Our providers, Marisa Spradlin RD, Danielle Douglas FNP, Gaia Kile FNP, and Malcolm Sickels MD:
About Marisa Spradlin RD Marisa is a registered dietitian who is familiar with a host of therapeutic diets and can help ensure you are well nourished regardless of your dietary restrictions. She received her MPH in Dietetics from the University of Michigan and did her training through the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She has extensive experience working with obese clients and type 2 diabetics (she's very good at improving blood sugars and lowering lipids through dietary changes). Additionally, she has extensive knowledge in dysphagia and the modifications needed to adhere to the National Dysphagia diet. She is familiar with the ketogenic diet, intermittent fasting, autoimmune protocol, low FODMAP diet and can teach all her clients the Mediterranean diet as a starting point. She can take clients on grocery store tours, and regularly uses cooking as a method to incorporate healthy food into people's lifestyles. She prides herself on being patient centered, and designs patient centered goals. She admits to being a geek when it comes to the digestive tract and loves helping people figure out ways to heal their guts. About Danielle Douglas CNM FNP
Danielle is a Family Nurse Practitioner certified through the American Nurse Credentialing Center and a Certified Nurse Midwife certified through the American Midwifery Certification Board, and now working with Doctor Sickels’ office as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is a Certified Nurse Midwife, but not currently offering birth services. Danielle has a special passion for women’s health and is happy to assist with all other women’s health care needs across the lifespan. Danielle wants to be able to see patients of all ages, gender, and healthcare needs. She completed her undergraduate education through Washtenaw Community College and the University of Michigan’s Nursing School. Her dual master’s degrees were also completed at the University of Michigan Nursing School. Danielle is thrilled to be able to give back to Washtenaw Community College and has taught anatomy and physiology labs there for several semesters. Danielle believes strongly in patient-led healthcare and wants to be a tool in your toolbox to help you take control of your own health and feel confident that we are all doing the best we can for you! Danielle believes very strongly in utilizing alternative medicine approaches in combination with traditional medicine to find the best solutions for you. We want you to have the best resources here in your providers, available treatments, reasonable appointment length, and patient education. Danielle is looking forward to meeting you and assisting you in your healthcare needs! About Gaia Kile FNP
Gaia comes to us with over 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.
About Dr. Sickels
Dr. Sickels looks at problems from more than one perspective Dr. Sickels entered medical school later in life than most medical students. He 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, he heard many people say they were dissatisfied with their doctors, but he realized that the problem more often than not was miscommunication. He had been contemplating going to medical school, and this realization helped that decision gel. he resolved that rather than complain from the outside, he would become a doctor and see if there was a different way to practice that would allow him to spend the time needed to communicate with patients and find the best way to keep them healthy. In order to keep people healthy, he 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, he completed his residency in Family Medicine at Flower Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio. He has been board certified in Family Medicine, Integrative Medicine, and Holistic Medicine, as well as certified in chelation therapy, and has trained in bioidentical hormone replacement.