Tabatha Parker, ND
Dr. Tabatha Parker is a naturopathic physician who currently serves at the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM) as the Executive Director. She previously served as the Associate Fellowship Director and Education Director. Parker’s commitment to collaboration and the underserved makes her uniquely qualified to lead the largest interprofessional integrative health association. “My goal is to bring the integrative community together to find ways to bring integrative health to all. Right now we are doing that by educating the future leaders and clinicians – but there is so much more we can and will do.”
Parker was named Physician of the Year in 2015 by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and Visionary of the Year by UTNE Reader in 2011. In 2015, she received an honorary degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) and was given the highest honor in naturopathy, “Magister Natura” from Spain for her work advancing the naturopathic profession globally.
Parker was founding co-chair of the Masters in Global Health at National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, OR, the first global health masters offered at a naturopathic medical school, and was previously faculty at Bastyr University California. She was interim co-secretary general of the World Naturopathic Federation, and worked with the World Health Organization on the WHO Benchmarks for Training in Naturopathy. She established and co-chaired the Global Health Committee of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians for over 10 years.
In 2003, Parker co-founded Natural Doctors International (NDI), the first and oldest naturopathic global health organization. She served as Executive Director and lived in Nicaragua for nearly a decade, where she developed the first permanent global naturopathic clinic, naturopathic global health courses and interprofessional internships. There she taught 100’s of students and physicians in the naturopathic clinic. As board president of NDI, she led the organization to sign a MOU with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to work with PAHO, the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health and universities like UNAN to help research and implement integrative and traditional medicine into the Nicaraguan national system as outlined in the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014 – 2023.
In 2012, she became the first naturopathic physician to graduate as a Faculty Development Scholar from Dr. Ellen Beck’s University of California San Diego program, Addressing the Health Needs of the Underserved.
At AIHM, Parker has held several positions including Director of Education where she organized and co-chaired one of the largest integrative health & medicine conferences in the USA, the AIHM Annual Conference – People, Planet, Purpose, Global Practitioners United in Health and Healing. In 2016 she was co-program chair with Dr. David Riley of the International Congress of Integrative Health & Medicine held in Stuttgart, Germany.
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