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dr kerns maternity leave

Dr. Kerns will be on maternity leave October through December. Schedule your check-in now!

We are happy to announce that Dr. Alison Kerns is expecting the arrival of her second baby, due the 25th of October!

Dr. Kerns plans on seeing patients through mid-late October, then taking off fully through the rest of the year (November and December of 2019).

She will start back on January 3rd, 2020 with phone consultations on Fridays for the month of January. In February of 2020, Dr. Kerns will be back to her normal Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday schedule.

While she is on leave, our medical director Dr. Alena Zweben will fill in for her patients for protocol support/adjustments, acute health concerns and emergencies. Dr. Zweben is a Klinghardt certified naturopathic physician, highly experienced in the management of complex chronic illness. She and Dr. Kerns work closely and collaboratively here at MPN. She will be available for office visits, ART testing, and phone consultations for our out-of-state patients.

We want to ensure that our patients are fully supported during this time, so please feel free to reach out with any questions or clarifications!

Dr. Kerns’ office rates will increase in 2020 so an ideal time to schedule with her is this September and October before her maternity leave.

Dr. Alison Kerns is brilliant, compassionate and not intimidated by chronic, intricate health issues

I first met Dr. Kerns at Sophia Health Institute back in 2017. At that time I was in the middle of my health crisis with Lyme, mold toxicity, and multiple co infections. From the very first appointment I knew that she was there for me. Not only did she advise and prescribe all the needed supplements and therapies to get me out of my crisis, but she guided me to heal on all levels. Dr. Alison Kerns is brilliant, compassionate and not intimidated by chronic, intricate health issues. She is one of the finest physicians I’ve ever worked with. I can not say enough good things about her and Market Place Naturopathic. The practice itself is beautiful and a welcoming space to heal in. I spent 20 years looking for a doctor who could understand it all, and I am pleased to say that my life and health is completely changed because of her. Thank you so much Dr. Kerns! I am forever grateful.

~Ester, 34 year old female
May 2019

Dr. Zweben is a founding diplomate member of the ISEAI

Dr. Zweben is a founding diplomate member of the International Society for Environmentally Acquired Illness

Dr. Zweben is a founding diplomate member of the ISEAI.

“The ISEAI is a nonprofit professional medical society that aims to raise awareness of the environmental causes of inflammatory illnesses and to support the recovery of individuals affected by these illnesses through the integration of clinical practice, education, and research.”

The ISEAI has emerged from the worlds most dedicated practitioners currently treating environmentally acquired illness including Lyme disease, mold toxicity, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and fibromyalgia.

Dr. Alena Zweben is a founding diplomate member of the ISEAI.
Images courtesy of ISEAI

Our understanding of the relationship between Lyme and Mold, including mast cell activation, POTS, dysautonomia, neuropsychiatric symptoms and neurodegenerative disease, is progressing rapidly. Naturopathic physicians are uniquely equipped to treat patients struggling with complex chronic illness. Our approach as integrative medicine providers, is to stabilize inherent biochemical imbalances and genetic factors that influence your susceptibility to chronic infections, inflammation, and mitochondrial disease. Then
identify and tackle infectious and environmental triggers.

Exposure to toxic molds, whether in the home or workplace, can be catastrophic to your health. Our physicians often partner with indoor environmental inspectors (IEPs) to determine the source, when mycotoxin illness is identified. Find a list of our preferred IEPs within our growing network at

Get help now. Schedule a complimentary 15 minute phone consult with one of our physicians to learn more about how we work with multisystem, multisymptom illness patients.

IV and IM Therapy Available at Market Place Naturopathic

IV and IM Therapy Available At Market Place Naturopathic

What is IV and IM Therapy?

Intravenous (IV) and Intramuscular (IM) therapy are injection techniques used to deliver safe, fast, and reliable treatments to those with a variety of conditions as well as those who are already healthy.

naturopathic IV treatments available at Market Place Naturopathic

Why use IV and IM Therapy?

IV and IM therapy provides a more direct route of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other nutrients through the blood stream. As such, it offers the advantage of faster and more complete absorption when compared to other routes of administration.

This route bypasses what’s called first-pass metabolism in the liver, which accounts for the improved absorption. This is an important consideration for patients with poor gut absorption or inflammatory gastrointestinal conditions, as they cannot absorb supplements well through oral administration.

IM and IV treatments available at Market Place Naturopathic

Is IV and IM Therapy Safe?

IV and IM therapy is administered by our trained and qualified Naturopathic Doctors. They have gone on to complete advanced IV therapy training courses and have years of experiencing using IV and IM therapy with a spectrum of conditions.

What conditions can IV and IM Therapy help with?

Many different conditions are improved with this treatment. Some conditions that are improved include:

  • Lyme disease
  • Mold biotoxin illness
  • Pre and post surgical procedures
    (including dental procedures)
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Immune dysfunction
  • Acute colds/flus
  • Dehydration
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Increased stress
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Chelation therapy

What’s special about doing IV Therapy with Market Place Naturopathic?

Our IV and IM treatments are designed individually for each patient. This level of tailoring treatments allows for maximal benefit for each person. We offer our treatments in our beautiful practice in downtown Seattle, the perfect space for the after-work or quick lunchtime infusion. Our treatments last between 30 minutes to 75 minutes for IV administration, and IM injections require only several minutes.

To learn more about the IV and IM Therapy offered at Market Place Naturopathic, give us a call, send us an email at info@marketplacenaturopathic or fill out our New Patient Form to schedule a complimentary 15 minute IV consult!

Working with Dr. Kerns has been the turning point in my health

Working with Dr. Kerns has been the turning point in my health and my life in general. An appointment with her is more valuable to me and useful than 100 appointments with most ‘mainstream’ doctors. I was unable to drive, read a book due to eye pain, some days could hardly sit up in a chair, for 3 years. I had been searching for answers that would get at the root cause of my chronic pain and infections for years, since I had to leave my dream non-profit job when I was 25. Dr. Kerns treats me like a peer or a friend while at the same time keeping track of so much knowledge from a vast array of disciplines. She has the best vibes. With her referrals to talented healers and her scary-accurate ART testing of what gentle supplements and anti-microbials I need at any given time, she has given me my life back and then some. I am forever grateful to the whole team at Market Place Naturopathic, who have all played a crucial role in me now joyfully saying I have hope in my life again.

~Kaeley, 29 year old female
March 2019

I Highly Recommend Dr. Alena Zweben

After seeing ‘the best of the best’ for 20 years for celiac, lyme disease and other chronic infections, I met Dr Alena Zweben while she was doing her residency and when she started her own practice I followed her to her new office. I love her cheerfulness, gentle, intuitive, compassionate spirit and her office space is healing and quiet. She is thorough and addressed several things that had been completely overlooked improving my health significantly, one being mold in my home! I can come with some complaint: physical, mental or emotional that seems unrelated to anything I know of and she gets it right every time! I totally trust her! She’s worth the trip from California! I highly recommend her to all who need to get the right answers and treatment for their healing and vitality.

~Judy, 60+ year old female
April 2019

complex chronic illness treatment low dose immunotherapy

Low Dose Immunotherapy – An Immune Modulating Treatment for Complex Chronic Illness

Low dose immunotherapy, or LDI, is an immune modulation therapy that all patients dealing with complex chronic illness can benefit from, especially when there is an infectious component. LDI regulates the immune system to have a normal response to a specific pathogen or pathogens (including bacteria, viruses, mold, parasites, etc.).

When an infectious agent enters into the body, an inflammatory cascade is triggered in order to destroy that pathogen. With a healthy immune system, after the infectious agent is killed the inflammation ceases and the body returns to a state of health. In an individual with compromised immune function or an overactive immune system, persistent inflammation will continue and cause symptoms throughout the body.

LDI helps to restore tolerance to the compromised immune system by desensitizing it to specific pathogens (or antigens). Disease conditions that can be treated with LDI include: allergies of all types, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis, CIRS, mold biotoxin illness, autoimmune arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, endometriosis, sarcoidosis, autism, myositis, autoimmune hepatitis, some forms of psoriasis, and many others.

This type of immune desensitization had its beginnings in the 1960s with Dr. Leonard McEwen who developed Enzyme Potentiated Desensitization (EPD), a form of immunotherapy that can treat different types of allergies. Dr. W.A Shrader Jr. then developed Low Dose Allergen therapy (LDA) from EPD. Within the past decade LDA was brought from allergy treatment into the infectious disease model by Dr. Ty Vincent. Dr. Vincent has continued to grow and develop this technique into what it is today.

LDI is an in-office treatment where the specific needed antigens are considered depending on the patient’s unique presentation and history. Our office determines the right antigens for you using Autonomic Response Testing (ART). After the antigens are chosen, their “strength” or “potency” is then determined on an individual basis and then administered orally in office. This is an exciting, unique treatment that has great potential in helping chronically ill patients!

To learn more about the Low Dose Immunotherapy offered at Market Place Naturopathic, give us a call or fill out our New Patient Form here!

Why I would recommend Dr. Fox

I met Dr. Fox at a Lyme Awareness event hosted at Market Place Naturopathic last year. From this event I subsequently found out that I have Lyme Disease. After over 20+ years of being very sick I could finally
say specifically what it was that was hindering my body from healing. The questions still to be answered were: How do I even begin to figure this out so I can get better? And who knows enough about this very complex disease to be my partner in helping me find my way to remission and wellness?

This is where Dr. Fox comes in. I started seeing him shortly after receiving my results in December of 2017. Since that time, he has tirelessly worked with me to uncover all the hidden facets of my Lyme puzzle. Dr. Fox has established a core treatment plan that is specific to my disease and has adjusted it each time I go in to ensure I continue to improve.

I will be forever thankful to the series of life events that have led me to Dr. Fox. He encourages me to be ‘real’ when I am at my appointments. His process and approach on things is very refreshing! He challenges me to stop and really evaluate where I am ‘at this moment’. Even when I am at my lowest I have never been pressured to start a treatment plan without first discussing in detail what it involves and having me go home to think about it further. Dr. Fox stresses that he is a true partner in my getting better and has proven that to be true time after time.

I highly recommend Dr. Fox to anyone who is not only looking for a general practitioner but also anyone searching for a specialist who can give you the answers (even if you have given up looking) you are searching for.

~Julie, 41 year old female
December 2017

Dr. Kerns is a rare gem

I found Dr. Kerns after 20 years, and hundreds of doctors. I could no longer work with physicians who were ego-centered, and expected me to passively accept their expertise. Dr. Kerns is a rare gem, she seems to genuinely respect my own knowledge of my body, and invites me to participate as a full partner in healing.

~Robin, 40 year old female
March 2019

Are you curious about Psychokinesiology? Dr. Kerns shares a few words to explain it.

The five levels of healing is a systematic model developed by Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt that he based on the ancient sacred yoga sutras of Patanjali. The five levels include the physical body (the foundation upon which all else rests, the 1st level), the energy body (2nd level), the mental body (3rd level), the intuitive/dream body (4th level), and the spirit body (5th level). There is a profound interaction between all of the levels. One example is downward causation where unresolved emotional trauma on the intuitive, mental, or emotional level can lead to imbalances on the lower levels. Medical symptoms, psychiatric illnesses, life crises, relationship issues and emotional states originate from the greater domain of consciousness and are guides on our own growth journey.

Each level of healing in this model requires it’s own diagnostic approach and remedies for treatment. Psychokinesiology (PK) works on the 3rd and 4th levels by facilitating communication between the two known worlds: this world and the invisible world.  PK is a form of biofeedback psychotherapy or biofeedback guided counseling that is utilized when the original event causing the current problem is hidden in the subconscious and is not accessible to the mind. This healing system is a tool to help access the conscious, subconscious, and unconscious mind in order to support healing from chronic illness.

PK work allows for conscious awareness of how one’s choices, behaviors, decisions, ancestry, etc. impact our reality as well as impacting others and becoming part of the forces of evolution, change, and forward movement.  Much chronic illness is attributed to unresolved conflict or trauma in our own life, through our ancestry, or from past, future, or in-between lives. Often times, illness is an indication that a directional change needs to be made and PK is a tool to facilitate this healing.

Book an Appointment with Dr. Kerns

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kerns by filling out our New Patient Contact Form: You can also email us at or call us at 206-853-6809.