Client Forms

Testimonials for Dr. Fleck

"I can most enthusiastically recommend Dr. Tonya Fleck and her Santa Cruz Naturopathic Medical Center.

After seeing a traditional doctor for most of my life, I can say that since I started seeing Dr. Tonya six years ago, my health and overall well-being have markedly improved. She takes a very holistic approach to your health including emotional, mental and other life factors that affect your body's physical health. Her approach, in complete contrast to traditional MD's, is to keep you from getting sick, not simply treating you once you have an illness.

The atmosphere in an office visit is relaxed and Dr. Tonya is sincerely interested in you and your overall health. When I visit my traditional doctor, I feel like I am on specific time allotment, mandated by the insurance company. Blood tests results are reviewed in detail with positive suggestions on improving areas that may need attention, using diet, exercise and life style changes before resorting to drugs for improvement.

In addition, I believe Dr. Tonya very likely saved my life, or at least prevented me from very serious physical degradation. I am a very active and energetic person and I started experiencing tiredness and fatigue. It continued to get worse, to the point where I was resting or sleeping most afternoons, not playing golf because I was too tired and even started missing work. My traditional doctor said I was just stressed and that I needed rest. I knew this was far more serious than that. My wife suggested I see Dr. Tonya and with in 20 minutes on my first visit, she said that I had all the symptoms of heavy metal poisoning. After testing, we discovered that I had seventeen times over the acceptable amount of mercury in my body. Through chelation treatment, supplements and replacing my amalgams with non mercury fillings, I completely recovered and with 6 months was back to my normal active lifestyle.

If you are looking for someone to help you stay healthy and enjoy life, Dr. Tonya and her staff should be your partners."
--Scott

Fatigue & Irregular Menses
"So nice to meet you yesterday.  Thank you for such a thorough evaluation with your complete attn. I left wondering why I hadn't put 2+2 together like you had… or for that matter, any of the other doctors I have seen.  I feel your assessment of Adrenal Fatigue leading to Hypothyroid as central and key to my current health challenges is right on.  In addition, I am excited to have an experience of "I feel more like me" with the right homeopathic remedy."
--37 year old female, Santa Cruz

High Blood Pressure & Fatigue
"When I attended my first session with Dr. Fleck about three months ago I suffered from anxiety that affected my sleep.  I’ve had a history of hypertension since I was in my thirties and have been taking prescription drugs to keep it under control.  These drugs were causing vertigo, which made flying difficult, adding to my anxiety.  As well, my joints ached constantly, and I had a general feeling of my life and energy levels were winding down. Oh, did I mention that I had a constant battle with keeping my alcohol consumption under control due to some family predispositions.  Tonya put me on a regimen of herbal remedies supplements that has some immediate, as well as long term impact.  My blood pressure consistently tests lower than it ever has been and I am off the prescription drug Norvasc that caused the vertigo.  My energy level is back to normal, and my joint ache is in the past. I can now get solid nights sleep and be more capable of addressing issues in the daylight.  And, in a very surprising development, for the first time in my life I have no compelling desire to drink alcohol.  In fact, my son-in-law brought me a very fine bottle of single malt scotch two months ago and it remains untouched in the cabinet, and there it shall stay.  I had hoped for some good results under Dr Fleck’s direction, but what has been achieved is beyond what I could have envisioned."
--Kevin - 55 year old male, Santa Cruz, CA

Depression & Anxiety

"When I first came to see Dr. Tonya I was at one of the lowest, darkest points in my life. I was in a deep despairing depression, was losing weight, not sleeping well, and had lost my period for several months. I felt I was drowning with no hope of escape. One thing that first touched me in working with Dr. Tonya was the sense that she is committed to seeing me through to my health. She was there and is there to work with me and support me in regaining, and building my foundation of wholeness, wellness, and emotion and physical health.

Through the help of natural supplements, herbal tinctures, some medication, amino acid therapy for extremely low serotonin and dopamine levels, and supportive contact, I am feeling a strong and growing sense of wellbeing and wholeness within. I sleep well, am gaining some weight and my periods are balancing into a regular 28-day cycle for the first time ever! I also have made some big changes in my life and am adjusting to them with a sense of peace and love. I feel much gratitude both for the expertise and quality of care and caring I receive in working with Dr. Tonya. Thank you for all you give!"
In love, health and light,
--Karen -Seattle, WA

Adrenal Fatigue
"Words cannot express my gratitude towards Dr. Fleck for her abundant knowledge and compassion. Initially I was apprehensive of seeking a naturopath as I was accustomed to a more conventional approach to medicine. When I first saw Dr. Fleck, I was overworked, overwhelmed and exhausted. She took the time to listen to me and to help me to understand the changes that were occurring in my body. With Dr. Fleck’s direction and holistic approach towards healing I was able to take my life and health back. Not only is she an excellent naturopath but she has also become a mentor and an inspiration."
--Kelly -Santa Cruz, CA

General Health & Fitness
"Dr. Tanya Fleck is the BEST!!!! She is kind, compassionate, knowledgeable and intuitive. She treats and cares for you as a "whole" human being paying attention to every detail with the goal of helping you feel better and improve your quality of life. I came to her with some complicated issues and she gave me her undivided attention and expertise to help me heal. I am feeling stronger and better than ever!!! I would highly recommend seeing her for preventative care as well as any and all health issues. She is a wonderful naturopathic doctor. Go see her!!!"
--K.  38 year old enthusiastic Yogi & Athlete - Santa Cruz, CA

High Blood Pressure

"I had been an extremely healthy person all of my life until late 2007. The stress from a series of personal losses, all within a very short period of time, ultimately led to a deterioration of my physical as well as emotional health. I began experiencing panic attacks and my blood pressure was high. Night after night I was unable to sleep. My fatigue was so great that I was unable to work full-time or take care of my basic day to day needs. I felt that life, as I knew it, was over. I kept hoping and desperately searching for ways to return to a normal state of health. All during this time I was sliding into a resigned way of thinking that this torment was how it was going to be for the rest of my life. Fortunately for me, I was referred to Dr. Tonya Fleck.

I was first struck by Dr. Tonya's bedside manner. She attentively listened to my concerns and helped put my fears to rest. Prior to meeting Dr. Tonya, i was open to alternative medicine so I welcomed her homeopathic treatments and her special yummy herbal tinctures. Dr. Tonya also recommended changes in my diet, eliminating foods that were exacerbating my symptoms and replacing them with foods that helped me in the healing process. In addition to her medical expertise, she has also been an incredible coach for me. She helped me explore my childhood, relationships, and work stresses to find the root of my emotional challenges.

I have never experienced health care in the manner that Dr. Tonya provides. Under her dedicated care, unwavering support, and treatment, I have the gift of health once more. My blood pressure has dropped, I am able to work full time, and once again I can go about my life, having fun and enjoying the simple things. If I could, I would do a few cartwheels! Because of her dedication, things are really changing for me and the way I am moving through life. Along with my returned health, I have a much more positive attitude.

I am profoundly grateful to Dr. Tonya. Santa Cruz County residents are very fortunate to have this amazingly gifted naturopathic doctor to rely on in times of need. I am taking this opportunity to thank Dr. Tonya and to refer whoever should read my account to her care. Not long ago I thought there was no hope and now I have an abundance. You can too."
--MM- 55 year old female- Santa Cruz, CA

Cancer
"I was at my all-time low as far as my health and well-being were concerned when I first came to see Dr. Tonya Fleck, and that is actually saying quite a lot. I was diagnosed with Acute Myocytic Leukemia in May 2003. I was extremely fortunate and I received great care at Stanford, and I survived. I had four rounds of high-dose chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant that year. As far as the doctors were concerned, it was a total success: I was in remission, and I had survived the treatments. But I was left a wreck, with severe brain damage from the chemo, painful nerve damage, constant fatigue, nausea, and all sorts of other problems as well.

Three and a half years later I wasn't getting any better, and in fact was sliding into a decline, and I had no idea why. I was having migraines every week that lasted two to three days at a time. I could barely get off the couch. I was sick virtually all the time. After so long, with so little help offered from Western medical doctors, I was losing all hope of recovering, or even of surviving for the long term.

Then someone referred me to Dr. Tonya. I went to see her and I was amazed from the first visit. She actually took the time to sit down and talk with me long enough to go over my entire health history -- long enough to actually get the whole picture, rather than just one small part of it. She listened, and she asked insightful questions. She immediately started me on a regimen of vitamin supplements, adrenal support and detoxification, and suggested some dietary changes. After only two days I no longer had acid reflux, heartburn, acid stomach, any of it, and no longer needed the daily acid reducers and antacids. I found that to be greatly encouraging. The rest was more complex, and was going to take a little longer to see real results.

Then, about a month into the treatment, I suddenly turned a corner. I felt better. I had more energy. I waited to see if this was just a fluke, of if it would really last. It lasted. I had a personality again! I regained my sense of humor and started taking pleasure in life again. The migraines went from 2 to 3 days to a matter of 8 to 12 hours, and I’m hopeful we’ll be able to eliminate them altogether. We are working with other practitioners to make the most of this opportunity for healing and to get to the root of my health problems, especially the migraines.

Just as important as the physical aspects of the help Dr. Tonya’s given me is the hope and optimism. There is such a healing spirit at the Vital Health Center. There is such a positive feeling from everyone there, and Dr. Tonya herself has been a godsend. She would be an asset to anyone’s health. But for anyone frustrated with the inability of Western medicine to help them with ongoing health problems, I could not recommend her more highly. She really can help."
--DS - 47 year old female - Santa Cruz, CA