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Stefan Ripich
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Associate Chief Nurse, Clinical Specialist in Mental Health, Message Therapist, Naturopathic Medicine Doctor
Guest Biography

My training is ongoing. I stay abreast of the newest treatments in Natural and Western Medicine. Unlike many providers who are educated in either Natural or Western Medicine and then pick up the other as they go along, I pride myself in having a very strong preparation in both areas.

I attended Case Western Reserve University for a dual Masters of Science in Nursing. At the time, it was rated among the highest nursing schools in the country. I was awarded a highly competetive scholarship which allowed me to pursue a dual Masters as a Nurse Practitioner and as a Clinical Specialist in Mental Health. Upon graduation I sat for certification exams in both areas and was one of only 40 people in the United States to accomplish both certifications.

I practiced for 10 years at the Palo Alto Veteran's Medical Center where I worked in outpatient settings, and was promoted to Associate Chief Nurse. Meanwhile, I attended coursework in therapeutic massage (and became AMTA certified) and herbal medicine. I established the first holistic clinic called Point of Balance in the V.A. System.

At age 45 I decided to return to medical school and chose Naturopathic Medicine. I attended Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, a four-year, onsite, fully accredited naturopathic medical school.  I also worked part-time in an urban mental health clinic to pay my living expenses at school. Still, I finished my clinical rotations with a 4.0 average.

I established The One Medicine April 1, 2006. I am fully reimburseable by many insurance plans including Presbyterian, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicare, United Health Care, and others.