Governor Schwarzenegger Appoints Five Members of the Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine Advisory Council


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Dr. Trevor Cates, Dr. Carl Hangee-Bauer, Elissa Harris-Beck, Dr. Soram Khalsa and Dr. Cynthia Watson to the Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine Advisory Council. Dr. Cates is a naturopathic doctor at the Santa Barbara Center for Natural Medicine where she specializes in homeopathy and environmental medicine for women and children. She earned a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the National Center for Homeopathy. Cates, 31, of Santa Barbara, is registered decline-to-state. Dr. Hangee-Bauer is the owner and founder of SOMA Acupuncture and Natural Health Clinic. He earned his doctorate degree in naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University and is a licensed acupuncturist. He is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the California Naturopathic Doctors Association. Hangee-Bauer, 51, of San Francisco, is registered decline-to-state. Harris-Beck (formerly Elissa Fisher Harris) is founder and president of the RAH (Researching Alternative Health) Foundation. She is an advocate for educating consumers about safe, alternative forms of medical treatment and is a frequent speaker to various groups and organizations about the benefits of integrative medicine, prevention and support for those with illness and their caregivers. Harris-Beck, 34, is a Democrat from Los Angeles. Dr. Khalsa has worked in private practice since 1977 and currently serves as the medical director of the East-West Medical Research Institute. After earning his undergraduate degree from Yale University he earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. Khalsa is a founding member of the American Holistic Medical Association and the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. He served as chairman of the Executive Steering Committee for the Complementary Medicine Department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from 1997 to 1999. Khalsa, 56, is a Democrat from Los Angeles. Dr. Watson is a staff member of Santa Monica-University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center and St. John's Hospital, in addition to managing her private medical practice, Watson Wellness. She earned her medical degree from the University of Southern California and completed her residency there in the Department of Family Medicine. She is a frequent lecturer and speaker on a variety of health issues, including integrated medicine, pain management and nutrition. Watson, 54, is a Democrat from Los Angeles. These positions are unpaid and do not require Senate confirmation. In 2003, legislation established the Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine Advisory Council within the Department of Consumer Affairs. The Bureau will administer the Naturopathic Doctors Act; developing various standards for the licensure and regulation of naturopathic medicine that the Bureau will enforce. Naturopathic medicine is a distinct and comprehensive system of primary health care practiced by a naturopathic doctor for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of human health conditions, injuries, and disease. The Council is comprised of nine members, five appointed by the Governor, two by the Senate Rules Committee and two by the Speaker of the Assembly.