Patti Bartsch, MA, PhD
Owner, Traditional Naturopath
Patti Bartsch, MA, PhD fell in love with biology in 7th grade when she learned about the skeletal system. A few years later she entered a special program where she studied Animal Science beginning in 10th grade. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, a master’s degree in biology and two doctorates; one in Natural Health and Wellness and one in Animal Naturopathy. She is passionate about natural health and wellness for both humans and animals.
Unique for someone in the natural health field, Dr. Bartsch spent nearly eight years in the biotechnology industry conducting oncology and pharmacology research. She talks about how when she started in the field, they were looking for a cure for cancer but by the time she left the industry they were no longer looking for a cure; they were looking for a drug that would keep your cancer from growing and spreading so you would need to take that drug for the rest of your life or your cancer would spread. She left that career for a position as an Animal Nutritionist specializing in equine nutrition and she went on to become a high school teacher and department head for biotechnology and animal science departments at two schools in Massachusetts.
Patti founded Naturally Unbridled Wellness in 2009 and, when she relocated to southeastern Minnesota during the summer of 2011, she opened a location in Onalaska, WI and works full time supporting clients in naturally achieving their wellness goals. Considered a “Traditional Naturopath”, Patti educates and empowers her clients to regain balance of body, mind, and spirit. Her consultations, therapies, and suggestions are not intended to replace medical care and she encourages her clients to work closely with their physicians when making wellness choices.
Aromatherapy, Homeopathy, Biofeedback, and Nutrition are just some of the areas where Patti supports her clients. She has also written two books on natural health: 7 Steps to a Naturally Unbridled Life — An Introduction to Holistic Living: Body, Mind, Spirit and Planet is her signature book while 100 Days, 100 Ways to a Happier, Healthier Life is her fun, tips book. She also offers a home study course and a holistic nutrition email subscription program. Dr. Bartsch is also an adjunct professor in Clinical Nutrition and Natural Animal Health at Kingdom College of Natural Health.
Patti serves on the Board of Directors of the American Council of Holistic Medicine and is a Charter Member of the International Association of Wellness Professionals. Locally, she is a member of the La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce and the Women’s Alliance of La Crosse. She speaks locally and nationally on wellness topics and mentors wellness practitioners and caregivers in a variety of areas related to holistic health.
An avid equestrian, animal lover and whole foods connoisseur, Patti enjoys spending her free time with her husband Cory and their animals on their hobby farm in southeast, Minnesota.
Traditional Naturopath, Bioenergetic Practitioner
Selena has over 20 years of experience in the field of holistic therapies. She has been training practitioners in the use of homeopathy, herbs, and nutrition to support the body in restoring balance. Selena is also an expert in bioenergetic devices and has trained practitioners in creating effective wellness programs for over ten years. Having her knowledge, wisdom, and experience here in the Coulee Region is certainly a blessing!
With the aid of a bioenergetic assement device, Selena will measure the energy flow through the acupuncture meridians of the body (blunt probe, no needles). Based on the energy flow, she will evaluate the impact of a variety of frequencies on your energy field to determine the energetic priorities for what your body needs in order to come into balance.
If you would like to work with a seasoned practitioner who has trained some of the top practitioners in the country, here is your chance!
Ellen began studying Oriental Medicine in China in 1985 and has been a practicing acupuncturist for nearly 30 years. She has been licensed in the state of Wisconsin since 1990, after graduating from the Midwest Center for the Study of Oriental Medicine & Acupuncture. She is part owner of the Viroqua Healing Arts Center, and has been supporting La Crosse area clients for years.
Ellen did postgraduate study in Chinese Herbal Medicine, and has worked with herbal medicines for the past 25 years.
In 2005, seeking a deeper spiritual understanding of her art, Ellen embarked on the study of Classical Five Element Acupuncture at the Institute of Classical Five Element Acupuncture in Santa Monica, California, completing the full course of study.
Now, drawing from the depth of her education and the breadth of her experience, Ellen practices both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Classical Five-Element Acupuncture.
Ellen’s personal life feeds her practice, helping her understand what it means to have a full and integrated life. She is a wife and the mother of two grown children, is a 25-year supporter of CSAs, a member of a twice-weekly workout group, part of an ongoing women’s group, and an active member of her small town community.
Ellen holds a deep respect for the healing power of the human body and feels honored to assist her patients on their journey toward wholeness.
Dawn Olson, CHN
Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Reiki Master
Dawn is our Certified Holistic Nutritionist who conducts Nutrition Response Testing, provides nutrition coaching, and quantum biofeedback therapy.
In addition to her advanced training in NRT and her qualification as a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Dawn is also an Emergency Medical Assistant and a Certified Medical Assistant. She came to study NRT when her young daughter was struggling with a series of health issues that were not responding to standard medical treatments. A friend referred Dawn to a NRT practitioner and Dawn’s daughter began to improve immediately. Since then, Dawn has continued to expand her education and training so that she can help others to achieve the same type of results.
Shannon Amberg, PhD
Reiki Practitioner and Intuitive Guide
Shannon joins the NUW staff as a certified Holy Fire Usui Tibetan Reiki practitioner and intuitive guide. Her background and education are in the environmental field and her doctoral education focused on how people interact with and experience the natural environment. Since obtaining her Ph.D. in 2008, Shannon has been drawn to teaching and studying how a deep connection to nature can rejuvenate and help heal emotional, physical, and mental challenges. She created and taught a Spiritual Ecology class at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. Studying energy healing was a natural next step in her progression to understanding the connections between people and nature, and how nature can help heal.
While Shannon uses the traditional hand positions during Reiki sessions, her specific style is highly intuitive, meaning she is also strongly guided by her intuition and psychic awareness to the parts of the body that are in most need of healing at the time. During healing sessions, it is common for Shannon to receive visions, insights, and messages about physical and emotional challenges in need of focused attention or are in the process of healing.
Shannon also has two small boys that she loves spending time with in nature. Together with her husband of nearly 15 years, adventures ensue with camping, fishing, swimming, treasure hunts, hiking, campfires, and beach time.
Amanda Kriemelmeyer, LMT
Massage Therapist, Zone Therapist
Amanda has over 17 yrs. experience since her training at Crystal Mountain Healing Arts in Albuquerque, NM. She has a family background in holistic medicine and healing arts. Additionally, Amanda became certified in Zone Therapy at the Institute of Dynamic Integrative Therapies in 2006.
Amanda loves connecting and working with people on their path to wellness and in becoming their best selves. Amanda states “I am at my best when I’m in service to others.” Well known in the La Crosse area, Amanda enjoys spending time in nature hiking, canoeing, camping, gardening with her kids, family and friends.
Massage Therapist, Craniosacral Therapist, Reiki Master
Schanna is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Craniosacral Therapist, Reiki Master, and a truly gifted bodyworker. Throughout her professional career she has incorporated multiple techniques to ease pain and enhance relaxation. From sports massage to prenatal massage — and much in between — Schanna combines her remarkable ability to listen to your body and provide the precise touch that it needs to inspire healing and relaxation. She prides herself in her ability to tune into the specific needs of her clients and combine therapies to provide a uniquely therapeutic experience.
A gifted artist, Schanna enjoys watercolor painting when she is not spending time with her family, her horses, or hiking in nature.
Brenda is our (non-resident) animal wellness expert. She has high-level credentials in veterinary homeopathy (not a veterinarian) and animal nutrition. She works with clients across the country in identifying homeopathic and nutritional remedies for their pets and livestock. Since Brenda does not need to physically examine the animals, she is able to conduct her consultations over the phone. Intake forms (and photos, if necessary) can be downloaded and emailed to Brenda prior to your consultation.
Here’s what some of her clients are saying:
“Brenda has been a huge blessing to my family! One of my pups had serious aggression issues and was taking doggie Prozac. With Brenda’s help he is no longer on the meds that didn’t even help in the first place and is running & playing with the other pups! My heart is full!” — Michelle
“My chicken had a dog bite injury and I quickly took to Facebook to find help (being more of a city farmer than an actual farmer). Brenda was recommended and boy am I grateful! She walked me through the process of treating the wound and was always available by phone when I needed her. Her fee was reasonable and she’s opened my eyes to whole new world of healthcare!” — Ebonn
“It was no accident when I came across Brenda at a local farmer’s market a few years ago. It was not long after that I realized how knowledgeable she was on K9 nutrition and health. I had finally found someone who could help my dog Charley with health issues (allergies / chronic ear infections) that we had struggled w/ for years. When Brenda heard about Charley, she offered her services. I completed an evaluation of Charley’s health, submitted it to Brenda and within a week we were on our way to a regiment of holistic supplements and a diet change. Charley has not had one ear infection in a year and half. It was good bye to ear drops, ear creams etc. Not only did Brenda treat Charley, but she gave me some sanity after 8 years of struggles w ear infections. After Charley’s evaluation process and treatment, Brenda has been more than available to me w small questions/issues that I bump into from time to time w my pets. I highly recommend her and her services to anyone! She’s the real deal. Thank you Brenda — We are very grateful!” — Gale and Charley
The friendly face and helpful voice of Naturally Unbridled Wellness belongs to Danica Hengel. She grew up in a family who has a strong belief in natural health and wellness. When her young daughter was struggling with a series of health issues that were not being resolved by standard medical treatments she sought out alternative options for her care. One thing led to another and now she is working in an environment she loves.
Danica supports our clients and practitioners by scheduling appointments, managing orders, handling phone calls, and general office support. She is always eager to provide the highest quality service — with a smile!
Director of Operations
A partner in every way, Cory Bartsch has joined Patti in managing Naturally Unbridled Wellness as the Director of Operations. With a strong background in business and over 15 years at “Patti University”, Cory is the perfect person to keep the practice running smoothly and ensuring the highest level of customer service and the NUW Client Experience.