Thursday, September 19, 2013

China, Peru, Germany, Seattle: See Our Students' Summer Postcards

Bastyr students make the most of their summers — hiking, volunteering, training, kicking back, and studying the world over. See their photos.

Bastyr students make the most of their summers, hiking, volunteering, training, kicking back in Seattle, and studying the roots of medicine the world over. Have a look at the snapshots they sent of their summer adventures.

Rocky Mountain High

Mountains and resortRosia Parrish traveled home to Colorado to visit family and attend the annual gathering of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) in beautiful Keystone. This year was especially festive, with Colorado legally recognizing licensed naturopathic doctors (NDs) after a passionate advocacy campaign from NDs and their patients.

"I love going to naturopathic conferences because they keep me motivated and inspired while I'm in school," says Parrish. "This year, with the focus on nature cure and walking our talk, I was yet again amazed at the integrity and healing power of our medicine."

German Spas

Students on muddy pathLeigh Siergiewicz traveled back to the source of naturopathic medicine, joining classmates on the Spa Medicine in Germany study abroad trip. The class trained in Kneipp hydrotherapy techniques, lymphatic drainage, connective tissue massage, sports therapy and aqua wellness, and talked to practitioners about the German system of medicine, rehabilitation and spa management. They also stopped for a walk on the barefoot path in Bad Worishofen, the birthplace of modern North American naturopathic medicine.

Video Demos

Sammartino in kitchenNutrition graduate Siona Sammartino set up a video shoot in the campus culinary kitchen, shooting a series of cooking demonstrations for Sammartino has honed her teaching skills during her time in school, offering private nutrition classes, leading seaweed-harvesting trips and appearing on KING-5 Seattle. She'll bring those skills into Bastyr's Dietetic Internship this fall.

"The video shoot was a lot of work," she says. "But I love teaching. I love food and crafting recipes."

Ethnobotany in Peru

Students at Machu PicchuStudents from Bastyr University California spent three weeks studying traditional uses of medicinal plants in Peru with Jill Stansbury, ND. Ariana Poulakos says, "We saw Machu Picchu, explored the city of Cusco and spent time in the jungle with native tribes who were able to show us first-hand the profound connection between humankind, Andean and Amazonian plants and medicine."

Training in China

Students and a pediatrics specialist help a child at Chengdu University.Acupuncture and Oriental medicine students finished their programs by training at busy hospitals in Chengdu and Shanghai. The China externship lets them observe traditional Chinese medicine integrated into modern health care facilities, where they work with patients with a broad range of conditions.

Hurricane Ridge

Olympic mountain vistaAmaliya Santiago joined the Plant Identification & Medicinal Field Botany study away trip with core faculty member Eric Yarnell, ND. The group learned to spot useful herbs and plants in the wild, a great reason to visit the stunning Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park.


Metal tea kettleCarly Kellogg sends this photo of a gorgeous teapot. "Since graduating from the Master of Science Nutrition program in June, I've been working and playing at a metalsmithing studio in Seattle's U-district," she says. "My undergraduate work is in metalsmithing, so it has been really nice to be back in the studio. I sell some of my work to a store in Portland. 

"Also, I've been cooking up a storm! I love feeding people and nourishing friends and family (and anyone else who comes along!), and I've been documenting my journey with pictures along the way."

Night Clubs, Exam Prep

Collage of Seattle photosStudent Council's Kevin Kuo sends this collage of urban life around Seattle. "This summer was especially tiring and busy for many of us because of board exams and starting clinic shifts," he says. "The picture on the top left was taken at a new club called Q in Capitol Hill and the right was taken post-board exam to fuel the noggin. I didn't feel like I had any summer, but looking back at some of photos taken, I have done something. It's really hard to find that balance, but I constantly remind myself to take it slow, especially to prep for the crazy dual-track life starting in the fall."


See our postcards from last summer too.

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