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INM: Celebrating 30 Years

Every person lives their best life when powered by their health

30 Years of advocating. 30 Years of education. 30 years of leading the conversation around natural health and access to natural medicine. 

A lot has changed since 1993. Yet the demand and opportunity for accessible, evidence-based natural health is stronger than ever. The work that we and our partners have done over the last three decades has already changed the course of healthcare, and we’re just getting started.

Join us as we celebrate our past and look forward to another 30 years of enhancing the human potential for health. 

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INM Incorporates

The Institute for Natural Medicine is established 501c(3) non-profit to engage philanthropy and advance public education concerning naturopathic medicine.

FOUNDATIONS 1993 – 2013


Reorganization & Advancement

INM reorganizes and advances under the new leadership of INM Chair and NCNM President, Clyde Jensen, PhD.


California Licensure

INM plays a key role in obtaining licensure for naturopathic doctors in California.


AANMC Foundations

INM helps launch the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC) with core staff support. AANMC seeks to advance the naturopathic medical profession by actively supporting the academic efforts of accredited naturopathic medical schools.


Restructuring for the Future

Joseph Pizzorno, ND, (AANP BOD) is asked to develop a plan for INM’s future. Michelle Simon, ND, PhD, (AANP BOD) is nominated as the new INM Board chair. New bylaws are drafted and approved. Dr. Simon nominates a new Board, approved by AANP and existing INM Board members; M. Cronin, AANP President.

INM 2.0
2013 – 2018


Naturopathic Medicine Collaborative (NMC)

INM launches the Naturopathic Medicine Collaborative (NMC), a profession-wide stakeholder assembly including AANP, AANMC, state associations, specialty societies, and the Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA). Initially, 42 organizations are invited to join.


Naturally Well Launches

Inaugural Naturally Well children’s nutritional education program launches at West San Gabriel Valley YMCA for both children and their families.


Ambassador Program

INM’s Community Outreach Coordinator Heather Carrie, MAS, launches the Ambassador Program to help amplify accurate and up-to-date information on naturopathic medicine.


Grateful Patients

INM launches a Patient Gallery with grateful patient testimonials from naturopathic medicine featured on the INM website.


Campaign for Naturopathic Medicine

INM and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) launch the Campaign for Naturopathic Medicine, the first sustained national public awareness campaign on naturopathic medicine with a goal to provide a foundation of accurate, positive, targeted information about naturopathic medicine in media.


Naturally Well

250 children are taught cooking, diet, and nutrition through the third Naturally Well health and wellness program.


Summit for the Future

The Naturopathic Medicine Collaborative (NMC) Summit on the Future of Naturopathic Medicine is held on July 11, 2018, at the AANP Convention in San Diego, CA.

EXPANSION  2018 – 2022

whole person health


Residency Consortium Launches

INM announces ten inaugural residency sites established for the INM Residency Consortium (IRC). It begins efforts to help educate and further the careers of naturopathic doctors by organizing and leading residency programs for graduating naturopathic doctors with grants, continuing education credits, and business best-practice classes to help them achieve greater success in their future clinical practice.


Primary Care Task Force

INM launches the Primary Care Task Force (PCTF) to promote workforce expansion of community health centers to include ND primary care physicians.


Guidestar Silver Transparency

INM is awarded Guidestar Silver Transparency Status, a testament to its credibility and commitment to transparency, and continues to receive this distinction until awarded the Guidestar Gold Transparency designation in 2021.


Future Foundations

INM hosts the Future of Naturopathic Medicine Conversation over the course of the year, with over 700 NDs participating.


Groundbreaking Publication

INM publishes and receives interprofessional acclaim for its groundbreaking publication Naturopathic Physicians as Whole Health Specialists: The Future is Whole Person Health Care.


COVID-19 Webinars

An Online Housecall webinar series is launched featuring natural health best practices from naturopathic doctors during the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Audience Milestone

INM’s website receives a half million visitors, dwarfing the previous record.


Guidestar Gold Transparency Status

Guidestar Gold Transparency is awarded to INM, which continues to the present.


Lecture Series

INM’s President & CEO, Michelle Simon, Ph.D., ND, presents at the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Strauss Wisneski Lecture series on “Developing Resilience in an Era of COVID.


Medical Advisory Boards

INM’s ND and MD/DO Advisory Boards are established.


COVID Journal Publication

INM’s President & CEO, Michelle Simon, PhD, ND, publishes alongside INM Board members, Joseph Pizzorno, ND, and Joseph Katzinger, ND Modifiable Risk Factors in Sars CoV-2 in Integrative Medicine Clinician’s Journal (open source in PubMed).


Business Series Launches

NMSA-INM Business Series webinars launch to prepare ND students to run their clinics successfully.

2022 – ?


NIH Panelist

Dr. Simon participates as an invited panelist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) NCCIH Sponsored Stakeholder Meeting for Research on Whole Person Health.


Find an ND

INM launches a new Find an ND directory at


Resources Milestone

INM reaches the top 8%, budget size-wise, of an estimated 1.7 million US non-profits.


Residency Training Program

INM Residency Consortium rolls out a pilot program with the first six of 82 drafted naturopathic primary care residency competencies known as Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs).


Pain Management Education

INM Interprofessional Educational Series Launched with Complex Pain Management Webinar at UC Anschutz Medical Center


Naturally Well in California

Naturally Well classes launch at long-term partner Eje Academies Charter School, El Cajon, CA


Clinical Nutrition Research

Inaugural Food as Medicine clinical research program launches with participants in rural Cabarrus County, NC

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It takes passion, determination, and vision to make change. But we can’t do it alone. 

Join us in our mission to share the healing power of nature and share the scientifically-backed principles of natural medicine with patients around the world. Your involvement with the Institute for Natural Medicine will enable us to make a profound impact in healthcare: stemming the tide of preventable chronic diseases and empowering individuals to lead healthier, more balanced lives. Everywhere.

1993: Institute of Natural Medicine (INM) is incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)3 in Oregon by James Sensenig, ND, Harry Swope III, ND, Vida Fassler, and Bob Timberlake. Founding board includes J. Sensenig (founding Chair), R. Timberlake, M. Werness, H. Swope, W. Fassler, V. Fassler, and J. Strohecker. Sue Yirku becomes founding Executive Director (until 2013).

Joseph Pizzorno, ND, on the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) Board of Directors, is asked by Executive Director Sue Yirku to develop a plan for INM’s future. Dr. Simon nominates a new Board, which is approved by AANP President M. Cronin and existing INM Board members. INM inaugurates the new Board, including M. Simon, H. Lucille, M. Cronin, T. Kruzel, S. Stark, B. Milliman, and M. Werness. Dr. Werness is carried over from the founding board. New bylaws are drafted and approved.

The NMC is launched by Dr. Simon, President and CEO, V. Campbell, P. Snider, and M. Beeson.

INM’s Naturally Well program launches at the West San Gabriel Valley YMCA in collaboration with the Food as Medicine Institute based at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM). Aiming to support lifelong health for children and their families in at-risk communities, the program is led by M. Simon, M. Fitzpatrick, and A. Santiago.

The Summit is spearheaded by Margaret Beeson, ND, with Michelle Simon, Ph.D. (INM), Laura Farr (AANP), and Jeana Kimball, ND, LM, MPH (the Vision Group).

Felt by many as a “watershed moment” initiative to strengthen the culture of collaboration in the profession and address opportunities, tensions, diversity, unity, and the future.

The planning team to “hold the whole” includes the Vision Group and the Planning Team: individuals from INM, AANP, AANMC (JoAnn Yanez, ND, MPH), NMSA (Blake Langley, ND candidate), the State Alliance (Emily Telfair, ND), Research (Joshua Goldenberg, ND), NMI (Harry Swope, ND, DHANP), ANR (Node Smith, ND), FNM (Pamela Snider, ND), and Maryland University of Integrative Health (Abigail Aeroya, ND, LM).

The founding taskforce includes Michelle Simon, Ph.D., ND, Pamela Snider, ND, Tom Bell, ND, Kelsey Klausmeyer, ND, Hannah Gordon, ND, RN, Stephen LaBreque (ND student), Eva Kozura, ND, and Nate Thomas from the Northwest Rural Primary Care Association.

Led by M. Simon, G. Garcia, J. Rentz, M. Henriksen, N. Shiffler, M. Prenguber, and J. Guiltinan.

INM – NMC profession-wide survey assesses common priorities to drive fundraising.

Results: 1) States licensing 2) Public Awareness 3) Residency Access. INM’s priority areas (access, education, research) and initiatives are defined to match survey results.

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