Advancing Naturopathic Medicine for Wisconsin
2016 Gala & Annual Conference
We were honored to have you attend our WNDA 2016 Gala & Annual Conference. Our expectations were surpassed as fellow practitioners, executives, patients, and their families joined in celebrating the progression of naturopathic medicine in Wisconsin. The diversity of community support for naturopathic doctors was well represented as we had participation from citizens all over the Midwest. Thank you for your donations, volunteering, referrals, and participation in our events.
The WNDA 2016 Gala was held on Friday, March 11th at HotelRED in Madison, Wisconsin which was an exquisite venue. The purpose of our social gathering was for fundraising and community education. The Silent Auction featured a eclectic selection of donated items including plane tickets, signed memorabilia, paintings, gift baskets, and wellness services.
The WNDA 2016 Annual Conference was held on Saturday, March 12th at The Pyle Center on the UW Madison campus. The presenters were well received as the information shared was considered valuable to the enhancement of a holistic medical practice. The topic “Healing the Brain” encircled innovative therapies, diagnostics, and clinical research utilized by leaders in the healthcare field.
The 2015 Dr. Kim Saxe Innovation Award recipient was Dr. Whitney Cronin, ND who currently serves as WNDA Secretary. She brilliantly used her continuing education funding to study the immerging modality of bio-therapeutic drainage. Dr. Cronin’s presentation “Bio-Therapeutic Drainage: An Introduction to its Methodology and The Nervous System” included aspects of UNDA, gemmotherapy, and phytoembryotherapy.
The WNDA ‘2016 Naturopathic Physician of the Year Award’ was presented to Dr. Rebecca Georgia, ND during our Annual Conference for her unyielding service and sacrifice to the WNDA and her patient population. Dr. Georgia is the WNDA Treasurer, Fundraising & Events Coordinator, and a vital contributing member of the Executive and Legislative Committees.
The WNDA ‘2016 Achievement Award’ was presented to Dr. Robin DiPasquale, ND in honor of over 7 years of service to the Wisconsin health care community. She offered immense medical knowledge and life experience allocating her resources to build and expand the WNDA and supporting community. Dr. DiPasquale is an irreplaceable mentor, teacher, practitioner, and friend who will be deeply missed as she transitions to the state of Colorado.
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WNDA is a professional association of Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) . Our members are graduates of accredited four-year, graduate-level, in-residence naturopathic medical programs, accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The WNDA is dedicated to promoting public safety and professional accountability along with helping to increase naturopathic medicine access for Wisconsin residents.
Benefits of Naturopathic Licensing include:
Mitigate Primary Care Shortage: Naturopathic physicians can help ease a stressed and overburdened medical system by filling the much-needed role for primary care medicine in the state of Wisconsin. In Washington state, where NDs can serve as primary care providers, 67.7% of patients who received naturopathic care did not receive concurrent care from an MD/DO (Cherkin et al., 2002). Furthermore, it is estimated that 50% of NDs see patients from medically underserved populations (AANP, 2014).
Reduced Costs: Diet and lifestyle interventions to prevent type 2 diabetes were more cost effective (and clinically effective) than early drug therapy in high-risk patients (Herman et al., 2005). The Vermont Auto Dealers Association use of naturopathic care for employees saved $2.10 in medical costs for every dollar spent, and $8.20 in total costs per employee for every dollar spent (Noe, 2005).
Increased Safety: Licensure will help protect the public from misinformation about complementary and alternative therapies that is ubiquitous on the Internet, in the media, in health food stores, and from practitioners who use the title ND but do not meet the educational standards to be called a Naturopathic Doctor. Licensure will also increase availability of integrative partnerships between conventional medical providers and naturopathic doctors, improving patient care. Lastly, licensure of Naturopathc Doctors would make it feasible for NDs to attain malpractice insurance.
Increased Access: Local communities will enjoy an increase in safe and natural healthcare options and highly individualized medical care. Patients would not have to travel outside Wisconsin to see licensed naturopathic doctors. Licensure would also make it more feasible for patients to get insurance coverage for naturopathic medical care.
Improved Outcomes: Multiple clinical trials have demonstrated how naturopathic care produces health improvement and risk factor reduction for conditions like cardiovascular disease (Seely et al., 2013), diabetes (Bradley et al., 2012), menopause (Cramer et al., 2003), low back pain (Szczurko et al., 2007), and anxiety (Cooley et al., 2009).
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