TROY — Offering an alternative to conventional medicine, Dr. Jordan Bray a doctor of chiropractic and naturopathic medicine, has recently opened a new clinic in Troy.
Offering chiropractic care, Applied Kinesiology, pain management and more, the services offered by NDC Integrating Wellness might seem new and different for a lot of people, Bray said.
Born and raised in Piqua, Bray knew early on that he wanted to help people.
“I didn’t realize there was more than one option for a doctor,” he said. After learning a little more about the profession, Bray shadowed with a local chiropractor.
After high school, Bray went to the National University of Health Sciences in Chicago. There, he pushed himself to learn as much as he could, earning three degrees.
“If I was not in class, I was tutoring or teaching,” he said.
The valedictorian of his undergraduate class, Bray jumped right into the chiropractic program, earning a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He followed that with another doctorate in naturopathic medicine.
Bray had a special interest in anatomy and “learning how the puzzle pieces fit,” he explained.
Traditional medicine often focuses more on controlling symptoms rather than treating the root cause, Bray said, while naturopathic medicine takes a more holistic approach.
“A lot of what it boils down to is finding the cause,” he explained.
Bray explained that naturopathic medicine is highly customized to the individual patient. New patients can expect to undergo kinesiological evaluation — muscle testing — to identify root causes of issues.
“You can have 10 patients with the same symptoms and have 10 different causes,” he said.
Things like dehydration can set off chain reactions of other problems that might not seem obvious, he said, like digestive issues.
Naturopathic physicians consider all of the determinants of health, Bray said, from a person’s environment, mental and emotional state, and work, to their medical history and genetics. They are also trained in conventional diagnostics.
They work first to remove “obstacles to health” by addressing things like poor diet or stress levels, before moving on to the use of supplements and other therapies like chiropractic or acupuncture.
Although the State of Ohio doesn’t license naturopathic physicians — something Bray said needs to change — it does license chiropractors.
Office times are by appointment only and available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. NDC Integrating Wellness does not accept health insurance, but offers an augmented fee schedule for those with financial hardship.
For more information, to learn more about the services offered, or to make an appointment, call (937) 418-2822 or visit www.ndciwellness.com.
Reach reporter Cecilia Fox at [email protected] or (937) 552-2205.