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Sunday, August 18, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brook Schales
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OANP Well Represented at AANP’s Annual Conference

The event, held in Keystone, Colorado, served as the ideal venue for connection, education and relaxation.

An estimated twenty Oregon naturopathic physicians joined OANP staff Laura Farr and Mary Closson and Board member, Carrie Baldwin-Sayre, ND, at AANP’s annual conference, "Walking Our Talk,” July 10 through 13 in the scenic resort community. The event, which attracted 250 attendees, included CE lectures, herb walks, member and committee meetings, receptions, boat races, a vendor area with nearly 100 exhibitors, and an awards banquet.


Highlights of this year’s conference were:

Award Recipients

Physician of the Year:
Dr. Denise Clark, President of the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Doctors, accepting her award for Physician of the Year. Dr. Clark and a team of CoAND members worked tirelessly to overcome long odds to make Colorado the 17th state to enact licensure.


Lust Award:
Oregon physician, Dr. Rick Marinelli, was honored posthumously with the prestigious Lust Award established to recognize a naturopathic physician who consistently and throughout his career has made an outstanding contribution toward transforming healthcare, distinguished him/herself as a leader in the profession, and has been dedicated to advancing the goals and ideals of the naturopathic profession in a fundamental and lasting way.


Corporate Award:

The 2013 recipient of the AANP Corporate Award was presented to Shallinder Sodhi, President of Ayush Herbs, Inc. The Redmond, Washington based company produces Ayurvedic herbal products such as vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Ayush was recognized for its exceptional leadership in delivering quality products and services to naturopathic doctors and the public and because it has contributed a body of products/services to naturopathic medicine which, when compared to their peers, makes Ayush stand out above the rest.


ReLaunch of the Institute for Natural Medicine

The conference served as the occasion to announce the re-launch of the INM. As a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization, the INM will lead fundraising efforts that aim to transform health care in America by making naturopathic medicine principles the foundation for the practice of medicine.Attendees at AANP’s celebratory gala pledged $30,000 to support the INM.


Just for Fun - Boat Races

All the schools participated in a rowdy relay race that included kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and pedal boats. The race pitted alumni of the schools in a grueling, high-altitude battle of not only brawn, but wits as well. NCNM formally won the race, with SCNM also claiming victory for having "touched beach” first but in the wrong location. True to naturopathic medicine, there was no consensus among the participants as to the best remedy for the difference of opinion!


Plan Now for Next Year:
AANP’s 2014 conference and exposition, "Naturopathic Primary Care: The Future is Now,” will be held at the Arizona Biltmore August 6 through 9.

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