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Debra Brammer, ND ('92)
Dr. Brammer is a clinical faculty member at Bastyr University and the associate clinical dean for the naturopathic medicine program at Bastyr University. She is also a member of the NPLEX Council of Exam Chairs and the current chair of the homeopathy exam. She is also a physician in private practice and a frequent speaker at national conferences on botanical medicine.
- Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in 1992
- Bachelor of Science from Bastyr University in 1990
Dr. Brammer has been in private practice since graduating from Bastyr University in 1992. She began teaching at Bastyr 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.
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).
Dr. Brammer supervises students during their clinical training 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 commonalities. Both require the practitioner 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, which Dr. Brammer describes as a state of 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 emphasizes consistency, communication, demonstration and integration to create an atmosphere for students to develop clinical skills. She believes becoming a physician requires an extensive body of knowledge and great emotional maturity. She believes it is most important to develop and learn to use critical thinking skills and good decision-making skills, guided by the naturopathic principles.