About

The California Naturopathic Doctors Association (CNDA) is a professional membership association representing California naturopathic doctors (NDs). The CNDA is incorporated as a California mutual benefit 501(c)(6) nonprofit corporation.

CNDA Board of Directors
 

Dr. Jennifer Bahr, ND - President  
Dr. Bahr is the founder and owner of Resilience Naturopathic, a mental and behavioral health focused practice in San Diego, CA. She has been actively involved in legislative matters for the profession since her first day in naturopathic medical school at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. She served as the VP of legislation for the Naturopathic Medical Student Association and was on the board of directors for the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium. Prior to becoming a naturopathic doctor, she completed her undergraduate studies in physiology and neurobiology at the University of Maryland while serving active duty in the US Navy as an Arabic translator.
 
Dr. Bahr is committed to improving the ailing healthcare system in California and she believes it will happen through naturopathic medicine. Specifically, she believes improvements in scope, public awareness of, and access to naturopathic medicine are of the highest importance. She brings her expertise in governmental organization and strategy and combines it with a true passion for naturopathic medicine to benefit the CNDA.

Dr. Dhurga Reddy, ND - Vice President
Dr. Reddy is in private practice in Orange County, specializing in pediatric and women’s primary health care at Coastal Acupuncture and Natural Health Care. In addition to working one on one with patients in her private practice, Dr. Reddy is passionate about making preventive and holistic medicine more accessible to her community. She lectures extensively in the Orange County area to the public and other health care professionals to educate them about the benefits of an integrative approach to medicine. 

Dr. Reddy has been a member of the CNDA board of directors since since 2014. Dr. Reddy received her Naturopathic Doctorate degree from Bastyr University in 2009. Prior to medical school, Dr. Reddy attended Cornell University, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development and pre-medicine. Dr. Reddy’s medical education has been augmented by over 1,000 hours of formal training in the yoga tradition of Krishnamacharya. 
 

Dr. Aliza Cicerone, ND, FABNO - Treasurer 
Dr. Aliza Cicerone earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (ND) from The National University of Natural Medicine on Portland, Oregon, and holds additional board certification in Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO). She completed an Integrative Oncology residency at Indiana University Goshen Center for Cancer Care.
 
After residency, Dr. Cicerone worked as a staff physician at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in conjunction with medical doctors, acupuncturists, dietitians, mind-body counselors, and physical therapists to provide patients with comprehensive, integrative care. She believes that the combination of conventional and naturopathic medicine best supports her patients for long term, optimal health and wellness.
 
A California native, Dr. Cicerone moved back to the San Diego area in 2013 to bring personalized natural medicine to Southern California.  She works with patients with a variety of health concerns, including thyroid abnormalities, hormone therapy, digestive disorders, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. A focal point of her practice is cancer treatment and survivorship, where she uses evidence-based natural therapies in combination with chemotherapy, radiation and surgery to minimize side effects, provide immune system support, and reduce the risk of recurrence.
 
In addition to her practice, Dr. Cicerone is an adjunct professor at Bastyr University California. She is the past president of the Oklahoma Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and is an active member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Society for Integrative Oncology.


Dr. Lilian Au, ND - Secretary
Dr. Lilian Au, member of our CNDA Membership Committee, has donated countless hours to the smooth operation of the CNDA, our events, and especially to our membership. She has worked with our CNDA Membership Committee for the past few years, supporting our membership with a sincere loyalty to improving benefits and to ensuring that all new members receive a warm welcome when joining the CNDA, and any additional guidance that may be needed.

Dr. Au is a licensed naturopathic doctor at Paracelsus Natural Family Health Center in Pasadena. She is graduate of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and was the recipient of the Daphne Blayden Student Award for her academic achievement and her compassionate nature in helping others. She completed three years of residency through the National College of Natural Medicine based in Portland, OR. Prior to medical school she was a research associate for two years in the Child Health Research Program at Children's Memorial Hospital and helped to conduct studies on clinical and public health issues that affect children's health. She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Associations. She enjoys running, cooking, watching baseball games, and traveling in her free time.
 

Dr. Sarah Murphy, ND
Dr. Sarah Murphy is a California-licensed naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist with an additional healing arts background in massage and yoga therapy. Dr. Murphy currently runs a private naturopathic clinic practice in magical Malibu, CA. It is a general family practice where she custom blends her many healing modalities, with a large emphasis on IV nutrition, as is appropriate for the individual patient.
 
Her introduction to natural healing methods began in college and was part of a turning point that led her to pursue the path of becoming a holistic doctor. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Holistic Life (a self-designed special major) from San Francisco State University. She completed her doctorate at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Naturopathy in 2005, her masters at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs in 2008, her Yoga certification at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2007, and her Massage training at the World School of Massage in the 1990s.
 
Born and raised in California, Dr. Murphy moved back to the state in 2008 to share the power of naturopathic medicine with her community.
 
She is a member of both the AANP and CNDA and dedicated to forwarding naturopathic medicine so that it becomes a well-known, fully accepted, and highly regarded household name. She is a contributing author to the book, "Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine," where she wrote the chapter on naturopathic medicine and yoga therapy. In her free time, she enjoys dancing (all types), yoga, hiking the Malibu canyons, Spartan race competitions, and meditation. You can find her online at drsarahmurphy.com and zumawellness.com.
  

Dr. Ann Marie Nguyen, ND, LAc
Dr. Ann Marie Nguyen graduated from UCLA with a Bachelors in Psychobiology, then attended Bastyr University where she was one of seven doctoral candidates that pursued a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, a masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, as well as a certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine.
 
Dr. Nguyen has worked both globally and locally, to bring Naturopathic and Eastern Medicine to multicultural communities.  She has traveled to Kenya, delivering healthcare to multiple villages, as well as to Traditional Chinese Medicine hospitals in Shanghai to train with nationally recognized Doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine. More locally, she has worked with UCLA East West Medical Center, UCI Center for Integrative Medicine, as well as multiple community clinics in Seattle.
 
Her medical practice aims to integrate Western Medicine with Eastern and Naturopathic disciplines.  Dr. Nguyen is a general practitioner by trade, but does have special interests in digestive health, women’s health, and hormone health.
 
Dr. Nguyen is an active member of CNDA and AANP, supporting efforts to make safe, effective natural healthcare available to the community at an affordable cost.

Dr. Teray Garchitorena Kunishi, ND
Dr. Teray Garchitorena Kunishi is the cofounder of Berkeley Naturopathic Medical Group in Berkeley, California. In addition to her professional doctorate degree from Bastyr University, Dr. Teray is trained in craniosacral therapy and is a certified hypnotherapist. She received her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Ateneo de Manila University in her native Philippines.
 
Dr. Teray’s clinical focus is on the natural treatment of anxiety, depression, insomnia and chronic fatigue.  Because of her personal experience in recovering from chronic illness, she believes that diseases of the body and mind hold the potential for deep personal transformation. She is committed to facilitating this transformation, alongside profound physical healing, with each of her patients.
 
Her therapeutic programs combine nutritional, botanical and hormonal treatment, along with skilled lifestyle coaching, to support her patients’ health and happiness. Dr. Teray promotes naturopathic medicine though teaching, social media and public speaking in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as internationally. Her long-term vision is to create a multi-disciplinary healing center, while maintaining an international platform for the promotion of naturopathic and integrative medicine.
 
As a member of the CNDA board of directors, her focus will be on protecting and expanding our scope, and increasing public awareness of the benefits of naturopathic medicine.

Dr. Heather Barrett, ND
Dr. Barrett is a licensed naturopathic doctor who has always had a strong desire to be a healer.  With a background in social work, psychology, and competitive sports, she first learned about naturopathic healing while volunteering at an AIDS orphanage in Africa in 2006.

Dr. Barrett loves to travel! She has lived in four different countries and had visited over thirty countries by the age of 27 before pursuing her degree in naturopathic medicine.

Having suffered from an undiagnosed severe gluten sensitivity until her late-twenties, Dr. Barrett has personal experience with a number of the symptoms that she is now passionate about balancing for her patients.  Having lived with severe digestive complaints,  extreme adrenal fatigue, migraines, anxiety, and depression, as well as femoral acetabular impingement and hip dysplasia that resulted in the replacement of both of her hips, Dr. Barrett has cultivated a deep relationship with the naturopathic principles, genomic therapies, and the injection therapies that assisted in her own personal healing journey. She now finds great motivation and joy in being able to help others navigate their own individual paths toward health.

Dr. Barrett graduated from The Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in 2011 and has extensive experience with a variety of specialty treatments including the use of ozone, prolotherapy, prolozone, neural therapy, neuroprolotherapy, and IV therapies. She also had the privilege of receiving formal medical training in oncology by Dr. Neil McKinney, one of the leading naturopathic doctors in naturopathic oncology.  After graduating, she spent her first year working at Ocean Park Natural Therapies, a clinic that specialized in injury management before joining Synergy Natural Medicine Clinic in Monrovia, a very busy practice where she specialized in naturopathic oncology and gained an invaluable amount of experience in integrative cancer support, general practice, and IV therapies and ozone.More recently, Dr. Barrett has taken the next step in pursuing her dream of creating a clinic that specializes in integrative cancer support and general practice by becoming CEO and medical director of Walnut Creek Naturopathic. She is a regular speaker in the local community and enjoys spending her free time in the gym, dancing, long distance cycling, swimming, and hiking.

Dr. Barrett’s specialties include: Naturopathic Oncology; Naturopathic Endocrinology; Genomic Medicine; Women’s Health; Digestive Disorders and Food Sensitivities; Autoimmune Disease; Anxiety & Depression; IV and Injection Therapy

Dr. Barrett is a member of the following organizations: Fellow of the American Academy of Ozonetherapy; The California Naturopathic Doctors Association; The Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP).

More information about the role of naturopathic medicine in cancer care is available at the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology, www.fabno.org/about.html.

Dr. Chris Holder, ND
Dr. Chris Holder is a naturopathic physician who offers holistic integrative medical care with a specialized focus on treating cancer and neurological disorders. He combines the best of Western medical technology with Eastern philosophy in addressing ailments in body, mind, and spirit. Self-discovery and patient empowerment are values he holds in high regard. He practices utilizing unique combinations of treatment modalities from around the world to promote wellness and encourage healing.

Treatment options include: herbal medicine, orthomolecular medicine, IV nutrients, cognitive behavioral counseling, cranio-sacral therapy, massage, nutrition counseling, meditation, qigong, and indigenous rituals.

Dr. Holder has a special interest in the treatment and prevention of breast cancer.   He will be exploring the environmental causes of breast cancer and developing treatment strategies to prevent breast cancer based on the latest in scientific research.  He has put together the Bay Area Breast Health Collective to aid patients and practitioners in making the lifestyle changes needed to prevent breast cancer.

Dr. Holder currently sees patients at Hill Park Medical Center in Sebastopol, CA.

Dr. Holder attended Seattle University, earning his degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. Upon graduating he conducted research on HLA genetics in Type I Diabetes Mellitus at Pacific Northwest Research Institute. He went on to receive a doctorate in Natural Medicine and masters in Acupuncture from Bastyr University.  Dr. Holder spent several years developing a successful practice in Seattle, WA where he was named a Seattle Metropolitan Magazine 2010 top doctor. 

Dr. Holder relocated to Sonoma County in 2013 to be closer to friends and family.  Dr. Holder was recently named to the California Naturopathic Doctors Association Board.  Sonoma Magazine has named Dr. Holder as one of Sonoma County Top Doctors 2016.



Dr. Aumatma Shah, ND
Dr. Aumatma is a Naturopathic Doctor, with a Master’s in Nutrition, who has been practicing medicine for 10 years. She is the founder of the Holistic Fertility Center, a full spectrum holistic wellness center for fertility, hormones, and more! She and the center’s other practitioners collectively serve clients locally and internationally.

Dr. Aumatma was awarded the “Best Alternative Medicine Practitioner″ award in 2015 and she is a sought out speaker on topics of Fertility, Women’s Health, and Women’s Empowerment as well as the author of her upcoming book “Fertility Secrets: What your doctor didn’t tell you about baby-making”.



Dr. Rachel Rozelle, ND
Dr. Rozelle received her Doctorate Degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.  After graduation, she completed a general medicine residency program at Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center.  Prior to medical school, she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette where she also played collegiate soccer.
 
Dr. Rozelle currently practices at Santa Cruz Naturopathic Medical Center in beautiful Santa Cruz, CA.  She has a family medicine practice with specialties in pediatrics, developmental disorders, and mental health.   She specializes in classical homeopathy, botanical medicine, and clinical nutrition.  However she bases her treatments on each patient as an individual and thus incorporates all naturopathic modalities and principles in her practice.  Her goal is to help patients achieve optimal health by finding the root cause of disease and using natural methods to stimulate the body’s innate ability to heal itself.   
 
Dr. Rozelle has been a member of the CNDA Board of Directors since 2016, and has served on the Professional Membership Committee since then.  She is passionate about promoting advocacy about naturopathic medicine, strengthening the naturopathic profession, and improving our current health care system.   


Dr. Sandy Le, ND
Dr. Le is a California native and grew up in Los Angeles. She's currently practicing alongside MDs at Sayana Medical in Studio City focusing on integrative family medicine.

Dr. Le received her Naturopathic Doctorate degree from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM). She then completed a competitive 2-year residency thru NUNM with emphasis in family medicine. Prior to NUNM, she attended UCLA.

Dr. Le is an active member of the CNDA supporting the efforts in having naturopathic and integrative medicine more accessible to all. During her free time, she loves to play ultimate frisbee and spend time in the sun.
  



CNDA Committee Chairs
The volunteer NDs who chair our various committees are at the heart of the work the Association does. These doctors work tirelessly to rally and direct other volunteers and to move our profession forward in the state.


Legislative Committee Chair
 

Dr. Christina Caselli, ND
 

Professional Development Committee Chair

Dr. Aumatma Shah, ND

Membership Committee Chair

Dr. Kelly Bender, ND









 


Public Affairs Committee Chair

Dr. Teray Garchitorena, ND
 

Fundraising Committee Co-Chairs

Dr. Julie Tran, ND
A native of San Jose, CA, Dr. Julie Tran earned a BA in Psychology from The University of Redlands in Redlands, CA. During her undergraduate studies, she interned at the Loma Linda Behavioral Medical Center as a Behavioral Health Specialist. Inspired by the idea that there is more to healing than just changing brain chemistry, Dr. Julie decided to pursue a career in naturopathic medicine as an avenue to explore whole person healing.

Her studies took her across the country to Bridgeport, Connecticut where she earned her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and two Masters; one in Human Nutrition and one in Acupuncture; all from the University of Bridgeport. A firm believer in Hippocrates who said “Let food be thy medicine,” Dr. Tran trained with Dr. Peter D’Adamo, ND, author of the New York Times Bestseller, Eat Right for Your Type (The Blood Type Diet) at the world renowned D’Adamo Clinic. During this time she also became a Fellow of the Institute for Human Individuality (FIFHI). Dr. Tran is happy to currently be back home in San Jose, CA; where she completed her Masters of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) from Five Branches University.

An avid researcher and clinician, Dr. Tran enjoys writing articles and keeping patients abreast of new treatment methods. When not researching or seeing patients she enjoys relaxing, music and spending time with her husband and her dog.


Dr. Sarah Murphy, ND

 
 
Contact Us: 
5601 West Slauson Avenue, #275
Culver City, CA 90230
p. 310-670-8100
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CNDA Staff
Executive Director
Kathy Konst
executive@calnd.org

Membership Coordinator
Legislative Affairs
Frances McAdam
coordinator@calnd.org


Events Coordinator
Karen Berzanski
admin@calnd.org

Legislative / Insurance Committee Chair
Dr. Christina Caselli, ND

Members
Dr. Chris Holder, ND

Dr. Dhurga Reddy, ND
Dr. Jamie Coughlan, ND

Dr. Jeremy Fischer, ND
Dr. Aliza Cicerone, ND
Dr. Vahe Melikyan, ND
Dr. DeJarra Sims, ND
Dr. Jennifer Cornell, ND


Membership Committee Chair
Dr. Kelly Bender, ND
Members
Dr. Ariana Poulakos, ND
Dr. Lilian Au, ND 
Dr. David Kirk, ND


Professional Development Committee Chair
Dr. Aumatma Shah, ND
Members
Dr. Andreas Sijbrant, ND 
Dr. Stephanie Hendershot, ND 
Dr. Ann Marie Nguyen, ND, LAc
Dr. Rachel Rozelle, ND
Dr. Emily Dashiell, ND
Dr. Mimosa Tonnu, ND 


Advancement Committee Co-Chairs
Dr. Sarah Murphy, ND
Dr. Julie Tran, ND

Members
Dr. Jonci Jensen, ND
Dr. Brett Jacques, ND
Dr. Stacey Miesel, ND


Public Affairs Committee Chair
Dr. Teray Garchitorena, ND
Members
Dr. Jonci Jensen, ND
Dr. Dennis Godby, ND
Dr. Kristy Appelhans, ND
Dr. Danielle Gran, ND
Dr. Sarah Murphy, ND
Dr. Jenn Bahr, ND
Dr. Stacey Meisel, ND