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					                            Naturopathic Physician
The Newsletter of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Dec. 2009, Volume 192

       In This Issue
                              My Final Message as AANP President
 President's Message: My
                             By Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO
  Final Message as AANP
                           This is my last message as President of the AANP. Thank you for
                           giving me the opportunity to share my ramblings with you in this
  News From the Office:    venue over the past two years. As my last one, I am taking some
   Health Care Reform -    liberty and exceeding my word limit just a bit. I have a lot of
  What's On and Off The    gratitude to share. As I sit here reflecting upon my time as President,
          Table            I feel good. We have done a lot! Despite the turmoil of the past many
                           months in our economy, our globe citizenry, and our national health,
Alliance Update: Coalition the AANP has thrived.
 for Patient Rights Fuels
 Scope Expansion Efforts Read the rest of the piece at AANP's blog, "Physicians Who Listen."
   Building a Thriving
  Naturopathic Practice       News From the Office: Health Care Reform -
                              What's On and Off The Table By Karen Howard
 New AANP Membership
                           In the heart of this holiday season and looking forward to the New
  Benefit to Help NDs      Year, one must wonder what future Congress is divining as it
   Increase Revenues       struggles to reform our current health care system. It is likely that
  Practice Development     the U.S. Senate will actually complete work on a bill, and equally
    Page - Additional      likely that in a conference with the House of Representatives will
        Resources          result in legislation for the President to sign. And, it is still possible
                           that the legislative process in the Senate will prevent final action and
 AANP's Bookstore is Live! passage, at least before Christmas. It is astounding that the Senate,
                           despite working diligently and through the night to accomplish this
Members in the Spotlight - goal, has yet to formally declare a design for reforming the insurance
   Tom Ballard, RN, ND     system. At the end of the day, will this bill is good for patients, or
Call for Authors for AANP has compromise forced decisions that will do little to affect change?
         Web site          The answers are complicated. Read more.

Thank You AANP Leaders        Alliance Update: Coalition for Patient Rights
          Events              Fuels Scope Expansion Efforts By Michelle Clark, ND,
      Opportunities           Alliance Chair
                             AANP is a member of the Coalition for Patients' Rights (CPR), a group
   Monthly Dues              of over 35 healthcare associations representing more than three
                             million licensed healthcare providers in the United States. The
  Now Available!             Coalition is committed to ensuring comprehensive healthcare choices
                             for all patients. AANP state affiliates will benefit greatly from our
Call Tina Horn at            relationship with the Coalition, utilizing training and press materials
                             as well as allying with other member groups in legislative efforts to
expand and modernize our scope of practice. This work will also
benefit licensing efforts across the country. Read more.

 Practice Development: Building a Thriving
 Naturopathic Practice - An Interview with Dr.
 Heidi Robel, ND By Anna Evershed, ND
                 This article is a preview of one of the members-only
                 resources in our Practice Development Resource

                  Dr. Robel provides Naturopathic Primary Health Care
                  to the community of Yakima, Washington. She has a
special interest in women's health and fertility, dermatology and in
treating adolescents.

What do you wish someone had told you when you started your
practice? I wish someone had told me what would be a reasonable
expectation for patients in the first year of opening...I would tell
new practitioners not to take it personally when you are slow. It
takes time so you must be patient - expect to see 5 to 10 patients a
month those first few months. Remain optimistic and keep
marketing! Also, I wish someone had told me about small business
start up info. We have a great resource here in Yakima through our
Chamber of Commerce that offers free services to new businesses
including marketing tools, setting up and using QuickBooks, even
starting a business plan. Read the rest of the interview.

 New AANP Membership Benefit to Help NDs
 Increase Revenues
AANP and HealthWorld Online are proud to announce a partnership
that will bring AANP members increased practice revenue through the
augmentation or creation of a wellness dimension in your practice.
Our partnership allows us to offer access to this program to you at
discounted rates. The Wellness Inventory is a holistic assessment and
life-balance program designed to help patients gain personal insight
into their state of physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness. The
program offers guidance and tools to transform this new awareness
into sustainable lifestyle change, and a renewed sense of health and
well being.

We are offering an initial, no obligation webinar orientation session
on Tuesday, January 19 at 5pm pacific time, 8pm eastern time. To
register for this free event, please call Jim Strohecker, President of
HealthWorld Online at 310-823-9553 or jim@healthy.net.

 Practice Development Page - Additional
You can watch three new short video interviews of some of AANP's
most successful doctors and how they started and grew their
practices. Drs Eric Yarnell, Sally LaMont and Eileen Stretch share
advice on starting a new practice and trying to grow one.
To view these videos and the other materials in the Practice
Development library, please login to naturopathic.org. Only active
members may view the resources in Practice Development.

 AANP's Bookstore is Live!
The AANP bookstore has arrived! Find all your favorite books in one
place, and support the AANP. Great gift ideas.

Want to recommend a book to include on the list? Click here.

 Members in the Spotlight - Tom Ballard, RN, ND
Tom Ballard, RN, ND, has just released a new book, Nutrition-1-2-3:
three diet wisdoms for losing weight, gaining energy, and reversing
chronic disease. The historic record and modern nutritional research
agree on three diet Wisdoms: 1. Regularity. 2. Variety. 3. Wholeness.
This book shares the science behind the Three Wisdoms and shows
how to apply them to shopping, cooking, and eating out. Great for
those who seek help with basic nutrition and the application of diet
to chronic disease. Read More.

 Call for Authors for AANP Web site
The AANP is looking for authors to contribute to the "Your Health"
section of the AANP web site. This is one of the most heavily
trafficked areas of the site, and is a great way for you to inform
consumers about the naturopathic approach to treating disease. All
articles will be featured on the AANP home page, and will be a part
of the permanent library on the AANP site.

Articles should be between 500-700 words and should be written for a
consumer audience at an eighth grade reading level. We cannot
accept articles that endorse specific products or brands.

Please review the current articles library to get an idea of the topics
we've covered before sending in your submissions. To submit an
article or if you have questions, please contact Jenna Huntsberger at

 Thank You AANP Leaders
AANP would like to thank the Leaders' Class of 2009. The following
AANP members voluntarily paid extra dues for the 2009 membership
year to assist AANP with meeting your national goals. Please join the
AANP board and staff in thanking them for their commitment to the

Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO
Ann Aresco, ND
Lisa Arnold, ND
Chad Aschtgen, ND, FABNO
Steven Bailey, ND
Margaret Beeson, ND, LM
Marietta Bergdorf, NMD
Cynthia Bye, ND
Gladys Ceballos-Logan, NMD
Dorothea Cist, ND
Michelle Clark, ND
Beth DiDomenico, ND
Sheila Dunn-Merritt, ND
Eliot Edwards, ND
Vanessa Esteves, ND
Christie Fleetwood, ND, RPh
Debra Gibson, ND
Jane Guiltinan, ND
Carl Hangee-Bauer, ND, LAc
Cary Jasper, ND, FNP-BC
James Lemkin, ND
Michael Leu, ND, RPh
Jennifer McCollum, ND, RPh
Steve Nenninger, NMD, ND
Deirdre O'Connor, ND
Marcia Prengruber, ND, FABNO
Nancy Rao, ND, LAC
Corey Resnick, ND
Todd Schlapfer, ND
Laura Shelton, ND
Priscilla Skerry, ND
Said Sokhandan, ND
Sharon Stills, ND
Eileen Stretch, ND
Stephanie Taylor-White, ND
Sara Thyr, ND
Douglas White, ND
Julie Wiener, ND

The American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA) and the
International College of Integrative Medicine (ICIM) are coming
together in a joint conference on "Mental Wellness in the 21st
Century", March 19-21, 2010 in Nashville, TN. This is a meeting that
will be instructional to physicians/practitioners of all backgrounds.
For more information and to register, go to
www.integrativemedicineconference.com or call 419-358-0273.

Integrative Healthcare Symposium. The Integrative Healthcare
Symposium, held at the Hilton New York, NYC, February 25-27, 2010
is the gathering place for practitioners and professionals seeking the
latest research and clinical pearls to improve patient care and
expand their practice. AANP members receive an additional 15%
discount when you use priority code 100130 during registration.
Register today at www.ihsymposium.com!

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                                 planning, positioning, budgeting, collateral development,
                                 advertising, and PR. MBA or MA in Marketing or equivalent
                                 experience. Need knowledge of: specific practitioner discipline
                                 related to the Customer Class (naturopathic healthcare philosophies
                                 and related vernacular); scientific medical and nutritional
                                 biochemistry terminology and scientific literature; FTC/FDA
                                 regulations and their application to nutraceuticals, medical foods,
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                                 Part-Time Naturopathic Practice for Sale - New Hampshire
                                 Excellent opportunity for a new graduate to purchase a 4-year-old
                                 part-time practice. Located in a beautiful small town with wide
                                 draw from surrounding tri-state region (NH, MA, VT.) Established ties
                                 to local hospital and PCPs. Practice has provided general
                                 naturopathic care for adults and limited pediatrics. Tremendous
                                 growth potential, especially if willing to provide primary care, treat
                                 peds, and/or take CIGNA insurance. Option to sub-let in existing
                                 space: an integrative health center with another part-time ND/
                                 Midwife, an acupuncturist/Chinese Medical practitioner, a massage
                                 therapist, and a nutritionist. Must have NH naturopathic licensure.
                                 For more information, please call Becky Chollet, ND at 802-436-3800
                                 or email dr_becky@monadnocknaturalmed.com.

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