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 health focused practice in San Diego, CA. She is also adjunct faculty and a clinical supervisor at Bastyr University California. 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. She also draws on her experience practicing for two years in Oregon with a primarily insurance-based patient population to advocate for insurance coverage of ND services in California.

Dr. Reddy has been an active member of the CNDA’s legislative team since she moved back to California in 2012. 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. Reddy is passionate about working creatively with her patients to help them become and stay vibrantly healthy throughout their years.  
 

Dr. Kelly Bender, ND - Treasurer 
Dr. Bender has been active on the CNDA membership committee since she move to California in 2013. After graduating summa cum laude with a bachelors of science in Pharmacology & Toxicology from the University at Buffalo, she started her training at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. During school she help various positions in student council, naturopaths without borders and started several organizations. She has a private practice in Los Angeles, CA and works part time at Bastyr University San Diego. 


She is passionate about helping individuals optimize their health so they can live their lives to the fullest. Dr. Bender believes it is important to understand the entire person in order to facilitate healing and offers each patient an individualized treatment plan to enhance their vitality. Dr. Bender enjoys teaching others, whether it be her patients or students at various medical schools. She stays active by dancing west coast swing and salsa. While she misses the fall weather back home in New York, she is happy to make Los Angeles her new home.
 

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. Jonci Jensen, ND
Since the age of 14 when she founded her first organization (Youth Environmentally Aware), Dr. Jonci Jensen, ND has dedicated her life to creating and rebuilding organizations that improve our world but her true passion lies in Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Jensen earned a Naturopathic Medical Doctorate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ and a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. She also completed one of the nation’s only accredited specialized residencies in Homeopathy at the Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center.

Dr. Jensen is currently a core faculty member at Bastyr University - California where she teaches courses related to Homeopathy along with the philosophy and practice of Naturopathic Medicine. In addition to teaching in the classroom, she supervises students in a clinical setting and maintains a private practice focused in the homeopathic treatment of stress and auto-immune related conditions. She is currently a member of the Legislative Committee of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association.

While completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, Dr. Jensen did extensive research on the neurotransmitter system of the amphibian E. coqui and was President of the influential student organization AIESEC for which she was recognized as one of the Outstanding Student Leaders on Campus. Her studies to earn a naturopathic medical doctorate were coupled with founding the Naturopathic Medical Student Association, an organization that represents naturopathic medical students throughout the US and Canada.

Dr. Jensen previously built a successful practice in Austin, TX where she was President of the Texas Association of Naturopathic Doctors. She also co-hosted two radio shows and spoke to a variety of groups throughout Central Texas. She has years of experience as a Technology Integration and Process Re-engineering Consultant in addition to expertise in email marketing and customer relationship management with previous customers such as Ford Motor Company, Sylvan Learning Centers, and American Greetings.

She has been a yoga teacher for over ten years and believes in promoting the original definition of a Doctor -- as a Teacher.


Dr. Chris Holder, ND
Dr. Chris Holder is a naturopathic doctor 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.

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 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. Aumatma Shah, ND
Dr. Aumatma is a naturopathic doctor, with an Master's in Nutrition, who has been practicing medicine for 10 years, specializing in fertility and women's health. She is a certified Restorative Medicine and BodyTalk Practitioner, with an additional focus on homeopathy in her practice. She is also a sought out speaker on topics of Fertility, Women’s Health, and Women’s Empowerment. 

Dr. Aumatma has been awarded the “Best Alternative Medicine Practitioner″ award; she consults with clients locally in the Bay Area and works virtually with clients as well.

Dr. Aumatma also serves on the CNDA Board of Directors, and the EndoANP. For fun, she likes to dance, make beats, and travel.



Bastyr Student Griffin McMath
Griffin McMath is a third year naturopathic medical student, student ambassador at Bastyr University California, and a research associate for the university’s Center of Health Policy and Leadership (CHPL). In addition to working on policy research with Director of CHPL, she serves as the student director on the Board of Directors for California Naturopathic Doctors Association (CNDA), and the Global Health Policy Student Representative for Natural Doctors International (NDI). On the Board of Directors at CNDA, Griffin serves as a liaison to the California naturopathic student population as well as naturopathic medical schools in the state. As a research associate at Bastyr’s CHPL, Griffin has specific interests in health policy which affects scope and access to naturopathic and integrative health & medicine, as well as improving practitioner and organizational awareness and creating algorithms for use of current government funding aimed to improve preventive and community public health. As the Global Health Policy Student Representative, she represents NDI professionally in the global health and academic communities and works to enhance student understanding of global health policy, especially in regards to Naturopathic Medicine. Currently, she is assisting in leading a working group towards the development of an international naturopathic medical student organization, and professionally represented naturopathic students as the first student delegate at the World Health Assembly in 2015.

Her other interests involve refugee and immigrant health and policy, gender and women's studies, traditional and native medicine, functional neurology and rehabilitation, and more. This fall she founded and launched a student-led coffee talk series (“CAN-DO Coffee Talk Series”) an initiative of a greater culture shift at her campus to begin cultivating more civically engaged NDs and integrated health professionals capable of critical and constructive public health policy discussions. 



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

 
 
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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. Abigail Aiyepola, ND 
Dr. Stephanie Hendershot, ND 
Dr. Kevan Huynh, ND
Dr. Alisha Moadab, ND

Dr. Ann Marie Nguyen, ND, LAc
Dr. Aumatma Shah, ND
Dr. Rachel Rozelle, ND
Dr. Sara Thyr, ND
Dr. Jason Way, ND


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