Linda M. Parker, admissions specialist and minority recruiter for Harford Community College, was recently appointed by Gov. William Donald Schaefer to serve on the Commission on Complementary Medical Methods.
Complementary medical methods are those that complement the benefits of traditional prevention and treatment methods, while reducing costs to the consumer.
Ms. Parker was recommended for membership on the commission by Dr. Richard Layton of Towson.
Ms. Parker has studied naturopathy at the Dutch Academy of Naturopathy, and is knowledgeable in the area of holistic medicine and other alternative traditional medical treatments.
As a member of the commission, Ms. Parker will assist in defining which health care methods are complementary medical methods being used by physicians in Maryland; evaluating the costs, benefits and risks associated with complementary medical methods; and determining how best to inform patients of the benefits and risks associated with the use of complementary medical methods and the availability of other methods for treatment.