Honoring Our History, Shaping Our Future

Bridging a Rich History with Modern Medicine

Connecticut has protected the practice of medicine since 1920, and was one of the first jurisdictions to issue licenses to naturopathic doctors in the United States. We are proud of our heritage as pioneers in the advancement and protection of naturopathic medicine, and work diligently to honor our history while moving toward our future.

Naturopathic physicians across Connecticut are as diverse as they are many. While many doctors follow traditional medicine principles, also known as “vitalism,” which emphasize the healing properties of lifestyle medicine, nutrition, botanical medicine, and/or homeopathy, others have integrated with other branches of medicine, and provide higher-intervention modalities and cutting-edge treatments. 

Currently, the scope of naturopathic licensure does not offer prescriptive authority. We believe that although prescriptive medications are not necessarily a part of foundational medicine, they can be necessary and beneficial in various health situations. As advocates for the advancement of naturopathic medicine, we strongly support and are actively working toward the inclusion of naturopathic physicians in prescriptive authority in Connecticut.

CNPA also works toward the development of community within the naturopathic community in Connecticut and beyond, offering networking and mentorship opportunities. If you would like to be included on our mailing list to stay informed of these events, please sign up here.

Join us, and help shape the future of naturopathic medicine in Connecticut!

Sarah Ouano, ND

CNPA Executive Assistant 

Bob Brody, ND

From a young age Dr. Brody, or “Bob,” has always found an interest in natural medicine and the power of nature. Growing up, he was heavily influenced by his father, who is a practicing Nutritionist. At the age of 16, Bob became an Eagle Scout. He is also a third-degree black belt in the traditional Japanese art of Aikido. After high school, Bob went on to pursue an Adventure Recreation degree from Green Mountain College. As a young adult, Bob worked as a teachers’ assistant in Essex Junction, VT. During this time, he witnessed many students taking prescription drugs and saw no improvements to their health. Working with these students inspired Dr. Brody to further pursue natural medicine and become the family physician he is today.

Dr. Brody received his doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine from the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, and his Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport Nutrition Institute. He is currently licensed as a Naturopathic Physician in the State of Connecticut. He completed his non-CNME residency at the Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine under Dr. Peter D’Adamo. Dr. Brody has also attended the New England School of Homeopathy.

Nicole Klughers, PharmD, ND

Dr. Nicole Klughers is a licensed naturopathic physician, acupuncture specialist, community educator, and former pharmacist. Passionate about healthcare from an early age, Dr. Klughers began her journey by earning a Doctorate in Pharmacy at St. John’s University College of Pharmacy.

After realizing the limitations of conventional medicine, Dr. Klughers was drawn to naturopathic medicine, recognizing this as a way to provide integrative, sustainable and holistic healthcare. Eager to help others heal, Dr. Klughers enrolled at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, and earned a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, concurrently completing a Master of Science in Acupuncture, and graduated summa cum laude in both disciplines.

Dr. Klughers participates in annual naturopathic legislative initiatives in Washington D.C. and is eager to continue the advancement of the naturopathic profession while increasing naturopathic healthcare accessibility for the public. She is an active member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Connecticut Naturopathic Physician Association, New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians, American Apitherapy Society and her local Holistic Chamber of Commerce.

Rick Liva, RPh, ND - Past President

A naturopathic physician and registered pharmacist, Dr. Rick Liva received a BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Temple University and earned his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Liva began his career as a registered pharmacist at educational and medical institutions across the United States. During his tenure at Oregon Health Sciences University, he oversaw all aspects of patient pharmacological care and conducted research into the uses and combinations of medications.

Since 1982, Dr. Rick Liva has been the Managing Director and a Naturopathic Physician at the Connecticut Center for Health, where he oversees clinic staff and manages the naturopathic treatment of patients. In his daily treatment of patients, he combines traditional and alternative practices to cultivate good health and prevent the development of disease.

Dr. Rick Liva is also the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Quality Assurance at Vital Nutrients, an industry-leader in quality nutritional supplements. For the past five years, he has served CNPA as its President and Legislative Chair.

Sarah Ouano, ND

Dr. Sarah Ouano is a graduate of National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL, and a former Connecticut resident. She currently resides in Las Vegas, NV, and serves as CNPA's Executive Assistant, managing the administrative aspects of the Association's work. She can be reached at

Jaquel Patterson, ND, MPH

Dr. Jaquel Patterson, ND, MBA, is a highly experienced naturopathic physician and the medical director of Fairfield Family Health in Fairfield, Connecticut. Her practice focuses on Lyme disease, autoimmune conditions, chronic fatigue, allergies, and anxiety and depression. She’s also an expert in women’s health, children’s developmental disabilities, and PANS/PANDAS.

Dr. Patterson is the president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She also proudly serves in several professional positions, including co-chair for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Statewide Integrative Medicine Collaborative, the medical adviser for ZyCal Bioceuticals Healthcare, and as the community ambassador for the Lupus Foundation of America.

Marcia Prenguber, ND, FABNO

Dr. Prenguber holds a doctorate in natural medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, a Master of Science in Education Administration from California State University, Fullerton, and a Master of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University.

Currently, Dr. Prenguber serves as the Dean of Students at University of Bridgeport. She has served as past president of the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, and is past director of Integrative Care, Goshen Center for Cancer Care. She is the co-founder of the Naturopathic Post-Graduate Association, a naturopathic residency organization.

In 2008, Dr. Prenguber was named Naturopathic Physician of the Year by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians for exhibiting excellence in leadership, ethics, individual achievement and advancement of the naturopathic community.

Matthew Robinson, ND

Dr. Matthew Robinson graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, where the faculty awarded him a scholarship for excellence in clinical practice. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Robinson served in the United States Peace Corps as a volunteer in rural Kazakhstan. He has also served as a volunteer with Naturopathic Medicine for Global Health, treating patients in rural Guatemala. Through his service and travel, he had the unique experience of meeting and shadowing various alternative practitioners from around the world.

Using traditional naturopathic therapies, Dr. Robinson treats patients of all ages and all health conditions, with a special interest in immune diseases and digestive disorders.

Christina Tondora, NMD

A former helicopter avionics test engineer, Dr. Christina M. Tondora is a highly regarded Naturopathic Medical Doctor, 200 Hr CYT, nutrition expert, author and international motivational speaker, specializing in weight management/body composition, nutrition, 10-Day Detox, 90-Day Total Body Transformation, acupuncture, herbal medicine and IV vitamin therapy.

She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), former Vice-President of the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association (AzNMA), and a member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Inc (OncANP). She is on the Board of Directors for the Hills of Erin Cancer Prevention Foundation (Ottawa, CA –, and Medical Adviser for Cancer Crackdown (Greenville , SC. Dr. Tondora graduated Honors with Distinction from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. She graduated high academic honors from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine with a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. T is a frequent lecturer to both physicians and the general public.

Lindsey Wells, ND - President

Dr. Lindsey Wells is a naturopathic physician with focused practice on pediatric primary care and consultative care for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), PANS/PANDAS, other neurodevelopmental disorders, and various chronic illnesses. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at Scared Heart University. She teaches anatomy and physiology and biology to undergraduate pre-health professionals.

Dr. Wells is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), the Connecticut Naturopathic Physicians Association (CNPA), and American Institute of Homeopathy (AIH). She is a frequent contributor to the Journal of Natural Medicine and Natural Awakenings.

In 2016, Dr. Wells was recognized as a “Young Influencer in Naturopathic Medicine” by the AANMC. She is heavily involved with legislative efforts to expand the naturopathic scope of practice to include prescriptive authority in CT, recently testifying in front of the CT public health committee in support of HB 5294.

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