2020 NYANP Annual Conference Speakers
Peter Bongiorno, N.D., LAc.
Peter Bongiorno, N.D., LAc. is co-director of InnerSource Natural Health and Acupuncture, with two thriving practices in New York. Specializing in emotional and mental health, Dr. Bongiorno researched at the NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health in the department of Clinical Neuroendocrinology, and Yale’s department of pharmacology before training at Bastyr University in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture. He is immediate past president of the NY Association of Naturopathic Physicians and is active in gaining naturopathic licensing in NY. A major contributor to the Textbook of Natural Medicine (Elsevier), in 2010 he authored Healing Depression (CCNM press) the first comprehensive textbook designed to teach physicians the science and art of natural medicine for mood support. His first public book in 2010 was “How Come They’re Happy and I’m Not,” (Red Wheel / Conari Press) which he followed in 2015 with the professional guide “Holistic Solutions for Anxiety And Depression” (Norton). His latest work is “Put Anxiety Behind You: The Complete Drug Free Program” (Red Wheel/Conari). He can be reached through www.drpeterbongiorno.com and www.InnerSourceHealth.com
Gerald P. Curatola, B.A., D.D.S
Dr. Gerry Curatola is an internationally recognized biologic dentist with more than 37 years of clinical practice experience. Dr. Curatola studied neuroscience at Colgate University and attended dental school at New York University College of Dentistry where he now serves as Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care. Dr. Curatola attended Harvard Medical School’s program in Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 1996-97, and he is the Founder and Director of Rejuvenation Dentistry on Park Avenue in New York, NY, and Rejuvenation Health in East Hampton, NY. Listed in the Guide to America’s Top Dentists, the Leading Physicians of the World, and Top Dentists of New York, Dr. Curatola frequently appears on The Doctor Oz Show, CBS, FOX and ABC television networks. His latest book, The Mouth-Body Connection, released by Hachette Publishing in 2017, explores the bi-directional relationship behind oral health and systemic wellness.
Raynette C. Ilg, N.D.
Dr. Raynette Ilg (Dr. Ray) is the owner of Olive Branch Wellness Center in South Elgin Illinois. She is a graduate of National University of Health Sciences in Lombard Illinois where she received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and Bachelors of Biological Medicine. She is a lecturer to health care organizations and businesses in the Chicagoland area, a guest lecturer at Purdue University, National University of Health Sciences and a monthly contributor to several newsletters for various businesses. Dr Ray’s health advice is featured on ABC, NBC, FOX and CBS.
Dr. Ray is the international author of “Livin LaVida Grande: why you can’t lose weight” and the author of a second book coming out this August titled “It’s Not all your Fault: how your insides are causing fatigue, weight gain and digestive disorders.” She is an avid fan of Einstein and Classic Beetle convertibles. Dr. Ilg’s presentation is sponsored by Protocol for Life Balance.
Nana Jokura the Money Mindset Master and Naturopathic Doctor (Inactive), entrepreneur, consultant, mentor and #1 new release bestselling author of Your Healthy Success who understands and enjoys the assets of great health and the power of the mind.
Nana is a success consultant who helps Naturopathic Doctors achieve their goals and live their purpose by dramatically shifting their mindset and using the Universal Laws of Success. She has helped transform the confidence, health, and profit of businesses and organizations.
Nana’s clients are some of the most caring and creative entrepreneurs who are global change-makers.
She knows if you can see it in your mind, it can be done.
When you’re aligned with your purpose, selling = helping.
Her clients worldwide make quantum gains in their energy, productivity, profit and impact.
Amy Rothenberg, ND
Dr. Amy Rothenberg, an NCNM alum, is the 2017 AANP Physician of the Year. Her work with patients informs and inspires her writing for the Huffington Post, Medium, Elephant Journal, Thrive Global and more. Her book, The A Cappella Singer Who Lost Her Voice & Other Stories from Natural Medicine was published in 2010. She spearheaded the successful effort for licensure for NDs in the Baystate. She is a former board member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and also served on the Board of Health in Amherst, Massachusetts. With her husband Paul Herscu ND, MPH she founded and teaches through the New England School of Homeopathy, encouraging thousands of prescribers to learn and utilize classical homeopathy, helping uphold the vitalistic tradition within naturopathic medicine. Together they raised three wonderful children. Dr. Rothenberg loves her art studio, training for triathlons & twirling on the ballroom dance floor.
Heidi Weinhold, ND
Dr. Heidi Weinhold completed a four-year doctoral program in Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. In 2013, she received the Alumni Award from Southwest College in recognition of her contribution to the advancement of Naturopathic Medicine. In 2017, Southwest College further honored Dr. Weinhold by bestowing upon her an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.
From 2006-2018, Dr. Weinhold served as the legislative chair for the Pennsylvania Association of Naturopathic Medicine, working with legislators to promote legislation to license Naturopathic Doctors in Pennsylvania. A giant step towards this effort was achieved with the passage of House Bill 516 in 2016. HB 516 provides title protection and registration for Naturopathic Doctors graduating from accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges.
Dr. Weinhold received the 2017 Physician of the Year Award by the Pennsylvania Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Weinhold has a private practice in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
Erica Zelfand, ND
Dr. Erica Zelfand is a family physician, medical writer, and teacher. She is deeply committed to a patientcentered, root-cause-oriented, functional medicine approach to healing, with special interests in neuroendocrine health and the mind/body connection. After graduating from medical school with high honors, Dr. Zelfand completed a family practice residency at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), followed by an additional four years of post-doctoral training in integrative pediatrics. She is also in MAPS’ MDMA-assisted psychotherapy training program and enjoys being a volunteer “trip sitter” and medical lead at festivals and special events worldwide. She particularly enjoys presenting and writing about the medicinal value of mystical experiences and educating fellow healthcare providers on the science and clinical relevance of entheogenic healing.