Dr. Kerry Colenso Niebrzydowski, daughter of Todd and Dana Colenso of Iron Mountain, is a naturopathic physician, licensed acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist. She graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1994 and went on to receive a bachelor’s in mathematics from Michigan State University in 2001. She then moved to Portland, Oregon to complete a six year doctoral program in naturopathic medicine and a master’s in Chinese medicine at the oldest accredited naturopathic medical school in the nation, the National College of Natural Medicine. In addition, she recently completed a residency in primary care, with a focus on public health in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Kerry has published 2 theses, received the Making a Difference Benedict Lust award in 2009 and taught anatomy in a cadaver lab for 4 years. She is a Reiki Master, Core Synchronism practitioner (bio-dynamic form of cranio-sacral therapy), has completed the year long Shun Han Lun series of Canonical Chinese Medicine training and an additional 2 year course in homeopathic medicine from the New England School of homeopathy. Dr. Kerry also teaches Vinyasa flow yoga, Hatha Yoga and Qi Gong at Bianco’s fitness center. She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Wisconsin Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
In terms licensing, currently, naturopathic physicians are licensed in 14 states, Washington DC and Puerto rico. Licensed naturopathic physicians, trained as primary care providers attend a 4 year doctoral program at an accredited Naturopathic Medical school and take postdoctoral board exams. Dr. Niebrzydowski is a board certified naturopathic physician. There are others who call themselves naturopathic doctors that are lay naturopaths who complete a 6 month on-line course. There are vast differences in the level of education. As Wisconsin and Michigan are not yet licensed for naturopathic medicine, Dr. Niebrzydowski will not act as a primary care doctor, she will not diagnose or treat disease per se. She will work closely with the patient’s primary care doctor to provide the best adjunctive care possible. It is important in unlicensed states, to ask when shopping for a naturopath if they have gone to an accredited medical school or not. Dr. Niebrzydowski is maintaining her license in the state of Oregon as a naturopathic physician while she is practicing in Wisconsin. Dr. Niebrzydowski has chosen to practice in Wisconsin because Michigan is not licensed for acupuncture either, She currently holds a license as an acupuncturist in Wisconsin.
Margie Conley, LAc MAOM
Margie Conley is a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. She graduated from the Han University of Traditional Medicine in Tucson, AZ, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine (MAOM). She is a certified Diplomate of the NCCAOM. Margie also holds a certificate in Tui Na bodywork (chinese version of massage). This ancient type of bodywork functions by opening meridians in the body which in turn promotes qi flow. Tui Na has numerous applications for a variety of ailments. In addition, Margie is a student of Tai Chi. She has trained with Master Jordan Misner and Grand Master Sam Tam.
Prior to practicing Chinese Medicine, Margie was in Financial Services in Tucson, AZ. She had
a Series 6 and 63 License as well as an Arizona Life and Health Insurance License.
Margie is very excited to embrace the outdoors of the UP and thrilled to be back in the Midwest. She grew up in St. Louis, MO and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing/Business from Maryville University, St. Louis. While at Maryville College, she played Varsity Soccer all four years and was the Team Captain in her senior year.
Brittani Gagnon L.M.T.
Norway native Brittani f Gagnon is also a Wisconsin Licensed and Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Bodyworker. She has a degree in massage from the Institute of Natural Therapies in Hancock, Michigan (2012) and an Applied Science of Physical Therapy degree from Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan. She also currently works as a physical therapy assistant at NLJ PT center. As a massage therapist, Brittani works to help clients regain focus and clarity by decreasing anxiety and stress displaced in tissue. She enjoys working on lower extremity and cervical pain/tightness to improve function.