release, joint mobilization and his latest in Active Release Techniques (ART).
The core benefit of ART is preventing and breaking up dense scar tissue, also called adhesions. Adhesions limit the normal range of motion of joints and muscles because they cause abnormal binding between muscle groups, are tough and are inflexible compared to healthy tissue.
Outside of the clinic Richard has pursued a career in teaching at the Okanagan College of Massage and now most recently post graduate courses around BC to registered massage therapists.
In his spare time, Richard enjoys playing hockey in the winter, boating in the summer, and doing as much as possible with his daughter, son and dog.
Evelyn was inspired to pursue a career in the nursing field by her fun loving dad who greatly enjoyed working with both patients and staff during his time as a nursing orderly. She graduated with a Diploma of Nursing from the Mack Centre of Nursing of Niagara College in 1977.
Over the next 30 years Evelyn worked as a Registered Nurse in various cities in both the US and Canada, gaining experience in a variety of fields including: surgery, special care, urology, ICU/CCU, cardiology and chronic care.
She stepped away from the Nursing Profession in 2007 to live and work at the lifestyle, health teaching centre of Silver Hills Guest House, in the foothills of the Monashee Mountains.
In 2013, Evelyn joined Dr. Spooner’s practice as an IV therapist and is excited to continue working patients and the team at the new offices of Paradigm Naturopathic Medicine
My 2 kids mean the world to me and I love the outdoors and enjoy camping, quading, 4X4ing. In 2011 I completed ½ marathon with Team Diabetes.I figure skated competitively for many years and had the wonderful opportunity to cheerlead for Edmonton Eskimos football team for a couple seasons.
– “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 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.
Jessica Nobrega, B.Sc., RYT
Jessica Dean, YTT
I am a yoga teacher, a quiet, cozy lover of books, lavender, cappuccinos and outdoor adventures who spends a lot of time playing in the kitchen. I am originally from Drayton Valley, Alberta but now reside in Vernon, for the simple accessibility to adventure that this area offers.
I have a huge family so I love close communities and friends that feel like family.
I believe that people are what matter most, and that you are one of those people.
That’s why I choose yoga, to nurture the relationship with yourself and with your community.
I completed my first 200 hr YTT with Eoin Finn (Blissology) in 2014 and have also completed a foundations training with Yoga kids. I have attended a variety of workshops and worked with coaches to grow my own practice as well as expand and better my teaching practice.
While I am capable of teaching many styles of yoga, and believe we should have a balance of yin and yang in our practices, I am most passionate about sharing gentle, spacious, soothing classes to help slow down, calm our minds and check in with our bodies. We live in a crazy world, I invite you to take some time, find a little stillness, breathe deep and really listen to what your body needs.
Christopher Wallace was trained primarily through the Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin traditions of yoga. His classes offer a blend of these styles, focusing on mindfully embodied postures, gentle flowing transitions and a few longer held deeper stretches. These classes find a balance between accessibility and challenge, to keep them beginner friendly and engaging for intermediate yoga practitioners.
Christopher’s yoga teacher training was done on Vancouver Island through Yanumoja Yoga, focusing on a fusion of yoga modalities and deep cross-comparative studies in these holistic practices. He also holds a certificate in Yoga Therapy from Pacific Rim College. His practice is well informed and therapeutic, ensuring integrative and interesting flows and movement as medicine.
In addition to yoga, he is also a bodywork practitioner of Thai Yoga Massage and Ayurvedic Massage. His studies and practice in these respective modalities imbue him with a depth of body awareness and related sources to draw from that inform his yogic influence. In accessing the Eastern healing traditions, he found powerful ways to address his own ails; which yielded deeper purpose and meaning in his life. He provides people with the best possible care he is capable of, and ensures a safe environment in which people can come to release their tensions and explore their bodies in a healthy and fulfilling way. Being truly passionate about aiding in the alleviation of people’s distress, his intentions center on enhancing the his students quality of life. An empathic, attentive, compassionate and sincere person, he brings a depth of presence and warmth to his sessions