Leadership & Staff

Team

Our core team of advocates carries out the day-to-day work of educating the public, increasing access to naturopathic medicine, advancing professional development, and building alliances.

President & CEO

Operations Manager

Executive Editor

Editor and Content Specialist

Editor, Writer, Content Consultant

Program Support

Leigh Delano

Social Media Manager

INM Residency Liason

Steven Labrecque

IRC Program Director

Kevin Dobrzynski, DN

Chair, INM Primary Care Task Force

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Bookkeeper

IT / Webmaster

Board of Directors

The Institute for Natural Medicine is led by a talented team of naturopathic visionaries including licensed NDs and communications experts.

Valerie Campbell

Chair of the INM Board

Thom Kruzel

Treasurer

President & CEO

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Ex Officio: AANP ED

Ex Officio: AANP President

Leadership Council

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

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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.

Kelsang Tempa

Operations Manager

Tenpa joined the INM team in December, 2017. He has worked in the non-profit field for many years towards creating a healthy, peaceful world and happy minds. He holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of Washington, an MA in Environment & Community from Antioch University, and a Columbia Graduate School Business Management Certificate. As an ordained Buddhist monk, his spare time is devoted to helping others, meditation, and prayer in order to maintain a happy mind while working in our busy, modern world. He tends to an ever varying number of feral and homeless animals: a befriended feral ‘Porch Kitty’ and a few hungry other cats that appear at times.

Griffin McMath, ND

Executive Editor

Relationships are the epicenter of Dr. McMath’s work with INM as she supports our content Editorial Board and nurtures connections across the naturopathic space.

Dr. McMath became involved in the advancement of the profession as a naturopathic medical student as a member of the board of directors for the California Naturopathic Doctors Association, intern for the Integrative Health Policy Consortium, research associate for Bastyr University’s Health Policy and Leadership Committee, and first ND student to be a delegate to the World Health Assembly in Geneva. Early in her career Dr. McMath helped lead the development of Integrative Wellness at the Maryland Proton Treatment Center and was elected to the board of directors of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians where she serves on the Public Relations Committee.
Outside of her professional work, Dr. McMath enjoys spending time with her spunky dog, Frankie, exploring new restaurants, attending live music events, adventures the great outdoors, and dabbling in the creative arts.

Anna-Liza Badaloo

Editor and Content Specialist

Anna-Liza Badaloo is a writer and program consultant, working at the intersection of health, environment, and social justice. With over 10 years of experience at non-profit organizations, she brings a combination of content writing, copywriting, and journalism to her work. Using her strong storytelling ethic, Anna-Liza strives to amplify traditionally silenced voices such as BIPOC, youth, and 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. After seven years as the Manager of Education, Community Development, and Pulse Editor for the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND), she knows the North American naturopathic community intimately.

At the OAND Anna-Liza significantly improved clinical education offerings by bringing in high-profile speakers, increasing environmental medicine, planetary health, Indigenous health, and systemic racism content, and building a popular, online program. She published over 30 issues of the Pulse Magazine, increased readership by ramping up community and evidence-based content, and oversaw the transition to a fully digital magazine. She supported community-led initiatives such as co-founding grassroots groups Naturopathic Doctors for Environmental and Social Trust (NEST), and NDs Against Systemic Racism.

Kimberly Lord Stewart

Editor, Writer, and Content Consultant

Kimberly Lord Stewart’s work as an editor, writer and author has led to global recognition as an investigative food journalist, food-labeling expert. As the author of Eating Between the Lines (St Martins Press 2007), she has been featured in USA Today Weekend, WSJ Smart Money, Shape, CBS, ABC and NBC television affiliates. She is a contributor to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (Oxford 2013). Her past experience includes, executive-level editor for Today’s Practitioner, Functional Ingredients, Natural Food Merchandiser, Dining Out, as well as a food editor for Denver Life, feature contributor for Eater.com and recipe developer for Optimum Wellness. Stewart is the recipient of two Association of Food Journalist awards in 2004 for food news reporting in olive oil fraud and food security issues; a Jesse Neal Business Journalism award for coverage genetically modified foods in 2001.

Nicole Beyler

Program Support

Nicole Beyler is a proud alumni of The University of Wisconsin – Madison. She focused her studies in statistics, philosophy, and environmental science while taking art and pilates courses to keep her mind at ease. After graduating in 2021, Nicole left Wisconsin and headed westward, landing in Seattle, WA. It was there she discovered The Institute for Natural Medicine and her passion for Food as Medicine and the brain-body connection. When she isn’t at the sunny INM office, she is finding a new restaurant to explore, trail to hike, or stranger to converse with. 

Leigh Delano

Social Media Manager

Whether in music, design, or marketing, Leigh loves to craft artful and inspiring narratives. She is passionate about helping organizations reach the people who need to hear them most, and is delighted to be on INM’s team. Throughout her experience creating youth programs, assisting business founders, and designing company brands, Leigh thrives with connecting the dots of a project and figuring out how to move those around her in an authentic way.

When not working her design wizardry, she can be found playing piano and keyboard in the orchestra pits of Broadway. She also enjoys performing and adventuring with her husband, an actor and voiceover artist.

Hannah Gordon, ND, RN

Chair, INM Primary Care Task Force

Mandy Ball

Bookkeeper

Andrew d'Ablaing

IT/Webmaster

Valerie Campbell, MACP

Chair of the INM Board

Valerie Campbell, MACP, Principal of Valerie Campbell & Associates, has dedicated her career to the charitable sector in Canada and the U.S. for 20+ years, and has worked with more than 100 charities. She specializes in strategic and operational planning, capital fund raising (including multi site organizations), large gift development, facilitation, executive management, mentoring, training, and organizational transformation. A leader in collaboration and mergers, she has led some of Canada’s largest charitable merger programs.

Her experience is diverse, having worked with hospitals, colleges, private schools, and social services, particularly in the area of capacity building.

Valerie is a hybrid professional in the philanthropic sector. She has cross-discipline experience and expertise in consulting, and executive staff management/operational roles within charities and foundations, as well governance having served as a director (and officer) for many charitable boards.

Holly Lucille, ND RN

Secretary

Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN, is a nationally recognized and licensed naturopathic doctor, educator, natural products consultant, and television and radio host. She is also the author of several books including Creating and Maintaining Balance: A Women’s Guide to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health and The Healing Power of Trauma Comfrey.

An acclaimed expert in the field of integrative medicine, Dr. Lucille lectures on a variety of natural health topics. Her appearances include national media programs and networks such as Dr. Oz and The Doctors. She is regularly quoted in both consumer and peer journals, and was listed in Time magazine’s “Alt List” as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People.” In 2012 she launched her own talk show, “Myth-Defying with Dr. Holly and is now the host of the podcast “Mindful Medicine” on RadioMD and Itunes.

Dr. Lucille believes in the science, art and mystery of healing and has a heartfelt passion for the individual wellness of all people. Her private practice in Los Angeles, Healing from Within Healthcare, focuses on comprehensive naturopathic medicine and individualized care.

Thom Kruzel, ND

Treasurer

Thomas A. Kruzel N.D. is a naturopathic physician who is in private practice at the Rockwood Natural Medicine Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. He received a BA in Biology from the California State University at Northridge, and his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Kruzel is also a board-certified Medical Technologist. He completed 2 years of Family Practice Medicine residency at the Portland Naturopathic Clinic where he was chief resident and a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine prior to entering private practice. He has been an Associate Professor of Medicine at National College of Naturopathic Medicine where he has taught Clinical Laboratory Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Clinical Urology.  He is the author of the Homeopathic Emergency Guide, A Quick Reference Handbook to Effective Homeopathic Care published by North Atlantic Books and the Natural Medicine Pediatric Home Health Advisor and has published numerous articles in The Journal of Naturopathic Medicine as well as other publications. He is also the past president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and was selected as Physician of the Year by the AANP in 2000 and Physician of the Year by the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association in 2003.

Eva Shaw

Creating studios in the deserts of Arizona, retreats globally, and Wellness experiences in California has provided me with tools to mentor students for more than 10 years.  It has been an honor to develop students into their first yoga classes, creators of their own yoga programs, or teachers who spearhead their own cultural shift.

She has completed over a thousand hours in Yoga training with specialties in Vinyasa, for athletes, physical therapy, mindfulness, and Astanga with Sharath Jois and other certified teachers.  She has taught in numerous Yoga teacher trainings including internationally in Costa Rica and the creation of Ignite Yoga Teacher Trainings.

It feels like painting when opportunities are presented to pioneer programs for organizations, studios, U.S. military globally, pro sports teams, health and wellness programs, developing communities, school districts and more. I am the founder and creator of Ignite Yoga Studios, Fire Sky Wellness, and push initiatives for the Ignite Yoga Foundation.

 As a child, I was taught the importance to develop my craft as a dancer.  There is no greater love than giving of oneself through discipline and to Create con Amor. Evitayoga.

Joe Pizzorno, ND

Joseph E. Pizzorno, Jr., ND, one of the world’s leading authorities on science-based natural medicine, was appointed to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy by President Clinton in December 2000 and to the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee by President Bush’s administration in November 2002.

A physician, educator, researcher, and expert spokesperson, Dr. Pizzorno is founding president of Bastyr University. He is editor-in-chief of Integrative Medicine: A Clinicians Journal, a member of the scientific review board of the Gateway for Cancer Research, and Treasurer of the Board of Directors of The Institute for Functional Medicine. Licensed as a naturopathic physician in Washington State since 1975, he has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his academic, professional, and public affairs leadership. Dr. Pizzorno is the co-author of the internationally acclaimed Textbook of Natural Medicine, the best-selling Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (1,000,000 copies in six languages), and six other books.

Preet Kulkarni, ND

Stephanie Berg, JD, ND

Stephanie Berg, JD, ND is a California licensed Attorney and Naturopathic Doctor. She received her Law degree from Stanford Law School, her Naturopathic Medicine degree from Bastyr University California, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University. She practiced business law for six years at major law firms and as in-house counsel for a financial advising company prior to attending naturopathic medical school. She then spent a year working as a naturopathic doctor in a women’s health clinic. She now combines her passions and expertise by providing legal services to naturopathic doctors and integrative health practitioners to help them build, protect and expand their practices. Her experience working as a lawyer and as a naturopathic doctor provide her a unique perspective and ability to counsel her clients. She is particularly passionate about consulting with clients to assist them in developing their businesses online as health care moves more and more to a virtual interface. In addition to general business and naturopathic medical law, she specializes in telemedicine/telehealth. She is Legal Counsel to the California Naturopathic Doctors Association (CNDA), providing legal consulting in support of their members to help advance the profession.

Laura Culberson Farr

Ex-Officio, AANP ED​

Laura Culberson Farr has served as Executive Director of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians since 2017, and was the Executive Director of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians for 12 years prior. A political organizer by training, her advocacy work as a grassroots organizer and consultant spans over 20 years.

Among her leadership roles, Mrs. Farr has worked on several landmark ballot measures in Oregon, including passage of Vote by Mail and several measures to increase tobacco taxes as a public health policy to decrease cigarette use. She has also worked on many successful legislative advocacy campaigns ranging from creating smoke-free workplaces to expanding the naturopathic formulary.

She has a deep knowledge of the complexities of healthcare reform, and has become an expert on how naturopathic doctors, conventional clinics and insurers can work together to improve patient care and reduce healthcare costs. She is married to a naturopathic physician and is passionately committed to integrating naturopathic medicine into primary care systems across the country.

Rick Brinkman, ND

Ex-Officio, AANP President

Dr. Rick Brinkman is the current President of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP). He is best known for his Conscious Communication® expertise conveyed to millions of people via keynotes and trainings in his trademark Educating through Entertainment style. He is a 1980 graduate of NCNM, now NUNM. He specialized in mind / body medicine and studied communication and how it can profoundly affect one’s quality of life. He expanded to public practice becoming a trainer and professional speaker. He has since performed over 4000 programs in 18 countries. Dr. Brinkman is the coauthor of six McGraw Hill books including the 2,000,000 copy international bestseller (25 languages): Dealing With People You Can’t Stand: How to Bring Out the Best in People at Their Worst. His latest book is: Dealing with Meetings You Can’t Stand, Meet Less and Do more. This book features the meeting process he developed when previously on the AANP board and has taught successfully to groups for 20 years.

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

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.

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 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 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

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

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, 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/ACCAHCa 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.

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).

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Kevin Dobrzynski, DN

IRC Program Director

Dr. Kevin Dobrzynski, DN, is a doctor of naprapathy – a field of medicine specializing in connective tissue, nutritional counseling, and a variety of therapeutic modalities. He spent his career helping patients reclaim their health, but helping his own wife changed his life forever. Following the removal of her thyroid due to cancer, Dr. Kevin’s wife struggled with hypothyroidism. Conventional medicine failed to help her, so he dove into the research and discovered a natural approach that worked. So, Dr. Kevin
launched his publishing career with his book, The Hypothyroid Diet: Lose Weight and Beat Fatigue in 21 Days. He’s the co-author of a children’s book with his daughter Brook, Sticky The Bear: The Story Of One Little Bear Who Loved to Eat Sweet Treats.

Dr. Kevin soon became an expert in marketing, product, content, and business development in order to impact more people and amplify his message.

In 2017, he went to work for Dr. Daniel Amen. Through brain SPECT imaging Dr. Kevin discovered trauma to his own brain from years of playing competitive football which contributed to symptoms of depression. His case was the perfect storm of a history of head trauma and a hidden gut infection leading to depressive symptoms. Fortunately, he was able to eliminate his symptoms naturally.

Kevin has a personal passion for the expansion of natural medicine for mental health.

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/ACCAHCa 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.

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Breanne Smith

Executive Assistant to the INM President

Amy Rothenberg, ND

Medical Editor

Dr. Amy Rothenberg believes the INM is a powerful and essential organization for encouraging full integration of naturopathic medicine into the healthcare landscape. Dr. Rothenberg is the AANP 2017 Physician of the Year and has enjoyed a naturopathic family practice since 1986. Her work with patients informs and inspires writing for the Huffington Post, Medium, Thrive Global, her book, The A Cappella Singer Who Lost Her Voice & Other Stories From Natural Medicine and more. Dr. Rothenberg served on the AANP Board and as President of the Massachusetts Society of Naturopathic Doctors where she spearheaded the successful effort for licensure in the Baystate. Together with her husband, Paul Herscu ND, MPH she has raised three wonderful children. In her spare time, she can be found in her art studio, spending time with friends and family, hiking rural New England and on the ballroom dance floor!

Tracy Hart, PhD

Medical Residency Program Manager

Dr. Tracy Hart brings over 20 years’ experience in program development and management, process design and improvement, and team leadership to the role of Medical Residency Program Manager. Tracy has a Ph.D. in Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences and an M.A. in Organizational Learning & Instructional Technology, both from the University of New Mexico. Her B.S. is in Computer Science from Tulane University. She has also designed and taught online university classes since 2011. Tracy is excited to promote the profession of naturopathy because she believes the relationship between the human body and the plant and mineral kingdoms is critical for quality, holistic healthcare. At a hobby level, she has spent over 30 years learning about those interactions and their impact on health. Tracy also enjoys hanging out with family and friends and keeping fit.

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.

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