Ann Auburn, D.O.
Founder

 

Dr. Auburn completed her residency in Family Practice at E.W. Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan in 1995, going on to complete a second residency in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) at MSU, then staying on faculty for 3 years as an Assistant Professor at the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Auburn currently maintains her Adjunct Clinical Faculty position through MSUCOM, teaching students and residents in her office. She maintains board certification in both Integrative and Holistic Medicine and OMM.  Dr. Auburn has enjoyed two tenures as the President of the Kent County Osteopathic Association as well as an appointment as a Professional Member on the Michigan Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery and served as the Chairman of that board from 2007 to 2008.

She is also proficient in osteopathic manipulation, including craniosacral manipulation, as well as many injection techniques, including Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP), which she has been utilizing in practice for over 16 years.

Dr. Auburn spent more than 8 years independently training in various areas of natural and complementary health care with many physicians and mentors from all over the United States, fueled by her passion to find the best techniques to harness health and wellness in her patients. Using the body's innate ability to heal, along with diet, nutritional supplements, detoxification, movement and a positive, hopeful attitude, her purpose is to truly restore health with a holistic approach to each individual's maximum potential. 

This is the basis of the Natural Health Improvement Center. The NHIC is a welcoming place of healing and new beginnings, where practitioners take the time to listen, look for the root causes of your issues, prepare programs and guide you through your journey to health improvement. 

Dr. Auburn's goal is to continue to innovate and bring to patients the best options, integrating traditional and holistic medicine techniques and practices, helping them on their path to healing, as naturally as possible.

 

 

Gregory Flynn OMD, L.Ac.
Doctor

 

Dr. Flynn graduated from Emperor’s College in Santa Monica, California and was on the Dean’s List with honors. He also did his graduate studies for his doctorate at SAMRA University of Oriental Medicine in Los Angeles and has been practicing for over 20 years.

He was featured on a TV show in Florida for Ideal Health customized nutritional supplements and has also done some radio shows in Battle Creek, talking about Acupuncture in relation to pain elimination and healthy living. Dr. Flynn teaches techniques that can be used at home to enhance and speed up healing and well-being.

Dr. Flynn treats patients of all ages and uses many techniques including muscle response testing, allergy elimination technique, touch for health, nutritional counseling and is licensed to practice: Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, Qi Gong (inner energy training), and has extensive training in parasitology and allergies.

 

 

Linda Huizenga,
PA-C

 

Linda Huizenga has been an integral part of our practice since 2009. As a Physician Assistant, she is particularly well versed in hormones and is our coordinator for First Line Therapy, a lifestyle change program. Some of Linda’s specialties are Women’s & Men’s Health, Hormone Implant Procedures, General Medicine, Allergies and much more. When you see Linda, you will find that her years of experience have given her a wealth of knowledge and caring manner. 

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Carly Peterson,
PA-C

 

Carly graduated with her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from Wayne State University in 2013 and went on to practice traditional medicine in the urgent/emergency medicine setting. Alternative and holistic medicine has been a personal passion of hers. She is over-joyed to now be able to practice this unique approach to medicine. Carly’s journey through natural health improvement will focus on the importance of diet and nutrition for overall health and well-being. Carly is so looking forward to sharing her fresh knowledge with her growing patient population.

 

 

Kristen Taylor, PA-C

 

Kristen Taylor, PA-C graduated with her Bachelor's from Grand Valley State University and continued on to graduate from the University of Toledo with her Master's in Physician Assistant Studies in 2014. She began practicing in a substance abuse facility in Michigan and it was here that she started to pursue alternatives to conventional medicine. In the substance abuse setting, she worked with many patients who had difficulties with traditional medications and she became inspired to use alternative and holistic medicine to improve the life of her patients. She is very enthusiastic about joining our growing practice and developing her new patient base. 

 

 

Kristin Ballou, 
Office Manager

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Kristin is the Office Manager at the Natural Health Improvement Center. Kristin is here to help the doctor make executive decisions while she is busy treating patients. She handles the financial department and all communications for the doctor. Kristin runs the doctor’s calendar, prepares for events, and manages day-to-day handlings and long-term planning to ensure a thriving and smooth running practice.

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Sara Sturgill,
Assistant Office Manager

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Sara is our Assistant Office Manager.  Sara also serves as our Personnel Director and Marketing Director. She makes sure the practice is being promoted and any patient concerns are handled correctly in order to keep the practice growing and thriving. She assists with long-term planning, project management, and is here to support the overall efficiency of the practice.

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Heather, M.a.
Medical Director

 

 

Heather is our Medical Director and has been with us since 2009. Heather oversees the training of our medical staff and the delivery of medical services. When you call our office and request the Medical Records Department, you may find Heather handling your concerns. She works closely with patients and the physicians to make sure you are provided the best possible care.

 

 

Katie, M.A.
Director Of Patient Services

Katie is our Director of Patient Services. She oversees the medical assisting aspect of our practice and directly supervises daily activities in patient care. This includes training and supervising medical assistants and ensuring the practitioners are well supported in the delivery of care. It is her job to serve as an extension of the physicians and provide a direct line of communication from patient to doctor. 

 

 

Brittany, M.a.
Thermography Director

 

Brittany is our Thermography Director. When Brittany isn’t busy performing and overseeing all of our Thermography services, you may see her working closely with the P.A.s by rooming patients, taking vitals, and providing testing and injections.

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Jocelyn, M.A.    Head Floor MA

Jocelyn is the Head Floor M.A. for Dr. Auburn. When you arrive for your appointment with Dr. Auburn, Jocelyn may bring you back to the room and help prepare your chart for your appointment. She will take your vitals and and assist the doctor in whatever she may need to provide you with the best care. 

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Angie
Supplement Director

 

Angie is our Supplement Director. It is her job to see that the Supplement Department runs smoothly and that all patient concerns regarding supplements are handled. She will also greet you and help check you out when you visit our Supplement/IV Suite for an appointment.  Need to order supplements or check on an order? Call and ask for Angie!

 

 

Connie
Medical Transcriptionist

 

Connie is our Medical Transcriptionist and also serves as Dr. Auburn’s Executive Assistant. Her job is to join Dr. Auburn during patient visits to record patient history and progress notes. Connie also helps to provide research and work on side projects for the doctor, allowing her to focus on patient care.

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Cassidy,
Administrative Assistant

 

Cassidy is one of our excellent Front Office Assistants.  She will help to greet you, get you checked in and take care of your check out and the physician’s orders when you leave.  Cassidy may also help to answer your calls and schedule your appointments. 

 

 

Caity, Administrative Assistant

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Caity also works in our Front Office and will often be one of the first people you meet when you arrive for an appointment! Caity will also help to check you in and out from your visit, and will be happy to assist you when you call for scheduling or with questions about our services.

 

 

Autumn, M.A.        Medical Assistant

Autumn is one of Dr. Auburn's Medical Assistants. Autumn works in our IV area and also manages our prescription refill request line. You might meet Autumn when you arrive for your blood draw or if you are a patient receiving IV therapy. Her role is to keep you comfortable and cared for on your journey toward better health. 

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Julie,              Medical Records Assistant

Julie works in the medical records department. She is always busy handling charts, referrals, and lab results to make sure the practitioners have everything they need to deliver your care. She also provides a direct line of communication between patient and physician. When calling with a medical question or concern, Julie will often be the one to make sure your needs are met. 

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Raelynn,        Medical Records Assistant

Raelynn also works in the records room department as an MRA. Her goal is to make sure every patient concern is handled thoroughly and with care, whether that be to send your questions to your provider, or help you obtain copies of your records. Raelynn and Julie work closely together and you will likely have the opportunity work with both of them when contacting our records room.  

 

 

Amber, M.A., HOCATT Technician

Amber is a Medical Assistant and also serves as our primary HOCATT technician. In addition to providing phlebotomy and IV therapy, Amber handles the majority of our HOCATT Ozone Sauna appointments. Whether you are visiting our IV area for routine blood work, or if you are working toward completing a 10 session detox in the ozone sauna, Amber will be there to keep you comfortable and cared for. 

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