Dr. Kelly Baltazar's positive impact on the Naturopathic Clinic
here at NUHS was immense. That was evident from the blog entry last
week, as well as comments from all of our interns currently in
clinic, including those who have graduated.
The outpouring of support and best wishes on her new journey was
so great over the past two weeks that I am sharing comments from
Dr. Baltazar on her journey as part of the founding team for the
Naturopathic Clinic here at NUHS and her transition to Cancer
Treatment Centers of America.
Dr. Baltazar and I were able to sit down together and talk about
her experiences here at NUHS as well as her plans for the future.
These are quotes from the conversation we had, in Dr. Baltazar's
Dr. Coe and her ubiquitous camera with Dr. Baltazar at her
What was it like to start up the Naturopathic Clinic at
"A lot of excitement, a challenge, a sense of a 'huge task in
front of us' to not only get it started but to develop a quality
What were the greatest challenges?
"The basic tasks of creating forms, handouts, patient
scheduling, and how to fit it within the existing NUHS clinic. How
will we create the structure of the clinic? The most challenging
part of the process has been managing all the behind the scenes
work to ensure that both the day-to-day and the big picture remain
Can you compare the first cohort with today's processes,
workflow and patient interactions and the path to accreditation in
such a short timeframe?
"Throughout the years, much refining of the process, with a lot
of strategic decisions needing to be made and refining the details
as we went. When the news came in October (2012) that we had gained
accreditation, a sense of true accomplishment."
How did you feel at that moment with regard to your role
here at the NUHS Naturopathic Clinic?
"After that moment [accreditation], I felt like my task was
complete and then time to think about a new endeavor for my
professional and personal growth. I have set and maintained high
expectations and clinical standards and the culture is in place and
that is one thing that I am very thankful for."
"I will be pursuing other professional interests and avenues
that will provide professional growth for me. Moving back to
patient care in a direct role rather than a teaching/mentor role as
a naturopathic oncology provider at Cancer Treatment Centers of
America. Time for personal life for a little bit. I will be getting
married and hope to continue to run in marathons and
half-marathons, cycling with my fiancé and gardening!"
What would you like for your legacy to be?
"Accreditation and helping with the process as well as building
a clinical program to meet the standards of
What was rewarding to you in your role as Chief
"Those 'aha' moments when you can see a student truly capture a
'concept' was rewarding! However, the most rewarding aspect of my
job has been seeing graduates become successful naturopathic
Thank you for doing the "grunt" work of forming, building and
improving our Naturopathic Clinic to the point of accreditation.
Thank you for answering the same questions from multitudes of
interns day-in and day-out. Thank you for keeping a smile on your
face and calm in the flurry of Student Clinic. Thank you for being
a helping hand, a guide, mentor and leader.
We will miss you, Dr. Baltazar.