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A ‘whole body’ approach to health care

January 28, 2009
The Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET - After practicing family medicine in a group for the past three years, Jill Kalcich, M.D. decided to branch out on her own. In November of 2008, Dr. Kalcich opened Keweenaw Holistic Family Medicine on 5th Street in Calumet.

"I've always wanted to start my own practice," Kalcich said. "I wanted to focus more on wellness and holistic medicine."

Holistic medicine, she said, is a form of medicine that looks at the whole person - body, mind and spirit.

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Jill Kalcich, M.D., of Keweenaw Holistic Family Medicine is seen at her practice in Calumet. Kalcich, who is originally from Lake Linden, opened Keweenaw Holistic Family Medicine in November of 2008.

"That is, taking into account all aspects of a patient's life to determine which area or areas require intervention. I am trying to find the underlying cause of a disease or imbalance rather than just treating symptoms," she explained. "Illness should be looked at as a signal for change. The question then becomes how to make that change."

Kalcich designed her practice to be small. She is the sole physician and schedules patients for 30 or 60 minute appointments.

"Longer appointments allow enough time to do a thorough exam, discuss treatment options and answer questions without feeling rushed," she said. "In addition, because I see fewer patients in a day, waiting time is kept to a minimum."

Kalcich sees patients ranging in age from newborns to elderly. She provides a range of services including general pediatric and adult family medicine, wellness visits and acupuncture.

"I use acupuncture for a variety of health problems. I've used it to treat everything from infertility to digestive problems to pain issues," she said.

Kalcich said her philosophy is that the body has an amazing capacity to heal itself and will always move toward healing if given the proper care.

"Many times I can recommend dietary changes or vitamins or acupuncture. Other times I may need to use a prescription medication," she said. "I get asked many times if I use conventional drugs and the answer is yes. I think that there are useful medications but there are also many times when medications are not necessary. The beauty of holistic medicine is that I have many tools that I can use to help people heal, not just my prescription pad."

Kalcich believes that responsible healthcare also needs to include a healthy environment.

"We try to incorporate as many 'green' ideas as possible. We use electronic medical records and are striving towards making our office as paperless as possible," she said. "In renovating the office we used VOC-free paints and recycled or donated cabinets, fixtures and furniture."

Kalcich said they use all organic soaps and non-toxic cleaning products. Additionally, they try to keep disposable items to a minimum and favor re-usable items when they are able, such as washable flannel exam gowns versus single use paper ones.

"I've gotten great feedback from patients. We are always open to suggestions and new ideas," she said.

Kalcich, who is originally from Lake Linden, attended medical school at Wayne State University and completed her family medicine residency in Boise, Idaho. She returned to the area and has been practicing here since 2005.

Keweenaw Holistic Family Medicine is a preferred provider for most insurances.

For more information regarding Dr. Kalcich's practice, call 337-1844 or visit her Web site at

Editor's note: This feature is part of a paid advertising package purchased by Keweenaw Holistic Family Medicine of Calumet. Businesses interested in being featured on the Business page may call Yvonne Robillard at 483-2220.



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