A Confluence of Rivers
4/24/2015
Amy Rothenberg, ND, AANP Board Member
Friday, April 24, 2015
by: Amy Rothenberg, ND, AANP Board Member

Section: State and Federal Advocacy


About Amy Rothenberg, ND

Dr. Rothenberg practices in Connecticut. She blogs for the Huffington Post and enjoys writing and speaking on topics in natural medicine. Her book, The A Cappella Singer Who Lost Her Voice & Other Stories From Natural Medicine, was published in 2010 and can be found on Amazon or www.amyrothenberg.com. She is a founder and lead instructor at the New England School of Homeopathy. She sits on the Board of Directors of the AANP and is currently president of the Massachusetts Society of Naturopathic Doctors. She has raised three wonderful children with her husband, Paul Herscu ND, MPH, and spends much of her non-working hours in the garden, in her art studio and on the ballroom dance floor.
As any of you who have followed AANP news know by now, Massachusetts has been working diligently to accomplish licensure. Sometimes I imagine you think we’re unreasonably patient, or incompetent, or both! But I want to tell you a few points about this work that might make you smile, or might just have you pull out your credit card to make a donation!
 
One of the best things about the licensure effort is the opportunity to talk to people about who we are and what we do. I have come to refine my comments tailor my thoughts to a person or audience before me. But more than that, it’s the other NDs that offer ideas, recommendations, boilerplate documents, gallows humor, strategy and overall support that sometimes blows me away. I have heard from NDs all over the country and believe me, those emails and phone calls help fuel this effort.
 
Here are two examples:
 
Our neighboring state Rhode Island, is also in a legislative effort led by the energetic RIANP president, Marcy Feibelman ND and determined, articulate Sheila Frodermann ND. Sometimes Marcy & I go back and forth on emails parsing out nuanced communiqués or spend time on the phone troubleshooting around new developments. I wish we could just join the states at the hip, whip stitch them together for the purpose of licensure, then gently separate when we’re done! Thank you Marcy & Sheilia!
 
And this next one almost makes me cry. Paul and I had the distinct pleasure of teaching for the Montana Association of Naturopathic Doctors earlier this month. Not only did we love meeting that awesome group of providers and hopefully offered cogent and applicable CE, but afterward, Joanna Dove ND, the MAND Administrative Manager wrote “…The MANP would like to send a check to help with Massachusetts' bid for licensing.”  I mean…….that is just so over-the-top kind AND thoughtful! It makes me want to put on my pencil skirt and high heels so they can hear me clicking along those marble floors of the Massachusetts State House as I march this bill right to the governor’s desk!
 
Ah, if only it were that easy! Keep it coming folks, our session is long, our costs are high but our determination is steadfast.
 
This picture taken in Montana at the confluence of the Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin Rivers, which combine to create headwaters of the great Missouri River. When Paul I first began to practice in Nebraska in the ’80s, we lived in a precious bungalow right on an oxbow of the Missouri River; so we were thrilled to see where those waters began. I think of our profession like that; coming together in subtle and profound ways to do awesome things, for our patients, for our state associations, for the next generation of naturopathic physicians.

To make a donation to the MSND, hit the donate button here: www.msnd.org.

To support the Rhode Island effort visit: www.ndaccess.com/rianp/.

To read more about the Montana Association of Naturopathic Doctors see: www.mtnd.org.
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