Graduate, Bastyr University
“An ND needs to be curious, and dedicated to being a lifelong learner. Medicine is constantly evolving, and your medical education doesn’t stop with graduation. It is also useful to know how to ask for help. Patients and the practice of medicine can be complex, so being okay with not knowing everything, and being to let go of one’s ego are important personality traits to have as well.
It is important to be congruent in your life. If you are seeing patients and asking them to make changes in their life in order to optimize their health, then it is also equally important for doctors to be willing to do the same.
It is also important for NDs to be kind. Many patients seek NDs out as a last resort for their medical care, and warmth and compassion really goes a long way in the healing process.”