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.
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 Schoenek, ND
Jennifer Kurinsky, ND
Kelly Hassberger, ND
To schedule a complimentary meet and greet appointment and discuss your concerns with a Naturopathic Doctor, please use the system below or call 616-264-6556.
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 Kelly Hassberger, ND, 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 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 pain
chronic inflammatory conditions
psychological, sleep, or stress-related disorders
general lifestyle and dietary management
7 Day Recharge and 30 Days Back to Health Cleanse Programs
Our Naturopathic Doctors collaborate with our Health Coaches to offer All-Inclusive 7 and 30 Day Cleanse Programs. Click the image to the right to learn more!
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.