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​Naturopathic Medicine - the combination of the wisdom of nature and modern science  


Board of Directors

Michael J. Cronin, ND, Chair of the NPRI Board of Directors, is a graduate of National College of Naturopathic Medicine class of 1980. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Family Practice at Portland Naturopathic Clinic. He is the founder of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and its president from 1992 to 1997. He is a founding and current board member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, a past vice-president of the Naturopathic Physicians Acupuncture Academy and the Naturopathic Academy of Therapeutic Injections and a diplomate of the American Association of Pain Management. From 1997 to 2000 Dr. Cronin worked as the Director of Integrative Medicine for American WholeHealth with establishing clinics across the US and training MD’s and DO’s in nutrition, nutraceuticals, natural therapies. He was also the Senior Medical Director for American WholeHealth Networks, an insurance company providing coverage for chiropractic, naturopathic, acupuncture, massage and other alternative healthcare providers. Dr. Cronin practices in Scottsdale, Arizona and in the Phoenix area since 1982 in family and environmental medicine with and emphasis on naturopathic physical medicine.

Erica Oberg, ND, MPH, graduated from Bastyr in 2003 and completed residency at the Bastyr Center for Natural Heallth. She currently conducts clinical research at Bastyr University and Group Health Research Institute on questions of
Naturopathic medicine utilization, whole practice outcomes, and health promotion. She completed a NCCAM funded research fellowship in 2009 and has led studies on naturopathic nutrition in diabetes, prevention and health promotion practices of physicians, and delivery of nonpharmaceutical treatment following MI. Her current research includes two qualitative studies aimed at better understanding of patients' experiences with naturopathic medicine as it pertains to healthy aging and diabetes and two clinical trials investigating Echinacea and vitamin D. Most importantly, Dr. Oberg is working in collaboration with the Naturopathic Physicians’ Research Network (NPRN) to develop the research-informatics infrastructure to enable studies of "real-world" naturopathic medicine. Dr. Oberg has served on the board of directors of the WANP focusing on providing the evidence necessary to advance legislation relevant to primary care and inclusion of NDs in broader health policy. She is a strong advocate for evidence-based medicine as it applies to all categories of providers. In addition to her research, Dr Oberg is a primary care naturopathic physician at the Institute for Complementary Medicine in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Oberg's research CV can be accessed at http://myprofile.cos.com/eoberg, and her clinical profile at http://www.icmedicine.com/physicians#erica .

Michelle A. Simon, ND, PhD graduated from Bastyr University in 2002. Previously she received a doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1993. She is currently in private practice in Seattle. She is on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and serves as the Chair of its Scientific Affairs Council. She has served Washington State since 2005 as a committee member on the Health Technology Clinical Committee which reviews scientific and clinical evidence to determine whether health services used by state government are safe and effective. She sits on the Washington State Health Professional Loan Repayment and Scholarship Program advisory board. She was an invited participant in the 2009 Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public in Washington, DC.

John Weeks is publisher-editor of the Integrator Blog News & Reports (www.theintegratorblog.com), the leading source of news and opinion for the integrative practice community. He routinely reports on policy related to research, urging the NIH NCCAM to meet Congress’ mandate to explore outcomes and health services questions. He has had a lead role in organizing a variety of coalitions including the Integrative Medicine Industry Leadership Summits (2000-2002), Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (www.ihpc.info), National Education Dialogue to Advance Integrated Health Care (2004-2006), and the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC-www.accahc.org) for which he serves as Executive Director. With ACCAHC, Weeks is involved in identifying shared research issues across the licensed integrative disciplines. Earlier, he was part of Bastyr University’s executive team (1983-1989), serving as VP for external affairs. His work included fund-raising Bastyr’s first research department. He helped grow the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, serving as executive director (1989-1993) and chaired the 1991 Whistler conference which focused on reporting outcomes of naturopathic practices and for which the first AANP research award was created. During his term, the AANP’s operating revenue grew eightfold. Weeks is married to a 1989 Bastyr graduate, Jeana Kimball, ND, MPH. In thanks for his contributions, Bastyr granted him an honorary naturopathic doctorate in 1991. Type your paragraph here.

Bill Walter, ND

Ryan Bradley, ND

Lisa Rosenberger, ND, MS, LAc ​is the current Executive Director for the Naturopathic Physicians Research Institute.  She is a graduate of the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon with a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine and Honors in Research in 2008.  She is currently licensed in Connecticut, as a Naturopathic physician and a Licensed Acupuncturist. She completed her first year residency in Internal & Integrative Medicine at the Center of Natural & Integrative Medicine with Dr. Kirti Kalidas MD, ND in Orlando, FL, and her second year residency in Integrative Medicine at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine and the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital. Following residency, Dr. Rosenberger completed a research fellowship sponsored through NIH/ NCCAM at the Yale -Griffin Prevention Research Center.  Currently, Dr. Rosenberger teaches  at the University of Bridgeport in the College of Naturopathic Medicine and the Acupuncture Institute. She also practices at East West Integrative Health Clinic in Branford, CT.