Dr. Heather Overland

Naturopathic Physician

Licensed Acupuncturist

 

 

 

 

  • Conferences to stay up to date on Restorative Medicine and Integrative Healthcare Topics
  • Navigating Changes and Trends in Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Coordinating Care with Top Montana Doctors
  • Promoting Wellness at Gallatin County Health Fair
  • TBI, Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Hormone Balancing
  • SIBO, Prevention and Treatment
  • Strategies in Pain Management
  • IV Therapy for Wellness
  • Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease and Promoting Mental Clarity

Fall Wellness Updates


Continuing Education

After years (decades) of schooling, the last thing many of us want is to go back to school. However, continuing education is both a requirement to maintain an active license as a doctor, and part of how to stay current in the continuously developing world of medicine. 

While my practice is rooted in traditional medicine and includes techniques such as acupuncture that have been used in some form for thousands of years, I feel that the practice of holistic modern medicine is rapidly changing and improving. I am quite happy for the opportunity to use the best new laboratory studies, sterile single-use supplies and diagnostic equipment that is leaps and bounds above what it was ten years ago (let alone 1,000 years ago).

One of the pleasant changes I’ve noted recently is the collaborative and truly integrative nature of many of the continuing education courses. Nowadays, many doctors and allied health professionals from differing backgrounds and seemingly different schools of thought are getting together to learn strategies and clinical updates to best help their patients. Our shared desire to provide optimal care for our patients has led DOs (Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine), MDs (Medical Doctors), and NDs (Naturopathic Doctors) like myself to get together, share our clinical experiences, and pursue continuing education focused on holistic and integrative therapeutic techniques.

Clinical Updates

I’ve focused on topics that I personally find interesting and feel are highly pertinent to the active patients I see every day. Topics have include TBI (traumatic brain injury), integrative pain management, injury recovery, and IV therapy. One amazing thing about conferences is that I can not only refine my current practice, but I also gain the opportunity to learn about topics I may not see daily, such as SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) and clinical applications for LDN (low-dose naltrexone) therapy. 

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The opportunity to take disparate clinical focuses, such as gastroenterology or pharmacology, and incorporate their nuanced understanding about specific systems into a larger understanding of how an imbalance can contribute to the progression of commonly seen symptoms and diseases is one of the awesome things about holistic medicine. We get to treat the patient as an entire person, not just component parts or systems, and we also get to learn from the expertise and in-depth understanding of specific systems to best address the whole. 

 

Montana Top Docs 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Gallatin County Health Fair! I was given the honor of being asked to host a booth at the county health fair, and had the privilege to promote wellness while coordinating with other local health and wellness providers. 

I also had the enriching experience of pursuing continuing education and connecting with my colleagues at the Montana Association of Naturopathic Physicians fall meeting. While we may not have the high numbers of Naturopathic Physicians that some other states have, we do have very high quality practitioners who are dedicated to providing excellent healthcare and improving the wellness of our local communities. 

” Our shared desire to provide optimal care for our patients has led DOs, MDs, and NDs like myself to get together, share our clinical experiences, and pursue continuing education focused on holistic and integrative therapeutic techniques.”

 

 

I’ve been dreading the hazards of summer. The lingering snowfalls of winter turned into a blustering, stormy spring that provided green landscapes through July. This verdant beauty allowed me to maintain a naive sense of optimism regarding what summer would hold. I held out hope that the heat and smoke of last summer was a rare occurrence, wishing that clear skies, warm temperatures and living greenery could persist until we reach the cooling and drying effects of fall. Most of all, I dreamed of never seeing the hazy discoloration of smoke obscure our perfect mountainous horizon. My idyllic summer fantasy wilted a bit after waking up coughing in the dark this month. Unfortunately, both the sun and my lungs had to fight through a blanket of smoke to start the morning.

The smoky haze in the air appeared as if it came from a gritty post-apocalyptic movie. While no futuristic vehicles and villains have accompanied this change to our landscape, it is not without its own dangers. Wildfires, grass and debris burning can cause a significant impact on our air quality. While fire is a valuable part of the life cycle of certain plants, some habitats may not be as able to cope with fire. The effect of fire can also be very widespread. While some of the smoke has come from nearby fires, some of the diminished air quality and visible smoke is attributable to fires raging in other regions. The sometimes heated topics of water allocation, forestry management and land use regulation are outside of my area of expertise. However, I am highly familiar with the health consequences of fire season.

Some studies have confirmed the obvious, that wildfire smoke exposure increases respiratory illness and severity of respiratory symptoms. Others have even noted an association between smoke exposure and worsening mood. Some have made the startling observation that when it is smoky out, people may be more likely to die in general, not just from respiratory complaints. Further research is needed to determine who is particularly susceptible, what toxins or particulates are culpable for the worst consequences, and to determine what methods are the most effective at preventing and reversing the health hazards associated with smoke exposure. If such smoke exposure continues to become a regular part of our seasonal summer experience, both research and a practical plan to cope with such seasonal exposure is necessary.

For people with respiratory illnesses and sensitivities, a specific action plan tailored to their illness and treatment options should be developed with a physician. This is a time where having up to date prescriptions and appropriate dosing strategies for both daily and emergency medications could be life saving. Other parts of the plan can include reducing other exposures and evaluating what lifestyle and household modifications are necessary. Complementary strategies can include therapeutic nutrients, herbal medicines, acupuncture, and even dietary changes to better cope with the added strain of smoke exposure.

There are pharmaceutical as well as complementary strategies to manage respiratory illnesses and stay healthy during fire season. 

Now is a great time to schedule a check-up with your physician and to develop a comprehensive and holistic wellness plan with Dr. Overland.

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I don’t like going to the doctor.

Experience the Difference with Overland Wellness


  • Typical doctor’s visits are unpleasant
  • Dr. Overland has been a patient, too
  • Overland Wellness is different
  • You deserve to be treated with respect and care
  • What’s a concierge doctor?
  • How you can receive the best medical care
  • The quality of wellness care

Dr. Heather Overland, ND LAc

Unfortunately, as a lifelong athlete and active person, I’ve gotten several injuries. Accidents happen and physician visits are needed. The waiting rooms almost always smell peculiar and the chairs are both ugly and uncomfortable. When my injuries have been severe enough to force me into the doctor’s office as a patient, I’m not very comfortable to begin with. Between concerns about germs, feeling terrible for the screaming child or drilling noises coming from the next room and a generally uncomfortable impersonal clinical experience, it can be difficult to muster the motivation to get into a doctor’s office. For general check-ups and wellness care, it is nearly impossible to want to go into a place that is so unpleasant that just being there makes you feel unwell.

Not everything is bad, I’ve become very selective about where I receive care, I’m usually impressed by the friendly demeanor blended with professionalism of the medical assistants, the no-nonsense wisdom of the nurse, and the technical skill of the medical doctor, physical therapist or acupuncturist. There are aberrations, especially before I became a physician. Unfortunate experiences of being talked down to, dismissed, misdiagnosed and feeling worse after my visit than I did before. Despite the good medical care I’ve experienced, it is the bad that has stuck with me.

The worst isn’t the memory of a serious illness or injury, it is the sense of not being heard or recognized. The feeling that I wasn’t a person, just a hazy medical records number in a hospital gown. Rather than even being seen as a body, I felt reduced to my (broken and bent) parts, “the possible ACL in room 201.” It is frustrating, because a knee isn’t just a damaged part to me, its stability allows me to walk across fallen logs in the forest, its flexibility allows me to cope with snowboarding on bulletproof when my hope was for powder. Even beyond what a specific body part means to the person who has it, it is the feeling that there is so much more to the story than the injured area, the dietary preferences, the nutritional supplements, the ability to do recovery-promoting physical activities. Alternately, the whole picture includes the requirements of a job, event schedules and family obligations. Ignoring the whole picture can send even the best in-office treatment plan to disarray.

The Difference with Overland Wellness

As a practicing physician, I am particularly sensitive to the plight of the patient. I believe that the best medical care should recognize that the patient is a person. Patients aren’t just numbers, statistics, diagnoses or body parts.  You are a person, you are loved by people important to you, you are needed at work, you are motivated and inspired by specific wonderful things. You are unique, and your medical care should be, too.

Why a Concierge Doctor and Wellness Care

This is why I’m a naturopathic physician, an acupuncturist and also a concierge doctor. I want to be part of the best experiences you’ve received, not just another cog in the machine of barely tolerable health care. An office visit shouldn’t be one additional stressor on your life, it should be a rejuvenating and inspiring break from your daily schedule. Treatments should be individualized and goal-oriented. They should also recognize that you, the patient, are the one who sets the goals. As a concierge doctor, I see my patients when they need me to. Not to take care of emergencies or just “put out fires,” but to provide wellness care, luxury experiences, the best acupuncture and naturopathic medicine. Concierge visits can occur in the office or after hours and in the comfort of your own home (or vacation home). When my patients come into town for an office visit, my office is tranquil, welcoming and very different from the shabby grey and awkward pastel doctors’ offices many of us grew up with.

As a naturopathic physician, I have been trained to “treat the whole person” and recognize that there are complex processes and contributors to the onset as well as the experience of disease. I don’t specialize in fixing just one problem or managing a particular issue, I don’t even identify with a singular therapeutic technique, even though I am also a licensed acupuncturist. Instead, I recognize that one-size fits all approaches fall short of the human experience. You are more than your injury and you are not your disease. You are a complex and wonderful human being. As a doctor, I am focused on your wellness: actively helping you improve your well being so that you can enjoy a full and high-quality life.

Because of my promise to focus on you and dedicate my time to optimizing your wellness, I don’t see the hundreds or thousands of patients that other doctors do. As a concierge doctor, I limit the number of patients I see. This means that I can provide the highest quality rather than the highest quantity of care. This means that I set aside time so that you can have same-day appointments when necessary. You can have treatments when you need them, not days after. With me as your concierge doctor, you won’t be filtered out or disappear into a receptionist’s pile of messages. I’ll talk directly with you and respond quickly to emails, messages and phone calls. I’ll continually strive to improve your experience and hone my expertise so that you can have the best possible care. Together, we can transform the unpleasant stereotype of going to the doctor. Lets replace it with the feeling of a luxury wellness experience.

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