Governor Signs Naturopathic Licensure Bill in Massachusetts
A major victory for naturopathic medicine and a major milestone in health care was achieved – Gov. Charlie Baker, (R-MA), signed a bill, effectively immediately, to license Naturopathic Doctors in the state. This unprecedented move was 20 years in the making and ensures the safe practice of naturopathic medicine in Massachusetts. This is the second state to gain licensure within a year’s span. Pennsylvania achieved regulation in November 2016.
Congratulations and appreciation go to the Massachusetts Society of Naturopathic Physicians (MSND).
“I, along with my colleagues and friends at the MSND are thrilled to join the ranks of health care providers in the state. We look forward to bringing naturopathic medicine to the residents of Massachusetts,” says Amy Rothenberg, ND, president, MSND. “I applaud Gov. Baker and the legislative process that studied and vetted this profession for over 20 years and came to understand the unique role that licensed Naturopathic Doctors can play in the state. This bill allows the people of Massachusetts to access well-educated and trained Naturopathic Doctors for their expertise in both preventive medicine and natural integrative care. We are thrilled at the passage of this legislation.”
SCU Staff, Chief Culture Officer, Pamela Snider, ND is thrilled about news! “This is an exciting and historic moment in the re-emergence of Naturopathic medicine in the United States from six licensed states in the ‘70s to 22 regulated presently. Licensure in Massachusetts—a bastion of conventional medicine and in recent years of integrative health care—is landmark! Naturopathic medicine, the “medicine of nature” is at the forefront of a growing workforce of integrative, team-focused, health-creating providers changing the face US healthcare. Huge congratulations to the amazing Dr. Amy Rothenberg who led the effort along with Paul Herscu, MSND, the American Association of Naturopathic physicians (AANP), the Institute for Natural Medicine’s (INM) State Coordinator Initiative, and many others past and present. This is an energizing win for Naturopathic medicine, and a win for patients, with many integrative health and medicine leaders, professionals and colleagues, students, and patients weighing in with incredible support!”Read the full announcement on the AANP website