Our Stories

At Bastyr Center for Natural Health, it's all about people. Our naturopathic doctors, acupuncturists, nutritionists and counselors offer health care to thousands of patients each year, and we have made it our goal to provide the best care for every patient, every day.

The words of our patients, providers and student clinicians say it best.

Treated by Naturopathic Medicine

Sarah Acosta-Smith, ND, saved my life. She was so thorough and asked so many questions, it was the difference between night and day. If not for Dr. Acosta-Smith’s diagnosis, I could have lapsed into a diabetic coma.


Treated by Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine

"Acupuncture and suggested nutritional supplements have been life-changing for me. ... With the help from Bastyr’s doctors and students I will maintain my energetic and healthy life."


Portrait of Marisa Pellegrini, ND.

A clinical supervisor in the Diabetes and Cardiovascular Wellness clinic at Bastyr Center, Dr. Marisa Pellegrini also has been involved in researching the disease and will be presenting at the International Congress on Complementary Medicine Research in May 2015.



Learn more about Mirit Markowitz, a student clinician at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, who is presenting a series of cooking demonstrations in 2015 with fellow student Kelsey Perusse, starting with “One-Pot Anti-Inflammatory Meals” on Saturday, January 24.


A portrait of Jennifer Johnson

"One of the guiding naturopathic tenets is 'doctor as teacher.' When I discovered this, I realized that this profession was a perfect match for me because I would be able to blend my interest in teaching with my passion for medicine."



Share Your Story

Has one of our providers, students, alumni or staff members made a difference in your care?


Share your Bastyr care story and acknowledge your care provider today! Tell us about a positive experience at Bastyr Center for Natural Health by emailing us at yourcarestory@bastyr.edu or call us at 425.602.3355.

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