Dr. Shena Vander Ploeg ("Dr. V") is a naturopathic medical doctor. Ever since childhood Shena has been fascinated by the power of mother nature. In devoting her life to exploration of the natural world she realized the amazing healing powers of our earth. This led her to discovery of the core principles of naturopathic philosophy (first do no harm, prevention, the healing power of nature, doctor as teacher, treat the whole person) and the desire to share this amazing knowledge by becoming a healer and helping others establish patterns of health that will help them achieve longevity and happiness.
Shena earned her doctorate degree in naturopathic medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, a fully accredited 4-year naturopathic medical school. Through her studies at NCNM, she gleaned in-depth clinical experience in stress management, behavioral medicine, women’s and men’s health, IV therapy, gastrointestinal wellness, cardiology, autoimmune disease, and chronic disease management. She has extensive training in addiction, detoxification, lifestyle counseling, vitamin & mineral nutrition, medical nutrition, hydrotherapy, biotherapeutic drainage, psychology, botanical and physical medicine.
Shena has dedicated her life to service as a practitioner of the art and science of Naturopathic medicine, and endeavors to continually improve her abilities as a healer through study and reflection. Shena is passionate about her work and strives for an authentic connection with each client so that she can create sustainable, effective wellness plans that best accommodate each client’s individual strengths and complexities.
Shena is driven to assist those around her find their path to wellness and build a solid foundation of health and growth. She uses compassion, coupled with intention and expertise, to help clients thrive, creating healthy balance in their lives and working toward an optimal state of wellbeing. Shena believes that with proper guidance and support, management and treatment can be a transformative process that re-establishes health and balance not only in the body, but also in the mind and soul. This process also aids to help strengthen our relationships, those with others and especially ourselves.
Shena’s goal is to empower clients with awareness, information and goal setting, guiding them as they become active participants in their own healing processes and embark on their healing journey. Her ultimate desire is for people to live their lives as nature intended, free of “dis-ease” and maximizing their potential during their existence on our planet, and she strives to address all aspects of health: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
The Costa Rica Yoga Spa is the most incredible place to begin your journey to wellness. Dr. V feels truly blessed to be a part of the wonderful team here and can’t imagine a better location and facility to put people in touch with the natural world and provide opportunity for revitalization. She is very excited to take part in the development of the medispa and wellness facility.
Shena holds a deep respect and admiration for botanical medicine and believes that plants are the most comprehensive and accessible avenues for the healing of medical conditions. Shena is a burgeoning expert who aspires to become a master in all cutting edge botanical detoxification techniques.
She sees tremendous value in its use for dependence/addiction interruption, behavioral change, psychological (psychotherapy, meditation, and contemplation), and spiritual growth. She believes this approach addresses factors that contribute to illness such as: the external environment (stress, toxins), internal processes (imbalances, dysbiosis), psycho-social experiences, and bio-psycho-social-spiritual factors (PTSD, stress, anxiety) processes that may manifest in the body. She is committed to assisting people who choose to use plant medicine to achieve transformational processes.