Our Unique Naturopathic Residency
The specific aim of our program is to provide both continuing education for Naturopathic graduates in integrative rheumatology and clinical rotations for naturopathic students. There are currently very few residencies that have a sub-specialty concentration, but as residency program numbers grow, we hope that our program will be become a model for NDs wishing to work more closely with MDs and DOs.
Our program provides NDs with an intense learning environment where they can quickly learn to take a rheumatology history and do a detailed musculoskeletal physical, become deeply acquainted with allopathic and naturopathic treatments, improve bone radiology skills and learn business ownership skills.
The resident work with Dr. C. Guggenheim in the Rheumatology Clinic as well as observe other physicians and practitioners in the community. Currently, many patients are seeking to minimize or discontinue their anti-rheumatic drugs, but they must be carefully managed in order to avoid serious disease flares. Many patients also come seeking alternatives to conventional drug therapy for other health concerns such as hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, allergies and other general practice complaints.
Although this is a sub-specialty residency, we work within the Naturopathic tenet of treating the whole person. The patient population in Michigan has not been heavily exposed to Naturopathic Medicine or Functional Medicine and thus stands to obtain a huge benefit from basic nutritional advise, nutraceuticals and lifestyle interventions.
Nicholas Morgan, ND serves as the co-director and clinician to the program in order to ensure that the following objectives are met:
o The resident learns nutraceutical, botanical, lifestyle, and dietary interventions appropriate to treat general practice illnesses.
o The resident learns how to treat patients that are on polypharmacy.
o The resident has the tools available to meet their own personal goals in the program.
In order to ensure that our resident has sufficient naturopathic exposure in the face of an allopathic rheumatology clinic, they will spend one day a week with N. Morgan, ND.
Graduates from Arthritis Care's Naturopathic Residency:
Nicholas Morgan, N.D. 2012-2014
Lanae Mullane, N.D. 2014-2016
Allison Egan, ND 2015-2016
For more information about Naturopathic Schools, training, and licensure please visit the following links:
The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education
American Association of Naturopathic Medical Colleges
North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners
Naturopathic Post-Graduate Association
American Association of Naturopathic Physician