Bastyr University Announces 2012 Commencement Speaker

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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Bastyr University is excited to announce that Christa Louise, MS, PhD, will be the principal speaker at the University’s 31st Annual Commencement Exercises on June 18, 2012, at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

“Dr. Louise is an advocate for all of the natural health disciplines and is an articulate spokesperson for whole-person health, and we are delighted and honored that she has agreed to take part in our commencement exercises,” said Bastyr University President Daniel K. Church, PhD.  

Dr. Louise has been the chief executive of the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners since its inception in 2000, and since 1990 she also has served as director of testing for the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX), overseeing all aspects of exam development for biomedical and clinical sciences. 

A member of the Naturopathic Coordinating Council since 2004, Dr. Louise is an editor and contributing author for the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine Project. Prior to her work in the naturopathic profession, she worked with refugee programs at the local, state and national levels.

“The invitation to speak at commencement in the year that commemorates the 100th anniversary of Dr. John Bastyr’s birth is a great honor,” Dr. Louise said. “I feel privileged to have been part of this vital and vibrant naturopathic profession for 22 years.”

Bastyr University’s 31st Annual Commencement Exercises are scheduled to start at 1 p.m. and will award students with doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in: naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, nutrition, exercise science and wellness, herbal sciences, health psychology and midwifery as well as certificates in naturopathic midwifery and Chinese herbal medicine.

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About Bastyr University

Bastyr University, located near Seattle, Washington, is internationally recognized as a pioneer in natural medicine. As the largest accredited university for natural health arts and sciences in the U.S., Bastyr offers more than 17 degree and certificate programs in fields such as naturopathic medicine, acupuncture & Oriental medicine, and whole-food nutrition. Founded in 1978, the University now includes a leading-edge research facility (the Bastyr University Research Institute) and outstanding clinical training at Bastyr Center for Natural Health. The University’s second campus, Bastyr University California, opened in San Diego, California, in fall 2012, becoming the state’s first and only accredited school of naturopathic medicine.