Changing Careers to Pursue Your Calling

Do what you love and you’ll never work another day in your life. We’ve heard it all before, and maybe there’s some truth to it. But it’s not always easy to “do what you love,” is it? This is particularly true when you haven’t found what you love until later in life, or when you’ve already invested time and energy into another career.

While there are people who go their whole lives knowing their true calling, others experience a career trajectory that’s slightly more jagged.

Take, for example, these three naturopathic doctors, all of whom have chosen to shift careers because they discovered a passion, balance, and fulfillment in naturopathic medicine.

I had classmates who had either just started their first career, or were way into their original careers, who took that leap and made the change to a new profession. I think it’s a testament to the strength of naturopathic medicine that people are willing to take this leap and make that change.

Robert Kachko, ND, LAc

Inner Source Health

Social Work to Naturopathic Medicine

Prior to pursuing her passion in naturopathic medicine, Dr. Tawainna Houston spent several years in social work. She made a career out of helping others, including spending time as a case worker for homeless unemployment readiness services.

“We used to provide sugary snacks, and I’d see behavior changes as we handed out candy bars,” she said. “Clients became more aggressive in their approach toward staff, and I really wanted to know more about why … I wanted to be able to help them in all aspects of their lives.”

At the time that Dr. Houston conducted her search, she wasn’t aware that naturopathic medical schools even existed. Her search led her to the National University of Health Sciences in Chicago, Illinois.

“I was pretty stable in my life, so I took a few years to wrap my head around the level of commitment I was making. I was taking a risk into something I believe I was being called into: an opportunity for greater service to people.”

Dr. Houston admits that going back to school was a humbling experience after so many years as a professional in a different career.

“It was just another thing I had to deal with as a second career student. I was older. I was in a different field, and working through the challenges of what that meant, of starting something new when I had mastered what I had been doing my whole life.”

While Dr. Houston had to “start from scratch” in some instances, she also discovered that her previous career experiences provided her with the business tools necessary to start and manage a successful medical practice.

Tawainna Houston, ND, MDiv

Journey of Wellness Natural Medicine Center

Marketing Professional to Naturopathic Doctor

At 37, Dr. Barbara Weiss had established a successful senior level marketing career when she decided to pursue a career change in naturopathic medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.

“For me it was about passion. I just wasn’t satisfied. I was accomplished, but the work itself didn’t interest me.” She feared that if she stayed in her current career, she would lose a sense of self. One thing was holding her back . . . the financial fears of a career change.

Dr. Weiss’ naturopathic doctor, Dr. Anthony Godfrey encouraged her by saying, “You’re never too old to do something that’s more in line with your passion.” He was older than Dr. Weiss when he changed careers from veterinary to naturopathic medicine.

Was it a big financial and time investment to go back to school? Yes, of course it was.

“But do I look back on it and regret it? Not at all.”

Barbara Weiss, ND

Port Hope Health Centre

Restaurant Entrepreneur to Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Brian Crouse spent over 20 years in the food service industry (including owning a restaurant in Long Island, NY) before changing careers to naturopathic medicine.

Prior to his career in food service, Dr. Crouse was in school to become a chiropractor. He ended up leaving chiropractic school to provide for his family. Although he had great success owning his restaurant, Dr. Crouse made a promise to himself that he would continue his education at some point.

As he got older, he realized that a career as a chiropractor – including the physical demands – was no longer ideal. His lifelong passion for helping others resulted in one of life’s strange turns leading him straight to naturopathic medicine.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Crouse visited New Orleans to feed volunteers for three weeks. When he returned home, he developed a strange virus and bacteria he couldn’t relieve through conventional methods. Naturopathic medicine helped him revive his immune system.

After some more soul searching and research, he was ready to commit to the University of Bridgeport School of Naturopathic Medicine. Both of his children were in college. Now was the time to take the plunge. He sold his business, which provided a cushion to survive on, but he still experienced the “fear of the unknown” that many students feel as they begin their journeys.

“I just had faith that it’d work out. I knew the timing was right,” he said.

He, too, relied on his lifelong experiences to get him through school and through owning his own practice.

“I’d been through rough times. I knew I could run a business,” he said. “A lot of people coming out of school don’t have that, and I know what it takes to succeed.”

Brian Crouse, ND, MS, LAc

Hamptons Naturopathic Acupuncture

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Who better to offer you input and advice about a career in naturopathic medicine than past and current students? Learn about the paths many of these doctors took to change careers to naturopathic medicine.

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Dr. Xermã Palmares – ND Student

“Although I enjoyed delivering care to my patients as a conventional medical doctor, I did not feel totally fulfilled personally and professionally.”

Laying the groundwork to become an ND

Xermã Palmares, MBA was already a Brazilian medical doctor when he decided to pursue a career change to naturopathic medicine. With experience as a cardiovascular surgeon, intensive care physician and medical consultant for many years, he needed more out of his career.

“Although I enjoyed delivering care to my patients as a conventional medical doctor, I did not feel totally fulfilled personally and professionally.”  It took him some time to realize that what he wanted was more than the conventional approach. Dr. Palmares wanted to provide a holistic approach to health by focusing on prevention and all aspects affecting patient health including mind, body and soul.

Furthermore, adding to the discontent of his medical career, the stress of a demanding career with little flexibility was taking a toll on his family. He found himself unfulfilled and fatigued. Something needed to change.

“In the midst of a personal and professional crisis, I decided to regroup myself around my purpose and rebuild my professional life. I made an assessment of my personal and professional history.”  Dr. Palmares found that the highlights of his career in which he felt most fulfilled were spent helping others better themselves in small community classes and seminars, as well as in organizational and corporate change. This realization led him to further his education in life coaching and leadership training.

CCNM as a springboard

It was in his quest to learn more about training for coaching and leadership that Dr. Palmares first learned about naturopathic medicine.  The key words he used in his online searches matched those of the AANMC. “One day I clicked on the advertisement and read it. I was shocked! The description of naturopathic medicine was tremendously aligned with what I was looking for in a career.” He dug even deeper and explored resources available through the AANMC such as the naturopathic webinar archive. After speaking with those he knew who had experience in naturopathy, he decided to apply to naturopathic medical school. He jokes that “it seems that I have found the field I’ve ever wanted to create!”

When deciding which accredited naturopathic school was right for him, Dr. Palmares considered the curriculum, financial investment and location. “Due to a combination of factors, and since my wife and our three children had been living in Toronto for a little while, I found the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine to be the best fit for us.”

“The whole process was really scary, and this history is still unfolding, however, my present feeling is gratitude for finding naturopathic medicine.”

Work/life balance as an ND student

The accredited schools of naturopathic medical colleges are full-time, in residence programs. CCNM students have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular seminars in which visiting companies inform students of the latest clinical and technological opportunities available. In addition, the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic offers hands on experience for students to engage with patients from all walks of life with a variety of health conditions.

One of the greatest learning experiences Dr. Palmares has experienced thus far, is the opportunity to coordinate with an ICU integrative team comprised of a pharmacist, physiotherapist, two physicians, a therapist, a nurse. Each member of the team offers their expertise in discussing clinical cases and lab tests to determine the best therapeutic strategy for each patient’s unique needs.

Dr. Palmares anticipates being directly involved with an integrative team following graduation. One of his goals is to combine his conventional cardiovascular experience with his naturopathic toolkit to offer a holistic approach to health.

Dr. Palmares describes the time away from his family as the hardest part of the journey, however in the long run he expects his career change will offer a better quality of life with more flexibility.

Advice for aspiring NDs

“Naturopathic medicine has a lot to add to healthcare. It is an expanding professional field that relies on many ancient and recognized medical traditions.” Consider all of the resources available to you when you are deciding if naturopathic medicine is right for you. Do your homework and research the schools, curriculum and financial investment of your education.

“As in any other professional field, there is heterogeneity, however, it is possible to find solid ground to establish a sound naturopathic medicine practice.”


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Wheatgrass 101: The Naturopathic Kitchen

Let food be thy medicine! Here at The Naturopathic Kitchen we embrace the healing power of nature by focusing on the healing power of our favorite culinary herbs and food. Today we look into wheatgrass and what it can offer our health!


Most people know of wheatgrass as a shot at a juice bar. This practice has actually been popular for much of the last century and, with the organic movement, has experienced a resurgence in popularity. Its high concentration of chlorophyll provides a deep green color which has earned it the nickname “Green Blood.” With chlorophyll’s structural similarity to hemoglobin, it is aptly named!

Where does wheatgrass come from? Where can I find it?

Use of wheatgrass dates back to the ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations over 5000 years ago. However, it only gained popularity in Western civilization in the 1930s when a chemist named Charles F. Schnabel experimented with fresh-cut wheatgrass to nurse dying chickens back to health. The hens not only recovered, but they produced eggs at a faster rate. After this discovery, Schnabel began spreading the word about the health benefits of wheatgrass to the public. Since then, it has remained firmly in the “superfood” category with additional research showing it safe in human populations.

Today, wheatgrass can be found in smoothie and juice bars. Since the benefits come from drinking juiced wheatgrass, it is best to juice or consume the wheatgrass immediately after it is harvested. This leaves only a few options for truly obtaining the benefits of wheatgrass: buying a shot from a juice bar or growing your own and juicing it yourself. Luckily, wheatgrass seeds are easy to come by online or in health food stores. They are even easier to grow. Wheatgrass is also available in the form of powders, capsules, and tablets.

How does wheatgrass help my health?

For a grass, wheatgrass is relatively high in protein and contains 19 amino acids, making it just 2 amino acids short of complete protein. It is also a great source of nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, electrolytes and antioxidants. Due to the high presence of chlorophyll which contains thylakoids, wheatgrass has been shown to help decrease feelings of hunger after a high-carb meal and lead to weight loss.1  Research has also shown that wheatgrass is a good adjunct to chemotherapy, increasing effectiveness and reducing side effects.2  

What medical conditions/symptoms is wheatgrass used for?

When should wheatgrass be avoided?

Wheatgrass can cause nausea, loss of appetite, and constipation but is otherwise very safe and has a long track record of use. Since it can lower blood sugar, it is best to monitor blood sugar levels if taking insulin for diabetes. It should also be avoided in populations allergic to wheat and gluten.


Let’s try out some tasty wheatgrass recipes!

Blueberry Banana Wheatgrass Smoothie



  • 2 T Chia seeds (pre-soaked)
  • 1 c organic spinach
  • 1 c almond milk
  • ½ c organic banana
  • ½ c organic blueberries
  • 1 T wheat grass



Place all ingredients in a blender jar and blend until smooth.

Thank you to Easy Healthy Smoothie for this recipe!



Easy Wheatgrass Shots



• Fresh wheatgrass (enough for a couple large handfuls)
• 1/2 c coconut water



  1. Put a couple handfuls of fresh wheatgrass and the coconut water into a blender. Blend on high until liquefied.
  2. Hold a nut milk bag over a large bowl and pour the mixture into the bag.
  3. Squeeze the bag until the pulp inside looks like a light green floss. Throw out the floss.
  4. Pour the green liquid evenly into an ice cube tray and freeze.

Enjoy by allowing a frozen cube to melt in a shot glass or add to a smoothie!

Thank you to Wild Remedies for this recipe!


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Dr. Ralph Esposito – UBSNM

“I was determined to prove that perhaps modern medicine did not have all the answers. Mix that with drive and a reluctance to accept the status quo, and you have what some would call passion.”

Laying the groundwork to become an ND

At six-years-old Ralph Esposito, ND, LAc recalls his pediatrician telling his mother, “If your husband had two heart attacks by 48, your son is going to have one by 30.”

“As a kid, after experiencing the perils of chronic disease in my family, I found comfort in thinking that if anything were to happen to me I’d be okay. Doctors had medicine, and there would be a pill to cure me.”

Those pills were not enough. Dr. Esposito watched as his father became medically disabled and heavily medicated. The threat of family history of chronic disease was a major contributing factor to why he chose to pursue naturopathic medicine when conventional medicine alone was not working.

“I was determined to prove that perhaps modern medicine did not have all the answers. Mix that with drive and a reluctance to accept the status quo, and you have what some would call passion.”

UBSNM as a springboard

“My curiosity in naturopathic modalities, largely nutrition and herbal medicine, sparked my interest even prior to entering undergrad at New York University.” Dr. Esposito started his path to naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University but his heart soon led him back to the East Coast where he completed his degree in naturopathic medicine at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. With dreams of practicing in New York, moving back to the East Coast allowed him to get a head start networking with MDs, DOs, NDs, LAcs and other professionals in the tri-state area. Those connections helped him land a position as an adjunct professor in nutrition at New York University, his alma mater.

Dr. Esposito credits UBSNM’s incredible faculty for the blend of conventional and integrative medical education. “Working with Dr. Peter D’Adamo shaped me as a physician and a person. His insight into molecular biology, network theory and genomics is remarkable which allowed me to see medicine in a new light, which I am grateful to have experienced while at UBSNM. “

“Living the dream” after graduation

Due to persistence and outreach to experts in the field of naturopathic medicine, Dr. Esposito accomplished his goal of practicing in New York. “I reached out to every single person I knew in the field of integrative or naturopathic medicine. I would email or ask any doctor I saw online, in articles or in person for their experienced insight.”  He especially credits Dr. Geo Espinosa for his mentorship and for allowing him to work with him at the NYU integrative and functional urology center for almost seven years.

Following graduation, Dr Esposito continued his work with Dr. Espinosa in research, writing and education modules. This experience led him to his current position as a medical consultant and research analyst for medical practice in New York. “Using my clinical and research skills, I am a second set of eyes to every patient. I provide my insight with all that is to be found in the medical literature coupled with my experience as a clinician.”

Finding fulfillment as an ND

“The naturopathic philosophy and approach to medicine is unfounded in other health professions. There is always something we can offer our patients.” Dr. Esposito continues to demonstrate his persistent and passionate spirit in promoting integration of naturopathic medicine with other well-known experts in the naturopathic medical field. This collaborative approach with other medical professionals drives his passion with the opportunity to push medicine forward. “I want our profession to be open to collaborating and integrating in an attempt to practice sound medicine.”

Advice for aspiring NDs

“There is no allopathic medicine vs. naturopathic medicine. There is only good medicine.” There are many skeptics of the naturopathic approach, but there is a world of medical experts that support the research and efficacy of naturopathic modalities.

“There is much we can offer to medicine but it must be accompanied with hard work, diligence and perseverance. If you are willing to work, the flexibility can be your strength.”

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A Look at the Past with Anticipation for the Future

The University of Bridgeport has embraced valuable changes over the past year. From new leadership to maintaining beloved community traditions, we recap everything UB accomplished over the past year and take a look at what we can expect for 2019.

Dr. Laura Skandera Trombley

Three New Colleges

Dr. Laura Skandera Trombley was named the University’s 10th president on July 1, 2018, succeeding long-time president Neil Salonen, who is now enjoying a well-deserved retirement. President Trombley is an experienced administrator, and a renowned scholar and author. She is also the first female to serve as President of the University of Bridgeport. President Trombley began her administration with a major reorganization of the University. A variety of colleges, institutes, and programs have been consolidated into three new colleges: The College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Engineering, Business, and Education; and the College of Health Sciences. The College of Health Sciences unites seven programs under one umbrella. The college includes undergraduate and graduate programs in several disciplines:

  • naturopathic medicine (now renamed the University of Bridgeport School of Naturopathic Medicine)
  • chiropractic
  • nutrition
  • acupuncture
  • dental hygiene
  • nursing
  • physician’s assistant
  • health sciences (including undergraduate and graduate degrees in lab technology and health sciences)

UBSNM students already have access to dual degree programs in acupuncture and nutrition, and some students choose to pursue dual doctorates in chiropractic and naturopathic medicine.  The creation of the College of Health Sciences opens the door for future combinations of degrees.

Successful Accreditation Process

Renewing accreditation is a complicated and necessary part of maintaining a program’s academic status, reviewing and analyzing the current state of the program, followed by planning and making changes that improve the program. In 2018, UBSNM was due for a review by the programmatic accreditor – the Council of Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME). After more than a yearlong process of evaluation and analysis, followed by a site visit by the CNME, UBSNM was proud to receive a sought-after goal: the maximum accreditation given by this accreditor – seven years. This is a mark of the quality of the program and the hard work of the administrators, faculty, staff and students who reviewed the existing program and have been continuously working to improve the program.

High-flying Board Results

Naturopathic students and graduates sit for two sets of board exams: NPLEX Part I tests students on their knowledge of the biomedical sciences. Students are eligible to take this exam after finishing their biomedical science courses, usually in the summer after their second year of classes. NPLEX Part II tests clinical knowledge, and graduates of accredited naturopathic programs are eligible. In August 2018, 100% of UBSNM students passed NPLEX I as first time takers, and 85% of UBSNM students first-time takers passed NPLEX II!

Other Highlights from 2018

In August, our very own ND student, Mansi Vera received the NMSA Natural Leaders Award at the Naturopathic Medical Student Association Conference.  A well-deserved recognition!

In July, Dr. Eugene Zampieron, founder of the UBSNM medicinal garden, pride and joy Sabal palm was recognized by the Connecticut Botanical Society for entry in the Notable Trees Database. This palm does not typically survive in the New England climate, but has been nurtured by Dr. Zampieron just outside the Health Sciences Center building over many years.


Upcoming Events

  The 4th Annual Plunge – Every February, the UBSNM community honors World Wetlands Day with a courageous winter dash into our very own waterfront: The Long Island Sound. All are welcome!  We hope to have the University President join us this year!  

Philosophy Day: In this annual event, students, faculty, and staff come together to celebrate the principles that make naturopathic medicine unique. Guest speakers, garden sales and walks, and the Garlic and Ginger Feast make this one of the best-loved events in the UBSNM year.

Faculty Research Day: UB faculty and students present their research in an all-day event featuring poster presentations and keynote speakers. Last year five UBSNM students presented posters based on their thesis work, and several more students from the first and second year class worked with faculty member, Dr. Kim Sanders, presenting clinical research.

Vendor Day: This on-campus conference, sponsored by our Dispensary vendors, is a collaboration between chiropractic and naturopathic students at University of Bridgeport.

Commencement: Everyone’s favorite memory! At UB, the College of Health Sciences holds its own commencement each year. Commencement speakers are leaders of the integrative medicine profession. A favorite annual ritual is the recital of oaths by the graduating class from each program.

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Dr. JoAnn Yanez on KCAA 12/19/18

Dr. JoAnn Yanez, AANMC executive director, joins KCAA’s NBC LA affiliate On the Brink to discuss naturopathic approaches to seasonal affective disorder (SAD).




Full Transcript of Interview Below.

Topics Include:

  • Circadian rhythm and hormonal regulation of mood
  • SAD diagnoses
  • Naturopathic treatment of SAD
  • Physiological responses to SAD
  • And More…

Erin Brinker: Welcome back, I’m Erin Brinker.

Toby Brinker: And I’m Tobin Brinker.

Erin Brinker: And we are On the Brink, the morning show on KCAA, AM 1050 FM 106.5 and FM 102.3. I’m so pleased to welcome back to the show Dr. JoAnn Yanez. She is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and the executive director for the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges. She travels the country and joins us once a month to talk about the importance of naturopathic medicine, the approach, this kind of holistic, whole body, whole person approach to health and wellness. She joins us once a month to talk about wellness and health issues. So, Dr. Yanez, welcome back to the show.

Dr. JoAnn Yanez: Thank you so much for having me, good morning folks.

Erin Brinker: So, have you completed all of your Christmas shopping?

Dr. JoAnn Yanez: I am happy to say I’m done.

Erin Brinker: Awesome, so do you all celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas, I know Hanukkah is past now, or-

Dr. JoAnn Yanez: Yeah, we do a little bit of both. I call it religious hors d’evoursism, and-

Erin Brinker: It’s a fun way to celebrate, you’ve got the eight crazy nights and you have the Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. It’s just a big party.

Dr. JoAnn Yanez: It is a big party month.

Erin Brinker: And it’s a month for over-eating. You know Tobin and I have been talking about, and I said this at work too, you know, it reminds me of that, there was a commercial for a gym and I think it was 24-Hour Fitness or Bally’s back in the day where they show these people, what did you get for Christmas? “I got a big butt, love handles.” You know, “spare tire.” And we have been feeling that, it’s just been a food fest.

Dr. JoAnn Yanez: Yeah, it’s really tough to keep your eating at bay and make sure that you keep up your exercise but it’s even more important now to be able to do that.

Erin Brinker: So, one of the things, and we have this to a lesser extent in Southern California, but in places where the sun is a little bit more shy in the winter, there’s a real risk of people becoming depressed.

Dr. JoAnn Yanez: There is and there’s a name for it. It’s called seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and actually Friday is going to be the shortest day of the year, December 21 is our Solstice this year and really what it means, it’s not a shorter day, there’s still 24 hours, I always find that funny. But there is less sunlight. The lowest amount of sunlight during the year. And really what we see in folks, you know so much of our body and our hormones and such are regulated by something that’s called the Circadian Rhythm. The Circadian Rhythm is triggered by sunlight and so many of our hormonal processes in our body hormones like melatonin and serotonin have ups and downs based on the amount of sunlight that our body is exposed to. And so, January and February are the most common months to see seasonal affective disorder because as you know as those shorter days have worn on us, folks start to get depleted in some of the areas that lead them to become sad or more depressed in the wintertime.

Erin Brinker: So, you know it’s interesting with that, I think that the vitamin D, our bodies certainly need that as well and that comes from the sun and having insufficient vitamin D can lead to you feeling down so I’m sure that’s a part of it as well, am I correct?

Dr. JoAnn Yanez: Yeah, well there are a few theories behind SAD and you know when diagnosis is made its kind of a diagnosis of exclusion and it’s one that’s made by journaling over like a couple of years so, you know, if after two years of being sad in the wintertime, that’s typically when the diagnosis will be made. But there are a number of approaches to treating seasonal affective disorder. And so, one of those-

Erin Brinker: Oops sorry, I was asking the question what can people do to combat that in themselves?

Dr. JoAnn Yanez: You know, so it’s really funny, there are a few things that folks can do. They actually make light boxes and one of the therapies is light therapy. It’s literally exposing yourself for about 30 minutes of full spectrum light per day. There’s another that’s a light alarm clock. So, they have alarm clocks that will mimic the sun in the morning and gradually expose you to increasing increments of light. They’re called dawn simulators. Things like minimizing your screen time and your exposure to light at nighttime so that you have your melatonin regulated and you increase your melatonin naturally. There are a number of other things that can be done for some of the depressive symptoms like essential oils of lavender, exercise which is by far one of the cheapest and easiest ways. Especially exercising outside if possible and I know some folks, in colder climates, will have a hard time exercising outside in the cold. But really if you can get that exposure of any sunlight on your skin. I live, you may remember this, I lived for four years in South Dakota and during certain points in the winter it actually started getting dark around 4:00.

Erin Brinker: Wow, wow, that’s really early.

Dr. JoAnn Yanez: It is, yeah, so sunset would be starting, you would start to see twilight at about 4:00 or 4:30 or so. And so, it was definitely dark as far as you know, trying to get out in the sun. But I will say that if you can exercise, go for a walk outside, get as much sun exposure on some skin, any skin, doing the types of things that help folks manage their moods is really important. Vitamin D is another thing that is generally good, for most people to get their levels checked and supplement when appropriate in the wintertime. And there are other nutrients that can be helpful like essential omega 3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and possibly supplementing with melatonin. There are a number of things that can be potentially helpful for folks.

Erin Brinker: Now, one of the things that makes the holidays really festive is all the rituals that we do and so, you know, we’re very deliberate about getting together, we’re very deliberate about having parties here and there. And not that we should be partying all year long but, you know, does-

Dr. JoAnn Yanez: Why not?

Erin Brinker: Okay, maybe why not, okay, and I guess that’s my question. Is being deliberate being intentional about creating spaces for people to be together, does that lift your mood?

Dr. JoAnn Yanez: It depends on the people you’re around.

Erin Brinker: Oh, I suppose that’s true. That’s true.

Dr. JoAnn Yanez: I think for each person it’s very individual as to the types of things that improve their mood but specifically for seasonal affective disorder, sunlight is really the therapy and so as much as a person can get exposure to sunlight, you know, if you’re truly diagnosed you can have a sun box prescribed for you. Getting out, getting exercise outside, those things all have been shown to be helpful. You know again, I think that, you know, if there’s journaling or cognitive behavioral therapy there are a number of things that can help people manage depressive symptoms better. And one thing that I will say just as a Naturopathic Physician, when folks are down it’s very common to crave carbohydrates. And in craving carbohydrates that gives you a temporary boost and then you get a crash afterwards and so just being mindful if there is a craving for extra carbohydrates that you’re balancing that with protein and that you’re recognizing, one thing that I always have patients ask is, “Am I truly hungry and is the food choice I am about to make going to move me in the direction of health or in the other way? You know just being mindful of those food choices as they’re making them throughout the year and so that carb craving can also happen with folks who are a bit down. Just be mindful that can actually worsen symptoms.

Erin Brinker: That’s so me. When I’m tired, when I’m overwhelmed, when I’m down, when I’m feeling depressed, I crave carbs like there’s no tomorrow. And yeah there’s a physiological reason for it, doesn’t make an excuse, but at least I feel a little validated because I sit there and eat the carbs and say, “What the heck is wrong with me?”

Dr. JoAnn Yanez: Right, it’s actually a body’s kind of coping mechanism to increase some of the happy hormones that get released when you have those carbs. So again, trying substituting protein for that carb snack instead of the carbs. Go and grab a meat stick, or-

Erin Brinker: Almonds.

Dr. JoAnn Yanez: Almonds. You know something full fat and high in protein, or drinking water. You know, before you go and reach for the carbs go grab a glass of water. Grab a glass of unsweetened tea, you know, and try and curb it. Most of those cravings actually will go away within 30 seconds to a minute if you distract yourself. And so those are the types of things you can do. Get up and go for a walk. Do a couple of squats. Go do a couple of pushups against the counter, you know something to kind of break that, you know, it’s very similar advice to what we tell folks when they’re quitting smoking or quitting other things that they are addicted to, is to go and do something else besides the thing they want to do.

Erin Brinker: Great advice for whatever it is, whatever monkey is on your back.

Dr. JoAnn Yanez: Yes.

Erin Brinker: So how do people find out more about the Association for Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges.

Dr. JoAnn Yanez: Well we’re all over the Interweb,, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. You can find us all over. We host free monthly webinars. Next month’s webinar is on career changers. So, we have two medical doctors who changed gears and became naturopathic physicians and they are both going to be talking about their journey’s as well as other folks who may be interested in changing a career to become a naturopathic doctor. And I know a lot of times around the holidays and around the New Year, people are contemplating what they are doing in their lives and changing careers can be one of those.

Erin Brinker: We had that conversation as we were getting ready for work this morning. We were getting ready to come to our show. Tobin and I did, you’re right, people start, you know you kind of evaluate, am I doing what I want to be doing? Am I heading in the right direction? And the best way to make the right decision is to find out as much as you can about your options.

Dr. JoAnn Yanez: Exactly, yeah, that’s it.

Erin Brinker: Dr. Yanez, thank you so much JoAnn, thank you so much for joining us today. It’s always enlightening and it’s always a treat. How do people find you on social media?

Dr. JoAnn Yanez: I’ve got my own handle on Twitter as well it’s @DrJoAnnYanez, you can find me there.

Erin Brinker: Well thank you so much. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year and we will talk to you again in January.

Dr. JoAnn Yanez: Sounds good, Happy New Year.

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Kale 101: The Naturopathic Kitchen

Welcome back to The Naturopathic Kitchen! Each week we go back to the basics to use food as medicine in order to lead healthier lives. It can be intimidating to try new things especially when you don’t know what it is good for you or how to prepare/cook it. Today we’ll be discussing the ever-popular kale!

Kale 101

If there ever was a mascot for the healthy eating movement it would be kale. This curly dark-green vegetable has gotten quite the reputation as being the super food of superfoods. Coming from the brassica family, it is closely related to wild cabbage and has many of the same health benefits as other brassica family vegetables like broccoli, mustard greens, and cabbage.

Where does kale come from? Where can I find it?

Kale originated in the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for culinary and medicinal uses for over 4000 years. In ancient Rome, kale was commonly used to treat bowel ailments. Because kale is so hardy and easy to grow, it has been an important dietary staple during difficult times. It wasn’t too long ago that kale could only be found at specialty food stores, co-ops, and farmer’s markets. But with the health food movement, kale has made its way into most major grocery stores. Kale is most easily found in the fresh produce section but can also be found in the snack aisle in the form of dried kale chips. It is important to note that kale is often on the dirty dozen list, so it is best to get organic kale when possible.

How does kale help my health?

Not only is kale loaded with nutrients like vitamin K, vitamin C, carotenoids, flavonoids, magnesium, and calcium, it is also rich in glucosinolates which aid in detoxification at the cellular level. This makes kale and other brassica family vegetables a viable way to help our bodies process and eliminate many of the harmful pesticides, solvents, and heavy metals that we are exposed to in modern society.1 Studies have shown that certain nutrients are more bio-available when consumed steamed rather than raw or boiled2 though the antioxidants can break down during the cooking process. So, a balanced diet including raw and cooked forms of kale is ideal.

What medical conditions/symptoms is kale used for?

When should kale be avoided?

Kale and other brassica family vegetables contain compounds that are capable of blocking iodine uptake by the thyroid gland. This can cause the thyroid gland to grow in size to try to compensate. Because of this goitrogenic effect, it is best to consume kale in moderation and in even smaller amounts in those with hypothyroidism. However, cooking dramatically reduces this effect.


Let’s try out kale with these tasty recipes!


Roasty Toasty Beets and Kale Salad



3 medium beets (about 3 inches in diameter)
1⁄2 large yellow onion, cut in half
2 t extra-virgin olive oil to taste
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
1⁄4 c crumbled goat cheese
1 bunch organic kale
1⁄8 t sea salt
4 T balsamic vinegar



Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash beets and trim ends. Reserve beet greens for salad. Slice beets crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Spread beets and onions in a single layer in two 9x13-inch baking pans. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper; toss to coat.

Roast for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.

Wash and de-stem kale. Cut kale in ribbons to desired thickness and place in medium bowl. Sprinkle kale with sea salt. Massage kale until moist and tender. Cut beat greens to similar thickness.

Plate kale and greens; top with slightly cooled beets and onions. Sprinkle goat cheese atop. Drizzle vinegar evenly over salad. Serve warm or chilled.


Thank you to Bastyr University for this recipe!



Baked Kale Chips



1-2 bunches of Lacinato/Italian Kale
2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 T coconut or olive oil
Sea salt to taste
Cayenne pepper (optional)


  1. Wash and pat dry the kale. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (325 degrees if using olive oil).
  2. Peel kale leaves away from thick stems and put in a bowl.
  3. Add oil, garlic and salt and other seasoning and toss well or massage by hand.  Spread out kale on baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until kale is slightly crispy around the edges.


Thank you to NUNM’s Food as Medicine Institute for this recipe!  


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Apple Cider Vinegar 101: The Naturopathic Kitchen

Maybe you’re just starting your culinary health journey or just looking for a few extra cooking tips. Whatever brings you here, welcome to The Naturopathic Kitchen! Each week we explore a new herb or food that packs surprising health benefits that you can incorporate into your daily meals. Whether you’re a novice or cooking expert, we’re sure you’ll find some interesting tips that will stimulate your appetite for health! Today we take a taste of apple cider vinegar.

Apple Cider Vinegar 101

While apple cider vinegar (ACV) doesn’t typically come to mind for ingredients to use in the kitchen, it can provide very valuable and useful health boosts. ACV is made from the fermentation of apple juice, and just as with many other fermented foods, it is considered a probiotic. Common uses include aiding in digestion, topically for skin care, as a household cleaner, a gargle for sore throats, a trap for fruit flies, and even as a hair rinse and dandruff treatment. Let’s take a look at some of the history and health benefits of this versatile liquid.

Where does ACV come from? Where can I find it?

Fermenting fruit juices into alcohols and vinegars is one of the oldest human culinary practices and has been around for probably as long has humans have been able to hold liquids in a container. Earliest records date wine vinegar to over 7000 years ago. The first documented uses of fermenting apples into wine started with the Aryans in 2500 BCE. This method eventually made its way to the ancient Greek and Romans who advanced the process into apple cider vinegar. Since ancient times, ACV has been a staple in traditional medicine.

Today, ACV can be found in almost any store where other vinegars are sold. With the advent of internet shopping it can also be easily purchased online. Since apples are often on the dirty dozen list, it is best to find ACV that is certified organic. ACV comes in several varieties based on processing methods: unfiltered, filtered, pasteurized, raw, and double strength. Unfiltered and raw are best for ingesting, while filtered products are best for household cleaning or hair rinses. Pasteurizing involves heating the ACV to temperature high enough to kill any bad bacteria present, but it also cleanses the ACV of beneficial bacteria as well. Double strength means it is twice as acidic. This variety is more expensive and harder to ingest without first diluting with water. ACV also gets more acidic as it ages.

How does ACV help my health?

ACV’s health benefits come from the presence of several different acids that are produced by probiotic bacteria during the fermentation process. Citric acid, succinic acid, and acetic acid have all shown to impact the body in positive ways, both internally and externally. Many of ACV’s historical uses have been support by science including its blood glucose, insulin, and lipid lowering capabilities.1 Research has also demonstrated ACV to be effective at lowering blood pressure as well as preventing bacterial food poisoning.2,3

What is ACV used for?

When should ACV be avoided?

Even with all of ACV’s health benefits, it is still an acid and therefore best diluted in warm water. Care should be taken with diabetes since ACV can lower blood sugar. Large amounts of ACV can lower blood potassium levels, so it shouldn’t be consumed in large amounts in those taking insulin or non-potassium sparing diuretics (water pills) or in patients with a history of kidney disease.


Let’s try out apple cider vinegar with some helpful recipes!

Natural Sore Throat Tea



1 c hot water
2 T lemon juice
1 T honey
1 T apple cider vinegar
1t cinnamon



Heat water. Stir in remaining ingredients and enjoy!



Traditional Fire Cider

Traditional Fire Ciders are a specific type of oxymel, an ancient medicine that combines herbs with the soothing combination of vinegar and honey. It is believed this spiced-up version first was named Fire Cider by herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, who adds garlic, onion, horseradish, turmeric and pepper to the blend to kick-start immunity. From there, recipes for Traditional Fire Ciders are often adapted regionally depending on local herbs, culture or family tradition. The below recipe is adapted by Crystal Hamby, a faculty member in the Department of Botanical Medicine at Bastyr University, to include culinary herbs for their antimicrobial properties as well as for their flavor. This recipe fills a pint-size glass jar, but she encourages you to experiment with other sizes as well as different herbs.


1⁄4 medium onion, chopped
3 clove garlic, peeled and minced (can double to taste)
2 inch piece of ginger root, peeled and minced (can double to taste)
1 inch piece of horseradish, grated (can double to taste)
1 t turmeric, ground
1⁄8 t cayenne pepper (can double to taste)
1 t dried coriander seeds
1⁄2 t dried lemon peel
1⁄2 t black pepper
1 T each of your favorite fresh culinary herbs, i.e. rosemary, basil, tarragon, hyssop (or use 1 teaspoon each dried)
1 c raw apple cider vinegar (to fill half of jar)
1 c raw honey (to fill half of jar)



Place onion, garlic, ginger, horseradish, spices and herbs in the bottom of the jar. Add in vinegar and honey in equal amounts to fill the jar, probably 1 scant cup of each. If you’re sealing the jar with a metal lid, place a piece of parchment paper or wax paper between the glass jar and the lid to keep the vinegar from corroding the metal.

Shake well, store in a cool dark place for about a month, and shake the jar daily. After about a month, strain the liquid, squeezing the solids with a cheesecloth or fine-mesh strainer.

Traditional Fire Cider does not need to be refrigerated. Store in a cool dark place for as long as a year. Take 1 tablespoon a couple of times a day to maintain health.


Thank you to Bastyr University for this recipe.



Tamari Dressing



1⁄4 c flax seed oil
3 T wheat-free tamari
3 T apple cider vinegar
2 clove garlic, minced



Adjust the proportions to taste. For a more unique flavor add a few pinches of one or more of the following: onion powder, oregano, basil, or curry powder. Be creative!

Thank you to Bastyr University for this recipe.


Non-Toxic Household Cleaner



2 drops of your favorite scented essential oil (lemon, orange, tea tree are great options)
1 c apple cider vinegar
1 c filtered warm water



Mix ingredients and store in a spray bottle. Use as an all-purpose household cleaner.


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Tarragon 101: The Naturopathic Kitchen

Welcome to The Naturopathic Kitchen where we explore food as medicine. Armed with the knowledge of what is healthy you can be empowered to take control of your health. It can be intimidating to try new things especially when you don’t know what it is good for or how to prepare/cook it. Let’s learn together! Today, we tackle tarragon!

Tarragon 101

Tarragon is one of those herbs you’ve probably heard of but haven’t incorporated into any home-cooked meals. Considered by French chefs as “King of the Herbs,” tarragon is used to add an interesting pop of flavor. It is commonly added to stews, sauces, fish and chicken dishes, omelets and many seasoning blends. This herb gives off a sweet and powerful flavor similar to anise or licorice root.

Where does tarragon come from? Where can I find it?

Unlike many of the other herbs in this series, tarragon doesn’t have a long history of cultivation by humans—only about 600 years. It grows natively in Siberia and Mongolia, and varieties from these areas tend to be more effective medicinally compared to its culinary cultivars in the West.

Dried and fresh tarragon is easily found in most major grocery stores. It is also a good herb to include in an herb garden as it grows well even for the novice indoor gardener. Tarragon extracts can be found online or at specialty herb stores, but these products often don’t have a long shelf-life due to quick degradation of the medicinal components. It is best to plan on using it right away rather than storing it.

How does tarragon help my health?

Historically, tarragon has been used for indigestion, intestinal problems, bug bites, flatulence, hiccups, rheumatism, gout, arthritis, and as a breath freshener. Scientific literature hasn’t supported many of these uses but studies have shown that tarragon may be helpful for inflammation, liver protection, diabetes and depression. 1,2,3

What medical conditions/symptoms is tarragon used for?

Can tarragon be used as an essential oil?

Tarragon essential oil can be helpful for bug bites and bug bite prevention when mixed with a carrier oil. As always, essential oils should always be used under the guidance of an experienced naturopathic physician.

When should tarragon be avoided?

Tarragon extracts contain two compounds that can be toxic in large amounts. Water extracts avoid this issue as these compounds are not extracted with water. This toxicity is not an issue with normal consumption of tarragon used in cooking. Because of this, it is best to avoid tarragon when pregnant or breastfeeding.


Let’s try out some tasty tarragon recipes!


Salmon Tarragon Pasta



2 T olive oil
1 red onion
4 cloves garlic
1.5 c Brussels sprouts, chopped
2 wild caught salmon fillets, skin removed
2 c cooked gluten free pasta
1/2 t tarragon
1/2 t smoked paprika
1 t fresh parsley chopped
1/2 c coconut milk



Peel and dice the red onion and garlic. Chop the Brussels sprouts. Add oil to a pan over medium heat and toss in the onions. Let saute about five minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in the garlic and saute for a minute. Add in the Brussels Sprouts and saute another five minutes. As Brussels Sprouts are sauteing, prepare pasta, drain and set aside. Add in the salmon fillets and flake gently with a spoon as it cooks, sauteing the fillets about five more minutes. Toss pasta, tarragon, parsley, and smoked paprika into the pan and stir well. Add in the coconut milk and stir about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat, garnish with more fresh parsley and serve warm.

Thank you to Savory Spin for this recipe!



Tarragon Citrus Dip



1 c organic whole milk Greek or coconut yogurt
2 T chopped fresh tarragon
2 t grated lemon zest
1 T lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
2 T extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 t salt



In a medium bowl, whisk together the yogurt, tarragon, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil and salt. Set aside for at least 5 minutes to allow the flavors to marry. Serve with English cucumber, red bell pepper, chives and carrots.

Thank you to Giada De Laurentiis for this recipe!


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2018 Year in Review

A Year of Academics, Scholarship and Community Outreach

Each and every year, the field of naturopathic medical education advances significantly. We are proud to recap the advances our seven accredited naturopathic medical schools made in academics, scholarship and community outreach during 2018. Looking ahead, there is a lot to be excited for as well!

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A Year of Celebration and Change

Bastyr University
San Diego, California & Seattle, Washington

Now in our 40th year, Bastyr is proud of our historical legacy and of the growth we have witnessed in the naturopathic profession. Our campus leaders and students continue to make great strides in our local communities. 

In Seattle, we have forged a new Center for Integrative Medicine in partnership with Virginia Mason. With nine clinics and one hospital location, this Seattle-area health system has sought out the natural medicine experts at Bastyr Center for Natural Health to expand their continuum of care in a way that answers their rising patient demand for effective, holistic approaches to common health concerns, opening up attractive career opportunities for our graduates. 

In San Diego, clinical training opportunities continues to expand for our naturopathic medical students through the addition of integrative oncology care at Bastyr University Clinic. Beyond our own campus community, San Diego County officials have designated Bastyr a Live Well San Diego partner; we now join over 300 organizations to support the vision of a region “Building Better Health, Living Safely and Thriving.” 

With innovative advancements in clinical training initiatives soon underway in 2019, we look forward to a bright future for our graduates as they find their place as naturopathic physicians transforming the health care system! 

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A Year of Promising New Initiatives

Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Boucher Institute would like to congratulate our students for their hard work and commitment to their studies and to the profession. Our students, once again, outperformed average NPLEX results by a healthy margin. An additional note of gratitude is extended to the hard-working faculty that are second to none in terms of preparing our students to become excellent, compassionate doctors. This year Boucher established collaborative relationships with other higher education institutions in the areas of research and recruitment. We are excited for the rich opportunities our students will gain as a result of these advances.

Our academic team will be expanding in order to support the school’s growth and new programs. Additionally, we have invested in developing new and exciting fundraising sources to benefit students and ensure that our tuition costs remain as steady as possible over the longer term.

New programs are being built to ensure continued graduate success and employment opportunities. The core of our program will continue to teach our students the benefits of practicing collaborative medicine. Boucher graduates are grounded in the roots of the naturopathic medicine and its supporting science, because it represents the soundest form of sustainable medicine. We look forward to what will be an exciting 2019.

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A Historic Anniversary Year

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

CCNM celebrated its 40th anniversary and launched several new initiatives this year. We’ve made terrific strides with our curriculum review project, Curriculum Visioning 40 (CV40). Starting with a consultation document sent to over 2,000 stakeholders, we subsequently surveyed alumni to identify which conditions new graduates should treat, and the knowledge and skills they require. In August, a group of NDs, including faculty, met to distill and refine the 952 conditions identified. We’re quickly discovering how today’s students learn best. We don’t know how our curriculum will evolve, but we’re committed to making the next 40 years even stronger than the first. Applicants have responded to our vitality – September enrollment was over 25% higher than in 2017.

The CCNM Integrative Cancer Centre (CCNM ICC)  opened in May where NDs and other practitioners provide naturopathic and complementary treatments to cancer patients. We also opened three new community health-care clinics (CHC) in Toronto. Innovation has also come in the form of electronic health records (EHR), which ensures our patients can transfer their records between providers. With more advancements in our academic and clinical program on the horizon, 2019 promises to bring even more celebration.

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A Year of Accolades and Outreach

National University of Health Sciences
Chicago, Illinois

2018 marked another successful year for National University’s outreach events and student organizations. In March, both health care professionals and the local community attended the first-of-its-kind Nutrition Conference featuring renowned medical experts. National University also welcomed local families on campus during the second-annual Healthy Kids event, which allows clinic interns to interact with a more diverse patient population. Throughout the year, Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA) awarded the NMSA Chicago Chapter comprised of NUHS students multiple honors. The chapter nabbed the Golden Avocado Award, which is awarded to students that do the best job of recognizing Naturopathic Medicine Week through the creation of events and activities. National University’s students also won first place in the NMSA Trivia Cup, a competition between naturopathic colleges that tests student knowledge of naturopathic medicine.

In 2019, NUHS will expand opportunities for its naturopathic medicine (ND) interns. While internship opportunities currently exist for ND students in the NUHS Lombard Whole Health and (Chicago) Salvation Army clinics, the NUHS Aurora site will soon join the list. Just as at its sister locations, Aurora interns will work with their chiropractic medicine colleagues to serve the health care needs of the local community.

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A Year of Scholarship and Advancement

National University of Natural Medicine
Portland, Oregon

In 2018, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) agreed to provide up to $250,000 in tuition scholarships from 2018 through 2020 for naturopathic medicine students. In exchange, once they graduate, students commit to providing healthcare services in rural and under-served communities for several years. This is yet another step forward in recognizing the naturopathic profession, and an incredible opportunity for eligible ND students to reduce their tuition debt through service by addressing healthcare disparity in Oregon.

With two clinics recognized as Tier 4 Patient-Centered Primary Care Homes―a top-level certification granted by OHA―our students are learning within exemplary models for how primary care should be organized and delivered. And with a high volume of Medicaid patients and uninsured patients, students are seeing greater complexity and higher levels of pathology while bringing naturopathic medicine to diverse patient populations.

In 2019, we look forward to continued curriculum innovation. This is the fourth (and final) year implementing our competency-based, clinically integrated systems-block design. Our courses are not siloed and meaningful application of knowledge is prioritized over memorization of facts. NUNM’s faculty challenge students to think critically, develop their individual strengths as healers, and to educate and motivate patients on how to live with less pain, burden and suffering.

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A Banner Year and New Era Of Pain and Chronic Disease Treatment

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
Phoenix, Arizona

This fall, SCNM began accepting current students into three distinct honors tracks in Community Medicine, Pediatrics, and Regenerative Medicine. These focused areas of clinical education will be included in the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree program. They will allow students to identify areas of interest and better position themselves for competitive post-graduate opportunities and residencies. More honors tracks are scheduled to be announced in 2019.

Additionally, SCNM introduced the Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine on campus. For two generations the name Riordan has been synonymous with medical advances harnessing the body’s innate healing ability. The Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine will build on this legacy, turning the tide from symptom suppression to regeneration and healing. Replacing the Pain Relief Center, the Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine is in a 6,200-square foot space on the SCNM campus. Through patient care, research and medical education, the Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine will help usher in a new era in the treatment of pain and chronic disease and provide students with numerous educational opportunities in pain management. For more information on either opportunity, visit

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A Year of New Leadership and Change

University of Bridgeport School of Naturopathic Medicine
Bridgeport, Connecticut

2018 has been an exciting year at University of Bridgeport!  UB welcomed Dr. Laura Skandera Trombley as our new President, and the first female President!  President Trombley is an experienced administrator, and a renowned scholar and author. She began her administration with a major reorganization of the University, consolidating fourteen colleges, institutes, and programs into three new colleges: Arts and Sciences; Health Sciences; and Engineering, Business, and Education. The College of Health Sciences includes programs in several disciplines: naturopathic medicine, chiropractic, nutrition, acupuncture, dental hygiene, nursing, physician’s assistant, health sciences, and medical lab technology.

UBSNM is proud to share that our accreditation review by the CNME in September led to re-accreditation for the next seven years, recognizing the quality of the program and the hard work of administrators, faculty, and staff.

In 2019, we are looking forward the 4th Annual Plunge, honoring World Wetlands Day with a dash into our very own waterfront – Long Island Sound. Our annual Philosophy Day is a celebration of the naturopathic principles and our elders. Guest speakers, garden sales and walks, and the Garlic Fest make this a well-loved event at UBSNM. UB faculty and students will present their research in an all-day event featuring poster presentations and keynote speakers. Last year several UBSNM students presented posters based on their thesis work and on the multi-center clinical trial led by Dr. Kim Sanders.

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