The SCNM Medicinary is No Longer a Secret: Find physician-grade supplements, along with a wide variety of vitamins, tinctures, herbs, homeopathic remedies, and more.
Mar 29, 2016 10:05AM
● By By Martin Miron
The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) Medicinary is the largest of its kind in Arizona, providing a wide variety of vitamins, nutritional supplements, books, herbs, homeopathic remedies, tinctures and other health products.
“We’re one of the best-kept secrets,” says assistant manager Heather Brinkman. “We have 300 botanical tinctures. All of the herbs are organically grown or wild crafted and tested to ensure purity and potency. The SCNM Medicinary is a nonprofit organization so customers do not pay any sales tax. Purchases help fund and support SCNM’s eight community clinics throughout the Valley, so shopping here helps give back to the community.”
Medicinary manager Dr. Laura Mittman states, “What makes us unique is that the supplements we carry are physician-grade, so consumers can be confident they are purchasing the highest-quality products. If you buy products online, you don’t necessarily know what you’re getting and from whom, and quality can be an issue.”
A committee oversees the products carried in the SCNM Medicinary to ensure they meet its high quality control standards. The vetting process includes an eight-page questionnaire to confirm the quality of their products. Many of the products sold are not available anywhere else in the Valley, and all products are kept in a climate-controlled environment.
“I order directly from the manufacturer. If it’s something that’s temperature-sensitive, like probiotics or fish oil, I stock up in the wintertime to ensure no product is shipped here during the hot summer months,” says Mittman.
“We strive to be very patient-focused and deliver excellent customer service. If someone is experiencing seasonal allergies, for example, and does not want to purchase something over the counter that might make them drowsy, we can suggest natural alternatives and products that help with allergy symptoms,” says Mittman.
The SCNM Medicinary also stocks a large inventory of tinctures, homeopathic remedies and supplements to serve physicians, patients and the public. Mittman notes that they are expanding their selection to include natural skin care products and are very excited about a new product, a lotion bar. “This is a great moisturizer for your hands and contains just beeswax, natural plant extracts and oils. I found it on a recent trip to Oregon, and we are the only place in Arizona that carries this product,” she adds.
SCNM offers a senior discount for those 65 years and older, as well as patient discounts to those purchasing Medicinary items on the same day as their appointment in the SCNM Medical Center.
The Medicinary is open to the public and anyone can shop there. Location: 2152 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe. For reorders or questions, call 480-970-0001. For more information, visit MedCenter.scnm.edu/services/medicinary.