New Deans, Associate Deans Ring in the New Academic Year

Drs. Arianna Staruch, Joni Olehausen, Hazel Philp and Lynelle Golden.

Bastyr University is getting a fresh start in the 2012-13 academic year with the appointments of new deans of the School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and the School of Natural Health Arts and Sciences, and two new associate deans in the School of Naturopathic Medicine.  Please welcome these four extraordinary women in their new positions: Drs. Hazel Philp, Lynelle Golden, Arianna Staruch and Joni Olehausen.

Hazel Philp, ND (’97), MS (‘94), LAc

Alumna Hazel Philp, ND (’97), MS (’94), LAc, who returned to Bastyr University in 2010 as a faculty member and clinical shift supervisor at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, will take on a new role September 1 as dean of the School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

“We are very fortunate that Dr. Philp will now devote her substantial energies and talents to providing leadership for our School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine,” says President Timothy Callahan, PhD, senior vice president and provost of Bastyr University.

Dr. Philp, who has been in practice since 1995, received her Master of Science in Acupuncture in 1994 and her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine 1997. Following graduation, she helped establish and served as the chair of the acupuncture program at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences. Later she served as academic dean and chief academic officer at Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Seattle. 

She also has been a public health advisor for the Washington State Department of Early Learning for the past eight years, and she recently served six years as chair of the state Board of Naturopathy (formerly the Naturopathic Advisory Committee). Dr. Philp is currently completing her PhD in human services with a focus on complementary and alternative medicine.

Lynelle Golden, PhD

After a rigorous nationwide search that took place over the past year, Lynelle Golden, PhD, was selected as Bastyr University’s new dean of the School of Natural Health Arts and Sciences. Dr. Golden, who is chair of the Department of Basic Sciences, will begin her new position September 1.

“Dr. Golden has a passion for undergraduate education and has a strong background in research,” Dr. Callahan says. Dr. Golden became part of the Bastyr community in 2003-2004 while on sabbatical from Kennesaw State University, and has been a core faculty member at Bastyr since 2007.

In her new position she will oversee the Departments of Basic Sciences, Counseling and Health PsychologyMidwifery, and Nutrition and Exercise Science as well as the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations.

Dr. Golden has a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in life sciences/physiology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and has completed postdoctoral research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Golden was also a faculty member in the department of biology at Kennesaw State University in Georgia from 1994-2004 where she was promoted to associate professor in 1999.

Arianna Staruch, ND

Arianna Staruch, ND, became the new associate dean for academics in the University’s School of Naturopathic Medicine on July 1.

Dr. Staruch has been a core faculty member at Bastyr University since 2011, and prior to that was a professor then academic dean at the American College of Healthcare and Sciences. Her teaching practices have brought her experience designing and teaching both traditional and online curricula, and she also has been involved with accreditation and has experience in the corporate world.

With such a vast experience with curriculum, Dr. Staruch has been actively involved in the naturopathic medicine curriculum revision, and now says she is enthusiastically looking forward to the implementation phase of the curriculum. After her new position begins, Dr. Staruch will continue to teach as well as take on her administrative role.

Joni Olehausen, ND

New to the Bastyr community is Joni Olehausen, ND, who is replacing Debra Brammer, ND, as associate clinical dean for the School of Naturopathic Medicine on September 1. “My greatest hope is to expand on the excellent foundation that Dr. Brammer created during her tenure as associate clinical dean,” Dr. Olehausen says.

Currently, Dr. Olehausen is dean of medical education at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Phoenix, Arizona, and prior to that she was the dean of clinical education there.

“I’m looking forward to collaborating with the faculty, staff and administration of Bastyr University to provide exceptional clinical education for students and exceptional health care for patients,” Dr. Olehausen says. “Additionally, I’m excited about balancing administrative responsibilities with teaching and patient care.”

Jane Guiltinan, ND, dean of the School of Naturopathic Medicine, adds: “Joni’s experience with curriculum revision, academic accreditation and electronic health record implementation in a teaching clinic will be invaluable as we move into an exciting 2012-13 academic year.”



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