2017-18 NMSA International Executive Leadership Team


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Brice Thompson

International President, National University of Natural Medicine

Brice Thompson is a 5th-year Naturopathic Doctoral and M.S. in Integrative Medical Research student at the National University of Natural Medicine. His undergraduate experience at Colorado State University, where he obtained his B.S. in Horticultural Science with a minor in Organic Agriculture, is where he first became aware of the importance of nutrition in health. While attaining his B.S., Brice worked in a Mycobacterial research laboratory where he was involved in helping elucidate the transmission of Mycobacterium ulcerans and assisted in the purification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis products for use around the world in the fight against TB. His time in the research setting instilled a deep passion for research that has continued during his time at NUNM. Brice’s current recent research interests include the immunology, infectious disease, and cancer. His thesis project investigates the use of herbs as novel therapeutic agents in cancer growth inhibition and radio/chemo-sensitization. Brice has served in the NMSA for three years and is a die-hard believer in the necessity of the collective student voice being represented at our profession’s planning tables.

Blake Langley

International President-Elect, National University of Natural Medicine

Blake is a 5th-year Naturopathic and Chinese Medicine student at NUNM. He was born and raised in the South, where alternative care options were rare, to say the least. His discovery of naturopathic medicine and NUNM instilled a passion in him to further the profession in areas currently underserved by the medicine provided.

On a local level, Blake has been involved as Social Events Coordinator and Secretary at NUNM for two years. There has been incredible growth and development in fundraising and student involvement at the school and Blake has been working to see this reflected on an international level. As Chief Administrative Officer, Blake brought his own brand of organization to the NMSA and is now the current President-Elect.

Although dual-enrolled in two graduate programs, Blake works as a bodyworker, practices yoga and qigong, and loves to cook and clean. You will like hear about and see his many travels and camping escapades throughout the western portion of the country when you speak with him.

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Steven LaBrecque, MPH

INTERNATIONAL Chief Administrative Officer, Bastyr University Kenmore

Steven is a third year medical student at Bastyr University in Seattle. He graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Neuroscience and Psychology and went on to receive his Master of Public Health degree from Michigan State University. He is Chief Administrative Officer for NMSA International, previously Legislative Chair for the Bastyr Washington NMSA Chapter, and is currently working as a intern for the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC) to create a national multidisciplinary Student Alliance for the organization. He is passionate about healthcare policy and community health, and particularly likes learning physical medicine treatments of chronic pain and homeopathy for neurological developmental disorders in children. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, and attending festivals in the Pacific Northwest.

Randall Block

International Chief Financial Officer, Bridgeport University College of Naturopathic Medicine
Randall Block is a 2nd-year medical student at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine(UBCNM), as well as Masters student at the UB Acupuncture Institute.  A local of Long Island NY, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Stony Brook University.  Following his heart, he decided to pursue a career in medicine and began taking classes to fulfill that dream as well as becoming an EMT in his home town.
At the University of Bridgeport, Randall is the treasurer of the local NMSA chapter, as well as treasurer of his cohort class of 2020, and representative on the Naturopathic Philosophy Committee where he will be organizing the all school event of philosophy day this year.  He believes that it is the philosophy and principles of Naturopathic Medicine that make it so valuable to the community. Randall has a sincere passion to help people in need, and has always been most interested in oncology, as well as mental health and mind-body medicine.   In his free time he enjoys weight training, hiking, going out with friends, yoga, meditation, and pretty much anything outdoors.  He is very excited to be in such a position to make a greater impact for the naturopathic community.

 

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Erica Rizzolo

VP Communications & PR, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

Erica is a second-year student at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is most passionate about health psychology, immunology, and global health. Less scholarly pursuits include dark chocolate, sudoku, and yoga. Though based in the bustling city of Toronto, she feels at home in quieter environments. Erica can often be found running the Don Mills trail and studying in the city’s countless café joints. Outside of T.O., she enjoys visiting the waterfall capital—Hamilton, Ontario—where she completed an H.BSc. in Kinesiology at McMaster University and worked as a Personal Training Specialist. Diagnosed with Crohn’ Disease in her early teens, Erica’s personal exposure to the medical system inspired her to pursue a career in natural medicine. Using both her experience in team management and creative thinking abilities, Erica enjoyed her position as the Social Representative of her first-year class, and is now looking forward to her VP role in Communications and Public Relations with the NMSA.

Thomas Macsay

INTERNATIONAL VP OF MEMBERSHIP, BASTYR UNIVERSITY CALIFORNIA

Thomas is a 4th-year out of 5 at Bastyr University California in the Naturopathic medical program. He also attends the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine pursuing a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Tom is the lead planner for the Restore the Vis Retreat that is held in San Diego, CA annually as part of the Association for Naturopathic Revitalization. He now serves on the Board of Directors for the NMSA as the VP of membership. With a background in Kinesiology, Personal Training, and Massage therapy he spends most of his time focusing on natural approaches to Sports Medicine. In his free time he enjoys surfing, rock climbing, gardening, bee keeping, playing music, and traveling whenever the chance arises.

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Khaleed Alston

International VP of Development, National University of Natural Medicine

Khaleed is a 2nd-year medical student at National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM). A native New Yorker, Khaleed graduated from Morehouse College with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After graduation, he spent three years as an elementary school teacher at Grace Church School, where he taught 2nd- and 4th-grade students. He also taught a course on South African History and Apartheid, which cumulated in 15 high school students traveling with Khaleed to Johannesburg, SA to participate in an Entrepreneurial Leadership program at The African Leadership Academy. As a medical student, he has worked with the Food as Medicine Institute at NUNM and is interested nutrition, oncology, gastroenterology, and chronic disease. Khaleed is passionate about making naturopathic medicine more accessible to minority populations and plans to work tirelessly to promote initiatives that will expand our scope of practice and make our medicine more affordable.

Tabitha Lowry

Chapter President, Bastyr University California

Hello! My name is Tabitha A. Lowry and I am a 3 rd ND student at Bastyr University California. I currently serve as Chapter President of our NMSA for the 2017-2018 term. I am from Evansville, Indiana but spent 7 years living in Washington, District of Columbia. I completed my undergraduate education at Howard University majoring in Sports Medicine, with a minor in chemistry. I also received a Masters of Science degree in Physiology and Biophysics, specializing in Complementary and Alternative Medicine at Georgetown University. One interesting fact about me is that I have won two state titles competing in extemporaneous speaking. My hopes for this term are to increase member engagement and to foster a nurturing environment for future NDs to thrive. Ready? Set. Go!

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Sydney Freggiaro

Chapter President, Bastyr University Kenmore

Sydney Freggiaro is the Bastyr University (Kenmore) NMSA Chapter President. She is starting her third year of four in the ND program and is also actively involved with Bastyr’s Marketing, Admissions and Research departments. The goals for her term include creating community and improving access to resources for ND students. She is already working with a team of local experts to infuse the naturopathic curriculum with decades of clinical experience as well as collaborating with The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center on access to cutting edge talks for ND students. Sydney hails from Las Vegas, NV and was a cancer researcher and professional dancer before starting her medical career.

Carolyn Mukai

Chapter President, Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine

Carolyn is a 3 rd year naturopathic medical student at Boucher and this will be her first year as a Chapter {resident on the International NMSA Executive Board. She has held a position on her chapter’s Executive Board for two years. In her first year, Carolyn served as the Integrative Medicine Representative focusing on community outreach and raising awareness of naturopathic medicine in the surrounding community. Last year, she served as the Boucher Chapter President Elect and continued to focus on community outreach and awareness while supporting the chapter president in various administrative duties. Carolyn also helped organize and was a member of the BINM Cup Team for the 2017 NMSA conference, who won the competition!

Carolyn was born and raised in Massachusetts and received her undergrad degree in chemistry and studio art from Whittier College, just outside of Los Angeles, California. She attributes the health she enjoys today, in both mind and body, to naturopathic and integrative medicine and is continually inspired by the principles of the naturopathic profession. Carolyn is excited to be a part of the international board this year to increase awareness of the NMSA and all that we have to offer to ND students and the profession at large!

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Mansi Vira

Chapter President, Bridgeport University College of Naturopathic Medicine

Mansi is a 3rd-year student at the University of Bridgeport, College of Naturopathic Medicine. She received her bachelor’s degree in Dance, with a minor in Psychology, at Barnard College, Columbia University. In pursuing Dance, while also completing the pre-medical track, she combined these two passions and explored dance movement therapy (DMT) at the neuroscientific level of mirror neurons for her senior thesis. After graduating, Mansi became a certified Health Coach and founded her company, Naturally You, through which she helps her clients restore balance in their lives using yoga, nutrition, and meditation. She is also part of the board of directors for SAMHIN, South Asian Mental Health Initiative and Network, and hopes to overcome the stigma associated with mental illness in the South Asian community. Entering the field of naturopathic medicine has deepened her cultural roots in preventive and holistic care, and has inspired her to specialize her studies in oncology, pain management, and dance as a form of healing. She is humbled to further the student voice at her school and is excited to build connections for networking and professional development through NMSA.

Maxwell Crispo

Chapter President, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

Maxwell Crispo is a 4th-year clinical intern at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) and the current NMSA Chapter President for CCNM. He also serves as the clinic and academic representative for his cohort, a position he has held since his first semester at CCNM. Max is looking forward to another successful year of the NMSA bringing opportunities to naturopathic medical students that are not available to them through their regular school programs. He is excited to work with a local and international leadership team, passionate about advancing the collaboration of naturopathic medical students and progressing the cultivation of future naturopathic doctors.”

Max received undergraduate degrees in Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences and Ethics in the Life Sciences from the University of Guelph, where he also completed a certificate in Food Science. During this time, he became certified as an Integrative Yoga Therapy teacher and studied Ayurvedic Medicine through the American Institute of Vedic Studies. He worked as a real estate professional before attending CCNM and was the manager of a natural health product dispensary until this past year.

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Karah Kruse

Chapter President, National University of Health Sciences

Karah is a 2nd-year naturopathic medical student at National University of Health Sciences located in Lombard, IL. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, minoring in Human Resource Mgmt and Business Administration from Roosevelt University in Chicago. After several years of establishing a career in the business sector but never really feeling ‘whole’, and motivated by the death of her father to cancer she returned to school to pursue her passion for natural medicine.

Karah began her career in healthcare as a wellness coach and ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, specializing in fitness testing of hockey athletes including community sponsored children’s leagues to the famous Chicago Blackhawks.  Still not feeling completely fulfilled, she returned to school to pursue her doctorate of naturopathic medicine finding the NMSA family at NUHS – her “missing link”.

In addition to serving her fellow students in the Chapter President roll since 2016, her passions include experiencing different cultures (and the people that constitute them) and supporting naturopathic licensure legislative efforts in Illinois.  Her long-term goal, through learning and applying natural therapies, is helping the 25 million people affected by drug and alcohol abuse achieve sobriety and gain freedom from addiction through lifestyle modification, trauma/pain recovery and mind/body therapies.

Mario Tarasco

Chapter President, National University of Natural Medicine

I’m entering my fourth and final year of medical school at NUNM and I’m excited to be getting into more clinical experience. Before coming to NUNM I did several herbal apprenticeships before going back to school to finish my degree. I graduated from RIT with a BS in Biomedical Science. My interest in natural medicine extends back to my childhood playing in the woods through to my experiences in herb school and right into my love of science, all of which have brought me squarely into my future career as a naturopathic physician. I’m passionate about providing quality primary care to underserved and low-income patients. In my second year, I served as the Professional Development Chair for NMSA and served as President Elect in my third. I am excited to step into my role as President for the coming year to bring more opportunities for students while increasing awareness of naturopathic medicine.

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Nadine Piazza

CHAPTER PRESIDENT, SOUTHWEST COLLEGE OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE

Nadine is a 1st-year student at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. She received her bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the Florida State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida. Nadine is extremely excited about the movement of naturopathic medicine and how well received it has become in the last 20 years. She has a passion for rejuvenative health for the 65+ population as well as restoring the individual’s Vis. A majority of her focus in volunteerism has been on underprivileged children with the hope of mentorship, guidance, support, and love will encourage children and teenagers to continue their education while making positive life choices.

Angel Santiago

CHAPTER PRESIDENT, UNIVERSIDAD DEL TURABO

My name is Ángel Manuel Santiago Figueroa, I’m the president of Universidad del Turabo NMSA Chapter in Puerto Rico. I’m a third year naturopathic medicine student. Graduated in 2012 from Universidad de Puerto Rico, Cayey Campus with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor degree in Biotechnology. I completed a Master in Public Health from the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in 2014. I worked 2 ½ years as a tissue culture laboratory supervisor, working with 80 people in charge. Actually, I’m a member of the Puerto Rico Association of Naturopathic Physicians (PRANP) and the Puerto Rico Legislative Initiative Team (PR-LIT). I have interest in the research area of the Pre and Post surgery health care, the integrative medicine and how we as ND’s can help patients to get better after a surgery procedure.

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Looking to get involved?

The NMSA runs elections each year for the month surrounding DC FLI! Contact info@naturopathicstudent.org for any questions, requirements, or suggestions/nominations for the following year.