By LeRae Haynes –
A team of dedicated medical professionals has formed in both Williams Lake and 100 Mile House, offering a range of integrated treatments that focus on patients and work together for their well-being.
In Williams Lake, the Integrative Elements Wellness Clinic team offers chiropractic services, massage therapy, and naturopathic medicine. At the 100 Mile House Office, they offer chiropractic and naturopathic medicine, as well as acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine.
Dr. Christie Kronyk and a few others were already practising in Williams Lake, and wanted to create an environment that was aligned with how they wanted to practise—all of them together.
There are a lot of inter-disciplinary clinics out there, according to Kronyk. “There’s a big trend in that. But we wanted to do it our own way, to stay in touch with each other about patients, what’s going on with them and how we can better work together for their well-being,” she explained.
“Chiropractic medicine and massage therapy together can really benefit a client,” she adds. “The massage therapist focuses on the soft tissue, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. I do a little bit of that, but we focus more on the joint range of motion. The muscles and joints function as one unit. Recovery and relief happen that much easier when you address the whole picture.”
She added that acupuncture takes an even broader scope—it goes beyond soft tissue and looks at Chinese medicine, focusing on energy flowing through the body.
“They try to open those energy channels, and have an impact on the soft tissues, which also helps with the chiropractic focus,” she continued. “We’re all looking at the whole patient. We want people to leave here more relaxed. We have so much going on in our lives. Our nervous systems and our hormones are on high alert all the time. We are all really focused on normalizing patients’ bodies, and helping people manage their lives a bit easier, without the effects of stress being stored in the body quite so readily.”
Dr. Katie DeGroot, ND said, as a naturopathic doctor, she integrates both natural and conventional medical options, to bring the two worlds together. “It’s great in this office, how there are so many different natural therapies and options all in one place,” she said.
DeGroot said naturopathic medicine is complementary to these other areas, adding that she took her training in the US, with an emphasis on primary care and diagnostics.
She is focused on the medical side of things—figuring out what’s going on and then making treatment recommendations or referring patients to other professionals in the clinic.
“As a naturopathic doctor, I look at things differently,” she said. “I can make recommendations on things like diet, exercise, supplements, and minerals. And if someone needs massage therapy, or has a joint issue that can benefit from chiropractic treatments, we can do whatever is needed. That’s what I’m excited about: being part of the integrated team. I know what I can do and can offer, so it’s great that here are all these people who offer what I don’t,” she explained.
“I like that the Integrated Elements Wellness Clinic is a positive, happy place,” said DeGroot. “My goal is to be someone people can talk to. When you go to your GP, you might have seven to ten minutes—20 if you’re lucky. I’m booking 30-and 60-minute appointments. That’s enough time to talk things out.
“Even if they’re just coming for some advice about what their GP has told them, having that much time with me helps them figure out what’s going on so they can go out the door understanding their health better,” she said. “My goal is not so much telling people what to do; that’s the easy part. I want to help them understand what’s going on.”
In Williams Lake, Integrated Wellness is located at 29 D South 3rd Avenue and you can reach the office at (778) 412-1441.
In 100 Mile House, the office is at 116-475 South Birch Avenue and can be reached at (778) 482-1441.
For more information, you can visit their website at www.integratedelements.ca.
LeRae Haynes is a freelance writer, song writer, community co-ordinator for Success by 6, member of Perfect Match dance band, and instigator of lots of music with kids.