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.
Mission: To advance and unite the field of naturopathic medicine in California by providing advocacy and education.
- Increase positive visibility and perception of naturopathic medicine.
- Ensure organizational and financial sustainability and growth.
- Proactively address relevant legislative and regulatory issues.
- Support NDs for successful clinical practice and healthcare leadership.
- Develop a network of positive relationships.
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Wishing you good health,
Dr. Aliza Cicerone, ND, President
Kathy Konst, Executive Director
CNDA Board of Directors
Dr. Aliza Cicerone, ND, FABNO - President
Dr. Aliza Cicerone earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (ND) from The National University of Natural Medicine in 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 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. Stephen Meeneghan, ND, LAc - Vice President
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. Safina Aulakh Secretary
Dr. 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 clinical 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 patients 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.
Dennis Godby, ND, MADr. Godby is a CA-licensed primary care naturopathic doctor, founder and medical director of Sacramento Naturopathic Medical Center since 2005, and the founder of The Run: Advancing Naturopathic Medicine in ALL 50 States. Dr. Godby also received his Master’s of Theological Studies at Maryknoll, NY, and taught high school social justice for 7 years.
Since his start as an exercise physiology student and social justice advocate 40 years ago, Dr. Godby, ND, has been a trailblazer, demonstrated by his solo, unsupported, 1,420 miles run from Corvallis, OR, to Calgary, Canada, in 1978, to promote physical fitness and run across the USA in 2011 to promote naturopathic medicine. Dr. Godby was awarded the CNDA’s first “Doctor of the Year” in 2012.
Dr. Carleigh Golightly
Dr.Golightly is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.) and founder of EmpowerMed Integrative Clinic in San Diego, CA. In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Golightly is passionate about expanding the rights of ND's nationwide and has served on the boards dedicated to this purpose. She is also dedicated to bringing naturopathic medicine to underserved communities and frequently participates in medical mission trips.Dr. Golightly discovered naturopathic medicine through her own teenage struggles with crippling anxiety, hormonal imbalance, and IBS. Frustrated with the pills her doctors offered her, she went outside the box seeking the truth about healing. Through years of personal research and trial-and-error, Dr. Golightly was able to overcome her own health issues.
It was that experience that inspired her to become an ND and help others do the same. Her mission is to empower patients with the knowledge they need to address the root cause of disease so they may live vibrantly and impact their communities in a meaningful way. In her free time, you can find Dr. Golightly at the gym, stuck in a book, exploring the great outdoors, or playing games with her family.
Dr. Alice Nguyen, NMDDr. 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. 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.
Dr. Brian Trainor, ND
Brian is a West Point graduate that faced multiple health challenges while serving as an army officer, which led him to a Naturopathic Doctor that was able to help him begin his healing journey. Brian is a 2020 graduate of Bastyr University California. As his own health has improved, he has become passionate about helping other military members and veterans. Brian’s aim is to offer others the same hope that Naturopathic medicine has offered him.
Dr. Leena Pandya, ND
Dr. Leena Pandya is a licensed naturopathic doctor practicing in San Francisco, CA. Prior to earning her doctorate in naturopathic medicine (ND) from Bastyr University, she studied neurobiology and behavior at Cornell University, after which she spent two years working in education with teens suffering from traumatic brain injury.
Dr. Leena completed her residency at an integrative neurology clinic and currently owns her own practice where she focuses on disease prevention and health optimization. In her free time, Dr. Leena volunteers at a nonprofit organization and enjoys photography.
Dr. John Neustadt, ND
Dr. John Neustadt is Founder and President of NBI (nbihealth.com, a dietary supplement company he founded out of his medical clinic. Dr. Neustadt is on the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) Corporate Advisory Roundtable, researches and writes professional and consumer articles, lectures at medical conferences, does an annual series of Grand Round talks at Bastyr University California and provides free patient consultations.
Dr. Neustadt currently writing a book on osteoporosis. Dr. Neustadt was recognized by Elsevier, the world’s largest medical publisher, one of the ten most-cited authors in the world for his work. Dr. Neustadt received his naturopathic doctor degree from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA.
Dan Sullivan, Student Representative
Dan is a current 3rd-year student at Bastyr University of California. Before Bastyr, he graduated summa cum laude with a business management major from the University of Maine. While at UMaine, he played ice hockey for their division one team, the Maine Black Bears. After graduating and pursuing a health coaching certification and apprenticeship in functional medicine and neurology, Dan decided to further his education by pursuing an ND degree from Bastyr.
Autumn Dugas, Student Representative
Autumn Dugas is a fourth-year Naturopathic medical student at Bastyr University where she serves the next generation of students as their Student Government Association president. Autumn graduated summa cum laude with an undergraduate degree in molecular cell biology at Appalachian State University. Autumn is a military spouse and enjoys spending time reading, hiking, playing with her two pups, and traveling with her husband. She has elected to serve as a student board member for the CNDA to further serve her community by advancing the field of Naturopathic Medicine.
CNDA Standing Committees
Donor and Development Committee
Dr. Julie Tran, ND / Chair
Dr. Alice Nguyen, ND
Dr. Stephen Meeneghan, ND
Dr. Mahboubeh Hashemi, ND
Dr. Cory King, ND
Dr. Simon Barker, ND - Committee Chair
Dr. Aliza Cicerone, ND
Dr. Stephen Meeneghan, ND
Dr. Alexandra Carswell Engle, ND
Dr. Jamie Berner, ND
Dr. Jennifer Bahr-Gunderman, ND
Dr. John Neustadt, ND
Dr. Leena Pandya, ND
Dr. Meredith Bull, ND
Dr. Michelle Sexton, ND
Dr. Said Jimenez, ND
Dr. Sara Norris, ND
Autumn Dugas, Student
Dr. John Neustadt, ND -Committee Chair
Dr. Dennis Godby, ND
Dr. Brian Trainor, ND
Dr. Wafaa Matti, ND
Professional Development Committee
Dr. Mimosa Tonnu, ND - Committee Chair
Dr. Safina Aulakh, ND
Dr. Carleigh Golightly, ND
Dr. Ann Marie Nguyen, ND
Dr. Andreas Sijbrant, ND
Sarah Ellis (Student Member)
April Day (Student Member)
Giselle Henderson (Student Member)
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Legal CounselStephanie Berg, ND, JD
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