About Us

dan-prater-nd-naturopathic-medicine-21st-century-total-wellness-cedar-creek-indianaHello, my name is Dan Prater. I am Board Certified Naturopath Doctor with a private practice in Cedar Lake, Indiana, approximately 45 minutes south of Chicago. I also have a very successful out of state Consultation Practice where I am able to work with my clients by a combination of phone, email and texting, as well as web cam Skype and video phone.

The word, Naturopathy, is a Latin-Greek hybrid, which means ‘being close to or benefiting from nature.’ Naturopathy provides the individual with the tools necessary to restore their body’s own healing capabilities through natural methods. Naturopathy also recognizes that there is a time and a place for all interventions.

We encourage each client to think in terms of their own self-involvement as being the most powerful tool for maintaining and restoring health. 21st Century Total Wellness LLC is here to assist each client to continue on the path of ultimately becoming his or her own best advocate. We seek to serve each person with compassion, quality care and excellence in service. We strive to utilize all of our given resources and remember that ultimately healing and health are gifts from God.

My journey into natural medicine and therapies began in 1987 with the study of martial arts, manual and manipulative therapies and nutrition. My research in health, wellness and athletics indicated that specific physical activities combined with specific food selection would yield specific results. During my research, I concluded that the combined practice of various Eastern and Western arts and sciences had the potential to bring positive changes to the human mind and body. This is a basic tenet of Naturopathy.

I became passionate about these ideas and desired to educate and empower people to make positive health choices for their minds and bodies based on natural alternatives. This concept originated with Hippocrates (460-377) and the motto of Vis Medicatrix Naturae and continues today…food is medicine and physical activity is a necessary part of daily life.

From 1987 to 2000, I traveled extensively in order to participate in seminars and lectures which focused on different cultural aspects of nutrition, herbal medicine, hydrotherapy, sports medicine and several different forms of martial arts.

My credentials are as follows:


Dan Prater, ND

  • Full Instructorship Certification (Martial Arts), 2001
  • Bachelor of Science in Natural Health, 2004
  • Therapeutic Lifestyle Certifications, 2005
  • Doctorate in Naturopathy (ND), 2011



In addition to Doctor of Naturopathy, I have certifications or licenses in:


I have practiced in just about every setting available: hospitals, skilled nursing/therapy facilities, outpatient clinics and for the last 20 years in Private Practice. My extensive experience in multiple and diverse settings has deepened my passion to offer both comprehensive and complimentary Naturopathic Intervention.

From 2004 to 2008, I owned and operated two freestanding clinics and averaged 40-50 appointments weekly. I concluded from this experience that restructuring the clinic and the scheduling of clients was both necessary and beneficial!

My business motto is ‘First, do no harm.” This concept is central to the broad spectrum of my experience in complementary, holistic and alternative interventions. There is a time and a place for all interventions; the key to achieving health is knowing which one at what time.


My personal goal is to provide each client with professional, comprehensive and compassionate Naturopathic Health Care.



In July 2013, my wife and I completed building our new house with an in-home office/clinic, Private Photon Genius Machine & Wellness Rooms https://photongenius.com/   in Cedar Lake, Indiana.






From 2013-2021 Private Practice has grown to include 15 specialized service’s https://www.21ctw.com/services/

I am a U.S. Army veteran who served our country during Desert Storm and a person of faith who believes in the priority of God, family and occupation.

Our new clinic is setup to service both walk-in by appointment only, and out of state clients Tele Medicine.

This approach gives me the opportunity to collaborate with you regardless of your geographical location.


Thank you for partnering with me!


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