Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability.

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) teach their patients to use diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and natural therapies, including nutritional supplements and more, to help the patient reach optimal health. They take into account not only the physical but also mental, emotional and spiritual health of patients and use many tools, including general and functional lab testing to access the client. 

All of our Naturopathic doctors (NDs) at Grand Rapids Natural Health have attended a four-year, full year round, post-graduate, doctorate level, naturopathic medical school, recognized by the US Department of Education, are clinically trained, and work in all aspects of family health.

Doctorate level naturopathic training requires over 1,400 hours of didactic education and over 2,000 hours of clinical training and direct patient care in outpatient teaching clinics, plus preceptorships and internships and in hospital settings.

At Grand Rapids Natural Health, our two Naturopathic Doctors are Christine Schoenek, ND and Jennifer L. Kurinksy, ND.

To schedule a complimentary consultation and discuss your concerns with a Naturopathic Doctor, please click here.

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Our Naturopathic Services 

Naturopathic services include a functional approach to health, lifestyle management, supplements and herbs, dietary counseling, cleanse programming, among other natural therapies. Our goal is the get to the root cause of your health concerns.

Please keep in mind that there is no naturopathic licensure in the state of Michigan. This affects the kind of services that Christine Schoenek, ND and Jennifer L. Kurinsky, ND can offer their clients. Although they have attended four-year, accredited, federally recognized medical schools, our NDs are legally unable to practice medicine and utilize the full extent of their training.

This lack of licensing in the state of Michigan also affects those seeking Naturopathic care because they must verify the training of their health care advisor and cannot currently have Naturopathic care covered by their insurance plans. While there are many kinds of health practitioners who draw from the philosophy of naturopathy to educate people and promote health; Naturopathic Doctors stand apart because of their medical education and training. It is up o

each individual to understand the background and training of their health care professionals.

***Due to a lack of licensure, our Naturopathic Doctors here at Grand Rapids Natural Health practice under the medical directorship and delegation of Dave Johnson, MD. This allows GRNH to provide more comprehensive services to our clients.***

Click here to learn more about the Michigan Association of Naturopathic Physician’s efforts to license Naturopathic Doctors in the state of Michigan and to get to know which states allow for naturopathic licensure.

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 Learn More About Naturopathic Medicine

Click the banner below to download self guided lectures and learn more about the subjects that Naturopathic Doctors talk with their patients about daily. Don’t miss talks from our very own, Dr. Kelly Hassberger, ND, also linked below.

Webinars taught by our Naturopathic Doctors:

 

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6 Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

THE HEALING POWER OF NATURE

Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent healing process in the person that is ordered and intelligent. The body is capable of healing itself. The role of the naturopathic doctor is to remove obstacles to healing and to stimulate this inherent natural tendency of the body.

 

IDENTIFY AND TREAT THE CAUSE

Naturopathic doctors seek to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, not merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.

 

 

FIRST DO NO HARM

Naturopathic doctors seek to do no harm by using methods and substances that minimize risks of side effects, using the least force needed to diagnose and treat, avoiding the harmful suppression of symptoms and working with the self-healing process.

 

DOCTOR AS TEACHER

Naturopathic doctors recall that the origin of the word “doctor” is the Latin word, “to teach.” A fundamental emphasis in naturopathic medicine is patient education.

 

TREAT THE WHOLE PERSON

Naturopathic doctors attempt to take into consideration all the factors that make up patients’ lives and affect their health and well-being.

 

 

PREVENTION

Naturopathic medicine emphasizes the prevention of disease, assesses risk factors,
and makes appropriate interventions with patients to prevent illness.

 

 

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