Jim Bertrau, the founder of Great Lakes Wellness Group, turned to alternative medicine as a result of his own personal experiences with healthcare. After conventional medical treatments failed to meet his needs, Bertrau discovered that eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and raising his own spiritual awareness were the keys to better health. He now believes that the path to overall health begins with treating the whole person, rather than the symptoms.
To share what he has learned, Bertrau performs holistic treatments that address the underlying causes of disease and discomfort, all without the use of drugs or surgery. He empowers people to actively participate in their own future well-being by offering nutritional consultations and customized, four-phase programs designed to get to the root cause of illness. The programs include a pH analysis to check sugar and salt levels, a personalized food plan, and a live-cell analysis—a nutritional-microscopy technique used to find internal imbalances. Bertrau is also certified in auricular acupuncture by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA), which he uses to diminish stress and pain by placing needles at five designated points along the outer ear.
Karen Kraft has been a practicing reiki master for more than a decade, but the discipline's holistic view of bodily energy has been helping people for generations. Karen's bouts with cancer and 12-year experience working in the disability field have bolstered her innate sense of empathy for her patrons' own ailments. As the owner of ACC Natural Healing & Wellness, she translates this dedication into her therapeutic treatments. Rather than simply quieting symptoms, she prefers to relax the mind as well as the muscles, tailoring her treatments to address the needs of each client. Karen's treatments address numerous everyday health issues, battling the pain and discomfort of everything from anxiety and depression to chronic pain. More than anything, though, her intuition and experience help her ease knotted muscles and connective tissues imbuing clients with a sense of whole-body well-being.
At Three Mountains Wellness, LLC, Liz Billings uses a holistic approach to treat patients. After studying advanced Oriental medicine in Korea, Liz obtained a certification from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, which she uses to diagnose and treat patients afflicted with a variety of problems. She combines Oriental medicine as well as acupuncture with other approaches such as nutrition, exercise, and proper sleep habits to help clients overcome difficulty with chronic pain, memory loss, stress, anxiety, and depression.
Grand Ledge Acupuncture’s licensed chi-finagler, Barbara Brouwer, wields extensive training in Oriental medicine and a set of thin, sterile needles to treat patients for a slew of maladies, including stress, joint stiffness, and chronic pain. In an initial consultation, she asks clients questions about their health history to suss out the root cause of their complaint, whether it be blocked energy pathways or a charley horse taking out timeshares in their left bicep. After constructing a personalized course of action, the experienced needle negotiator pricks extremely thin needles just under the client’s skin at predetermined points in an attempt to stimulate energy flow and unearth repressed memories of their past lives as porcupines. As spiny patients relax and recline, Brouwer targets a needle-free trouble area for a 15-minute massage that complements the effects of the acupuncture treatment.
BodyInBalance integrates a variety of fitness classes and healing modalities to help clients achieve overall physical and mental equilibrium. In four drop-in classes, students will enter BodyInBalance's tranquil, newly renovated studio, where a skilled instructor wields a variety of fitness disciplines to tone and fortify muscles. The yoga course loosens stiff limbs and focuses one's energy to perform puzzles while dangling from a cliff, while the cardio-strength class can improve heart health and build the muscle mass necessary to chase ambulances and tell them that their left blinker is still on.
Even though she’s already reached professional heights as an Ayurvedic doctor of natural health, Aurore Adamkiewicz isn’t one to rest on her laurels. In addition to her holistic healing endeavors, she’s also written six books, received her aesthetician license, and trained with a licensed orgonomist psychologist. In total, her nearly 20 years of research and experience have helped her develop a natural approach to whole-body health—a system which she has dubbed “Body Mind Ayurveda.” At her wellness spa, this approach influences all of her services, which include such varied treatments as body waxing, craniosacral therapy, and noninvasive-facelift facials that employ color therapy, tuning-fork acupuncture, chemical peels, and Ayurvedic herbs and enzymes.