Who We Are

Paradigm Naturopathic Medicine has had a long history in the heart and mind of Dr. Chris Spooner. In February of 2014 the actual Physical Space became a reality.

Dr. Spooner and Mel Spooner envisioned a space that was comfortable, welcoming and accepting, we hope you feel that when you enter.

Welcome to Paradigm Naturopathic Medicine and Yoga Studio where we do what we love and love what we do.

Chris Spooner

Chris Spooner

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Chris Spooner

 

A Personal Message from Dr. Spooner

 

The majority of my patients have very little experience with naturopathic medicine and are coming to me because they have been referred to me by family, friends and other health care providers.  Almost all of them are wrestling with information overload and are turning to me to help them figure things out.  

 

I look at my role as a bridge between conventional and complementary medicine.

 

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.

 

Education

B.Sc. Biology – University of Victoria -1991Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine – Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine 1998 – Toronto, Ontario Post Doctoral Fellow, Environmental Medicine – Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2006 – Tempe, Arizona. 

Professional Membership

College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC – Chair of the Finance committee,  member of the Pharmaceutical and Diagnostic Referral committee and the Scope of Practice committeeBritish Columbia Naturopathic AssociationCollege of Naturopathic Physicians of British ColumbiaOncology Academy of Naturopathic PhysiciansPain Management – Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma Intravenous Therapies and Chelation BC Prescriptive Authority

 

Melissa(Mel) Spooner

Melissa(Mel) Spooner

Owner

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.

Evelyn Vehlow

Evelyn Vehlow

IV therapist

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

Cindy Elliott

Cindy Elliott

Reception

Born in Kelowna, BC, I lived in AB for the first 42 years of my life and moved to Vernon in June 2015.
I  have a strong desire to help others, I want to make a difference… my desire to do so is what lead me to Paradigm, where I feel truly blessed to be a part of this dynamic team

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.

Before I started at Paradigm I worked as an optician for 20+yrs and  managed several locations throughout Sherwood Park and Edmonton.  In addition, for the last 16 years I have been part owner of an Alberta trucking business where I managed the office coordinated and maintained the business’ safety program.