I would like to introduce myself as a candidate for Treasurer of the MANP. I have been a member of the Montana Association of Naturopathic Physicians and a practicing physician in Montana for just over 4 years. I am the founder and owner of Montana Whole Health in Missoula, MT.
In the last 4 years I have worked hard to strengthen ties within our own CAM community, as well as with our conventional medical colleagues. I look forward to continuing this work as a board member.
As a PEDANP member, the loss of Healthy Montana Kids coverage affected nearly a hundred of my primary care patients. The interest in naturopathic medicine is strong, particularly as a primary care service. However, many insurers in Montana do not offer coverage or do not reimburse in a manner that is profitable to naturopathic physicians. I hope to make some headway in this, to improve the abilities of naturopathic physicians to receive appropriate and timely reimbursement.
I also realize that the insurance model of care is used by only a fraction of our members, and will also work to strengthen these other models.
I look forward to growing our professional organization, to expanding our influence in legislature and in our community. And I promise to work hard to mediate between the very different individual interests in our state.
Lastly, I hope to improve our financial position as an organization to allow for continued growth.
Erika Krumbeck, ND
Montana Whole Health