The GastroANP Board of Directors Election is now Live.
The GastroANP is run by a board of eight directors. Five of these eight directorships are currently up for election. There are six candidates running for election to these five positions. Please use this link (https://forms.gle/cXM37ixRGg1ATEUa8) to vote. Pick your top five choices.
The candidates blurbs are below.
Dr. Sherry Su obtained her Naturopathic Doctoral degree from Bastyr University in 2016. In the last three years, she has devoted herself in treating gastrointestinal illness in her private practice. Her decision to focus her practice on GI disorders came from her own journey of battling chronic GI symptoms, and she thrives to serve and help others who share the same journey. Currently, she practices at Naturopathic Family Health in San Jose, CA.
Dr. Sherry Su made the decision to run for the GastroANP board because she resonates with GastroANP’s mission and vision. As a member, she has benefited a great deal from the classes and events that GastroANP has generously offered. She wants to serve and give back to the community. She recently became more involved with GastroANP by participating in the conference planning committee. She has been helping the board improve the current GastroANP corporate partnership program and recruit sponsors. She looks forward to the opportunity to serve as a board member.
Dr. Sabrina Kimball kindly requests your consideration for election to the 2019 GastroANP board of directors. She served on the board of directors of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians for two full terms from 2010 through 2014 and she would now like to bring her experience of board directorship to the GastroANP. As a GastroANP member, she is passionate about creating a board certification in naturopathic gastroenterology and establishing a naturopathic gastroenterology residency program to train future generations of physicians. She enjoys collaborating with her colleagues and looks forward to helping to lead the GastroANP to through the next phase of its growth and development.
Dr. Sabrina Kimball is a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist in full time practice at Meridian Medicine in Seattle, Washington. She completed her graduate degrees at Bastyr University in 2008 and over the past decade Dr. Kimball has specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of complex gastrointestinal illness and endocrine disorders. She has completed extensive post-graduate study in the diagnosis and treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), chronic constipation, heartburn and related digestive disorders.
I’m Mark Davis, ND. I’m a 2011 graduate of NUNM and I have a gastroenterology focused practice in Bethesda, Maryland. I’m also licensed in Washington DC, Oregon, and California, where I offer naturopathic telemedicine focused on gastroenterology. I’ve served on the GastroANP board of directors since 2014, as a founding board member, past president, and for the past two years, secretary. I have limited time to offer the board, so I don’t plan to pursue an officer role or to be a committee head if I’m elected to another term on the board, but I do think that the institutional memory and perspectives I have to offer the board would be valuable.
Hello! I’m Dr. Allie McLane, a recent graduate of Bastyr University California. I am excited to be running for the GastroANP board. I would like to have an active role in the expansion of our profession, helping to translate ideas into action. I would love to run for the for the position of treasurer, however I am happy to be in any role where I am needed. My clinical interests include nutritional therapy, gastroenterology, mind-body medicine and mental health. I reside in Los Angeles and will be practicing here pending boards results.
Dr. Andrea McBeth. I want to bring my perspective as a Naturopathic Doctor and Scientist with a passion for shifting perspectives toward microbiome-centered health to GastroANP. My background includes a degree in biochemistry and research pursuits in various areas of molecular and cellular biology. After years working in cancer research, I left academia and the hospital to be a full-time patient advocate for a family member with cancer. That experience and my own journey of chronic pain and autoimmune disease led me to the pursue healthcare and advocacy using the tools of naturopathic medicine. As a licensed N.D. in Oregon and Washington, my clinical care focus is functional gastrointestinal and autoimmune issues. In conjunction with the functional medicine practice, I run Flora’s stool bank that provides Fecal Microbiota Transplant for the treatment of resistant Clostridium difficile infection as well as head our investigational science applications for other microbiome therapies.
I believe that just as climate change is ravishing the Earth’s biodiversity, so too, our microbiomes are being decimated by Western lifestyles. Standard American diets, overuse of pharmaceutical medications, beauty products, and the loss of everyday interactions with natural soil and plant microbes are all contributing to this loss. I believe that our approach to saving our health and planet will need to be as multifaceted as the ways in which we are destroying it and naturopathic medicine is at the heart of the solution.
My name is Liqaa Essam Naser, and I am a student at Bastyr University, studying Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture, and Chinese Medicine. Additionally, I was recently accepted and will begin my Masters in Public Health at the University of Washington. Before my time at Bastyr University, I was a General Pediatrician at the Salmaniya Medical Complex, Manama, Bahrain for almost ten years after graduating from the School of Medicine in the University of Mosul in 2004.
Being a former Pediatrician, I want to focus on my career in Pediatrics health, but this time as a Naturopath. I want to use this knowledge to help expand community health education. Because If you ask most parents about their child’s digestive habits, and they’ll probably say they already know quite enough. But it’s starting to look like nurturing a healthy gut is the single best thing you can do for your offspring’s future health.
Becoming a member of the GastroANP board of directors will be a bridging point between the board members as health practitioners and the student body of Naturopathic medicine all over the world.
Having a background in conventional medicine, then becoming a naturopathic student, gives me the unique ability to understand both prospective. And by utilizing my strong leadership and communication skills, I will be able to create opportunities for naturopathic students interested in getting extra training in gastroenterology.