My Personal Journey
Following graduation, I began my pre-med courses at a local community college. At the time, I didn’t feel prepared for my first semester, so I thought about my future. I had always wanted to be a doctor but I needed to figure out if I was truly ready to go to school for 8 years. I remained in school and completed an accelerated medical assisting program in order for me to get into a medical office and get a true feel for the medical industry. Shortly after completing my internship, I worked in a medical facility with a dermatologist and a group of pediatricians. During my time there, I learned that many doctors were very unhappy people. The dermatologist would go so far as to tell his patients that had children who wanted to be doctors, not to do it. When faced with the idea of going to school for 8 years and being unhappy, I decided to switch majors.
I switched from being pre-med to becoming a business major. I attended an accelerated night business management program at a university while working full-time during the day. Immediately after completing my BA in business management, I attended another university to begin my master’s degree. Shortly after I began, the economy took a crash. Suddenly my job and my future appeared uncertain. I was now faced with a decision as to whether or not to go and complete my master’s degree with so much uncertainty in front of me. I decided to revisit the idea of doing something in science, more specifically health care as the desire to care for people had actually never me.. I considered cosmetic chemistry, but I knew chemistry was definitely my weak area. I began to discuss my future with a friend and she told me that she always saw me as a doctor and maybe it was time to reconsider the idea. Since she was in a chiropractic program, she invited me to check out the “naturopathic” medical program at her school. She told me that I could be a primary care doctor and “play with all my natural remedies” too. I never knew there was such a thing as a “naturopathic doctor,” I had only heard of a “naturopath.” While I have much respect for naturopaths, they are not exactly the same as a Naturopathic doctor. After visiting my friend’s school, I knew that I was meant to be there.
Before I could start I had to complete all my pre-med courses, I was broke, but I knew I had to make it happen. I began the naturopathic program in 2010, but there was one problem, Illinois was not licensed for naturopathic doctors, which meant that I could not be considered a physician in Illinois even after 8 years(more for me) of school. I would not have the rights to practice what I learned or wanted to, but many people at the university assured me that in 2 years we would be licensed. Currently however, Illinois is still not licensed. Towards the end of the naturopathic program, I considered obtaining my master’s in Oriental medicine and acupuncture. I witnessed how acupuncture had worked for me and I felt it would be a great addition to naturopathy and would be an added benefit for my patients. In addition, it would allow me to hold a license in Illinois. Immediately after graduating from the naturopathic program, I opened Acure Wellness in Naperville, IL. I began to see patients during the weekday. On weekends I worked at a health food store, and attended my acupuncture classes at night. As I planned out my course load for graduation, I realized half way through the course though, that it would take me much longer to finish due to how the classes were set up and that there was no possible way to finish early. After further investigation, I noticed that if I dropped the oriental medicine portion, completed the acupuncture portion and added chiropractic medicine, I would graduate at the same time. Adding chiropractic medicine would mean a second doctorate degree and I knew that it would come with its own new set of challenges. Making that decision was not an easy one but when I thought about what it would mean for my patients, it was one that I had to. More importantly, I wanted to make it for them. This decision would give me the right, in Illinois, to be a primary care physician. I could practice how I wanted and I could better serve the people in my community.
Despite the path to get here, I have always been and always will be dedicated to my patients. The same drive and commitment I had to complete all of my schooling, is the same drive and commitment I have with my patient’s health. My goal is to change the face of healthcare one visit at a time. I look forward to working with you to improve your health.
Dr. Chrisenia White’s Professional Bio
Dr. Chrisenia White is known for taking time to uncover the hidden cause of many health problems and meeting each patient where they are in their lives to re-establish their health. Dr. White was born in Lake Forest, IL and raised in North Chicago, IL. Dr. White opened Acure Wellness in 2015 in Naperville, Illinois and relocated to Virginia in 2019. Dr. White enjoys working with various health problems, but is passionate about women’s health.
Dr. White received a Bachelor’s of Art from Robert Morris University in Chicago, Illinois and is an alumna of National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) in Lombard, Illinois, where she received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND), Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) and Masters of Acupuncture (MSAc). Dr. White is also a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist and a Certified Nutrition Specialist ™. Dr. White holds a Diplomate of Acupuncture
Dr. White works with the following cases
-Women’s Health Concerns
-Chronic Degenerative Diseases
-Chronic Kidney Disease
Licensing and Education
Dr. White’s education includes the following:
- Bachelor of Science, Business Administration and Management, Robert Morris University
- Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, National University of Health Sciences
- Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, National University of Health Sciences
- Master of Science Acupuncture , National University of Health Sciences
- Certified Nutrition Specialist® (CNS) Practitioner
Currently, 18 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States territories of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands have licensing laws for naturopathic doctors. In these states, ND’s are required to graduate from a four-year, residential naturopathic medical school and pass and extensive postdoctoral board examination (NPLEX) in order to receive a license. Scope of practice varies from state to state, but many consider NDs primary care providers.
Licensed naturopathic physicians must fulfill state-mandated continuing education requirements annually, and will have a specific scope of practice defined by their state’s law. The states that currently have licensing laws for naturopathic physicians are:
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- North Dakota
- North Dakota
- United States Territories: Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands