2017 NYANP Annual Conference Speakers
Paul Anderson, NMD
Paul S. Anderson is a naturopathic physician, Medical Director & Founder of Anderson Medical Specialty Associates (AMSA). He is a recognized authority in the field of integrative cancer research and the treatment of chronic diseases, genomic conditions, and auto-immune and infectious disorders.
As a naturopath, Dr. Anderson began his career as a family practitioner in Canby and Salem, Oregon. For many years he has trained students and clinicians at a number of naturopathic medical schools and other higher education institutions, with a specialization in intravenous (IV) therapy formulation and infusion techniques as well as clinical approaches to complicated illness. Most recently Dr. Anderson spent seven years at Bastyr University in Seattle on the faculties of both its School of Naturopathic Medicine and the Bastyr University Research Institute. He was the Chief of Intravenous Services at the Bastyr Integrative Oncology Research Center (BIORC) from 2009-2013, where he remains an adjunct research professor involved in prospective NIH and other grants. As an instructor he continues to provide popular annual board review courses for the leading US and Canadian naturopathic medical schools. In addition to other recognition among his peers, in 2013 the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians named him the “Vis” award recipient (began in honor of the late Dr. William Mitchell) for service to the education of physicians and students in Naturopathy. Dr. Anderson has been named to the list of “Best Physicians” in Seattle in 2011, 2013 and 2014.
After years of private practice in Oregon, Arizona and then during his tenure at Bastyr University, Dr. Anderson established AMSA in 2010, to focus on more intensive patient care and medical research.
As a physician-scientist, Dr. Anderson is interested in immunologic, genomic, and metabolic repair; fields that are considered to be at the leading edge of medical inquiry for many disease processes. His longtime work on the development and standardization of pharmacologically significant micronutrient IV therapies bridges naturopathic to conventional medicine, merging the benefits of both, from diagnosis to treatment, with an expert understanding of the underlying biochemical and genetic causes that contribute to illness. Dr. Anderson has collaborated with many notable physicians, researchers and professors in his career and continues to do so in his current work.
Tom Ballard, RN, ND
Tom Ballard, RN, ND graduated from Bastyr University in 1982 and is honored to have been the first Bastyr valedictorian. Since then he has maintained a successful practice in Seattle. Dr. Ballard has lectured around the world, is the author of numerous articles and books, including Genetic Wellness: The DNA life plan for overcoming chronic disease, Nutrition-1-2-3, and Genetic Health Reports: Selecting the best report for optimizing your health. Dr. Ballard has also produced a number of videos available on his YouTube channel: Tom Ballard ND. In 2013 Dr. Ballard founded www.NaturalDNASolutions.com, dedicated to promoting natural genetic medicine.
Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc
Dr. Peter Bongiorno graduated from Bastyr University, the leading accredited university for science-based natural medicine. He completed five years of training in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture, and was honored to be his class speaker.
Before medical school, he researched as a pre-doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland and at Yale University in New Haven Connecticut, and co-authored numerous medical journal articles in the field of neuro-endocrinology. He completed his pre-medical studies and received a Bachelors degree in Biology and English Literature from Fairfield University.
Dr. Bongiorno authored Healing Depression: Integrated Naturopathic and Conventional Treatments (CCNM Press, 2010), the first comprehensive textbook designed to teach physicians how to use the science and art of natural medicine to heal depression. His new book for the public, How Come They’re Happy and I’m Not? (Red Wheel / Conari) was released in November of 2012.
He regularly writes articles for the Dr. Oz and Sharecare websites and is an invited expert blogger at Psychology Today. Dr. Bongiorno is also a major contributor to the 3rd and 4th editions of the Textbook of Natural Medicine.
Dr. Bongiorno helped created the first elective natural and integrative medicine class at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and he regularly guest lectures to medical students about natural medicine and acupuncture. Dr. Bongiorno is an adjunct faculty member at New York University and at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health. He has lectured at the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians conference, CAM Expo in New York City, and numerous other conferences to both physician and public audiences.
Dr. Bongiorno has been regularly interviewed on national television as a natural medicine expert (FOX News, Veria Channel, the Hallmark Channel) and local television (News12 Long Island), radio (on the air with Dr. Fratellone,1600AM), and writes for national media (Psychology Today, MSN.com, Energy Times).
Peter enjoys playing drums and recording new music, exercise and enjoying life with his with wife Pina and daughter Sophia. He especially enjoys making time for a good breakfast with friends and family.
Peter D’Adamo, ND
Peter D’Adamo is a naturopathic physician who is also an author, researcher-educator, Ivesian, amateur horologist, budding software developer and air-cooled enthusiast. He is considered a world expert in glycobiology, principally the ABO (ABH) blood groups and the secretor (FUT2) polymorphisms.
In 1990 Dr. D’Adamo was awarded Physician of the Year by The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. He is Adjunct Clinical Professor for both the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Tempe AZ, and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland OR.
In 2001 Dr. D’Adamo founded the Institute for Human Individuality (IfHI). In 2003 he instigated the first IfHI biannual conference and certification, at which he was the keynote speaker. These conferences, which have attracted the best and brightest minds in nutritional genomics, have continued through 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011.
Dr. D’Adamo is currently developing several new bioinformatics tools. His best known projects and most popular projects are DataPunk, a semantic accumulator and network designer for naturopathic knowledge; QuodLibet, a molecular pathway analytic tool that uses graph theory and social networking algorithms; and SWAMI, a program that devises complex one-of-a-kind health protocols for individuals. Many of his bioinformatics programs can be found on his website www.datapunk.net
Dr. D’Adamo teaches Generative Medicine I-II and Introduction to Biochemical Individuality at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine and supervises a specialized clinic shift in personalized medicine. He is the Director of the new University of Bridgeport Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine.
In 1996 Dr. D’Adamo wrote the NY Times Bestseller Eat Right For Your Type.
Ralph Esposito, ND, LAc
Ralph Esposito N.D., L.Ac is a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist specializing in men’s health and integrative urology. He has been published and is peer reviewer is peer-reviewed medical journals. Dr. Esposito has authored several medical textbook chapters and has designed education modules for health professionals in the field of urology, men’s health, exercise, Andropause and sexual dysfunction. He has trained under Dr. Geo Espinosa at NYU Integrative and Functional Urology Center and Dr. D’Adamo at the Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine. Furthermore, Dr. Esposito holds a position at NYU as adjunct professor lecturing in integrative medicine.
Steve Nenninger, NMD
Dr. Steve Nenninger is a naturopathic doctor that graduated in 1995 from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. His interest in naturopathic medicine was manifested from his own experience with crohns and colitis after being vaccinated in the Marine Corps. Eventually he found himself at a dead end with conventional medicine. He began to see a naturopathic physician and when that progress plateaued he began naturopathic medical school himself. In the back of his mind throughout his 21 years of practice has been the fact that everyone of his siblings has autoimmune disease. He found his own case and those of his siblings particularly difficult to cure in spite of compete resolution in similar cases and has been trying to get a clearer understanding of the reason why over the last decade. Helminth therapy is one, perhaps useful lens to start understanding such conditions but more importantly such patients.
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, Dr. Doni redefines stress to include toxins, food sensitivities, and imbalanced blood sugar levels, and then offers expert guidance on how to reclaim optimal health. She is creator of a gluten-free nutritional regimen that integrates mind-body medicine with support for reducing exposure to all forms of stress – The Stress Remedy Program. She is director of a naturopathic residency implementing her approach, and is developing a practitioner training program. In 2004, Dr. Doni was awarded the NYANP Physician of the Year Award, and in 2013 she was honored for serving as the President and Executive Director of the NYANP for over ten years. She continues to play an instrumental role in 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 including the AANP, CNPA, PANP, HANP, and NWNPC. She regularly presents at the naturopathic programs at University of Bridgeport, Bastyr University and Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.