Dr. Holly Wurtz

I am excited and honored to help people heal their lives through naturopathic medicine.  It is very rewarding to help people make significant improvements to their health using natural therapies and lifestyle changes.  The body has an amazing capacity to heal itself when given the right conditions and my goal is to work with individuals to restore the conditions for health and support their healing process.

I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota.  After completing my undergraduate degree, I spent 14 years working in clinical research and gained invaluable experience that helps me in my medical practice today.  In 2010, I attended a conference in Seattle and met a group of naturopathic doctors.  I immediately felt a strong connection with them and their philosophy of medicine.  These doctors were happy and passionate about their profession.  I started school in 2010 at National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois and completed my doctorate in naturopathic medicine in the spring of 2015.  Naturopathic medicine is an amazing field and I'm very happy to be a part of the profession..

When I am not in the office, I find my bliss in horseback riding, reading great books, writing poetry, clowning, cooking good food, basking in the sun and exploring the world with my friends, family and furry companions. 

What is Naturopathic Medicine? 

  • A system of medicine that treats the underlying root cause of disease.
  • The art and science of supporting the natural healing processes of the patient by removing the obstacles to being well.
  • Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of physical and mental/emotional conditions.
  • Promotion of well-being using evidence based therapies that support and enhance overall health

Training and Education of Naturopathic Doctors

A licensed naturopathic physician (ND) has completed pre-medicine university training after which they attend a four-year, doctoral-level naturopathic medical school and are educated in all of the same basic sciences as a medical doctor (MD), but also study holistic and natural approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness.

In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic physician also studies clinical nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, physical medicine, psychology and counseling.

Currently, 17 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States territories of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands have licensing or regulation laws for naturopathic doctors. In these states, naturopathic doctors are required to graduate from an accredited four-year residential naturopathic medical school and pass an extensive postdoctoral board examination (NPLEX) in order to receive a license.

Licensed naturopathic physicians must fulfill state-mandated continuing education requirements annually and will have a specific scope of practice defined by their state's law. Dr. Wurtz has an active license in the state of Washington.  Currently, Illinois does not have a licensing law to define the scope of practice for naturopathic doctors.

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