NMD, MSOM, LAc
NMD, MSOM, LAc
Dr. Hallowitz is a naturopathic doctor (ND), classically-trained Chinese medicine practitioner and licensed acupuncturist providing alternative medicine options to the Inland Northwest community. He concentrates his treatments on whole-patient wellness, evidence-based clinical naturopathic medicine and Chinese medicine theory and therapies that have been practiced over the past millennia. Dr. Toby tailors to each individual patient’s unique condition rather than focusing on the disease. Using natural treatment modalities such as acupuncture, dietary modification, nutritional supplements, botanical medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, Chinese herbology, nature cure, and hydrotherapy, he emphasizes prevention and restoration of balance to the body, mind and spirit.
Dr. Toby grew up in the Washington D.C. metro area, obtained his undergraduate education at the University of Rochester, NY and received his Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Master of Science in Oriental Medicine at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in Portland. Dr. Toby has worked with patients who have many different health concerns and conditions. Some of these include: cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, smoking, autoimmune disease, heavy metal toxicity, musculoskeletal complaints, infertility, pregnancy (including pre-birth acupuncture), menopausal symptoms, insomnia, back & neck pain, depression, anxiety, dermatological conditions and much more. Diagnosed years ago with Crohn's disease, he has a vast amount of experience in treating digestive disorders with natural medicine. Dr. Toby does not take any pharmaceutical medications for his condition.
Dr. Melissa is an Idaho native, born and raised in the small northern town of Priest River, Idaho. As a student-athlete growing up, she quickly attained an intense passion for health and exercise early on that guided her to her career path. After attending the University of Idaho in Moscow where she graduated with her BS in Food and Nutrition Science, she moved to San Jose, CA to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic where she earned her Doctorate and became a Chiropractic Physician.
Dr. Melissa has acquired a truly immense appreciation for the outdoors and being in nature over the years living in the Pacific Northwest. “There is something so calm and sanctioned about being in nature and away from the chaos of everyday life.” Dr. Melissa enjoys camping, hiking, boating, summer and winter sports, traveling, and trying new things. She is an avid Insanity® workout junkie and has retained her ongoing passion of exercise and health. This passion has driven her to become a dedicated professional when it comes to patient care – not only to help heal others, but
to help others better heal themselves.
“A healthy body is a happy body, and I want everyone to experience what that feels like.” – Dr. Melissa Trost
Growing up in Coeur d'Alene, surrounded by nature and an abundance of outdoor activities, Sally developed a love for plants and its medicinal healing powers. Focusing on living a healthy life was continually a part of her daily routine. She left Coeur d'Alene after obtaining a degree in science, with a focus in botany and human biology. She then relocated to Honolulu, Hawaii where she continued her studies, attending The Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Sally had the opportunity to study in China at Guangzhou University Hospital, as well as intern at Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, where she was personally asked to study under Dr. Wai Low. Treatments were focused on stress and pain management.
Graduating in 2012, Sally opened her first clinical practice in Kailua, Hawaii where she specialized in women's health, pain management, mental health (including anxiety, depression, stress management, insomnia, PTSD and trauma). Beyond these specialties, Sally also sees patients for general health concerns and overall wellness. She is excited to return to her roots in Coeur d'Alene where she can share all of her knowledge and healing experience to help patients rebalance their body, mind, and spirit.
``Let's work together to rebalance your body's innate healing potential`` - Sally
My journey in life steered me in the direction of providing holistic skin care – treating the body and skin as one cohesive unit – what happens inside our body is reflected on our skin. I have learned a lot over the years, from observing my Mom’s traditional healing ways in the mountains of Austria and from practicing in conventional Western medicine, having spent over two decades in the nursing field specializing in geriatrics and also providing weight loss and nutritional consulting. I feel fortunate to now be working together with a professional team at CDA Acupuncture and Holistic Healing to provide truly holistic skin care for the community – addressing all the different factors which play a role in maintaining healthy skin as we age.
Brigitte grew up on a small farm in the mountains of Tirol, Austria. She spent her childhood out among nature, exploring the woods, investigating the native fields of herbs, flowers and plant life, and communing with the farm animals and other wildlife. Nature continues to be one of her more influential teachers.
Brigitte has learned a lot from her mother, Margit. She had a very strong attraction for learning local natural healing traditions and Margit went out of her way to learn traditional methods of healing from family, friends and neighbors. Many of Kneipp’s and Priessnitz’ techniques are still orally circulating among villagers, and she grew up personally utilizing many of these techniques.
Holistic skin care is the philosophy of treating the body and skin as one cohesive unit - what happens inside our body is reflected on our skin. Brigitte focuses on helping the skin to function optimally by stimulating the healing power of nature with performance, results-driven natural skin care products, facials, nanoneedling, microcurrent and other noninvasive healing modalities.
Sherilyn is a licensed massage technician with a master’s diploma in Herbology from Dr. John R. Christopher’s School of Natural Healing. Sherilyn’s specialty is medical massage and herbal applications to assist the body in its ability to heal itself. Her customized treatments focus on the lymphatic system and detoxification pathways to relieve pain and tension and address her client’s specific health care needs. She is trained in Dr. John R. Christopher’s Incurables Program, a program that includes a consecutive 6-day massage treatment with herbal applications. Sherilyn is passionate about helping our community learn and experience the healing power of nature through herbalism, massage, healthy eating, giving nature walks and teaching classes on cooking with wild edibles.
During her free time, you may find Sherilyn munching on chickweed or a dandelion leaf while gardening. Sherilyn is the president of the Shared Harvest Community Garden in downtown Coeur d’Alene. She is committed to cultivating a strong, resilient and healthy community by preserving community growing spaces and encouraging neighborly connections.
To learn more about Sherilyn, check out the May 2020 feature of the Fig Tree Newspaper!
MS, PT, CN, CNS
Hello, it’s nice to meet you.
My name is Karin Michalk. I am a Physical Therapist and a Certified Nutrition Specialist. As a PT, I have worked with patients of all ages and in a variety of settings. I first became aware of Functional Medicine in 2013 while at a course to obtain Continuing Education. I was intrigued by the physician in front of me who knew so much about nutrition and the concept of food as medicine. Little did I know I would need to rely on the power of food as medicine shortly after that course in order to overcome an inflammatory condition that I was told “was my new normal and to accept it.” I knew there was a better way than acceptance of poor health and reliance on medication. That better way was to follow a Functional Medicine approach led by a local Integrative physician. Diet was a critical piece for me.
Armed with this new perspective and knowledge, I knew I was limited in providing the kind of care I knew my chronically ill patients needed. I had to get more education and refine my career path. I enrolled in The University of Western States’ Master of Science
in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine program. I completed that program with distinction and entered into a year long Functional Nutrition Residency Program with Dr. Kara Fitzgerald’s Sandy Hook Clinic. I was able to work with a multidisciplinary team treating the most difficult patients for whom conventional medicine had no answers. I also completed the requirements necessary to earn the Certified Nutrition Specialist credential.
I understand full well that it is possible to bring the body back to a state of health and vitality. I have experienced that personally and have guided others to that reality. It takes work, afterall, you didn’t get to this state of disrepair overnight. Therefore, it will take time to repair. Thankfully, with a guide and a road map you can get there! I look forward to being your guide as you work to RepairYOU.
RMA, ASCP, LE
Kaci Gibbs is our in-house phlebotomist! Her compassion, joy and background in nursing makes Kaci a dynamic member of our team!
Sarah has deep roots in Coeur d’Alene, having lived here for 37 years. She loves the lake, camping, and the small town feel of our area. Sarah has experienced personal and family successes using holistic health practices. These experiences have inspired her to be an advocate for our patients. Sarah has helped create a culture of heart and connectivity in our clinic.
Retail & Supplement Associate
Susan loves the mountains, water and trees of our area, stating “no matter where I go, I always want to come back here.” Susan met and worked with Dr Toby at Pilgrim’s Market. She has owned her own health food store and has worked in multiple local health and supplement stores. Susan has obtained training from experts throughout the nutrition field and has a vast knowledge of supplements and health foods. Susan is delighted to join CDA Acupuncture and Holistic Healing to help grow our retail store. Susan loves to help people discover the baby steps they need in their own health journey
Jade is our office manager. Jade grew up in Phoenix, AZ and is very excited about being a part of the CDA community since 2020. After growing up around and being treated by holistic providers, she has developed a great patient and clinical perspective to help with providing phenomenal patient care. Her hobbies are camping with her family and relaxing by the lake. Jade is diligent and innovated, which makes her a great addition to our team. We can always count on her to create a warm front office environment.
Denise is our friendly and knowledgeable receptionist. After years of working in medical front offices, she has grown her skills to support the office and become a perfect advocate for our current and future patients. Having worked in nutrition/supplement stores as well as closely working with naturopath and nutritional health coaches to overcome health challenges, she is excited to work with an amazing group of people to help promote health and healing for our patients. Denise is an amazing team player. She continuously creates a warm and welcoming office environment. When not at work you can find her gardening or out on the lake.