Bruce Milliman, ND - President

Bruce Milliman is a 1982 graduate of Bastyr University.  He is past president of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians (WANP) & past Clinical Director at Bastyr University where he has been ranked an Associate Professor.  He is ‘Physician of the Year’ (1996) of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).  He has worked extensively to help gain access for both patients and practitioners to health insurance reimbursement for primary care naturopathic and other non-conventional services.  

He currently represents the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) on the Health Care Professional Advisory Committee (AMA CPT Editorial Panel/HCPAC).  He is past AANP Board Member and Speaker of the AANP House of Delegates.  He is the founding and current president of the Naturopathic Academy of Primary Care Physicians (NAPCP).  He has been a naturopathic primary care physician for 32 years, now at one of the earliest integrative clinics established in the United States, Seattle Healing Arts Center, with nearly sixty other clinicians.  He resides with his wife, Pamela Snider ND (Bastyr, ’82) on the ‘family farm’ in North Bend, WA.  They have four grown children, all who live interesting lives and of whom they are quite proud.

Dr. Milliman can be contacted at doctorwbm@earthlink.net or 206-734-0419

 

Molly Fox, ND - Vice President

I graduated from Bastyr University in 2013 and in 2015 completed a residency focused on integrative primary care at Seattle Healing Arts under the guidance of Bruce Milliman, ND and Eva Miller, ND. I am a founding board member, and current vice president, of the Naturopathic Academy of Primary Care Physicians, and have been dedicated to promoting the benefits of naturopathic primary care throughout my career. I am also involved in representing the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians at the AMA CPT Editorial Panel. 

I currently practice at Water’s Edge Family Practice and Wellness Center in downtown Langley on Whidbey Island where I provide naturopathic primary care services. As a primary care naturopathic physician, I serve as a patient’s home base and point of first contact for patients and their families’ healthcare needs. I understand the importance of assisting patients as they navigate the complex healthcare and insurance systems. I am passionate about helping patients improve the foundations of their health by working to optimize their diets and nutrient intake, sleep, exercise and stress management, as well as providing safe, scientifically proven therapies that fit patients’ lifestyles and individual needs.

 

 

Hannah Gordon, ND, RN - Treasurer

Graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, AL with a BSN/pre-med degree and worked as an acute care nurse for a total of eight years. After four years of nursing, returned to school and chose Naturopathic medicine for the next career. Graduated from Bastyr University in 2015 and went on to complete one year of residency at Bastyr Center for Natural Health. Currently works at Zoom+Care which is a minor acute and primary care company based in Portland and Seattle. Her philosophy of medicine is as follows:

I resonate with the adage of doctor as teacher, and I hold firm to the belief of educating patients on standards of care as well as acknowledging the idea of shared decision-making to enhance quality of life. I seek to provide efficient, safe, practical, and necessary medical care versus focus on what may or may not be naturopathic medicine. I believe in using low force interventions, counseling, and seeking out the obstacle to cure for each patient. I also accept the responsibility to care for those individuals who need to be on higher force interventions like pharmaceuticals or who may need surgery. Naturopathic medicine excites me in that I can use multiple modalities to work with my patients in their path of healing. The use of my hands to promote healing is ingrained within me. Some of my favorite skills and topics include a  myriad of physical medicine modalities as well as primary care, cardiovascular health, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and acute and chronic pain. 

 

Taylor Kaufmann, ND - Secretary

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Continually inspired by the healing potential of our body and mind, I have followed my passion of education, nutrition and healthcare into Bastyr University’s Naturopathic Medical Program.  I am a Certified Medical Herbalist from the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism and a recent transplant from Boulder CO. As a newly licensed primary care physician, I believe as a profession we have an enormous responsibility to provide education and integrative healthcare options to an ever-growing community that needs well-educated, patient, and comprehensive physicians. Primary care is at a crucial junction, often where a person first interfaces with their healthcare. With this great responsibility comes the potential for, not only a great impact on a person's life, but also on the shape and form of our healthcare system.
 
I am interested in furthering the NAPCP’s vision of continued educational opportunities for ND PCP and students. Access to this growing network of unique and passionate providers is essential for the health and growth of naturopathic primary care.  

 

Esteban Ryciak, ND - Board Member

 

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I graduated in the first class of John Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine(82) and went on to peruse post graduate studies in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona.  

Early on I served on the WANP Board and was awarded Physician of the Year in Washington (97). I was one of the first HIV/AIDS physicians in the Northwest and have been a primary care provider for 30+ years in Pike Place Market in Seattle, WA with most of my patients being noninsured, underserved and Spanish speaking.  

Throughout my professional career, along with other's, I have been committed to doing whatever it takes to support our profession, whether it was lobbying our state legislature for a broader scope of practice, expanding our formulary, working with the state insurance commissioner to gain the "any willing provider" proviso, which allowed us to be covered, and reimbursed by 3rd party payers. Finally, the relentless pursuit to instill the necessity for the teaching and practicing of naturopathic primary care and to convey the rewards and satisfaction that are afforded to physicians who have acquired primary care skills, is my charge...

The Academy is the culmination of a long, and fruitful journey. In the early 1980's, legally speaking, we could barely prescribe water or air and were not even allowed to draw blood, etc.  Looking back, we have earned our way. How sweet it is!  We still have a ways to go. I am still committed to our naturopathic primary care vision and if re-elected to the board, will endeavor to continue to support this vision, so all who follow can experience the joy and fulfillment that I have had in my professional life---almost every day I can't wait to get to the office!

 

Blake Myers, ND - Board Member

Blake Myers, ND graduated from Bastyr University in 2014.  He served as a combat medic in the US Army from 2003-2006 and obtained his B.S. in Biology from Iowa State University of Science and Technology in 2010.  He currently has a Direct Primary Care practice at Northshore Family Practice in Bothell, WA.  

Dr. Myers clinical passions, aside from providing quality primary care, involve refining his skill and understanding of homeopathy and hormesis, in order to bring a Vitalistic medical approach and philosophy into the primary care setting.  He supports the dependency treatment and accelerated opiate detox efforts as the Naturopathic Doctor at Northshore Family Practice. He supports the dependency programs from both a pharmacologic perspective and by working with patients on the underlying causes of there substance use.  

Dr. Myers is also heavily involved in improving the business/practice models taught to and utilized by Naturopathic Doctor’s. This is in an effort to put Naturopathic Medicine "on the map" in the U.S. and make it widely accessible and utilized.  Dr. Blake Myers educates students and physicians on how to start up a Direct Care practice.  The goal is to create patient accessibility to Naturopathic Medicine and for physicians to become financially successful in practice, in order to make Naturopathic medical school a wise investment for future doctors, instead of a financially crushing one.    

Dr. Myers is dedicated to making the NAPCP a widely utilized resource in the Naturopathic community.  He believes it is a teaching ground where the young doctors and elder physicians can commune.  In this space, knowledge, experience, and wisdom can be passed down through discussion and example.