Dr. Nick Buratovich

Dr. Nick Buratovich is a Professor Emeritus of Naturopathic Medicine and the former Department Chair of Physical Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Tempe Arizona where he taught physical medicine and manipulation for 25 years.  Dr. Nick is an original/founding faculty member of Southwest College. He has attended a variety of post graduate workshop courses in manipulation through the Osteopathic, Chiropractic and Physical Therapy professions. 

Dr. Nick graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1983. He maintains a private practice in Naturopathic family medicine with an emphasis in musculoskeletal disorders and pain management in Tempe and Mesa Arizona for 35 years. He has delivered a number of well received professional presentations for both the AANP and AzNMA in physical medicine/manipulation.

Statement of Purpose

Dr. Nick is committed to supporting the ongoing Naturopathic clinical practice of manipulative medicine for the variety of health conditions producing symptoms in the musculoskeletal system. He is doing this by offering his MSDW (Manipulation Skill Development Workshop) series. His intention is to provide supervised manipulative technique ‘hands-on’ workshop training sessions to licensed physicians and Naturopathic medical students. It has been his experience that following the course sequence in osseous manipulation in Naturopathic medical school there is a limited ability to get or limited options for additional ‘hands-on’ training for the practicing physician or medical student to further develop their manual skills.

It has been his observation that due to this limited opportunity for advancing manipulative technique practice that some students and physicians shy away from applying it in practice. This is probably due to an insecurity in technique application or lack of confidence or unsure competence in being effective clinically. Because of this lack of additional or ongoing training experience sometimes a physician will defer to other professions to provide manipulative care, most notably the chiropractic profession. Dr. Nick perceives this as a need within the Naturopathic profession to have additional and ongoing training experience in manipulative technique.

It is true that manipulation is not for everyone. In the same way other modalities or areas of practice provide an attraction for practitioners, manipulation has its own potency for treatment and its own attraction. Dr. Bastyr was quoted as saying if he had only one modality to use, he would “use his hands”. Practicing physicians and medical students now have an avenue for ongoing supervised training and to re-fresh their skills in manipulative medicine with the MSDW trainings provided by Dr. Nick to positively affect their sense of confidence and enhance their competence so they will utilize manipulation in the care of their patients  to increase positive clinical outcomes in their practice of Naturopathic medicine.


(A poem by Dr. Nick)

To make your patient well

and to take your focused clinical differential

into a specific diagnosis, do this:

Use a history and static palpation to realize

where the lesion or fault lies.

Use motion palpation and orthopedic testing to

challenge various musculoskeltal structures

to maximize that compromize.

When you can detect it, then you can correct it.

Engage the position constriction or the motion restriction.

With a healing intention thrust through and into

the direction of correction.

With the release, the dysfunction and /or pain may cease.

Naturopathic manipulation is like joint grease.

It has its own unique way to stimulate the vis medicatrix naturae.