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.

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.

Michael Walker, ND

Michael Walker specializes in naturopathic oncology, a unique discipline which offers patients expert guidance in safe and evidence-informed integrative approaches to whole person cancer care. He believes that patients with cancer benefit from working with a multidisciplinary team of medical practitioners to personalize their care. Walker is thrilled to join the Integrative Medicine Department at Beaumont and continue to serve patients with cancer diagnoses. 

Walker attended Yale University for his undergraduate studies and subsequently completed post-baccalaureate premedical coursework to pursue medicine. During his four-year naturopathic medical education at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Walker developed a passion for oncology. He was accepted to and completed the two-year residency in naturopathic oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America outside of Chicago. In his time as a resident and then as a staff naturopathic provider, he collaborated closely with medical oncologists and other practitioners to optimize patients’ care for a wide range of cancers, including rare tumors. He has further experience in hematologic cancers and supporting patients planning for or who have undergone stem cell transplantation.

The goals of naturopathic and integrative oncology are numerous, and treatment is always tailored to the individual clinical needs of the patient, while respecting their personal desires. Frequently, patients see Walker to strengthen immune function, decrease side effects of cancer treatment, gain or lose weight, address gastrointestinal issues, improve surgical and wound healing and to support quality of life concerns such as sleep, energy, mood and others. He also ensures compatibility between natural agents and other medications used in patients’ treatment. Additionally, many patients wish to be as proactive as possible in using natural therapies to help in their fight against cancer. Walker uses team-based decision making to advise his patients on the safety and efficacy of herbs, nutrients, food-based and lifestyle approaches, so that they can be confident in their comprehensive plan of care.