PTSD and the Six Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

Join Radley Ramdhan, ND, MsAc, former Specialist in the United States Army Corp of Engineers, New York Army National Guard for an informative session on naturopathic approaches to PTSD. Hear about his firsthand journey as a doctor and veteran in navigating traumatic issues with patients.

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About the Presenter

Radley Ramdhan, ND, MsAc completed his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Barry University in Miami, Florida. He earned his Master of Science in Acupuncture and Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the University of Bridgeport School of Naturopathic Medicine (UBSNM) in Bridgeport, Connecticut. While pursuing his studies, he served as a Specialist in the United States Army Corp of Engineers, New York Army National Guard for six years. It was through his military experience that he developed a special interest in working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) patients, and as a result completed his thesis on understanding and treating PTSD using a naturopathic approach. Dr. Radley served one deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in Kuwait and Iraq.

He has co-authored two articles published by Naturopathic Doctor News and Review :

PTSD: Using a Naturopathic Approach to Understand & Treat the Disorder
Traumatic Brain Injury: Clinical Applications & Plausible Interventions

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Tips for Eating Mindfully

Did you know that 1 in 3 Americans can’t eat without their phone? Distracted eating can lead to eating up to 50% more! Our choices of what, when, why and where we eat may be influenced by distractions. During this free forum, attendees can learn about mindfulness for a healthier relationship with food. Renowned nutrition expert, Dr. Jennifer Botwick will discuss how to improve your nutrition and how to make non-judgmental food choices that are best for your body right now.

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About the Presenter

Jennifer Botwick, ND is a licensed naturopathic doctor in the state of Connecticut. She maintains a private practice in Woodbridge, CT and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Public Health at Southern Connecticut State University. Dr. Botwick recently retired as clinical supervisor and adjunct faculty from the University of Bridgeport School of Naturopathic Medicine. She continues to teach mindfulness to teen and adult learners. Bringing patients to a place of ease while helping them pursue optimal health is a core focus of Dr. Botwick’s practice.

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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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In the wise words of the late Dr. Anthony Godfrey, “You’re never too old to do something that’s more in line with your passion.” If you have an interest in naturopathic medicine, explore it and reach out to people who can help you along your path. The AANMC and the seven accredited member schools are here to help you make your dream of becoming a naturopathic doctor a reality.

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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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