naturopath doctor Dr. Cycy FeltyDr. Cresencia Felty is an expert in natural and integrative medicine to consult with in acute and chronic medical conditions.  Dr. Felty creates safe and noninvasive solutions to help people improve health, navigate life transitions, and feel better. She went the conventional route in healthcare to heal a chronic medical condition of her own, only to end up at a dead end.  It was effective for being a quick fix but not for healing. She was introduced to Dr. Andrew Weil, an integrative MD, at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, who taught her first integrative nutrition and wellness program. She learned how important diet, exercise, and our mental/emotional state is for our health and wellbeing.  Dr. Felty decided to pursue education and clinical training in healing-oriented integrative medicine that considers the whole person, not just their symptoms. Naturopathic medicine makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative.

 

Dr. Felty has ten years of post-secondary education.  She attended National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) in Lombard, Illinois; one of only five medical schools in the country to train physicians in true integrative medicine of western and eastern curriculums.  

  • Training: During her four years of training, she received the standard medical curriculum that includes basic sciences, emergency medicine, radiology, minor surgery, and pharmacology.
  • She also extensively studied non-invasive approaches to healing such as clinical nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, intravenous therapy, chiropractic medicine, and physical medicine.  
  • She successfully completed a primary care, family practice internship at NUHS’s Whole Health Center and Clinic that helped her hone her skills of being a clinician, teacher, and healer.
  • Natural Medicine Clinical Focus: The internship focused on drug-free and surgery-free approaches to improving acute and chronic medical conditions.
  • She has extensive training in digestive disorders such as Ulcerative Colitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  Along with her medical education, Dr. Felty is trained in holistic counseling and somatic experiencing. She is currently studying earth medicine and shamanic healing practices to teach others how to honor their connection to the earth and honor their inner voice.

This unconventional path has led her to an enriched perspective on the human experience and healing.  She takes time to get to know and educate each person on how to feel better through an individualized and holistic approach.  Dr. Felty teaches that primary care is self care for the mind, body, emotions, and spirit. Her goal is to encourage and empower others to wellness and wholeness with simple and safe solutions that can be applied every day.  Dr. Felty is dedicated to improving people’s health and self healing abilities by addressing the root cause of illness, rather than suppress it. She recognizes that there is not, a, one size fits all treatment, that works for everyone.  

She refers to medication and surgery as a last resort or in acute trauma. She believes in a team-based approach to healthcare by working with primary care providers, specialists, and surgeons. She educates her clients on ways to reduce risks and side effects of drugs and surgery; and to accelerate healing.  She also teaches her clients to create boundaries and own their individual and unique power. After a visit with her, every person receives individualized recommendations, uniquely tailored to them and their health goals. Naturopathic medicine is not currently licensed in Michigan or Illinois. Dr. Felty has been trained as a primary care physician, however, she has decided to act as a health educator and consultant in these states.

 

Personal Bio

Dr. Felty was born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania.  She has been involved in athletic sports, performing arts, and writing her whole life.  She moved to Chicago to be closer to her family who relocated to the midwest for work.  When she is not in the office, she can be found in nature, working out, cooking, listening to live music, enjoying good food, or spending time with her family, boyfriend, friends, and 13 year old yorkie.  She loves reading and learning the latest ways to help people improve their health in technology and evidence based interventions. 

 

What does Dr. Felty use to help people improve health, navigate life transitions, and feel better?

Dr. Felty takes time to get to know and understand each client so that she can then, create simple, safe, and noninvasive solutions to apply to their life.  She focuses on the client’s needs and health goals. She may recommend: clinical nutrition, herbs, vegan and non-vegan based supplements, plant based and bioidentical hormones, exercise, homeopathy, mindfulness practices, somatic experiencing, earth medicine, chinese medicine, and hydrotherapy.  Recommendations may include but not limited to: physical medicine, acupuncture, intravenous therapy, regenerative medicine, oxygen therapy, referral to a specialist, imaging, blood work, surgery referral, or a visit to the emergency room. After a visit with her, every person receives individualized recommendations, uniquely tailored to them and their health goals.  Naturopathic medicine is not currently licensed in Michigan or Illinois. Dr. Felty has been trained as a primary care physician, however, she has decided to act as a health educator and consultant in these states. Dr. Felty is an expert in natural and integrative medicine to consult with in acute and chronic medical conditions.

What will my initial visit be like?

For the initial visit, Dr. Felty reserves an hour and a half to get to know you, listen to your concerns, and understand your health goals.  She will gather detailed information from your past health history, social history, lifestyle, and mental-emotional health.  After a visit with her, you will receive individualized recommendations, uniquely tailored to you, and your health goals.  She may recommend: clinical nutrition, herbs, vegan and non-vegan based supplements, plant based and bioidentical hormones, exercise, homeopathy, mindfulness practices, somatic experiencing, earth medicine, chinese medicine, and hydrotherapy. Recommendations may include but not limited to: physical medicine, acupuncture, intravenous therapy, regenerative medicine, oxygen therapy, referral to a specialist, imaging, blood work, surgery referral, or a visit to the emergency room.  She recognizes that there is not, a, one size fits all treatment, that works for everyone.  She may recommend that you see her regularly for 6 months up to 6 years depending on the severity of your condition. It can take up to 5 years to repair severely diseased tissue. Dr. Felty recommends frequency of sessions on a case by case basis. She refers to medication and surgery as a last resort or in acute trauma.  She believes in a team-based approach to healthcare by working with primary care providers, specialists, and surgeons.  She educates her clients on ways to reduce risks and side effects of drugs and surgery; and to accelerate healing.  She also teaches her clients to create boundaries and own their individual and unique power through various exercises.  Though Dr. Felty has been trained as a primary care doctor, naturopathic medicine is not currently licensed in Michigan or Illinois.  Dr. Felty has been trained as a primary care physician, however, she has decided to act as a health educator and consultant in these states.

 

What times is she available?

Weekends Available in 2018:

October 19-20

November 16-18

December 14-16

Hours Available:

Fridays: 9am – 1pm, 2pm – 7pm

Saturdays: 9am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm

Sundays: 8am – 1pm

How much is natural health services?  What is Dr. Felty’s fee schedule?

  • New Client Visit (90min) | $250.00
  • Follow Up Visit (90min) | $250.00
  • Follow Up Visit (60min) | $200.00
  • Follow Up Visit (30min) | $100.00

Will my insurance cover natural health and integrative services?

No.  Dr. Felty does not accept insurance like many private practices.  When an insurance company is involved, they decide treatment and frequency of visits.  Dr. Felty’s clients enjoy the freedom to choose what is best for them.

 

How can I pay for natural and integrative medicine?

A credit card is required to reserve an appointment time.  Payment is due at the time of service (no exceptions). We only accept credit card payments at this time.  We accept HSA and FSA cards. We will provide you with an itemized statement.

 

How do I schedule natural and integrative medicine visits?

We can make an appointment for you right now CLICK HERE.  We need some information to get you started – name, phone number, address, date of birth, email, and reason for appointment.  Once your appointment is scheduled, you will receive an email to login into your patient portal through Charm, our safe, HIPAA compliant, electronic medical records system.  Please complete the intake form and consent form in the patient portal, 24 hours prior to your reserved appointment time. If you fail to complete the required forms out before your visit, you will have to fill them out in the office and this will shorten your time with Dr. Felty.

 

How do I prepare for my natural and integrative medicine visit?

Once your appointment is scheduled, you will receive an email to login into your patient portal.  Please complete the intake form and consent form in the patient portal, 24 hours prior to your reserved appointment time.  If you fail to complete the required forms out before your visit, you will have to fill them out in the office and this will shorten your time with Dr. Felty.  We request that you please do not wear perfume or heavy scents, as many of our clients are chemically sensitive.

 

Please prepare and bring the following to your appointment:​

    • A list of current or recent medications, dosages, and schedule. 
    • A list of all personal care and cleaning products you use daily.
    • A copy of most recent lab work (nothing older than 6 months).
    • A copy of any additional health records relevant to your primary concern.
    • A list of symptoms and when they occur (include the time of day they are most severe).

What do I do if I have to cancel my natural and integrative medicine visit?

If you have to cancel your appointment in our Traverse City office, please be considerate of others, and cancel within 24 hours of your reserved time.  A credit card is required prior to scheduling an appointment; failure to cancel within 24 hours will cost you half of the appointment fee. In the unfortunate event that Dr. Felty has to cancel, the office will contact you 24 hours before your scheduled appointment time. 

How do I contact Traverse City Naturopath Dr. Felty?

You can message her through your patient portal on Charm and she will reply during business hours.  To speak with her for more than 5 minutes, please schedule a 30 minute appointment.

 

Can Traverse City Naturopath Dr. Felty be my primary care provider?

No. Although Dr. Felty completed a residency in family medicine and is trained as a primary care physician, she has chosen not to operate as a primary care provider.  She does not stock vaccines, does not do emergency care, and does not have on-call or an after-hours way to reach her. We do not guarantee openings for acute or urgent matters.  All clients of Dr. Felty are required to have a separate primary care physician (PCP).

 

Which labs does Dr. Felty recommend to get and how much do they cost?

Ultalabs for basic lab panels: ranges from $50-$900

Genova CDSA, GI Effects Stool Test, SIBO: ranges from $100-$500

Genetic tests such as 23andMe: ranges from $100-$400

Spectracell: ranges from $200-$600

LabCorp: ranges from $50-$500

IGeneX for Lyme: $400-$1400

Quest: ranges from $50-$500

Food Allergy testing: ranges from $200-$600

Who is Dr. Felty’s ideal patient for natural health care?

20-50 year old professional woman who is looking for help with an acute or chronic condition or would like help with a life transition.  They are tired of suppressing their symptoms and want to feel better. They want to learn how they can heal themselves and their families.  They are willing to change their lifestyle and redefine who they are to feel better.

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