Bastyr University in Kenmore, the largest university for natural health arts and sciences in the country, will open a weekly clinic at the on Jan. 3.
The Bastyr Natural Medicine Community Clinic will be open from noon to 4 p.m. and will serve all ages. It is not a walk-in clinic; reservations are through the senior center at 425-774-5555.
For the first six months at the Edmonds Senior Center, three advanced-level students from Bastyr will see patients under the supervision of Drs. Erica Oberg and Ryan Bradley, licensed naturopathic physicians and Bastyr faculty members. A patient's first visit will be scheduled for 90 minutes to allow for a full history and examination. Following visits are an hour.
Naturopathic medicine is a form of primary care medicine that emphasizes prevention and wellness. It is used in the treatment of chronic and degenerative diseases such as stress, digestive problems, colds, flus, allergies, asthma and depression.
There will be a $15 administration fee to help with the overhead expenses. Cost to operate the clinic estimated at about $20,000 annually, and executive director Farrell Fleming says he expects operating costs to be supported by grants and matching funds.
Recently, the Peg and Rick Young Foundation gave a $5,000 matching grant, bringing total support for the program to more than $10,000.
Those who want to make donations—grants and matching funds—can call Fleming at 425-774-5555.
Bastyr University, a private institution, is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the study of natural healing. Bastyr is the most comprehensive academic center of its kind in the country, with science-based natural medicine studies and more than two decades of experience in training clinicians in complementary medicine.