In 1980, two years after Bastyr University was founded as the John Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine, the John Bastyr Clinic opened its doors to the public. Located at the corner of University Avenue and NE 45th St., the teaching clinic provided essential training for naturopathic medical students and marked the beginning of a significant source of natural health care for the Seattle community.
Ten years later the clinic moved to its present site in the Wallingford district, where it has continued to expand its services to match the expansion of academic programs at Bastyr University. The clinic’s commitment provide alternative health care to low-income populations received support in 1995 through the federally-funded Ryan White Program which provided free natural health care for low-income patients with HIV/AIDS. The clinic has historically been involved in numerous community partnerships and special interest projects, many that continue today.
In year 2000, the clinic adopted the name Bastyr Center for Natural Health (or “Bastyr Center”) to reflect the expansion of services. In 2002, the naturopathic doctoral residency program at the Center was certified by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME).
Bastyr Center, the largest natural health care facility in Washington, now has over 36,000 patient visits annually.
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