I spent this past weekend in San Diego at board meetings for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (www.naturopathic.org). Meetings, by their very nature, drive me a little crazy. I just get antsy. Even the most riveting of meetings. I should remember to take my knitting.
I have to say, since was appointed and subsequently re-elected, I have been blessed to spend several weekends each year with some of the most brilliant, large-minded, compassionate people in the naturopathic profession.
We have moved to the governance model of leadership, therefore we struggle at times with our transition. But overall it will serve the AANP and the profession much better. Instead of doing staff work, we are now engaged in thinking and visioning and looking to the future. I am so excited to say that I feel the future is very bright for naturopathic medicine.
As people struggle in our current healthcare system, naturopathic medicine offers what is missing – compassionate and effective care, along with prevention at a price we can afford.
I have also taken on the job of the convention chair, so be listening for our upcoming call for abstracts. The 2009 conference will be held in Tacoma, WA and the theme is “Physician, Heal thy Planet.” Naturopathic medicine is a perfect blend with environmentalism. We are very excited about how this will shape up.