Ribbon cut for new naturopathic clinic at Edmonds Senior Center

Cutting the ribbon, from left, are Mayor Dave Earling, Bastyr University Dean of Naturopathic Medicine Jane Guiltinan, ND; Edmonds Senior Center Executive Director Farrell Fleming; Edmonds City Councilmembers Adrienne Fraley-Monillas and Diane Buckshnis and McCaw Family Foundation President Craig Stewart (Photo by Bryan Briscoe)

The second floor of the Edmonds Senior Center was standing-room only Thursday afternoon as the ribbon was cut for Kenmore-based Bastyr University’s new off-site naturopathic clinic to be housed at the Senior Center.

The new clinic is the latest Bastyr University off-site health facility to open; there are now more than a dozen different community care and natural health clinics throughout the greater Seattle area.

The new clinic, which is open from noon-4 p.m. Tuesday afternoons, will provide naturopathic medicine to seniors and is open to people of all ages. Treatments may include dietary and lifestyle counseling and education, hands-on physical therapies, and herbal and nutritional supplements.

For the first two quarters, two students in their senior year of school will see patients under the supervision of Dr. Erica Oberg, ND, a faculty member of Bastyr University.  The patient’s first visit will be scheduled for 1.5 hours to allow for a full history and examination.  Succeeding visits will be scheduled for one hour and Dr. Oberg will spend time with each patient, in addition to the two students.

There will be a $15 administration fee to help with the Center’s overhead expenses. The cost to operate the Clinic ($20,000 annually) has been supported by grants and matching funds, including a major contribution from the McCaw Family Foundation.


  1. The Peg and Rick Young Foundation gave a matching grant of $5,000, which was matched by the McCaw Family Foundation grant. Joanne Young of the Young Foundation was unable to be present due to a prior commitment.

    The Edmonds Senior Center is actively engaged in raising the remaining $10,000 for 2012 through grants and donations from individuals.

    Dr. Erica Oberg, ND was the faculty supervisor for the first term. Beginning April 3rd, Dr. Ryan Bradley, ND, will be the Bastyr faculty supervisor.

    There has been a tremendous response to the Clinic from the Edmonds community. Dean Guiltinan mentioned that most external site clinics take months to reach full patient capacity, while Edmonds was full from day one.

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