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Dr. Melissa Betance 
ND, CNS, LDN

Dr. Betance is a Naturopathic Doctor & Certified Nutrition Specialist, and she is the staff lifestyle expert at Nourish Healthcare.
Dr. Betance is passionate about teaching our patients about the natural determinants of health, (nutrition, exercise, hydration, chemical free living) to enhance their treatment plans for a quicker & more complete return to health. As a Certified Nutrition Specialist and Licensed Dietician Nutritionist, she helps our patients implement the nutrition treatment plans prescribed by Dr. Robinson & Dr. Nari. Whether it is learning how to implement a dietary plan, finding recipes, learning how to grocery shop successfully, Dr. Betance is here to ensure your treatment plans are a success. She is also a former nationally ranked body builder. With the combination of food & exercise as medicine, she has seen "untreatable" health conditions resolve and truly believes this is the core to proper healthcare. 

Her passion for working with cancer patients began when her mother was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. While she was studying to become a Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Betance knew she would use a combination of conventional and natural treatments to help her mother not only survive but thrive. During this time she learned the impact a comprehensive approach to health including diet, exercise, stress support and homeopathy can have on cancer outcomes. Today her mother his cancer-free and thriving, and now Dr. Betance has vowed to support other patients in this journey. 

Dr. Betance is also a classically trained homeopath who completed her training in classical homeopathic prescribing under Joel Shepherd MD and Timothy Fior MD. In addition to the importance of proper nutrition, Dr. Betance has found that stress is one of the primary drivers of disease in the US. She uses her training in classical homeopathy, as well as expertise in Bach remedies / flower essences and Reiki to help her patients work through the emotional blockages that are preventing them from reaching their full potential. 

Appointments with Dr. Betance can be made by calling our receptionist, or directly online HERE 

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Education

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Training
 

  • Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine 

    • National University of Health Sciences

      • Externship in Classical Homeopathy

  • Bachelor of Arts 

    • ​​Elmhurst University​​

      • Exercise Science

      • Spanish Language

  • Certified Nutrition Specialist

    • Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists

  • Licensed Dietician Nutritionist - IL

        In Her Spare Time...
         -Dedication to change-

  • Dr. Betance is passionate about changing our healthcare system. She is working with the Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians to advocate for increased access to naturopathic medicine in IL. 

  • When she is not in the office, Dr. Melissa spends her time cooking healthy and local foods and playing competititve volleyball and soccer, as well as she enjoys regular strength training.

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