Dr. Tony L. Boggess (Medical Director)
Dr. Boggess is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physician who specializes in Nutritional-Biomedical Rehab for adults and children facing perplexing functional problems. He is also known for his expertise in Methylation-Nutrigenomics as it pertains to complex problems such as Autism spectrum disorder, autoimmune conditions, and chronic illness. In addition, his skills in osteopathic manipulative medicine, medical acupuncture (including its non-invasive variations for children), and detoxification modalities allows for an individualized, multimodal approach to patients.
He received his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from Midwestern School of Medicine, completed his specialty training at the University of Michigan, and earned additional certification in Medical Acupuncture through Stanford University.
Dr. Boggess is interested in a wide variety of medical approaches. He especially enjoys working with families and children with special needs, and treating the whole family as a unit. He enjoys coaching on wellness programs and preventive medicine, and uses integrative, functional, and restorative medicine protocols to address the root cause of “dis-ease.” In addition, he enjoys using nutritional strategies to assist patients off prescription medications, caffeine, and other addictive substances when appropriate and/or desired.
Dr. Boggess is known for a personalized approach and spending ample time with patients. He often enjoys success helping patients and families with symptoms or problems considered unsolvable by other clinicians. Examples include perplexing pain condition, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, autism spectrum disorders, mood, sleep, and digestive problems. As a licensed physician he utilizes all the technological advances of modern conventional medicine combined with complimentary testing and strategies to provide the most comprehensive care to his patients.
Dr. Boggess is married and has two young daughters and a son. He and his wife Lili (who is also our general office manager) consider themselves life-long explorers of healthy living and lifestyle practices and together imbibe the theme of our clinic: ‘Natural Balance’.
Dr. Amy F. Saunders
Amy F. Saunders MD, MPH is an internal medicine and women’s health physician with over 30 years of clinical experience. With sincere interest to combine her conventional knowledge with holistic and integrative principles, she joins Natural Balance Wellness Medical Center after 20 years of dedicated service at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Saunder’s medical training includes completing her Internal Medicine training at Ohio State University, followed by a research fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Duke University, and earning a Masters in Public Health from University of North Carolina. Since 1992 she has lived in and served the community of Ann Arbor as an assistant professor of Internal Medicine at University of Michigan. During this time, she became a co-facilitator for the Faculty Scholars Program in Integrative Medicine and through this program developed rewarding collaborations with many excellent providers of complementary and alternative approaches in and around the Ann Arbor community.
As a conventionally trained physician, Dr. Saunders offers the best of conventional medicine, diagnostics, and disease prevention combined with the broader understanding and tenets of integrative nutrition, energy work, manual therapy, and nonpharmacologic alternatives to musculoskeletal pain and other chronic inflammatory conditions.
Dr. Saunders is well-known amongst her patients for devoted, patient-centered care, where the physician and patient work as a team to find the most beneficial and appropriate treatment course. She teaches that true health means maintaining or restoring a state of inner balance and igniting the body’s natural capacity to self-heal. To this end she encourages her patients to maintain a healthy diet, healthy lifestyle, and to avoid or manage the many toxic exposures (both physical and mental) that we encounter everyday.
Dr. Saunders is married and has two children. The whole family is grateful to live in this vibrant and thoughtful Ann Arbor community. She enjoys travel, hiking, reading, writing, and working for social/political causes.
Dr. Yvonne Berry
Dr. Yvonne Berry is a board certified Family Medicine Physician who developed impressive skills and knowledge related to Biotoxin Illness as a result of her own personal struggles. After recognizing the impact of environmental factors on her own health, Dr. Berry compiled information on Mold and Biotoxin Illness into a training manual based on the work of Dr. Ritche Shoemaker, and has been recognized for effectively whittling this complex topic into educational material for physicians and patients alike. She is now ideally poised to help adult and pediatric patients navigate the complexities of this condition.
As background, Dr. Berry grew up in Southfield, Michigan, attained a Bachelors in Biology from Wayne State University, and went on to complete her Medical Doctorate at Wayne State University School of Medicine. In 2001, she completed her Family Medicine training at William Beaumont Hospital and earned her Board Certification. Following her training, she briefly worked at an alternative health care clinic offering holistic medical care and accepted a non-faculty teaching position within her residency program.
Due to chronic and debilitating symptoms, later found to be related to Biotoxin Illness, Dr. Berry took a sabbatical from patient care to care for herself and her three young boys. During this time, she received treatment and advice from multiple traditional physicians without much progress. It eventually seemed obvious that a different approach was necessary. After much prayer and consideration, Dr. Berry decided to come under the care of Dr. Boggess. However, even Dr. Boggess’ typically-successful non-traditional approach wasn’t bringing recovery, which ultimately led to their co-discovery of Biotoxin Illness and Ritchie Shoemaker’s books and training materials.
Dr. Berry feels a sense of Divine leading in her growing knowledge of Biotoxin Illness and in her desire to help others. She and her husband reside in the metro Detroit area with their three school-aged sons.
Dr. Christopher R. Kennedy
Christopher R. Kennedy MD is an Emergency Medicine physician whose career shifted to biomedical medicine, anti-aging, and nutrigenomics after his own personal injury and illness, his son’s diagnosis of Autism and subsequent path towards recovery.
Dr. Kennedy was impacted quite personally as a physician, father, and patient as he came to realize the underlying mechanism for the health conditions present in his family. In addition to his youngest with Autism, his two other sons’ have been diagnosed with autoimmune related illnesses and he too has developed an autoimmune condition; all of which was discovered and is currently being treated at Natural Balance Wellness Medical Center. Dr. Kennedy joins our team on a volunteer basis with a sincere interest to help families and children suffering from treatable biomedical conditions. In conjunction with Dr. Boggess, he is currently devoting his time to develop web-based tools to reach as many people as possible via online consultations and video clinics . He also does ongoing research to make sure everything we do remains on the cutting edge. The CDC now estimates that 1 in 50 boys fall somewhere on the Autism Spectrum and our clinic is eager and able to help.
Dr. Kennedy has seen and experienced the power of individualized biomedical treatments, and has embarked upon a complete career change as a result. He received his Doctor of Medicine from St. George’s University, and completed his specialty training at Wayne State University. His prior career was in Molecular Biology, which gives him firm footing within the realm of genetics and biochemical processes. With the diagnostic skillset provided by twelve years working as an Emergency Medicine physician, he plans to utilize the tools of traditional medicine along with information provided by examining cellular and genetic causes for illnesses to maximally assist his patients.
Dr. Kennedy is married and has three young sons. He and his wife Robin (a licensed Physician Assistant also on staff) have long been interested in complimentary and alternative medicine and are pleased to have joined Natural Balance in it’s mission to help families with special needs children.
Dr. Theresa Basinger
Dr. Theresa Basinger’s passion for integrative medicine was borne out of frustration after multiple pediatric providers were unable to assist with her son’s immune problems and daughter’s neurological delays. Her search culminated in joining our clinic with a passion for promoting and practicing the nutritional-biomedical medicine that ultimately helped her family.
As a Pharm D, Dr. Basinger brings a unique perspective to our clinic. Her extensive biochemistry and pharmacologic knowledge positions her ideally to understand how nutraceuticals enhance and repair physiological pathways. Her primary clinical focus is hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances, adrenal fatigue and methylation defects and she works closely with Dr. Boggess. She is a committed patient advocate and thoroughly enjoys educating patients to help them fully understand their health issues and the options they have to optimize their health.
Dr. Basinger earned her pharmacy doctorate from Ohio Northern University and she has over 10 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings including hospital, retail, nursing homes and compounding pharmacies. She is married and is the proud mother of two very resilient children. In her free time she enjoys spending quality time with her family and has a passion for photagraphy.