Happiness is a State of Mind

Cherry Blossom Tree Flowers

The spring season signifies new life: flowers, plants and trees blooming, more daylight and warmer temperatures — all natural keys to feeling happier. While I am no medical expert on the subject, one way I have attempted to find happiness in my own life is by maintaining a passion for what I do and channeling my energies toward those endeavors. For me, this is the best kind of natural medicine — the dosages are within my own control and there are no side effects, other than an incredible sense of satisfaction I feel when a project is complete or an event successfully executed. Here are a few highlights of what’s blooming at Bastyr University in the coming weeks and months.

More Care with Integrative Oncology

In order to better serve the needs of the increasing number of cancer patients interested in receiving high-quality integrative care, Bastyr Center for Natural Health, the teaching clinic of Bastyr University’s Kenmore campus, recently expanded its integrative oncology program. It now provides enhanced care and amenities to cancer patients, including comprehensive clinical care, laboratory services and an onsite dispensary to fill prescriptions. Providers focus on naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, botanical medicine, nutritional care and mind-body medicine (such as yoga and meditation) to ensure patients get the best care possible while maintaining their quality of life. Mark your calendars for a free talk on May 8 that focuses on this very topic.

Bastyr Center Scores High Marks From Patients, Again

Speaking of Bastyr Center, for the second consecutive year it has earned top marks in a regional patient satisfaction survey. The survey, which is conducted by an independent agency called the Washington Health Alliance, graded hospitals and care centers on criteria such as: getting timely appointments, care and information; how well providers communicate with patients; helpful, courteous and respectful office staff; and overall rating of the provider. Bastyr Center was one of only five medical groups to receive higher than 90th percentile on all categories, scoring better than a majority of the 46 groups with clinics in 185 different locations. It is clear that natural medicine and the attention our providers give is something patients desire and appreciate, and their voices have been heard loud and clear.

Herb and Food Fair

Bastyr University is doing its part to help celebrate Mother Nature and the bounty she brings with our 16th annual Herb and Food Fair on Saturday May 31. This year’s theme is “Food and Medicine on the Wild Side” and focuses on reclaiming the lost nutrients in fruits and vegetables. Join us for a fun family day complete with cooking demonstrations, garden tours, guest speakers, free acupuncture and children’s activities.

Spring for Health Luncheon

On May 22 we will once again host our annual Spring for Health Luncheon at the Seattle Fairmont Olympic Hotel. The event, which raises money to provide uncompensated care at our clinics, will feature one of our most high-profile keynote speakers ever – accomplished Hollywood actress and author Mariel Hemingway. Ms. Hemingway is the perfect person to address our guests as she focuses on mind-body spirit optimization and purposeful living in her personal life.


On June 23 we have the honor of conferring degrees on the Bastyr University Class of 2014 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. For me, there are few events more enjoyable than commencement – shaking the hands and seeing the faces of the more than 200 students who will have completed their studies this year. It is a happy time for all involved, a wonderful conclusion to academic careers and a time of new professional beginnings. To be able to be a part of this transition is truly gratifying.

San Diego Campus and Clinic

In addition to all this, we also have much to celebrate at our San Diego campus, which continues to grow at a rapid pace and is quickly establishing itself as a major player within both the higher education and medical communities in Southern California. We are excited to be adding a new Master of Science for Nutrition and Wellness in the fall and have already had to expand square footage because of the demand for more space. Additionally, the Bastyr University Clinic is hosting a number of events in the coming weeks that are sure to be of interest to those in the community.


These news bits and events show just how much is happening on our campuses and at our clinics this spring. If doing what one loves is a way of being happy, it is no wonder that there are so many smiles at Bastyr University. 

Daniel K. Church, PhD
Bastyr University President



Portraits of the mission

Bastyr University Continues Tradition with Annual Founders’ Awards Dinner

Bastyr University will continue the tradition of honoring alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends who have distinguished themselves through outstanding professional and personal achievement as well as loyal service to the University and the field of natural health science with its 2016 Founders’ Awards Fundraising Dinner.
Blood sugar testing kit

Expanded Services for Diabetes & Cardiovascular Wellness

Dr. Brendan Smith, ND, discusses the more holistic approach to diabetes and cardiovascular care that the Bastyr Clinic for Natural Health offers patients.

Tracy W. Gaudet, MD speaking at Bastyr graduation ceremony

VA Leader Focusing on Patient-Centered Care

Tracy W. Gaudet, MD, the principal speaker at Bastyr University’s 35th Annual Commencement Exercises, discusses her vision for the future of health care as executive director of the Veterans Affairs Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation.

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.

In the Media

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


November 20 Black naturopathic doctors introduce alternative health guide:

ND student Erin Arney co-authored a textbook, Eliminating Race-Based Mental Health Disparities.