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From a Health Coach to Dr of Natural Medicine

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From the Gutzy Health coach to Dr of Natural Medicine

Hi all! My name is Dr Rachel Borntrager, doctor of natural medicine- ANMCB Board Certified Dr of Natural Medicine (BCDNM). There's a whole alphabet after my name which just means I've spent a lot of time studying, testing and certifying for what I do now. My primary focus is on whole body health and alignment through nutrition, holistic care practices and supplementation when needed.

When I dove headfirst into a more natural way of caring for myself, I fell in love with helping others do the same. I became and am still a national board-certified health coach. But my curiosity did not stop there. I fell in love with understanding the body, the central functions of the body and most importantly how so much revolves around GUT HEALTH!!

My job by day is doctor of natural medicine but I am also wife of almost 20 years, mama of 5, hobby farmer and Christian. We launched our Whole & Well office 4 years ago so I could take the things I was learning about and start applying the modalities to others who were looking for alternate ways for caring for their bodies and overall health.

My story..

I am passionate about obesity not only because the rate of obesity has tripled in the last generation; But more precisely, because I was an obese and dyslexic child and I certainly didn't have much confidence. I know exactly what that feels like and the rate of obesity has only gotten worse in our society and this has become a 'huge and growing problem'. Even though it is common, obesity is not benign. It leads to diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and even cancer...and yet it is entirely preventable...and I am on a mission to prevent that.

Following my own 70 lb weight loss, I looked into how I could help others. I became a National Board-Certified Holistic Health Coach and I walk people through an incredible experience to transformative healthy and sustainable weight loss.


Specifically, I help busy moms lose weight and get a healthy gut so they have energy to enjoy life. As I dove further into how I could best help and support people with their health, I then went on to learn Electrodermal Screening, getting to the root of the issues and not masking symptoms. What led me to learn about EDS was from one frightening day when my 1-year-old nephew had an anaphylactic reaction to bread with cottage cheese in it!

It was terrifying. Being in the hospital, getting an epi pen, getting bounced around from tests to specialists to blood work saying there were a lot of "allergies".

This begged the question "What can my poor sweet little nephew eat that won't threaten his life?"  

The reply was shocking! "Anything that is not on the pages (and pages) of things that cause him issues." "What?!" "Yes. Just stay away from them." If you have ever struggled with food allergies and intolerances in yourself or a loved one, you know this is not that helpful. We struggled to know what to feed him.

We eventually found a specialist in South Dakota who did some screening. Part of the screening this doctor did was called Electrodermal Screening. Since my nephew was so little his mom volunteered to get screened first and we discovered that SHE also had some health issues that she did not even know she had! This was a tremendously valuable and eye-opening experience. So, as a result of her previously undiagnosed imbalances when my nephew was in utero, there were a lack of digestive enzymes getting passed along to him and a disruption in his gut health and microbiome. The end result was that he had these life-threatening food sensitivities.

But when we know better, we can do better. My nephew is now using vitamins and herbs specific for his needs and now a year later he is able to start on rotational foods and has improved nutrition with no more scary anaphylactic episodes.

This experience has had a profound impact on my practice.

I studied and became trained in this testing myself and invested in the equipment and I now recommend testing for all of my clients. Rather than having to spend years in trial and error or with grumbling health issues that could lead to devastating circumstances, I recommend we look and see what is going on specifically and then we can more quickly and accurately implement a solution if needed. Having said all that, there are some core principles that I've used with myself and my clients over the years to improve gut health that was the missing link to release stubborn weight for my clients before I became aware of EDS screening, that is very helpful. Our Gut Health matters. 

Services we offer at Whole and Well

  • Electrodermal Screening (EDS)- Electrodermal Screening (EDS)

  • Kloud+ by Centropix- Centropix proudly introduces the Kloud+ Technology. The Kloud+ system can help protect, activate and regenerate your body, improve your energy, and boost performance and well-being.

  • Molecular Activation

  • Energy and Endurance

  • Performance

  • Weight Management

  • Physical Regeneration

  • Rapid Recovery

  • Mental Acuity

  • Concentration

  • Stress Reduction

  • The Carters Technique- The Carters Technique of fluid management (targeting the deep interstitial fluid) this is used to stimulate the lymphatic flow by removing blockages, thus helping to build the immune system. Other uses are for relief from chest congestion, ear discomfort, swelling, skin issues, sluggish intestinal tract and other imbalances in the body.

  • Gemini Detox Bath- The Gemini Detox Bath is a therapeutic instrument used for cleansing the internal tissues of the body and inducing energetic balance through a water bath for the feet.

  • Red Light Therapy- Red light therapy works by using red and near-red infrared lights to break down fat cells and release their contents to the bloodstream, to be used or removed by the body with no harmful side effects or invasive procedures! Red light therapy has been shown to improve acne and scaring, as well as improve sprains and sports injuries, migraines and headaches. Skin conditions such as stretch marks, psoriasis, sun damage and eczema have also shown improvement in studies using red light therapy. The system even includes a face shield that boosts collagen and elastin, lessening wrinkles and fine lines!

  • Wellness/ Gut Health Coaching- Dr Rachel started as a health coach who focused on helping women take control of their gut health at the root to boost their energy, lose weight naturally and balance their hormones. She still offers nutrition and wellness coaching 1-1 through her Love Your Gutz signature program!

I am excited to dive deeper into gut health with you!

Please I am not a medical doctor or your doctor. Everything I share within my website, blog and programs is not meant to cure, treat or medically diagnose anyone.

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Until next time,


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