What is Steiner Health?

Steiner Health is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1997. The organization was founded on the principles of anthroposophic medicine, empowering patients, creating a space for therapies and education, and providing financially accessible alternative and complementary medicine. 

Rudolf Steiner Health Center

The Health Center is modeled after the anthroposophic hospitals in Germany, where our doctors were trained. It is the only inpatient anthroposophic medical center in the United States.

Outpatient Office

The doctor's office is a community supported, not-for-profit practice. The doctors practice a form of integrative medicine called anthroposophic medicine.

Patient Organization

The patient organization, founded in 1998, is one of the first direct care models in the country. The idea was to create a collective of people who have a different economic relationship to health care.

"Real medicine can only exist when it penetrates into a knowledge which embraces the human being in respect to body, soul, and spirit"

-Rudolf Steiner

History of the Rudolf Steiner Health Center

Dr. McKenzie, an obstetrician, built the Anna Botsford Bach Home in 1916. The building was then purchased by Anna Botsford Bach in 1927 and used as a home for elderly women until 2002, i.e., 75 years of service! There are examples of the historic past in various parts of the house. In the library is a photo of Anna, for instance.

We are currently using the building for health sessions. Following the first few years of our ramp up phase we anticipate being operational year round. Some of our staff is local and others come from a distance to assist us in the training and building up of a permanent staff. We purchased the Anna Botford Bach home in June of 2003 and have made many changes already, but anticipate more changes over the next years.

Our goal is to have the most environmentally friendly operation possible. We are happy that the building has no sources of modern building materials, which tend to off gas. We use only biodegradable and perfume free laundry and cleaning agents. The food we purchase is organic or biodynamic and includes as much local produce as we can organize. We have relationships with many of the local farmers and use food that is in season and as fresh as we can find.

We have a small shop in the library with body care, postcards and some books. Please ask in the office for assistance. The library also contains a small collection of donated books that may be borrowed during your stay.

Read about the history of Ann Arbor