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A Brief Biography of Roger Gietzen


Roger Gietzen was raised in Petoskey, a small town in Northern Michigan. His father loved being a doctor, and this was an early source of inspiration for Roger's own career in medicine. His mother was a homemaker whose caring presence served as an important role model and helped fulfill his many growing curiosities in life. His two older brothers also became physicians, helping him see such a career was doable. He has one younger sister whose verbal communication skills are severely limited by Down's Syndrome and Autism. She piqued Roger's interest in the human mind and she also taught him how to be comfortable around other's with disabilities.

During his medical school training, he began to develop an intense interest in alternative forms of medicine. He spent a rotation studying at Dr. Andrew Weil's Program For Integrative Medicine in Tucson, Arizona, as well as many other holistic forms of treatment. He then became immersed in the training to become a Neurologist, and holistic medicine took a brief back seat. However, after moving back to Petoskey and practicing as a self employed Neurologist, he began to have a renewed interest in alternative understandings of health. This was prompted by an obvious mismatch between what Roger had learned in his medical training, and what he was seeing in real life. He found that most of the time, conventional medicine failed to adequately explain why people were ill and not surprisingly also failed at reliably resolving those illnesses. Four years after becoming a Neurology attending, Roger made a strong intention to change his entire career path and started incorporating holistic principles in his work. After five years of intense self study, he opened this clinic, Healthy Mind Body, so as to be able to offer purely holistic services.

Roger's Full Biography


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