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From the Townsend Letter
May 2018

OncANP 2018: Capable Hands 
by Jacob Schor, ND
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Cynthia Bye, ND, FABNO
Recipient of the 2018 President's Award
Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians

by Heather Wright, ND, FABNO
It was extremely difficult to select the recipient of the OncANP President's Award this year – first because I've so little experience being presidential and second because so much powerful work has been done in the last year by our committees. Dr. Eric Marsden from Toronto, Ontario, led the committee that created the recently released "Principles of Care" document (POC) to our membership. This accomplishment was a huge and time-consuming task and is so important to our profession that he was an obvious choice for this award. In fact, considering the enormous efforts his large committee put into this task, it might have been reasonable to include all the members as well. Competing with this though are the efforts of Gurdev Parmar, Chad Ashtagen, and Michael Traub who created the OncANP Residency Toolkit, which provides the instructions and tools needed for clinic directors to start up a residency-training program. Anything that increases our ability to train clinicians in naturopathic oncology should be awarded. And then there is the PR committee with Christina Shannon, Sharon Gurm, and Heidi Vincent who advanced our public relations by creating professional, written powerpoint and other presentations that capture our message in a consistent way so that we can all be better ambassadors of naturopathic oncology. This list of worthy contributors must also include our membership committee – Kirsten West, Heidi Lucas, and Sonja Fung who have been producing our monthly newsletter and promoting opportunities through the creation of a member benefits package. Lastly, we have the research committee, led by Dugald Seely, who for the second year in a row added an incredibly successful research poster component to the OncANP conference. This adds a step in the right direction for our colleagues who create professional presentations of their pre-publication projects and novel proposals. Suffice to say there were a number of deserving competitors for this award and that I agonized at making my choice.
Klaire LabsOne person stood out though, a person who was quietly working behind the scenes and not on a committee. At her own expense, and working over several years, she built a team of professionals and experts to support her mission. She has created what I hope will prove to be an exceptional resource and model that stands to significantly support the continuation and sustainable development of our clinical practices. This one person noticed that as naturopathic doctors retired, their practices were being closed.  All their patients lost their source of integrative health care and the provider their source of income.
At the same time, there were capable clinicians fresh out of school, some of whom carry hefty debt burdens, looking to start a practice. These young doctors were forced to re-invent the wheel, so to speak, while other older practices with existing patient bases were closing. I was in Seattle last Fall at a professional meeting when a colleague came up to me and said, "I'd like to speak with you some time about this project I've been working on. It's a business model," she said, "for naturopathic doctors planning to retire. It helps provide information, so they can bring on new grads and residents and not close their practice." She presented me with a professional-looking manuscript. She said she'd partnered with a Washington State University program of fourth-year business and marketing students to create a detailed and well-illustrated analysis of naturopathic practices. Basically, it's an argument for old docs to take on new docs into their practices and various financial analyses on how this could be financially advantageous to both parties.
Choosing the recipient of this year's award has been hard. Fulfilling this role as the association's president is challenging. It is even harder to believe that this dedicated, hardworking individual named Cynthia Bye, ND, FABNO, saw this need and worked for several years to amass the information needed to create this professional transition tool for the benefit of our profession. I'm honored to provide this award to her today.

Wright and Bye

Heather Wright, ND (left), presents award to
 Cynthia Bye, ND, FABNO (right).

From Cynthia's website (

Cynthia works in Vancouver, Washington, at her clinic Journey to Wellness. She received her undergraduate degree in pre-med from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She then went on to get her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, where she completed her thesis on breast cancer. She completed a residency at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dr. Bye is a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO). She is a board member of the Complementary and Alternative Medical Practitioners (CAMP), and on the advisory board for the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of SW Washington and Oregon. She is a past board member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Bye works with cancer patients and those who want to reduce their risk factors for cancer through a holistic and complementary approach.

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