“The opening of the first accredited naturopathic medical school in California is monumental, and the opportunity to be a part of that team is a tremendous honor and fulfills my vision of the future of medicine,” Dr. Parker said.
Dr. Parker is the co-founder and executive director of Natural Doctors International (NDI), a global health organization advancing naturopathic medicine through service, education, networking and promoting holistic health care for all. For the past seven years, she has worked as the medical director at NDI’s free clinic on the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua.
“We are so excited to have a member of the faculty who is an expert in global health, who has contributed so much to naturopathic medicine and who is innovative and dedicated to making quality health care available to all people,” said Moira Fitzpatrick, PhD, ND, FICPP, CHT, vice president for Bastyr University California. “Dr. Parker is an amazing teacher and her leadership skills will be an asset to our growing California community.”
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Parker is a writer, humanitarian and social justice activist. She is an active member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP). In 2011, she was named an Utne Reader Visionary, awarded to people who “don’t just concoct great ideas, but also act on them.”
Bastyr University California, located in San Diego, is the state’s first and only accredited school of naturopathic medicine. The campus grand opening is slated for September 14, 2012.
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About Bastyr University
Bastyr University, located near Seattle, Washington, is internationally recognized as a pioneer in natural medicine. As the largest accredited university for natural health arts and sciences in the U.S., Bastyr offers more than 17 degree and certificate programs in fields such as naturopathic medicine, acupuncture & Oriental medicine, and whole-food nutrition. Founded in 1978, the University now includes a leading-edge research facility (the Bastyr University Research Institute) and outstanding clinical training at Bastyr Center for Natural Health. The University’s second campus, Bastyr University California, opened in San Diego, California, in fall 2012, becoming the state’s first and only accredited school of naturopathic medicine.