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Michelle Leary

Michelle Leary, BS ('09), was an economics major studying abroad in Switzerland when she signed up for a Pilates class that changed her life.

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Segrest smiling with students

Nutrition graduate Valerie Segrest helps Northwest tribes reinvent traditional foods, learning that social change starts in the kitchen.

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Sharon Gray, MS (’06), LAc

Sharon Gray, MS (’06), LAc, is one of many Bastyr graduates whose own health journey inspired her to join a healing profession. Now she's growing a practice and creating a cookbook that draws on crowd-sourced variations of a single simple recipe.

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Darcie Boltz opened Heeling Allies, a business that trains assistance dogs and matches them with people with emotional and psychological needs. She calls the dogs "a highly effective type of alternative medicine and a wonderful adjunct to traditional therapies."

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Difani

A 2009 graduate of the herbal sciences bachelor's program, Difani opened Herbal Wellness, a retail herb store in Kirkland, Wash. She consults on herbs and nutrition and helps formulate custom herbal blends.

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A 2004 graduate of the naturopathic medicine program at Bastyr, Dr. Becky Chollet is merging her love of teaching with medicine and nature at the Champlain Center for Natural Medicine in Shelburne, Vermont.

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Ying Yu

Ying Yu, MS, a 2007 graduate of the Master of Science in Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology, uses an integrated approach to mental health counseling and nutritional consultation. She co-owns a full-service nutrition counseling clinic, Green Lake Nutrition, which specializes in whole-foods nutrition, functional medicine and psychotherapy for medical health conditions.

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Tarynne Mingione holding infant in Sierra Leone.

Tarynne Mingione has traveled to beachside Thai kitchens, emergency health clinics in Sierra Leone and a surprisingly tasty gas-station buffet in Switzerland ­— all in pursuit of a deeper understanding of what nourishment really means.

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Emily Colwell

Emily Colwell, MSSW, ND, spent a year building a patient base as a resident at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, then launched her own practice, Waterleaf Naturopathic Medicine, right on the Burke-Gilman Trail in Seattle's University District.

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Alexis Durham

Alexis Durham, BS ('08), gardens, teaches and makes herbal medicines in the sun-baked hills of Southern Oregon. She says she's happiest with her hands in her dirt — and teaching her craft to eager students.

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