Doctors Who Listen

The doctors at Be Well Natural Medicine are board-certified Naturopathic Medical Doctors (NMDs or NDs), registered through the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice to provide naturopathic medical care. We love our work and use the principles of Naturopathic medicine as our guides: prevent disease, identify and remove the cause of disease, treat the whole person, trust in the healing powers of nature, and educate patients about wellness.

 

Liz Orchard just gets it. She is patient, present, and will guide you towards embodying your best self. Her practice is true, healing medicine! I highly recommend her as a doctor and have referred her several satisfied patients. Your most radiant self is waiting for you!
— Kelly Carlson
 
Dr. Crystalin Montgomery has been so helpful to us on our journey to better health. We’ve seen many doctors and she is the most caring and knowledgable and we trust her completely! We are so grateful for her dedication and commitment to us! We’ve already recommended her to others because she is simply amazing!
— Anonymous
 
Dr. Vilensky strikes the right balance between professionalism and empathy. She is knowledgable and encouraging and will put you at ease, making you feel positively about healing. I think feeling like you can trust your doctor and that they really care about your wellbeing makes a huge difference on any path to wellness. I absolutely recommend Dr. Vilensky for naturopathic care.
— Anonymous
 
Liz Orchard, NMD, Founder

Liz Orchard, NMD, Founder

Dr. Liz Orchard

Dr. Liz Orchard is a naturopathic doctor and founder of Be Well Natural Medicine.  After graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in pre-medical studies from the University of St. Thomas (2001), Dr. Orchard earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (2008), with honors, from the oldest fully accredited Naturopathic medical school, National College of Natural Medicine, in Portland, Oregon. During the five years of Naturopathic medical training, she completed extensive hands-on clinical training with experts in the field of natural medicine, with an emphasis on women’s health and endocrine disorders.  She also studied various forms of mind-body medicine, including homeopathy, biotherapeutic drainage, Vipassana meditation, Tai Ji, Qi Gong, and Yoga.

Dr. Orchard was the resident ND at an integrative medicine clinic in New York City from 2008 to 2009, where her focus was preventive medicine, digestive disorders, and integrative cancer care.

In September 2009, she returned to her Minnesota roots to start her private practice which soon blossomed into Be Well Natural Medicine.  In addition to helping her patients, Dr. Orchard enjoys teaching local Qoya classes and destination retreats, dance, music, travel, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends – especially her daughter Fiona and partner David.

Professional Affiliations

Board Certified Naturopathic Physician

Registered Naturopathic Doctor by the State of Minnesota

Member of the Minnesota Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Alumni of the Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine program at National College of Natural Medicine

Member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

 

Dr. Crystalin Montgomery

Crystalin Montgomery, NMD, L.Ac.

Crystalin Montgomery, NMD, L.Ac.

Dr. Crystalin Montgomery earned a Doctorate of Naturopathic medicine and a Masters of Acupuncture from the National College of Natural Medicine, the oldest accredited Naturopathic school in the nation. She is a Registered Naturopathic Doctor in the State of Minnesota.  She has a Diplomate of Acupuncture from the NCCAOM, and is licensed in acupuncture in the State of Minnesota.  She is also a certified Holistic Pelvic Care practitioner.

While undergoing a rigorous academic program of concurrent studies in Naturopathic and Classical Chinese Medicine, Dr. Montgomery completed clinical training that included a three-year mentorship in women’s health.  During her Chinese Medicine training, she continued to see a high volume of patients with a range of chronic conditions, including cancer, MS, Parkinson’s, and other autoimmune conditions.  Additionally, Dr. Montgomery completed training in Holistic Pelvic Care, a therapy developed and taught by Tami Kent, PT, to address chronic pelvic issues.

Dr. Montgomery came to Naturopathic and Classical Chinese medicine via her experience as a collegiate athlete and coach.  Her personal experience with sports-related injuries led her to explore various approaches to optimize her body’s recovery.  She became interested in learning how to utilize nutrition, movement and other forms of natural healing to keep the body in top shape and prevent injuries.  After graduating with a B.S. in Community Education, Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1999, Dr. Montgomery spent the next six years as a collegiate and youth soccer coach.  During that time she found her passion in teaching young people about a balanced approach to playing and life through a more profound understanding of fitness and nutrition.

Professional Affiliations

Board Certified Naturopathic Physician

Registered Naturopathic Doctor by the State of Minnesota

Member of the Minnesota Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Alumni of the Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Masters of Acupuncture program at National College of Natural Medicine

Member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP)

Member of the Society of Integrative Oncology (SIO)

Licensed Acupuncturist by the State of Minnesota

Member of the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Association of Minnesota (AOMAM)

Diplomat of National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)

Member of Acupuncturists Without Borders

 
Leslie Vilensky, NMD

Leslie Vilensky, NMD

Dr. Leslie Vilensky

Dr. Leslie Vilensky is a doctor of naturopathic medicine.  She earned her B.A. in Philosophy from St. Catherine University (1992), and received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University (1998), a globally respected institution of natural health arts and sciences in Kenmore, Washington. She is board-certified by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners and is currently a registered Naturopathic Doctor in the state of Minnesota, as well as a licensed family practice physician in the state of Washington.

Dr. Vilensky is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and has served as President of and liaison for its affiliate state organization, the Minnesota Association of Naturopathic Physicians for 6 years.  During this time she played an instrumental role in moving legislation forward that regulates Naturopathic Doctors in the state of Minnesota. In 2009, she was appointed to the Minnesota Naturopathic Advisory Council, part of the Board of Medical Practice, which oversees the practice of naturopathic medicine in Minnesota. Dr. Vilensky has also participated in the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS) Physician Training Program, and completed a clinical rotation with Dr. Bernard Raxlen in New York City.

Dr. Vilensky has practiced naturopathic medicine for over a decade in Minnesota. She enjoys getting to know her patients in order to provide individualized, wellness-oriented healthcare. Dr. Vilensky helps people with Lyme and other chronic fatigue issues to get their energy back through natural means that counterbalance the often negative effects of more conventional approaches so that they are able to live their lives more fully, experiencing vibrant health. Other areas of expertise include gastrointestinal health issues like inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome; PMS and other menstrual irregularities; as well as adjunctive cancer support.

Dr. Vilensky lives in New Prague with her husband, Igor, and their two daughters, Sophie and Ava. In her spare time, she enjoys music, dancing, reading, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family.

Professional Affiliations

Board Certified Naturopathic Physician

Registered Naturopathic Doctor by the State of Minnesota

Licensed Naturopathic Physician by the State of Washington

Member of the Minnesota Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Member of the Naturopathic Advisory Council under the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice

Alumni of the Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine program at Bastyr University

Member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Member of ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society)