Leaders share their visions

Our conversations with our colleagues are reinforcing the value of forging a vision big enough to contain our differences and of making a commitment to pursue excellence in all the ways we serve, respect each other and restore health.

At each of the Virtual Discussion sessions being held as part of the Conversation on the Future of Naturopathic Medicine, four visionaries are share their own vision of the profession to help kick off discussion.  

Watch. listen and reflect on the future each of these gifted visionaries share in their talk.  How do you envision the profession in the future?


April 27, 2019

Themes: “ND Impact,” “NDs as a part of the health care system” and “prosperity”

Jaquel Patterson, ND
Virtual Discussion #3 - Apr 27, 2019

How are we teaching and sharing prosperity? If we expect our profession to be successful in the long run, the most critical investment and attention should be placed in upcoming and new graduates to help them keep true to the core of our tenets while being financially successful or living the life they desire.

John Weeks (honorary ND)
Virtual Discussion #3 - Apr 27, 2019

The excellent news is there's a growing minority in regular medicine that knows that they must move from merely managing disease to creating health. They are clear that they do not know the recipe. They may not know you yet, but they are calling for you.


Amy Rothenberg, ND
Virtual Discussion #3 - Apr 27, 2019

Taking pride in the evolution of our medicine and owning its power, owning the power of our medical paradigm and really holding naturopathic medicine up for all people to know and understand and experience and to appreciate our central value at this moment in time, at this place in history, this is how we prosper, both individually and as a profession.

Lorilee Schoenbeck, ND
Virtual Discussion #3 - Apr 27, 2019

The planet needs naturopathy to rise in power now. I envision a future for every state where ordinary Americans have access to us through the Accountable Care Organization and Medical Home Structures of the New Healthcare Reform, and because of that we are improving the health of patients and the system at large.


February 9, 2019

themes: “Educational excellence and consistency” and “Research/Knowledge”

Fraser Smith, ND
VIrtual Discussion #2 - Feb 9, 2019

Our next stage relies on the creation of a core curriculum and one model of natural medicine with defined practice norms. And it won't necessarily be what all of us practicing NDs went through. Are you willing to help our professional education evolve to keep pace?

Ryan Bradley, ND
VIrtual Discussion #2 - Feb 9, 2019

The future is abundant - I see NDs everywhere! The virtues of our medicine, defined by nationally and internationally by its philosophy, and not by its modalities. What are the four integrated tiles of this expansive vision? Listen in!


Beth Pimentel, ND
VIrtual Discussion #2 - Feb 9, 2019

A powerful reimagining of the ND curriculum is based on three questions: How is health care evolving? What are the health care gaps for which NM is the solution? How can we best prepare students for those needs?

Ryan Phillips
VIrtual Discussion #2 - Feb 9, 2019

This wisdom-bomb: 'Divided holism is not a holism at all". Now is the time to unite, and be pioneers and stewards of the wisdom. How can YOU personally expand to include more and be less divided?


November 10, 2018

themes: “The core ND identity” and “Fostering a positive professional culture”

Brittany Krake, ND
Virtual Discussion #1 - Nov 10, 2018

What is more important than our differences? The power of pursuing excellence, and one beautiful brand can supersede differences and expand our reach.


Louise Edwards, ND
Virtual Discussion #1 - Nov 10, 2018

Are some of our perceived differences coming from different operating assumptions? Let’s explore three definitions, and rediscover our common ground.

Joe PIzzorno, ND
Virtual Discussion #1 - Nov 10, 2018

It’s clear that all three aspects of our profession are foundational. But why should we care? What lessons from history should motivate us to unify and become congruent?


James Sensenig, ND
Virtual Discussion #1 - Nov 10, 2018

We have something in place that not only distinguishes us from conventional medicine, but also ensures that we can help the public clearly experience natural medicine’s powerful potential.

Please add your thoughts and reaction on the forum!