Dr. Angela Lucterhand has been on a journey to discover the fundamentals of maintaining health for the past 14 years. She studied at Indiana University-Bloomington where she graduated with a BA in Criminal Justice/Premed and a minor in Biology. In addition to her studies in Bloomington, she was chosen as the youngest member of a group studying biology in Costa Rica, where her internal questions around health began to shift. In subsequent years, she travelled to Honduras in order to work with Cuban doctors in their clinics. Following graduation, her next step to medical school was put on hold. She decided to join the Peace Corps and work as a Health Education Specialist in Mali, W. Africa.
After returning to the United States, having seen health from many different perspectives, she decided a more alternative route of healthcare was where her passion flourished. She attended Palmer College of Chiropractic for her doctorate. While at Palmer, she taught labs including Anatomy, Histology, and the Central Nervous System. In addition to teaching, she was a radiology intern, a member of the Academic Standings Committee, Ethics Panel, Student International Chiropractic Association, and Indiana’s Chiropractic Association. Academically, she received the honor of being a member of the Pi Tau Delta society for academic excellence in addition to graduating as a Presidential Scholar. She graduated with honors as Magna Cum Laude. Despite being involved in so many learning opportunities on campus, her most pivotal experience was yet again, overseas. She had a portion of her clinical hours in Vietnam, where she was able to observe and experience another perspective on health.
Since obtaining her doctorate, Dr. Angela has been practicing in Elkhart, IN working with patients to balance their nervous system, rehabilitate musculoskeletal disorders, and reverse disease diagnoses. While her doctoral focus was on the nervous system and its role in physiology, practicing was able to open the door to the dramatic impact nutritional fundamentals have on body function, as well. As a practitioner, she uses ancestral medicine to restore health. Therefore, she uses concepts from many different cultures in order to adopt a healing protocol that is appropriate for a patient’s condition. She meshes concepts from the research done by Dr. Loren Cordain (Paleo), Dr. Natalie McBride (GAPS), Dr. Weston A. Price, and Dr. James Chestnut (Innate Diet). These concepts form a foundation to help patients find their individual needs.
As a practitioner, Dr. Angela has treated thousands of patients with conditions ranging from disc herniations and chronic headaches to Lupus and Crohn’s. She takes a unique diagnostic approach that allows her to decipher the necessary treatment protocols to get patients back on a healing journey. For the majority, this journey is free of medications and surgery, yet full of lifestyle shifts in diet, exercise, and stress reduction. In addition to treating patients, she maintains her passion for teaching by instructing Anatomy and Physiology courses for future healthcare providers.