An education in naturopathic medicine requires much more than textbooks and medical equipment. Careful faculty mentorship is a significant part of Bastyr's Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program.
Consistency and Quality in Training
At Bastyr's teaching clinics as well as at off-site community care clinics, you are trained to be a primary care physician capable of treating a broad spectrum of patients. This training emphasizes the highest standards in patient assessment, differential diagnosis, medical record documentation, referral practices and patient follow-up.
You will learn from faculty who are outstanding physicians and recognized leaders in their fields. Your shift supervisor encourages, leads and directs each patient/clinician encounter while allowing you gradually increasing levels of autonomy.
Between the over 40,000 yearly patient visits to Bastyr Center and our community care clinic sites in the Seattle and San Diego areas, you will have many opportunities to treat a wide variety of patient populations, including:
While the majority of shifts concentrate on general medicine, specialized training shifts also are available in:
To help you understand Bastyr's unique clinical education program better, we've answered some of the questions students often ask us.
We typically have 50-60 clinical faculty members, which includes six naturopathic medicine residents. The ratio of students to faculty is 6:1.
Usually, you will meet with your patient for 60 to 90 minutes. That time will be spent in taking a thorough history, conducting the physical exam, ordering diagnostic testing as required, making a diagnosis and formulating a treatment plan with the supervising physician.
We currently have 12 Seattle-area community care sites at which ND students work 15 external shifts supervised by Bastyr's own clinical faculty, and the list continues to grow. Sites include a cancer wellness center at a local hospital, several clinics for the homeless and underserved, a clinic supporting the Latino population, homeopathy shifts at a women's homeless shelter and senior centers.
We also have a presence in the Puget Sound Neighborhood Health Clinics. These training sites provide students with opportunities to work closely with the Seattle community and to collaborate with service agencies and other health care providers.
All ND students are required to accrue 132 hours in preceptorships. These hours are spent observing and "shadowing" health care professionals in their practices. Students choose and secure their own preceptors. A database containing hundreds of national and international opportunities is available to help you find the practitioner you would like to work with. Every year, students establish new preceptor sites based on their own contacts, areas of interest and regional preferences.
While at least 88 preceptorship hours must be spent with practicing naturopathic physicians, students may choose to include a mix of other health care professionals, such as medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy and chiropractors. Under the supervision of these preceptors, students may interact with patients, assist with some medical procedures, attend meetings with the practitioner, and learn about the business of running a practice.
Bastyr ND students receive a minimum of 1,200 clinical training hours. Those hours must include a minimum of 350 direct patient contacts in order to graduate. Most of our students, however, average 600 patient contacts by the time they earn their degree. It's hard to compare our patient contacts directly to those at other schools, since each school calculates its patient contacts differently. Some schools use contact hours as a form of measurement, while Bastyr counts any significant and supervised clinical interaction/contact with a patient, no matter what the length of time. (For example, two hours spent with one patient would be considered only one patient contact.) Bastyr does not apply patient interactions through preceptorship toward the required contacts.
Location: Central District, Capitol HillAddress: 2200 E. Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98112Phone Number: (206) 203-6348Shift Supervisor: Lela Altman, ND, LAcPatient Population: Seniors, General CommunityModality: Naturopathic Medicine – Patient CareShift Schedule: Fridays, 1:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.Cost Per Visit: Free
Aegis on Madison is a senior assisted living facility located in the Capitol Hill area in Seattle, WA. It is part of the Aegis Living organization that provides assisted living, memory care and specialized short-term care for many stages in a senior’s life. The facility offers senior residents a variety of activities, classes, events and fine dining. Although the shift is located within the living facility, it is open to the community along with the residents and staff in the facility. The Bastyr team will work in conjunction with the healthcare providers at the facility. Common conditions seen will be basic health issues, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia or other memory problems and many other acute and chronic health conditions.
Location: South Seattle, near Columbia ParkAddress: 3808 South Angeline, Seattle 98118Phone Number: (206) 461-4880Shift Supervisor: Kevin Connor, NDPatient Population: Latino/Spanish-speakingModality: Naturopathic Medicine – Patient CareShift Schedule: Fridays, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Cost Per Visit: Free (patient must be an established client of Consejo)
Consejo Counseling and Referral Services is a private, not for profit organization that provides culturally competent mental health and family support services to a largely Latino population living in western Washington. The clinic is committed to serving the poor, uninsured/underinsured, ethnically diverse, and medically underserved residents of Seattle/King County. Students assigned to this shift are expected to treat patients who present with chronic conditions such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, infection, coughs and colds, mental health issues, edema, arthritis, and boils/cuts/bruises that exist due to lack of medical care.
Location: Capitol HillAddress: 500 19th Avenue East, Seattle 98112Phone Number: (206) 299-1600Shift Supervisor: Ryan Robbins, NDPatient Population: Multi-ethnic, low income, underservedModality: Naturopathic Medicine – Patient CareShift Schedule: Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.Cost Per Visit: Patient fee varies; sliding scale available. Patient must be an established client of Country Doctor. Please call Country Doctor for further information.
The Country Doctor Clinic is a community-based, non-profit medical clinic providing care to a diverse, urban, low-income population located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. A large percentage of care is directed toward acute medical needs, mental health dysfunctions, women’s health issues, and diabetes. The naturopathic team provides assessment of patient needs which may involve HIV/AIDS issues, fibromyalgia, hypertension, and diabetes prescribes medical care with the use of herbs, nutritional supplements and lifestyle counseling.
Location: Downtown Edmonds (near the Edmonds/Kingston Ferry landing)Address: 220 Railroad Avenue, Edmonds, WA 98020Phone Number: (425) 774-5555Shift Supervisor: Joshua Rubinstein, ND; Laurie Cullen, NDPatient Population: Open to the public, community healthModality: Naturopathic Medicine – Patient CareShift Schedule: Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.Cost Per Visit: $15, sliding scale
This site is located in Edmonds, Washington, just north of Seattle and West of Kenmore. The Senior Center serves seniors in the community offering various activities, classes, exercise classes, nutrition and meal programs, and more. Edmonds Senior Center Naturopathic Clinic, however, is open to serve the community of Edmonds and Snohomish County. The site will focus on Naturopathic Primary Care Medicine.
Location: Downtown SeattleAddress: 1830 9th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101Phone Number: (206) 621-8474Shift Supervisor: Christie Fleetwood, ND; Emily Lesnak, NDPatient Population: Homeless and formerly homeless womenModality: Naturopathic Medicine – Primary CareShift Schedule: Tuesdays, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m; Thursdays, 8:00a - 12:00pCost Per Visit: Free (women and children only)
Mary’s Place is a day shelter for homeless and formerly homeless women, located in downtown Seattle. The shelter provides basic services such as showers, laundry facilities, and lunch, as well as computers, social service referrals, discussion groups, and movement classes. The Bastyr shift is a teaching clinic where students provide care consisting of basic medical assessment, advice for specific health concerns, vitamin, mineral and other supplements, and constitutional homeopathic care. Students treat patients who present with a range of health issues such as colds, digestive complaints, and wounds to hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, cancer, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, menstrual and menopausal complaints.
Location: Ballard, SeattleAddress: Masa Integrative Clinic: 8012 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117Phone Number: (206) 588-1061Shift Supervisors: Masa Takakura, ND, LAc, DCPatient Population: Community HealthModality: Naturopathic Medicine – Patient CareShift Schedule: Monday's 1:00 - 5:00pCost Per Visit: sliding scale, insurance
Masa Integrative Clinic is a community integrative medical center in the Ballard community of Seattle. The clinic provides services such as naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, physical medicine, homeopathy and much more. The Bastyr shift is a teaching clinic where students provide care consisting of basic medical assessment, advice for specific health concerns, vitamin, mineral and other supplements, and constitutional homeopathic care. Students treat patients who present with a range of health issues such as musculoskeletal complaints, colds, digestive complaints, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and other acute and chronic conditions.
Location: Fremont, SeattleAddress: Naturopathic Family Medicine 4411 Fremont Ave N., Seattle 98103Phone Number: (206) 683-4495Shift Supervisors: Tamara Evans, NDPatient Population: Pediatrics, Family PracticeModality: Naturopathic Medicine – Patient CareShift Schedule: Wednesdays, 1:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.Cost Per Visit: sliding scale, insurance
The pediatric specialty shift is currently located at the Naturopathic Family Medicine Clinic, a naturopathic family practice in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. Students enrolled in the pediatric teaching shift will provide naturopathic well child, acute care and chronic illness management. Students use a wide variety of naturopathic therapeutics including botanical medicine, diet, homeopathy, vitamin and mineral supplementation and some physical medicine.
Serving a culturally diverse patient base, Bastyr University operates two external sites in collaboration with the private, non-profit Neighborcare Health. These sites provide valuable cross-cultural experience and opportunities for students to enhance their patient/provider interaction skills.
Location: WallingfordAddress: 1629 North 45th, Seattle 98103Phone Number: (206) 633-3350Shift Supervisor: Brendan Smith, NDPatient Population: Homeless YouthModality: Naturopathic Medicine – Patient Care and Physical MedicineShift Schedule: Thursdays 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.Cost Per Visit: Free (teens only)
Bastyr University participates in the 45th St. Clinic’s specialty “Homeless Youth Clinic”. Public health concerns, adolescent development, and concerns around diversity and poverty are issues involved in treating patients. Due to their highly mobile lifestyles, fifty percent of the patients are persons who appear at the clinic for only one visit. The Bastyr Team provides acute care and works collaboratively with the clinic’s other providers on implementing treatment plans.
Location: West Seattle High SchoolAddress: 3000 California Ave, Seattle 98116Phone Number: 206 461 6957Shift Supervisor: Emily Lesnak, NDPatient Population: High school students, staffModality: Naturopathic Medicine – Patient CareShift Schedule: CLOSED SUMMER QUARTER; Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. –12:30p.m.Cost Per Visit: Free (patient must be a client of Neighborcare and attend the HS)
The West Seattle Teen Health Center provides health care in a teen friendly setting. These services include mental health counseling, medical check ups, routine physicals, sports physicals, reproductive health care, treatment for acute and chronic illness, immunizations, vision and hearing screening, dental referral, and lab tests. The Health Center also provides preventive education on tobacco, alcohol and other drug use, injuries and violence.
Senior Services is a private, non-profit agency created to serve senior citizens and their families living in Washington State. Bastyr University operates three external clinics with Senior Services.
Location: Ballard, “Locks” area, at the corner of NW Market St and 32nd Ave NWAddress: 5429 32nd Ave NW, Seattle 98107Phone Number: (206) 297-0403Shift Supervisor: Mohga Elabbadi, ND; Andrew Simon, NDPatient Population: Senior Citizens & Open to the PublicModality: Naturopathic Medicine – Patient CareShift Schedule: Tuesdays, 1:00 - 5:00p; Fridays, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Cost Per Visit: Free
This recently remodeled facility, a two story, 5,000 square foot brick building, is located in Ballard near the "Locks" and the Shilshole Marina. Ballard Northwest is a community senior center of Senior Services a nonprofit agency, supporting the independence of seniors age 50 and above. This center provides outstanding programs, services and fun entertainment to seniors in Ballard and the surrounding areas. Students have the opportunity to provide patient care and some physical medicine services.
Location: CarnationAddress: 4610 Stephens Avenue, Carnation 98014Phone Number: (425) 333-4152Shift Supervisor: Dominika Zajdel, NDPatient Population: Senior Citizens & Open to the PublicModality: Naturopathic Medicine – Patient CareShift Schedule: Fridays, 8:30a.m. - 12:30p.m.Cost Per Visit: $5.00
This site is located in rural Carnation, Washington approximately 30 miles northeast of Seattle. As the site also doubles as a community center for the town and adjacent communities, the Bastyr shift is open to all residents of Carnation and other nearby communities. Bastyr students assess patients of all ages who may present with such complains as fatigue, cold/flu symptoms, menopause, diabetes and hypertension.
Location: ShorelineAddress: 18560 First Avenue Northeast #1, Seattle 98155Phone Number: 206 365 1536Shift Supervisor: John Hibbs, NDPatient Population: Senior Citizens & Open to the PublicModality: Naturopathic Medicine – Patient CareShift Schedule: Mondays, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.Cost Per Visit: $10
Located in the Shoreline neighborhood, this senior center shift started spring quarter 2005 and has already become extremely popular with the Shoreline/LFP Senior Center community. Students on this shift assess geriatric patients who may present with diabetes, skin disorders, hypertension, glaucoma, fatigue, and GI complaints.
Location: Downtown SeattleAddress:2024 3rd Avenue Seattle 98121Phone Number: 206 461 3660Shift Supervisor: Robin Reddeman, NDPatient Population: Homeless and low income women living in downtown SeattleModality: Naturopathic Medicine – Patient CareShift Schedule: Mondays, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.Cost Per Visit: Free
Located in downtown Seattle, the YMCA offers many programs that support the needs of working and homeless women and families. Students treat patients that present with conditions such as infections (upper respiratory, skin), poor nutrition, significant situational stress and musculoskeletal complaints. Our health teams provide primary healthcare and make a dramatic impact on the lives of patients. This shift provides students with a unique experience and perspective.
Bastyr University's external clinic program provides basic natural health care to diverse, often underserved, populations throughout the Puget Sound and San Diego regions. The program consists of sites where advanced naturopathic medicine (ND) students provide free or reduced-rate care under the supervision of Bastyr clinical faculty. On average, our students see more than 3,500 patients a year at these community clinics.
Location: Downtown San Diego, City HeightsAddress: Tubman Chavez Center (415 Euclid Avenue), City Heights Wellness Center (4440 Wightman, Suite 200) and YWCA/Becky’s House Women’s Shelter (private)Phone Number: (619) 546-4806Shift Supervisor: Matthew Cavaiola, NDPatient Population: Multi-ethnic (including Spanish-speaking), low income, homeless, underservedModality: Naturopathic MedicineShift Schedule: Thursday, 3 – 7 p.m.Cost Per Visit: Free
Alternative Healing Network is a non-profit organization that promotes the use of integrative healing arts and improves access to alternative health care in underserved neighborhoods. They offer free weekly Eastern and Western healing arts services for underserved communities, including detoxification, anti-stress therapies, preventive care and treatments for asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and other health issues. Bastyr naturopathic students and doctors provide free medical services at each of the three clinic locations.
Location: El Cajon, CaliforniaAddress: 772 S. Johnson Avenue (inside First United Methodist Church, across from EJE Academy)Phone Number: (619) 401-4150Shift Supervisor: Sunshine Weeks, NDPatient Population: Primarily Spanish-speaking, low-income children and their families that attend EJE AcademyModality: Naturopathic Medicine – Patient CareShift Schedule: Tuesday, 3 – 7 p.m. Cost Per Visit: Free
Excellence and Justice Elementary Academy (EJE) is a nonprofit, public charter school serving elementary and middle school students from and around the El Cajon District. The school’s mission is “Justice, Service and Excellence from the Heart.” EJE Academy is committed to creating a space where students are expected to learn, succeed and be able to compete in the global economy. The dual-language academy serves primarily (75 percent) Latino students. Bastyr naturopathic students and doctors provide free weekly health services to students and their families.