2024/2025 Board of Directors Election

We are extremely excited to introduce the Professional Member Candidates for the WANP's 2024/2025 Board of Directors. These 12 physicians are running to fill 7 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, 2024, and ending August 31, 2026. The 7 elected Directors will join current Directors Drs. Sarah Acosta Smith, Tiffany Bloomingdale, Mandy Gulla, and Lesley Morical, as well as a newly elected student representative, under the leadership of Board President Dr. Teresa Richter.

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 24, 2024. **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 15, 2024, 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):

Alethea Fleming, ND

Dr. Alethea Fleming is a passionate advocate for naturopathic geriatric medicine. She is a 2007 graduate of the Doctoral program in Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University (Washington) and went on to earn a certificate in Gerontology from the University of Washington. Dr. Fleming is the owner of the Vital Aging Clinic in Anacortes, Washington, where she has provided care to elders and someday-elders for over fifteen years. Dr. Fleming is adjunct faculty at Bastyr University and Middle Way Acupuncture Institute as well as a proud member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), and of course the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians (WANP) - where she has been a member for 16 years.

Since 2018, Dr. Fleming has served on the Board of Directors of the Anacortes Public Library. During her tenure there, she has held a number of different roles, including the President of the Board.

With some experience in financial management, fundraising, and governance, Dr. Fleming would also bring the following expertise to the WANP: a high level of patience, strong organizational skills, an ability to communicate with a wide variety of humans, and prior legislative and educational work around ND inclusion in Medicare. 

In her own words: "I'm interested in making our profession better for future generations of NDs and am excited to get a better understanding of the 'behind-the-scenes' of growing our profession.”

Dr. Fleming has interest in all of the current WANP committees, and she is also interested in outreach to other medical professional organizations, increasing access to care for under-served populations (especially elders), and increasing interest in helping our profession succeed within the ND population. If elected, Dr. Fleming would also like to work on improving ND engagement within the profession, supporting our schools, and increasing visibility of our profession in our state.

Justin Taylor, ND

Dr. Justin Taylor has worked as a primary care physician at Summit Pacific Medical Center in Elma, Washington, for the past seven years. As a current WANP Board member and Chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee, his passion is government affairs; specifically, increasing the scope of practice and achieving pay parity for Naturopathic physicians. A 2009 graduate of the Naturopathic Medical School at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM), Dr. Taylor would love to continue volunteering on the WANP Board and working on the Sunrise Review of Senate Bill 5411 and preparing for the 2025 Legislative Session.

Dr. Taylor has been a member of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians (WANP) for 7 years. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2022 and as the Board Secretary since 2023. He officially joined the WANP's Legislative Affairs Committee in 2020 and has served as that committee's chair since 2022.

Dr. Taylor served on the Board of his Homeowners Association from 2015 to 2017 and was previously the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NHAND).

With some experience in financial management, legislative and political advocacy, governance, and marketing, Dr. Taylor would bring the following expertise to the WANP: experience working in an allopathic hospital setting and building strong connections with allopathic colleagues.

Dr. Taylor is interested in continuing his work with the Legislative Affairs Committee, and he is also interested in the WANP's educational offerings and outreach to members.

Reid Kiyabu, ND, MAc

Dr. Reid Kiyabu is a proud 2023 graduate of Bastyr University (Washington). He was inspired to switch careers from fiscal accounting and economics to naturopathic medicine following a personal loss. After earning a Bachelor's of Science in Integrated Human Biology, he continued on at BUW to earn a doctorate in naturopathic medicine (ND) and a master's in acupuncture (MAc). While at Bastyr, he served as the Finance Team Leader for the Student Council and the Chief Finance Officer for the Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA) International Board. Upon graduating, Dr. Kiyabu began a two-year residency at the Institute of Complementary Medicine in Seattle. His professional interests include physical medicine, longevity medicine, acupuncture, hormone optimization, and metabolic health.

Since 2023, Dr. Kiyabu has served as a board member for the Naturopathic Academy of Primary Care Physicians (NAPCP), an organization that seeks to provide high-quality naturopathic primary care education.

He has been a member of the WANP for 6 years and also belongs to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), the Association of Asian Healthcare Leaders (AAHL), the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), the NAPCP, and the Washington Obesity Society.

With some experience in diversity/equity/inclusion/anti-racism, financial management, fundraising, grassroots engagement, and marketing, Dr. Kiyabu would bring the following expertise to the WANP: a background in economics and fiscal accounting, extensive leadership experience, and social media/website content production.

In his own words: "Engagement, growth, and unity are vital for the continued health and prosperity of the profession, including the push for expanded scope and pay parity. I love our community for its breadth of healthcare values and perspectives, and I believe in the value of cohesion and collaboration among generations of NDs."

Dr. Kiyabu is interested in the Continuing Education (CE) Committee, the Finance Committee, the Governance Committee, and the Membership Committee, and he is also interested in increasing engagement of newer graduates with the WANP, promoting and prioritizing diversity and inclusion, raising the profile of naturopathic medicine, and protecting and expanding the scope of practice of naturopathic physicians in Washington State.

Andrew Simon, ND

A 2013 graduate of the School of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University (Washington), Dr. Andrew Simon completed a residency at Bastyr Center for Natural Health in 2013-2014. He has maintained Adjunct Professor status with Bastyr University in the Primary Care, Physical Medicine, and Mind Body Medicine Departments. Additionally, he currently teaches business courses at Bastyr. Dr. Simon and his partner co-founded Rebel Med NW, an Integrative Concierge Medical Clinic located in the heart of Ballard in Seattle. Dr. Simon specializes in a mind body medicine approach to primary care and chronic health conditions like chronic fatigue, Long Covid, and Chronic pain, and he frequently includes Biofeedback and Physical Medicine in his treatment plans. He has been voted a Seattle Met Top Doctor 5 times. Currently serving as WANP's liaison to the Power of Providers Advisory Committee of the Washington State Department of Health, Dr. Simon helps advise the Department on the vital role of naturopathic physicians in every primary care issue from Covid-19, mental health, opioid epidemic, and outreach to underserved population groups.

Dr. Simon has been a WANP member for over 2 years, participating in the WANP's Insurance Reimbursement Task Force in 2023, and he also belongs to the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA).

With some experience in grassroots organizing, legislative and political advocacy, and marketing, Dr. Simon would also bring the following expertise to the WANP: clinic ownership and management, experience as both a resident physician and as a residency site director, business and marketing, and insurance issues.

Dr. Simon is interested in the Continuing Education (CE) Committee and the Legislative Affairs Committee, and he is also interested in business and practice management, improving business stability among new and established naturopathic physicians, and improving outreach to the allied health community (including the Department of Health) to aid in our inclusion in the Washington State health care system.

Allison Apfelbaum, ND

Dr. Allison Apfelbaum is a licensed naturopathic doctor who graduated from Bastyr University (Washington) in 2013. She had previously 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 giving back to the community with educational health presentations to corporations and the public. She has experience in public radio and writes a monthly health column for the Woodinville Weekly newspaper. She is actively engaged with student clinicians and takes student precepts regularly.

Dr. Apfelbaum has been a member of the WANP for 11 years. She has served on the WANP's Board of Directors since 2020, serving as the Board Secretary from 2021-2023. She has been the Chair of the Membership Committee since 2020 and also serves on the Continuing Education Committee and the Legislative Affairs Committee. She is also an active member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and the Naturopathic Academy of Primary Care Physicians (NAPCP). Additionally, she is a member of the local Woodinville and Bothell Chamber of Commerce and an educator for Evergreen Hospital Wellness Outreach program.

With some experience in fundraising, grassroots engagement, legislative and political advocacy, and marketing, Dr. Apfelbaum would bring the following expertise to the WANP: experience building an insurance-based primary care practice, passion for education and community outreach, and event planning.

In her own words: "I do have a passion for representing the providers in our profession, who put in so much effort and deserve to be compensated for the work that they do. I am proud to serve for the WANP!"

Dr. Apfelbaum is interested in continuing her work with the Membership Committee, the Continuing Education (CE) Committee, and the Legislative Affairs Committee, and she is also interested in exploring options to increase reimbursement from insurance companies, working toward pay parity, creating opportunities for new graduates to be successful, and building on our Business/Practice Management Seminar.

Jana Nalbandian, ND

Dr. Jana Nalbandian has worked in healthcare since she was 16 years old. She was a med tech while in the military, and then for another 20 plus years (off and on). She graduated from John Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1989 and was in private practice in Seattle for 13 years in Seattle before moving to Anchorage, Alaska, to work in a large integrative clinic for another 11 years. She practiced primary care naturopathic medicine in both locations. From 1987 to 2010, Dr. Nalbandian was core faculty, department chair of clinical sciences, and chair of the faculty senate at Bastyr University. She worked passionately within Bastyr to improve both the educational programming and the incomes of faculty members. She returned to Bastyr in 2021 as the Associate Dean of Clinical Education. Her passion is the medicine and guaranteeing the health and expansion of naturopathic medicine into the future both as a WANP Board member and as an administrator and educator at Bastyr University.

Dr. Nalbandian has been a member of the WANP for 2 years. She has been on the Board of Directors since 2022 and currently serves as the Chair of the Governance Committee and sits on the Legislative Affairs Committee. She previously served on the Membership Committee. She is also a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP). When she lived in Alaska, she served on the Board of the Alaska Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AKANP), including as the President of the Board.

With some experience in diversity/equity/inclusion/anti-racism, financial management and fundraising, governance, and legislative and political advocacy, Dr. Nalbandian would bring the following expertise to the WANP: skills in organization and policy and a passion for ensuring the profession thrives (including working towards pay parity).

In her own words: "I would be honored to continue as a member of the WANP Board of Directors and will work passionately for expanding naturopathic medicine and equity in pay for all in the profession. Thank you for considering my application."

Dr. Nalbandian is interested in the Continuing Education (CE) Committee and in continuing her work on the Governance Committee and the Legislative Affairs Committee, and she is also interested reviewing and updating WANP policies, pushing for increased reimbursement for NDs, and expanding educational offerings to include both virtual and in person options.

Lorinda Sorensen, ND, LAc

Dr. Lorinda Sorensen currently practices as a Naturopathic Physician at Battle Ground Healing Arts in Battle Ground, Washington, and at Sunnyside Collaborative Care in Happy Valley, Oregon. 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 has practiced in Washington, Oregon, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, and New Zealand, where she was also a consultant for the nutritional supplement industry. She has been adjunct faculty at National University of Health Sciences, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, University of Western States, and National University of Natural Medicine. Dr. Sorensen has volunteered for the naturopathic profession in various ways for many years. She was one of the founding directors of the Endocrinology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (EndoANP), and her work on several committees for the Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians (ILANP) for several years was awarded the Henry Lindlahr Physician of the Year award in 2016, recognizing her tireless volunteer efforts and commitment to naturopathic medicine. Regardless of her physical location, Dr. Sorensen has maintained an active naturopathic physician license in Washington State since 2000.

Dr. Sorensen enjoys teaching so much she will be moving back to Illinois in fall 2024 to work as a professor at National University of Health Sciences. In this capacity, she will be teaching students in the naturopathic medical program, the chiropractic program, and the Chinese medicine program.

Dr. Sorensen has been a member of the WANP for 3 years. She has served on WANP's Board of Directors since 2022, serving on the Continuing Education Committee since then, including as the committee chair this past year.

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.

With some experience in diversity/equity/inclusion/antiracism, governance, grassroots organizing, and legislative and political advocacy, Dr. Sorensen would also bring the following expertise to the WANP: extensive experience in naturopathic education.

In her own words: "I believe in the power of naturopathic medicine, and have the motivation to support the profession in multiple ways. While dedicated to naturopathic physicians in Washington State, I can bring a national perspective of what is happening in other states, especially Illinois and the Midwest. What happens in naturopathic profession [in Washington] impacts the rest of the country, and my goal is to have our profession succeed everywhere."

Dr. Sorensen is interested in continuing her work with the Continuing Education (CE) Committee and in the Legislative Affairs Committee. Her primary agenda for the Board includes developing high quality continuing education (including health equity education), insurance pay parity, and scope expansion.

Luciano Garofalo, ND, MS

Dr. Luciano Garofalo received his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, Oregon, in 2020. He went on to complete a 3-year research fellowship at the University of Washington, funded by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with a focus in Whole Child Health and health equity. In 2022, Dr. Garofalo co-founded Link Community Clinic, a non-profit primary care clinic in Tacoma where he practices pediatric primary care in a mostly Medicaid population. He is affiliate faculty in the Department of Health Services and Population Health at the University of Washington. He has published several research articles and currently collaborates on research in school-based health centers as a way to fill the unmet health needs of children.

Dr. Garofalo has been a WANP member for nearly a year. He also belongs to the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

With some experience in diversity/equity/inclusion/antiracism and grassroots organizing, Dr. Garofalo would also bring the following expertise to the WANP: extensive work in social justice and community organizing, extensive experience collaborating with other healthcare professionals in various settings, experience co-founding a nonprofit naturopathic medical clinic, and work as a both a clinician and researcher.

In his own words: "I believe naturopathic primary care sets the standard for patient-centered care, which is widely talked about in our healthcare system but rarely implemented. I am committed to increasing demand and job opportunities for NDs in WA. To get there, NDs will require: (1) an expanded scope of practice; (2) stronger clinical training relevant to community health; (3) more insurance reimbursement and public financial programs supporting ND care; (4) more provider job opportunities in community health/conventional settings. "

Dr. Garofalo is interested in the Legislative Affairs Committee, and he is also interested in coordinating efforts with the Institute of Natural Medicine (INM) and the Naturopathic Academy of Primary Care Physicians (NAPCP) in growing job opportunities for NDs in conventional clinic settings, promoting more training for NDs in health equity, and supporting more ND engagement with community health efforts.

Jamie Doughty, ND

Dr. Jamie Doughty graduated from the School of Naturopathic Medicine at National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in 2009. She proudly serves as the Medical Director of the Tummy Temple in Seattle and Olympia, Washington, and enjoys building her clinical practice in Olympia. Living in the state capitol has allowed her to be involved at the community level with legislative membership and grassroots efforts over the years.

Dr. Doughty has been a WANP member since 2019 and served on the Board of Directors and on the Legislative Affairs Committee from 2019 to 2021. She was the Chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee from 2020 to 2021. She so enjoyed her previous time serving on the WANP Board and working to advance our profession in Washington State that she has decided to run again!

Since 2019, Dr. Doughty has also served on the Board of Directors of the Washington Association of Colon Hydrotherapy (WAACH).

With some experience in financial management, grassroots organizing, and legislative and political advocacy, Dr. Doughty would also bring the following expertise to the WANP: she is an organized and efficient team player who is flexible, communicative, and passionate about our medicine.

Dr. Doughty is interested in continuing her work with the Legislative Affairs Committee, with particular interest in continuing the traction of our scope expansion from previous years and building on the relationships (new and established) to move our profession forward in Washington State.

Joy Nauman, ND

Dr. Joy Nauman is a licensed Naturopathic Physician practicing Primary Care at an Integrative Medicine clinic in Yakima, Washington. She holds advanced degrees in Science and Education as well as a certificate in midwifery. She serves as the Research Director for Whole Systems Healthcare, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the field of Integrative Medicine Research. Dr. Nauman began her career as a Montessori Elementary teacher. During her time teaching, she developed a strong interest in research and developmental pediatrics. She then pursued a career as a clinician/researcher at National University of Natural Medicine and Helfgott Research Institute in Portland, Oregon, graduating in 2018. After graduation, she moved to Yakima to join an established and thriving medical practice. Dr. Nauman primarily specializes in pediatrics, developmental pediatrics, women’s health, gender-affirming care, LGBTQA+, neurodiversity, and functional gastroenterology.

Dr. Nauman was a WANP member from 2021 to 2022 and just rejoined in order to run for the Board! She is also a member of the Gastro Association of Naturopathic Physicians (GastroANP). She has previously served on the Board of the Yakima Health and Wellbeing Coalition.

With some experience in diversity/equity/inclusion/antiracism, governance, and grassroots organizing, Dr. Nauman would also bring the following expertise to the WANP: background as a passionate researcher with strong written communication skills and a unique ability to synthesize information.

In her own words: "I believe I would be a great addition to the WANP Board, representing Eastern Washington. NDs practicing outside major metropolitan areas experience unique challenges and opportunities. I would be honored to serve my community and provide a voice for the needs of providers practicing in a primary care shortage."

Dr. Nauman is interested in the Continuing Education (CE) Committee and the Governance Committee, and she is also interested in integrative research, education, and continuing the initiative to increase scope of practice, achieve pay parity, and protect the integrity of the profession.

Jenna Bailey, ND, FABNO

Dr. Jenna Bailey received her bachelor’s degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University (2016). She completed the two-year Seattle Integrative Oncology residency program and is a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology. Dr. Bailey regularly gives talks on naturopathic care and natural health at the Providence Regional Cancer Partnership’s Survivorship Series in Everett, Washington, as well as nutrition presentations at Providence Integrative Cancer Care in Lacey/Olympia. With her background in laboratory sciences and special interest in hematological cancers, Dr. Bailey combines a strong technical understanding of disease with her desire to care for patients. She believes in providing every patient with foundational treatment to make sure they are getting proper sleep, nutrients, vitamins, and hydration, while also building a therapeutic relationship to treat the whole person.

Dr. Bailey has been a WANP member for 7 years and she is also a member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP). She is currently serving on the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology reviewing case submissions, helping with the implementation of the board exam, and improving the education for naturopathic oncology residents.

Dr. Bailey would bring the following expertise to the WANP: extensive collaboration with a variety of health care providers at Providence/Swedish leading to increased trust in naturopathic medicine among conventional colleagues and experience working with oncology patients that brings a unique perspective to naturopathic medicine and a skillset she would love to help foster in the community as a whole.

In her own words: "I am very interested to work towards improved insurance reimbursement. I think it is so wonderful that we are able to accept insurance and see individuals we may not be able to see otherwise but we do need to make this sustainable for us as providers. I am also very interested in ongoing continuing education and optimizing our conferences to make them as clinically applicable as possible. I love when you learn something at a conference that you can put into practice on Monday."

Dr. Bailey is interested in the Continuing Education (CE) Committee, the Finance Committee, the Governance Committee, and the Membership Committee, and she is particularly interested in working to increase insurance reimbursements for NDs.

Gregory Yasuda, ND

Dr. Greg Yasuda is a 2003 graduate of Bastyr University. As a didactic and clinical faculty member there since 2008 and the Associate Dean of Academics from 2018-2021, he has placed a strong emphasis on holism, helping students and patients capitalize on their unique strengths in navigating their journeys toward health and healing. His areas of particular interest include physical medicine, philosophy and the role of belonging as a social determinant of health as well as a means of understanding group dynamics and promoting inclusivity. He continues to work as an Associate Professor at Bastyr University and maintains a private practice at Water & Stone Wellness in Edmonds, Washington.

Dr. Yasuda has always wanted to know how things work, how they fit together, how they function and, perhaps most importantly, what prevents proper function. This serves as an intuitive roadmap for his pursuit of engineering and medicine, but there are also larger social issues at play here, at every level of life, it seems: family, school, profession, nation...these things interest and motivate him.

Dr. Yasuda has been a member of the WANP for over 7 years and he also belongs to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and to the Naturopathic Medicine Institute (NMI). Dr. Yasuda has served on the very small Board of the Revival Retreats Association since 2023.

Dr. Yasuda would bring the following expertise to the WANP: thoughtful problem-solving, a desire to create cohesion and civility, and an interest in developing spaces inclusive of the various "poles" in the profession (e.g. vitalist, reductionist, science-based, heart-centered...) to cultivate wholeness.

Dr. Yasuda is interested in the Continuing Education (CE) Committee, the Governance Committee, and the Finance Committee, but would begin in a learning/information-gathering mode to determine what the current needs are if he is elected.