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New Off-Site Clinics Extend Our Reach in Southern California

Thanks to the work of Professor Tabatha Parker, ND, and others, we now have clinic shifts at two off-site clinics near our California campus. These sites make Bastyr's health services available to more of the San Diego County population. They also give students additional training sites along with Bastyr University Clinic on campus. Here's information from our new Community Care page:

Naturopathic Medicine Community Care - San Diego

Bastyr University's external clinic program provides basic natural health care to diverse, often underserved, populations throughout the Puget Sound and San Diego regions. The program consists of sites where advanced naturopathic medicine (ND) students provide free or reduced-rate care under the supervision of Bastyr clinical faculty. On average, our students see more than 3,500 patients a year at these community clinics.

UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic

Location: Downtown San Diego
Address: 1420 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: (619)235-9445 (Jim Lovell) (310) 623-0050 (Tabatha Parker)
Shift Supervisor: Tabatha Parker, ND
Patient Population: Multi-ethnic (including Spanish-speaking), low income, homeless, underserved
Modality: Naturopathic Medicine – Patient Care
Shift Schedule: Mondays, 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Cost Per Visit: Free

Naturopathic students and doctors work at this multidisciplinary clinic alongside UCSD medical students, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) acupuncture students, law students, pharmacy students, social workers, nursing students, dental students and others. Students learn to administer a full-service primary care clinic and provide services to a growing group of people lacking health insurance in our city.

Operation Samahan

Location: National City, California
Address: 2835 Highland Avenue Suite A, National City, CA 91950
Phone Number: (619) 425-5927
Shift Supervisor: Tabatha Parker, ND
Patient Population: Latino/Spanish-speaking, underserved
Modality: Naturopathic Medicine – Patient Care
Shift Schedule: Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Cost Per Visit: $40 per visit or sliding scale based on income (patient must be schedule through Erendira Able in the Integrative Wellness and Services department

Operation Samahan has been providing medical, dental and social services to low-income families and individuals in San Diego County for more than 30 years. Many of the patients qualify for free or low-cost services based upon their income and family size. The Integrative Health and Wellness branch of the clinic works with Bastyr University California to provide a naturopathic shift in the evenings, forming part of the local safety net for underserved, low income patients. Students see a wide variety of patients at this clinic.

Posted by Jon Hiskes on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 10:48am


This blog contains the most recent updates and developments for Bastyr University's San Diego campus, which opened in fall 2012.

The San Diego campus and clinic is located at 4106 Sorrento Valley Boulevard in the center of the city's life sciences cluster and approximately 14 miles north of downtown.

It lies within walking distance of the San Diego Coaster commuter train (which connects to more light-rail lines), and is within a short drive of the University of California-San Diego, Scripps Mercy Hospital and the VA San Diego Medical Center.