From Struggle to Recovery Through Holistic Health

Justine Altman with her husband and two children. Photo courtesy Justine Altman

At Ann Arbor Holistic Health, Justine Altman leads the team as an expert fertility coach and functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner (FDN-P). While attending the University of Michigan to complete her degree in psychology, back pain, obesity, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), exhaustion, and other childhood health problems followed her into her early 20s and eventually resulted in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), panic attacks, and persistent migraines. She looked for alternative therapies and investigated holistic ways to wellness as she was dissatisfied with traditional medicine.

Inspired by her personal experiences, Altman explored the relationship between nutrition and wellness, earning her certifications as an Expert Fertility Coach and FDN-P to support others going through a similar struggle. With her expertise, Altman was able to provide her clients with outcomes that would change their lives.

Co-author of the soon-to-be-published book, “Doing the Impossible with Functional Medicine,” Altman shares her personal story of recovering from illness to vitality, highlighting the healing power of holistic medicine.

In Altman’s story, health problems since childhood are described, along with the several specialists she saw along the way—from headache to hormone specialists.

“I was a sick person for many years. From the time I was like five, I wasn’t well, and I was in a situation where I just got worse and worse and worse year after year,” Altman recalls.

The tides didn’t start to turn until Altman embraced holistic remedies and a routine centered around real food.

“It actually was in my power; I can be as well as I want it to be,” Altman says. Altman experienced a surprising flip as a result of this knowledge, feeling younger at 43 than at 20.

Motivated by her personal health difficulties, Altman now advocates for a message of empowerment and hope. “If you are suffering, it doesn’t have to be that way. There is a solution out there,” Altman reassures.

Altman hopes to share this important knowledge with readers all across the world with her upcoming book, which will serve as a ray of light for anyone facing health issues.

“My big ‘why’ is I just want people to know there’s a solution out there. Even in cases where there’s a genetic component, a lot of times there’s a solution out there, maybe not necessarily to get 100 percent, you know, perfect health, but to get much better, where they’re feeling better, and quality of life is much improved,” Altman says.

“And I’m an example myself. I had fertility challenges and I had PCOS. And I don’t today. I have a couple of beautiful kids and PCOS has been gone for a number of years,” Altman shares.

Many people struggle financially to get the holistic treatments they need because insurance does not cover them. For people looking for alternate methods of well-being, this barrier presents an obstacle.

“I would say the biggest challenge is getting healthy isn’t cheap. Sadly, the fact that insurance doesn’t cover anything that we do is definitely a hardship for people. But otherwise, it’s just a matter of the work that we do is hard,” Altman observes.

According to Altman, people who look for holistic care frequently do so as a last resort after all other options have failed.

“So going to the doctor is easy. Taking a pill is easy if there’s medication to solve something. But the work that we do means changing the way that we eat, it means getting to bed at a reasonable time. That means having good lifestyle habits,” Altman explains. Even though these changes are necessary for good health, most people who are used to quick fixes may find them overwhelming,” says Altman.

According to the organization’s website, with its dedication to altering lives by identifying the underlying cause, Ann Arbor Holistic Health takes the time to fully comprehend each person’s distinct health journey. The assistance provided by Ann Arbor Holistic Health goes beyond a consultation. They give ongoing one-on-one assistance, as well as personalized roadmaps, advice, and recipes.

“I would say the common misconception out there is that what we do isn’t legitimate or isn’t proven by science. But we see day in and day out that that’s just a wash.”

Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at 220 Collingwood Dr., Suite 240, Ann Arbor Holistic Health is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 6 pm and on Saturday and Sunday by appointment. To schedule a free evaluation and consultation, visit