Named 2015 Physician of the Year by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and 2011 Visionary of the Year by UTNE Reader, Dr. Tabatha Parker currently works as Director of Education at the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM), the leading provider of interprofessional education to health professionals in Integrative Health & Medicine. In 2015 she received an honorary naturopathic degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine 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 and is current faculty of the Masters in Global Health at National College of Natural Medicine, the first global health masters offered at a naturopathic medical school, and was previously faculty at Bastyr University. She is 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 is co-chair of the AANP Global Health Committee and agency liaison/author for the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine Project. Prior to moving from California, she was appointed by Governor Brown to serve on the California State Naturopathic Medicine Committee where she was involved in the promotion and enforcement of laws and regulations of naturopathic medical care.
Parker co-founded and was the Executive Director for nearly a decade of Natural Doctors International (NDI), the first and oldest naturopathic global health organization where her clinical work in Nicaragua focused on women’s empowerment, cervical cancer screening and primary care. She developed the first permanent global naturopathic clinic as well as naturopathic global health courses and interprofessional internships, where she taught global health for over a decade. In 2012, she became the first naturopathic physician to graduate as a Faculty Development Scholar from Dr. Ellen Beck’s UCSD’s program, Addressing the Health Needs of the Underserved.
Currently, as 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.
As Education Director of AIHM, Parker organizes and co-chairs 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 – as well as being a co-program chair of the International Congress of Integrative Health & Medicine held in Stuttgart, Germany in 2016.
Tabatha is naturally funny, unceasingly direct and a true visionary spirit. As an activist for the integrative medicine global health community she believes holistic healthcare is a human right and works for parity for healthcare providers and full access for all patients to holistic medicine. In her spare time, she loves to dance, sing, and laugh with her husband and two children.