The Gathering 2012 at NUHS - Speakers

 Click on a Speaker's Name in the list below for a short introduction and photo.

Leader of Ceremonies

Stephanie Draus 



Steven A. Bailey

Kyle Hawk Cronin

Susan Rodman DeLaney

Louise N. Edwards

Paul Epstein

 Gerald Farnsworth

Judy Fulop

Helen C. Healy

Guru Sandesh Singh Khalsa

Joel Shepperd

Lori Stargrove

Mitchell Bebel Stargrove





Stephanie Draus, ND is a graduate of NCNM and is currently on faculty at NUHS, where she teaches courses in Naturopathic Counseling, Practice Management and naturopathic philosophy, and is a supervising clinician. As an instructor, she is known for her dynamic approach and for her emphasis on compassion and creativity as tools of the physician.

Dr. Draus is also a performer, with a long background in theatre and dance that includes stints as a director, stage combat performer, and belly dance instructor. While a student at NCNM, she founded The Warrior Project, using acting exercises to teach "Self Defense through Self Esteem." Her private practice in Chicago focuses on working with artists. She is the creator of Feeding the Muse, a website providing information on Health for Artists. She is a member of the Society for Arts in Healthcare.



Reverend, Doctor Steven A. Bailey has practiced Naturopathic Medicine in Northwest Portland since 1983. In Addition to his general family practice, he specializes in fasting and immune support and works extensively with patients who have chronic and terminal illnesses. Dr. Bailey lectures locally, nationally, and internationally on a variety of medical topics, and is a frequent guest lecturer at naturopathic colleges and conferences. 

Steven Bailey received his doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine from the national College of Naturopathic medicine (NCNM) in 1983. Upon graduation, he received a rare award for community service, and was elected to the college’s Board of Trustees, where he served as treasurer, then secretary until 1991.   Dr. Bailey earned his first degree in psychology in 1976. He was the founder of Portland Habilitation Center’s union employment program, the now multi-million dollar organization that employs disabled persons, at union wages and benefits, in providing janitorial and maintenance services in local and government facilities. Dr. Bailey’s program was the first in the nation to provide union employment for the disabled. Dr. Bailey regularly presents grand rounds to medical students, a recent presentation showcased his own personal journey of an infantile-seizure disorder as experienced with his own daughter. A story with a happy ending, Dr. Bailey outlined the personal and clinical challenges of a parent faced with the maze of concerns when medical intervention is most indicated.

Reverend, Steven A. Bailey, ND was ordained on Nov. 21 2010. This honor represents the culmination of theological study, personal commitment, community service, and a walk in grace with the divine. Dr. Bailey continues his naturopathic practice, serving Body – Mind – and Spirit.

The 2010 American Association of Naturopathic Physicians Vis Award was awarded to Dr. Steven Bailey. 
The Vis Award acknowledges persons who represent the Vis, the Healing Power of Nature, as demonstrated through their work, life, and community service. The Vis Award recipients are naturopathic students, facility members, or clinicians who exemplify the Vis Medicatrix Naturae by their understanding and application of the Healing Power of Nature. 

A strong historical and political perspective colors Dr. Bailey’s awareness. While paying respect to the elders of traditional medicine, he stays abreast of medical science and naturopathic medicine.   





Dr. Kyle Hawk Cronin is a Naturopathic physician who specializes in women's health. She practices at Naturopathic Physicians Group in Scottsdale, Arizona. In private practice since l981, Dr. Kyle specializes in Naturopathic health care for women. This includes all aspects of health care for women. These natural treatments include homeopathic and botanical medicines, nutrition, diet and supplementation and physical medicine. 

Dr. Kyle spends time with her patients educating them in the implementation of the naturopathic medical treatments and is an avid follower of "physician as teacher". 

She received her Doctorate from National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, Oregon. Dr. Kyle also completed a B.A. in Fine Arts with a major in illustration from Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from Kansas Newman College, Wichita, Kansas with Magna cum laude. 

As a co-founder of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences with her husband, Dr. Michael Cronin, Dr. Kyle Cronin was the Academic Dean and Dean of Curriculum. After five years of work in academics, Dr. Kyle enjoyed being home as full time mom to their three sons. Dr. Cronin returned to practice in 1999, and is co-founder of Naturopathic Physicians Group in Scottsdale, Arizona were she currently practices. 

Dr. Kyle has written for Let's Live magazine and was a contributing editor for three TIME- LIFE books, The Complete Guide to Alternative and Conventional Treatments, The Alternative Advisor and The Complete Guide to Alternative and Conventional Medications. She has currently writing a practical workbook on women's natural health entitled Woman's Healing Path, a Workbook with Practical Steps Toward Health.   





Dr. Susan DeLaney graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a registered nurse and practiced, for 8 years, in various clinical settings. She then entered the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland Oregon, one of the three accredited schools of Naturopathic Medicine in the United States. Dr. DeLaney received her medical degree from the four-year program. She then completed her residency training with a Homeopathic physician in India where homeopathy is a standard medical practice, as it is today in England and Germany.

Returning to her native North Carolina, Dr. DeLaney set up medical practice in Carrboro where she has been treating patients since 1987. Dr. DeLaney uses centuries-old natural, non-toxic therapies informed by the most current advances in the study of health and human systems.






Dr. Louise N. Edwards graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1988 and the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1989.

She is a member of the AANP “Founders Club” and served on the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) Board in the early 90s, chairing the committee on unlicensed states.  She also worked for 10 years on the licensing effort in Colorado.

Teaching is one of her many loves.  Dr. Edwards has presented in many different forums including elementary schools, high schools, colleges, post graduate programs, professional conferences and multiple public forums.

She has been a member of the adjunct faculty at Bastyr University in Seattle since 2000, where she teaches “Naturopathic Philosophy and Clinical Theory” and “Introduction to Cell Salts”.   She is also adjunct faculty for the new naturopathic program at National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois.  She has also presented at National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and San Francisco State University.

She had a private practice at Namaste Health Center, in Durango, CO from 1990 until 2005 and still sees a few clients in her home office.

Dr. Edwards’ practice is a general, family practice which is rooted in traditional naturopathic principles and oriental medicine.  The modalities that she uses most often are education, nutrition, life style enhancement, counseling, homeopathy, manipulation, hydrotherapy, Chinese herbs, acupuncture and compassion.  

She has had a life long interest in spirituality and the capacities of human consciousness, has studied many spiritual traditions and has integrated that interest into her medical practice and classes.  She has lectured on “Spirituality, the Science and Clinical Application” at the annual AANP conventions and several times as a guest lecturer at San Francisco State University.

Currently Dr. Edwards is focusing on teaching and writing a book for the general public on naturopathic principles and the laws of ecology.





Dr. Paul Epstein is a Naturopathic Physician and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher specializing in Mind-Body Integrative Medicine and treating people with stress related symptoms and diseases. Dr. Epstein's career in natural healing spanning almost 30 years, includes extensive studies and practice in mindfulness meditation, stress reduction, Buddhist psychology, and psychotherapy in a spiritual context.


Paul has recently trained in the Internal Family System Model of Psychotherapy. Paul is a graduate of the 3 year community dharma leader (CDL) training program of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He has a background as well as a certified yoga instructor, and has had extensive training in clinical guided imagery. He emphasizes the clinical application and integration of these mind-body whole person therapies and techniques and holistic counselling within natural health care and medicine. He is a co-founder and was a co-director of the Israel Center for Mind-Body Medicine. He lectures extensively and leads workshop and retreats worldwide and offers mindful healing seminars. He maintains a private practice in Westport, CT.







Dr. Gerald Farnsworth earned his chiropractic and naturopathic degrees from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. He has served the naturopathic medical profession continuously since 1952, when he joined the British Columbia Naturopathic Board of Governors. 

A former NCNM board chair, Dr. Farnsworth also served on the NCNM board from 1956 through 1979. He is a lifetime member of the British Columbia Naturopathic Association and the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia; a past president of Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors; a Trustee Emeritus of Bastyr College; and a founding member of Northwest Naturopathic Physicians' Convention, where he has served continuously from 1957 to the present.






Dr. Judy Fulop  received her BA in cultural anthropology at Wheaton College in Ill. She went on to complete her MS in mental health and psychology at Avila College in Kansas City, Mo. Dr. Fulop completed her naturopathic training at National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Ore. 

Dr Fulop is currently in practice as the Functional Nutrition and Naturopathic Practitioner at the Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group, affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill. She provides consultation in nutrition and naturopathic care for patients with all types of chronic diseases including autoimmune, cancer, gastrointestinal, women’s health, etc. In addition Dr. Fulop provides consultant services in nutrition, integrative care, drug-herb-supplement interactions, homeopathy, botanicals and hydrotherapy. She is licensed in Oregon as a naturopathic physician to provide primary care including minor surgery. 





Helen C. Healy, ND is a Registered Naturopathic Doctor in Minnesota. She received her B.A. in BioPsychology from Vassar College in 1977. Following graduation she worked in the Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research at the National Institutes of Health until 1979.

She earned her degree of Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine in 1983 from The National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, where she continues to hold a license to practice. She practiced in Portland's Alameda Clinic and taught acupressure at the East-West College of Massage.  In 1984, Dr. Healy moved to St. Paul, Minnesota to join Dr. Thomas Stowell at Wellspring Naturopathic Clinic, where she utilized her knowledge of botanical medicine, nutrition, homeopathy, and acupuncture. She assisted parents in natural home birthing, and gave birth to her own two daughters safely at home.

Dr. Healy taught Herbology at the College of St. Catherine for the Masters Level Holistic Studies program from 2004 to 2008. She is a community based faculty member of the University of Minnesota Medical School and other Naturopathic Medical Schools from around the country. Students and residents observe Helen at Wellspring Naturopathic Clinic as part of their rotation within the Spirituality and Healing program at the U of M.  

Dr. Healy is a founding member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), has served on its Board for two terms(1987-88 and 2010-2011), and is the past AANP Speaker of the House of Delegates. She is also a member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP), and is the Immediate Past President of the Minnesota Association of Naturopathic Physicians  (MNANP). She has appeared before both the Minnesota Health Department and the State Legislature as a spokesperson for Natural Medicine in Minnesota. She continues to work hard to achieve truly integrated healthcare within all specialty areas of natural medicine and the allopathic medical community.  





Dr. Guru Sandesh Singh Khalsa brings a life-long commitment to naturopathic medicine and extensive experience in naturopathic medical practice, education and administration.

Prior to his appointment with the Boucher Institute, Khalsa was Dean of the College of Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and served at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Oregon for 22 years in a variety of capacities, including interim president, chief academic officer, full-time faculty member and clinical supervisor.

Dr. Khalsa studied naturopathic medicine at NCNM after acquiring a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from Kansas Newman College in Wichita and a Bachelor of Arts from Occidental College in Los Angeles.

His far-reaching experience also applies to accreditation, having served as institutional member and president of the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) and participated in numerous site visits for both the CNME and the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. More recently, he was responsible for attaining and maintaining accreditation for the University of Bridgeport, College of Naturopathic Medicine. 



Dr. Joel Shepperd received his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his M.D. from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. His postgraduate training was at Cook County Hospital, Chicago. He has been practicing homeopathic medicine in the Chicago area since 1976.

Dr. Shepperd has maintained a private practice in Homeopathic medicine for 35 years in the Chicago area. He is a co-founder of the Illinois Homeopathic Medical Association, and a Partner at the Center for Integral Health in Lombard, IL. Dr. Shepperd is also an author and lecturer on Homeopathic Medicine and Chaos Theory. He has appeared on national and local television on the consideration of homeopathy in medical practice.

He is a faculty member at National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois where he teaches Homeopathy. He has published many articles and has authored the textbook Hahnemann's Organon for Students. 






Lori Beth Stargrove ND, earned her BA in English from University of Minnesota in 1981 and her doctoral degree in Naturopathic Medicine from National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in 1991. She is licensed as a naturopathic Physician in Oregon. Dr. Stargrove is clinic director of A WellSpring of Natural Health, Inc. in Beaverton, Oregon, where she practices with Dr. Mitchell Bebel Stargrove. She coordinated the development of the nutrition section for the Integrative BodyMind Information System (IBIS), the pioneering multidisciplinary electronic encyclopedia for practitioners of integrative medicine and natural therapeutics, and served as project manager for Herb, Nutrient, and Drug Interactions: Clinical Implications and Therapeutic Strategies (Mosby Elsevier 2008). In addition, she is Chief Health Officer of, a division of Health Resources Unlimited, Inc., as well as a founder and board member of the Alchemical Medicine Research and Teaching Association (AMR’TA). She served on the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Examiners from 2001-2007 and currently sits on the Board of Directors at the Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT.








Mitchell Bebel Stargrove ND, LAc earned his BA in history and government from Oberlin College in 1979, his acupuncture diploma from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) in 1987 and his naturopathic degree from National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in 1988.

He is licensed as an acupuncturist and naturopathic physician in Oregon and practices with Dr. Lori Beth Stargrove at A WellSpring of Natural Health, Inc. in Beaverton. Since 1990, he has taught History of Medicine at OCOM (to present) and NCNM (1990-1993). Dr. Stargrove is a Senior Fellow of the Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine at the University of Bridgeport. He is the editor and co-author of Herb, Nutrient, and Drug Interactions: Clinical Implications and Therapeutic Strategies (MosbyElsevier 2008). He coordinated development of, and compiled the acupuncture section for, the Integrative BodyMind Information System (IBIS), the pioneering multidisciplinary electronic encyclopedia for practitioners of integrative medicine and natural therapeutics, and is Editor-in-Chief of InteractionsGuide and ChoicesForHealth (in development). In addition, he is Chief Medical Officer of, a division of Health Resources Unlimited, Inc., as well as a founder and board member of the Alchemical Medicine Research and Teaching Association (AMR’TA). Dr. Stargrove is lead history editor of and a contributing author to the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine text (Elsevier, in press).