December 2012 John Weeks Integrator Round-up covering the topics of:  Policy; Employers & Costs, Integrative Clinics & Services; Education;
Professions and Organizations and People

Health Tick, MD appointed to endowed chair in integrative pain management

Integrative medical doctor and integrative pain pioneer Heather Tick, MD has been appointed to the Gunn-Loke Endowed Professorship for Integrative Pain Medicine at the University of Washington. The position was approved by the institution’s Board of Regence on November 11, 2012.  The position is named for C. Chan Gunn, MD, whose family endowed the position. Gunn is the longest-serving clinical faculty member in the UW Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. Tick has worked in integrative pain management for over two decades. She pioneered an inter-disciplinary pain clinic in Toronto in the early 1990s and is a leader in promoting  the importance on interprofessional education and practice in pain treatment.


Mark McKenzie, LAc, MAOM becomes executive director of the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

A leading educator in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, Mark McKenzie, LAc, MAOM, has stepped in to a critical role in the acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) field. Until recently the director of the AOM program at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota, McKenzie is now the executive director of the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).  McKenzie, until recently the chair of the ACAOM, will guide it through the next stages of the profession’s rocky road toward a first professional doctorate.


Barbara Bakus, DO to be new president of the American Holistic Medical Association

A report from the American Holistic Medical Association shared that Barbara Bakus, DO, ABIHM will take over as president of AHMA in 2013. Beechwood, Ohio-based Bakus became board-certified in family practice and osteopathic manipulative treatment through the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. She was also trained in acupuncture at the UCLA extension course. Bakus completed the integrative medicine fellowship through the University of Arizona School of Medicine. She became Board-certified in integrative medicine in 2011 through ABIHM. Bakus is here on You Tube speaking about the No Diet Weight Solution.


Jo Anne Yanez, ND selected as first, full-time executive director for naturopathic colleges group

The Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC) took a step toward its maturation when it recently named JoAnn Yanez, ND, MPH as its first full-time executive director. Yanez has served the field in a variety of capacities including roles with the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education. Yanez has been honored in multiple ways for her volunteerism. The AANMC, which represents the seven North American naturopathic medical colleges that are recognized by the United States department of education, was in the past directed by Karen Howard, who was concurrently the CEO of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Yanez is not only AANMC’s first full-time director. She is the first without competing professional involvement. This change was effected under the term of AANMC president Guru Sandesh Khalsa, ND, president Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine