Dr. Darren Schmidt
Dr. Schmidt wanted to become a doctor so he studied pre-med at Ohio State University. Before applying for medical school, he began to ask questions of medical students and doctors about their profession. Not one of them encouraged him to follow in their footsteps. He decided to investigate other health professions like podiatry, optometry and veterinary and ultimately he decided to attend chiropractic school. He had spent a few hours with a chiropractor in his hometown and liked the natural and wholistic approach. He graduated in the spring of 1997 from the National College of Chiropractic in Chicago. He then opened a practice in Toledo for 3 1/2 years. He moved to Ann Arbor in 2000. Dr. Schmidt is originally from Swanton, Ohio.
Kerry has extensive experience in helping people get well with proper health education and nutrition. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Madonna University, she is a Certified Advanced Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner. She is also a Certified Pilates instructor and former Dance teacher.
Dr. Amanda Childress
Dr. Amanda R. Childress is a licensed Pharmacist who now uses Nutrition Response Testing℠ in her new profession of Wholistic Pharmacist. She attended Pre-Pharmacy Studies at James Madison University in Virginia and graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Shenandoah University in 2007. Dr. Amanda practiced community based pharmacy for 3 years before changing her focus to a wholistic, non-drug approach. Her first hand knowledge of the damage being done by our modern drug-centered healthcare system led her to nutrition and the solutions provided by Mother Nature.
Kristen Clore BS, MOT, OTRL
Kristen Clore OTR, CWC is an occupational therapist, certified wellness coach and nutrition response testing practitioner. She has a holistic approach to overall health and well-being. As an occupational therapist Kristen works to help restore her patient’s cognitive and physical function in order to achieve independence in daily activities that improve quality of life. At the Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor, Kristen helps patients to achieve their full potential through individualized whole food nutrition programs developed using nutrition response testing.
Kristen completed her bachelor’s degree in science, and her master’s degree in occupational therapy at Eastern Michigan University. She also completed certificate training in manual lymphatic therapy, kinesiotaping, and therapeutic Tai Chi. Kristen is trained through Ulan Nutritional Systems in Advanced Practice Nutrition Response Testing. Kristen’s hours are Tues & Wed: 2:30-6, Thurs 9-6pm, and Sat 9-5pm.
Dr. Joel Vickers
Dr. Joel Vickers earned his Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and graduated from National College of Chiropractic in 1991. He practiced in Holland, Michigan for twenty-one years. Over time he observed strengths and weaknesses in various techniques and found Nutrition Response Testing. While attending his first Nutrition Response Testing seminar in 2009, which was taught by Dr. Darren Schmidt, Dr. Vickers told Dr. Schmidt about the lack of energy he suffered for a year due to total shoulder replacement surgery. Within three weeks after following Dr. Schmidt’s recommendations, Dr. Vickers had all his energy back. Because of that experience he knew he had found a total system for nutrition testing. He is excited to be working alongside such talented practitioners and is looking forward to helping others regain control of their health. Dr. Vickers is married to the beautiful and talented Donna Vickers and has two daughters and three granddaughters.
Nick Pomante, RDN
After several years of youth Nick struggled to find his identity and was unhappy with his health and lifestyle. He realized he couldn’t continue feeling like this and recognized that healthy people always looked happy. With this in mind he became interested in nutrition and fitness later becoming a lifelong athlete. It was at this time he came to the conclusion that nutrition determined how you looked, felt and performed, overall accomplishing a better lifestyle.
Stephanie Frank, LMT
Stephanie graduated from the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy in September 2015. Her main goal of massage is to help patients who are on a program feel better faster. Massage is known for its ability to improve circulation which, in turn, assists in the detoxification process. Massage helps with both chiropractic and applied kinesiology adjustments because it encourages the adjustment to hold longer as well as making it easier to perform the adjustment. Not to mention, if Dr. Vickers is working on a muscle that is the priority but patients have other areas they would like to be worked, massage techniques can be done to provide comfort until the next appointment with him. It is not required to be a current nutrition/chiropractic patient of our office; although, it is ideal as these therapies provided at NHCAA work best in congruence.
She prefers to utilize more advanced massage techniques like myofascial and neuromuscular but is always willing to do a relaxing Swedish massage. These different techniques do not affect price, and she will go over the treatment plan with patients and their practitioners.
Stephanie uses her blend of the best quality oils and butters (organic, raw, cold-pressed). Currently, the blend is a mix of argon oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, capuaçu butter, coconut oil, and beeswax. Custom blends can be made if allergies are present. Essential oils may be used by request. Regarding laundry, there will be no chemicals, fragrance, or dyes in the products used. This is to ensure the quality care that NHCAA is known for and not provoke any negative responses in the body.
Stephanie is available: Thursday 9-6, Friday 9-5, and most Saturday’s 9-5.
Dr. Daniele Johnson
Dr. Johnson graduated from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Movement Science. She also studied pre-med at the University of Michigan with the intent to apply to medical school. During Dr. Johnson’s sophomore year of college she was in an undergraduate program that volunteered in the hospitals of Ghana, Africa. During this program she realized there were other health professions interested in a holistic approach with a focus on healing the whole body—not just masking the symptoms. At that point she looked into chiropractic and decided to attend National University of Health Sciences, where she later earned her doctorate of chiropractic degree.