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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 Bio-Energetic Medicine (BD) 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 Medicine educational, spiritual program. Our graduates practice in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, as well as India, Mexico and Singapore.

IBEM Credentials and Accreditation

Based upon the Kituwa Society, the Cherokee First Nation cultures and other First Nations cultures such as the Ojibwe, the Medicine Wheel Society of First Nations is an  independent, esoteric, spiritual organization of ordained, ceremonial First Nations Church ministers who engage in natural healing methods of emotional, mental, physical and spiritual problems in accordance with historic spiritual traditions, and teachings of Native Americans.

The principles of First Nation Church are derived from the traditions and culture of the Kituwa Society and the Cherokee First Nations, whose beliefs in Nature and it's creation form the foundation of the church.

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."

Governing Laws: U.S. Constitution, NAFERA {Native American Free Exercise Religion Act (1993).} Religious Freedom Restoration (1993), The Medicine Wheel Society of First Nations Constitution.

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The Medicine Wheel Society of First Nations is in Colorado.

IBEM is a nonprofit, educational, cultural and American Indian spiritual association (seminary), and a Ecclesiastical Private Expressive Association, as defined by law. IBEM is dedicated to preserving the Pan-American Indian 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 to the sick and suffering under:


Each IBEM seminary graduate is a minister and priest of 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 Medicine practice.

IBEM is accredited by 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 enable our students to earn separate degrees in Bioenergetics 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 ANMACB certification 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 Sacred Way First Nations Assemblies and:

  • The American Association of BioEnergetic Medical Practitioners 

  • The Auriculotherapy Certification Institute

  • The Better Breathing Institute

  • Medicine Wheel Society of First Nations

  • IBEM is a member school of (not accredited by) the national American Herbalist Guild.