DIOSA Womens Health Empowerment
In early 2008, NDI contacted Dr. Tori Hudson for help in funding an international naturopathic women’s health program. The support that followed was incredible. Developed by Dr. Jum Nguyen and Team NDI, DIOSA combines empowerment, education, and quality women’s health services and treatments for Nicaraguan women, including PAP exams. DIOSA, meaning “goddess” or “beautiful woman” in Spanish, launched in 2009. Team NDI doctors, Dr. Jum Nguyen and Dr. Tabatha Parker finished an initial investigation of Ministry of Health procedures on pap collection and evaluation. They have selected a private clinic to work with to process DIOSA paps, PROFAMILIA, and have purchased a gyn table for exams.
Initially, NDI Global Health Intern, Lauryn Linsell and Team NDI Staffer, Olivier Mora Juarez collected data and surveys from women about their health needs. The DIOSA program, which started December 2008, had initially worked with 25 women from 5 communities. Since our inception, we have given over 200 pap exams to women - increasing paps by 25% in this island community. Patients also receive quality naturopathic and conventional care for womens health issues that arise. Selected women participate in monthly meetings on health topics of their choosing. The women have participated in International Womens Day, International Women's Health Day and other solidarity events to share what they have learned.
It is because of this visionary group of founding sponsors that NDI has been able to implement the first naturopathic global women's health program of its kind in a developing country. A sincere thanks goes out to each of our sponsors for thier generosity of heart and committment to advancing naturopathic medicine.
Gold Corporate Sponsors
Dr. Tori Hudson
Dr. Tori Hudson, Naturopathic Physician, graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in 1984 and has served the college in several capacities, including: Medical Director, Associate Academic Dean, and Academic Dean. She is currently a professor at The National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM), Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Bastyr University, has been in practice for 24 years, is the medical director of her clinic, “A Woman’s Time” in Portland, Oregon, and director of product research and education for VITANICA. Dr. Hudson was awarded the 1990 President’s award from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians for her research in women’s health, the 1999 prestigious Naturopathic Physician of the Year award and the 2003 NCNM Alumni Pioneer Award. She is a nationally recognized author (book: Women’s Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine second edition, McGraw Hill 2008), speaker, educator, researcher, and clinician. Dr. Hudson serves on several editorial boards, advisory panels and as a consultant to the natural products industry.
Dr. Jane Guiltinan
Dr. Jane Guiltinan has been a practicing naturopathic physician for 22 years. She graduated from Bastyr University in 1986, completed two years of residency training at Bastyr, and is currently a clinical professor there. She has served as Medical Director and Dean of Clinical Affairs at Bastyr. She was the co-medical director for the King County Natural Medicine Clinic, the first publicly funded integrated health clinic in the United States. Formerly, she was Medical Director for the Healing AIDS Research Project, a clinical research trial studying naturopathic therapies for HIV/AIDS and has been involved in other research studies at Bastyr and the Group Health Center for Health Studies. She has presented to both professional and public conferences internationally, including to a subcommittee of the British Parliament. She shared the Blackmore International Award for Outstanding Research in Natural Medicine in 1990, was awarded the 1995 Physician of the Year by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and in October 1998 was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Harborview Medical Center. She was elected to the AANP Board of Directors in August of 2002, served as President in 2006 and 2007, and is currently Immediate Past President. In October of 2008, Dr. Guiltinan received the Joseph E. Pizzorno Jr. Founders Award at Bastyr University for distinguished service to the University and the naturopathic profession. Dr. Guiltinan’s practice is focused on women’s health, disease prevention, and wellness promotion.
Dr. Michael Traub
Dr. Michael Traub graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in 1981 and completed a residency there in Family Practice and Homeopathy. He is currently on the faculty of NCNM, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine and Bastyr University, and directs a residency program at his clinic in Hawaii, “Ho’o Lokahi,” where he has been practicing for 23 years. Dr. Traub is Past-President of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and was awarded the AANP’s Naturopathic Physician of the Year award in 2006. He is the author of Essentials of Dermatological Diagnosis and Integrative Therapeutics and serves on several editorial boards, professional boards, advisory panels and as a consultant to the natural products industry. Dr. Traub chose to sponsor DIOSA as a way of joining with several selfless friends to improve the health of women in Nicaragua and collect data to show what naturopathic medicine can achieve in this arena. Dr. Traub can be found at www.michaeltraubnd.com
Dr. Michael Bergkamp
Dr. Michael Bergkamp graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon in 1982. In September of 1982, Dr. Bergkamp began practicing Naturopathic Medicine in Great Falls, Montana. He moved to Helena, Montana the following year and opened an additional Clinic. He added Acupuncture to his practice when he was granted an Acupuncture license from the State of Montana in 1983.
During the next decade Dr. Bergkamp worked to legislate and license Naturopathic Medicine in Montana, helping to start and serving as President of the Montana Association of Naturopathic Physicians. During the 1991 session, successful legislation was passed to license Naturopathic Physicians. He was then appointed by the Governor to chair the Alternative Health Care Board. In 1991, Dr. Bergkamp also studied Traditional Chinese Medicine in Harbin, China was co-recipient of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Physician of the Year Award. He returned to China in 2000 to continue his study of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Bergkamp is currently maintaining a very busy Naturopathic and Acupuncture practice in Helena and remains active in helping Alternative Medicine grow both in Montana and nationally. “It is an honor to help support Natural Doctors International in their important work of promoting naturopathic medicine and women’s health.” Dr. Bergkamp.
Dr. David Field
Dr. JoAnna Forwel
Dr. JoAnna Forwell: Originally from Canada, Dr Forwell came to Seattle to study medicine at Bastyr University, graduated in 1992, and has been practicing medicine in the Emerald City ever since. Her specialty areas are that of women's medicine, hormonal imbalances, gastro-intestinal disorders, plus injury and pain management using prolotherapy and other injection techniques. She is a former member of the board of both the American and Washington Associations of Naturopathic Physicians, and is a current board member with the Naturopathic Academy of Therapeutic Injections (NATI) where she is an adjunct instructor at NATI training conferences. Additionally, Dr Forwell is a Diplomate member of the American Academy of Pain Management. Her web presence is at: www.drforwell.com. As for Diosa, she has been very impressed with what Dr. Tabatha Parker has been doing with NDI thus far and is particularly enthused with what she and her team are planning for women’s health in these developing countries. Naturopathic medicine offers such a beautiful complementarity with cultures that typically have a rich tradition of nature based lore. Thanks to these enterprising ND’s for establishing such a purposeful international presence for the practice of naturopathic medicine.