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 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:
- 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.
- 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.
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A HEALTHY CALIFORNIA.
Wishing you good health,
Dr. Aliza Cicerone, ND - President
Kathy Konst, Executive Director
Your 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 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 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 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. 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 mile 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. Kate Tenney, ND
Dr. Tenney is a board-certified and licensed Naturopathic Doctor who treats a broad range of acute and chronic conditions. She earned her Doctorate and completed her residency in Naturopathic Medicine, at the oldest fully accredited Naturopathic medical school, National College of Natural Medicine, in Portland, Oregon. In 2010, Dr. Tenney moved her practice and her family back to her home state of California.
Dr. Tenney's approach focuses over a decade's worth of experience in identifying and eliminating acute and long-term obstacles to healing. She uses a blend of cutting-edge modalities to address disease and dysfunction at multiple levels - physical, emotional, energetic, and spiritual, in order to restore vitality and wellness to the whole person.
Dr. Tenney treats a broad range of patients with complex conditions that include: cancer, autoimmune disease, hormone imbalance, gynecological issues, thyroid, and adrenal disorders, chronic viral and bacterial infections including Lyme disease, toxic mold exposure, metabolic disorders, gastrointestinal dysfunction, heavy metal toxicity, and food and environmental allergies. In each case, she seeks to identify the dissonance in the system and the causes of disruption, while engaging the body to heal itself in the process.
Affiliations include Board Certified and California Licensed Naturopathic Doctor, Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, National University of Natural Medicine, Member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Member of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association, Member of the Naturopathic Oncology Association, Master Certification in Intuition Medicine and the Academy of Intuition Medicine.
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 N.D.’s nationwide and has served on multiple 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 N.D. 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.
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 a 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 toward wellness.
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. Mahboulbeh Hashemi, ND
Dr. Mahboubeh Hashemi is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND), from Bastyr University California, as well as Board Certified in Biofeedback (BCB).
She is the co-founder of Conscious Human Medicine, a state of the art clinic providing integrative care using the power of naturopathic medicine principles and innovative technologies, in Santa Monica, Los Angeles.
Dr. Hashemi has been on the pursuit of understanding and optimizing human health and performance (physically, emotionally, and cognitively) for many years, and in doing that, and taking from her engineering background, she has understood the importance of applying a systematic approach to solving complex chronic health problems.
She is dedicated to her patients experiencing true wellbeing, she believes that true wellbeing is more than just the absence of disease.
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.
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.
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.
Donor & Development Committee Co-Chairs
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. 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.
CNDA Standing Committees
Donor and Development Committee
Dr. Sarah Murphy, ND / Co-Chair
Dr. Julie Tran, ND / Co-Chair
Dr. Laura Enfield, ND
Dr. Alice Nguyen, ND
Dr. Stephen Meeneghan, ND
Dr. Mahboubeh Hashemi, ND
Dr. Cory Reddish, ND
Dr. Aliza Cicerone, ND
Dr. Stephen Meeneghan, ND
Dr. Simon Barker, ND
Dr. Kate Tenney, 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
Dr. Dennis Godby, ND
Dr. Brian Trainor, ND
Professional Development Committee
Dr. Mimosa Tonnu, ND
Dr. Safina Aulakh, ND
Dr. Carleigh Golightly, ND
Dr. Brian Trainor, ND
Public Relations Committee
Dr. Laura Enfield, ND
Dr. Dennis Godby, ND
Dr. Leena Pandya, ND
Your CNDA Staff
(Events / Education)
Membership/Corporate Partner Relations
Dr. Meredith Bull
Stephanie Berg, ND, JD
Contact the CNDA:
1620 Broadway, Suite D
Santa Monica, CA 90404