Meet Dr. Nicole Klughers
Vis Wellness Center
Dr. Nicole Klughers is the founder of Vis Wellness Center in Rocky Hill, CT. "Vis" is Latin and represents "the healing power," as a core focus of naturopathic medicine is to encourage the body's natural ability to heal itself. Vis Wellness Center focuses on disease prevention, individualized care and restoration of optimal health by encouraging the inherent self-healing processes that exist within us all. Dr. Nicole promotes wellness through lifestyle modifications, personalized nutrition, natural therapies and functional testing.
Nicole Klughers, ND, PharmD, MSAc is a licensed naturopathic physician, acupuncture specialist, community health educator, and former pharmacist. Passionate about healthcare from an early age and inspired by working as a pharmacy assistant from the age of 14, Dr. Nicole began her journey into medicine by earning a Doctorate in Pharmacy at St. John's University College of Pharmacy, in Queens, NY and Rome, Italy.
"Working as a pharmacist in the conventional medical model allowed me to fully recognize that drugs were not the way I wanted to help people."
Questioning the limitations of conventional medicine, Dr. Nicole was drawn to naturopathic medicine as she recognized this as a way to provide integrative, sustainable and holistic healthcare. Eager to help others get to the root-cause of their health concerns, Dr. Nicole enrolled at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, and earned a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine while concurrently completing a Master of Science in Acupuncture. Dr. Nicole graduated summa cum laude (with highest honors) in both disciplines.
Enthusiastic about naturopathic philosophy, Dr. Nicole took the lead in coordinating The 11th Annual Naturopathic Gathering in Bridgeport; an inspirational and educational conference attended by naturopathic elders, doctors, educators, and students from across North America. Dr. Klughers was recognized for her professionalism and commitment to patient-care as the recipient of the Clinical Excellence award as well the All-Around Excellence award from the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine.
In efforts to create a healthier, sustainable, more aware and joyful world, Dr. Nicole established Vis Wellness Center in Rocky Hill, CT. She practices there, providing thorough naturopathic care and in addition hosts holistic events. Fully embracing her role of “Doctor as Teacher,” Dr. Nicole regularly offers wellness programs, health fairs, and nutritious cooking workshops to provide the community with education and tools for healthy living.
"Individuals I work with become empowered to take their health into their own hands and are ready to feel like the best version of themselves, like they deserve to!"
Dr. Nicole visits Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. each year to participate in naturopathic legislative initiatives and is eager to continue the advancement of the naturopathic profession while increasing naturopathic healthcare accessibility for the public. On a state level, Dr. Klughers serves as the Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Naturopathic Physician Association. She is also an active member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians, American Apitherapy Society, and the Connecticut Holistic Chamber of Commerce and the Holistic Community Professional organization.
Dr. Nicole has been repeatedly been awarded as one of Connecticut's top 10 Naturopathic Physicians and best Holistic Weight Loss Centers by Natural Nutmeg's 10BEST Readers Choice Awards.
Dr. Nicole's clinical training consists of a wide range of care settings throughout the U.S. including: private practice, inpatient hospital, outpatient hospital, community clinic, inpatient psychiatric institution, and substance abuse treatment facility. She has trained under esteemed leaders of both the naturopathic and pharmacy professions with focus on Endocrinology, Geriatrics, Addiction Medicine, Mental Health, Gynecology, Integrative Oncology, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Pediatrics.
Outside of America, Dr. Nicole has served in disadvantaged and rural areas, where individuals' rights to healthcare are underutilized or not recognized. She believes naturopathic medicine can provide a sustainable means of healthcare in developing countries and often looks for opportunities to offer naturopathic care to those in need, regardless of how far from her home. Dr. Nicole has served on medical missions abroad in Italy, Jamaica, Guatemala and Ecuador.
"Becoming a naturopathic physician has allowed me to help people with a strong sense of honor, passion and pride. I am confident that I am supporting individuals to truly heal by addressing the root cause of illness."
Dr. Nicole has an enthusiastic, optimistic and inventive attitude. She feels it necessary to constantly keep an open mind and stay receptive to unconventional possibilities that often provide overlooked solutions to recurring issues. She lives in Connecticut and regularly travels to experience various world cultures and learn about traditional ways of healing.
Passionate and knowledgeable about health, healing, happiness, and natural living, Dr. Nicole is “truly honored to do this work.” She enjoys practicing yoga and mindfulness, preparing wholesome meals with family and friends, hiking, biking and camping, learning more about beekeeping and apitherapy, and attending a variety of musical performances.
"Dr. Nicole has helped me handle a disagreeable gut with nutrition. I find she looks to heal and solve health issues. There was no recourse to my health issues with the mainstream medical community. I was told to live with discomfort as it wouldn't shorten my life. However I wanted to heal myself and working with Dr Nicole was the answer. I would highly recommend seeking her help to anyone with medical issues unresolved through the regular mainstream medical community." - Dan P.
"Dr. Nicole is the most compassionate, thorough and knowledgeable physician I have ever met. She really listens to her patients and truly wants to get to the root of problem not just treat the symptoms. I was ill for months. Traditional doctors would not discuss or even explore alternatives to the harsh protocol they prescribed, despite it making me even more ill. I found Dr. Nicole through a family member and I have been treating with her ever since. She was able to prescribe an effective treatment, without harsh medicines, and I feel better than I have in months. Dr. Nicole cares deeply about her patients and their well being. She treats the whole person (mind, body, soul). I wish all doctors were like her." - Nicole T.
"Dr Nicole is a compassionate and caring practitioner. She also has an amazing degree of knowledge of both allopathic and naturopathic medicine. I have seen her for several acupuncture sessions and always come away feeling relaxed and de-stressed as well as a lot less pain." - Susan A.
“I went to Dr. Klughers for acupuncture to help some health concerns I am having. She knew exactly what to do and I was feeling better as quickly as during the session! The atmosphere was extremely ambient and allowed me to relax even further, Nova Spa is beautiful! If you are looking for a new Naturopathic doctor or acupuncturist I highly recommend her!” - Sarah S.
"Clearly Nicole is thoughtful. Seems she and I are on the same page. Her energy and concern are obvious." - H. Robert Silverstein, MD, FACC
"I am down 11 pounds so far. Feeling great! Energy level and just how I am feeling about myself is great! (that depression, and annoying feeling I had is gone too). It is amazing to me how thyroid function can make you feel so terrible. Usually around 6pm at night I was exhausted everyday and felt like I had the flu. So happy to have found you as you are the only one who has REALLY helped me!!!" - V.P.
"I have the highest respect and admiration for Dr. Nicole Klughers. I have attended nearly all of her presentations and learned so, so much. Not only is she exceptionally informed, but she is easy to understand, and more gracious about answering questions than anyone I have known in her field." - John A.
"Dr. Nicole Klughers has helped me get back to being myself again and has taught me about health in so many ways. I started my journey about 2 months ago and the results have really been showing. I feel great, my energy level is high, and I actually enjoy cooking healthy recipes. Dr. Klughers answered all my questions that my primary care physician could not. He told me 2 simple phrases: lose weight and eat healthier. Not even advice at where to start. Dr. Klughers explained everything in detail to me about what and how I should start. I can’t thank her enough and I’m excited to see her again, but this time with my mother. I know she is going to make my mother feel great and make her continue on the right track. Dr. Klughers is amazing and I recommend her to anyone. Thank you for all you do!!" - Stephanie G.
"Dr. Nicole is knowledgeable, Well-versed in multiple aspects natural wellness and gift for helping others. I would recommend her to everyone I know!" - Dennis Schleicher, Master Aromatherapist, Cosmetic Chemist and TV host
“Great Environment, Quality & Wait Time. Nicole is truly concerned about getting to the root of my health concerns.” - Adrianne C.
“Dr. Nicole is smart, kind, and really cares about her patients. She dedicates her time to her patients. I don't feel as though I'm being rushed in and out of her office like many other physicians do. She was thorough with her exams and how she plans to improve an illness/symptoms. And she is always available to discuss any questions or concerns that sometimes come to mind after a visit." - Kaitlin Z.
"Nicole is not only a good Doctor with a wealth of knowledge, she is also kind and compassionate." - Beth Sabatino
"I've started seeing Dr. Klughers for wellness. I'm so impressed with her knowlege. Looking forward to continuing my healing with her guidance. She is very responsive and has an amazing patient portal." - Victoria Pepin
"I recommend Dr. Nicole because she LISTENS!!! I was not feeling well and my doctors did not listen to me. I saw Nicole and a month later I was feeling like myself again. She is easy to talk to and spends time with you. She is knowledgeable and explains everything. I have recommended her to family and friends. If you are looking for a naturopath, give Nicole a call, you won't be disappointed." - Lucy D.
"Thank you so much. I'm feeling so much better. Love the supplements and the diet I'm on. My MS symptoms are soooo much better. I feel like a new person! I'm back to work today too which is really nice. Looking forward to my next appt, can't come soon enough!" - A.C.
"I first met Dr. Nicole at a Holistic Fair in Vernon, CT & enrolled in her summer series, "Meditation Mondays" which introduced relaxation techniques and acupuncture along with tea in a beautiful & relaxing atmosphere. She takes time to address concerns, answer questions and share her wealth of holistic knowledge. Dr. Nicole has a fresh approach making it easy to attain your health goals. Highly recommend her practice to anyone looking to improve their health & well being." - Lisa Nyland
“I love Dr. Nicole Klughers down to earth approach in solving my health concerns at a natural level so my body functions using it's own immune system as the body was designed to function.” - Felipe M.
“Dr. Nicole Klughers cares for you like she cares for herself. She is very insightful and informative. In my experience, Dr. Nic guides you to make decisions for yourself that benefit your wellness and well being. Super DR. Super woman! Its really nice to have a doctor who practices what she preaches.” - Ashley A.
“Amazing Doctor & human being with a mission to help others in every way. I recommend her for anything you might need help with.” - Linda F.
“Very informative, caring and personalized care in a serene, welcoming environment; nurturing for the body, mind and spirit.” - Marion T.
"I wanted to thank you for all your comfort and support through that very hard emotional time. You were a great support and I so appreciated it. You are a wonderful doctor." - L.S.
"Nicole is a very special woman. Not only is she dedicated to healing people but she is passionately living a vibrant and conscious life. Nicole is all about finding natural ways to help: cure bodily ailments, alleviate human impacts on the environment and spread love everywhere she goes. She is an excellent problem solver and faces challenges with poise and determination." - Sarah P.
10BEST Naturopathic Physicians - Natural Nutmeg Magazine
10BEST Holistic Weight Loss Centers - Natural Nutmeg Magazine
Science Consultant, Wellness Coach - NUTRAFOL
Vice President - Connecticut Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Member - Holistic Chamber of Commerce
Speaker - Cora J. Belden Library Wellness Series