Dr. Guiltinan is dean of the School of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University and a clinical supervisor at Bastyr Center for Natural Health. In 2012, she was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to the Advisory Council of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), a center within the National Institutes of Health. She is serving in her fourth year on that council. Dr. Guiltinan also is president of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges.
Dr. Guiltinan’s practice is focused on women’s health, primary care, disease prevention and wellness promotion. With a special interest in women’s health, she has contributed to several conferences, publications, and research regarding women’s health and other issues. Her roles in this area have included: consultant on a trial on alternative therapies for menopause with Group Health Cooperative; consultant to the University of Washington School of Medicine on the introduction of CAM curriculum; peer reviewer for the American Journal of Public Health, Alternative Medicine Review and Journal of Naturopathic Medicine; and author of “Naturopathic Management of Fibrocystic Breast Disease” for the Journal of Natural Medicine. She has written articles for International Journal of Naturopathic Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine and others.
In describing her personal healing philosophy, Dr. Guiltinan says, "I believe that every individual has inherent healing capacities. My role as a naturopathic physician is to help people understand what is wrong with them, and teach them how to access and use their internal healing capacities, as well as the many healing agents in their environment in order to restore and maintain health and wellness. I believe some of the most powerful healing agents include air, light, water, food, touch, love and laughter."
Since joining the faculty at Bastyr Center in 1984, Dr. Guiltinan has served as a clinical professor, medical director and dean of clinical affairs. She was the co-medical director for the first publicly funded integrated health clinic in the United States, the King County Natural Medicine Clinic. She has been involved in several research studies on issues related to menopause, women’s health and HIV/AIDS. She was the principal investigator of an NIH grant to increase the teaching and practice of evidence-based medicine within the naturopathic medical school curriculum at Bastyr. She served on the board of trustees for Harborview Medical Center, a level 1 trauma center and part of the University of Washington Medicine system for 12 years and was the first naturopathic physician on the board of a large public hospital. She is a past-president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP); in 1995, AANP honored Dr. Guiltinan with the Physician of the Year award.
Dr. Guiltinan received her ND from Bastyr University in 1986 and a BS in medical technology from Ohio State University. She is a member of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians.