It’s a question Dr. Sue McCreadie hears often and it’s a question she never gets tired of answering – because healthy and happy go together and her answer helps provide a path to both.
Dr. McCreadie (aka Dr. Sue) is a board certified pediatrician. In other words, she’s a real doctor with a real diploma on her wall. And that’s important to remember when you hear the next part. Dr. Sue is a holistic pediatrician – hence the question she hears all the time.
“Yes, I do get that a lot,” she says of her title and philosophy. “I help kids who either are on medication or want to get off medication or there is no medication that fixes their problem. The labels they would fall under include allergies, asthma, ADD, ADHD, anxiety, autism – and these are just the A’s. The list for chronic diseases continues to expand. I see kids dealing with obesity, auto immune disease, thyroid problems just to name a few.”
“The way that I help them is that I system-ize their nutrition and their supplementation to help them re-balance.”
Dr. Sue, who turns 46 this week, grew up in Farmington Hills and graduated from Cranbrook-Kingswood in Bloomfield Hills. From there she went to medical school at Wayne State – where she got one of those diplomas you hang on the wall – and did her residency at the prestigious Children’s Hospital in Detroit.
She also stayed on an extra year as the chief resident at Children’s Hospital.
She now lives and works in Ann Arbor and says her two greatest passions are “health and spirituality.”
“It’s my dream that the ‘heart’ of medicine (intuition) be taught in medical school and residency programs alongside the ‘head’ of medicine (intellect),” she said. “When I finished my chief residency year and started my own practice in less than six months, I was profoundly grateful for all the knowledge my mentors and textbooks had provided me. I followed the academy guidelines. I tried my best to do everything “right.” But within two years I felt imbalanced and disconnected. I was thinking my way through life without pausing to ask how I was feeling in the process. As a result, my actions were more fear driven than heart driven.”
Dr. Sue believes health is balance so she followed her heart and dove into spiritual boot camp.
“My definition of health expanded beyond the physical and mental to include spirit,” she said. “To be physically healthy we need to balance our body. To be mentally healthy we need quiet our mind. To be spiritually healthy we need to open our heart and connect to spirit.”
Dr. Sue, now in her 16th year of practice in Ann Arbor, has helped countless children who have fallen through the cracks of modern-day medicine with a system of nutrition, herbs and homeopathy for most chronic childhood health issues.
“I always teach that if you can imagine a child on a teeter-totter at a playground standing in the middle over the pivot,” she says. “And when the child is happy and healthy they are able to balance themselves on that teeter-totter, rocking back and forth and in control with a big happy, smiley face. But then something steps on one end of the teeter-totter and those are life stressors. They can be genetic stressors that mom and dad passed down to them or they can be environmental stressors like diet and lifestyle like the foods they are eating or not eating.”
She says the three big categories are eat, rest and move. Finding the right balance in each category for each person is the key to health and happiness.
“I can’t change their genes but if we change their input such as the diet and lifestyle that we put in, it changes how the genes express and changes the output,” she says. “So that’s what I do for kids. I help them tweak their diet and lifestyle so that their body can rebalance and what that means for them is that their symptoms resolve.”
Dr. Sue conducts tests to determine what’s going on inside the body and to figure out what the best-fit diet is for them and identify their nutritional deficiencies. For example, she cites the increasing number of adolescent suicides right here in Southeastern Michigan.
“Why is this happening,” she asks. “Some people blame social media and exposure and that’s true. It’s part of lifestyle. Buy what is their Vitamin D level? Vitamin D deficiency is associated with depression. What is their magnesium level? What is their zinc level? Our brains are starving for nutrition. There are a lot of factors to be considered.”
She’s passionate about helping children, families and the medical community reach greater health by guiding them to nourish health soulFULLY.
“And I absolutely love it,” she says of her career. “Because kids get better. And there is nothing like it for the families because they start to see the connection between the symptoms and nutrition. I am still amazed to see how much it matters.”
Over the last two years, Dr. Sue has begun working with adults with a nutritional system that has transformed her own life – so she knows it works.
Everything seems to be working for Dr. Sue in a healthy, happy and spiritual way. In other words, life is pretty good. Life works for her, not against her and her life is about helping other people feel as good as she does by helping them find that perfect balance on life’s teeter-totter.
For more information on Dr. Sue and her practice, go to www.pediatricholisticmed.com