Our Practitioners

Dr. Darren Schmidt

Founder of The Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor. Dr. Schmidt’s purpose is to bankrupt pharmaceutical companies by getting many people well. He has learned the mechanism of chronic disease, well known prior to 1960 but forgotten in modern times, due to his own health crisis from black mold exposure in 2016. He reads old medical and nutrition textbooks from 1910 to 1960, when almost all research was Feeding Studies. Combined with new nutrition information, the old textbooks hold the secrets to preventing and reversing the major chronic health problems of today.

Kerry Cradit

Kerry is our nutritionist. She has her B.S. in Nutrition and Food Science. Kerry worked at The University of Michigan Health System and saw that by the time most people were hospitalized with chronic problems it was too late for nutrition to help. She came to the office in 2006 as a patient with her own health concerns. Her experience as a patient showed her there are nutritional alternatives to medications. It is her desire to help people with health problems find solutions. Kerry completed Ulan Nutritional Systems Advanced Clinical Training in Nutrition Response Testing℠ and she is a Certified Stott Pilates Instructor. She has helped hundreds of patients over the years to improve their health.

Dr. Amanda Childress

Dr. Amanda is our Holistic Pharmacist. After seeing the limitations and often dangerous side effects of pharmaceutical drugs, she now helps people heal their bodies as mother nature intended; with whole food supplements, herbs and a balanced diet. She has helped many individuals safely wean off prescription medications.

Dr. Taghride “Taggy” Bensaid

Dr. Bensaid, is our Board Certified Traditional Naturopathic Doctor. She grew up with a passion to help people, she volunteered with various NGOs and she was on her way to join medical school. After spending time in different departments of the hospital, she realized there must be another way to get people better.

Since then, she never ceased to learn and seek education about healthcare, while being Dr. Schmidt assistant since 2014.

She now sees her own patients and helps people all over the world improve their health.

Mikaela Cradit

Mikaela started her journey at the Nutritional Healing Center in 2018 as a front desk employee. Recognizing the profound impact of nutrition on health, she transitioned to become Dr. Schmidt’s assistant in 2019. Inspired to deepen her knowledge and empower others, Mikaela pursued education at Trinity School of Natural Health, completing her certification as a health coach in 2020. In 2023, she furthered her expertise by obtaining her Natural Health Practitioner certification. Currently enrolled at Trinity, Mikaela is dedicated to becoming a naturopath, driven by her passion to help individuals enhance their overall well-being through personalized dietary approaches, targeted supplementation, and muscle testing techniques.

Dr. Joel Vickers

For over 30 years, Dr. Vickers has been helping people with muscular weaknesses and imbalances, restricted movement, and those in pain. He can help you become stronger and more balanced, with pain-free joints and muscles. He also helps normalize those who have had dental and TMJ trauma, all types of sprains, strains, and accidents, including concussions! We are thrilled to have him as a part of the team here at The NHCAA.

Dr. Angela Lawrence

Dr. Angela Lawrence, D.C. is a 2004 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles where she earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and a Bachelor of Science degree.

Her area of specialty is the musculoskeletal issues that cause pain and movement dysfunction.  She is certified in Physiotherapy, which is a study of using
soft tissue techniques and other modalities to aid in the repair and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal problems. She enjoys working with pregnant mothers and children, as well as athletes and our seniors- we’re so excited to bring her on board!