Get Healthy, stay healthy

Certified nutritional therapist Denise Gunterman recently moved her business, Health Rise Natural Therapies, from Port Orchard to Silverdale. The larger space will allow her to host seminars. - Photo by Jesse Beals
Certified nutritional therapist Denise Gunterman recently moved her business, Health Rise Natural Therapies, from Port Orchard to Silverdale. The larger space will allow her to host seminars.
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals

The cold and flu season has arrived, so it is as important as ever to get healthy and stay healthy.

Health Rise Natural Therapies recently relocated to the Fairfield building on Silverdale Way. The nutritional therapy firm was previously located in Port Orchard and offers general nutritional therapy as well as strategies for allergy control, weight loss and detoxification.

“The whole point is getting the body to heal itself,” said Denise Gunterman, certified nutritional therapist and owner of Health Rise Natural Therapies. “We can fix ourselves if we give ourselves the right tools.”

Gunterman has owned Health Rise Natural Therapies for four years and has practiced as a nutritional therapist for five years.

Gunterman was a teacher for 20 years and taught food and nutrition for seven years. When her youngest son died suddenly at the age of 28, she decided to look for a profession that would be “more satisfying” to her.

“Our youngest son passed away suddenly as a result of some oversights,” Gunterman said. “It was something that would have been preventable had they done the blood test.”

Gunterman uses applied kinesiology to treat patients. She specializes in nutritional response testing. The scientific method analyzes the levels of health using the body’s own nervous system which helps Gunterman design a nutritional therapy plan that addresses specific deficiencies or imbalances in the body. She uses everything from tuna seed and wheat germ to various essential oils to treat patients.

“I’ll pull out a few options and test them on their bodies,” Gunterman said. “If I get lucky your body will like three or four of them.”

Gunterman uses homeopathics, whole food organic supplements, herbal supplements and essential oils to treat patients. She recently added aromatherapy to her list of treatments.

“Aromatherapy is a new thing I’m starting to incorporate in my practice,” she said. “Clinical research really does support aromatherapy.”

Gunterman provides treatments for fatigue, intestinal disorders, stress, headaches, skin problems and a variety of issues.

“I’ve got a lot of stuff I do here,” Gunterman said with a smile. “A lot of stuff is really practical. I sell products here because they can’t get them anywhere else.”

Health Rise Natural Therapies has been serving patients from the Silverdale location for about six months. The larger space will allow Gunterman to host seminars.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been that long,” Gunterman said with a smile. “I still feel like it’s my new place.”

The Silverdale location is more than double the size of Gunterman’s former Port Orchard location. She plans to host a series of seminars on family nutrition as well as cold and flu clinics at the Silverdale location.

“Even if they don’t have a cold or flu they’ll have the stuff beforehand to stop it in its tracks,” she said.

Gunterman said the human body is a “self-maintaining organism” and given the right tools, the human body is capable of taking care of itself.

“God has given us everything we need to take care of ourselves on this planet,” she said. “I educate clients so they can take care of themselves.”

Gunterman is the only practicing nutritional therapist in the area and one of few in the nation.

“There are less than 100 of us in the nation that are practicing,” she said. “It’s an accepted practice. It’s what I know how to do.”

Gunterman said her clientele numbers are decreasing because she has provided them with the adequate tools and information to keep themselves healthy. She said she rarely becomes ill herself and if she feels a cold coming on, she knows how to prevent it from becoming worse.

“I don’t get colds and if I do I can get rid of them in six to eight hours,” Gunterman said. “My health now at 58 is so much better than it was at 48, it’s not even funny.”

Health Rise Natural Therapies is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“I do take late or early appointments by arrangement and occasionally I’ll do weekend hours if that’s the only time someone can see me,” she said.

Health Rise Natural Therapies

11871 Silverdale Way, Suite 103


(360) 692-3704


9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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