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Debra Brammer, ND
Dr. Brammer is a physician in private practice, a clinical faculty member at Bastyr University and the associate clinical dean for the naturopathic medicine program at Bastyr University. Additionally, Brammer is a member of the NPLEX Council of Exam Chairs and is the current chair of the homeopathy exam. Brammer has also been a site visitor for the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) and is a member of CACCO (Chief Academic and Clinical Officers), a subcommittee of the AANMC (Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges). She also is a frequent speaker at national conferences on botanical medicine.
- BS from Bastyr University in 1990
- ND from Bastyr University in 1992
Dr. Brammer has been in private practice since graduating from Bastyr University (then called Bastyr College) in 1992. She began teaching at Bastyr University in 1995 and left in 2000 to take a post as faculty member and chair of botanical medicine at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. In 2005, Brammer returned to Bastyr to resume teaching.
Dr. Brammer supervises students during their clinical training rotations at the teaching clinic, Bastyr Center for Natural Health.
Dr. Brammer enjoys teaching patients how to make lifestyle changes that help them regain and enhance their health. Her focus is on women’s medicine and botanical medicine with an emphasis on foundational work incorporating nutrition and lifestyle.
Dr. Brammer believes that healing and teaching share some commonalities. Both require that the practitioner is able to see the potential inside of a human being and to assist them in developing or accessing that potential. In medicine, the potential is wellness. Wellness is not the same as being symptom free, she notes. Rather, it is a state of being in balance physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually that allows us to experience a sense of aliveness. In teaching, that potential is the ability to assimilate knowledge and gain skills that allow us to practice naturopathic medicine safely and effectively. In her role as a clinical supervisor, Brammer utilizes consistency, communication, demonstration and integration to create an atmosphere whereby students may develop their clinical skills. She believes becoming a physician requires an extensive body of knowledge, as well as great emotional maturity. Brammer believes it is most important to develop and learn to use critical thinking skills and good decision-making skills, guided by the naturopathic principles.