Open House & Social Hour

March 7th from 3pm-7pm

421 W Riverside Ave, Suite 335

Spokane, WA 99201

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Spring into Wellness Open House

The Overland Wellness team is excited to invite you to our open house. This is an exciting opportunity for us to unveil our newly remodeled offices in the Paulsen Center. 


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Get to Know the Dr. Without the Appointment

This will be an opportunity to get to know Spokane’s Naturopathic Physician and Licensed Acupuncturist, Dr. Heather Overland. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about acupuncture, natural medicine, holistic concierge care, and any of the other wellness topics you’ve been curious about. 

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Open House & Social Hour

This will be a relaxing and casual event to socialize with Central Business District colleagues, enjoy our wellness space and talk to the Doctor. Refreshments will be provided. Stop by after work, stay for a bit, and enjoy!


Now that most of the snow has melted, our skis are put away and springtime is upon us. It is time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. With these warm temperatures, a great way to start your active day is with a smoothie.

Spring Smoothie Recipe

Dr. Heather Overland, ND LAc

Spring into the air with a smoothie.


1-2 cups fresh raw Chard

1-2 cups fresh raw Spinach

1-2 cups fresh raw Kale (baby kale works best)

(if using a mixed greens blend, aim to add approximately 3 handfuls or enough to loosely fill your blender ¾ of the way full)

2 cups of unsweetened Hemp or flax milk

Blend till bright green and no large leaf or fiber pieces are left.

1 cup frozen Blueberries

Blend until smooth between each type of berries.

⅓ cup frozen Blackberries or Raspberries

⅓ cup frozen Bing/ Dark Red Cherries

⅓ cup frozen Strawberries

Serves 3-4 people



Optional Modifications: 

  • Vary ingredient amounts to fit your blender and desired number of servings.


  • Other non-dairy “milk” could be used, but look at nutrition information and aim for no added sugar, no artificial sweeteners, low in carbohydrates and high nutrient/ vitamin content.


  • If small seeds are a problem for your teeth or digestion, substitute another berry for blackberries.


  • For more tropical flavor, you can add 2 tablespoons chunked pineapple (not suitable for those limiting sugars).


  • For a nuttier flavor with added protein and fats, you can add 2 tablespoons almond butter.


  • For the mall smoothie flavor, add 1 small peeled orange and 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract (made from real vanilla beans and without sugar).


All ingredients should be organic, washed and trimmed as necessary before being added to the smoothie. 

Looking at smoothies from the traditional Chinese medicine perspective, for some people smoothies and cold raw foods could lead to digestive troubles because of their cold and damp properties (like achy joints in cold wet weather).

For people who are active, can digest foods properly, and are located in warmer temperatures, smoothies are generally a fine addition to your healthy diet. For some people, such as those with diabetes or with specific dietary requirements, this may not be the best choice. Consult your physician (or Dr. Overland) if you’d like to determine what the best nutritional options are for you.

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Vitamins and Supplements

The Truth About Supplements

Dr. Heather Overland, ND LAc

One of the things I get asked about most commonly is whether a specific supplement is good or not. We’re inundated by articles touting the efficacy of the “next big cure,” the “one simple thing” to drastically change your life. We’re also overwhelmed with scary excerpts from studies demonizing seemingly innocuous every day things, talking about toxic supplements, and exposing misleading claims. 

The vitamin and supplement industry is just that, an industry, and one that is not well regulated by the FDA. That being said, I strongly disagree with slanted, poorly constructed studies and articles written by people with very limited knowledge of the subject matter. (Gosh, a study on an herb’s desiccated leaves in healthy people shows no benefit…not surprising when its standard herbal preparation is root extracted in alcohol and administered for a specific condition.) I also strongly disagree with the plethora of advertisements and companies that seek to take our money by preying on our fears and desire for wellness, while providing a sub-standard product. It is certainly a waste of money and possibly even a danger to your health to take unnecessary supplements, things that don’t actually do what you want them to do, and don’t actually contain what you think they do.


It is also frustrating that doctors are often ill-equipped to help patients navigate this. A combination of lack of focus on diet and nutrient therapy in medical school, very limited experience with botanical/ herbal medicine, and extremely restricted time to actually engage with their patients has resulted in healthcare providers who simply can’t provide adequate patient education or who choose to cover this lack by spouting highly polarizing opinions such as “all supplements are harmless” or “all supplements are dangerous.”


In the makings of a perfect storm, not only do we have limited healthcare resources to help understand what vitamins or supplements we may need, we are also barraged with advertisements for seemingly helpful supplements. Time and time again, I am disappointed to see vitamin supplements that have great, necessary nutrients…just in a minimally absorbable form. They can also be combined with less-great substances that actually end up blocking the intended nutrient. Oils are frequently contained in potentially harmful containers that could leech into and contaminate the substance you’re taking (so much for the health benefits). Alternately, I see suggested serving sizes that are ridiculously inconsistent with standard dosing. This makes your seemingly inexpensive supplement end up being veritably useless, unaffordable at proper dosing, or unpalatable (I’m looking at you, pile of horse pills).


This leaves the average person unlikely to achieve therapeutic targets (and more importantly, feel the results) that they intended. You may have guessed from this article (or from seeing me with an arched eyebrow perusing the supplement sample at our grocery store), frankly, I get a bit upset.


This is where I’m supposed to offer a solution, but wellness is a multi-part process that can’t be achieved with one pill or trick. Your health is so much more complex and precious than a one size fits all approach. If you have questions, ask your doctor or nurse. Never be afraid to ask why or request more explanation. “What can I do to help my condition? Are there any nutrients that I might be lacking because of my diet, lifestyle, disease or medication? What can I do to support my health? I want to optimize my wellness, where do I start?”


If your questions aren’t answered sufficiently by your healthcare team, or you want to get started with optimizing rather than just treating, feel free to reach out to me, Dr. Overland. I’d be happy to schedule a visit with you to evaluate your treatment plan and streamline your supplements. 


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