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NCNM & OANP Living Legend Award

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Initiated by NCNM and the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Living Legend Award honors extraordinary lifetime achievement by members of the naturopathic medical community. Each year a living legend is selected from nominations submitted by the community for their demonstrated leadership, commitment to excellence and selfless contributions to the advancement of natural medicine. Recognition of living legends also serves as a reminder of the proud history of natural medicine in Oregon and provides an opportunity for all naturopaths to meet and interact with long-established physicians.

The Living Legend Dinner

The Living Legend Dinner is held during the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians’ Annual Pharmacy and Ethics Seminar, an event which draws 300 naturopathic doctors to Portland. The annual Living Legend is celebrated along with the accomplishments of other NCNM alumni.

Nominate a Living Legend.


Living Legend Honorees

National College of Natural Medicine and the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians honored Rita Bettenburg, ND, with the organizations' highest honor, the 2014 Living Legend award. The award recognized Dr. Bettenburg's outstanding leadership, commitment to excellence and longstanding contributions toward the advancement of the naturopathic profession in Oregon.

Read more about Dr. Bettenburg and the 2014 Living Legend Award Dinner.

Martin MilnerMartin Milner, ND,was honored with the 2013 Living Legend award by National College of Natural Medicine and the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians at a banquet held Dec. 7 at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel. The award recognized Dr. Milner's demonstrated leadership, commitment to excellence and outstanding contributions to the advancement of natural medicine.

Read more about Dr. Milner and the 2013 Living Legend Award Dinner.

Kevin WilsonKevin Wilson, ND, was recipient of the third annual Living Legend award by the National College of Natural Medicine and the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians at a banquet held Dec. 6, 2012 in Portland. NCNM and the OANP selected Dr. Wilson to be honored for his demonstrated leadership, commitment to excellence and selfless contributions in the advancement of natural medicine.

Read more about Dr. Wilson and the 2012 Living Legend Award Dinner.

Dr. Rick Marinelli Dr. Rick Martinellwas honored with a Living Legend Award from the National College of Natural Medicine and the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians at a banquet held in Portland on Dec. 3. Dr. Marinelli is a clinical authority on pain management and natural medicine. 

Read more about Dr. Marinelli and the 2011 Living Legend Award Dinner.

Dr. Kenneth D. PetersonDr. Kenneth D. Peterson received the inaugural Living Legend award from the National College of Natural Medicine and the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians at a banquet held in Portland on Dec. 4. Dr. Peterson was recognized for 57 years of dedicated service and advancing the profession of natural medicine. In practice since 1953, Dr. Peterson holds the distinction of being the longest continuously practicing naturopathic physician in Oregon.

Read more about Dr. Peterson and the 2010 Living Legend Award Dinner.

Dr. Betty RadelettDr. Betty Radelet received the inaugural Living Legend award from the National College of Natural Medicine and the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians at a banquet held in Portland on Dec. 4, 2010 Dr. Radelet is recognized as NCNM’s first female graduate and for advancing the profession of natural medicine. Prior to retiring at age 89, Dr. Radelet held the distinction of being the oldest continuously practicing naturopathic physician in Oregon.

Read more about Dr. Betty Radelet and the 2010 Living Legend Award Dinner.