Founded by Dr Edward C. Sullivan in 2005, the Institute of BioEnergetic Medicine (IBEM) is a natural medicine school located in Centennial, Colorado outside of Denver.  Its first BioEnergetic Medicine classes were launched by Dr. Sullivan in 2007.  IBEM is the first doctorate education program of BioEnergetic medicine in North America.  We obtained our federal 501(C)(3) non-profit organization status, summer of 2014, as a natural medicine school and American Indian seminary.

Today, IBEM is a global traditional Pan American Indian and Worldwide Indigenous Medicine educational, spiritual program.  Our graduates practice in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming as well as India, Mexico and Singapore.


IBEM is a non-profit, educational, cultural and American Indian spiritual association (seminary) and an Ecclesiastical Private Expressive Association, as defined by law.  IBEM is dedicated to preserving the Pan-American Indian and Worldwide Indigenous Spiritual teachings.  These teachings include the traditional Indian priest/healers’ natural healing practices.  This Natural Medicine of the Indians is also called “The Natural Way” (Earth Spirituality) or “Earth Medicine”.

Graduates of the IBEM seminary, holding the Bioenergetic Doctor (BD), Doctor of Natural Medicine (DNM), and Doctor of Sacred Medicine (DSM) degrees, are ordained ministers and priests (Natural Doctors) who minister or practice The Natural Way for the sick and suffering under:

  •  US and international law
  •  Native American Free Exercise Religion Act 1993
  •  Religious Freedom Restoration 1993
  •  Medicine Wheel Society of First Nations Constitution
  •  First and Ninth Amendments of the US Constitution

Each IBEM seminary graduate is a minister and priest of the Institute of BioEnergetic Medicine (IBEM) seminary and will assert their rights as American citizens under these laws.  As ministers and priests, our graduates are considered to be Pastoral Health Practitioners and Counselors, and Natural Doctors in accordance with traditional Pan-American Indian and Worldwide Indigenous Medicine practice.


IBEM is accredited by The American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Sacred Way First Nations Assemblies (an
inter-tribal spiritual society with headquarters in the state of
Michigan) and by The Medicine Wheel Society of First Nations- an
Ecclesiastical Private Expressive Association of Pastoral healthcare
practitioners and counselors, who are ordained ministers and priests, or
Natural Doctors, that minister to the sick and suffering according to
the Natural Way.  The headquarters of The Medicine Wheel Society of
First Nations is in the state of Colorado.

Followers of the First Nations believe in a simple creed of love, respect, freedom and tolerance:

“We respect Nature and each other.  We care for the land and the other living things around us. We believe that no one succeeds unless we all succeed, and we believe that no one of us on Earth is greater than any other.”

The IBEM Doctoral Bioenergetic Medicine (BD) coursework is a credentialed program with a diploma issued by the Institute of BioEnergetic Medicine (IBEM).

The Doctoral of Natural Medicine program (DNM) runs in conjunction with the Doctoral Bioenergetic program (BD) and Doctoral Sacred Medicine program.  This enables our students to earn separate degrees in Bioenergetic Medicine, Natural Medicine and Sacred Medicine at the same time.  The BD, DNM and DSM are religious doctorates. Ordination to the actual ministry is conferred by the First Nation Church and Sacred Way First Nations Assemblies.

Students taking the Natural Medicine coursework are prepared to test for certification through both the American Naturopathic Certification Board (ANCB) and American Naturopathic Medical Association (ANMA) Certification Boards.  Although IBEM is not accredited by ANCB or ANMA, our graduates are allowed to sit for the American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board (ANMCB) examination in Natural Medicine.

The Certified Nutritional Wellness (CNW) Practitioner Program, which runs concurrently with the Bioenergetic Medicine Doctorate (BD) and Natural Medicine Doctorate (DNM) programs, is also recognized by the American Naturopathic Certification Board (ANCB).

IBEM is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, The Sacred Way First Nations Assemblies, Medicine Wheel Society of First Nations and The American Association of Bioenergetic Medical Practitioners.

The following organizations allow the students of the Institute of BioEnergetic Medicine to sit for their certifying examinations:

  • The American Association of BioEnergetic Medical Practitioners
  • (CBP) Certified Biofeedback Practitioner Exam
  • The Auriculotherapy Certification Institute
  • (ACI) Auriculotherapy Certification Institute Exam
  • The American Naturopathic Medical Association Certification Boards
  • (ANMCB) Allows IBEM students to sit for all boards such as Natural Medicine, Master Herbalist, and Nutrition
  • While not a certifying board, the American Herbalist Guild recognizes IBEM training and credentials as satisfactory for applying to be a Registered Herbalist
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