Executive Director of Natural Doctors International becomes newest faculty member of Bastyr University California
Bastyr University is pleased to announce that Tabatha Parker, ND, has been named the newest core faculty member at Bastyr University California.
“The opening of the first accredited naturopathic medical school in California is monumental, and the opportunity to be a part of that team is a tremendous honor and fulfills my vision of the future of medicine,” Dr. Parker said.
Dr. Parker is the co-founder and executive director of Natural Doctors International (NDI), a global health organization advancing naturopathic medicine through service, education, networking and promoting holistic health care for all. For the past seven years, she has worked as the medical director at NDI’s free clinic on the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua.
“We are so excited to have a member of the faculty who is an expert in global health, who has contributed so much to naturopathic medicine and who is innovative and dedicated to making quality health care available to all people,” said Moira Fitzpatrick, PhD, ND, FICPP, CHT, vice president for Bastyr University California. “Dr. Parker is an amazing teacher and her leadership skills will be an asset to our growing California community.”
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Parker is a writer, humanitarian and social justice activist. She is an active member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP). In 2011, she was named an Utne Reader Visionary, awarded to people who “don’t just concoct great ideas, but also act on them.”
Bastyr University California, located in San Diego, is the state’s first and only accredited school of naturopathic medicine. The campus grand opening is slated for September 14, 2012.
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Bastyr University is a nonprofit, private university offering graduate and undergraduate degrees, with a multidisciplinary curriculum in science-based natural medicine. Recognized globally for its rigorous curriculum and strong research, the University has a primary campus in Kenmore, Washington, and a second campus in San Diego, California. Bastyr's international faculty teaches the natural health sciences with an emphasis on integrating mind, body, spirit and nature. A pioneer in natural medicine since its inception 40 years ago, Bastyr continues to be at the forefront in developing the model for 21st-century medicine.