Naturopathic Institute of Therapies & Education

Bessheen & James Baker
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Since 1995, Bessheen and James Baker have owned the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education (N.I.T.E.). The couple also owns two other businesses: Herbs Etc., Inc. and J. Wesley Photography. Bessheen Baker, through the guidance of her mother, took an interest in nutrition, herbs, and the study if iridology. It wasn't long before Bessheen and her mother, Nancy Foder, were studying and taking courses from herbalists, chiropractors, and naturopaths. In her teenage years, Bessheen became aware of how difficult it was to get an education in natural health. From this awareness, she built a school for true naturopathic training, where people of all age groups and educational backgrounds could come together and create a foundation of understanding. With the SBA 504 Loan Program, the Baker's were able to finance their new location for 20 years and only 10% down. The new location allows more students to be admitted, allowing up to 30 students per session.

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