Dr. Anne Thiel, ND
Naturopathic Cancer Support Consultant
In my practice I offer natural therapies and lifestyle changes that promote health and optimal function to adults that have or had cancer or other health needs that benefit from complementary care.
A successful practitioner/patient partnership requires good communication about goals and risks and benefits, empathy, trust, and a shared belief in the body’s ability to heal. I work with adults who are highly motivated to learn how to be healthy through stress management, physical activity, sensible use of supplements and herbal remedies, and other lifestyle adjustments that promote the body’s innate ability to heal.
What to Expect in Your Appointment
We'll discuss how your health challenges are affecting your daily life and what to do about that.
My treatment is education-based: teaching you to create the environment in which your body can thrive.
I focus my recommendations on the Four Foundations essential to wellness:
- Nourish: providing your body with the food it needs to thrive.
- Move: incorporating daily movement that is energizing and enjoyable.
- Restore: sleeping well so your body can repair and recharge itself.
- Relax: cultivating an optimal environment for healing the mind-body.
I will recommend specific lifestyle changes, foods, herbs, vitamins and minerals as appropriate to support your specific needs. I also like to provide clients with resources such as handouts, reading recommendations, and other sources for information.
I do not routinely suggest ordering labs and do not perform any physical exams during a consult. I cannot write prescriptions for medications in the state of Indiana. If I think you need further medical evaluation, I will let you know.
Naturopathic Cancer Care
My goal is to help you:
1. tolerate cancer treatment as much as possible
2. make your immune system work better
3. complete the full course of radiation and chemotherapy
About Naturopathic Care
Naturopathic Medicine is a form of primary care medicine that blends conventional medicine with natural therapies such as herbs, nutrition, and counseling. Naturopathic Medicine addresses the root cause of disease and is based on the philosophical approach that the body has an innate ability to heal when given the appropriate support. A Naturopathic Doctor (ND) looks at all the factors contributing to a person’s present health status and all the obstacles to healing.
What Naturopathic Care looks like in my practice
Since Indiana does not recognize my medical license, I do not function as a primary care doctor. Anyone who would like to see me needs to be current with their primary care provider or oncologist and have appropriate diagnoses for any symptoms or conditions for which they would like to consult with me. I do not diagnose or treat diseases, nor do I provide alternative care.
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Professional Experience and Education
Senior Research Assistant - Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Knowledge in Naturopathic Oncology Website (KNOW) project; July 2015 – present.
Progressive Wellness Naturopathic Care
Goshen, IN; Doctor, independent practice; Jan 2015 – present.
Residency in Integrative Oncology - Goshen Center for Cancer Care, Goshen Hospital
Goshen, IN; Nov. 2012-2014.
Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, Honors in Research - National University of Natural Medicine
Portland, OR; August 2007 – June 2012 Research Assistant 2007 – 2011; Medicinary Assistant 2011; Planning Committee Northwest Naturopathic Physicians Convention 2010; Teaching Assistant Anatomy Lab 2010.
B.A. - University of Cincinnati
Indiana Association of Naturopathic Physicians - Current Treasurer
Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians - Eligible to sit for next board certification exam; member of the research committee and KNOW committee.
Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
I turned to Naturopathic Medicine in my 20s, when conventional doctors couldn't figure out why I was getting sick every time I ate. I found myself at the clinic of the naturopathic medical school a few blocks from my house. There they helped me address and heal the overwhelming anxiety that was preventing me from keeping food down. They made me want to make the world a better place.
After I got better I knew I wanted to help people who have not found satisfactory healing or guidance from the conventional medical world, who need help achieving their wellness goals, and who want to prevent or reverse disease by making changes in their daily lives.
I received my Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine at the National University of Natural Medicine (formerly National College of Natural Medicine) in Portland, OR, and followed it with a two-year residency in Integrative Oncology at the Goshen Center for Cancer Care. Through that experience I came to believe that no cancer treatment is complete without these four professionals: an oncologist, a mental health therapist, a dietician, and a naturopathic doctor.