Dr. Dayna Kowata, ND, LAc
Dr. Kowata graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. She spent time as a domestic violence counselor and volunteered in the pathology department at the VA Medical Center in Reno, NV before learning of naturopathic medical school. She earned her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences. After graduation, she started a private practice while completing her Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. During her training she also volunteered at several clinics serving the homeless, HIV/AIDS patients and recovering substance abusers.
Over the last 20 years, Dr. Kowata has developed a special interest in gastrointestinal health, blood sugar dysregulation and environmental illness. She also treats a variety of conditions including endocrine disorders, autoimmune illness, pediatrics and men’s and women’s health.
Further post-doctoral certifications have included: Master Level Reiki, Bach Flower Level I, Defeat Autism Now!, Aroma Acupoint Therapy Level I and II, Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor, Crinnion Environmental Medicine Training, New England School of Homeopathy Classical Homeopathic Training, Rhythmic Hormone Dosing and Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture.
Dr. Kowata believes one of the greatest benefits of Naturopathic and Eastern medicine is the philosophy of focusing on the individual and addressing the fundamental causes of health. She spends time listening to and educating her patients on how to restore optimum wellness to all aspects of the body, including the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical. Patients will become actively involved in their healing process by engaging in an integrative treatment program designed specifically for the patient.
A personal journey
Dr. Kowata is very familiar with a life of following natural medicine. When she was a young girl, her beloved family pediatrician, “Dr. Sam”, decided to retire his practice and transition into teaching. When no one was able to fill his shoes, her mother began reading holistic health books and started treating their family of seven using food nutrition and vitamins. Her mother, an excellent cook, was a true forerunner of the Whole Foods diet movement. A family interest in homeopathy quickly arose and became a favored mode of treatment. Her most dramatic memory was seeing her five-year-old brother respond to natural treatment for second degree burns on his hands. She feels fortunate to have experienced the virtues of naturopathic medicine as a patient, as well as being able to pursue it as a profession. Dr. Kowata credits Dr. Sam as her inspiration to become a doctor and her mother for her interest in natural medicine. She continues in her mother’s footsteps today treating her own family with whole foods, healthy lifestyle choices and nutritional supplements.