The members of the leadership council help shape the direction of INM. Each member represents a leading voice in the field of Naturopathic Medicine.

Frank Lampe

Frank Lampe

Frank J. Lampe is a highly respected, healthy-living media veteran with more than 30 years of industry communications, marketing and management experience.

In addition to his sales experience in the consumer electronics world, he has served in a number of executive and leadership positions, including as editorial director for New Hope Communications (now the New Hope Network, a division of Informa), where he oversaw the company’s natural products publications; as executive vice president of InnoVision Health Media, an integrative medicine media company that produced three peer-reviewed medical journals, including Alternative Therapies and Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, consumer magazines and the highly rated Alternative Medicine series of books; and as a cofounder and a managing director of Natural Business Communications, which published the groundbreaking LOHAS Journal business magazine.

More recently, he served as the Director of Communications for the American Herbal Products Association and as VP, Communications and Industry Relations, for the United Natural Product Association.

Frank now heads Lampe & Associates Strategic Marketing Communications, a consultancy serving the natural, organic and sustainable products industries, as well as the integrative health and medicine space.

Mr. Lampe served as a board member of the Natural Products Foundation and is the recipient of the Industry Champion Award from the Natural Products Association in 2011.

Jashar Rentz

Jashar Rentz

CEO/CFO Alpine Integrated Medicine, LLC.

My background is actually not in medicine at all but in school leadership.  I graduated from the prestigious University of Washington Danforth School for Educational Leadership, wide-eyed and ready to bring my knowledge of systems and process to public education.  Unfortunately what I found when I got there was a system that was badly damaged from the top down, and one in which I had much less control over things than I had hoped.

As luck would have it, my partner, Dr. Brooke Azie-Rentz, was growing her practice from her individual scope to a broader, multi-disciplinary practice, and needed someone to manage the business to allow her to focus on patient care.  I began learning about the world of Naturopathic Medicine, and five years later, Alpine Integrated Medicine is successful and growing strongly and sustainably.   It was my chance to bypass the bureaucracy of education and to truly create a first-class organization.

When I came to Alpine Integrated Medicine, we were a clinic with skilled providers and strong revenue, but the financial projections were not looking great.  Each month, we prayed for that Premera check to arrive so we could cover Rent, and Payroll, etc. Contrast that with now, where we have a surplus each month, sustainable growth, and more providers on salary than ever before.  Our clinic has become a model for multi-disciplinary practices, and for concierge practices.

I learned quickly that the work I had done in schools translated directly to the medical business, and I also learned that the business of medicine is something that alluded many, if not most, providers in our field.  I started hearing the frustrations of new NDs who couldn’t make a business work, and the frustrations of established docs who despite their skill were not as financially successful as they ought to be.  I also saw people who had never really practiced trying to sell practice management gimmicks and reaffirmed my belief that there are no shortcuts to true success.

I realized that the field of education was drawing me back in, but now with the renewed focus of educating the business sensibilities of Naturopathic Providers.  That’s why I’m so passionate about the work we are doing at INM, and why I reached out to Dr. Simon to become involved.  While it is true that we need excellent physicians guiding the field of Naturopathic Medicine, it is also true that we need shrewd business-minded people guiding the development of the business of Naturopathic Medicine.  I’m blessed to be part of an organization like INM and surrounded by others who, like me, want to see the best for our entire profession.

At the end of the day, I think that the fact that I came from outside of medicine is what has allowed me to work on creative solutions that may not have been apparent to someone who has made this their life’s focus from day one.  It also allows me to put myself in the mind of the patient when I consider decisions and outcomes, which ultimately aids the business itself.   I’m a master of systems theory, and my position is that as a consultant and team member, my goal is to present a framework and to ask the right questions of a business or organization so that they can manifest their own positive change.  I’m especially excited to be co-leading the Naturopathic Residency Consortium with Dr. Simon, as we are developing a sustainable residency program with a business focus that will be a benchmark for success in our field in the coming years.

President & CEO

Michelle Simon, PhD, ND

Michelle Simon, PhD, ND

President & CEO

As president and CEO of INM, Dr. Simon brings her passion for working with organizations dedicated to improving the quality and delivery of healthcare. This desire stems from her years of practice as a licensed naturopathic physician. In addition to holding a Naturopathic Doctorate from Bastyr University she also holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She has served on boards for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), the Naturopathic Physicians Research Institute (NPRI), and several advisory boards. Dr. Simon served nine years on the Washington State Health Technology Clinical Committee, as Ambassador to the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) and was recognized as 2018 AANP Physician of the Year. Dr. Simon shares with her husband a passion for adventure travel, preferably by boat or motorcycle. She also enjoys teaching a women’s off-road motorcycling class.

 

Jaclyn (Chasse) Smeaton, ND

Jaclyn (Chasse) Smeaton, ND

Dr. Jaclyn (Chasse) Smeaton, N.D. is a licensed naturopathic doctor who is passionate about applying her clinical knowledge, strong communication skills, and leadership skills to advance the fields of nutrition, health technology, and functional medicine. She is a sought-after writer for both peer-reviewed journals and lay publications and speaker at national and international conferences, presenting on topics across regulatory affairs, health technology and clinical practice, specifically in
the specialty areas of women’s health and integrative and functional medicine. Additionally, Dr. Smeaton is very involved in both practitioner and industry groups. She serves as Past-President of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She is the immediate Past-President of the NH Association of Naturopathic Doctors and served as a Trustee for the American Herbal Products Association. During her tenure, she led legislation to require insurance coverage of services provided by Naturopathic Doctors, increased association revenue and doubled the profitability of the association’s annual conference, and the association also expanded the formulary (prescribing rights) of doctors in the state.

Susan Cayleff, PhD

Susan Cayleff, PhD

Susan E. Cayleff, PhD, has written two books on naturopathic medicine during her tenure: Nature’s Path: A History of Naturopathic Healing in America (2016) and Wash and Be Healed: The Water Cure Movement and Women’s Health (1987, 1992). Her curriculum vitae includes Professor of Women’s Studies and co-chair of SafeZones@SDSU (an ally training and social justice event program for LGBTQ students, faculty, staff and administrators), directing the LGBT Studies Internship Program (places students at 15 different community-based organizations and services), faculty director and mentor of the Young Women’s Studies Club at Hoover High School (a multi-tiered mentoring program that works to create feminist and racial awareness and bridge the academy and the community), and adjunct faculty in American Indian Studies and Chicano/Chicana Studies. She served as Department Chair 1997-2005 and joined the faculty at SDSU in 1987. Prior to her arrival at SDSU she was an Assistant Professor in the Institute for the Medical Humanities, Preventive Medicine and Community Health Division, at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX, 1983-1987.

Bill Shaddle

Bill Shaddle

Bill Shaddle has been involved in helping doctors understand and apply nutrition as a therapeutic tool for nearly 40 years. Starting as a sales representative in the Midwest, he has managed sales teams, product lines, divisions and companies in the nutritional sciences field. Bill has developed expertise in taking complex nutritional topics and explaining them in clear and easy to understand ways, which has given him the opportunity to speak to doctors, pharmacists and practitioners throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, South Africa and Australia. He has developed and delivered workshops and training programs on dozens of different health and nutritional topics. Bill recently retired from day-to-day activities as the Senior Director of Medical Education for one of the largest companies in the functional/integrative medicine niche, but is still involved in using his background and knowledge to help translate current nutritional science into practical application for the healthcare practitioner.

Deb Hubers

Deb Hubers

Debra Hubers is a serial entrepreneur and has started seven businesses; ranging from an advanced genomics to an employer health care purchasing cooperative. Deb has over 35 years of experience in healthcare finance, education, technology, and pharmacogenomics.

Ms. Hubers has dedicated her career to measuring and improving healthcare outcomes. Her expertise is leveraging technology to deliver personalized, preventative medicine. Ms. Hubers co-founded La Vita Compounding Pharmacy in 2007. Collaborating with her business partner, physicians and strategic partners, Deb has grown La Vita to be one of the most respected and sought-after personalized medicine providers on the west coast. She is also Co-Founder of EpigeneticsRx, a leading provider of precise, personalized, prevention which positively impacts genetic expression.

Alex Keller, ND

Alex Keller, ND

Dr. Alex Keller, ND, AFMCP is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with an Honours Bachelor in Health Sciences and Psychology. Although originally intending to attend conventional medical school, following a three-month volunteer internship at a rural Kenyan hospital where he observed how doctors used local food to treat patients, he shifted his career goals and pursued a degree in naturopathic medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto.

After one year of practicing with the esteemed Dr. Chris Pickrell, ND, RH in a community acupuncture setting, in 2015 he and his wife Dr. Jenn Keller, ND moved to rural Ottawa, Canada where they started an organic farm and retreat center. In the same year, Alex and his athletic therapist sister Jess Keller combined their practices to form Keller Active Health, an integrative physical therapy clinic.

Ever curious and passionate about the education of evidence-based natural medicine, in 2017, Dr. Keller joined a fledgling Ottawa-based health tech startup named Fullscript. He serves as its Medical Director and oversees the development of medical education content for practitioners across North America.

Prior to medicine, Alex worked in the renewable energy sector, where he developed a deep passion for sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship. This connection between medicine and agriculture now drives Alex to focus much of his energy on bringing awareness to the quality and sourcing standards in the supplement and organic agriculture supply chains.

Today, he splits his professional time practicing as a clinician, working for Fullscript, and expanding the farming operation while chasing his kids with Jenn and occasionally running ultra-marathon trail races. He is also currently completing an Executive MBA through the Quantic School of Business & Technology with a focus on supply chain innovation.

Pamela Snider, ND

Pamela Snider, ND

Pamela Snider, ND, is Executive and Senior Editor for the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine Project, producing a first of its kind international textbook of Naturopathic medicine through a series of international retreats and symposia. A nationally recognized integrative health and policy leader, she is active in both national and regional integrative health initiatives. Dr. Snider serves on the Board of Directors, was founding Executive Director and co-founder of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Health (ACIH/ACCAHC) a consortium of the councils of schools, accrediting agencies and certifying bodies of the licensed, traditional and emerging integrative health professions, and is currently Vice Chair and co-founder of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC).  Dr. Snider served as a founding Board Member of the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine from 2014-2016. Her public policy work includes completing a two year appointment to the DHHS Center For Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee (MCAC); serving as a Steering Committee Member for  the HRSA funded American College of Preventive Medicine NCCIM Integrative Medicine in Preventive Medicine Residency program, co-directing in USPHS Region X the Building Bridges Between Provider Communities Group, an exploration of interdisciplinary collaboration and common ground between public health and CAM; serving for 22 years on Washington State’s Health Professional Loan Repayment and Scholarship Program Advisory Committee (HPLRSP); providing technical assistance to and developing key language for the enabling legislation for NIH Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCIH/NCCAM); and staffing Joseph Pizzorno ND during his appointment as Commissioner on the White House Commission on CAM Policy.

From 1994-2003, Dr. Snider served as Associate Dean for Public and Professional Affairs and Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University, dividing her work between academic and public affairs activities, including chairing the Naturopathic Medicine Program Curriculum Review Committee.  Dr. Snider has been teaching, publishing and lecturing widely on Naturopathic philosophy, theory integrative health, public policy, and other topics for over 30 years. Currently, an Associate Professor at National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, OR, Dr. Snider also continues at Bastyr University in her 22nd year as a faculty member teaching naturopathic medicine history, clinical theory, and global context. Among her Naturopathic medicine professional roles she serves on the Institute for Natural Medicine’s Leadership Council.  In 1989, she co-led the naturopathic profession with Dr. Jared Zeff, in developing a unifying definition of naturopathic medicine and its principles of practice adopted unanimously by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) House of Delegates. She was a co-investigator in the 2004 NIH NCCAM research study, the North American Naturopathic Medical Research Agenda and CAM Advisor in NIHCCAM’s Financing Integrative Health Care (University of Washington).  Her areas of experience include healthcare education; naturopathic and interdisciplinary clinical theory, curriculum development; clinical practice; government and legislative affairs, public policy, interdisciplinary collaboration, and community organizing.  Dr. Snider has received the Ontario Naturopathic Physician of the Year Award, the Physician of the Year Award from the AANP, the President’s Outstanding Vision Award and Distinguished Alumnus Award at Bastyr University, AANP’s President’s Award, an honorary Doctorate of Naturopathic Philosophy from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), the William A Mitchell Vis Award from the AANP and The Gathering – NMSA’s Beacon Award. She received her ND degree in 1982 from Bastyr University of Natural Health Sciences and is a licensed naturopathic physician in the State of Washington. She lives with her husband and children at their homestead in North Bend Washington, in the beautiful mountain to sea landscape and home of The Revival – Restore the Vis, an annual student-led community gathering.

Susan Haeger

Susan Haeger

Susan Haeger is Founder/Principal of Transformative Health Solutions Inc. She has applied her twenty plus years in executive leadership to help shape and drive adoption of progressive health policy for whole person healthcare. She was a section contributor to the 2021 INM/AANP published professional white paper, Naturopathic Physicians as Whole Health Specialists: The Future is Whole Person Health Care that provides supporting evidence for the profession’s significant and unique contributions to preventive, whole person care and models of integrative clinical practice.

Sean McConnell, ND

Sean McConnell, ND

Dr. Sean McConnell, a native of Montreal, graduated from Concordia University in Montreal with a degree in Cultural Anthropology. He and his family moved to Toronto so that he could complete the four-year doctorate program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. During the four years at CCNM Sean was involved with curriculum development and was elected as student representative to the Board of Governors for the College. After clinical internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, and selection for rotation at the college’s satellite clinic at Anishnabe, Sean graduated and was awarded the Dr. Shimon Levytam prize for outstanding understanding of naturopathic medicine.

Dr. McConnell currently works as a clinical supervisor at the Brampton Naturopathic Teaching Clinic and the Queen West Community Clinic, both satellite clinics of the CCNM. He also facillitates teaching of health psychology, naturopathic manipulation, homeopathy, primary care, emergency medicine and evaluates CCNM’s clinical entrance exams. His time is also spent developing his private practice at the Integrated Healthcare Centre (IHC) at CCNM.

Dr. McConnell is registered and in good standing with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO) and is licensed to practice in the province of Ontario.

Dr. McConnell is also a trustee and present chair of the McConnell Foundation, a private Canadian foundation that develops and applies innovative approaches to social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges. We do so through granting and investing, capacity building, convening, and co-creation with grantees, partners and the public. The McConnell Foundation supports Canadians in building a more inclusive, innovative, sustainable and resilient society.

Bruce Barlean

Bruce Barlean

Bruce Barlean is an owner and founder of Barlean’s, a global dietary supplement manufacturer located in the Pacific Northwest in Ferndale, WA. Bruce has been actively involved in the Natural Products industry since 1989 and is passionate about making a difference in the world and positively impacting the lives of others.

Bruce believes that people can make a difference in the world through ordinary purchases. He is committed to improving the quality of life for every person on the planet by making the best products and by using the profits to support outreach programs. Bruce summarizes it simply, “We make good stuff to do good stuff”.

In the late 1980’s Bruce became passionate about how health could be dramatically improved with Flax Oil Supplementation. Bruce along with his entrepreneurial parents saw the potential to improve the lives of many people and in 1989 they began selling Flax Oil under the Barlean’s name. From 1989 – 2000 the business grew an average of 40% year over year. While most companies saw a decline in business in the 2001 recession, Barlean’s continued to grow and soon became America’s #1 selling flaxseed oil and continues to be to the present. The brand has since expanded to include additional oils, green food concentrates and other premium supplements. Bruce continues to drive innovation and over the years his products and company have won countless awards including: Eight consecutive Vity Awards for #1 EFA, Six consecutive Vity Awards for #1 Greens Food Supplement, Natural Choice Award for Best Specialty Supplement, Best Product of the Year, Best New Product, Gold Medal Taster’s Choice Award, Gold Medal American Masters of Taste Award, #1 Health Food Store Brand for Consumer Satisfaction by Consumer Lab, and Manufacturer of the Year.

In 2013 as the company was on the eve of celebrating the 25th year in business Bruce and his parents decided to take their desire to help people to a new level that they call Pathway to a Better Life – which is now seen in the Barlean’s logo. Bruce and his parents had always been generous in their giving and support of charities, but as part of the Pathway to a Better Life they decided to increased partnership with charitable organizations such as: Vitamin Angels, Compassion International, KidsTown International, Autism Hope Alliance, Engedi Refuge, Project 92, and others. And because so many people are unable to meet basic nutritional needs, Bruce created a comprehensive Omega-3 and multivitamin formula that he distributes free-of-charge to local food banks. In addition, Bruce decided the company would supply food banks with organic coconut oil to provide people with a health alternative to standard cooking oils.

Always generous with his time Bruce has served as a youth leader for his local church for several years and continues to mentor youth. He has been on several not for profit boards including; Whatcom County Pregnancy Center (2003-2006), Natural Products Association (dates?), and the Institute for Natural Medicine Leadership Council (presently).

The Barlean family have been avid supporters of Bastyr University since the 1990’s and in 2013 were given Bastyr’s most prestigious honor, the Mission Award, which recognizes their leadership over time in improving the health and well-being of the human community.

Bruce currently resides in Ferndale, WA with his wife Lisa and their two dogs: Heinz & Shadow. When he’s not helping others he can be found fishing (catch & release).