Dr. Laura Rues
I used to hate broccoli.
I grew up with my parents ingraining the mantra “finish your plate”, and inevitably, vegetables were battles. Even as I got older, I would rather reach for a cookie over a second helping of salad.
While working in a hospital in my hometown, I provided care for chronically ill patients, many of whom plateaued or declined in their health. In those moments, I realized that I wanted something better. That’s when I began eating broccoli.
I studied biology and psychology at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO and then attended Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ, obtaining my Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, graduating with honors.
Now, I continue my journey. I have a passion for providing healthcare for women that goes above and beyond the standard of care. I believe in digging deeper to what truly works for each person, not just "a pill". I want to change the way you receive medical care. I want to change the way you see your health.
I have a passion for understanding and explaining the intricacies of hormones, and how they impact (and are impacted by) so many other facets of the body. I spend time with my patients to teach how to take control of their health and their hormones. My passion is to provide the tools for you to become a steward of your own health.
I’m a bit of a bookworm as I love to read. But when I’m not curled up in a good book, you can find me painting, hiking, running, and laughing with my friends at every possible opportunity.
I look forward to working with you on your journey to health.
Primary Areas of Focus
- General Naturopathic Medicine for Women
- Irregular menstruation & anovulation
- Poor egg quality and/or quantity
- Recurrent pregnancy loss
- Recurrent implantation failure
- Women's Health and Hormones
- Conjunctive Care for IUI/IVF, including Acupuncture
Dr. Audrey Schenewerk
A curiosity to understand how things work, and why they often do not, eventually led me to naturopathic medical school. There, I learned how to address the root cause of a patient’s concerns, like a medical detective.
Before naturopathic medical school, I completed Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in chemistry and biochemistry, and was involved in biochemistry research. This expanded my knowledge of our body’s diverse biochemistry and physiology, and I became interested in the balance of how to treat and address the whole person. I received my Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, and currently, I hold licenses to practice naturopathic medicine in Kansas, Washington, and Montana.
Prior to moving to Kansas City, I practiced in Washington. I also graduated from a two-year accredited residency in naturopathic primary care, completed in Montana. My training has provided me diverse experience in managing disease, with and without pharmaceuticals, and optimizing disease prevention including recommended screenings. I have gained advanced training in women’s health, cardiovascular disease and diabetes care, problem-solved digestive dysfunction, and chronic disease while developing a love of primary care and preventative medicine. Additionally, I have completed courses in visceral manipulation and craniosacral therapies. I have learned so much from my patients and I enjoy teaching and working with them in achieving their optimal health.
It turns out, we are what we eat! Learning more about food, nutrition, and the culture around food has become a passion of mine. I enjoy integrating what I learn into my life and love sharing knowledge and experiences. Through many modalities and evidence based medical training, I enjoy collaborating with patients and their healthcare team, while educating about physiologic and biochemical function leading to long lasting health benefits.
Being born and raised in Kansas, I am happy to return, practice the type of medicine I love, and spend more time with my family.
Education and Training:
- Gustavus Adolphus College, BA, Chemistry
- University of Minnesota, MS, Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Bastyr University, Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine
- Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic, Naturopathic Primary Care residency
Primary Areas of Focus:
- Digestive health
- Cardiovascular disease
- Autoimmune disease
- Chronic disease
- Women’s health
- Environmental exposures (mold, heavy metals, chemicals, allergies, asthma)
- Pain management & Opiate withdrawal support
- Skin concerns
- Optimizing wellness & Preventive medicine
- Hormone balancing
I feel I have come full circle. I graduated with a nutrition degree from Truman State University, and found myself working in sales and moonlighting as a waitress in a greasy Mexican Restaurant… I was frustrated!! I quickly decided to go back to school to become an RN. I thought I was going to be able to help people attain health, but really, I worked in an ICU and watched too many very young people pass. This wasn’t what I was looking for. I want to impact lives before it gets to this point. So, I became a Nurse practitioner, looking forward to earlier interventions and health promotion, but instead I found myself handing out a prescription for every symptom instead of fixing them. I wasn’t helping patients at all! I was just covering up a sign from the body that something was wrong. During that time, with the fast pace and long hours, I too got sicker and sicker. By the end of each long exhausting week, I had no energy left for my family. I felt miserable. I wasn’t living my authentic life anymore, and I definitely wasn’t thriving.
That’s when I realized that I had to change, I could do more. So, now, I work with patients to get to the root of the problem and figure out what works, not just hide symptoms. There is more to health than having to take a prescription for all of your diagnoses. There is more to life than settling for feeling miserable day in and day out.
I help people achieve their optimal health, and I get to do this every day. Nothing makes my heart sing more than hearing a patient say how much better they feel after making a simple change.
I’m Angela. I love life. I love helping people. And I’m so excited to be able to help you from wherever you are, get to wherever you want to be.
- Truman State University, BS, Pre-Nutrition
- Research College of Nursing, BSN
- The University of Kansas Medical Center, Masters in Nursing
- The Institute of Functional Medicine, Certified Practitioner
Primary Areas of Focus
- Athletic performance
- Acne, Eczema, Hives
- Diabetes, Weight Loss Goals
- Heart Disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol)
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Children's Health (over the age of 2)
- Thyroid health
- Men's Health
Michael Showalter, MD
I am a Kansas City Native and received my undergraduate degree (BA in Chemistry) and M.D. degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and performed a residency at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota.
I have practice Emergency Medicine in the Kansas City area for many years. I hold board certification in Internal Medicine and Emergency
Education & Medical Training
- Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education
Residency , Internal Medicine
- University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
- American Board of Internal Medicine
Certified in Internal Medicine
Dr. Showalter acts only as a collaborative physician and does not perform direct patient care.