Welcome to AANMC's special issue e-newsletter, a tribute to one naturopathic doctor.
Editor’s Note – One Committed Citizen
I’m writing to you this month with both sadness and reverence, as I announce the tragic death of William A. Mitchell Jr., ND. To many, Dr. Mitchell will always represent the embodiment of the purest intentions of naturopathic medicine. A Bastyr University co-founder and National College alumnus, Dr. Mitchell was still teaching classes at Bastyr, was writing another textbook, and of course still treating patients in his naturopathic practice. You’ll have a chance to read more about the legacy left by Dr. Mitchell below.
His passing brings to mind the infamous quote by anthropologist Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Dr. Mitchell was a part of – and no doubt a leader of – such a group.
On a completely unrelated note … you’ve been asking, and we have heard your questions. (How much do practicing NDs make anyway?) Don’t worry – you’re not the only one worried about paying off your student loans! We’ve taken time to review and compile some industry data from various sources, and have posted answers to your salary questions in this e-newsletter.
To your health and your future,
Managing Editor, AANMC
Naturopathic Community Honors Renowned ND
Teacher, mentor, healer and philosopher, 1947-2007
William A. Mitchell Jr., ND
The nation's – and indeed, the world's – natural medicine community is in mourning. Teacher, mentor, healer and philosopher, Dr. Mitchell left a profound yet very personal influence on naturopaths worldwide. Dr. Mitchell died on January 23, 2007, in Seattle, Wash. In the days following his death, many of his friends and colleagues wrote numerous expressions of their appreciation, their grief, and their gratitude for having known such an outstanding doctor and beloved man. We’ve shared just a few of these thoughts and memories here. Read more about Dr. Mitchell >>
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Your Questions Answered
What is common salary for an ND?
Q: I am wondering about the salary of NDs because I don't want to be working just to pay my student loans back. I want to allow myself to help others without finances clouding my mind. Can you tell me what is common salary for an ND?
A: You address a very valid concern – salary. There exists a very wide income range among practicing NDs. (It’s important to note that many NDs are not salaried, but rather are self-employed.) The wide income range is largely due to personal choice and values/priorities; some opt to make financial wealth a higher priority, whereas others do not.
We’ve aggregated some industry data regarding typical salary ranges, for both new and established NDs, and also noted several significant factors known to impact an NDs income. To learn more, please read Your Questions Answered column.
And please, keep sending me your questions!
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Look forward to more alumni profiles next issue. We'll interview two pioneers of the profession, working in what some would consider non-traditional settings. And of course we'll answer more of your questions!
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Education:National College of Natural Medicine (1976)
Years in practice: 30
Location: Seattle, Wash.
Practice: Botanical Medicine, Internal Medicine
Areas of focus/specialties:
- Internationally renowned expert in botanical medicine
- Spiritual essence of plant medicines
- Teaching Kundalini yoga
Books authored :
- Naturopathic Applications of the Botanical Remedies
- Foundations of Natural Therapeutics: Biochemical Apologetics of Naturopathic Medicine
- Plant Medicine in Practice: Using the Teachings of John Bastyr, ND
Career highlights and contributions:
- Co-founded Bastyr University in 1978.
- Served as the university’s first dean of admissions, and on board of trustees for many years.
- Played significant role in the understanding of the profound healing interactions between plants and other living organisms.
- Taught two generations of physicians, served as a strong and devout mentor to many.
Recent professional endeavors:
- Was a member of Bastyr University faculty until his death.
- Joined the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians (NYANP) as an out of state member days before his death. Made valuable contribution to the effort to license naturopathic doctors in New York state.
- Work in progress: a case-based textbook of naturopathic therapeutics, sections of which were already in use for teaching students at Bastyr University.
Personal passions: Hiking (too fast), swimming in the ocean, and guitar playing. “He wanted to change the world because he truly loved the world, and wanted nothing more than its continued vitality, in all of its beautiful and mysterious parts.” (Jane Guiltinan, ND)
Read more about Dr. Mitchell >>
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