Naturopathic Medicine

Learn more about Naturopathy

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of holistic health care that treats the whole person and addresses the root causes of disease. It supports your body's innate ability to heal itself through natural therapies. Naturopathic doctors are highly educated health care providers who integrate standard medical diagnostics with preventative medicine and natural therapies.

The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

  • First, do no harm.
  • Support the healing power of the body.
  • Identify and treat the root causes of disease.
  • Treat the whole person using individualized treatment.
  • Teach disease prevention and health promotion.

Naturopathic doctors

Naturopathic doctors are highly educated health care providers who integrate standard medical diagnostics with preventative medicine and natural therapies.

These therapies include:

  • herbal medicine
  • homeopathy
  • diet and supplements
  • mind-body medicine
  • lifestyle counseling

A naturopathic doctor has completed four years of pre-med studies, four years of graduate school at an accredited naturopathic medical university and has successfully passed North American-wide licensing exams, known as NPLEX.

Nutritional Supplements - Vitamins, amino acids, and other nutritional supplements are recommended on a case by case basis to restore balance in the body. These can help to address underlying nutritional deficiencies, balance hormones, support detoxification, improve mood, boost immunity and improve digestive function.

Diet - Our Naturopathic doctors look at dietary patterns and make recommendations to balance blood sugar, decrease inflammation, eliminate food sensitivities, and optimize wellness.

Herbal Medicine - Many plant substances are powerful medicines when used properly. Their organic nature makes botanicals compatible with the body’s own chemistry, and they can be gently effective for decreasing inflammation & supporting immunity. As with nutritional supplements, botanicals can be used in conjunction with conventional treatments to reduce their side effects and enhance their effectiveness, but care must be taken to avoid herb drug interactions.

Homeopathy - Homeopathy is based on the understanding that natural substances, prepared in very diluted doses, can prompt the body to self correct. Symptoms that may respond well to homeopathy include auto-immune conditions, allergies, trauma recovery and conditions that don’t fit into a clear conventional diagnosis.

Naturopathic medicine and drug interactions - Our naturopathic doctors closely monitor your supplement and vitamin intake in order to avoid drug interactions. They will go through your medication list to monitor for drug-induced nutrient depletions and to avoid drug-herb and drug-nutrient interactions.

Naturopathic medicine and Cancer Care - One of the primary strategies of naturopathic medicine is to strengthen the body’s own internal ability to heal itself. Naturopathic medicine supports the anti-tumor effects of conventional care and helps to keep the immune system, digestive tract, nerves and cardiovascular system strong throughout conventional treatments. Naturopathic medicine also works to reduce the side effects often associated with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. A healthier person makes for a healthier cancer patient.

Meet our Doctors

About Hallie Armstrong, ND

Hallie Armstrong has worked in a variety of clinical settings including two inner city clinics in Toronto, an integrative medicine clinic in Shelby Township, and a multidisplinary clinic in West Bloomfield. She believes it is vital to treat the whole person and is dedicated to providing patients with a team based approach to wellness.

Hallie earned her bachelors degree from Michigan State and graduated as a naturopathic doctor from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. In her practice, she has worked with diverse populations to treat physical and mental health concerns. She specializes in women's health and pediatrics.

Hallie regularly contributes articles to local newspapers and lectures on health topics such as menopause, detoxification, Attention Deficit Disorder and cancer prevention.

About Paul Saunders, Ph.D., ND, DHANP, CCH

Dr. Saunders, Adjunct Professor of Materia Medica, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, has been in private practice in Dundas, Ontario, Canada since 1991and now comes to Beaumont to see patients. His earned a Ph.D. in plant ecology from Duke University, was on the faculty at Clemson University, and tenured at Washington State University. He earned his ND from the College of Naturopathic Medicine, and did additional training and residency at National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, Oregon, earned a second ND, served as their interim Research Director, and initiated their Institutional Review Board.

He earned a Diplomate from the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians (DHANP) and Certified Classical Homeopath (CCH) from the American Council on Homeopathic Certification in 1993. He completed chelation board examinations from the International College of Integrated Medicine in 1998. As Editor, The Canadian Journal of Herbalism, 2000-2002, he instituted peer-review. He does grant reviews for the NIH, NCCAM. He has honored as Ontario Naturopathic Doctor of the Year in 1994 and 2002. In 1999 he was a member of the Transition Team that established the Office of Natural Health Products, Health Canada, served on its Expert Advisory Committee to 2006, and served as an expert on various subcommittees. He has co-authored three books, served as an expert legal witness, conducted clinical research, published numerous papers, and lectured frequently on naturopathic medicine.

Michelle Crowder, ND

Michelle Crowder has worked in an integrative family practice in Rochester Hills since 2013. Prior to that, she was in Oregon where she worked primarily with immigrant, homeless and other medically underserved populations. She has worked in high volume clinics in Central America where she also supervised medical student rotations and trained community health workers. She currently has a general practice with focus on thyroid disorders and other endocrine imbalances, women's health, digestive disorders, and autoimmune disease. She is dedicated to providing compassionate care, empowering patients and addressing the root causes of disease in a holistic manner. 

Michelle earned her ND with high honors from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. She holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in Plant Biology from the University of Vermont. She has taught undergraduate biological sciences and brings a passion for teaching to her medical practice. She lectures frequently and writes a bi-monthly e-newsletter highlighting evidence-based natural medicine. She continues to serve as a supervisor for medical student rotations in Guatemala and regularly contributes to the core clinical sciences examination for licensing of naturopathic doctors.