Meet Dr. Botterman
Dr. Kelsey Botterman is a naturopathic and chiropractic physician. She received her Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree in 2015 from National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL. She completed her clinical internship at a non-profit clinic, providing care to Chicago’s underserved communities. Dr. Botterman went on to complete her Naturopathic Doctor (ND) degree in 2016, also at National University of Health Sciences. Studying naturopathic medicine allowed her to hone her skills in several areas, including diagnosis, botanical medicine, and the determinants of health. Dr. Botterman is a licensed chiropractic physician in the state of Illinois and a licensed naturopathic physician in the state of Vermont. Dr. Botterman recently completed studies in Human Nutrition through the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, CT, and graduated with a Masters of Science in December 2018.
Dr. Botterman also received additional training in acupuncture, completing her 100-hour training certificate in 2015. She has completed Parts A-D of McKenzie Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) training which is a form of functional exercise used to treat pain in the spine and extremities. She is eligible to sit for the MDT credentialing examination. She has been trained in Functional Movement Technique (FMT) by Rocktape, a prominent company in the kinesiology tape field. Dr. Botterman is an active member of both the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and the Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians (ILANP) as well as the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Botterman hopes to inspire her patients to live their healthiest lives, as naturally as possible. She focuses on determining the cause of conditions and works with patients to create comprehensive, realistic treatment plans.
Dr. Botterman lives in Crystal Lake with her significant other, Nick. She is a lifelong resident of McHenry County, growing up on a dairy farm in Huntley. When away from the office, she enjoys gardening, cooking, exercise, and art.
Chiropractic physicians use hands-on, drug-free approaches to health and wellness. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are trained to use clinical examinations, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other interventions in the evaluation and management of patients. One of the most common and well-known procedures in chiropractic medicine is spinal manipulation (also known as a “chiropractic adjustment”). These treatments can be used to improve joint mobility and reduce pain. Chiropractic care can benefit many conditions such as neck and back pain, headaches, muscle sprains and strains, extremity pain, and pain during pregnancy. Aside from manipulation, chiropractors are also trained to recommend therapeutic exercise and provide lifestyle counseling. Educational requirements of doctors of chiropractic include a 4-year doctoral program at nationally accredited colleges following undergraduate coursework. After graduation, chiropractors must pass a series of national board exams in order to receive a license and must maintain their license via participation in ongoing continuing education programs.
Naturopathic medicine incorporates the diagnosis and management of primary care patients through natural means that can include nutrition, wellness counseling, botanicals medicine, physical medicine, homeopathy, and hydrotherapy. The principles of naturopathic medicine include a focus on the healing power of nature, determining the root cause of an illness, treating the whole person, prevention of future illness, and education. Naturopathic doctors follow a therapeutic order, starting with the simplest, least invasive treatment, which can include improving diet, sleep and hydration and progress to higher force interventions, when appropriate. Naturopathic doctors also have expertise in drug/herb/nutrient interactions. Educational requirements for naturopathic doctors include completion of a four-year doctoral program at an accredited naturopathic medical school and extensive postdoctoral board exams.