Sean E. Heerey, ND is a graduate of the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Prior to beginning his naturopathic medical career, Sean was a bilingual (Spanish/English) Speech-Language Pathologist for over 10 years. He is a native of New York City and was raised in a bilingual/bicultural home. Sean blends whole food nutritional supplementation, homeopathy, homeopathic drainage, flower essences and dietary/lifestyle modifications to help his patients make healing changes in their lives. One of the strengths of naturopathic medicine lies in the process of helping others make lasting and sustainable changes in their lives. A major focus of Sean’s practice is supporting children, and their families, with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and other developmental and language/learning issues. He practices in Forest Hills, Queens and works with both English and Spanish-speaking patients. He is married and lives with his wife and 3 children, ages 12, 10 and 7 years old.
Sean Heerey, ND // Past President
Dr. Tia Trivisonno is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist, currently practicing in a holistic medical clinic in Glen Head, New York with Dr. Michael Gurevich MD. Her clinic employs a unique team-based approach to managing patient care for those individuals who repeatedly fail standard treatments for complicated psychiatric illness and chronic disease.
Dr. Trivisonno has served as the vice president of the board of directors of the NYANP and is currently a member of the AANP and the RIANP.
Her certificates include allergy desensitization with Dr. Nambudripad’s allergy elimination technique (N.A.E.T.), classical homeopathy with the New England school of homeopathy (N.E.S.H), and the bioresonance analysis of health (B.A.H) with Dr. Thomas K. Szulc MD. She is trained in German biological medicine and neural therapy and has completed mentorships in women’s health and gynecology, five-element acupuncture, and anthroposophical medicine.
Prior to moving to New York, Dr. Trivisonno graduated with high honors in classical Chinese medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine.
Dr. Trivisonno’s passion for natural medicine began with a strong desire to offer guidance for health and wellbeing to patients and their families by emphasizing individualized prevention, education and empowerment. She lectures internationally on her clinic’s innovative approach to mental health and chronic disease and has co-authored journal publications.
As an undergrad, Dr. Trivisonno studied yoga and Ayurvedic medicine for a semester in India. She earned a B.A. with honors in environmental studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York, and later spent two years doing environmental work as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay. There she developed a love of service and a deep respect for cultural traditions and indigenous medicine. Her hobbies include surfing, travel and music. She believes that working to improve the health of each individual will contribute to a healthier planet.
Tia Trivissono, ND // President
Peter Bongiorno, N.D., L.Ac., naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist, is a leader in the natural medicine field. He is President of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians and has a private practice in Huntington and New York City. Peter completed his medical training at Bastyr University in Seattle, and researched at both Yale University and the National Institutes of Health. He teaches an integrative medicine class at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and his latest book is How Come They’re Happy and I’m Not? The Complete Natural Guide to Healing Depression for Good. More about Peter can be found at drpeterbongiorno.com and innersourcehealth.com.
Peter Bongiorno, ND // Board Member
Dr. Amy Cole is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM). She graduated in 2011.
Dr. Cole attended Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY where she received her Bachelor Degree in psychology. She also completed two minor concentrations in chemistry and biology while completing the pre-med program. It was during this time that her interest in naturopathic medicine began. Dr. Cole originally became interested in naturopathic medicine as a result of her own health problems. She had been put on a variety of medications and was not getting the desired results. Dr. Cole began seeing a naturopathic doctor and was able to achieve better results without the use of prescription drugs. She had been planning to pursue a career in conventional medicine. After the results she had with her own health, she revised her plans and decided that she would better serve her future patients with an education in naturopathic medicine.
Dr. Cole is originally from a small town (Sand Lake) in upstate New York outside of Albany. She moved back to the Albany area upon graduation and is now residing once again in her hometown. She has a practice in Albany, New York and a satellite office in Bennington, VT. She has a passion to see New York as the next state that licenses naturopathic doctors. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.
Amy Cole, ND // Vice President
Dr. Rick Brinkman is best known for his Conscious Communication® expertise conveyed to millions of people via keynotes and trainings in his trademark Educating through Entertainment style. He is a 1980 graduate of NCNM. He specialized in mind / body medicine and studied communication and how it can profoundly affect one’s quality of life. He expanded to public practice becoming a trainer and professional speaker. He has since performed over 4000 programs in 18 countries. Dr. Brinkman is the coauthor of six McGraw Hill books including the 2,000,000 copy international bestseller (25 languages): Dealing With People You Can't Stand: How to Bring Out the Best in People at Their Worst. His latest book is: Dealng with Meetings You Can’t Stand, Meet Less and Do more. This book features the meeting process he developed when on the AANP board and has taught successfully to groups for 20 years. His clients have included: the Astronauts at NASA, LucasFilm, Sony Pictures, the FBI, Defense Department and many more. He has been featured as a communication expert on CNN, the Wall St. Journal, the New York Times and O Magazine.
Rick Brinkman, ND // Secretary
Dr. Jillian Finker is naturopathic doctor, which means that she is an expert in natural medicine. She combines the latest scientific information along with natural therapeutics, to provide individualized treatments for all of her patients. Dr. Finker has over ten years of clinical experience and compassionately guides her patients back onto their path of wellness.
Dr. Finker is licensed as a Naturopathic Doctor in the states of Connecticut, Vermont, and Arizona.
She is a member of the:
1) American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
2) New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians
3) Vermont Association of Naturopathic Physicians
4) Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Dr. Finker specializes in women’s health, helping females with various hormonal problems ranging from PMS to infertility. Dr. Finker is an expert when it comes to helping patients with thyroid issues, gastrointestinal problems, and anxiety. She utilizes nutrition, supplements, homeopathy and various other healing techniques to help heal her patient’s health problems.
Dr. Finker was selected as the “Best Alternative Doctor on Long Island” for 2011, 2012 and 2013. She has appeared on various television programs and acts as a consultant for several international companies. Her work has been featured in various books and major magazines nationwide. It’s About Wellness Naturally, her latest publication is available on Amazon.
“There is always hope. The possibilities are endless.”
Dr. Jillian Finker, ND // Treasurer
Pictured clockwise, left to right:
Dr. Peter D'Adamo
Dr. Robert Kachko
Dr. Steven Koda
Dr. Paul Mittman
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