Focused Effort Brings Licensure Rights to Naturopathic Doctors in Maryland

On April 14, 2014, with bipartisan support and Governor Martin O’Malley’s signature, Maryland became the 18th state to license naturopathic doctors (NDs). The newly signed law provides the people of Maryland greater access to comprehensive naturopathic health care by licensed professionals. To become licensed in Maryland, NDs must complete a four-year program from a naturopathic medical school accredited through the U.S. Department of Education and pass a rigorous professional licensing exam.

The success of this legislative effort is due to the advocacy of NDs in Maryland, along with support from the state’s medical doctors, health care agencies and the medical community at large. The Maryland Association of Naturopathic Physicians (MDANP), under the leadership of Bastyr University alumna Emily Telfair, ND ('05), organized this integrative approach to political advocacy.

“I’ve always found Bastyr University to be a place full of catalysts,” says Coquina L. Deger, Bastyr University chief of staff. “The success of the Maryland licensure led by Emily Telfair is no exception. I first met Emily when she was working her way through ND school as a work-study student serving the alumni office. To this day, Dr. Telfair holds the same spirited drive and determination, all whilst wearing the same contagious smile. From hosting a spirited Baltimore Wellness Walk that capped off Naturopathic Medicine Week 2013, to her Wellness Challenge blogging on, Dr. Telfair has a unique way of impacting everyone she touches.

“I’d like to acknowledge the other ND alumni who have worked hand-in-hand with Dr. Telfair to successfully lead this charge to license NDs in Maryland:

Dr. Kristaps Paddock (Bastyr ’10)
Dr. Carrie Runde (Bastyr ’11)
Dr. Stephany Porter (Bastyr ’00)
Dr. Angela Diop (Bastyr ’97)
Dr. Erin Kinney (University of Bridgeport ’12)
Dr. Kevin Passero (NCNM ’03)

“Our gratitude goes out to each of you.”

To learn more or become involved with the MDANP’s legislative work, please contact Emily Telfair, ND, at dremilytelfair[at]gmail[dot]com or 443-226-7665.

Posted by Heather Carrie, CHPL Director on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:35am


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