About Us

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.

The Board of the CNDA annually convenes for strategic planning that focuses on the future of  the organization.  These powerful meetings culminate with positive and far-reaching outcomes. Here are the vision and mission of the CNDA:

Vision: A healthy California
Mission: To advance the field of naturopathic medicine and make integrative healthcare accessible to all Californians.
But a vision and mission statement only go so far.  We have strong and measurable objectives to help us realize our mission:
  1. Increase positive visibility and perception of naturopathic medicine.
  2. Ensure organizational and financial sustainability and growth.
  3. Proactively address relevant legislative and regulatory issues.
  4. Support NDs for successful clinical practice and healthcare leadership.
  5. Develop a network of positive relationships.
It is this action, through focused objectives, that moves us forward. This is where our partnership with you comes into play.  Join us as a corporate partner and your support will allow us:
  • to reach the public in a way that educates and engages them in naturopathic medicine;
  • to maintain a central office and staff to support our doctors and corporate partners;
  • to actively promote legislation that gives our doctors the ability to practice to the scope in which they were educated;
  • to inform and promote leaders in the field of naturopathic medicine; and
  • to develop positive relationships with other organizations towards the furtherance of our mission.

Please join in our new and improved program and help us spread the word and help us create -
Wishing you good health,
Dr. Chris Holder, ND - President
Kathy Konst, Executive Director

Your CNDA Board of Directors

Dr. Chris Holder, ND - President   
Dr. Chris Holder is a naturopathic doctor who offers holistic integrative medical care with a specialized focus on 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 has been 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 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.   Sonoma Magazine has named Dr. Holder as one of Sonoma County Top Doctors 2016. Dr. Holder currently sees patients at Wild Oak Medicine in Santa Rosa, CA.

Dr. Aliza Cicerone, ND, FABNO - Vice President
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. Safina Aulakh graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2001, in Toronto Canada. Prior to which she completed a Degree in Biology and a specialization in Neuroscience. After graduating from CCNM she ran two practices and was a part time clinic supervisor at the College. She moved to Los Angeles in 2011 she took a leave of absence to raise her children. She currently works at the Santa Monica Homeopathic Pharmacy, and has her own private practice, as well as serving on the CNDA board.

Dr. Aulakh is passionate about helping patients achieve a better understanding of health and preventative medicine. She has pursued additional education in Mind Body medicine at Insight LA as well as Harvard University, as well as in homeopathy to help her patents with lifestyle and wellness goals.

In her spare time she enjoys the company of family and friends, cooking, reading and further educating herself on health related issues. She can also communicate in several other languages including Hindi, Punjabi, and has a good understanding of French.

Dr. Laura Enfield, ND
I was born and raised in Elkhart, Indiana. I went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Indiana University. My interest in science led me to the San Francisco Bay Area and a career in biotechnology. I discovered the power of natural medicine through my own investigation while living in the Bay Area. Once I found the world of natural medicine I realized it matched my belief that the body has an innate ability to heal itself when given the opportunity. I decided to pursue a career in both Naturopathic and Chinese medicine. I earned my Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. I completed a one-year residency in Portland with a focus on hepatitis C.

I believe that optimal wellness is a balance between the physical, emotional, spiritual, and energetic bodies, and can be achieved when both the practitioner and the patient are involved in the patient’s health care. I have found that by educating you, the patient, through your process of healing a greater and deeper level of wellness can be attained. While it is necessary to palliate the symptoms, it is my goal to determine the root cause of the illness in order to obtain health.

I have a general family practice that deals with all acute and chronic health complaints. I will make every attempt to adequately meet your expectations. My approach is typically not a “quick fix,” but rather a journey into the understanding of your health through self-reflection, exploration, time and dedication.

I have discovered that open communication between the patient and physician leads to a successful healing relationship, and supports you in your journey towards health. I rely on your knowledge of your own health and your involvement in attaining optimal wellness. I understand that my most important role is as teacher, and look forward to assisting you in understanding more about yourself, your gifts, and your challenges. I have found that by creating a partnership you will gain the greatest health result.

I look forward to working with you on your journey towards wellness.

Dr. Rachelle Johnson, ND
I have my own private practice as an Associate at Holistic Fertility Center in Berkeley (with Dr. Aumatma Shah, ND). There my specialty is women's health, hormone balancing, functional endocrinology and weight loss. I am also negotiating working as an employee at a second location that's a multidisciplinary practice where I will provide primary care to patients. In both practices I use diet and nutritional IV and injections, botanical medicine, nutriceuticals, homeopathy and various lab testing. I also teach western clinical medicine I and II and Pathology at a local Chinese Medicine School now under CIIS (ACTCM). 


Dr. Stephen Meeneghan, ND, LAc
Dr. Meeneghan is the Clinical Director of Cedars-Sinai’s Integrative Health program. As an ND and acupuncturist he works with a team of integrative providers, including MDs, PharmDs, and RDs, to help patients integrate evidence-based natural medicine with their conventional care in an outpatient setting. 

Dr. Meeneghan serves on the board of the CNDA in order to give back to his profession, protect the gains ND’s have made in California, and do his part to grow the profession. He has worked hard to bridge the divide between natural medicine providers and conventional medical providers and would like to share the access and insights he’s gained into the needs and nuances of securing naturopathic medicine’s role in California’s health care landscape. 

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.

Dr. Brian Myers, ND

Dr. Brian Myers is a Naturopathic Doctor specializing
in treating diabetes and weight management. He also regularly treats gastrointestinal disorders, insomnia, hormone imbalances (including thyroid, adrenal, cortisol and reproductive hormones), allergies,
asthma as well as many other acute and chronic illnesses. Dr. Myers graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine where he also served as class president and received an award for leadership. Following medical school, he ventured to Fairbanks, AK for residency prior to moving to southern California where he has resided since 2014.
Dr. Myers comes from a family of healers – both his dad and sister are health care practitioners. He has been published twice, in the Journal of Pediatrics and the Annals of Neurology while part of a neonatal neurology research group in St. Louis, MO. When he isn’t in the clinic, he can be found cooking, backpacking, skiing (when the weather’s right), rock climbing, and enjoying live music and comedy.

Dr. Alice Nguyen, NMD

Dr. Alice Nguyen is the Naturopathic Medical Doctor and head of the Performance Medicine Department at Stark in Irvine and Newport Beach. Holding a 3rd degree black belt in karate and jujutsu, and having been a personal trainer with specialties in rehab and complex orthopedic issues, Dr. Alice has devoted her life to the pursuit of disease prevention and human performance.  Dr. Alice also cares deeply about her community, and currently uses her expertise to create a positive impact by donating her services to the CEOs of nonprofit organizations.  


Dr. Michelle Sexton, ND
Dr. Sexton is Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anesthesia at the University of California San Diego. She earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle Washington, 2008. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington in the Departments of Pharmacology/Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her NIH-funded pre-doctoral and postdoctoral research on the topic of cannabinoids and their roles in neuro-inflammation and neuro-degeneration, investigated cannabis use and in patients with Multiple Sclerosis and impact on inflammatory markers.
Dr. Sexton has presented her research internationally and published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Sexton’s clinical practice, research and teaching focus on the endocannabinoid system and potential roles for cannabis across a range of conditions and lifespan. She is a member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society, the International Association of Cannabinoid Medicine and the Society of Cannabis Clinicians. She maintains a medical practice in San Diego. Website: msextonnd.com

 Dr. Mimosa Tonnu, ND
 Dr. Mimosa Tonnu graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and is currently practicing at   Cypress Natural Medicine in Palo Alto, CA. She specializes in endocrine disorders, gastrointestinal disorders,   women’s health, detoxification, weight loss, pain management, and anti-aging medicine. 
 She made the decision to become a naturopathic doctor because she felt this would allow her scope of practice to   be more comprehensive and holistic, allowing a wider embrace of the uniqueness of every patient. She believes that health is not just the absence of disease, but a way of bringing balance back to the body, mind, and spirit if given what it needs in the least invasive and most natural way.
When not seeing patients, she enjoys spending time in nature with her family and friends and working with her colleagues on the CNDA’s professional development committee.  https://cnmhealth.com/about/mimosa-tonnu/

Dr. Ariana Zastrow, ND
Dr. Ariana Zastrow received her Bachelors of Science in Biobehavioral Health from Pennsylvania State University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She obtained her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Bastyr University California as part of the inaugural class in 2016. After moving to California to pursue naturopathic medicine, she simply could not go back to the cold and gray of Pennsylvania winters.

She is currently practicing at HP2 Integrative Wellness in beautiful San Clemente, California alongside a medical doctor, providing patients with a combination of naturopathic and conventional medicine to optimize their health and well being. 
As a naturopathic student, she served as representative for the Pennsylvania Association of Naturopathic Physicians and was active in legislative efforts, attending all state and national lobby day events. Dr. Zastrow continued her efforts to contribute to the collective growth of the profession after graduation by serving as a committee member and now enjoys her role as a board member on the CNDA. When she is not practicing, Dr. Zastrow enjoys nothing more than spending time with her sweet son who was born in December, loving husband and their spunky miniature dachshund in San Clemente. 

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.

Advancement Committee Co-Chairs

Dr. Sarah Murphy, ND


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.

Legislative Committee Chair

 Dr. Aliza Cicerone, ND

Membership Committee Chair
Dr. Ariana Zastrow, ND

Professional Development Committee Chair
Dr. Mimosa Tonnu, ND


Public Affairs Committee Co-Chairs

 Dr. Laura Enfield, ND

Dr. Sarah Murphy, ND
Contact Us: 
1620 Broadway, Suite D
Santa Monica, CA 90404
p. 310-670-8100
f.  815-550-2411

Your CNDA Staff

Executive Director
(Chief cook and bottle washer)

Kathy Konst

Program Director
(Events / Education)

Karen Berzanski

 Partner Relations
 (Membership / Corporate Partners)

 Bonnie Hussey

Member Advocacy
Dr. Meredith Bull

Advancement Committee Co-Chairs

Dr. Sarah Murphy, ND
Dr. Julie Tran, ND


Dr. Cory Reddish, ND
Dr. Laura Enfield, ND
Dr. Stephen Meeneghan, ND
Dr. Alice Nguyen, ND
Dr. Catherine Egan, ND

Legislative / Insurance Committee Chair
Dr. Aliza Cicerone, ND

Dr. Christina Yap, ND
Dr. Stephen Meeneghan, ND
Dr. Michelle Sexton, ND
Dr. Jeremy Fischer, ND
Dr. Sara Koorjee, ND
Dr. Samantha Larkin, ND
Dr. Alexandra Carswell Engle, ND
Dr. Sara Norris, ND

Sadielis Jimenez, Naturopathic Medical Student
Tara Steinke, Naturopathic Medical Student
Kellen Shade, Naturopathic Medical Student

Membership Committee Chair
Dr. Ariana Zastrow, ND
Dr. Lilian Au, ND

Dr. Christina Bradshaw, ND
Dr. Brian Myers, ND
Dr. Sandy Le, ND

Professional Development Committee Chair
Dr. Mimosa Tonnu, ND
Dr. Andreas Sijbrant, ND 
Dr. Ann Marie Nguyen, ND, LAc
Dr. Safina Aulakh, ND
Dr. Rachel Rozelle, ND
Dr. John Neustadt, ND

Public Affairs / Realize a Healthy California Committee Co-Chairs
Dr. Laura Enfield, ND
Dr. Sarah Murphy, ND

Dr. Bryant Esquejo, ND
Dr. Danielle Gran, ND
Dr. Michelle Sexton, ND