The Bastyr Center for Natural Health clinic provides naturopathic medicine and consultations every Wednesday at the Edmonds Senior Center.
The clinic is not just for seniors; providers have seen patients as young as 5 years old. Patients come from Edmonds and nearby communities to receive a range of services that include dietary and lifestyle counseling and education, hands-on physical therapies, and herbal and nutritional supplements — with product samples offered free of charge by Bastyr University.
This is a student teaching clinic with Dr. Laurie Cullen, N.D., Bastyr faculty member, overseeing the four senior students, who are required to complete clinic hours as part of their training. Cullen supervises the afternoon hours, and Dr. Joshua Rubenstein, N.D. oversees the morning shift.
Among common treated conditions at the Edmonds Senior Center clinic are fatigue, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stress-related complaints, depression, anxiety, hypertension, life changes, gastro-intestinal issues, osteo pain and allergies.
An Edmonds Senior Center announcement notes that Bastyr University, based in Kenmore, is internationally recognized as a pioneer in natural medicine. “Naturopathic medicine emphasizes prevention and wellness designed to fit each individual and focusing on the whole person, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. Practitioners can work with each patient’s medical doctors and help patients become partners in their own health care,” the announcement said.
The clinic is open Wednesdays between the hours of 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 425-774-5555 Ext 108 to schedule an appointment. The cost is $15 for each visit and is paid to the Edmonds Senior Center to help offset the costs associated with offering this program. This fee can be waived if it presents a financial hardship for the patient.
You can learn more at the Edmonds Senior Center website (click on the Health and Wellness tab.) The Edmonds Senior Center is located at 220 Railroad Ave, just south of the Edmonds ferry terminal.