Kit Rodiek already had a fulfilling career as a massage therapist, but obtaining a degree in exercise science and wellness in 2009 helped her broaden her expertise.
Interest in sleep medicine first led alumna Catherine Darley, ND ('02), to Bastyr University, and now she has started the Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine to further "bridge the field of sleep health and naturopathy."
Michelle Leary, BS ('09), was an economics major studying abroad in Switzerland when she signed up for a Pilates class that changed her life.
A 2009 graduate of the herbal sciences bachelor's program, Difani opened Herbal Wellness, a retail herb store in Kirkland, Wash. She consults on herbs and nutrition and helps formulate custom herbal blends.
Ying Yu, MS, a 2007 graduate of the Master of Science in Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology, uses an integrated approach to mental health counseling and nutritional consultation. She co-owns a full-service nutrition counseling clinic, Green Lake Nutrition, which specializes in whole-foods nutrition, functional medicine and psychotherapy for medical health conditions.
Sharon Gray, MS (’06), LAc, is one of many Bastyr graduates whose own health journey inspired her to join a healing profession. Now she's growing a practice and creating a cookbook that draws on crowd-sourced variations of a single simple recipe.
After guiding a friend through cancer treatment, Jeungwon Yoon devotes herself to researching the disease at an integrative clinic in South Korea.
Combining a customer-focused attitude from Kraft Foods and a whole-food education from Bastyr helped Teri Rose, MS ('08), earn the title "Best Nutritionist in the Twin Cities."
Alexis Durham, BS ('08), gardens, teaches and makes herbal medicines in the sun-baked hills of Southern Oregon. She says she's happiest with her hands in her dirt — and teaching her craft to eager students.
Alum Jeff Johnson, MS, BS ('97), talks about working his way from grocery clerk, to Bastyr's nutrition program, to becoming a leader at a natural-foods heavyweight (where he's helping bring whole foods to the masses).
Tamara Trebilcock, ND, graduated from Bastyr University in 2005, promptly moved to Santa Monica, California, and established a successful practice. She encountered active, health-minded patients hungry for new approaches to health care and pre-med students eager for a naturopathic medicine school in the area.
Naturopathic doctors have a diverse set of healing tools at their disposal — it's one of the hallmarks of a naturopathic education. Few doctors demonstrate this as well as alumni Geoff Lecovin, ND, LAc ('94), MS, DC, CSCS, CISSN.
Tarynne Mingione has traveled to beachside Thai kitchens, emergency health clinics in Sierra Leone and a surprisingly tasty gas-station buffet in Switzerland — all in pursuit of a deeper understanding of what nourishment really means.
Emily Colwell, MSSW, ND, spent a year building a patient base as a resident at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, then launched her own practice, Waterleaf Naturopathic Medicine, right on the Burke-Gilman Trail in Seattle's University District.
Erin Moran, DAOM, MS, investigates a cure for nerve damage from chemotherapy. Learn about her journey from dental school to integrative research.
Exercise science alumna Lisa Brudvik finds unexpected joys teaching fitness at a retirement community.
Darcie Boltz opened Heeling Allies, a business that trains assistance dogs and matches them with people with emotional and psychological needs. She calls the dogs "a highly effective type of alternative medicine and a wonderful adjunct to traditional therapies."
A 2004 graduate of the naturopathic medicine program at Bastyr, Dr. Becky Chollet is merging her love of teaching with medicine and nature at the Champlain Center for Natural Medicine in Shelburne, Vermont.
Eliza Carlson, a 2007 graduate of Bastyr's Master of Science in Nutrition and Clinical Psychology, helps clients improve the mental, emotional and physical aspects of their health.
Dori Berge made mothering the focus of her life for many years. Then, at 47, she went back to school in Bastyr's health psychology program.
Cherie Calbom ("The Juice Lady") is the author of ten books and a well-known nutritionist, with her own juicing books, her own juicer and countless appearances on TV.
Laurie Steelsmith, ND, MSA (’93), offers hundreds of tips to enhance women’s sexual vitality in her new book, which is available at the Bastyr Bookstore.
Deborah Zucker, ND, aims to help readers of "The Vitality Map" find real and lasting health breakthroughs as they journey into the deeper dimensions of health — beneath the symptoms, habits, diets and exercises.
Super trekking alumni Anna Herby and Ross Scherer share the plant-based nutrition strategies that got them through their many hikes.
Bastyr University graduates took home half of the evening’s hardware at the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) Annual Awards Gala in Oakland, Calif., August 8, 2015.