Here are the friendly people you will meet at Elder & Sage
Bruce Doran has served in store, warehouse, area and district management positions in various retail toy, pharmacies, music and video, and furniture retail companies for 40+ years. Bruce attended Eastern Michigan University, and served six years with the Michigan Air National Guard as an aircraft hydraulic mechanic. He married Jo in 1973 and they have four amazing children and nine grandchildren. Bruce's attention to detail and amazing management skills are prized almost as highly as his sense of humor.
_Josephine (Jo) Doran has 40 years of experience in a variety of retail positions. In many ways, Bruce and Jo were the inspiration for their daughter, Kathryn, when she chose to enter into the field of natural health. It seems only fitting that the three of them go into business together. Jo has a lot of experience growing herbs and perennials in some of the most beautiful gardens and is quickly learning the benefits of those same herbs to health. Jo is a remarkably easy person to talk with and is the heart of Elder & Sage.
Ryan Doran-Fisher has been married to Kathryn for over 10 years and is father to four beautiful children. He has journeyed with Kathryn throughout her Naturopathic education and has quite an impressive understanding of natural remedies himself. When not managing a produce delivery business for local Amish families, Ryan teaches philosophy online for Mid-Michigan Community College, is an ordained Dharma Teacher and continues to further his training as a Novice Monk in the Zen Buddhist tradition. Ryan brings his knowledge, wit and humor to the Elder & Sage counter to round out the family business.
Kathryn Doran-Fisher received her training from the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education (NITE) and graduated from their four-year program as a Certified Naturopath in 2005. Kathryn then passed an examination from the American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board to become a Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor in 2008 and has been seeing clients for natural health consultations and therapies for more than 6 years. Most recently Kathryn has received training from world renowned author and practitioner Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride in 2012 to become a Certified GAPS Practitioner for dealing with the connection between gut health and our mental/physical ailments. Kathryn has done numerous public speaking engagements, taught several classes on natural health for the community, is an instructor for NITE, maintains a website and blog about natural health, has written several articles for local publication and is a highly respected professional in her field.
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Would you like to have Kathryn or Ryan Doran-Fisher come and speak for your group or business?
The Doran-Fisher's have extensive experience in speaking on a broad range of topics related to Natural Health, Food Ethics, Buddhism, and more. Available for anywhere from an hour long presentation to a whole day seminar, Kathryn and Ryan bring their expertise to a wider audience. Below you will find just a few of the topics Kathryn or Ryan can speak on.
Gut & Psychology/Physiology Syndrome - Kathryn Doran-Fisher
_The Gut & Psychology/Physiology Syndrome (GAPS) describes the connection between how our physical and mental health is dependent on the health of our digestive tract and the micro-organisms contained within it. GAP Syndrome is the underlying cause to an outstanding number of diseases including: ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, autism, schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, arthritis, lupus, allergies, eczema, psoriasis, Diabetes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivity, chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, irritable bowel, celiac, gluten-sensitivity, constipation, hemorrhoids, colitis, acid reflux, and more. These are the people that fall into the gap of modern medical knowledge and have limited success with nearly every standard treatment out there. Based on the work of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride who works with thousands of GAPS patients around the globe the GAPS program has three main components; the GAPS nutritional plan, specific supplementation, and ways to detoxify the body. Most important is the GAPS Diet which heals the lining of the digestive tract and allows the body's elimination systems to function properly. Through this clients around the world have been able to return to an optimum level of health.
1-10 people - $100/hour
11-20 people - $200/hour
21-30 people - $300/hour
31-40 people - $400/hour
41-50 people - $500/hour
The Big FAT Lie - Kathryn Doran-Fisher
_ Have questions about cholesterol? Worried about heart disease? Reluctant to get on a recommended cholesterol lowering prescription? The connection between saturated fat consumption and heart disease has been well documented. Or has it? Join Naturopathic Doctor, Kathryn Doran-Fisher for The Big FAT Lie. This seminar will cover all you need to know about fats, oils and the cholesterol myth. See the studies and find out why the food industry has lied all these years. Learn why olive oil can make you fat but coconut oil can make you thin. Discover how lowering your cholesterol through statin drugs or even herbal remedies can make you more prone to cancer, depression or suicide. What fats and oils are good for you and how much should you take? Hormone problems? Liver congestion? Reproduction issues? Dry skin? Poor eyesight? Stress? You need to attend The Big FAT Lie all-day seminar.
Probiotics and Gut Disorders - Kathryn Doran-Fisher
The precipitous rise in food intolerances and digestive disorders over the past few years is a clear and inevitable consequence of our overuse of antibiotics over the last century. We are destroying our indigenous gut bacteria and breeding super-pathogens. And the most common treatment suggested for this gut dysbiosis... is more antibiotics. While avoidance diets such as going gluten-free or dairy-free may offer some relief, avoiding is not healing. We need to address the cause. We need to stop abusing antibiotics for every cough, ear ache and sniffle. We need to understand the important role that beneficial bacteria play in our digestive tracts. And we need to bring traditional fermented foods back into our daily diets so that we can hope to reverse this trend.
Charting Our Fertility and Herbs for Women - Kathryn Doran-Fisher
There is nothing written in the rule book that says women have to suffer from menstrual problems! In this informative class, Naturopath Kathryn Doran-Fisher, will teach you how to track your fertility signs, how to read fertility charts to identify problems, and what herbs she has traditionally used to help clients restore health to the reproductive system for enhanced fertility and problem-free periods. This is an excellent class for doulas, naturopaths and other professionals working with women of childbearing age; women looking to improve their own fertility, get off of birth control, or who want to have a deeper connection to their own health and how to improve it; and for teenagers and young women wanting to learn how to avoid the trap of using synthetic drugs to "regulate" (suppress) their menstrual cycles.