About Dr. Sickels
Dr. Sickels looks at problems from more than one perspective
I entered medical school later in life than most medical students. I had spent time after college out in the real world: working with kids, working in a bookstore, managing a natural foods department. While working in natural foods, I heard many people say they were dissatisfied with their doctors, but I realized that the problem more often than not was miscommunication. I had been contemplating going to medical school, and this realization helped that decision gel. I resolved that rather than complain from the outside, I would become a doctor and see if there was a different way to practice that would allow me to spend the time I needed to communicate with patients and find the best way to keep them healthy. In order to keep people healthy, I knew they would need more than just medications, more than what is taught in medical school. Health is not just the absence of disease, but maximizing and retaining the function we have.
A graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, I completed my residency in Family Medicine at Flower Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio. I have been board certified in Family Medicine and Holistic Medicine, as well as certified in chelation therapy, and have trained in bioidentical hormone replacement.
About Gaia Kile
Gaia comes to us with 10 years of clinical practice and teaching community based wellness groups. He is certified through the American Nurse Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner. He also holds a certificate of Advanced Professional Training from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine.
Gaia has studied natural approaches to healing, including lifestyle modification, mind-body therapies, hypnotherapy, yoga, energy healing, herbs, and nutrition. He has done qualitative research of therapeutic touch and related modalities at the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Center at the University of Michigan, and assisted in developing an interdisciplinary graduate seminar in Alternative Medicine through the University of Michigan School of Nursing.