Happy Birthday, Dr. Bastyr

Courtesy of Mark Frey
Portrait of Dr. John Bastyr

How well do you know our University’s namesake?

Here's a video about Dr. Bastyr:

And 10 facts you may not have known about Dr. Bastyr:

  • His mother was a gardener and herbalist, and his father was a pharmacist
  • He built his own house in Kent, even felling some of the trees on the property himself
  • He and his wife maintained a four-acre farm with a garden, orchard, goats, ducks, geese, cats, dogs and bees
  • He played the fiddle and loved to sing
  • He delivered babies underwater and encouraged mothers to breastfeed at a time when mainstream society frowned upon it
  • He once said that if he could choose only one therapy, it would be his hands
  • He stated that if he hadn’t become a doctor, he would have gone to seminary at St. Edward’s
  • He had a tremendous memory, reciting passages from books and recalling patients’ names, addresses and treatments years later
  • At times, his private practice was so busy he wouldn’t go home to sleep; He’d stand in a corner of his office and doze upright in between appointments and calls to births
  • He cared for patients day and night, regardless of their ability to pay


What Is Naturopathic Medicine graphic

Bastyr University Celebrates Naturopathic Medicine Week 2016

Naturopathic Medicine Week 2-16 was a huge success at Bastyr University.Scroll to the bottom to see our video explaining the 6 Principles of Naturopathic Medicine.

Three students posing for the camera

Bringing Healing to Families in Need

Through a partnership with the nonprofit charter school EJE Academy, naturopathic clinicians at Bastyr University California are offering free health care to students and their families in an underserved region of San Diego

Students Rally for Medicare Inclusion in Washington, DC

Nearly 150 naturopathic medicine supporters from around the country spoke with Congress about Medicare inclusion at the annual DC Federal Legislative Initiative (DC FLI) in May.
Bastyr Kenmore's 2016 graduation ceremony at Benaroya Hall

Bastyr Graduating Nearly 400 Students in June 2016

Bastyr University California in San Diego and Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington, are sending nearly 400 graduates into the world at their respective commencement ceremonies June 19 and 20, 2016.

In the Media

Natural Benefits of Eucalyptus

September 8Natural Benefits of Eucalyptus:

Jenn Dazey, ND discusses the natural benefits of eucalyptus on page 24 of the April 2020 edition of Prevention Magazine.

Pacific County Program Manager

March 5Health Department Expands Services, brings new People Aboard:

Stephanie Michael, a registered dietician nutritionist, was hired as the county’s Health Services Program manager, and is on the front lines of the COVID-19 response in Pacific County

February 27Seattle Based Organization Expands Awareness About Naturopathic Medicine: Welcomes Dr. Joe Pizzorno To Board Of Directors:

The Institute of Natural Medicine announces that Dr. Joe Pizzorno has joined their Board of Directors