Bastyr Graduating Nearly 400 Students in June 2016

Bastyr Kenmore's 2016 graduation ceremony at Benaroya Hall

After opening its doors in fall 2012, Bastyr University California is proud to announce that it is graduating its inaugural class of 35 Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine students on June 19, 2016.

The following day, June 20, 2016, Bastyr University will hold its 35th Annual Commencement Exercises for 361 students at its Kenmore, Washington, campus, with students graduating from 18 degree programs.

Bastyr University California Commencement Exercises

Bastyr University California’s First Annual Commencement Exercises will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Liberty Station in San Diego.

Principal speaker will be Tieraona Low Dog, MD, an internationally recognized expert in the fields of integrative medicine, dietary supplements and women’s health. Dr. Low Dog portrait

A champion for interdisciplinary integration, as witnessed by her career and life path as a healer, Dr. Low Dog’s exploration of natural medicine and its role in modern health care began more than 35 years ago as she studied midwifery, herbal medicine, massage therapy and martial arts before earning her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

She currently serves as fellowship director for the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. The first truly interprofessional fellowship for integrative clinicians, this two-year fellowship is designed for clinicians across a range of disciplines – including naturopathic, osteopathic, chiropractic and medical doctors; midwives; registered dietitians; psychologists; dentists; pharmacists; and nursing professionals to name a few. Dr. Low Dog is a founding member of the American Board of Physician Specialties, American Board of Integrative Medicine and the Academy of Women’s Health.

Dr. Low Dog was appointed by former President Bill Clinton to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy; elected to serve as chair of the U.S. Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplements and Botanicals Expert Information Panel, and appointed to the National Advisory Council for the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

She also has served as the education/fellowship director for the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, where she oversaw all aspects of the training for more than 600 physicians and nurse practitioners in integrative medicine.

A sought-after speaker to more than 550 scientific/medical conferences and author of 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, numerous chapters of medical textbooks, and five books – including three National Geographic books: Fortify Your Life, Healthy at Home, and Life is Your Best Medicine. She has appeared on CNN, ABC’s 20/20, and is a frequent guest on The Dr. Oz Show and NPR’s The People’s Pharmacy.

Bastyr University (Kenmore) Commencement Exercises

Please join us for Bastyr University’s 35th Annual Commencement Exercises as we award students 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, starting at 1 p.m. Monday, June 20, 2016, at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. 

Principal speaker will be Tracy W. Gaudet, MD, executive director of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation (OPCC&CT). Dr. Gaudet portrait

Under the direction of Dr. Gaudet, the OPCC&CT has made significant progress toward the VA’s goal for personalized, proactive and patient-driven health care for our nation’s veterans. This undertaking represents one of the largest evolutions in the philosophy and process for health care delivery ever undertaken by an organized health care system.

Dr. Gaudet joined the VA from Duke University Health System where she served as executive director of Duke Integrative Medicine. Under her leadership, Duke Integrative Medicine created a state-of-the-art health care facility dedicated to the transformation of medicine through the exploration, demonstration and research of new models of patient-centered care. Prior to her work at Duke, Dr. Gaudet was the founding executive director of the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine, leading the design of the country’s first comprehensive curriculum in this new field, launching a two-year full-time fellowship and then creating the two-year distance learning fellowship. In addition, she co-founded the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health.

Dr. Gaudet received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology, earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Duke University, and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas in San Antonio.

Dr. Gaudet is a recognized leader in the transformation of health care, addressing audiences ranging from the Institutes of Medicine and the Department of Defense toThe Oprah Winfrey Show. Featured in numerous national media, including the PBS nationally acclaimed special The New Medicine, Dr. Gaudet was named by Shape magazine as one of 11 women who shape the world, and was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare 2011.” Dr. Gaudet was featured as a Game Changer in Fortune Magazine and named the recipient of the 2013 Bravewell Leadership Award for her significant contributions to advancing the field of medicine. The award recognizes national leaders who are resilient change agents and have a compelling vision for the future of medicine that inspire and encourage others.

Dr. Gaudet is the author of Consciously Female, a book on integrative medicine and women’s health, and Body, Soul and Baby.