updated 4/19/2011 10:17:42 AM ET 2011-04-19T14:17:42

EMIGRANT, Mont., April 19, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- While the pharmaceutical industry is typically thought to be at odds with the natural products industry, a nationally recognized pharmacist continues to buck that stereotype and successfully build bridges and understanding between the two.

Named one of the "50 Most Influential Pharmacists" by American Druggist magazine, Jim LaValle has now also been named 2011 Clinician of the Year by the Natural Products Association.

"Ninety five percent of all physicians and nurses take nutritional supplements," says LaValle, who has been integrating natural therapies into various medical and business models for 27 years. "I want to see natural medicine take its rightful place in helping improve and maintain the health and well being of people everywhere."

With a comprehensive understanding of body chemistry, LaValle is among the nation's most trusted health care professionals.  He currently trains thousands of physicians and other health care professionals each year on the application of natural therapies in their contemporary practices. And LifeTime Fitness, the nation's largest health and fitness chain, just partnered with LaValle to implement a comprehensive approach to weight management as part of their fitness and weight loss programs.  LaValle also founded LaValle Metabolic Institute, an interdisciplinary medicine facility in Cincinnati where he has served thousands of patients using his metabolic model for health.  And he founded Integrative Health Resources, a natural products industry consulting company. He also served as an adjunct associate professor at Cincinnati College of Pharmacy for over 14 years and currently serves as Adjunct Professor in Metabolic Medicine at the University of South Florida Medical School.

"In considering you for this award, we considered the breadth of your work in the field of integrative health care," said John Gray, Executive Director and CEO of the natural products association, a group that represents more than 10,000 retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products including foods, dietary supplements, and health and beauty aids. "Congratulations on this honor."

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