Marianna Ledenac, ND is a naturopathic physician with over 12 years experience. She provides a comprehensive and personalized approach to healthcare that focuses on addressing the underlying causes of disease rather than solely treating the symptoms. Dr. Ledenac sees patients of all ages, adults and children, for a wide range of health conditions including both acute and chronic concerns.
As a naturopathic physician, Dr. Ledenac welcomes patients with all conditions. She has a special interest and experience in treating fatigue, stress/anxiety management, sleep problems, weight management, digestive complaints, autoimmune conditions, and chronic pain and inflammation. Dr. Ledenac also has a special focus in detoxification, women’s health and hormonal concerns, and pediatrics. In addition, she has extensive experience in the area of adjunctive cancer care, supporting those who are currently undergoing conventional cancer therapies to improve their overall health, well-being and tolerance to treatments.
Dr. Ledenac received her medical training from Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto, Ontario), the oldest recognized and leading institution in naturopathic medical education in Canada, with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 2000. Prior to studying medicine, she obtained an Honors Bachelor of Applied Science degree at the University of Windsor (Windsor, Ontario) in 1995. Dr. Ledenac is a board certified licensed naturopathic physician in Washington, District of Columbia where she currently pratices.
Dr. Ledenac is also a certified FirstLine Therapy practitioner. FirstLine Therapy is a specially designed approach for implementing therapeutic lifestyle change medicine. Her special focus and experience in lifestyle medicine is in improving body composition not only for weight management and obesity but, more importantly, for reducing her patients’ risk factors for developing chronic diseases (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, insulin insensitivity, type 2 diabetes, hormone imbalances, etc). She uses specialized nutritional body composition testing and progress monitoring that has been proven to be invaluable in an evaluation of overall health and in most chronic illnesses. She has a passion for teaching patients about lifestyle changes that will remain for life and reverse and prevent chronic illness. Dr. Ledenac views her role as a teacher as important as her role as a physician.
In her many years of practice, Dr. Ledenac combines natural medicines with conventional science to create a truly integrative health care experience. She uses both conventional diagnostic and leading-edge nutritional/functional laboratory testing to help determine the underlying cause of a patient’s illness and assist in guiding the treatment. She utilizes many different therapies including clinical nutrition, dietary supplements, botanical medicine, diet and lifestyle counseling, and homeopathy. As a result of her many years of practice and continuing education she has developed extensive knowledge and experience in using botanical/herbal medicines for treating and preventing disease.
Dr. Ledenac views the patient as whole person with the goal of guiding them toward optimal wellness, taking the physical, mental, and emotional dimensions into account.
Dr. Ledenac enjoys working at the GW Center for Integrative Medicine – she values the truly integrative and collaborative setting of this innovative academic-based medical center as well as the warm, caring, and experienced practitioners that are able to offer her patients a wide range of health therapies.
Dr. Ledenac holds professional memberships with the DCANP (District of Columbia Association of Naturopathic Doctors), AANP (American Association of Naturopathic Physicians), OAND (Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors), and CAND (Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors).
Dr. Ledenac is available for naturopathic medicine visits at the GW Center for Integrative Medicine.
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“With the help of Dr. Marianna Ledenac, I have cleaned up my diet, lost 10 pounds, have more energy in the morning and got rid of my morning brain fog! So happy and I feel like a new and younger person! Thanks so much!!! – C.R., October 13, 2016