Wednesday, October 3, 2012 [updated Tuesday, October 23, 2012]

New Clinic Opens at Bastyr University California

Bastyr University Clinic offers a full range of primary care services to the San Diego area.

Dr. Mazza works with a patient
Monique Mazza, ND, treats a patient at Bastyr University Clinic

Bright-eyed students and faculty aren't the only ones filling Bastyr University California's new campus this fall. The new Sorrento Valley campus also sees the opening of a health clinic led by university faculty.

Bastyr University Clinic opened to the public last month, offering a full range of primary care services. Patients will meet with licensed naturopathic doctors (NDs) who address all aspects of family health. The clinic begins with two primary doctors and two examination rooms.

"We see this as phase one," says Moira Fitzpatrick, PhD, ND, FICPP, CHT, vice president for Bastyr University California. "We're going to provide excellent comprehensive health care and teach our students at the same time. As the university grows, the clinic will expand."

Diverse Services

Bastyr Clinic provides both naturopathic medicine, based on the body's natural ability to heal, and integrative medicine, which combines conventional and traditional medicine. The clinic's services include nutrition counseling, botanical medicine, physical medicine, mind-body medicine, intravenous (IV) protocols, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, craniosacral therapy and energy medicine. It also specializes in women’s health care, including hormonal support and annual exams.

Bastyr purchased the successful San Diego practice of Monique Mazza, ND, who joins the university as a clinical faculty member. The arrangement gives the clinic an existing base of patients and provides Dr. Mazza's patients with continuity of care.

"I'm excited to provide cutting-edge naturopathic health care to new and existing patients alike," Dr. Mazza says. "At the new clinic we'll have the added benefit of an integrative multi-disciplinary approach."

She says first-time patients will receive a comprehensive 90-minute initial evaluation and relevant laboratory examinations and testing. "Patients can expect our naturopathic doctors to be outstanding listeners and medical detectives who will discover and treat the underlying root causes of their health challenges," she says.

Collaborative Care

Clinical training is a core element of naturopathic medicine education, giving students practical experience alongside their classroom learning. Dr. Mazza and clinical faculty member Heidi Wittmann, ND, will provide patient care with student observation. As students advance in their program, they become more involved in patient care.

This mirrors the team care model at Bastyr's Seattle teaching clinic. The collaborative approach offers patients the expertise of doctors from diverse fields, Dr. Fitzpatrick says. Before moving to San Diego, she founded Emerald Center for Integrative Medicine, a well-known clinic in Seattle.

"For collaboration to work, you have to remember the patient is at the center of the team," she says. "The team has to communicate. That's why I think a training clinic is the best model for integrative care. It's one way to help get the egos out of it. We allow for diversity of opinion, but it always comes back to the best interest of the patient."

How to Visit

Bastyr Clinic is cash-based and offers 20 percent discounts to seniors and students. It also offers an income-based sliding fee scale to individuals and families. For appointments and other questions, please call (858) 246-9730 or visit the Bastyr University Clinic webpage.

Subscribe to Newsletters

This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Enter the characters shown in the image.


Apr 24 Admissions

Take advantage of this opportunity to speak with an admissions representative and learn how Bastyr can help you build a career that helps create a healthier world.

Apr 26 Continuing Ed

Fine tune your skills diagnosing and treating trauma with Chinese medicine. We will discuss the heart/kidney axis as the physiological foundation of stability and how to restore integrity to this most important relationship.
April 26-27, Sat-Sun, 9a.m.-5p.m.
Instructor: Lonny Jarrett, MAc, MS, FNAAOM.
(13 CEUs, PDAs, CPEUs)

Apr 26

The gluten-free diet (GFD) is now a multi-billion dollar industry gaining in popularity with the general public. Gluten sensitivity is a controversial subject, where patients who have neither celiac disease (CD) nor wheat allergy have varying degrees of symptomatic improvement on the GFD. Dive deeper into the world of gluten for your own health or the health of your patients.
April 26, Sat, 9a.m.-5p.m.
Instructor: Tom O’Bryan, DC, CCN, DACB.
(6.5 CEUs, CMEs, CPEUs)

Recent News

Naturopathic doctors can become licensed health care providers as Maryland becomes the latest state recognizing naturopathic medicine.

David Tolmie, BS ('06), MLIS, combines psychology and technology skills to help students navigate the fast-changing world of evidence-informed medicine.

Coquina Deger, MBA, and David Siebert fill key roles as part of President’s Cabinet

Herbal sciences students cook up foods with love -- and health-giving herbs -- in a popular lab class.

The actor and author joins us for a Q-and-A before her May 22 talk at Bastyr's Spring for Health Luncheon.


Bastyr University Nutrition Faculty Member Receives Prestigious State Honor

The public is invited to a free community event to explore Bastyr University’s teaching clinic

Teaching clinic earns second consecutive year of stellar results in regional patient satisfaction survey

In the Media

FOX Q13: Bastyr University's Ellie Freeman Discusses the FDA’s New Food Labels
Bothell-Kenmore Reporter: Bastyr Center for Natural Health Expands Integrative Oncology Services
Puget Sound Business Journal: Bastyr University's President Daniel Church to Retire

Health Tips

It's important to be mindful about how we use technology. Here are some tips for a healthful relationship with digital technology.

Here are some ways to eat an inexpensive and well-balanced diet consisting of many nutritious whole foods.

Here's how to create a healthy posture to improve your health.

The main benefit of the Paleo diet is that it promotes eating whole, nutritious foods while avoiding refined, processed foods.

While tax season can be daunting and stressful, these are simple, easy ways to help lighten the load.