What is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative medicine is a healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. Conventional medicine centers around disease identification and management most often with medications, devices and surgeries. Integrative medicine responsibly uses other complementary and alternative therapies where scientific evidence of safety and efficacy are available. The basis of integrative medicine is the therapeutic relationship between the provider and patient, while making use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative, when appropriate.

Most commonly, lifestyle modification and natural therapies are the preferred option of treatment however, conventional medical treatments will be recommended when natural therapies are not enough. Integrative medicine physicians do not limit themselves or their patients to single treatment options. Natural therapies include nutrition, exercise, stress/relaxation techniques, herbal medicines, and dietary supplements. These services are provided by our Integrative Medical Physician and Naturopathic Doctors, who are overseen by our medical directory, and may be supported by practitioners from other disciplines, including nutritional health coaching, mind-body medicine such as yoga, counseling and energy medicine, manual medicine such as massage therapy and craniosacral therapy and traditional Chinese medicine, such as acupuncture and herbal medicine.

At Grand Rapids Natural Health we provide a unique, integrative, and collaborative approach utilizing our medical director, Dr. Johnson, MD and our Naturopathic Doctors.


Our medical director, David Johnson, MD, has been board-certified in internal medicine and cardiology with additional expertise in integrative medicine through fellowship training in integrative medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. He has more than 20 years of clinical experience. He specializes in integrative medicine and preventive cardiology.

Our naturopathic doctors are board certified in naturopathic medicine and licensed outside of Michigan. Currently, Michigan is a non-licensure state requiring these physicians to work with a medical director in order to provide the level of care they have been trained to do.

Your care may be overseen by one of the providers above or could be a combined approach between multiple providers. A 15-minute complimentary meet and greet consultation is where we recommend you start to be referred to the appropriate doctor or team of doctors for your individualized care.