Dr. Buscher's Biography

Dr. Buscher has been in active practice over 40 years. He has an integrative and functinoal medical practice focusing on complementary, nutritional and environmental aspects in treating medical conditions.

Dr. Buscher is board-certified by the American Board of Environmental Medicine and is a fellow in the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. He is past president of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, where he was a long-term faculty member and program director for the basic instructional courses, which trains physicians in the field of environmental medicine.

Background

My interest in medicine started while serving as a medical corpsman in the Navy and Marine Corps. After completing my time with the military I went to the City College of New York, where I majored in biology and minored in chemistry. After that I graduated from medical school at the State University of New York at Buffalo. While in medical school I developed an interest in nutrition, but courses in this field were not very useful.

I spent the next three years working as a family doctor in Alaska and became board-certified by of the American Board of Family Practice. I was medical director of the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center and on the staff of Providence Hospital and the Anchorage Community Hospital. I also was medical director of the Drug Dependency Clinic, Alcohol Rehabilitation Center, STD clinic and Free Clinic. Within three years I got burned out and disillusioned with the practice of medicine and decided to leave Alaska. I was going to find a more meaningful way of practicing medicine or quit.

Just before I left Alaska I had a divine appointment, although I didn't recognize it at the time. Robert Marshall, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Medicine from the University of Chicago interviewed for my position. I was perplexed as to why a professor of medicine from a university would want to replace a family practitioner in Alaska. The reason - his wife couldn't live in Chicago because of the pollution nor in the suburbs because of the pesticide/herbicides used on the lawns. He and his wife were considering moving to Alaska where the air quality was far better .Dr. Marshall said his wife was diagnosed by Theron Randolph, M.D., a Harvard trained allergist known as the "Father of Environmental Medicine" and was known to be well ahead of his time. Although I never heard of a condition like this before, it didn't really surprise me, nevertheless, their story intrigued me and sparked my interest.

I decided to learn more about Dr. Randolph and read several of his publications and then contacted him. We got together a few times and I found myself spending the next year and a half in a training/Fellowship in his hospital unit at the Human Ecology Research Foundation. Under Dr. Randolph's mentorship it became crystal-clear that my previous approach to treating illness wa grossly inadequate and I had to totally revamp my medical thinking. I became profoundly aware that by far most of the patients I had been previously treating were sick simply because of what they were eating or exposed to in their environment. Due to Dr. Randolph's knowledge, experience and patient tutoring mentoring I was "born again" into medicine with a brand-new mindset. Now I knew how to unravel the causes of my patient's health problems and treat them more effectively. The medical field became exciting for me once again. Thank you Dr. Randolph.

After my life-changing experience with Dr. Randolph I completed two years of residency training in Occupational Medicine at the University of Washington, confirming much of what Dr. Randolph taught me. My next five years were spent with Jonathan Wright, M.D., another blessing and turning point in my career. Jonathan's genius and willingness to teach me the basics of nutritional medicine broadly expanded my knowledge in the art and science of medicine. I am deeply indebted and thankful to my former professors, mentors, colleagues and friends who taught me so much to help me become a more knowledgeable physician. I continue to be a work in progress.

I am married to Molly Jensen. Molly has an active counseling practice at our clinic, which includesindividual, group, marriage and family therapy. We have two grown children and six grandchildren. Some of my interests outside of medicine include hiking, bicycling, snowshoeing, downhill and cross-country skiing, church-based activities and organic gardening.