Stories from faculty from our group of accredited schools.
Tammy Ashney, ND is an associate professor at National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), attending physician at NUNM Clinics, clinical supervisor for residents and student interns, and the medical editor for Women in Balance Institute monthly newsletter. She shares her path to naturopathic medicine that started with a baccalaureate degree in Anthropology and a minor in Women’s Studies. Her practice has come full circle, building on her undergraduate passions.
Zeynep Uraz, BSc, ND is an associate professor at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) – her alma mater. She teaches Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Integrative Fertility. She also leads the fertility-focused clinical program at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic. Dr. Uraz shares her path to naturopathic medicine with a focus on fertility.
Debrah Harding, ND, FABNO is an assistant professor and clinical supervisor at Bastyr University in San Diego, California. She shares her path to naturopathic medicine, practice focus on naturopathic oncology and advice for future naturopathic medical students.
After practicing as a chiropractor for 15 years, Dr. Hubsher changed his career to naturopathic medicine. Learn about his specialty in educating students in outreach practices to underserved communities and his advice for future naturopathic doctors.
“I have an insatiable hunger for learning, a passion to empower my patients on how to find optimal health, and a powerful drive to teach the best naturopathic doctors of the future. I love being part of a diverse and passionate community of naturopathic colleagues who are not only devoted to helping guide their patients, but also bettering this world as a whole.”
“Moving our research from the laboratory to patient care changed my career. The outcomes of my research directly improve people’s lives. No longer is my research ‘trapped’ and lost after being published in a journal, but rather it is being used to improve the field of botanical medicine and the options available for treatment.”
“Each day my goal is to transfer my passion for the medicine and guide my students on what it means to stay true to the profession.”
“I was captivated by a profession that strives to find and treat the underlying cause of disease and that treats the whole person, aspects of my own personal health care that had been missing.”
“The qualities that make a strong ND student are the same as those that make a strong ND in practice. Foremost is integrity. Compassion, equanimity, passion for lifelong learning, and a broad mind are all required to excel as a naturopathic doctor.”
“Being a naturopathic doctor gives me a sense of congruence in my life – my work is an expression of my values, and that allows me to provide a service to my patients and students that feels deeply meaningful. So much of what we do boils down to respect and love: for our environment, for our communities and, perhaps most importantly, for ourselves. The more I learn about medicine, the more I learn about the world and my place in it.”
For Cynthia L. Anderson, ND, CNM, teaching has truly been a life’s calling that has taken her around the world. She shares her passion in educating the future generation of NDs at the University of Bridgeport School of Naturopathic Medicine – her alma mater.