When my old Nissan Xterra passed 200,000 miles this week, I was
reminded of the reliability, longevity and commitment to completing
a naturopathic medical degree.
How appropriate that this weekend saw the passing of our
school's presidency from Dr. James Winterstein to
Dr. Joseph Stiefel. Dr. Winterstein's leadership of NUHS for
past 27 years has seen his overseeing of the expansion of
National from a college to a university with multiple professional,
graduate and undergraduate programs both in Illinois and Florida.
The most notable to me was the reintroduction of the naturopathic
program to National's campus in 2006.
Dr. Winterstein led the effort to bring naturopathic medicine
back to NUHS after a more than 50-year hiatus. He met resistance
and persevered, with reliable commitment to the cause of
naturopathic primary care being taught at our university. Dr.
Winterstein's philosophy as a chiropractic physician is that
chiropractors are primary care physicians and are responsible for
screening each patient who visits a practice. He took that noble
rule of thumb and expanded it to include the naturopathic
program on our campus.
Dr. Winterstein had to be patient, persistent and committed to
obtain his goal of returning the naturopathic medical degree to our
campus. He had to recruit knowledgeable, dedicated leaders and
educators to work at an upstart program in the Midwest, about as
far away ideologically and culturally as one can get from the
existing naturopathic schools in the far western states at the
time. Yet, he brought in Dr. Fraser Smith and Dr. Louise
Edwards to build a naturopathic program with a sound basis in
naturopathic philosophy. He lent a guiding hand and mentored our
leaders to accreditation within seven years of inception of the
program and has left a thriving naturopathic college on the campus
of National University of Health Sciences!
I'm certain Dr. Stiefel will continue the excellence exhibited
by Dr. Winterstein and his "200,000-mile" effort in bringing back a
vibrant naturopathic medical school, which is improving with each
trimester! Thanks to you, Dr. Winterstein, for your leadership and
may you have a long, healthy and joyful tenure as President