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, constitutional hydrotherapy 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 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.
We highly encourage that all potential clients look into the training of their provider when considering naturopathic care. Although many naturopathic practitioners exist, our NDs are unique in that they are clinically trained at level similar to a MD or DO, which ensures the safety of care provided. Our NDs are also overseen by a licensed medical physician.
Our Naturopathic Doctors
Christine Conti, ND
Carrie T. Dennie, ND
Jennifer Kurinsky, ND
Kelly Peterson, ND
Our Naturopathic Services Offered
15 Minute Complimentary Meet and Greet
Complimentary meet and greet appointments are available to our prospective patients as a way to speak with our Integrative Medical team to ask any questions and voice any concerns about their health before deciding to establish care. This gives our potential new patients a way to understand the array of services Grand Rapids Natural Health has to offer and gain an understanding of the process of establishing care at our clinic.
Naturopathic Initial Consultation
An Adult Initial Naturopathic Consultation is the first step to establishing care at our office, allowing the Naturopathic Doctor to review the patients complete medical history, any previous testing, diagnoses, etc. Our Naturopathic medical team then creates an individualized plan of action that may include but not limited to, supplemental help, additional Integrative services, collaborative programs with practitioners in office, and more. Our medial team is committed to finding the root cause of illness, treating our patients with the most natural care possible. Each consultation is personalized, tailored to the patient’s specific wants and needs, and planned as thoroughly as possible for efficient, effective healing.
*** All prospective patients under 16 years of age should choose the pediatric initial consultation option.***
Naturopathic Follow Up
A follow-up appointment with a Naturopathic Doctor at Grand Rapids Natural Health is a case by case assessment that can range from a 15-minute to an hour long appointment. Depending upon the care a patient is receiving, a follow-up appointment could entail anything from reviewing health and supplemental progress, or discussing health and wellness concerns. Each appointment, much like the Initial Consultation, is tailored uniquely to each patient and their needs.
Family Naturopathic Initial Consultation
This appointment is provided to care for parent and child or couples seeking Naturopathic care. A comprehensive review of both patients medical history as well as a look into genetic or hereditary diagnoses is what patients will initially experience. Discussion of supplemental help, dietary changes, or other Integrative services, can also be recommended to both patients depending upon care needed. This appointment is meant to offer well being to the whole family, starting with the most natural, holistic care possible. The Family Naturopathic Initial Consultation must be pre-approved by the practitioner.
Family Naturopathic Follow Up
A family follow-up appointment includes discussing how progress is going with lifestyle and supplement suggestions , reviewing progress and continuing to explore alternative, Integrative options to keep progression of care steady. Each patient will experience individualized care, tailored to their unique needs and these one hour appointments can be used to discuss both family members or one individual, depending on the practitioner and patient preference . The Family Naturopathic Follow Up must be pre-approved by the practitioner.
To schedule your appointment with a Naturopathic Doctor, please use the system below or call 616-264-6556.
More About Our Naturopathic Services
Naturopathic services include a functional approach to health, lifestyle management, supplements and herbs, dietary counseling, cleanse programming, constitutional hydrotherapy, 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 Kelly Peterson, ND, Christine Conti, ND, Carrie Dennie, 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 and cannot accept insurance.
***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.
Naturopathic Medicine may be particularly helpful for those seeking guidance in prevention or management of:
chronic inflammatory conditions
psychological, sleep, or stress-related disorders
general lifestyle and dietary management
Featured Naturopathic Services
Food Sensitivity Testing and Analysis Package
Fatigue, brain fog, headaches, skin conditions digestive issues, joint pain, anxiety and many more are "common" symptoms people experience that could be attributed to a food sensitivity. Luckily, Grand Rapids Natural Health is now offering a food sensitivity testing package.
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Constitutional Hydrotherapy Treatments
At Grand Rapids Natural Health, Carrie Dennie, ND, offers Constitutional Hydrotherapy which involves the application of hot and cold compresses on the torso to support the body’s self-healing capacity. Constitutional Hydrotherapy treatments are a great compliment to any Naturopathic healing regimine.
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7 Day Recharge and 30 Days Back to Health Cleanse Programs
Our Naturopathic Doctors, in collaboration with Andrea Hop, Health Coach, offer All-Inclusive 7 and 30 Day Cleanse Programs, including diet plans, supplementation, daily emails, one-on-one consultations and more.
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The Six 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.
Naturopathic medicine emphasizes the prevention of disease, assesses risk factors, and makes appropriate interventions with patients to prevent illness.