Meet Shira Nahari

Treated by Naturopathic Medicine

I am a 78-year-old Seattle girl, born and bred in the Emerald City. So not only Boeing but also Bastyr has always been a household word for me.

Twenty years ago, I was struck with Bell's Palsy, a nerve disorder, on the right side of my face. So I called Bastyr. I learned that John Bastyr was no longer taking patients, but a student of his named Wendy was willing to consult with him on my behalf. After meeting with me and talking to Dr. Bastyr, Wendy returned with the recommendation to take a homeopathic remedy and apply ice to the facial muscles. That led to a total recovery. Interestingly enough, today the right side of my face is smoother than the left.

This summer, a gynecological problem presented itself that was causing pain during sitting. When I received word of Bastyr's wonderful $15 offer for seniors, I immediately scheduled an appointment. It is a two-hour drive from where I live near the Canadian border, but it was worth it.

The student clinicians took time to make a thorough health assessment. When Dr. Hazel Philp (MS, ND, LAc) arrived, she performed a gynecological exam and promptly made an accurate diagnosis. She referred me for a follow up to a clinic near my home. All three care providers had a patient, caring attitude. I'd recommend Bastyr Center to anyone.

Since that visit, I have researched alternatives to surgery, while pursuing spiritual paths to healing and relevant exercises. The pain has totally ceased and my journey continues toward healing.


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 [email protected] or call us at 425.602.3355.

Bastyr University students are the caregivers of tomorrow!

Whether for scholarships, academic programs or research, every gift helps Bastyr students pursue the education that empowers their dreams. Visit