Nia-Avelina Aguirre

Nia-Avelina Aguirre, CN, ND, WMM

Nia-Avelina Aguirre, CN, ND, WMM, is a graduate of NITE. She has been in the natural health, fitness and wellness profession since 1983 with an honors degree in exercise science and sports medicine and additional classes in naturopathy at Bastyr University. She is a certified holistic manual medicine practitioner; and trained in several energy therapies, yoga and Pilates. She currently sees clients at her offices in Ann Arbor, Chelsea and Midtown Detroit.

Besheen Baker, N.D.

Bessheen Baker, N.D.

Bessheen Baker, N.D.,the Founder of NITE, has a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Doctor of Naturopathy. Her areas of interest include Iridology, Sclerology, Kinesiology, Nutrition, Herbology, Homeopathy, Essential Oils and Meridian Body Work. Drawing on more than 30 years of experience in the field, Bessheen is in high demand as a motivational speaker and has spoken throughout the country on natural health. She brings a lot of energy and humor into the classroom and always finds a way to fit more into your brain than you thought possible!

 Lori Becker, CN

Lori Becker, CN

Lori Becker, CN, Lori is the instructor for the fourth-year program course “Sacred Geometry and the Healing Art of Feng Shui”. Lori is dedicated to teaching the art of creating sacred space and as a Feng Shui Advisor, she assists clients on their path with a dynamic approach to healing. Lori attended Delta College for Graphic Design and Art History. Lori has also earned a Permaculture Design Certification under Wayne Weiseman who is the Founder the Permaculture Project LLC. Lori’s ongoing area of specialty and personal focus resides in Hermetic Science and Philosophy. Lori is passionate about applying this powerful philosophy and the Fundamental Laws of Nature to the training and development of her students as well as clients. Lori is a graduate of the Doctor of Naturopathy Program at The Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education.

Teri Straus, BS, MS, LMT

Teri Straus, BS, MS, LMT

Teri is the Academic Advisor and is here to work with all current students at the Naturopathic Institute with their academic needs! Teri is also the lead instructor for the Therapeutic Bodywork Practitioner program and specializes in therapeutic massage, emphasizing deep tissue, myofascial release, lymphatic drain and reflexology.


Teri has served 20 years in the US Army as an Engineer Officer and has earned a BS degree in Civil Engineering and an MS in Construction Management. After retiring from the US Army, Teri returned to her hometown of Beal City and started the Therapeutic Bodywork Practitioner program at the Naturopathic Institute.

Now, Teri has chosen to continue helping others by becoming the Academic Advisor at the Naturopathic Institute in addition to her instructor role where she will continue to support students in meeting their goals and accomplishing their dreams!

You can reach Teri Straus at the Institute by email: Ensure the Subject Line is as follows: Academic Advisor. She can also be reached at (989) 773-1714, Ext. 45.

Heather Dexter

Heather Dexter

Heather Dexter, is a board-certified naturopathic doctor with a passion for all things natural. Though she works with a varied clientele with a multitude of diagnoses and ailments, she specializes in working with women during their childbearing years, and children. As a holistic doula and natural childbirth instructor, she believes in the body’s ability to create and give birth naturally. Heather is an attachment parenting advocate and truly believes there is a natural remedy for every ailment. Heather is the instructor for Glandular Symphony, Anatomy II, Anatomy III and Naturopathy for the Childbearing Year.

Jan Doerr

Jan Doerr, ND, MA, CTRS, ACC

Jan Doerr, ND, MA, CTRS, ACC, is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Therapeutic Recreation as well as a Master of Arts in Recreation & Park Administration with an emphasis in Recreation for the Ill and Handicapped. Jan has 40 years of experience working in health care as a recreational therapist and has taught college courses at Central Michigan University and Saginaw Valley State University for 10 years. Jan has been teaching at NITE since 2005.

Jacquelynne Featherly

Jacquelynne Featherly, CCH, CN, DIHOM, MIHfI

Jacquelynne Featherly, CCH, CN, DIHOM, MIHfI, graduated from NITE as a certified Naturopath in 2002, along with the passing of the ANA Board Certified Testing. Prior to that she graduated from the British Institute of Homeopathy in Toronto in 1998. In 2014, she became Classically Certified in Homeopathy. Jackie has taught study groups for the National Center for Homeopathy since 1988. She has used homeopathic medicine and studied with world-famous homeopaths for 41 years. She delivers a wealth of information, in a systematic way to help students use homeopathic methods to combat acute and chronic problems. This educational course is intensive, intriguing, informative and usable.

Amy Jo Howard

Amy Jo Howard, C.H., C.N., N.D.

Amy Jo Howard, C.H., C.N., N.D. and Director of Education is a graduate of the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education as a Certified Naturopath and a Certified Homeopath. She also has a Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University in English. Her love for communication, people and natural healing led her to formally study the field of natural health. Amy enjoys specializing in Reflexology, CranioSacral Therapy, Homeopathy, and Colon Hydrotherapy. A good listener and knowledgeable instructor, Amy teaches students how to blend such qualities to enhance skills in this field.

 Helen Kociba, t.N.D., CHBD.

Helen Kociba, N.D., CHBD

Helen Kociba, N.D., CHBD. Helen is a board-certified traditional Naturopathic Doctor, Holistic Birth Doula, and owner of Wise Woman Natural Health Center in Midland, MI. She has witnessed the miracle of birth for the last 20+ years as well as practiced as a Naturopathic Doctor for the last five years. She has earned both of her diplomas from the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education. Her passion for women’s health has expanded to helping the whole family. She not only provides consultations at her office but attends births throughout the year. She is one of the newest instructors at the Naturopathic Institute teaching the Conception, Childbirth, Childhood class, Death & Dying class, and is the lead instructor in the Holistic Doula Program teaching 3 courses: Miracle of Pregnancy, Miracle of Birth and Miracle of the Newborn & Postpartum.

Leah Meadows, LMT

Leah Meadows, LMT

Leah Meadows, LMT, Leah originates from Bad Axe, which is located in the thumb of Michigan. She conducted her massage education at Baker College of Cass City. In December 2013, she graduated from their massage program. Shortly thereafter, she began her venture at NITE. She plans to finish the Naturopath program. Leah also studied at Central Michigan University and earned her B.S. in Psychology. Leah has a passion for learning and teaching others about her studies. Leah teaches lab classes in the Therapeutic Bodywork Practitioner program.

Barbara Nurenburg

Barbara Nurenburg, C.N., N.D.

Barbara Nurenburg, C.N., N.D., received her certification as a Naturopathic Doctor from the NITE. She attended Blue Heron Academy, where she received her National Certification as a Medical Massage Therapist as well as completing and receiving her certification as a Holistic Health Practitioner. Barbara’s passion lies in educating herself and empowering others to learn how to allow the body to heal itself using natural means through the Holistic approach. She applies her years of education and training and believes in educating each person as an individual, designing a specific plan unique to them.

Nicole Paquin

Nicole Paquin, C.N., N.D.

Nicole Paquin, C.N., N.D., is a graduate of NITE. She also has a degree in social psychology and psychology from Western Michigan University. Her interests include teaching Vaccines and Environmental Poisons and Environmental Poisons II. Nicole is devoted to helping her students understand all aspects of naturopathy and how they combine into physical and emotional health.

Suzy Sikora, ND

Suzy Sikora, ND

Suzy Sikora, ND, is a certified traditional naturopathic doctor, consulting hypnotist, eclectic herbalist, and owner of Sustainably Well, LLC. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Flint, in addition to NITE. She teaches both private and free public classes on a variety of health and healing topics throughout the year at the Flint Farmer’s Market and conducts a four-month introduction to an herbal medicine program each year. She provides private consultation at her office in the historic Paterson Building in downtown Flint.

Corey Winters

Corey Winters, ND

Corey Winters ND is a Traditional Naturopathic Doctor at Thrive On Life, in Brighton, who utilizes Morphogenic Field Technique and various other forms of energetic testing. She also specializes in Holistic Nutrition, Iridology, Herbology, Essential Oils and Frequency and Light Healing. Corey started her professional journey at Clayton College, where she graduated in Holistic Nutrition. She later went on to graduate from the Naturopathic Institute as a Certified Naturopath. Corey is also nationally board certified as a Naturopathic Doctor.

Priscilla Kurash

Priscilla Kurash

Priscilla Kurash moved to the Mount Pleasant, Michigan, area a few of years ago via Wisconsin and Canada. In the Spring of 2015, Instructor Kurash completed the Therapeutic Bodywork Practitioner program at the Naturopathic Institute. Instructor Kurash has honed her skills and knowledge by both practicing at the Herbs Etc store, as well as, at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort Spa.

Instructor Kurash joined the team of instructors in 2020, which has fulfilled a dream for her. One technique that Instructor Kurash uses to hone her skills and further her education is that she gets a massage every time she travels somewhere. She was born to travel, and her experiences of around the world massages are in full effect. When you see her, ask her where she’s been and how her travel list is coming along!Instructor Kurash is currently teaching in Labs for the Therapeutic Bodywork Practitioner program, as well as, the Beginning Bodywork and Advanced Bodywork classes in the Natural Health program at the Institute.