AANMC Board Members
Fraser Smith, MATD, ND
National University of Health Sciences
Christine L. Girard, ND, MPH
AANMC Vice President
President, National University of Natural Medicine
Dr. Christine L. Girard is the President of the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. For over 20 years she has devoted her career to integrative medicine and educating medical professionals across specialties.
Trained as a naturopathic physician, Dr. Girard’s career has focused on hospital-based integrative medicine and leadership in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. She has been a physician administrator for many years and has held executive leadership positions, including executive vice-president of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.
Michael Schanz, MBA
President, Boucher Institute
Michael obtained his B.Sc. and MBA in Canada. His experience spans the higher educational, pharmaceutical and financial fields. His background as a CEO in the European financial sector, as a strategic development consultant with international pharmaceutical and service sector firms, teacher and executive coach provide a level of experience and perspective that working in an international arena is able to bring. He has a particular passion for naturopathic medicine, particularly botanical medicine and homeopathy.
Bob Bernhardt, BSc, MEd, LLM, PhD
Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
The president of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) since 2004, Dr. Bob Bernhardt, has a broad background encompassing post-secondary education, international education, administrative law and medical education.
Jaquel Patterson, ND, MBA
President, American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Dr. Jaquel Patterson is a naturopathic physician who is passionate about seeing people’s lives change dramatically through naturopathic medicine, not only in health outcomes, but in mind, body and spirit. She is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine.
Paul Mittman, ND, Ed.D
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
Dr. Mittman is president of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe, Ariz., and the founding president of AANMC.
Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors
Ms. Shawn O’Reilly is the Executive Director and Director of Government Relations for the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.
President, Bastyr University
Mr. Patterson has an MBA from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s in Business from Montana State University. He has served in a number of executive capacities with the University of Washington, most recently as Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration at University of Washington Tacoma, and as Executive Director of the Washington Vaccine Alliance.
Marcia Prenguber, ND, FABNO
University of Bridgeport School of Naturopathic Medicine
Dr. Marcia Prenguber is the dean of the University of Bridgeport (UB) School of Naturopathic Medicine. Previously, Dr. Prenguber served as president of the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education and president of the Naturopathic Postgraduate Association.
AANMC Executive Director
JoAnn Yánez, ND, MPH, CAE
Executive Director, AANMC
Prior to joining the AANMC, Dr. Yanez was head of government relations for the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She increased recognition of the importance of licensure in the state and effectively garnered support of legislators and senior government officials. During her tenure with the NYANP, Dr. Yanez was invited to participate in a think-tank on childhood obesity sponsored by MIT, Harvard and Columbia Universities. During the summer of 2009 she found herself “on the hill” working with Congressional members and elected women to increase awareness of the importance for integrative medicine coverage in the Affordable Care Act.
Dr. Yanez served six years as a Director of the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education – the accrediting body for naturopathic medical colleges. She was awarded the 2006 Legacy Award from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and 2007 NYANP Physician of the Year Award. Dr. Yanez has also been inducted into the Rho Lambda and Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership and Scholarship National Honor Societies and is a member of the Delta Omega Honor Society for graduates of schools of public health.
Dr. Yanez resides in Southern California with her husband and son, and enjoys music, dancing, eating good food, and full-throttle belly laughs.