Leadership Team


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Brittany Krake, MDR

President

Brittany is a 4/5 year ND student at National University of Natural Medicine. She received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Pepperdine University and a masters degree in Dispute Resolution at the Straus Institute of Pepperdine School of Law. After graduating, she joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in Khombedza, Malawi, focusing on the elimination of the cholera in her nearby communities, as well as programming of culturally-inclusive women’s empowerment training for secondary school-aged women. Brittany’s greatest passions are creating a culture of respect for all people and helping others explore self-empowerment through health management. She looks forward to implementing those principles in her future naturopathic medical practice.

Brice Thompson

International President-Elect, National University of Natural Medicine

Brice Thompson is a 4th year student at the National University of Natural Medicine pursuing his Naturopathic Doctorate degree alongside a Masters in Integrative Medical Research. His undergraduate experience was at Colorado State University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Horticultural Science with a minor in Organic Agriculture. 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 in the purification of various Mycobacterium tuberculosis products to be used around the world for Tuberculosis research. Brice’s recent research interests include the immunology of cancer and the role of nutrition as a therapy during cancer treatment. Brice has served in the NMSA for three years, and is extremely excited to continue to bring the student voice to the profession.

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Blake Langley

Chief Administrative Officer, National University of Natural Medicine

Blake is a fourth 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 the last two years. There has been incredible growth and development in fundraising and student involvement at the school and Blake now wishes to see this be reflected on an international level. As Chief Administrative Officer, Blake seeks to provide a structured basis for organization and communication in a professional and respectful manner.  As this is his first year on the International Board, he is always welcome and open to suggestion and assistance!

            Although dual-enrolled in two graduate programs, Blake practices additionally as a board-licensed massage therapist. 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.

 

Christine Khuat

International Chief Financial Officer, Bastyr University

Christine Khuat is a third year medical student at Bastyr University.  A California native, she graduated from University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics.  Her interests in finance and management led her to the Paul Merage School of Business where she received a minor in Accounting.  In her spare time, Christine loves to travel, practice aerial arts, and participate in community outreach.  As someone who has had a fulfilling career in banking, asset management, and consulting, Christine finds her efforts most rewarding when she is connecting and contributing to her community.  Her special interests of study include oncology and endocrine dysfunction.

 

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Krisel Nagallo

VP Communications & PR, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

Krisel is a fourth year medical student at SCNM. She has served as chapter treasurer and chapter president prior to taking on the role of VP Communications & PR. She continues to serve her colleagues at SCNM in the capacity of student ambassador. She is passionate about growing the profession by enhancing the naturopathic medical student’s experience. Her clinical interests are in chronic pain relief and oncology. She is also a member of the OncANP, AzNMA and AANP.

Audrey Lowry

Chapter President, Bastyr University Washington Campus

Audrey is a third year student at Bastyr University in Washington. She is looking forward to working with NMSA and her fellow students to enhance their educational experiences and move towards successful and satisfying futures.

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Michael Lehman

Chapter President, Bastyr University California Campus

I always knew that I wanted to join the medical field in one degree or another from a very early age, and taking a keen interest in ethnobotanical and nutritional medicine, I knew that I wanted to somehow incorporate these modalities into my future practice, but never really found my path to make this endeavor a reality in my life. Not until I learned about Naturopathic medicine and realized that all of my life-long aspirations were to be found in a single academic pathway! The rest is past and present history for as soon as I discovered Naturopathic medicine and found out where I belonged all along, I knew what I needed to do.

Soon thereafter, I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Health Psychology and Human Biology from Bastyr University – Washington; while I was born and raised in Washington state, my wife and I decided to take our journey south to California when Bastyr opened a new campus down in San Diego for the completion of my Naturopathic medical training (now as a 3rd year NM student). Though I do not know what the future holds for me, I do know that my continued time spent in this program have and will prepare me to become the very best clinician that I am destined to become in this world so desperately hungry for the healing practices that we of the NMSA endeavor to fulfill within the communities we will find ourselves planted in.

As the BUC Chapter President, I find myself in the unique position of also fulfilling two of my innate qualities – Encouragement & Servitude. It is my goal this year not necessarily to lead the students I represent in the way that “I” think we ought to be headed, but to emphasize the communal trajectory of our profession as it truly adapts to align itself with the needs of the world we live in. Therefore, I am striving this year to encourage, edify, equip, and empower the NM students that have the distinct honor of representing in order to see all of my colleagues realize the goals and aspirations that they are likewise destined to achieve in and through the highest quality of academic instruction and clinical training that we all participate in together. I cannot wait to see what this generation of Naturopathic doctors brings to this time honored tradition!

Sophia Vathracoulis

Chapter President, Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine

Sophia is a third year ND student at BINM. As the BINM NMSA Chapter President for the second year in a row, her efforts are currently focused on motivating students to become more active and involved in leadership to support the sustainability of the profession. She received a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience with great distinction from the University of Lethbridge in Western Canada. After graduating, she worked at the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience as a research assistant, investigating the effects of prenatal stress on maternal care. Sophia explores her passion for music through voice, piano, and musical theatre. She loves children and hopes to establish a practice that is focused on building and maintaining healthy and active lifestyles within the Canadian youth population. She has a particular interest in physical medicine and gastroenterology. Sophia is currently a representative in the Wellness Initiative at BINM, a group focused on creating balance and positive experiences within the Boucher community life.

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Farhin Rahman

Chapter President, University of Bridgeport

Far is a 2nd year naturopathic medical student at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM). She pursued Nutrition Science as an undergrad at Syracuse University in Upstate New York. Her passion as a medical student lies in women’s health and oncology. At UBCNM, she received a Pathfinder scholarship to conduct research with Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo, NY Times best-selling author of “Eat Right for Your (Blood) Type” and director of Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine. The current research project focuses on developing bioinformatics programs that uses advanced algorithms to determine complex microbiota phenotypes. In addition, Far is presently authoring a chapter in the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine Textbook.

Shreya Soni

Chapter President, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

Shreya is currently a third year student at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Shreya was born in New Delhi and completed her Bachelor’s of Science in biomedical engineering with a minor in studio art at the University of Virginia. She worked as a Health IT consultant before discovering her passion for naturopathic medicine and starting school in Toronto. In her spare time, Shreya loves to paint; you can view her artwork at www.shreyapaints.com. Through a wide array of professional development opportunities, the NMSA exposed Shreya to a network of colleagues and mentors across the world. She is excited to work towards increasing access to opportunities like these for as many students as possible to allow for increased inter-professional collaboration.

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Brittany Long

Chapter President, National University of Natural Medicine

This will be Brittany’s third year on the NMSA local board at NUNM. She began during her second year of schooling as Secretary, her third year as President Elect, and is now going into her fourth year of the ND program. She begins her role as President this year – which she is very excited about!

Originally, Brittany is from a small ski-mountain town, Steamboat Springs, CO, with a population of 10,000 in the ‘mud season’ and 20,000 in the winter. So, moving to Portland to attend Portland State University followed by NUNM was a change – to say the least – and a most welcome one at that!

What Brittany and her team are most excited about for this year on a local level are to continue the two main annual events at NUNM: the Ugly Sweater Christmas Party and the Black Tie for the FLI. Each year during the past two years, NUNM has been able to raise over $5000 from these two events and send at least 10 students, free from personal cost, to AANP’s annual DC FLI. What Brittany hopes to see this year is to not only send more students to DC FLI, but to also provide more opportunities to the supporting members of the NMSA – you! NUNM has a lot of grand ideas and has been brainstorming about how they can give back to the student population, but any and all ideas or suggestions are welcome! Please feel free to reach out to the NUNM Chapter with anything suitable to their goals!

Karah Kruse

Chapter President, National University of Health Sciences

Karah is a second year naturopathic medical student at National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL. In addition to her commitment to NUHS and the NMSA, she represents Natural Doctors International as the 2016-17 on-campus student representative. Her passions include learning about different cultures and the people that constitute them, supporting naturopathic licensure legislative efforts across the world, rebuilding relationships within her local community, and learning natural therapies that may assist her in her long term goals of practicing as a naturopathic physician. Upon graduation in 2018, she plans to move West to pursue her dream of helping the 25 million people affected by drug and alcohol abuse to achieve sobriety and gain freedom from addiction through improved lifestyle, trauma/pain recovery, and obtain a meaningful quality of life by awakening an individual’s Vis.

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Jorge Alejandro Reveron

Chapter President, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

Jorge is a fourth year student at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. He received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Houston and a master’s degree in Fitness and Human Performance from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He has a passion for education, and global and community health. His interests include family and adolescent health, pediatrics, and tropical medicine.

Magdiel Rodriguez Rivera

Chapter President, Universidad del Turabo

Magdiel Rodriguez Rivera is the current Chapter President of newest NMSA chapter at Turabo University in Puerto Rico. He has two Bachelor’s Degrees in Finance and Economics from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus (RUM). He then completed a Master’s in Management and Business Administration. Current he is an ND candidate, class of 2018. Magdiel finds it an honor to be the first NMSA president for Turabo University since August, 2015. He’s also an active student member of the Puerto Rico Association of Naturopathic Physician (PRANP). In 2015, Magdiel was elected as Treasurer of the Executive Committee of the General Students Council of the University of Turabo. He has been working for Hewlett Packard Company in Aguadilla for the past 18 years, performing functions such as line supervision for 5 years and cost financial analysis for products for over 12 years. He has always been a passionate person for sports and exercises. Previously, Magdiel has been in France twice to compete in the ultra-cyclist event called PBP. He is a triathlete and Ironman finisher in Louisville, Kentucky. His future goal it is to have his own naturopathic medical clinic focused on enhancing human health and wellness through the advancement of the profession of naturopathic medicine.

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