Flash News: Winter 2013

This is a great place to share news with our Washington naturopathic community!


Celebrating 30 Years!

Dr. Mark Steinberg, longstanding WANP member, is commemorating 30 years in practice this month! His office will be hosting an open house to celebrate this accomplishment on February 28, 2013 from 4-7pm at 1313 East Maple Street, Suite 102 in Bellingham. (Phone: 360-738-3230.) All are welcome and refreshments will be provided.

Dr. Steinberg will also be introducing the following new members of the practice: John Donald, LAc and Teresa Bujacich, ND, LAc. Resident expert in intravenous therapies, Dr. Maria Putney, will be available for instructions and questions as well.

WANP / Bastyr University Spring Clinical Conference – March 2-3, 2013

Our next naturopathic conference will be held at Bastyr University and the topic is Clinical Perspectives on Men’s and Women’s Health. The schedule with speakers and topics follows:

Saturday, March 2
Katie Shaff, ND – “Management of common urological condtions: All things pee and pelvis.”
Phranq Tamburri, ND – “Prostate cancer update: 2013”
Phranq Tamburri, ND – “Erectile dysfunction and hormone deficiencies”
Loren Riccio, ND – “Dysfunctional uterine bleeding”

Sunday, March 3
Dawn Ipsen, DPharm: “Oral contraceptive update”
Jacyln Chase, ND: “Naturopathic approach to infertility in women”
Jacyln Chase, ND: “Naturopathic approach to infertility in men”
Loren Riccio, ND: “GI changes in pregnancy and management of common complaints”

For more information and to register visit the Bastyr University website by clicking here.

A Request from the Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA)

Why: The NMSA would like to hear from NDs in Washington! As a way to generate student interest in the legislative side of naturopathic medicine, we would like to provide your association with an opportunity to connect with the naturopathic medical students attending AANMC accredited institutions.
What: Send videos (5 min or less) with you or any fellow NDs discussing what it’s like to practice in your state with its current scope or why students should consider joining your association and move to Washington to practice when they graduate. They don’t have to be fancy, just a quick video in your office is fine.
How: Just visit www.naturopathicstudent.org and click on the ‘Advocacy’ tab for my contact information, and send your videos to me. Not a film savvy person? Not a problem, I’ll be glad to edit them for you. Also, the videos are only viewable by our student members through our password protected website so they will not be viewed by the general public in case you’re concerned about being too honest.
When: Anytime before my term is up in August but the sooner the better!

Thank you!
Ashley Russell – NMSA VP of Legislation
Medical Student at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
Questions: 949-836-9191

Call for Abstracts!

The NHAND (New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors) would love to receive one or more abstracts from all interested prospective speakers. DEADLINE: February 8, 2013.

The NHAND Annual Conference is the largest all-ND conference on the East Coast, with 150 or more NDs attending every November. This year, the conference will be held Friday and Saturday, November 1-2, 2013. The topic of concentration for 2013 is Environmental Medicine. Roughly half of the presentations chosen will be relevant to this topic. The rest, however, may be on any topic, so by all means submit an Abstract on any topic you choose!

To learn more about our conference, visit our website, www.nhand.org and click on ‘Annual Conference’ on the left side. To submit one or more abstracts, download the Call for Abstracts PDF, which contains a link to the site for online submissions.  NOTE: Abstract cannot be accepted if any pieces of information are missing. Please read submission rules carefully before submitting, and be sure to include whether your presentation will meet the Pharmacy CE guidelines listed (desired, but not necessary).

Northwest Naturopathic Physicians Convention: April 12-14, 2013.

Join us for the nation’s oldest celebrated gathering of naturopathic physicians! We welcome you, to the ‘City of Roses’, Portland, Oregon, for our 57th annual NW convention. This year our convention explores Mind, Medicine and Matter. We include national and international speakers, and our Saturday afternoon program will offer hands-on breakout sessions in many modalities. Saturday evening, our banquet dinner will be followed by the “Saturday Night After Dark” event, complete with wine & beer tasting, DJ, photo booth, and contests, including who has the best-tasting products (from fish oil to protein bars to smoothies.) There will also be tricycle races and competition to see who can complete 10 interrupted stitches the fastest. Check the program so you don’t miss the exciting agenda we have planned for you!  This year’s NWNPC will also host a Scholarship Series awarding a total of $5,000 to three naturopathic student speakers voted on by conference attendees.

The Early Bird Deadline is March 12th, so register early and save $$. Click here to visit our website for more information.

On Behalf of the NWNPC Board, we hope to see you there!
Kate Wiggin, ND – 2013 NWNPC Chair

Rx Scope of Practice Reminder

It is not uncommon for the WANP to be asked for “the list” of ND prescription medications. Following the passage of legislation in 2005, and enactment of that statute through rules in 2007, there is no longer a list for ND prescriptive authority, with the exception of controlled substances.

In summary, NDs can prescribe all legend (ie prescription) medications, with the exception of ‘controlled substances.’ Of the controlled substances (also known as ‘scheduled drugs’) NDs can prescribe only testosterone and codeine-containing compounds in schedules III, IV and V. Controlled substances are typically those drugs with a higher potential for addiction and abuse and include, but are not limited to, sleep and pain medications.

For more information, consult the Washington Department of Health website (click here) or ask a pharmacist if a drug is controlled or scheduled. However, don’t rely on all pharmacists to know the details of naturopathic prescriptive rights. You can also contact the WANP at 206-547-2130.

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