Gaynel Nave, ND.

Naturopathic Doctor, Naturopathic Health Consultant


Huntington University, The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine


Naturopathic Doctor (Licensed in Arizona/ Providing Education in Michigan), Trauma informed, Holistic Counseling, Neuro Emotional Technique (NET).

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Hello and welcome, I am Gaynel Nave, ND.

You may remember being asked, “What do you want to become when you grow up?” For me the answer, to that question was always a doctor. As a little four-year-old girl this dream was birthed in the cool hills of the small district of Elgin in Malvern, Jamaica. I remember seeing botanical medicine aka “bush medicin’” in action first hand when I would get the flu or ‘some stomach bug’ for which mint tea or a bitter herb was often the remedy. My enamor and fascination with what the earth has to offer grew exponentially when I got into my science classes and learned about the medicinal properties of these plants.

Through the years there have been highs and lows but my vision has not altered though the way in which it is being achieved has. There were times when I was unsure if I had heard correctly, that maybe I was not cut out to become a physician. The challenges and strife seemed at times too much, too difficult, and myself too insufficient; but each time I thought the bough would break I bounced back with greater resolve and determination to the vision of Gaynel Nave, ND. This tenacious spirit has grown with the attentiveness of those who love me and whom I hold dear.

My relationships with God, my family and friends are as much a part of who I am today as my own effort is. Because of their commitment to love me, my understanding of community and what it means to serve has expanded. I am not only a citizen of my home country, Jamaica, but of the world. It was this idea that I am not limited to the shores I call home that after completing my high school education at Hampton School that I came to the States. It was then in the small town of Huntington, IN where I was to attend undergrad, that I met the handsome man I call husband.

Much has happened since I was 4, but one thing remains the same, doctor rings true in my mind and heart.  “Doctor” has grown and morphed from a childhood dream into a vision of partnering in the health and empowerment of others physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It is my belief that for complete healing to occur the integration of the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical self must be addressed. Growing up in Jamaica I realised that emotional and mental wellbeing were often second-class citizens to physical well-being. This saddened and sometimes infuriated me, because to divorce the mind or emotions from one’s experience has deleterious results. Disconnect of self may manifest as addiction, anxiety, depression, back pain and even fibromyalgia to name a few. I am passionate about empowering you to reconnect to your true identity and reset the sails when the roles you play change, or you just feel lost.

My aim is that you will move from an identity of victim to victor; so that you can live fearlessly and thrive in the face of your mental and emotional stressors. Your hopes and dreams may vary, but one theme will be the same; to live a life fully, uninhibited by your past experiences, mental illnesses or perceived handicaps.

Specialization in Mental Health

  • Alternative treatments for PTSD
  • Alternative treatments for Postpartum depression
  • Alternative treatments for Grief
  • Identity crisis
  • Alternative treatments for Psychosomatic pain (eg. Fibromyalgia)

Naturopathic Educational Solutions

  • Enhancing Performance
  • Sleep optimization
  • Reducing brain fog
  • Dealing with multiple chemical sensitivities
  • Reducing environmental toxin exposure
  • Improving gastrointestinal health naturally
  • Improving the menopause transition naturally

What Gaynel Nave, ND Can Do For Me

  • Identify the root cause of my symptoms and distress
  • Empower me with resources to achieve my goals
  • Help me reconnect with my identity and community
  • Help me feel beautiful inside and out
  • I will receive individualized medical care
  • Tools to reduce exposure to environmental toxins
  • Provide me with tools to reduce my ability to become triggered


  • Call Gaynel Nave, ND on her direct office line: 616-855-0931
  • Or Call 616-200-4433 to schedule your complimentary consultation with Gayne Nave, ND

Disclaimer: In Michigan, Naturopathic Doctors are not yet licensed, Gaynel Nave, ND is only able to provide health education to residents of Michigan.

Gaynel Nave, ND is a Naturopathic Doctor serving Grand Rapids and the West Michigan area. Her unique perspective as a black woman from Jamaica, and her training in cross-cultural communication, clinical experience, and trauma informed training make her apt at supporting people from various experiences and life transitions. If you are looking to to gain expert education and consultation from Naturopathic Doctor in Grand Rapids, MI, then set up a consultation with Gaynel Nave, ND by calling her front office 616-200-4433. If you aren’t in the Michigan area, she may offer telemedicine to work with you where you may live.

Gaynel Nave ND is a Naturopathic Doctor at Health for Life Grand Rapids. She utilizes the power of Naturopathic Principles combined with modern diagnostics to offer safe and effective support to all her clients.

Gaynel Nave, ND utilizes many modalities (health tools). One of those modalities is Neuro Emotional Technique. NET is a stress reduction tool used by licensed healthcare professionals from various disciplines. NET is an effective treatment for symptoms related to trauma and unresolved stressful events. In addition to NET, Gaynel Nave, ND also utilizes homeopathy as a classical homeopath, botanical medicine, environmental medicine, nutritional counseling and more, to support you to live a life fully, uninhibited by your past experiences.

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Naturopathic Offerings:

  • Complete consultation and follow up of education and visits. Discussing optional tests and working to understand the root cause of your symptoms.
  • Education about Alternatives to Medications
  • Neuro Emotional Technique
  • Nutritional Education
  • Homeopathic and Botanical Education
  • Environmental Toxins Education
  • Consultation, Holistic Counseling, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness Meditation and more.