About Us

The Connecticut Naturopathic Physicians Association (CNPA) is incorporated as a Connecticut 501c6 nonprofit organization, and operates as a professional membership association that represents and advocates for Connecticut naturopathic doctors (NDs).


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. 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 “nature cure,” 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
Communications Associate

cnpalegislative@gmail.com



 

Board of Directors – 2019



 


Kendra Becker-Musante, ND, APRN

Dr. Kendra Becker is an integrated physician practicing for over 10 years. She is Connecticut’s “4A Specialist” (asthma, autism, allergies, atopy/eczema). She holds ND, MS, and APRN degrees and board certifications in Connecticut. Her specialties include MTHFR, fertility, and treatment of “the 4As” (asthma, autism, allergies, atopy/eczema). Dr. Becker focuses on primarily treating the pediatric population and their parents.

Dr. Becker is adjunct faculty at two prominent universities. She regularly appears on TV and radio, and lectures nationally on the benefits and utility of naturopathic medicine. Dr. Becker has been active in educating political candidates and legislators in the benefits of naturopathic medicine and increasing access and visibility to medical/healthcare choice.


Jonathan Goodman, ND

A naturopathic physician, lecturer, teacher, industry leader and author, Dr. Jonathan Goodman pursued his medical training at the renowned Bastyr University of Natural Health Sciences in Seattle, receiving his Doctorate in 1999. He completed his residency at Griffin Hospital’s Integrative Medicine Center in CT, where conventional and holistic doctors collaborate in patient care.


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.


Dana Lapointe, ND, AARM, LMT

Dana Lapointe is a licensed naturopathic physician, a 20+ year veteran massage therapist, and the founder of Sustainable Health & Wellness. She graduated from National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, in 2009, and went on to become certified in Restorative Medicine (AARM). Dr. Dana practices functional medicine with a focus on optimizing aging and regaining optimal health in chronic conditions and challenging cases.


Rick Liva, RPh, ND

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.


Marcia Prenguber, ND

 
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.


Robin Russell, ND

Dr. Robin Russell graduated from Bastyr University in 2005 and started her practice, Natural Pediatric Medicine, later that year in the Seattle area. After having grown up in Litchfield County, Connecticut, Dr. Russell always wanted to return home and had decided with her husband that it was the perfect time to relocate their young family. She later opened up a Pediatric and Women’s Naturopathic Healthcare Clinic in the hills of beautiful Northwestern CT, specializing primarily in acute and chronic healthcare in women and children.

Dr. Russell currently teaches Nutrition and Autism as an Adjunct Faculty at the University of Bridgeport in the Masters of Nutrition program. She is a current Board Member of the Connecticut Naturopathic Physicians Association, an active member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and an active member of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians.


Lindsey Wells, ND

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.