Dr. Tabatha Parker – Executive Director, Natural Doctors International
Dr. Tabatha Parker is the co-founder of Natural Doctors International (NDI) - the first and oldest naturopathic global health organization. Her clinical work in Nicaragua focuses on women and children, specifically women’s empowerment and cervical cancer screening and primary care. As NDI Executive Director, she has led the organization in developing the first permanent global naturopathic clinic as well as naturopathic global health courses and inter-disciplinary internships. She has worked in the trenches seeing how structural violence in developing nations and in the USA affects people and health. She thrives to use her activism in natural medicine to inspire students and doctors to become active globally and bring natural medicine from boutique medicine into the trenches. She has worked with the World Health Organization on the WHO Benchmarks for Training in Naturopathy. In 2012, she became the first naturopathic doctor to graduate as a Faculty Development Scholar from UCSD’s renowned program, “Addressing the Health Needs of the Underserved” headed by Dr. Ellen Beck. In 2012, Dr. Parker was a founding faculty at Bastyr University California campus and worked for 1-year to successfully start the San Diego branch campus under the leadership of Dr. Moira Fitzpatrick. Dr. Parker currently serves as the Director of Education at the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM), the leading provider of education and certification of health professionals in Integrative Holistic Care. Tabatha is a writer, social justice activist, artist, singer and dedicated wife and mother of two. In 2011, she was given the prestigious UTNE Reader Visionary of the Year award, alongside other global visionaries. She joins her alma mater, National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM), with great enthusiasm as Co-Chair of the Masters in Global Health program, the first global health program offered at a naturopathic medical school.