2016 NYANP Annual Conference Speakers
Paul Epstein, ND
A pioneer and leading voice in Mind-Body Integrative Medicine, Paul Epstein, ND has persistently been leading the charge to bring awareness to the mind-body connection – and its extraordinary role in healing – for over 30 years.
Dr. Epstein graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in 1984. His post-graduate residency program focused on preventive medicine and lifestyle counseling. He was the Co-founder and Co-director of the Israel Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Israel.
In his practice, Dr. Epstein integrates naturopathic medicine with life-changing mind-body therapies. He has a long history of successfully treating patients with chronic diseases and serious health challenges. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Epstein travels worldwide, lecturing and presenting workshops. He is a sought after presenter for all of the major Naturopathic and Holistic Medicine organizations throughout the US and Canada including the AANP, NHAND, AARM, OncANP and the OAND. He has lectured and taught workshops for many Naturopathic colleges and universities – most recently SCNM and CCNM.
Doni Wilson, ND, CPM, CNS
Dr. Donielle (Doni) Wilson, a naturopathic doctor, certified professional midwife, and certified nutrition specialist, graduated from Bastyr University in 2000. Author of The Stress Remedy, in which she redefines stress to include toxins, food sensitivities, and imbalanced blood sugar levels, and then offers expert guidance on how to reclaim optimal health, and creator of a gluten-free, dairy-free nutritional regimen–The Hamptons Cleanse–Dr. Doni is passionate about empowering wellness.
In 2004, Dr. Doni was awarded the NYANP Physician of the Year Award, and in 2013 she was honored for servicing as the President and Executive Director of the NYANP for the past ten years. She continues to play an instrumental role, leading the effort to license NDs in New York. Dr. Doni is frequently called upon to discuss naturopathic medicine and her research related to stress in the media, as well as at both public and professional events.
Peter Bongiorno, ND
Dr. Peter Bongiorno is co-medical director of InnerSource Natural Health and Acupuncture, a thriving practice with two clinics in New York. Dr. Bongiorno was a pre-doctoral fellow at the National ￼Institutes of Health, at the National Institute of Mental Health’s department of Clinical Neuroendocrinolgy, and he also researched at Yale University in the department of pharmacology before training at Bastyr University in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture. Dr. Bongiorno teaches integrative medicine elective at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City. He is an expert blogger for Psychology Today, and has appeared multiple times on national FOX news programs. He is current President of the NY Association of Naturopathic Physicians and, was chosen naturopathic physician of the year in New York State in 2008. Dr. Bongiorno is a major contributor to the Textbook of Natural Medicine and authored the textbook Healing Depression: Integrated Naturopathic and Conventional Therapies for Depression . His latest authored book is How Come They’re Happy and I’m Not – The Complete Natural Program for Healing Depression for Good (Red Wheel / ￼￼￼Conari). His new book Holistic Therapies for Anxiety and Depression will be released by Norton in the Fall of 2014 for the psychology and psychiatry community. Peter loves playing the drums, learning from his five year daughter Sophia, and is probably best known as ‘the husband of the naturopath on Dr. Oz.”
Rob Streisfeld, NMD
Dr Rob Streisfeld is a passionate consumer advocate and educator with over 12 years of Natural Health & Natural Products Industry experience. A Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM – ’02) and Certified Natural Food Chef, “Doc Rob” as widely known, provides an informed and innovative perspective for both consumers and health professionals. Doc Rob also support a wide array of business development needs as a consultant for the Natural Products, Foods, and Health Industries.
Over the past decade, Doc Rob has helped to identify and expand key health categories such as probiotics, enzymes, whey protein, fermented foods, whole food supplements, and more. His recent passion is rooted in cannabis, cannabinoids, and the benefits they offer.
Robert Kachko, ND, LAc
Dr. Kachko provides individualized care to a diverse array of patients at InnerSource Health Manhattan. He proudly serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and takes an active role in the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians (NYANP). At the College of Naturopathic Medicine, he was founding President of the expanded local chapter of the Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA) and received the prestigious award for “Outstanding Service to the Profession.” Dr. Kachko is committed to expanding access to Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture for all patients.
Robert Kachko ND, LAc graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Doctoral Degree in Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters Degree in Acupuncture from the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture Institute. He has completed an additional 2 year course of study in Classical Homeopathy at the New England School of Homeopathy. He completed his pre-medical studies with a Bachelor’s Degree with honors at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Michael I. Gurevich, MD
Michael I. Gurevich, MD is a Psychiatrist, Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. Having been deeply disappointed with the limited effectiveness and side effects of conventional psychiatric practice he explored multiple non-conventional treatment modalities. He became a Certified Acupuncturist and studied Orthomolecular, Functional and German Biological Medicine, Neural Therapy, treatment with herbs, supplements and homeopathy, energy-psychology, intuitive healing, Hellinger’s Systemic Family Constellation, guided imagery, kinesiological and Lecher’s Antenna testing and many other methods. He is presently utilizing all of these modalities in his practice. In his clinic on Long Island, NY, Dr. Gurevich has been working with an ND/LAc and team amalgamating multiple methods in a unique approach: Holistic Psychiatry. They treat patients from North America who have failed most conventional methods. Using their approach the team facilitates the elimination of medication and the restoration of patients to well-being. Dr. Gurevich has published in peer review magazines and lectures nationally.
Tia Trivisonno ND, LAc, MSOM
Tia Trivisonno is an ND, LAc working at a clinic on Long Island, NY that specializes in Holistic Psychiatry with a team-based approach to patient care. Dr. Trivisonno earned a masters of science in oriental medicine, graduating with High Honors in classical Chinese medicine at NCNM and is certified by the New England School of Homeopathy. She is a certified practitioner of Dr. Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET) and the innovative method of Dr. Thomas Szulc, the Bioresonance Analysis of Health (BAH). Dr. Trivisonno is a member of the AANP and Board Direction for the NYANP and RIANP. She graduated with honors in Environmental Studies at HWS Colleges in Geneva, NY and spent two years working in environmental education as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay. She is passionate about music and surfing and believes that improving the health of each individual will contribute to a healthier planet.
Pina LoGuidice, ND, LAc
Hailed as a ‘world expert’ in natural medicine by Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Pina LoGiudice is loved by her patients, the public, and medical pundits alike for her blend of compassion, natural beauty, intelligence, and down-to-earth sensibility. She has appeared over 20 times on the “Dr. Oz show,” and numerous times on other national media such as the Katie Couric Show, and FOX news inspiring people around the world to health.
“Dr. Pina,” as her patients call her, is a founder and director of InnerSource Natural Health and Acupuncture , a thriving practice with clinics in New York City and Long Island. Dr. LoGiudice was pre-doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the Department of Clinical Neuroendocrinology where she studied the basis of stress and the mind-body connection.
After her research at the NIH, she pursued her doctorate at Bastyr University, the leading institution for science-based natural medicine where she received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine and masters degree in acupuncture.
Dr. Pina has authored chapters about women’s and pediatric health in the text Healing Depression (CCNM Press). Dr. LoGiudice is a co-author in the third edition of the Textbook of Natural Medicine and recently authored an original chapter on Pregnancy and Primary Prevention for the fourth edition of the Textbook of Natural Medicine (Elsevier) where she teaches other physicians how to prevent disease in the next generation by modifying the prenatal environment through natural means. She co-authored the book Natural Antibiotics
Dr. Pina is a member of the Holistic Moms Association, Holistic Pediatric Association, American Association for Naturopathic Physicians and is a Diplomat in Acupuncture. She is a past board member, secretary and Vice-President of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
Her new book about the master keys of health is the “Little Book of Healthy Beauty – Simple Daily Habits to Get You Glowing”(Penguin / Perigree).
She enjoys working her patients in many aspects for women’s health. She especially enjoys helping each woman prepare her body for pregnancy and works extensively with naturopathic and Chinese medicines for children’s health.
She is married to fellow naturopathic doctor and husband Dr. Peter Bongiorno (www.drpeterbongiorno.com). With daughter Sophia born in April of 2008, Dr. Pina enjoys being a holistic mom, creating meals at home, and experiencing different cuisines with her husband. She also likes to travel to new places and exercise.
Lewis Gross, DDS