Acne - Get the Clear Skin You Desire with Saskatoon Skin Renewal.


A four letter word that can become a distressing condition, leaving both physical and emotions scars. Acne is formed by an over production of oil called sebum. If sebum and other factors, such as dead skin cells and tiny hairs, block pores, an infection can occur. This results in areas redness, pustules, swelling, soreness and, in some cases, scaring.

Acne has many faces. Fluctuating hormones can trigger acne flares in teenagers, young adults, pregnant women, and perimenopausal women. The naturopathic doctors at Saskatoon Naturopathic Medicine, treat acne by working with patients from the inside out. Our naturopathic doctors will work with patients to identify food triggers, hormonal imbalances and nutrient deficiencies. Advanced lab testing may be recommended to investigate the cause more specifically.

Our naturopathic doctors recognize that many patients benefit from receiving topical treatments to address current breakouts. Saskatoon Skin Renewal offers expertise in this area and offers treatments to address current breakouts when they happen as well as advanced treatments to treat scaring, bumps and redness after acne has cleared.

Saskatoon Skin Renewal also has custom made topical products to reduce sebum production and to clear pores from becoming blocked.


Two of the more advanced treatments offered by Saskatoon Skin Renewal to address acne and scaring are Thermo-Clear therapy and Micro-needling.

Thermo-Clear: uses a tiny radio frequency probe to completely clear the infected pore. This will remove pustules, black heads, white heads, milia and ingrown hairs. The entire effected area is carefully and methodically treated which allows the tissue to heal quickly. Directly after the treatment ozone gas and an LED mask are applied to kill bacteria on the surface and deeper to prevent new breakouts from arising.

Micro-needling: is a very popular, effective, minimally invasive skin care procedure that treats scars, large pores, loss of elasticity, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles. We use tiny needles to penetrate past the epidermis into the dermis. This is the level where scar tissue is formed and new collagen will be produced to resurface the skin. Treatments are virtually painless and down time is only 24-48 hours.

For more information about Saskatoon Skin Renewal or to schedule a complimentary consultation please visit:

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WEDNESDAY JULY 17, 2019 @ 7 pm

“The Highly Sensitive Brain”

An Update on Migraines from a Functional Medicine Perspective

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Dr. Reid-Ahenakew will discuss:

  • What is happening in the brain when you get a migraine?

  • Common (and not so common) food triggers

  • The role of estrogen and progesterone in migraines

  • Nutrient deficiencies that can be a factor

  • Natural medicines to improve your resilience to stress

  • The role of gut health in prevention of migraines

A registration fee of $25 will reserve your spot. All profits will be donated to LDAS

(The Learning Disability Association of Saskatchewan)

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Join us from 7:00-8:00 pm on July 17th at our clinic.

To Register, or to learn more about this presentation:

Call the clinic at: (306) 664-2150

Or email us at:

Naturopathic Medicine Week Presentation

Integrative Cancer Care and Naturopathic Medicine


Join Dr. Velichka ND on May 16th, during Naturopathic Medicine Week for an informative presentation on Integrative Cancer Care.

Learn about the benefits of having a naturopathic doctor trained in integrative cancer care on your team. Dr. Velichka ND will briefly review the safe and effective use of some natural and supportive therapies that may be used to assist patients through their conventional treatments.

Who: Dr. Amy Velichka ND (Naturopathic Doctor at Saskatoon Naturopathic Medicine)

What: Presentation on Integrative Cancer Care and Naturopathic Medicine

When: May 16th 2019 – 7pm

Where: McNally Robinson Bookstore on 8th Street in the travel alcove

Welcome Joan Markentin - Physical Therapist


Physical Therapist - Joan Markentin

We are excited to announce that Joan Markentin, PT, SEP, has joined our team at Saskatoon Naturopathic Medicine. 

Hello! My name is Joan Markentin. I am a Physical Therapist and have been working in Rosthern for the past 22 years. I have just returned from a learning adventure Down Under in preparation for opening my private Physiotherapy Practice, SE Physical Therapy. Somatic Experiencing gives me a new way to work with symptoms such as severe pain that are difficult to diagnose and treat and have not responded to traditional treatments. The symptoms may be labelled as psychosomatic or “all in your head”. They may be related to an injury or surgery but often don’t seem directly connected. Through working with the nervous system, the underlying causes of the recurring symptoms can be identified and worked with.

Sydney, Australia is a place I can pursue all of my favourite activities in, on and under the ocean. In my younger years I was a competitive sailor so it was great fun to jump back in a Laser sailboat to race on Sydney Harbour! Between the fun, I completed my Advanced Somatic Experiencing (R) Training and the Visceral and Deep Shock Module of Kathy Kain’s Touch Skills for Therapists. I am excited to join the team of professionals at Saskatoon Naturopathic Medicine to put this new knowledge and skill set into practice.

I will be accepting new clients starting on Friday, April 5th. Please contact me directly to book appointments at 306-716-4000.


Feeling constantly overwhelmed in your day to day life? Suffering from the effects of trauma or PTSD? Feeling like you’re in a constant state of information overload? Struggling with stress, anxiety or depression?

If you can relate to this, then our “Reset Your Nervous System” yoga-somatic experience fusion class will benefit you.

When: Tuesdays (March 19 - April 16)

Time: 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: Saskatoon Naturopathic Medicine: 14-118 Cope Crescent, Saskatoon

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Over 5 weeks, this NEW program will teach you how to:

  • Reset and restart your nervous system

  • Restore your connection between your mind & body

  • Find inner balance and increase your resiliency & vitality

  • Carve time out of every day for your mind to rest & reset

  • Gain an understanding of the power & benefits of Somatic Experience (SE) through education and practice

  • Connect with others who understand you

    Program Cost: $119

    Small Group Format (maximum 10 participants)

    This new program will be lead by Colleen McBride MSW RSW. Colleen earned her MSW from the University of Regina and is a Registered Social Worker. She has worked as a clinical social worker in Mental Health and Cancer Care. Colleen also has extensive training through Dr. Peter Levine’s Trauma Institute and teaches trauma-informed SE yoga classes.

The entire cost of this program may be covered by many extended health care plans

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To register or to learn more about how this program can benefit you:

Call Colleen at: (306) 460-8850 Or email her at:


Interested in learning more about Healthy Living in today’s world? Feeling that you could be more vibrant both physically and emotionally? Confused by information overload?

You’ll want to attend Dr. Reid-Ahenakew’s presentation:

Lifestyle Habits to Feel Vibrant in 2019: An Update on Healthy Living Habits Supported by Research

When: Wednesday, April 17 & Thursday, April 25

Time: 7:00-8:30 pm

Where: Saskatoon Naturopathic Medicine 14-118 Cope Crescent, Saskatoon

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Dr. Reid-Ahenakew will discuss:

  • Changes to the Canada Food Guide

  • The top 3 supplements for prevention

  • The most important strain of probiotic to take

  • The microbiome - sleep connection

  • Who will most benefit from a ketogenic diet

  • Which fish are the healthiest to eat

To Register or to learn more about this FREE presentation:

Call the clinic at: (306) 664-2150

Or email us at:

Dr. Darlene Reid-Ahenakew, ND is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in Saskatchewan. Her premedical training was at Queen’s University, graduating with a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education, as well as a Bachelor of Life Sciences. She spent 4 more years at CCNM in Toronto and graduated with her ND in 2001. Dr. Reid-Ahenakew, ND is passionate about helping patients regain their health which enables their ability to enjoy life to its fullest. She strives for clinical excellence, which means continuous research and ongoing education to be able to give patients the best possible advice.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Our doctors at Saskatoon Naturopathic Medicine can help you learn to eat foods to prevent breast cancer or reoccurrences of the disease.

Cruciferous vegetables contain nutrients that help with healthy estrogen metabolism and breast health. This family of vegetables includes the following: Arugula, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collard Greens and Kale. Indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphanes are the phytonutrients found in these vegetables that have anticancer properties. Aim to eat one serving per day of cruciferous vegetables and keep your breasts healthy!

Here is one of Dr Velichka’s favorite recipes which incorporates these vegetables into your diet.

Mashed Cauliflower with Kale

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1 medium to large head of cauliflower

5 medium leaves of kale, washed and chopped

½ tsp fresh or dried dill

1-2 Tbsp of olive oil, ghee butter or coconut oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Parsley for garnish (optional)

Bring half a pot of water to boil. Add head of cauliflower and boil for 5 minutes until cauliflower is quite tender. Strain water from pot. Mash cauliflower with a vegetable masher or blend in blender. Mix in chopped kale and let wilt with the heat from the hot cauliflower. Add oil or ghee butter, dill, salt and pepper. Garnish with parsley. Enjoy!

This is a quick and simple way to include an extra serving of non-starchy vegetables to your main meal.


Hormones direct many different systems in your body. They are involved in stress management, thyroid function, glucose regulation, and reproductive health.  

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Join naturopathic doctors Dr. Darlene Reid-Ahenakew and Dr. Amy Velichka on Monday, May 14th for an integrative perspective on hormonal health. This presentation will begin at 7 pm at McNally Robinson Bookstore on 8th Street in the travel alcove. 

Learn ways to promote a healthy hormonal balance to improve the way you look, feel and age. There is no cost to attend. Come on out and bring a friend!