Dr. Eli Ber Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Eli Ber received his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in August 2000. His career commenced in his father’s busy holistic medical practice, where he honed his skills using electro-dermal screening, acupuncture and several allergy elimination techniques. In 2004, Dr. Ber opened his own practice in Scottsdale becoming proficient in prolotherapy, as well as intravenous therapies. Dr. Ber was beloved by his patients for his kindness, compassion, attentiveness, competence and an all-encompassing sense of humanity. Dr. Ber passed away November 30, 2011.
This scholarship in his memory is awarded to a student enrolled full time and in good academic standing. Most importantly, the recipient must display the characteristics of Dr. Ber: perseverance, sense of humor, humility, caring, compassion, overcoming challenges, empathy.
Katie Branch, the most recent recipient of the Dr. Eli Ber Scholarship
Katie Branch was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and has loved medicine ever since she was a child. She moved to Evanston, Illinois after high school to earn her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Northwestern University. While at Northwestern, she competed on the Women’s Varsity Swim Team where she discovered naturopathic medicine. During her athletic career, she experienced first-hand the benefits of a naturopathic approach to patient care. She quickly fell in love with the practice.
After working to pursue a career in allopathic medicine for most of her life, she discovered that the philosophies embedded in naturopathic medicine truly defined medicine. She believes that patients are more than just signs and symptoms and discovering the root cause of illness is what it means to be a physician.
Katie’s favorite part of being a student at SCNM is the challenging, yet encouraging environment that allows students to fail, succeed, and grow into physicians. The professors, doctors, and students challenge one another to constantly consider and dream of better health care for patients.
This scholarship helped Katie pursue her passion for naturopathic medicine by allowing her to expand her knowledge and add more tools to her future practice. Katie is excited to see how the field of naturopathic medicine will grow and impact the lives of so many people around the globe.