Health and Fitness Career: Second Nature

My interest in fitness and health really started as a young athlete in high school. I quickly realized that if I wanted to remain competitive, I had no choice but to eat right and workout daily, even out of season. Staying fit and healthy became second nature to me, and drew me to a pursue a degree in health at Indiana State University. In 1993, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise.

Health and Fitness Career: Strength and Conditioning

With my degree in hand, I sought a role that allowed me to work one-to-one helping clients achieve the health and fitness I knew was possible and vital to living a good life. I continued my studies in the field of fitness, and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strengthening and Conditioning Association. In 1993, I opened my own private practice, Michel Venice Inc.

As my practice grew, so did the challenges. Increasingly, more of my clients were experiencing painful injuries that limited their movement and function, and consequently interfered with their progress. Daily, I was challenged to redesign workout routines that would compensate for their pain, yet NOT compromise the integrity of their exercise routine. I learned to listened more closely and ask more questions. I scoured the research about pain relief and movement, and attended many Paul Check Seminars including “Healthy Back Workshop,” “Functional Stability,” Scientific Back Training,” and “C.H.E.K.”- an internship in corrective high- performance kinesiologist exercise.

Health and Fitness Career: Path to Healing

Even with this strong background in the latest training methods, I still felt there was more I could do. I shared my concerns with a colleague of mine who practiced naprapathy. I was unfamiliar with this non-evasive approach to healing, and a little skeptical at first. However, the science behind it made so much sense to me. At the time, I was suffering with a nagging shoulder pain, so I decided to pay him a visit myself. Very pleased with the outcome, I began referring some of my clients to him. Their success stories were fascinating, and ultimately convinced me that naprapathy was the next path in my career. Eventually, I enrolled at the National College of Naprapathy, and received my degree, Doctor of Naprapathy in 2009.

Since then I’ve been practicing with other physicians and providers to offer patients an integrated approach for better health and fitness. I worked for a small practice my first few years before joining the staff at the Raby institute for Integrated Medicine at Northwestern. In addition to treating patients, I also presented workshops for patients in functional movement and caring for your back. I later moved my practice to HD Medspa and Clinic where I reside today.

Over the last nine (9) years as a Doctor of Naprapathy, my passion has not waned. I assure you, I will listen to you, and collaborate with you to design a program that will meet your unique needs. Reach out to me at 773.880.9160.