Dr. Kerry Colenso Niebrzydowski, daughter of Todd and Dana Colenso of Iron Mountain, is a board certified 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.
Jill Esterly-Jayne, LMSW
Jill Esterly-Jayne LMSW is a board certified master’s level clinical social worker. Jill holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sociology from Luther college in Decorah, Iowa and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. Jill completed her Master’s level course work through Michigan State University’s Social Work program and received a Master’s of Clinical Social Work in May of 2008. In addition, she has completed internships at Catholic Social Services and the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District. Jill has experience working in community mental healthcare and outpatient clinical therapy services. Jill works with a clientele from the very young to the elderly. She uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Psycho-educational methods to provide effective treatment for child and adolescent issues. These include: anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma related issues, anger management, eating disorders, addictive behaviors, pain management, grief and loss issues, family problems and marital relationship therapy. Jill’s mission statement is to provide her client’s with a warm, kind and nonjudgmental healing environment in which to explore and resolve the issues impacting a client’s life so they may move forward with improved mind/body/spirit balance.
Jenny DeDecker L.M.T.
Jenny DeDecker is a Wisconsin Licensed and Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Bodyworker. She completed a double Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology and Anthropology from the University of Kansas in 2005. In 2007, she completed a 700 hour Massage and Somatic Bodywork program at the Arcata School of Massage in Arcata, California. Post graduation, Jenny was offered a position as and instructor and administrator at ASM. She taught courses in pathophysiology, anatomy and physiology, massage technique, somatic bodywork and craniosacral therapy. Jenny specializes in Swedish, deep Swedish, craniosacral therapy and myofascial techniques.
Brittani Gagnon L.M.T.
Norway native Brittani 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.