Sara Thyr, ND, graduated from Bastyr University’s naturopathic medicine and midwifery programs. While practicing in New Hampshire, she was the president of the New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Physicians and was subsequently appointed by then Governor Lynch to the New Hampshire Board of Naturopathic Examiners. She has served 2 terms on the board of directors for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), chairing the convention committee during this time. Thyr has been a popular public lecturer, providing continuing education lectures to naturopathic physicians as well as medical doctors, midwives, and nurse practitioners. In 2008 Thyr moved to Petaluma, Calif., where she founded Willowbend Natural Medicine. She lives in Petaluma with her husband and two cats and is an avid gardener, swimmer, tennis player, and a budding permaculturist and mushroom forager.