In Memoriam: Jim Sensenig, ND

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Dr Jim Sensenig, ND

NDNR is deeply saddened to share the news of the untimely passing of Dr. Jim Sensenig. Dr. Sensenig, who passed away over the weekend in his sleep, was a founder and one of the original board members of the AANP, along with several other naturopathic organizations, including his work with the Naturopathic Medicine Institute, and NDNR. A pillar in the naturopathic profession, his loss will be felt by many.

The AANP will be coordinating with other organizations in the community to create a space and time where we can come together to grieve and share memories of this legend, and will keep you informed as we have more details.

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  • Rick Kirschner, ND, VNMI
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    He was not “a” founder of the AANP. He was “the” founder. And his final institutional creative action was to found the Naturopathic Medicine Institute, where, out of concern for the drift towards allopathy happening in our schools, he engaged our doctors and invited the profession and our students to join with the Institute and help fulfill its mission to preserve, protect, present and promote the vitalistic core of Naturopathy for the sake and benefit of humanity. Jim Sensenig labored in and for our field and played a pivotal role in the lives of so many of us. He “died with his boots on, “ as he would have described this passing, and modeled courage and devotion to principle for us all.

  • Victoria Goldfeld Marchetti
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    So saddened to hear our family were one of his first patients when he first started out! Dr. Sensenig and my mom Lynn Goldfeld became fast friend’s! Dr. Was so helpful taking good care with us all. My sincerest condolences to his family and his community. 🙏❤

  • Dr. Jody E Noe
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    I meant Jim as a student at bastyr in the late 80s and early 90s and he introduced himself as one of Dr. Bastyr’s devoted students. I liked him from that moment on and as we grew in the profession from every moment that I knew him. He was a wonderful teacher mentor friend and Buddy too many in the naturopathic community. As well as a true devoted student of Dr. Bastyr’s whom they are now together. Fly well my friend, until we meet again.

    • Victoria Guillet
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      This morning I went to call my favorite doctor ever just to find out that he had passed. I had a feeling this would happen soon. I had even been heard saying, “I hope this man never dies.” Doctor Sensenig, you played an irreplaceable role in figuring out what condition I suffer from. A condition no doctor could figure out in my eight years of searching. You never stopped looking. You BELIEVED me when other doctors suggested it might just be in my head. You treated my symptoms but in the meantime you were looking for the root cause. You sought to see my life changed for the better. It is doctors like you that affirm my path to becoming a nurse. MALS flopped my college plans but the goal never changed, just the pathway. You’re the Doctor who was so bothered when I found out I had MALS, you were genuinely sorry that MALS had to be the answer to my pain, you were genuinely sorry that you were not the one who figured it out. You were an amazing educator, listener, healer, and friend. You gave everything you had to your patients and then some, you were always on call. You were the angel of a chronic pain patient. Thank you for changing my life. 💜

  • Bobbi Lutack
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    I met Jim Sensenig, ND in 1988 in CT. He is THE reason I became an ND. I was a stranger who called him out of the blue and asked about naturopathy and he invited me to follow him around for a day in his clinic seeing patients. I was so excited to watch him in action, he invited me back the next day and after that I was determined to go to naturopathic school. He was my inspiration and the news of his transition are bringing back the memories. Rest in peace Dr. Sensenig. Thank you.

  • Me. Pepe Santorelli
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    I met Jim at a Whole Life Expo, years ago!!! We kept in touch and I convinced him to move from Pennsylvania to Connecticut!! I believe it was Dr. Kaplow, a Homeopathic Doctor that he started working with!!! This was the beginning of a beautiful friendship!!! ☮️ The world in New Haven embraced him and his teachings!!! The joke between us was….” it’s your fault for bringing me here, Pepe.” I respected him, loved him and knew he would make a difference!!! I had a dream of Jim the other night! I heard his gentle voice and saw his beautiful smile…. then I woke up at 3 a.m.. feeling very sad!!! 😪. The next day Lou told me that Jim passed away in his sleep!!! The Universe has lost another wonderful Soul!!💜 You will be missed, my friend!!🌹 Ms. Pepe Santorelli ❤️☮️🙌🏼

  • Rosemary Lachance
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    Please, please let me know when they have the service for him and any other memorial. Thank you. For the last 12 years, I have had a public service TV show called Healing Outside the Box and he has been on my show so many, many times and they are all up on You Tube, in case you would like to see them. I am devastated about his passing as he was not only my doctor, but an excellent friend.

  • James Onofrio
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    I was deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Sensenig’s passing. Still in shock!!! I was a patient for the past several years. He helped me understand my digestive issues and the mind-body connection. I enjoyed talking with him and listening to his stories. I will miss him dearly. RIP!!!

  • Cheryl C. APRN
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    I am completely devastated by the news of the passing of my personal ND, professional mentor and unexpected friend. Not only did Dr. Sensenig literally save my life from debilitation, but he saved me in so many other ways that I could not have foreseen when I met him five years ago. As an APRN in conventional medicine, he opened up a new and better world of health, wellness, and practicing medicine. He led me to the path that I was meant to travel– I am currently enrolled in the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine fellowship program. I was supposed to do my preceptorship with him after New Year’s. We were both very excited about it. I will be forever grateful for this genius who became my mentor, and I will do my very best to carry on impeccable care for patients in his honor. I will miss our philosophical chats, and all the laughs and smiles we exchanged. Dr. Sensenig, THANK YOU with all my heart. –Cheryl C. APRN, North Haven, CT

  • Dr Anna Nordin
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    I am sorry dear friend, I am sure that the closing the college in Bridgeport you used your own soul in to create in 2006 was closed due to apparent “lack of enrollment” (hard to believe that is the real reason). broke your heart and I would not be surprised if that was part of the reason we lost you just a few months later. Be at peace among the Angels and thank you, thank you, for being such a great doctor while we have the privilege of having you here, and all the countless other awesome things you did. God bless your precious soul. I will always be thinking of you fondly.

  • Vivian Jefferson
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    I am very saddened to hear this news about Dr. Sensinig. I was a student at The Graduate Institute and he facilitated the lecture on naturopathy. I was fascinated. He changed my life and the lives of colleagues that I referred to him. He was simply amazing. I had nothing but the utmost respect for him and I will truly miss him.

  • The Love Guru Blaire
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    So sorry to hear of Dr Sensenig’s passing! He was a kind and sweet man and a wonderful healer. A few days ago he came to visit me (ethereally, of course) and he wanted to know why he hadn’t seen me in awhile and wanted to know how I was doing. When I received the letter in the mail today about his passing, I thought it was him asking me the same questions in the physical. I was soo sad to hear that the letter indeed was sharing that he had passed. He was truly an earth angel and when it’s time to go, it’s time to go. He is now onto his next assignment and will continue to help people heal from the other realm. Love and blessings go out to his family. It was nice that he stuck around for one last Thanksgiving with the family. Love you, my friend. Glad we were able to re-connect in this lifetime again.

  • JEFF SIEGEL
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    Im really sad to hear my friend is gone. As a patient for years we had many interesting conversations about natural medicine and life. I will really miss not being able to talk with him. Jim rest in peace, i know you are out there enjoying this next stage of life in your metamorphosis and not resting at all. tell we meet again buddy.

  • Me. Pepe Santorelli
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    ☮️❤️🙌🏼

  • Cordell E Logan
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    Jim was in our graduating class of 1978. I wish I had stayed in closer contact with Jim; life got in the way. Jim was, and still is, a great binding force in natural healing.

  • Lori & Craig Worcester
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    We are greatly saddened by Jim’s passing. We have known him for many decades. He has helped us with our health concerns and it is a sad tragedy to learn that Jim is no longer with us.
    Condolences to all.

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