INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE AT GRAND RAPIDS NATURAL HEALTH
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.
THE TOOLS WE USE
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:
Exercise & Lifestyle Modification
Functional Lab Testing
OUR TEAM APPROACH
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 have attended four-year, year round medical schools, recognized by the US Department of Education. Currently, Michigan is a non-licensure state, therefore our NDs hold licenses outside of Michigan and work with our 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.
These services are also supported by practitioners from other disciplines, including:
Nutritional Health Coaching
Traditional Chinese Medicine, such as Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine
FUNCTIONAL LAB ASSESSMENTS
We often hear from our patients that they have had labs run by their doctors, but nothing showed up or they were told nothing is truly wrong. Our primary approach is to find the root cause of disease by using the tools listed above. If, however, we wish to dig a bit deeper, our doctors use integrative lab tests that look at the whole person, analyzing various aspects of health, including nutritional status, gastrointestinal health, dietary sensitivities and much more. Get to know a few of the companies we use below.