Amy Jo Howard, C.H., C.N., N.D., is a graduate of the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education as a Certified Naturopath and a Certified Homeopath. She also has a Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University in English. Her love for communication, people and natural healing led her to formally study the field of natural health. Amy enjoys specializing in Reflexology, CranioSacral Therapy, Homeopathy, and Colon Hydrotherapy. A good listener and knowledgeable instructor, Amy teaches students how to blend such qualities to enhance skills in this field.
Barbara Nurenburg, C.N., N.D., received her certification as a Naturopathic Doctor from the NITE. She attended Blue Heron Academy, where she received her National Certification as a Medical Massage Therapist as well as completing and receiving her certification as a Holistic Health Practitioner. Barbara’s passion lies in educating herself and empowering others to learn how to allow the body to heal itself using natural means through the Holistic approach. She applies her years of education and training and believes in educating each person as an individual, designing a specific plan unique to them.
Bessheen Baker, N.D.,the Director of Education and Founder of NITE, has a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Doctor of Naturopathy. Her areas of interest include Iridology, Sclerology, Kinesiology, Nutrition, Herbology, Homeopathy, Essential Oils and Meridian Body Work. Drawing on more than 30 years of experience in the field, Bessheen is in high demand as a motivational speaker and has spoken throughout the country on natural health. She brings a lot of energy and humor into the classroom and always finds a way to fit more into your brain than you thought possible!
Beth Bailey Barbeau, B.S., is a Traditional Midwife, Master Childbirth Educator and Resonance Repatterning Practitioner with a Bachelor of Science degree from Antioch College. Beth’s passion for birth spans nearly 30 years and includes midwifing homebirths, attending hospital births in the role of doula and monitrice, and teaching at all levels, from college students to expectant parents and medical professionals, on related topics including infant care and breastfeeding. Beth brings her wonderfully engaging and lively teaching style to the Magic and Anatomy of Birth I & II.
Christina Roy, ND, LMT, has been practicing massage therapy since 1999. She began studying natural health in 1997 to support her own healing journey. Christina began teaching classes on natural health, including Young Living Essential Oils and Nature Sunshine Products at the age of 17. She continued her passion for teaching by joining the Naturopathic Institute in 2014 as the bodywork instructor for the Naturopathic Program. For the past 16 years, Christina has owned and operated Hands on Health ~ Massage & Wellness, located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She received her Doctor of Naturopathy diploma in February of 2016 and has incorporated this additional training into her existing practice. Her energy is contagious and her passion for teaching bodywork is second to none. You will feel her joy and love for this field in each class you have with her.
Heather Dexter, is a board-certified naturopathic doctor with a passion for all things natural. Though she works with a varied clientele with a multitude of diagnoses and ailments, she specializes in working with women during their childbearing years, and children. As a holistic doula and natural childbirth instructor, she believes in the body’s ability to create and give birth naturally. Heather is an attachment parenting advocate and truly believes there is a natural remedy for every ailment. Heather is the instructor for Glandular Symphony, Anatomy II, Anatomy III and Naturopathy for the Childbearing Year.
Jacquelynne Featherly, CCH, CN, DIHOM, MIHfI, graduated from NITE as a certified Naturopath in 2002, along with the passing of the ANA Board Certified Testing. Prior to that she graduated from the British Institute of Homeopathy in Toronto in 1998. In 2014, she became Classically Certified in Homeopathy. Jackie has taught study groups for the National Center for Homeopathy since 1988. She has used homeopathic medicine and studied with world-famous homeopaths for 41 years. She delivers a wealth of information, in a systematic way to help students use homeopathic methods to combat acute and chronic problems. This educational course is intensive, intriguing, informative and usable.
Jan Doerr, ND, MA, CTRS, ACC, is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Therapeutic Recreation as well as a Master of Arts in Recreation & Park Administration with an emphasis in Recreation for the Ill and Handicapped. Jan has 40 years of experience working in health care as a recreational therapist and has taught college courses at Central Michigan University and Saginaw Valley State University for 10 years. Jan has been teaching at NITE since 2005.
Jill Matson, is an author, artist, musician and widely recognized expert and composer in the emerging field of Sound Healing. She has written four books and produced six CDs that combine intricate Sound Healing techniques with her original Award winning musical compositions. The CDs use ancient & modern techniques with sound energy & special healing frequencies to achieve profound benefits.
Kathryn Doran-Fisher, CN, CGP, received her training from NITE and has been practicing in the field of natural health and medicine since 2005. In 2012, she trained with world-renowned author and practitioner, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride to become a Certified GAPS Practitioner for dealing with the connection between gut health and mental/physical ailments. Kathryn is an avid researcher and has a deep commitment to a multi-generational approach to healing that inspires and encourages a fundamental transformation in lifestyle and dietary habits. Her special areas of interest include nutrient-dense foods, herbs, and probiotics to support the body’s innate healing potential against gut dysbiosis, digestive disorders, intestinal imbalances, and food sensitivities. She integrates her knowledge and wisdom into Biology; Conception, Childbirth and Childhood; and the Food as Therapy courses. Kathryn currently sees clients out of her home office in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she lives with her husband and three children.
Laura Johnson, M.T., is a graduate of NITE as a Therapeutic Bodywork Practitioner. She has extended her education to include Muscle Release Technique, specialized chair massage and additional advanced techniques. Laura has had her own massage therapy practice since the late 1990s and has built a strong clientele in eastern Michigan. Students enjoy the extra techniques that she shares from her years of experience.
Cindy Howard – Academic Advisor, It is my pleasure to help students schedule their classes and make any adjustments needed. Keeping students on task with their directed studies and getting it to the instructor for grading is also my responsibility. I also maintain your Academic File to keep you on track for your graduation. I am married, live in Blanchard, and retired from Montabella Community Schools. My door is always open for help, questions, or just a friendly chat.
Nia-Avelina Aguirre, CN, ND, WMM, is a graduate of NITE. She has been in the natural health, fitness and wellness profession since 1983 with an honors degree in exercise science and sports medicine and additional classes in naturopathy at Bastyr University. She is a certified holistic manual medicine practitioner; and trained in several energy therapies, yoga and Pilates. She currently sees clients at her offices in Ann Arbor, Chelsea and Midtown Detroit.
Nicole Paquin, C.N., N.D., is a graduate of NITE. She also has a degree in social psychology and psychology from Western Michigan University. Her interests include teaching Vaccines and Environmental Poisons and Environmental Poisons II. Nicole is devoted to helping her students understand all aspects of naturopathy and how they combine into physical and emotional health.
Suzy Sikora, ND, is a certified traditional naturopathic doctor, consulting hypnotist, eclectic herbalist, and owner of Sustainably Well, LLC. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Flint, in addition to NITE. She teaches both private and free public classes on a variety of health and healing topics throughout the year at the Flint Farmer’s Market, and conducts a four-month introduction to an herbal medicine program each year. She provides private consultation at her office in the historic Paterson Building in downtown Flint.