Services

· Overview of Services

· Groups

· About the Medicine

Overview of Services

Empowering You to Meet Your Healthcare Goals

To begin addressing your fatigue, anxiety and/or depression at Dynamic Paths, you can begin with one of two programs. The Quick Nutritional and Chinese Medicine Program or the Comprehensive Assessment Program.

For more information, please call 206-579-2757

The Quick Nutrition and Chinese Medicine Programwith Dr. Kristen Allott

3 Appointments

Comprehensive Assessment Programwith Dr. Kristen Allott

5 Appointments

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Develop a Plan

with Dr. Kristen Allott

1 Appointment

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The PTSD Recovery Programwith Dr. Kristen Allott

20 AppointmentsEvery other week

(Details Below)

The “SANE” Program

Sugar Addiction to Natural Eating

with Dr. Kristen Allott

20 AppointmentsEvery other week

(Details Below)

Case Management

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Consultation

with

Dr. Kristen Allott

Appointments as Needed

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For more information please call 206-579-2757.

Quick Nutrition and Chinese Medicine Program

This three-appointment series with Dr. Kristen Allott is designed to use nutrition, acupuncture, and/or Chinese herbal formulas to address anxiety and depression. The program is ideal for individuals who are experiencing anxiety and depression accompanied by fatigue and insomnia. All therapies offered are safe with medications that you are currently using. All appointments are 75 minutes long.

The goals of the Quick Assessment Program are to

  • decrease anxiety
  • decrease afternoon fatigue
  • decrease early-morning waking
  • increase energy.

For more information please call 206-579-2757. 

Comprehensive Assessment Program

This is a five appointment series with Dr. Allott.  The Comprehensive Assessment Program is designed to help identify the physical causes of your symptoms of fatigue, lack of mental clarity, depression, anxiety, insomnia, weight gain and other mental health concerns.

The goals of the quick assessment program are to

  • decrease anxiety
  • decrease afternoon fatigue
  • decrease early-morning waking
  • increase energy and mental clarity
  • identify the nutrient deficits which affect the synthesis of dopamine and serotonin
  • identify the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  • identify the physiological causes of weight gain
  • evaluate cortisol levels

First Appointment: Dr. Allott will go over your intake form with you to understand what your health goals are and what patterns are currently occurring in your body. Additionally, she will complete a dietary assessment. Together you and Dr. Allott will develop an experiment to improve your symptoms of fatigue and lack of mental clarity.  Any treatment plan needs to be achievable in your daily life. The appointment is 75 minutes.

Second Appointment: Dr. Allott will assess your symptoms from a Chinese medical prospective.  Chinese medicine is 2000 years old and can provide patients with relief from their symptoms and provide unique ways of monitoring progress.  Chinese medicine provides avenues of healing that Western medicine does not.  Dr. Allott may also perform some physical exams to assess nutritional deficiencies and chronic disease.  The appointment is 75 minutes.

Third Appointment: Dr. Allott will assess you for neurotransmitter deficiencies with a health survey.  She will teach you which neurotransmitters are causing what symptoms and will educate you on what specific behaviors and nutritional interventions might improve those symptoms. You will be given paperwork requesting laboratory diagnostic panels based on your symptoms.  The appointment is 75 minutes.

Fourth Appointment: Dr. Allott will review blood and cortisol panels in detail.  She is assessing that you have the basic nutrients to synthesize dopamine and serotonin as well as appropriate cortisol levels, which can affect energy and sleep.  She will also assess for your risk for diabetes, which is higher in individuals with depression.  Finally, she will prescribe appropriate nutritional interventions for the conditions she finds.

Fifth Appointment: Is the Developing a Plan appointment. Dr. Allott considers this as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Program.

For more information please call 206-579-2757. 

Developing a Plan

You and Dr. Allott will review what has been learned and accomplished in your first series of appointments at Dynamic Paths.  By this time, we will have more clarity on what the physical causes of your depression, anxiety, fatigue, and/or cravings are and what the emotional contributors are.  We will attempt in this meeting to develop a plan to address those causes. For what has not been resolved, both you and Dr. Allott will develop a strategy to address those problems, balancing not only what is important for your health, but also, what you are personally interested and capable of accomplishing.This is a 75-minute appointment with Dr. Allott.

The PTSD Recovery Program

They PTSD Recovery Program is a yearlong program where you will meet with the practitioner every other week. The appointment can be 45 minutes or 75 minutes long.

These appointments with Dr. Allott will supplement the work you are doing or have done with your therapist.

Goals:

  • better understanding of the brain and the body
  • increased sense of choice for self-care of the body
  • better sleep, energy and mental clarity
  • shorter binge eating episodes
  • better able to advocate for self with other medical professionals

A history of trauma can leave us disconnected from our bodies.  This disconnection can prevent us from using our bodies to enjoy life as well as prevent us from taking care of our bodies.  Being unfamiliar with our bodies can make us avoid exercise, physical touch, and relationships.  When our bodies are deprived of movement, relationships and touch, sugar and alcohol can become a substitute. Dr. Allott will assist you in improving your relationship with your body, which will move you toward a greater sense of choice, mastery of self-care skills, and passion for your own life.

For more information please call 206-579-2757.

The “SANE” Program: Sugar Addiction to Natural Eating Program

SANE is a yearlong program where you will meet with the practitioner every other week.

The goals of the SANE Program are as follows:

  • decrease fasting blood glucose
  • decrease hemoglobin A-1 C
  • decrease frequency of binge eating
  • more developed sense of intuitive eating
  • gain a deeper understanding of the physical and emotional causes for uncontrolled sugar/carbohydrate eating
  • incorporate more physical activity into one’s life

Most people start the SANE Program worried that it is just another “Don’t eat sugar program”.  No diet program will be successful, if it is based on don’ts.  SANE is different, because we are not seeking to just change your behavior.  We are seeking to change your brain so that it is easier to change your mind.  Our behavior reflects what makes us feel better. Fundamentally, we eat sugar because it makes us feel better.  Dr. Allott provides tools, practices, and experiments so that you have more energy and mental clarity in a time frame that your mind notices. When you feel better in your body, you notice and will seek to feel better again.  During our time together, we are working to

  • increase energy and mental clarity
  • identify triggers to sugar/ carbohydrate binges
  • create more healthy responses to cravings
  • support to get back on track when you fall into old habits
  • set up the maintenance program that you would have if you liked your body

How many months has it taken to get to where you are now?                                                                                             How many months will you dedicate to a supportive process of change?

For more information please call 206-579-2757.

Case Management and Consultation

For some individuals, Dr. Allott serves as a physician consultant with occasional appointments, as you need support to understand and manage your medical care. She will also provide you with appropriate referrals to address your obstacles to health such as physical therapists, massage therapists, and specialists in medicine.

For additional information about Dynamic Paths’ programs and care, please call us at 206-579-2757.

Groups

Medical studies show that groups help individuals to learn new information and to improve their self-care. Dynamic Paths offers several type of groups throughout the year. Currently, Dynamic Paths is offering two groups: SANE (Sugar Addition to Natural Eating and Exercise) and Nourish Your Body, Transform Your Life.  Additionally, Dr. Allott will offer groups at other locations.  Please see Small Business Programs.

Nourish Your Body, Transform Your Life:

Educational Support Group for Women

  • Have you ever wondered how food affects your mood?
  • Are you frustrated with how hard it is to change eating habits?
  • Are you concerned that food advertising is not promoting good health?
  • Tired of craving sugar and carbohydrates?
  • Would you like support to prioritize your health?

This group will run throughout the year. Every four months, individuals be asked to commit to monthly meetings.  As people’s schedules change, new people will have an opportunity to join.  Some of the future topics will include

  • Spring into Action: Understanding Cravings for Sugar and Carbs
  • The Path of Change: How to Rewire Your Brain
  • Transform Your Approach: Making Friends with Your Saboteur
  • Fats: Good, Bad, and Ugly
  • Increasing Your Metabolism: Using Food and Movement to Feel Better in Your Body
  • Improving Eating Fruits and Veggies
  • Eating Around Town
  • What are the Messages You are Receiving about Food and Body
  • Getting to 95% for Health Goals
  • Flow Psychology: Mind, Body, Spirit from the Chinese Perspective
  • Keeping the Holidays Fun and Healthy: How to Stay Aware and not Feel Deprived
  • Food Labels: Understanding What You Are Eating

For more information, please look at Dynamic Paths Blog or contact Dr. Allott.

About the Medicine

· Acupuncture

· Naturopathic Medicine

· Naturopathic Principles

· Theraputic Order

 

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing developed from listening to the symptoms of the patient and observing the subtle energies of the body.  Dr. Allott will determine how energetic imbalances are causing illness in the individual.  Traditional Chinese medicine seeks to facilitate healing and prevent illness through the use of acupuncture, nutrition, physical exercise, and herb preparations. Within traditional Chinese medicine, the body, emotions, mind, and spirit are treated simultaneously.

Some people are reluctant to try acupuncture due to the use of needles.  An acupuncture needle is as thin as a hair and can often be inserted without the individual noticing.  Dr. Allott has worked with many individuals to help them to become comfortable with the use of acupuncture needles.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is useful in treating the following conditions:

HeadachesColds and flu

Allergies

Depression and anxiety

InsomniaAlcohol and drug Addictions

Smoking cessation

Musculoskeletal aches and painsStress-related disorders

Gynecological problemsDigestive complaints

Dermatological conditions

Complications from HIV/AIDS and cancer

Chronic fatigue/Fibromyalgia

Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine combines the diagnostic tools of a primary care physician with centuries-old, natural non-toxic therapies. In the state of Washington, a naturopathic physician is recognized as a primary care physician.  We are able to order all diagnostic tests that are common to medical doctors, such as laboratory tests for blood and urine, X-Ray, MRI, and CT scans.

In the treatment of the individual, a naturopathic physician emphasizes whole-patient wellness. The naturopathic physician attempts to identify the underlying cause rather than focusing on symptomatic treatment.  When selecting a treatment, a naturopathic physician draws upon the following therapies: clinical nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, physical medicine, lifestyle counseling and stress management.

 

 

 

Naturopathic Principles

Vis Medicatrix Naturae – The Healing Power of Nature

Nature acts powerfully through healing mechanisms in the body and mind to maintain and restore health.  The naturopathic physician works to restore and support these inherent systems.

Primum Non Nocere – First Do No Harm

The naturopathic physician seeks to provide the most effective health care with least risk to the client.

Tolle Causam – Find Cause

The naturopathic physician shall strive to identify and remove the causes of illness, rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.

Docere – Doctor as Teacher

The naturopathic physician educates the client, inspires rational hope, and encourages self-responsibility for health.

Treat the Whole Person

Health or disease comes from a complex interaction of physical, emotional, dietary, genetic, environmental, lifestyle, or other factors. The naturopathic physician treats the whole person, taking these factors into account.

Wellness

Wellness is a state of being healthy, characterized by positive emotions, thoughts, and actions. Wellness is inherent in everyone.  The naturopathic physician shall seek restore, maintain and optimize wellness.

Preventive Medicine

The naturopathic physician promotes health through the prevention of disease for the individual, each community, and the world.

 

Therapeutic Order

The therapeutic order is a guideline for re-establishing and maintaining health.

  1. Re-establish the basis for health. Remove obstacles to wellness, and establish a healthy regimen.
  2. Simulate the healing power of nature. The body inherently seeks to be in balance.  By utilizing botanical medicine, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, nutrition, and psychological and spiritual healing, the body is assisted in returning to its healthy processes.
  3. Tonify weakened systems. Multiple systems support our health. Supporting metabolic and physiological systems, strengthening our energetic bodies, and developing our personal support systems of family and community, we create systems that allow us to function optimally.  At times, we need to re-assess and cultivate systems that support our well-being.
  4. Correct structural integrity. Physical and emotional structural systems gives us the support to successfully move through the world.  The structural integrity of the body is maintained and corrected through the use of physical activity, therapeutic exercise, spinal manipulation, massage, and cranial-sacral treatment.
  5. Prescribe specific natural substances for pathology. Use vitamins, minerals, and herbs to alter metabolic pathways to relieve symptoms, but not necessarily to bring the body into sustained independent balance.
  6. Prescribe pharmacological substances for pathology. Use pharmaceutical drugs to alter metabolic pathways in order to relieve symptoms, but not necessarily to bring the body into sustained independent balance.
  7. Prescribe surgery, suppressive drugs, radiation, and chemotherapy: At times, aggressive therapies are needed to preserve life.