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Dr. Eli Ber Memorial Scholarship

Eli Ber

Dr. Eli Ber received his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in August 2000. His career commenced in his father’s busy holistic medical practice, where he honed his skills using electro-dermal screening, acupuncture and several allergy elimination techniques. In 2004, Dr. Ber opened his own practice in Scottsdale becoming proficient in prolotherapy, as well as intravenous therapies. Dr. Ber was beloved by his patients for his kindness, compassion, attentiveness, competence and an all-encompassing sense of humanity. Dr. Ber passed away November 30, 2011.

This scholarship in his memory is awarded to a student enrolled full time and in good academic standing. Most importantly, the recipient must display the characteristics of Dr. Ber: perseverance, sense of humor, humility, caring, compassion, overcoming challenges, empathy. 

Meet Courtney Schumann, the most recent recipient of the Dr. Eli Ber Scholarship. 

Courtney grew up all over the United States. She was born in California, then lived in Arizona, Georgia, Iowa and Washington State before moving to Michigan to attend college. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in Nutritional Science then traveled to Uganda to teach English and nutrition in the Peace Corps.

She told us “What I realized in Uganda is we don’t have to make medicine so complicated, even something as simple as education on clean food and water can work wonders. It really instilled the need to help people, educate people and to put health into their own hands.” This experience has taught her that to truly make a difference she must educate her patients to take charge of their own health.

After moving back to the United States, Courtney was introduced to naturopathic medicine after learning her amalgam fillings contained mercury. She was terrified and had them removed, but not properly. Through a series of events she was eventually referred to a naturopathic doctor and was treated with chelation. Over her next few visits they discussed other health issues and to her surprise alternative treatments were available for all of them. She excitedly told us, “I always knew I wanted to be in the healthcare field, I just didn’t know what capacity. I was always searching and wondering where do I fit in? Then I found it, thank God!”

Courtney’s favorite part of being a student at SCNM is the clinic shift. She loves interacting with patients and watching homeopathy treat people. She told us “I am on Dr. Messer’s shift and it is such an honor to work with him because he has so much experience and has seen so much. Our patients improve beyond belief with homeopathy.”   

Once Courtney graduates from SCNM she dreams of becoming a naturopathic pediatrician with a focus on treating the entire family, including parents. Reflecting on her own experience she said “Now that I am a mother I truly understand the difficulties that parents face. I don’t think parents have enough support these days. It really takes a village to raise a child, and we have come so far from that this day in age.” By educating the whole family she hopes to instill healthy habits and prevent future health issues.

This scholarship has allowed Courtney to pursue her passion for helping and healing others through naturopathic medicine. She is excited to graduate next year and make a positive impact in the lives of her future patients.