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Meet the Doctors at NHCNC

Dr. Keoni Teta ND, LAc. is a naturopathic physician, acupuncturist and expert in the science and application of exercise and nutrition as it relates to fat loss.  He did his undergraduate work at NC State University in biochemisty and chemical engineering.  His graduate work was done at NC A&T State University in environmental engineering; and his medical training was completed at Bastyr University. He is a contributing writer for Natural Triad Magazine and The Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients. Keoni is a coauthor of The Metabolic Effect Diet(AKA The New ME Diet) and Lose Weight Here a contributing author in The Textbook of Natural Medicine and Integrative Sexual Health. He is a cofounder of the fat-loss and lifestyle company Metabolic Effect. He also cohosts a weekly podcast called The Well Man’s Podcast. Most enjoyable for him is hanging out with his family and animals, while working out or reading.

Dr. Jillian Sarno Teta ND is the author of “Natural Solutions for Digestive Health” and the creator of the Fix Your Digestion gut restoration program. She specializes in digestive complaints.Prior to her medical training at Bastyr University, she received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Boston University, and her master’s in Environmental Biology from Boston University. In her spare time, Jillian enjoys reading, cooking and going for walks in the woods. You can learn more about Jillian and connect with her on social media at

Dr. Jade Teta ND completed his undergraduate training at North Carolina State University, earning a bachelors of science in biochemistry. He then went on to study at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, widely regarded as “the Harvard of natural medicine.” There he earned his doctorate in naturopathic medicine, a distinct profession of family-care physicians who specialize in integrative and alternative medicine. Dr. Teta is a licensed family physician in Washington. Dr. Teta also has extensive experience in the field of fitness, having worked as a personal trainer for close to twenty years. He carries advanced certifications in fitness from the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. His natural medicine background, along with his fitness expertise, has defined his healthcare specialties of hormonal weight loss and functional medicine approaches to chronic disease.

Dr. Blake Ashley Kovner ND, LMP is a graduate of Salem College’s Fleer Program where she earned her B.Sc. in biology with a minor in chemistry with an emphasis in the crossroads of the two, biochemistry. She went to Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington where she was trained as a Primary Care Provider in Naturopathic Medicine. During her education, Dr. Kovner underwent specialized and prolonged Naturopathic training in Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and autoimmune disease management approaches. She practices constitutional medicine which is primarily informed by her training in Ayurveda. As an herbalist, Dr. Kovner employs the art and science of botanical medicine formulation, creating individualized medicine for her patients. While she is a specialist in nutraceuticals, Dr. Kovner believes strongly in the Hippocratic principle, “Let thy food be thy medicine.” With this in mind, she teaches her patients about the gut-brain axis, empowering them from the inside out. In a similar light, she excels in drug-free pain management for almost any chronic condition utilizing functional medicine and biofeedback.  Prior to practicing medicine, Dr. Kovner was a poet on the local SLAM poetry team and is the artist who created the iconic Trade Street figure called, Sax Man. She worked in New Orleans at LSU as a research associate on an NIH-funded clinical trial on the safety and neuroprotective effects of a green tea extract on people with Multiple Sclerosis. There, she co-authored two peer-reviewed articles on MS that were published in scientific journals. The first is entitled, “Cognitive Impairment in multiple sclerosis” and the second one, “Polyphenon E, Non-futile at Neuroprotection in Multiple Sclerosis but Unpredictably Hepatotoxic: Phase I Single Group and Phase II Randomized Placebo-Controlled Studies”. She also participated in building an MRI database to see if brain atrophy is directly related to disease progression as measured by EDSS score and was trained as a Wheelchair Hatha Yoga Teacher.


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