Bourbonnais native Genevieve Stalla, a 2000 graduate of Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School, has returned to the area to open her practice of Naturopathic Medicine in the offices of Sayson's Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center, 586 William Latham Drive.
Dr. Stalla has completed a seven-year program at Bastyr University in Washington state, one of the seven accredited Naturopathic colleges in America. While she cannot write prescriptions or make definitive diagnoses, she noted that she is well versed in treating chronic problems that have not been resolved by conventional treatment.
"It might be headaches. Or it might be related to skin conditions, diabetes, digestive problems or food allergies," she said. "Whatever the chronic condition, I would work with the patient to find a more holistic approach. Specialties in medicine are great, but we have to remember that the body heals itself as a whole."
Stalla added that her practice will differ from other medical services in two distinct ways. First, she noted that her first consultation with a patient might last one to two hours, as she attempts to get a complete picture of the patient's overall health. Secondly, she noted that health insurance will not cover her services.
"I think I knew I was going to be in a helping profession since high school," she said. "I think maybe it started when I entered a peer tutoring program with local grade school kids."
She went on to the University of Illinois, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. She then worked four years as a psychiatric rehabilitative services coordinator in Chicago, before continuing her education.
Her practice will officially open Nov. 2. For additional information, contact her at 815-348-0715.