Amanda Plevell feels divinely guided by her experiences – both good and bad – and is on a mission to use them to help others.
Just six years ago, in 2015, she was in the middle of a year-long battle with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, thyroid imbalance, and both depression and anxiety. Medical interventions did not go well. In fact, she left the steroid-induced myopathy and neuropathy in a wheelchair with the prospect that she would probably never walk again. She was in a dark place, to the point where she had her will written and spelled out what she wanted to do with her children in the event of her death.
She decided she wasn’t going to settle for a limited life.
“Because my body was put through the mill by autoimmune diseases, I had to understand it myself,” said Plevell. “I’ve learned so much about what could happen to my body and it just made me learn more and what science says about it.”
She studied so much that she became a certified naturopath. In doing so, she saw great improvements in her own health.
“I ran a marathon six months after I was in a wheelchair,” said Plevell. “… My life has had many twists and turns.”
That brings her to today where she plans to open ANMC Holistic Health, LLC at 114 Kidder Street in Little Falls. From there, she hopes to help people – with an emphasis on autoimmune diseases – by educating and training the body to create optimal health and vitality to use its own natural abilities as a means of achieving well-being.
ANMC will start making appointments in July after a “gentle opening” on June 14th massage. Weekly Wednesday Wisdom courses as well as quarterly two-day and one-week immersive educational events will also be available.
Plevell emphasized that the therapies offered by ANMC Holistic Health are not intended to compete with acute medical care. Instead, she wants her offering to work with what doctors offer.
“We don’t treat, cure, cure, prescribe, or diagnose, and we don’t operate on the disease threat risk model,” she said. “That’s just not our lead. I say we like to create an environment that is conducive to healing, and so it takes a lot of training and training for the body to get out of this immune response state that is so common in disease rejection. It’s a great fit because it allows people to have a say in how they feel and what goes on in their bodies, and they don’t have to choose between medicine or alternative modalities. What we do supports all pieces of the puzzle. “
Much of what she offers also revolves around nutrition education, which she believes is underutilized. According to Plevell, 90% of current diseases are considered lifestyle preventable diseases. She said that knowing how genes are turned on and off with various lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise can play an important role in a person’s overall wellbeing.
She believes because she has seen it work. Aside from her own story, she has also experienced the benefits for her niece Tenley. When he was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes delayed development, speech and balance disorders, intellectual retardation, and seizures, no one had spoken to Tenley’s family about diet or medication.
“I just taught them some nutritional principles that they could discuss with their providers so that their food could be used as a support vehicle while they were working on their medication,” Plevell said. “It’s a great partnership that has helped her finally sleep with reduced seizure activity at night.”
Plevell said she couldn’t offer everything she could do at ANMC without the help of her team. Two of them, she said, were even former clients of hers who expressed an interest in helping people in the same way she did.
It was another divine intervention that Plevell said she could not ignore. Her team includes: Jason Plevell, Melanie Halter, Jessica Scherping, Samantha Petersen and Crystal Benson.
“At some point they too felt a calling over their lives, and that same calling brought us together,” said Plevell. “They are just wonderful people and I couldn’t be more grateful.”
Plevell believes that what brings her to Little Falls will be the norm in the not too distant future when it comes to how functional wellness and nutrition interact with other health care modalities. She believes that everything is necessary across the health landscape, and one day people who want to get into the field will no longer have to choose between health or wellness. Instead, they decide whether to help people by teaching them how to stay healthy, or to treat injured or sick people.
“People want to feel good in their lives,” she says. “You want to feel happy, passionate, and fulfilled. They want to understand how to be healthy and how to stay there. They want healthy food options in our restaurants and better systems in which they can use their finances in whatever modalities could support their wellbeing, and they want to learn more about these options. And they want their health team to have options for them and be trained in those options and have real conversations about what’s right for them. “
Plevell has always had a desire to help and educate people. Before she became a naturopath, she completed a degree in education and counseling.
Her current calling enables her to help people through education, which she was inspired to do as she navigated her own journey through everything life put in her way.
“I love every single one of these people I work with,” said Plevell. “People need to feel empowered; they need hope. People need to be accepted and loved, and to know that this is an essential part of their wellbeing and important for the healing process. “
“We really want to grow and deserve our place as props for our community and the health outcomes of it all,” said Plevell.
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