Founders' Award Recipients 2018

Bastyr's 12th Annual Founders' Awards features students, faculty and alumni recipients who have distinguished themselves through outstanding professional achievement and service to the University.

Join us on November 16th, 2018 to honor these individuals:

Iman Majd, MD, MSA ('05) LAc

Bastyr's most prestigious honor, the Mission Award is given annually to the individual, family, corporation or foundation that has demonstrated leadership over time in improving the health and well-being of the human community.

Dr. Iman Majd MD, MSA ('05), LAc is the Clinic Director for Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at University of Washington. He is a Family Physician (ABFM) and Board Certified in Integrated Medicine (ABoIM and AIHM) and double-board certified in Acupuncture (NCCAOM and ABMA – American Board of Medical Acupuncture). He is also certified in Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation Needling from the University of British Columbia School of Medicine.

As the Integrative Medicine and Acupuncture Specialist Consult for University of Washington Neighborhood Clinics, Dr. Majd delivers a comprehensive integrated care model combining holistic approached with conventional medicine modalities. His clinical and research interests include acupuncture and intramuscular stimulation, non-opioid approaches to pain management, treatment of inflammatory and neuro-muscular, and whole body and immune wellness,

Dr. Majd is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine, and has supervised and taught in the areas of clinical acupuncture, immune wellness and pain management at Bastyr University. He is as a Board Commissioner of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; serves on the board of the non-profit Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health and is a US delegate on the acupuncture committee of the International Organization for Standards. Dr. Majd lectures nationally and internationally about integrative medicine, pain management and the role of acupuncture.

His passions beyond medicine include discovering other cultures through travel, ancient cultures, animals and raising Havanese—the most endearing breed of any dog!

Sydney Freggiaro, Naturopathic Medical Student ('19)

This award given annually in Dr. Griffith's name is granted to a current student in any academic program who has achieved distinction in his/her field of study and has rendered exceptional service to the University, improving the entire Bastyr community and advancing the University's objectives and ideals.

Sydney Freggiaro is a graduate of Scripps Women's College, where she was the first student to double major in Molecular Biology and Dance. She was awarded "Most Notable Alumna" in 2013 for her continued contributions to both science and the arts. Freggiaro spent two years at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, developing diagnostic and prognostic blood tests for ovarian and prostate cancers. From there, various careers in biotech sales, marketing and communications, theater management and commercial dance took her to Los Angeles, New York and Las Vegas. She matriculated at Bastyr University in 2015 and worked her way to becoming president of the local Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA) where, over the course of 1 year, she organized 38 events, raised over $7,000 in student scholarships and brought more than 1,700 students, faculty, graduates, administration and staff together to rebuild community, connect with alumni and engage world-class speakers to further supplement students' education. Freggiaro’s most notable Bastyr achievements include organizing the "Heart of Bastyr" community ceremony, during which soil from Dr. Bill Mitchell's garden was biodynamically prepped and infused throughout the Bastyr garden, and spearheading a collaboration among the University, the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC) and Dr. Pamela Snider to develop and place therapeutic order posters in every patient and preview room at Bastyr Center for Natural Health. She was awarded the national 2018 NMSA Rising Star Award for demonstrating remarkable leadership acumen and service in the naturopathic medical profession, and she currently sits on the NMSA International Board as Vice President of Communications and PR. Following in the footsteps of naturopathic physicians before her, Freggiaro will return to her hometown of Las Vegas upon graduation to open her own practice in a state that is home to only five naturopathic doctors.


Dan Rosen, PhD

This award given annually in Dr. Mitchell's name recognizes outstanding service and dedication to Bastyr University. Nominees are not limited to Bastyr alumni, students, faculty or staff and can include members of the greater Bastyr community.

Daniel C. Rosen, PhD, is chair and associate professor of the Department of Counseling and Health Psychology and the director of The Daniel K. Church Center for Social Justice & Diversity at Bastyr University. Dr. Rosen’s work within the Center focuses on creating a welcoming and inclusive learning community, providing community members with opportunities to develop cultural responsiveness and humility, and preparing advocates to dismantle health inequities and disparities. Appropriately, his scholarship is focused on culturally responsive healthcare practices and the elimination of racial health disparities, and has explored issues of ethnic identity, social justice in mental health and anti-Semitism-related stress. Dr. Rosen actively collaborates with researchers across academic institutions to develop clinical interventions aimed at reducing racial bias and microaggressions in health care delivery. With colleagues from UW and the University of Connecticut, he is an editor of the forthcoming book Eliminating Race-Based Mental Health Disparities: Promoting Equity and Culturally Responsive Care Across Settings. Dr. Rosen earned a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University after completing his predoctoral internship at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. He currently has a private practice in Seattle, Wash.


Safiya McCarter, ND ('10), MSAOM ('15), LAc

This award given annually in Dr. Pizzorno's name is granted to an alumna/alumnus from any academic program who has achieved distinction in her/his field of study and has rendered exceptional service to Bastyr, improving the entire Bastyr community and advancing the University's objectives and ideals.

Dr. Safiya McCarter is a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist currently practicing in Silver Spring, Md. She completed both her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and her Master's in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Bastyr University. She accomplished her undergraduate degrees in Biology and Mathematics at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga.

During her time at Bastyr, Dr. McCarter served as adjunct faculty in the School of Naturopathic Medicine, School of Traditional World Medicines and the School of Natural Health Arts and Sciences, as well as co-director of the Daniel K. Church Center for Social Justice and Diversity. In addition to teaching and clinical practice, Dr. McCarter has over a decade of experience as a skilled facilitator and sought-after consultant on topics regarding diversity, equity and inclusion. She has had the pleasure of presenting on these topics as a featured panelist and conference presenter and has provided consulting and facilitation services in various non-profit settings. Dr. McCarter contributed these skills to the Bastyr community by providing diversity trainings and workshops for core clinical and didactic faculty, students and staff firmly; her workshops were firmly rooted in and guided by the principles First, Do no Harm and Treat the Whole Person.


Suzy Myers, LM, CPM, MPH

This award given annually in Sheila Quinn’s name recognizes a staff or faculty member who has provided outstanding leadership in volunteer service and civic engagement to his/her community and neighbors.

Suzy Myers is retiring as the first chair of the Department of Midwifery, a position she has held since 2009, when the Seattle Midwifery School merged with Bastyr University. Her vision, passion and expertise have touched the lives of hundreds of midwifery students and thousands of families over the course of her 46-year career in women’s health.

A groundbreaker since her early days at the Fremont Community Clinic, Ms. Myers was a co‑founder of the Seattle Midwifery School in 1978. She played a central role in the re-establishment of direct-entry midwifery in Washington State and has been an inspiration to others across the country and around the world. She was the founding president of the Midwives Association of Washington State in 1983 and a founding member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives in 2002, serving as president from 2011 to 2013.

Ms. Myers was co-owner and director of the Seattle Home Maternity Service and Childbirth Center from 1980 to 2009, providing care to families throughout the Puget Sound region. One of the leading midwifery educators in the country, she brought her deep knowledge of physiologic birth alive in the classroom and as a mentor in clinical practice.

A champion for inter-professional collaboration, Ms. Myers was invited to contribute to the national symposium Transforming Maternity Care: A High Value Proposition in 2009, and served on the steering committee of the Home Birth Consensus Summit from 2011 to 2014.

Ms. Myers has been outspoken in her commitment to addressing health disparities and the impact of racism and oppression in maternity care and in the midwifery profession. The Myers Midwifery Scholarship Fund, created in 2009 to increase diversity in the profession and re-dedicated in 2017 to providing scholarships to students of color, is a lasting testament to the strength of her commitment.