NYANP Officers:

President: Dr. Tia Trivisonno

Past President: Dr. Sean Heerey

Vice President: Dr. Amy Cole

Secretary: Dr. Rick Brinkman

Treasurer: Dr. Sean Heerey

Dr. Peter Bongiorno

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

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Dr. Rick Brinkman

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

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Dr. Kirsten Carle

Dr. Kirsten Carle received her naturopathic medical degree from the National College of Natural Medicine (now NUNM) in Portland, Oregon in 2012, having previously completed her undergraduate studies in biology at Marist College. Drawn to the medical profession at an early age, she pursued pre-med studies in college but became disillusioned with the conventional medical model after working in the records department of a busy family practice. After a years-long hiatus from an interest in medicine, she was introduced to the naturopathic profession after fortuitously befriending two local naturopathic doctors. This reignited her underlying passion for health and healing and within two years, she was enrolled in a naturopathic medical school on the other side of the country. Upon graduation, she returned to her home state of New York intending to provide naturopathic medical services to a region with less access than in other parts of the country. She began her career at an integrative medical clinic with locations in Delmar, New York and Bennington, Vermont, where she practiced in collaboration with a host of integrative medical providers including medical doctors, nurse practitioners, acupuncturists and massage therapists. Dr. Carle is licensed to practice naturopathic medicine in Vermont and worked there for over five years, first as a primary care provider and later specializing in tick-borne infections and other chronic complex health conditions. She now has a solo practice in Latham, New York. There she continues to work collaboratively within an active referral network of regional integrative health providers and focuses on helping people address a wide variety of health issues that fall under the larger umbrella of chronic complex illness. Specific areas of specialty include tick-borne infections, mycotoxin illness, hormonal imbalances, mood disorders, and autoimmune disease. She also works well with the highly sensitive patient who is intolerant to most medications and even herbs and supplements. Dr. Carle lives in Saugerties, New York with her life partner and beloved cat and enjoys spending her free time exploring the beauty of the Hudson Valley.

Kirsten Carle, ND  //  Board Member

Dr. Amy Cole

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, Legislative Chairperson

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Dr. Jillian Finker

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 //  Board Member

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Dr. Sean Heerey

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 14, 12, and 9 years old.  

Sean Heerey, ND  //  Past President, Treasurer

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Dr. Maura Henninger

Dr. Maura Henninger graduated from University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2011. For the past ten years, she has practiced in the Flatiron section of Manhattan. She is licensed in Connecticut, where she also has an office in the town of Westport.

Originally from the New Jersey suburbs of New York City, Dr. Maura (as she is known to her patients) received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and, after a 6-year career as a magazine writer and editor, decided to turn her lifelong love for holistic healing into a profession. She continued her studies at The Columbia University Premedical Postbaccalaureate Program and then on to UBCNM. Following naturopathic school, she completed a self-designed one-year residency in the office a functional MD in Manhattan. She received additional training at The New England School of Homeopathy.

Dr. Maura believes strongly in the naturopathic principle of ‘Docere’ — that not only her patients but the public deserve to learn about the possibilities and strengths of naturopathic medicine. As such, she writes for various publications, blogs and shares on social media in hopes of introducing the profound benefits of natural medicine to as many people as possible.

She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Michael, where they chase their toddler daughter Maya and dog Hudson around on weekends.

Dr. Maura is a member of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Maura Henninger, ND  //  Board Member


Dr. Tia Trivisonno

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

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NYANP Board of Directors

Pictured clockwise, left to right:

  • Dr. Peter Bongiorno
  • Dr. Amy Cole
  • Dr. Sean Heerey
  • Dr. Rick Brinkman
  • Dr. Tia Trivisonno
  • Nicole Nenninger, Executive Director
  • Dr. Sean Heerey
  • Dr. Jillian Finker
  • Photo taken Oct. 2019. Missing: Dr. Kirsten Carle, Dr. Maura Henninger

NYANP Committees


Dr. Amy Cole, Chairperson

Dr. Peter Bongiorno, Dr. Kirsten Carle, Dr. Sean Heerey


Dr. Tia Trivisonno, Chairperson

Dr. Jillian Finker


Dr. Maura Henninger, Chairperson

Special Events/ Conference

Dr. Tia Trivisonno, Chairperson

NYANP Advisory Board

Dr. Peter D'Adamo

Dr. Robert Kachko

Dr. Steven Koda

Dr. Paul Mittman

Dr. Doni Wilson

Evan Zang

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