2022/2023 Board of Directors Election

We are extremely excited to introduce our Candidates for the 2022/2023 WANP Board of Directors. These seven (7) physicians are running to fill five (5) open seats on our Board for this next term year. All open positions this year are full two-year term positions on the Board, beginning September 1, 2022, and ending August 31, 2024. The five elected Candidates will join current Directors Drs. Sarah Acosta Smith, Brooke Azie-Rentz, Andrea Emde, Sarah Garrett, Mandy Gulla, and Teresa Richter, as well as a newly elected student representative, under the leadership of Board President Dr. Kelsey Klausmeyer.

Our organizational bylaws identify voting members as only those professional members with an active naturopathic medical license in the State of Washington. All professional members who are eligible to vote will receive their ballots via email on Monday, June 27, 2022. **Note: We will use the email address under which your membership is active, so please log into our website and take note of the email address we have on file for your login (or go to "My Account -> Account Details" and note the email address there). If you have not received a ballot and believe you should have, please ensure your membership is current, that you are looking in the email inbox associated with your membership, and that our message is not in your spam folder, and - if all is as it should be - contact us at info@wanp.org.** Per WANP bylaws, the election will be open for 3 weeks. Ballots received after Monday, July 18, 2022, will not be counted.

If you are not a current member of the WANP, you can join today and participate in this election to ensure you have a voice in the next Board of Directors. We will send your ballot as soon as you join.

Without further ado, here are the Candidates for your next Board of Directors (presented in order received):

Lesley Morical Kuramoto, ND

After graduating from John Bastyr College in 1988 and providing family health care in Hawai’i and British Columbia, Dr. Morical raised three children on Vancouver Island, then returned to the United States. She began focusing on women's health in Montana doing locum tenens work, then moved to Colorado and helped with the effort to license naturopathic physicians there. In 2011, she moved to Spokane Valley, WA, and was one of two NDs in Spokane who accepted Medicaid patients. During this time, she began offering integrative mental health services. She enjoyed the small-town, family practice feeling and the support of wonderful colleagues in Spokane. In 2016, she was happy to join the Tahoma Clinic as a staff doctor and to develop her knowledge of functional medicine. At present, she works with many chronically ill/seriously ill patients and continues to offer BHRT. After the past couple of difficult years, she has felt a call to return to the herbal and homeopathic medicine that initially attracted her to John Bastyr College so long ago. The first time she faced methylation genetics (thanks, Dr. Donahue!) and realized she was going to have to spend her days steeped in biochemistry, she had a feeling she had lost the plot somewhere. Her current goal is to take down the biochemical pathways charts and reinvent herself as a wise old herbalist/homeopath healer.

Dr. Morical has a degree in journalism and lots of experience with public speaking and meeting with legislators (in Colorado). She worked in non-physician roles in hospitals in BC and Washington while raising her children, and at UW-Medicine as recently as last year during the pandemic.

She has been a member of the WANP for 4 years. Her prior nonprofit Board experience includes public relations and enrollment roles at the Morning Glory and Nelson Waldorf Schools.

Dr. Morical brings the following expertise to the WANP: writing/PR; analytical ability and common sense; experience in rural and urban practice settings; experience in many types of healthcare settings over the years; experience in consensus-based decision making. She considers herself an excellent communicator who is comfortable with people from all backgrounds.

In her own words: "I have an interest in supporting traditional naturopathic practice.”

She is interested in the Continuing Education (CE) Committee, the Governance Committee, and the Governmental Affairs (GA) Committee, and she is also interested in creating a Public Relations/Media committee for the Board.

Suzanne Way, ND, LAc

Dr. Suzanne Way is a Washington State native who completed the naturopathic medical program at John Bastyr College in 1993. With many years of practice experience, she is interested in serving on the WANP's Board of Directors to promote awareness of the naturopathic medical profession.

She loves the outdoors.

Dr. Way has been a member of the WANP for over 25 years and served on the Sponsorship Committee in 1993/1994. She is also a current member of the Washington Academy of Pain Management (WAPM) and of the Naturopathic Academy of Primary Care Physicians (NAPCP).

Dr. Way would bring insight on equity regarding professional disciplinary actions of members and is very interested in focusing on political issues the profession faces.

In her own words: "I am a team player, willing to work with my strengths to promote the best for the Association."

Dr. Way is interested in the Continuing Education (CE) Committee and the Governmental Affairs (GA) Committee.

Jana Nalbandian, ND

A 1989 graduate of John Bastyr College, Dr. Jana Nalbandian has been a Naturopathic physician since 1990. She had a private practice in Seattle and then worked at Bastyr University from 1997 to 2010 as the Department Chair of Clinical Sciences, Faculty Senate chair, and Interim Director of the phase out of Midwifery. From 2010 to 2021, she worked at Avante Medical Center in Anchorage, AK - serving as CMO for 2 years, and then as safety officer.

Dr. Nalbandian was the President of the Alaska Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AKANP) from 2011 to 2016 and revitalized the association and rewrote bylaws with executive committee. She has worked with the Alaska State legislature to increase prescription access for naturopathic doctors in Alaska. She moved back to the Seattle area in 2021 and has been working as the Associate Dean of Clinical Education at Bastyr University. She is currently a member of CCACO, which works with the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC).

She is a brand new member of the WANP and is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).

 

In her own words: "I have 5 years of experience as president of the Alaska Association of Naturopathic Doctors with work on the legislative level, writing bylaws increasing membership along with organizing our meetings. Along with the executive committee I helped manage finances along with the secretary. I have worked for many years on academic committees along with chair of the faculty senate at Bastyr University.

"I would be honored to serve on the WANP board of directors!"

Dr. Nalbandian is interested in the Continuing Education (CE) Committee, the Governance Committee, the Governmental Affairs (GA) Committee, and the Membership Committee.

Lorinda Sorensen, ND, MSAc, LAc

Dr. Lorinda Sorensen is a Licensed Naturopathic Physician in the states of Washington and Oregon, and a Licensed Acupuncturist in Washington. She is a 2000 graduate of Bastyr University, where she received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Master of Science in Acupuncture, and Bachelor of Health Sciences. She currently practices at Battle Ground Healing Arts in southwestern Washington. She is a former professor at National University of Health Sciences (NUHS), where she taught classes in botanical medicine, naturopathic philosophy, endocrinology, and women’s health. She has practiced in Washington, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, and New Zealand, where she was also a consultant for the health products industry.

Dr. Sorensen has been a member of the WANP for 1 year (since returning to Washington) and has served on the Continuing Education (CE) Committee since joining the Association. She is also a member of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OANP).

She brings to her candidacy extensive nonprofit Board experience, having previously served on the Board of the Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians (ILANP) from 2013 to 2018 and again in 2020 (engaging as the Board Secretary, Conference Committee Co-Chair, Membership and Education Committee Chair, and Conference Committee Member over the years); as a Founding Board Member of the Endocrinology Association of Naturopathic Physicians from 2013 to 2017; as the Secretary of the New Zealand Society of Naturopaths from 2006 to 2007; and as the Founding President of the Nebraska Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Association from 2003 to 2004. She has several years of experience planning naturopathic medical conferences as well as experience supporting members of the ILANP.

In her own words: "I'm originally from Washington, and recently returned after living in Illinois and teaching at National University of Health Sciences for several years. Even though I have lived in other states and even overseas, I have kept my Washington ND license active since 2000. I'm happy to be home, and will help the WANP in whatever way I can."

Dr. Sorensen is interested in continuing to serve on the Continuing Education (CE) Committee, and in the Governmental Affairs (GA) Committee and Membership Committee. Her primary agenda for the Board includes insurance pay parity and scope expansion.

Allison Apfelbaum, ND, LMP

Dr. Allison Apfelbaum is a licensed naturopathic doctor who graduated from the four year program in 2013 from Bastyr University. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biobehavioral Health at the Pennsylvania State University. Upon graduating from the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program, Dr. Apfelbaum completed an accredited two year residency program in primary care family practice. She has a busy insurance-based primary care practice with special interests in endocrinology, pain management, autoimmune disease, and allergies. Dr. Apfelbaum also completed the massage intensive program and incorporates this knowledge into her physical medicine treatments.

Dr. Apfelbaum likes to spend time in the community giving health presentations, attending events, and spreading wellness education to others. She has experience in public radio, and writes a monthly health column for the Woodinville Weekly newspaper. She is an active member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) as well as the WANP. She is also an active member of the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce and an educator for Evergreen Hospital Wellness Outreach program.

She has been a member of the WANP for 9 years and was appointed to the Board of Directors in September 2020. She has served on the Continuing Education (CE) Committee since early 2020 and became the Chair of the Membership Committee after joining the Board. She joined the Governmental Affairs (GA) Committee in fall 2021 and also became the Secretary of the Board at that time.

In her own words: "I have spent the last 9 years building a busy insurance-based primary care practice as a Naturopathic Doctor. I have a passion for education and have been mentoring preceptor students this past year. I have spent the last two years engaging on the board of directors helping to plan the annual conference for WANP as well as various events for the membership committee as committee Chair. I am also involved in planning in the annual national conference for AANP, as well as serving as a delegate for HOD. I am actively involved in the community helping fundraise for the chamber of commerce auction, as well as co-chairing the WANP gala in 2019. I have experience in public radio, writing for the local monthly newspaper as well as community outreach through the Evergreen hospital education program. I like working in team environments with many different personalities and ideas, this helps build a strong organization with many people helping to achieve similar goals.

"I am interested in advancing our scope of practice as well as achieving pay parity for our profession. I am also very interested in the business aspect and would be willing to take on extra tasks for leadership opportunities, practice management, and residency creation. I have a special interest in bridging our national and state associations and have been an AANP delegate these last two years, as well as am an active member for the national association. I believe that our profession deserves pay parity from the insurance companies and will work hard to achieve this. I enjoy helping to develop excellent continuing education opportunities for members.

"My main focus is achieving pay parity for our profession so that we can have more equitable access to our medicine. With pay parity, more ND's could afford to take insurance for the valuable services we already provide. I also think it is important to connect new graduate doctors with jobs and opportunities like residencies. I do think that we need to keep focusing on robust continuing education for ND’s. We need more opportunities for practice and business management as well as leadership in our profession. I also have a special interest in connecting students to doctors via mentorship opportunities. I have special interest in connecting via networking and in-person events within our profession as well as with other health professions. I am passionate about licensure and scope expansion in all 50 state for ND's.

"For the past two years I have been actively involved on the WANP board of directors. It has been great to get to know our leadership in the profession, help create amazing continuing education opportunities, and get to learn about the immediate needs and goals of our membership. I do see WANP’s role to increase awareness of naturopathic medicine, and take a leading role for our profession to achieve pay parity for the valuable services they provide. It is important for our profession to be able to take insurance to increase equitable access to our medicine for the entire population, as well as help increase our scope of practice, and we need pay parity to do this. As chair of membership, I have a strong interest in increasing membership involvement within our state. I believe that all of our doctors in WA should be members when they are students, and that should carry on as soon as they graduate. I am committed to creating a reason for people to want to join the WANP, increasing benefits for our sponsors, fundraising donations and the people who support us through legislation. I think the members need to be listened to and that needs to be translated into action from the WANP. I would like to create more community events for our members to gather, so they can feel more involved."

Dr. Apfelbaum is interested in continuing to work with the Membership Committee, the CE Committee, and the GA Committee.

Justin Taylor, ND

Dr. Justin Taylor completed Naturopathic Medical School at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in 2009 and completed a family practice residency in 2010. He and his wife, Nicole Taylor, ND, opened and operated both a family medical practice and a medical spa from 2009-2017. In 2017, Dr. Taylor decided to shift focus and took a job with Summit Pacific Medical Center in Elma, WA, to introduce Integrative Medicine to a hospital setting. Passionate about Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Taylor choose to emerse himself in the conventional medical community to help educate Allopathic providers about what we do and to bring the benefits of Naturopathic medicine to the rural community in Grays Harbor. Serving as Medical Staff President for Summit Pacific Medical Center, Dr. Taylor has provided primary care in one of the sickest communities in Washington State. He also serves as a resource providing integrative support to his conventionally trained colleagues looking for additional treatment options when other have failed.

Dr. Taylor has been a WANP member for 5 years (since moving to Washington) and has served on the Governmental Affairs (GA) Committee since 2020.

He brings experience running his own medial practice, working in a rural hospital setting, and negotiating insurance contracts. He has a particular interest in how naturopathic physicians could serve in Medicare.

Dr. Taylor is interested in continuing his work with the Governmental Affairs (GA) Committee.

Tiffany Bloomingdale, ND, CYT

Dr. Tiffany Bloomingdale is originally from New York State and began attending lobby days with the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicans (NYANP) as a senior in college in 2006. She went on to study naturopathic medicine at National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) and graduated in 2013. During her time at NUNM, she helped organize student delegations in support of NYANP and took part in AANP's DC FLI events. Upon graduation, she practiced in NY for one year and then joined Richmond Natural Medicine in Virgina. While there, she served on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Association of Naturopathic Physicians (VAANP) from 2017-2019, where her duties included being a delegate to the AANP's House of Delegates. Just prior to COVID in early 2020, Dr. Bloomingdale relocated to Seattle with her husband to settle near family. She joined Le Center for Health in Bellevue, WA, in January 2021, completed yoga teacher training that spring, and has been leading classes in her neighborhood yoga studio since last summer.

She is a member of the Confident Clinician Club and is passionate about constitutional homeopathy and using Meridian Yoga Technique (a blend of acupressure and yoga) to support embodiment.

Dr. Bloomingdale has been a WANP member since relocating to Washington last year.

In her own words: "I'm enthusiastic, intuitive and am a good team player who values building and tending to community. I have a unique perspective of being a WA-state licensed ND with the bulk of my practice history being in pre-licensed states. Specifically, I have come to appreciate the ways practitioners in this situation could be supported in their process of stepping into a greater clinical scope with confidence and competence.

"From what I've seen as a new member to WANP, I appreciate the flow of emails and plethora of practical resources (including CE tracking) as well as the prompt communication. I'd be proud to be part of such a well-oiled machine! I'm seeking ways personally to enhance my professional connections and feel that being part of WANP would be a win-win."

Dr. Bloomingdale is interested in the Continuing Education (CE) Committee, the Governmental Affairs (GA) Committee, and the Membership Committee. She enjoys event planning and building community/connection - especially among folks in WA who didn't go to school here and/or aren't from here. "Beyond that, I'm truly curious about listening and learning about the WANP and its unique needs at this time - and meeting the moment."

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