Integrative Cancer Support

An individualized, evidence-based approach to natural medicine.

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Emcura Integrative
4050 W Maple Rd, Ste 108
Bloomfield Twp, MI 48301

Mon - Fri09:00 - 5:00
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Phone: (248) 480-4402
Fax: (248) 885-8357

About

Michael Walker, ND, FABNO

Dr. Michael Walker specializes in naturopathic oncology, a unique discipline that offers expert guidance in safe and evidence-informed integrative approaches to whole person cancer care. He believes that patients with cancer benefit greatly from working with a multidisciplinary team of medical practitioners to personalize their care.

Dr. Walker graduated from Yale University and subsequently completed post-baccalaureate premedical coursework to pursue medicine. During his four-year naturopathic medical education at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Walker developed a passion for oncology. He was accepted to the highly competitive two-year residency in naturopathic oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America outside of Chicago. As a resident and then as a staff naturopathic provider at CTCA, he collaborated closely with surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and other practitioners to optimize patients’ care for a wide range of cancers, including rare tumors. He has further experience in hematologic cancers and supporting patients planning for or who have undergone stem cell transplantation. Dr. Walker is pleased to join Dr. Jen Green, ND at Emcura Integrative in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, to serve clients with cancer diagnoses seeking to include integrative approaches to their plan of care. He also sees patients through Beaumont Health’s Integrative Department at the Troy and Royal Oak campuses. 

Dr. Walker is a fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO) and a board member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP).

Whole Person Care

Dr. Walker works with individuals, their families and their medical providers to develop a safe and comprehensive care plan.

The best of all worlds

Why Integrative Oncology?

The goals of naturopathic and integrative oncology are numerous, and treatment is always tailored to the individual clinical needs of the patient, while respecting their personal desires. Frequently, patients see Dr. Walker to strengthen immune function, decrease side effects of cancer treatment, gain or lose weight, address gastrointestinal issues, improve surgical and wound healing and to support quality of life concerns such as sleep, energy, mood and others. He also ensures compatibility between natural agents and other medications used in a patient’s treatment. Additionally, many patients wish to be as proactive as possible in using natural therapies to help in their fight against cancer. Dr. Walker uses team-based decision making to advise his patients on the safety and efficacy of herbs, nutrients, food-based and lifestyle approaches so that they can be confident in their comprehensive plan of care.

F.A.Q.

What is naturopathic medicine?

The American Association of Naturopathic Medicine defines naturopathic medicine as “a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process. The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods.”

To learn more about naturopathic medicine, visit the site of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians at: www.naturopathic.org.

Is my visit covered by insurance?

Unfortunately, at this time, individual visits are not covered by insurance. Nutrient and botanical extracts and other supplements are also an out-of-pocket expense.

Are Naturopathic Doctors licensed in Michigan?

Naturopathic doctors are not currently licensed in Michigan. Dr. Walker is not a physician in the State of Michigan, but rather serves as a medical consultant. He provides guidance, but does not diagnose or prescribe in the State of Michigan. Dr. Walker holds an N.D. license in the State of Arizona. To date, 20 states, the District of Columbia and the territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have licensing or registration laws for naturopathic doctors.