Changing the Future of Medicine

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences is a leading medical school focusing on natural medicine. Game-changing opportunities available at SCNM, such as honors tracks, a full-time career services director, and the ND job board, elevate and better prepare our students and graduates as they start careers in the health field. SCNM now offers two fully online Master’s Programs, Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition and Master of Science in Nutrition Business Leadership, created for those looking to earn a degree from a leading institution in evidence-based, holistic, and scientific approaches to natural medicine.

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Program

Our doctorate program blends patient care with innovative research and a cutting-edge naturopathic curriculum. SCNM students and graduates use an evidenced-based, natural mindset to change the future of healthcare. SCNM’s faculty, physicians, and staff work together to prepare students for success, both in school and as they join the field of naturopathic medicine.

With a wide scope of practice in the state of Arizona, students are able to experience using all types of naturopathic therapies to treat and heal, including: acupuncture, IV, and regenerative injection therapy.

Keep up with the latest news about SCNM and the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program by visiting Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine’s website and YouTube channel.

Honors Tracks: Customized Clinical Education in a Concentrated Area

The Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) program has five distinct honors tracks: Community Health, Nature Cure, Pain Management, Pediatrics, and Regenerative Medicine. These focused areas of clinical education can help better prepare and elevate an honor’s track student’s position for competitive post-graduate opportunities and residencies. Students participate in hands-on learning, both in classrooms and within our on-site Medical Center, Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine, and Medicinary. Off-site opportunities for additional patient experiences exist in the partnership with our community clinics, benefitting the underprivileged populations throughout Maricopa County.

SCNM School of Nutrition: An Institution that Grows Masters

In Fall of 2019, SCNM announced plans to launch two 100% online Master of Science in Nutrition degrees – the Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition (MSCN) and the Master of Science in Nutrition Business Leadership (MSNBL). Both programs will seat their first class in April of 2020.

The Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition (MSCN) educates students in nutritional sciences, self-care, whole food nutrition, and the responsible use of dietary supplements while also covering emerging topics such as nutrigenomics and microbiomics.

The Master of Science in Nutrition Business Leadership (MSNBL) educates students in the nutritional sciences, supply chain, regulations, leadership, and management—all specific to the thriving natural products, nutraceutical, and dietary supplement industry.

Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine

Dedicated in 2018, the Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine is the first of its kind at any naturopathic medical school. Continuing SCNM’s reputation as leaders in the field of naturopathic medicine, research, and stem cell therapy, the Center provides extensive research opportunities and additional clinical experiences for students by offering non-opioid pain relief options to patients.

SCNM Sage Foundation: Broadening Student/Patient Experiences While Making an Impact

 

In addition to clinical experiences at the two on-campus centers, SCNM third- and fourth-year ND medical students treat patients at various community clinics throughout Maricopa County.

The SCNM Sage Foundation is our award-winning community health program that provides quality healthcare to underserved populations in Arizona. Our community clinics empower underprivileged communities by providing a healthy foundation to begin to improve their lives.

At these clinics, students will see a range of patients including: children in low-income school districts, domestic violence survivors, low-income families, individuals coping with HIV/AIDS, and patients recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. SCNM students are given the opportunity to help the underprivileged in their own community while broadening their patient experiences.

The Ric Scalzo Institute for Botanical Research: Breaking Ground

The Ric Scalzo Institute for Botanical Medicine is on track to open in 2020. This state-of-the-art molecular biology and phytochemistry laboratory will work in collaboration with the natural products industry and other academic institutions to develop new products and improve existing botanical therapeutics grounded in herbalism’s rich tradition through scientific exploration.

The Institute will conduct analytical testing, cellular and molecular biology assays, and metabolomic testing. Furthermore, the Ric Scalzo Institute for Botanical Research will expand clinical research opportunities for students.

For more information on these exciting additions to SCNM, visit www.scnm.edu

 

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Cutting Edge Regenerative Medicine for Pain Patients

Join the AANMC and Dr. Casey Seenauth – Staff Physician at the Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) for an informative webinar on naturopathic approaches to pain management through the use of regenerative medicine. Learn how he and other naturopathic doctors treat acute and chronic pain, sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions.

Here’s what you can expect to learn:
– Common causes of musculoskeletal pain
– Definitions of regenerative medicine and prolotherapy
– How regenerative medicine fits in with the therapeutic order
– Considerations for creating a comprehensive naturopathic approach for pain management

*Webinar does not qualify for CE

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About the Presenter

Dr. Casey Seenauth is a 2013 graduate of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and a licensed naturopathic physician in Arizona. He has a passion for treating acute and chronic pain, sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Seenauth uses several modalities in his practice, including homeopathy, physical medicine, nutrition and botanical medicine. He has a special interest in regenerative injection therapies and prolotherapy. Dr. Seenauth completed his BS in biology/pre-medical sciences at Florida Atlantic University, where he also minored in Italian language.

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Dr. Casey Seenauth – SCNM

“I love being able to offer patients a new perspective on their health care. Many patients come to my office after being told that they have exhausted all the options that conventional medicine has to offer.”

Laying the groundwork to become an ND

“In college, I knew that I was working towards a career in health care, but I struggled to find the right place. I was considering nursing or pharmacy. One of my mentors in college was a registered dietician who showed me the power of nutrition in addressing chronic disease. She steered me in the direction of naturopathic medicine, and I was fascinated to learn that there was an entire field of medicine based on the body’s innate ability for self-repair.”

SCNM as a springboard

“I knew that naturopathic medicine aligned with my personal philosophy towards health and wellness. What I didn’t know at the time that I decided to come to Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) was if I would fit in. From my first week of orientation, I knew that I had made the right choice to become a naturopathic physician. I found myself in a community of like-minded individuals who were inspired to make a difference in the lives of patients and to transform how health care is provided.”

“SCNM caught my attention with the broad scope of practice being taught and the forward-looking stance on how naturopathic physicians can collaborate with other providers to change the future of healthcare. The deciding factor came down to the strong sense of community and school spirit at SCNM.”

“After graduation I completed a two-year general medicine residency at SCNM. During that time, I had the opportunity to train with pioneers in the fields of injection therapy and pain management. After residency, I was fortunate enough to be offered a position at the Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine, where I have been practicing since 2015. My education at SCNM gave me the foundations to launch my regenerative medicine practice.  It takes a strong understanding of anatomy and orthopedics to do injection therapy.”

Regenerative Medicine and Pain Management

“Coming from an athletic background, I have an affinity for anatomy, biomechanics and understanding how people move. As a self-professed geek, I’m inspired by research that seeks to unlock human potential. Regenerative medicine is both cutting edge and deeply aligned with the naturopathic traditions.”

“I treat patients every day for acute and chronic pain conditions. For most of these patients, a naturopathic approach is brand new for them. So much of my work is educating and empowering patients to stop being passive recipients of medical treatments and start being active participants in the healing process. I treat patients with prolotherapy, PRP, or stem cell injections alongside other naturopathic modalities: nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine.”

“SCNM has recently created an honors track program for students who are interested in learning about regenerative medicine. I work with a small group of fourth year medical students seeking extra education and training in regenerative modalities. We have a weekly journal club and once a month skills workshops in addition to the usual training they receive on shift.”

CLICK HERE to watch Dr. Seenauth’s AANMC webinar – Cutting Edge Regenerative Medicine for Pain Patients.

“People who tune in to this webinar can expect to learn how regenerative medicine can fit into a naturopathic medical practice. If you’re planning on creating a regenerative medicine practice, or if you’re just curious, you can learn the basics.”

Finding fulfillment as an ND

“Naturopathic physicians are such a diverse crowd. Each of us have our own niche as far as patients that we treat, modalities used, and treatment approach. This has been a great benefit for me, as it gives me a platform to express my creativity and practice the art of medicine.”

“I love being able to offer patients a new perspective on their health care. Many patients come to my office after being told that they have exhausted all the options that conventional medicine has to offer.”

Advice for aspiring NDs

“This is a tough road. Be sure that your heart is in it. Be prepared to face skepticism. There are great potential rewards and if you stick it out, you will have the opportunity to make a great impact on the health and well-being of those in your community.”

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Can Naturopathic Approaches Help Win the Battle Against Substance Abuse?

Can Naturopathic Approaches Help Win the Battle Against Substance Abuse?

Learn how naturopathic medicine can help patients manage pain and overcome addiction.
 

In 2017, 19.7 million Americans battled a substance use disorder, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Addiction is a serious issue that threatens lives on a daily basis; naturopathic medicine takes a whole-person approach to addiction management and recovery. NDs across North America are making an impact in natural approaches to pain management and helping patients avoid and wean off of addictive therapies for pain.

“Addiction is not just a mental problem, a physical problem, or a biochemical problem. It is very much all those things and more.”
Turshá Hamilton, ND

NUHS Whole Health Center

“Pain patients treated with opiates have the same biochemical and neurochemical changes that addicts do on the physical side. Addiction may be seen as an attachment to the drug from the emotional side.”
David Arneson, ND

SCNM’s World Addiction and Health Institute

Treatments vary depending on the specific patient, but NDs have a natural toolbox of possibilities.

 
“Acutely, the naturopathic doctor must consider what the patient is going through. Insomnia, elevated blood pressure, nausea and vomiting, and body aches are just a few of the symptoms during the first stages of withdrawal,” Dr. Hamilton says.

Recommendations for Initial Treatments:

  • nutrient IV therapy to replenish vitamins, minerals, and amino acids lost through addiction and the withdrawal process
  • acupuncture
  • hydrotherapy
  • homeopathy
  • herbs

“In this stage, it may also be necessary to consider prescribing medications to make the withdrawal process more tolerable (with the goal of using these drugs for as short-term as possible),” she explains.

“Some naturopathic doctors treat addiction by addressing alterations in brain chemistry that contribute both to addictive behavior and withdrawal symptoms. For example, amino acid therapies can be used to support restoration of neurotransmitter pathways that are depleted by long term drug use.”
Casey Seenauth, ND

Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Arneson recommends amino acid therapies. “It is useful for the physician to understand that a lot of the drugs such as opiates or anti-depressants utilized for pain relief often lead to more pain, since these drugs lower the amounts of specific neurotransmitters over time,” he says. “These neurotransmitters need to be in sufficient healthy levels for our own endogenous pain system to work efficiently. This can be rectified by the utilization of specific amino acid formulas designed to bring these levels back into normal ranges once the drugs are out of the system.”

“Acupuncture, particularly, auricular acupuncture is very helpful to reduce cravings as well,” Dr. Seenauth adds. “The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association protocol is well-researched, standardized, and effective in dealing with many of the side effects of drug withdrawal.”

Dr. Arneson recommends a set of naturopathic protocols that he has implemented in the three in-patient treatment centers he co-founded:

  • treat aggressively with focused nutrition, intravenous nutrients, and specific amino acid formulas for the first month
  • ongoing 12-step program
  • intense counseling
  • intensive outpatient treatment

“85% of the patients that take responsibility for their recovery and follow these simple suggestions are clean and sober at the end of the first year of sobriety,” he says.

“In our experience, utilizing nutritional treatments, the initial repair work can be accomplished in three to six weeks on average. If we do not incorporate focused nutritional treatment this can take on the average six months to two years—or what we call post-acute withdrawal syndrome,” he says.

Dr. Arneson’s long-term approaches:

  • exercise such as yoga or Tai Chi
  • counseling
  • instilling responsibility for the recovery

Dr. Hamilton also has preferred treatments to employ after the initial stage of recovery. “In considering how to treat the person long term, the doctor, or team must address why they may have started using in the first place. I found many patients were self-medicating because of an underlying condition like depression, bipolar disorder, or they may have been abused or abandoned. Some may even have been addicted to a medication because they were in chronic pain and just trying to get some relief,” Dr. Hamilton says.

Natural approaches for chronic pain relief

  • teaching stress management skills
  • stretching, yoga, meditation, exercising
  • sauna or steam room therapy
  • volunteering to help deal with life, triggers, and past events that may have led to drug use
  • setting up a support system – both individual and group – to provide a place to talk through experiences

“As you can see, there is no one approach to addiction recovery. Each patient is unique so their treatment must also be unique and fit their specific situation and stage of rehabilitation,” Dr. Hamilton says.

Naturopathic medicine is a key tool in managing pain without pharmaceuticals.

“It’s my opinion that the best way that we can address the issue of addiction to opioid pain medication is through the proper and adequate treatment of pain,” says Dr. Seenauth.
“Where naturopathic medicine really shines is in managing painful conditions, helping the patient with diet and exercise recommendations, and supplementation when necessary.”
Klee Bethel, ND

Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine

“We’ve seen that therapies that only include pharmaceuticals often don’t give the patient significant relief over the long term and can have very deleterious side effects,” says Dr. Hamilton. “By using medical nutrition, botanical medicine, mind-body medicine, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, and homeopathy, we can offer the chronic pain patient more options that may offer them relief, resolution, and hope in a future that has less pain and sickness, and more vitality.”

“Starting at a fundamental level, diet plays a huge role in treating pain,” Dr. Seenauth says. “Many painful conditions are aggravated by inflammation, which can be reduced and modulated through use of an anti-inflammatory diet, such as:

  • proper levels of omega-3 fatty acids
  • plant based foods
  • vitamin D supplements

“Diet is not a one-size-fits-all therapy,” he says. “Naturopathic physicians can help patients navigate which diet is appropriate for their individual needs.”

 

Dr. Hamilton recommends specific anti-inflammatory foods:

  • leafy green vegetables
  • vegetables that have rainbow colors like blueberries, bell peppers, squash, pumpkin
  • fewer processed foods (breads, pastas, muffins)
  • healthy fats (avocado, coconut, olive oil)
  • organically-fed, free-range, wild-caught meats

 

Regenerative injection therapies can repair injured tissues that are sources of pain such as:

  • prolotherapy helps to tighten ligaments and repair connective tissue that cause pain
  • tissue transfer using bone marrow or adipose can stimulate the damaged tissue to undergo cellular proliferation and repair
  • neural prolotherapy or perineural injection technique is a new therapy developed by Dr. John Lyftogt that targets neurogenic pain by injecting a dilute sugar solution near inflamed cutaneous nerves

In addition, homeopathy is very effective in treating pain. Dr. Seenauth’s recommended remedies include:

  • Arnica – bruises, soreness, tender to touch (commonly used after falls or other blunt trauma injuries)
  • Rhus toxicodendron – stiff, sore joints (pain is worse with rest and better with continued motion, pain improves with warm applications)
  • Ruta graveolens – strained ligaments, pain and stiffness in tendons

Herbal and Nutritional Supplements that Can be Effective:

  • turmeric (anti-inflammatory)
  • bromelain (anti-inflammatory)
  • boswellia (anti-inflammatory)
  • papain (anti-inflammatory)
  • ginger (anti-inflammatory)
  • John’s wort (for nerves)
  • milky oats (for nerves)
  • passionflower (for nerves)
  • lavender (for nerves)
  • peppermint (antispasmodic)
  • thyme (antispasmodic)
  • chamomile (antispasmodic)
  • magnesium (for tissue)
  • CoQ10 (for tissue)
  • calcium (for tissue)
  • potassium (for tissue)
  • vitamin D (for tissue)
  • B vitamins (for tissue)

Dr. Arneson also notes that “sometimes the simplest remedies are overlooked, such as ice or mild heat to the affected area to reduce inflammation or tightness of a muscle.”

Naturopathic physicians are uniquely trained to use a multitude of techniques and therapies to manage health and treat addiction. Click here to find an ND near you in the US and Canada.

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Changing Healthcare with a Unique Mindset

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences is a leader in comprehensive team-based approach to natural health. Blending patient care with innovative research and a cutting-edge naturopathic curriculum, both SCNM students and graduates are using a uniquely different mindset to change healthcare. SCNM’s faculty, physicians, and staff work together to prepare students for success in medical school and beyond as they become successful naturopathic physicians. With Arizona’s wide scope of practice, students can become proficient at using all naturopathic therapies to treat and heal, including acupuncture, IV and injection therapy. Keep up with the latest news about SCNM and the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program by visiting Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine’s website and YouTube channel.

 

Changing the World of Botanical Medicine

Arriving in the early months of 2020, the Ric Scalzo Institute for Botanical Medicine will advance 21st century Botanical Medicine. The Institute will conduct analytical testing, cellular and molecular biology assays, and metabolomic testing on (medical) botanicals. It will expand benchtop and clinical research opportunities for students, and work alongside other academic institutions and leading natural product companies to generate and publish new knowledge, develop new botanical products and improve existing formulas.

Honors Tracks

SCNM has launched five distinct honors tracks in community health, nature cure, pain management, pediatrics, and regenerative medicine. The honors tracks give qualified students the ability to gain a richer and more in-depth experience within a specific emphasis. In addition, these focused areas of clinical education can help position students for competitive post-graduate opportunities and residencies.

 

Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine

Dedicated in 2018, the Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine is the first of its kind at any naturopathic medical school, continuing SCNM’s reputation as leaders in the field of naturopathic medicine and stem cell therapy. The center provides extensive research opportunities and additional clinical experiences for students focused on providing non-opioid pain relief options to the patients.

 

SCNM Sage Foundation: Providing quality healthcare to those in need and allowing students to broaden their patient experiences

In addition to on-campus clinical experiences at SCNM’s Medical Center and Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine, SCNM third- and fourth-year medical students treat patients at various community clinics throughout Maricopa County. At these clinics, patients include children in low-income school districts, domestic violence survivors, low-income families, individuals coping with HIV/AIDS and patients recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. This gives students the opportunity to help underprivileged communities and expand their clinical experiences.

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