Fidalgo Island Health Center

At Fidalgo Island Health Center we are leading the way in a new paradigm of healthcare in which we partner with you to maximize your innate healing potential. We are here to give hope to those who have lost control of their health. We offer you the possibility of transforming your health through leading edge wellness strategies, education, and empowerment to take back personal control and responsibility for your well being.

We have helped hundreds of people just like you regain their health, and know from experience that your body has the power to heal itself! Our approach is patient-centered wellness care using methods which foster the natural healing process. Dr. Bentz and his staff  will work with you to create a custom plan that is designed to address your needs through a combination of safe, gentle, and effective health strategies:

Neurological Integration System


Your brain monitors and controls every cell in your body. Symptoms are caused by from breakdowns in the signaling between the brain and muscles, joints, organs, and glands. NIS uses gentle muscle testing to find and correct neurological interference, allowing your brain to restore normal function. The NIS System was developed in New Zealand by Dr. Allan Phillips and is practiced across the globe. Dr. Jim Bentz is the only certified NIS instructor in the U.S.! NIS is the cornerstone of our practice, and the most powerful healing modality Dr. Bentz has found in over 30 years of practice. You’ll be amazed at the transformations in your health when your brain is in full communication with your body.

Watch actual NIS sessions here:


Health Coaching

In wellness care, the doctor and patient collaborate as partners. We act as your “health coach,” first identifying the underlying cause of your symptoms. Using cutting edge, proven approaches to wellness care, we guide you through the lifestyle changes that are essential for reclaiming your quality of life – putting you in control of your health!

Anyone who succeeds at a high level in life has a coach, whether in sports, business, acting, and yes, even health. If you already had the knowledge you needed to get control of your health, you wouldn’t be looking for help. Your health is the last thing you want to risk a “do it yourself” approach with.

Knowledge is power. Understanding how your body truly works is the key that will help you unlock your full health potential. In fact, this is the bedrock of our practice. At each visit, you receive information – based on peer-reviewed research and expert knowledge – about how your body works and how to maximize your health without the use of drugs or surgery.

True Cellular Detox™ Program

Unfortunately, our environment is full of toxins that degrade our health, sometimes with very serious consequences. We are proud to be a certified provider of Dr. Daniel Pompa’s revolutionary True Cellular Detox ™ program. Detoxification at the cellular level can help address a range of health issues, including weight-loss resistance, hormone dysregulation, thyroid problems, diabetes, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, fibromyalgia, autism, and autoimmune disorders.


Designed to enhance wellness through relaxation of the nervous system, the Magnesphere uses very precise, extremely low level electromagnetic fields as you recline in comfort. This technology involves no drugs, no surgery, and no pain. The electromagnetic frequencies can be adjusted to target different tissues, inducing electromagnetic resonance, and stimulating healing. We are one of only two clinics in the state that offer this innovative form of treatment! Learn more….

Nutritional Supplements

Let’s face it: the standard American diet is letting our bodies down. Nutritional supplements can help fill the gap left by our eating habits or even by “good” food that is deficient in essential micronutrients due to modern farming practices. Targeted use of supplements can address specific problems and enhance overall health.

A high percentage of supplements are composed mainly of synthetic vitamins, which are not utilized well by the body. We source only the highest quality nutritional supplements, made from organic fruits and vegetables, medicinal plants and herbs, and naturally occurring minerals.


About Us

Fidalgo Island Health Center is located in beautiful Anacortes, Washington, the Gateway to the San Juan Islands.



Our Healthcare Model

Our philosophy of healthcare is based on the principle that health is innate, in other words, it comes from within. Our bodies are self- regulating and self healing. Dis-ease (lack of health or ease) is the result of interference to our inborn healing potential. When sources of interference such as infection, stress, trauma, toxicity etc. are removed, your body can express it’s full healing potential. We believe that since health comes from the inside-out, you are ultimately responsible for your health. Our mission is to remove any interference, and empower you to take control of your health.

Welcome to Fidalgo Island Health Center

Our Staff

Just like you, each of us here at Fidalgo Island Health Center is here for a reason. Get to know us and our stories, which will help you understand why we do what we do.

Dr. Jim Bentz, Health Coach and Educator, NIS Trainer for North America

I was lucky in growing up for so many reasons. I grew up in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, the oldest of 9 kids. LaCrosse is a town of 50,000 in the Mississippi River Valley, and we grew up roaming the bluffs and river as kids. My parents were both very health conscious. Dad was a dentist who did amalgam removal and recommended whole food diets and supplements to his patients in the 50’s and 60’s. He gave me a copy of Weston Price’s “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” when I was a teen. That book made a huge impact on me and I still have and treasure it.

With 9 kids my mom was the “domestic engineer”. We rarely had processed food, and never had pop or candy. I remember Mom reading Adele Davis, Rachel Carson, and Euell Gibbons growing up. I graduated from the university of Wisconsin with a degree in Biology, and later decided I wanted to work in health care. I attended Palmer College College of Chiropractic in Davenport Iowa, graduating in 1984. I began practice in Bellevue, WA. in 1985, and moved to Anacortes in 1997. My wife Candice and I feel very blessed to live in such a special place.

I’ve always loved learning, and am still passionate about studying health and the amazing human brain and body. It’s an honor to work with all our amazing patients, and experiencing the transformations in their health with them. I also have the privilege of teaching NIS to other practitioners in North America and beyond, and one of my life goals is to change the way healthcare is delivered in the United States. Because of my focus on how the brain regulates all body function, I’ve been called “The Brain Doctor” by some.

Susie Teague

Hello! I am Susie Teague. I am very excited to be a new part of the team at Fidalgo Island Health Center. After working with children, adolescents, individuals, and families for 20+ years for physical, emotional, and mental health and wellbeing, I began studying Neurological Integration System (NIS) with Dr. Bentz and Dr. Allan Phillips. For the last two years I’ve been providing NIS health and wellness services to my Lopez Island community.


My background, education and training are various holistic care services – Psychology, Therapeutic Recreation, Herbalism/Nutrition, Ministry, Reiki and more currently, NIS services. Hospitals, community non-profit organizations and schools, are where I shared most of my health and wellness services. As well, in 2006, my husband and I started our small family business, Whispers of Nature. We grow medicinal herbs in our herbal labyrinth garden, process and manufacture herbals and offer various classes and events to the community.

When I’m not serving my extraordinary clients, gardening and processing plants, or tending our goats, you’ll find my husband and I playing music, singing, kayaking, paddle boarding, volunteering in the community, or visiting our beautiful grand-daughter, daughter, family and friends.

I feel deep respect and honor for all beings.  I believe in connecting with our internal wisdom and intelligence, and listening, which enables each of us to live to our full potential and capacity. I am so grateful for all of the many blessings in my life.

I look forward to being a part of your health and wellness team!

Wendy Saver

Hello and welcome to Fidalgo Island Health Center. I’m Wendy Saver and I joined the team here in October 2013. I have an extensive (15 plus years) administrative medical background working at a major hospital in Boston starting in early 70’s. From there my husband and I opened up three very successful family style restaurants over a 20 year period. I strongly believe that working at the hospital and the restaurant prepped me for any type of hospitality work.

In 2011 the timing was right for a change and we downsized our lives, drove across the United States from one camp site to another. Our destination was Guemes Island and that is where we landed three weeks later. Timing is everything and when a position opened up in this office I was fortunate to be offered the job.

Working closely with the patients has been such a rewarding aspect of this job. Going the extra “mile” for someone to try to accommodate their needs is very important to me. I like to consider my role here as someone who strives to make everyone feel comfortable and cared for from that first connection between patients and the office. It goes without saying that I am blessed to be working with amazing people and feel that the support and caring overflows into the care of our patients. I look forward to meeting you and helping you in any way that I can to get you to the next level of your physical and mental well being. We are here for you ❤️

Maddie Knutson

Hi, my name is Maddie Knutson. I have been in the medical field for 12 years now. Being a lifelong resident of Anacortes, naturally, I have a love for hiking, the beach, and all things outdoors. Having gone through my own personal health journey and becoming one of Dr. Bentz’s patients, I know first hand what it’s like to have gone through it all. Now as the Medical Assistant at Fidalgo Island Health Center I am happy and eager to attend to all your patient care needs. I will be working with you personally from your first appointment and medical intake, and will be your point of contact with any questions you may have. Everyday Dr. Bentz has something new to share with us and in turn we have more to offer our patients in their care and health journey– Always striving for the best and continually learning.

Here’s to you and your health, we look forward to seeing you in the office!



Pastoral Medical Association

Dr. Bentz is licensed in the State of Washington as a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC). He also is licensed as a Diplomate of Pastoral Science (DPSc). Because the services Dr. Bentz offers are not included in any diagnostic or procedural codes, he offers these services under his Pastoral Medical License.

* This Pastoral Medical Association (PMA) practitioner does not practice medicine. More specifically, this practitioner does not: examine, diagnose, treat, offer to treat, cure, or attempt to cure: any physical or mental disease or disorder, or any physical deformity or injury. Nor does this practitioner prescribe or recommend any drugs or medicine.

Dr. Bentz is licensed by the Pastoral Medical Association to provide natural health services to individuals registered in the Member Share Network.




Is Fidalgo Island Health Center Right for Me?

Since 1985, our primary focus has been improving the health and lives of people in the Pacific Northwest. Our patients come to us for a wide range of issues. But we have to be honest with you: not everyone is successful with our program. That’s because you are an active participant in your care, and your success depends on how you implement the healing strategies we recommend.

If you can answer “YES” to these three questions, you would be a good candidate for working with us to improve your health, energy, and vitality!

  • Are you willing to do whatever it takes to get your health back?
  • Do you believe your health is ultimately your responsibility?
  • Are you willing to invest in your health, whether or not it is covered by insurance?

We are committed to working with you on your health. All we ask is that you make the same commitment to yourself!

But don’t take our word for it. Hear from people just like you who have reclaimed their heath with our help!

What conditions do you treat?

Actually, we don’t treat any conditions. Disease conditions and symptoms arise when something interferes with your innate healing capacity. Our focus is on finding the underlying interference which is causing your disease or symptoms, and your body can then heal itself. You are your own best doctor.

Many conditions, respond well to this healthcare approach, including (but not limited to):

AllergiesFrequent Colds and Flu
AsthmaLearning Disorders
AnxietyLowered Immunity
Autoimmune DisordersLow Energy
Back/Neck/Joint PainMenstrual Disorders
Blood Sugar RegulationNumbness
Chronic FatigueSciatica
Digestive ProblemsSkin Problems
FibromyalgiaWeight Problems

How are you different than a typical doctor?

To call America’s current medical system “health care” is a misnomer. It would be better called “sick care.” Standard practice is a system of disease management, focused on “fixing” symptoms with drugs and surgery, which can lead to further interventions to counteract the side effects of treatments. We look first at the underlying causes of illness, help the body tap into its own healing power, and put you in control of your own health.

Do you take my health insurance?

The health strategies we offer are not covered by health insurance. The insurance system is based on disease management, not wellness. There are no diagnostic or procedural codes associated with the services we offer at Fidalgo Island Health Center, therefore we do participate in any health care plans, and do not bill insurance for any of our services.

What is your privacy policy?

Your privacy is a top priority to us. We will never sell, give away, trade or compromise your private information for anyone, for any reason.We comply with the requirements of HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which sets uniform standards for anyone receiving, handling and safeguarding your individual health information, regardless of when it was created or received. Under HIPAA, all information in your physical and psychiatric medical records along with associated billing or payments plus other related demographic data, which can be traced back to you is considered Protected Health Information, or PHI. From time to time we may need to disclose your PHI to outside sources, such as other doctors or to your insurance carrier. We never do so without your written permission.

We never store credit card numbers anywhere in our system or on our credit card terminal, and have procedures in place to assure that this information is never compromised.

For complete and comprehensive details about your rights and our obligations under HIPAA, please contact our office at 360-588-9108. If you are already a patient here you have signed a HIPAA agreement and been given a copy.



Patient of the Month

Each month we feature a Fidalgo Island Health Center patient who shares their story with us.

Our February Patient of the Month, Karen, talks about how NIS and True Cellular Detox transformed her health.

Our January Patient of the Month, Kendra, shares her experience with Fidalgo Island Health Center and NIS.

For December, Sonja shares her experience with NIS, including her recovery from Lyme Disease.

This month Carol tells us  about her experience.



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“After I saw you last Friday, I sat at the library for several hours studying, then drove to Glacier for the weekend. Friday night was the first night that I did NOT take the pain medication hydrocodone in 12 months. WOW. Saturday, we did a low stress hike, then an evening relaxing, I did take a few pain pills that night…nothing like usual tho. Sunday, after driving a good part of the day and doing errands, I did not feel the need for the meds. Monday eve after working all day on my feet at the medical clinic, I did take a few, but a lesser amount again. I can’t wait to see you again!!”


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“When I met Dr. Benz I weighed 87 pounds and had been told I was Anorexic Nervosa. Months prior to going to Dr. Benz, I had been going to my regular Dr., a counselor and a nutritionist. I never believed I had Anorexia but I really didn’t know what was wrong with me. I was getting sicker and sicker, my parents by my Dr. request, took me to an Anorexia Nervosa Specialist who proceeded to tell my parents, that I did have Anorexia, and that I needed to be placed immediately in a facilities for Anorexics, in Florida. I commend my parents for not following through and believing in me and what I was telling them. My nana goes to Dr. Benz, she pleaded my case to him and he agreed to see me. It was 3 weeks before my high school graduation ceremony when I had my first appointment with Dr. Benz. I’ll never forget his words, “You Do Not Have Anorexia, You Have Parasites!” No one can ever imagine how happy and relieved I was to hear Dr. Benz say, those words. I am so thankful for Dr. Benz and I truly believe he was my life saver. After my first appointment with him I started gaining weight back and feeling better, by graduation I had gained 20 pounds and now I’m back to normal and feel great. I believe in his methods and theory so much so, that I am going to college to pursue what he does. I thank you Dr. Benz.”

Breanne H.

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“Felt a bubbling in my ears. Neck and back felt great. I could sit straight up again. Felt like I was getting more flow into my head. Light headed in a good way. Legs felt light. Almost as if I was walking or running on air. A good ache. A light flutter in chest/ heart/ stomach and pelvis. I didn't realize how much pain I had till it was gone. I got the most incredible energy. I hadn't had that kind of energy in 10 years. I was so full of energy that I went on a huge trail run the next day, the next day, and the next day. I hope I can maintain that feeling.”

Jesse W.

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“In the summer of 2010, I was under a lot of stress. Job and household stress. I was planning my wedding. I should have been on the top of the world! There was a lot of responsibility at work. I didn't realize how bad it was until I became non-functional. I went to my family physician who prescribed an antianxiety/antidepressant medication and a sleep aid. They helped for a while. On return to the family physician my medication was increased. It did not help. I literally developed an aversion to food. Nothing sounded good, nothing tasted good, I was nauseous, and had dry heaves every morning with nausea throughout the day. (Nope, not pregnant...not possible). I was losing a lot of weight. I wanted to curl up and not move. I forced myself to go to work. I saw a counselor regularly. It was getting close to our big day, our beautiful fall wedding.

I had my annual appt with my gyn nurse practioner . When I told her what I had been experiencing she asked me "aren't you a patient of Dr. Bentz? How long has it been since you have seen him (at least a year)? This is not you. You need to be grounded or something. Why don't you see if you can get in emergently."

I did get in emergently. Dr. Bentz ran me through his battery of muscle tests. I always smile when I am there. It is very alternative. But WOW, IT WORKS! I left there relaxed, better able to eat, food actually tasted good. He gave me an adrenal supplement. I went back for adjustment a couple of times to make sure "it stuck". My wedding day was great! Fun! I was able to taper off the medication. I no longer needed a sleep aid. It is amazing how you can be non-functional mess one minute and relaxed and functional and able to make decisions in your best interest the next!

Thank you, Dr. Bentz!”

Dee Ann W.




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