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Dr. Stephanie Beynon, NMD
Naturopathic PhysicianStephanie Beynon became a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine to satisfy her desire to help others. Before this, she spent years working in her community, researching, educating and advocating a more integrative approach to well-being. To Stephanie health is about looking inward. It is about self discovery and step wise change.
Stephanie received her BSc in Biology from Simon Fraser University. There she studied plant and animal physiology, microbiology, biochemistry along with psychology and the humanities. During her time there she began to wonder: As DNA codes for proteins which direct embryos to align a perfect polarity, what guides DNA? Whole livers can regenerate from a small fraction; while brain cells do not– though lost function after stroke can return… While there aren’t always clear answers, the potential for answers is infinite. Dr. Beynon considers herself a health investigator and believes that in order to find solutions that work for us, we must be persistent and yield to the unknown.
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Stephanie aims to build a strong sense of community where she practices, ensuring support in healing exists as a part of everyday life, and where prevention is considered the best medicine. Stephanie’s treatment focus varies according to each individual, drawing on strengths in nutrition, botanical medicine, acupuncture, hydrotherapy and counseling. She places the highest importance on listening and empowerment. As a primary care physician, she is able to treat a host of chronic and acute conditions.
Who Should Come See Dr. Beynon
- Respiratory or Other infections
- Skin issues
- Thyroid and Glandular issues
- Troubles Sleeping
- Mental/emotional health: (Stress, Anxiety, Depression)
- Gastrointestinal concerns
- Autoimmune or Other Immune Irregularities
- Musculoskeletal issues
- Desire to quit Smoking
- Fertility and Women’s Health
- Chronic Disease
- Prevention of Future Illness
As a Physician, she is trained to assess and diagnose from the standpoint of western medical pathology, as well as a Chinese medicine perspective, and a mind-body-spirit individualized approach. She then treats based on those individual needs, from her array of tools:
- Botanical Medicine
- Physical Therapy
- Lifestyle Counseling
- Creative Problem Solving
In practice, she listens closely to your whole picture, taking a detailed history, performing risk factor analysis, laboratory studies other techniques, to help create a big picture approach. She likes to utilize research to keep her up to date and in line with each individual case.
“After completion of standard premedical undergraduate coursework, a naturopathic physician (N.D.) attends a four-year graduate level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an M.D. but also studies holistic and natural approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic physician is required to complete four years of training in clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology, and counseling (to encourage people to make lifestyle changes in support of their personal health). The naturopathic program includes two full years of supervised clinical training. Completion of optional residency is also available to some graduates. A naturopathic physician takes a rigorous national licensing examination so that he or she may be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care general practice physician.”
Dr. Michael Knapp, NMD
Naturopathic PhysicianDr. Michael Knapp is a Naturopathic Physician at Root Natural Health. He attended National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and completed a one year teaching and clinical residency at the university.
Dr. Knapp’s practice has an emphasis in digestive problems. He also treats stress, hormonal and immune system complaints that are often linked with gut-brain-microbiome imbalance. Other common acute and chronic complaints include: cold/cough/flu, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Hashimoto and autoimmune diseases, headaches, depression, anxiety, sleep problems. He works with children over 1 year of age with digestive, allergy and behavior/attention problems and is committed to helping children grow to be healthy adults.
After receiving his BS in Biology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, he worked as a certified nursing assistant in a medical/surgical unit to continue preparation for medical school. Dissatisfaction with the hospital setting and treatment philosophy led him to question his path to become a physician. His own life-long digestive problems worsened and stress mounted while facing the reality of working in the current disease management system. In expressing these concerns to his acupuncturist, he was introduced to the approach he’d been searching for, Naturopathic Medicine. He declined his acceptance to a local medical school and pursued training as a doctor that embraces the future of medicine while cultivating roots in tradition.
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He utilizes the foundational tools of naturopathic medicine (nutrition, herbs, physical medicine, behavioral and mind-body medicine) to create the environment for your health to flourish.&nbsp; He has advanced training in homeopathic medicine to greater individualize patient treatment. As a medical student, he saw homeopathy have a wonderful impact with his friends and family, improving mood, PMS, headaches, joint pains and other complaints.
Dr. Knapp taught Insight Meditation at Coconino County Jail through the Exodus – Inmate Substance Abuse Treatment Program. He also taught anatomy and physiology for 5 years at Arizona School of Integrated Studies (ASIS) and has provided medical and educational outreach at Flagstaff Shelter Services and at domestic violence shelters in Northern Arizona.
Katie Wittekind, MAPP, CH, CTHC
Behaviour Change ExpertMasters of Applied Positive Psychology
Consulting Hypnotic Guide
Certified Tiny Habits® Coach
Katie Wittekind is a behavior change expert, hypnotist, certified coach, corporate consultant, business owner, public speaker, non-profit president, and mother of two. Katie brings the themes of positive psychology, design thinking, hypnosis and habit change together for an innovative approach to behavior change.
• Master’s of Science in Applied Positive Psychology from world renowned program at the University of Pennsylvania
• Certified Tiny Habits® Coach by BJ Fogg of Stanford University
• Certified Beyond Quantum Healing Practitioner
Personal Success with Behavior Change:
• Recovered from undiagnosable chronic pain
• Stopped drinking & smoking
• Increased physical exercise
• Changed diet & lost weight
• Positively support husband and stopped nagging
• Improved parenting and diffused power struggles
The hypnotist guides the client into a Self-Hypnotic State and teaches the client techniques that will allow the client to use their natural ability to change the way they think, feel or behave. The Self-Hypnotic State is a state of relaxed concentration which anyone can enter naturally. Hypnotists guide their clients to enter this natural state more easily, effectively, and intentionally. The session will focus on the clients goals and intentions and seek to uncover what is blocking the client from the change they seek.
Behavior Change Consults
People often assume the secret to change is willpower. People blame themselves when they are not successful but they don’t have the blueprints for change. Lack of success is a design flaw rather than an inability to change. Katie will teach you how to create the behavior change you seek. You will be able to apply what you learn to change any behavior you want. Included in your first session is an online course on Behavior Change to give you the background knowledge you need. When you meet with Katie, the focus will be on how to apply what you have learned to your unique situation.