Thanks to a partnership with a local massage school, San Diego naturopathic medical students now have the chance to become licensed massage therapists.
Bastyr University California naturopathic medicine students will have the opportunity to include additional skills in their therapeutic toolkits, as the University has entered into a new partnership with IPSB College of Massage & Integrative Health (IPSB).
The collaboration, similar to the one established at Bastyr University’s Seattle campus with Bellevue Massage School, gives naturopathic doctoral (ND) students the option to train for licensed massage therapist (LMT) certification in an accelerated summer course. Not only does the additional knowledge provide ND students with a deeper, first-hand understanding of the body’s mechanics, but it also will help them become more well-rounded primary care doctors once they graduate.
“Naturopathic doctors studying the power of touch through massage therapy will be able to provide their patients with a more integrative approach to wellness,” said Michele Nowak-Sharkey, IPSB college director. “We are honored to partner with Bastyr in support of patient health.”
Joni Olehausen, ND, associate dean of naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University California, added: “We are thrilled to connect with IPSB. Their rich history, like-minded vision of natural and integrative healing, and strong local ties promise to benefit both of our institutions as well as patients in California.”
The first massage intensive session for Bastyr students begins July 2014 and will last 11 weeks.
For more information about the massage therapy programs at IPSB College, please visit www.ipsb.edu.
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