Expanding the breadth and depth of the whole-body wellness philosophy at Weimar Institute, Ronald Celestine, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, joins the natural science Department. President Neil Nedley, MD, announced the appointment this year.
Dr. Celestine recently earned his license to practice naturopathic medicine after graduating from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington. He had previously earned a doctoral degree in Biological Sciences from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo; his dissertation topic was a molecular analysis of the effects of herbicides on tadpoles.
“Chemicals are harmful to all plant and animal life,” commented Dr. Celestine. “Especially humans!”
Throughout his educational journey, Dr. Celestine has studied “introduced” effects and outcomes. As an example, his master’s thesis from Andrews University was entitled “Effects of Introduced Species on Native Species of Birds”.
“I am excited, as a Christian naturopathic doctor, to be part of Weimar Institute where people not only learn God’s principles of health and healing, but also live them,” said Dr. Celestine.
The natural science department’s newest member has a long history of education and healthcare, including being a research assistant at Great Lakes Environmental and Molecular Science Center, lecturing in Human Physiology at Grand Valley State University, anatomy and physiology laboratory teaching assistant at Andrews University, and a peer counselor at the Bastyr University Counseling Department.
“I believe that God has led me through these two disciplines so that I can be both doctor and teacher to people who need this information so badly,” he continued.
A former regular on the Dean’s List at the University of the Southern Caribbean (previously called Caribbean Union College), Dr. Celestine enjoys learning, teaching and interacting with others. He also completed a 40-hour preceptorship program at the Guam Seventh-day Adventist Clinic where he learned how to discuss lifestyle and dietary changes with patients.
In the department of health science at Weimar Institute, Dr. Celestine teaches Foundational Biology, Microbiology, Physiology and Nutrition, Pathology for Massage students and supervises student interns in the NEWSTART program during the summer. He will also be teaching Pathology in Spring 2017 for the natural science department’s certificate program for massage and hydrotherapy.
Dr. Celestine says his long term goal is to establish a lifestyle center in his home country of Trinidad and Tobago which would allow clients to be treated using natural therapies.
“I plan to utilize hydrotherapy, herbal medicine, diet and lifestyle counseling,” he said. “It’s all about nutrition, exercise, water, sunshine, temperance, air, rest, and trust in God.”
One of nine children, Dr. Celestine and his wife Lystra, an OB/GYN physician, enjoy singing, traveling, and reading.