A Patient-Centered Approach to Healthcare

Holgistic is creating a bridge between traditional and alternative medicine

Located in Royal Oak, Holgistic Wellness Center is an integrated total health care facility that includes a professional team of traditional and alternative specialists who are focused on developing successful and affordable disease prevention programs and solutions for patients.

Dr. Jill Skurnowicz RN, BSN, MS, CRNA, ND, a naturopathic doctor who graduated with her doctorate in naturopathic medicine, works two to three days a week in the operating room as a nurse anesthetist at Beaumont Hospital and knows the importance of marrying traditional and alternative medicine together.

“We are happy to meet the patient where they are in their healthcare journey and can work with external physicians to help strengthen patients,” Dr. Skurnowicz said. 

Steadfast in being patient-centric, Holgistic’s success is based upon patients’ long-term good health and treats the root, not just the symptoms. This is why Holgistic patients spend more than one hour at their first visit (and more than often two).

“I also put in an additional hour or two before and after the intake,” Dr. Skurnowicz explained. “No two patients are the same, so we tailor everything to individuals. No one-size-fits-all here.”

Dr. Skurnowicz focuses on autism, autoimmune and cancer support but said there really is not a patient the team at Holgistic could not help.

In addition to Dr. Skurnowicz, some other key team members include nutritionist Gray Jessiman MA, CNTP and CNFC, a certified practitioner in the Bredesen Protocol, who holds Saturday cooking classes for those interested in learning how to cook for brain-healthy diets, as well as Dr. Saad Abdulhassan, MD, a transcending addiction doctor.

Holgistic’s “Transcending Addiction, Redefining Recovery,” a substance abuse program, includes a comprehensive package for those recovering from drugs and alcohol. The treatment plans provide a consultation with a psychologist, naturopathic physician, acupuncturist, nutritionist, as well as supplements and IV therapies to support detox and recover the body. If necessary, Dr. Saad can provide medication-assisted treatment, as well.

Holgistic specializes in customizing IV infusions, including those for weight loss and immunity boost. Extensive diagnostic testing is done beforehand to determine each individual patient’s needs, and the IVs and injections are delivered by a skilled registered nurse.

“There’s not a patient our nurse can’t treat,” Dr. Skurnowicz said.

Acupuncture is another one of Holgistic’s service offerings. In addition to the initial two-hour appointment where a detailed health history and examination are completed, the acupuncturist will also work closely with physicians to design a plan to stimulate certain points on the patient’s body, helping them not just achieve–but also maintain–optimal health.

“The number of treatments depends on the person,” Dr. Jacquie Worthy DOM (NM), NCCAOM Diplomate Acup, CH, OM explained. “Acupuncture has been around for such a long time, and that’s because it works.”

In addition to its numerous services, Holgistic also houses its own working apothecary (with a registered herbalist on-site) and product line, selling dry herbs, tea blends, CBD products, essential rollers and much more.

“We even have seasonal flu kits, so you can give the gift of health,” Dr. Skurnowicz said, laughing. 

On the first Tuesday of every month at 6:45 p.m., Dr. Skurnowicz hosts a drop-in support group for parents and kids with Autism, high-functioning Autism, Asperger's, PDD-NOS and Sensory Integration Dysfunction, completely free of charge. The purpose of the group is to reduce isolation of parents, share experiences with others who "get it" and just be real in a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment.

Holgistic Wellness Center is located at 720 East 11 Mile Road, and parking is free for patients. For more information about Holgistic’s services or upcoming events, call (248)-733-5700 or visit holgistic.com.

Services: Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture, Functional Medicine, Medical Massage Therapy, IV Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, MAT for Addiction, Ozone Therapy, Pain Injections, LED and Cold Laser Treatment, Weight Loss Programs and Physical Therapy at IT-Works (available at two locations in Sterling Heights and Southfield)

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