NMSA

MEET YOUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

2019-2020

Valerie Gettings

International President

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

Valerie Gettings, CISSN, is in her fourth and final year at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and is excited to step out of her president-elect role and into her role as NMSA International President for 2019-2020. 

Passionate about being a change agent in her profession, Valerie has held the positions of NMSA CCNM Communication and Marketing Coordinator 2018, was the 2018 NMSA Public Policy Fellow, and co-academic representative for her class from 2016-2018. Valerie was also the social media consultant for the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (2017-2019), representing and increasing the visibility of all CNME accredited schools. 

Prior to attending CCNM, Valerie was the director of outreach and public affairs specialist for the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, where she created 250+ healthcare events across the U.S. Hailing from Buffalo, NY, Valerie received her B.A. in public communications and international relations from American University, Washington, D.C., and completed media training at Defense Information School, Ft. Meade, MD. 

Valerie is looking forward to her new role as international president, where she can share her experience and love of naturopathic medicine with current and future leaders of the profession, while bringing professional and personal development opportunities to students.  Her most cherished recent award was the NMSA Student Choice Award (Canada), recognizing her leadership abilities from NMSA student members across Canada.

Although keenly dedicated to her studies and professional life, Valerie can be found hiking through the woods with her husband and rescue dog, dancing, cooking gourmet meals, and/or travelling the globe in search of the next adventure.

Timothy Clayton

International President-elect

Bastyr University, Washington
Timothy Clayton is entering his third year in Bastyr University's School of Naturopathic Medicine in Seattle, Washington. He previously served as the Vice President of Bastyr University Washington's NMSA Chapter.
Prior to naturopathic medical school, Tim worked as a copywriter at a social media advertising agency in New York City. Although creative writing was his first love, Tim always knew he would end up in a helping profession. After discovering naturopathic medicine in 2014, Tim knew he had found his profession.
Tim hails primarily from the New York/New Jersey area, but has also lived in New Orleans and Los Angeles. In his spare time he enjoys socializing, playing video games, and attending concerts.

Imane Squali

International Chief Administrative Officer

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
Imane is a first year student in the 2-year Bridge Program for International Medical Graduates at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She discovered her passion for Naturopathic and Integrative Medicine while she was in medical school in Morocco.
She has been involved within the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA) for 5 years as a local and national Vice-President on Internal Affairs before managing one of largest student-run exchange programs in the world at the national and international level.
She looks forward for her role within the NMSA and she's excited to serve naturopathic medical students across North America.
In her free time, she enjoys running, working towards her personal and professional growth, volunteering and spending time with loved ones.

Alysia Cole

International Chief Financial Officer

National University of Natural Medicine

Alysia Cole is a third year naturopathic medical student at National University of Natural Medicine in Oregon. She was born and raised in Michigan where she graduated from Central Michigan University with a BS in Healthcare Administration. Alysia worked full-time as a Bookkeeper/Office Manager during her undergraduate. Upon graduating worked as a Chemist for two years in a Toxicology Laboratory working with LC/MS and HPLC. She then moved to Florida where she discovered alternative care options and NUNM. Following her heart, she decided to pursue a career in medicine. 

Alysia spends most of her time focusing on ways to further her career in Sports Medicine. She is currently interning with the Portland Thorns to become a performance coach. She is also passionate about staying active with training, playing basketball, and rock climbing.

Neha Khaushik

International VP of Communications & PR

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

Neha is a fourth year student at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. She went to college at Fairfield University in Connecticut where she received her degree in biochemistry and computer science. She has lived in Mississippi where she attained her masters in Science and did two years of osteopathic school. She also holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Alabama- Birmingham. She is a founder of the non profit, One Life at a Time, and integrates naturopathic medicine throughout global medical camps. Her goal as Vice President of PR and Communications is to support and empower Chapter Presidents, along with providing them with the tools to bring clarity and strength of the NMSA to their local chapters.

LaToya Lewis

International VP of Membership

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

LaToya Lewis graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Ohio University. After graduation, LaToya moved to sunny Houston, Texas to work in the Oil and Gas industry as a Certified Project Manager. With over a decade of experience deploying technology solutions all over North America and abroad, LaToya decided to take a leap of faith and pursue a career in Naturopathic Medicine. LaToya’s medical interests include chronic disease, women’s health and dermatology. Her goal is to decrease the disparities in life expectancy that exist among varied income levels.

Currently, LaToya is a 3rd year Naturopathic medical student at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. LaToya began serving the NMSA locally as the treasurer of CCNM’s NMSA chapter. She now serves as VP of Membership. In her free time, you can find LaToya serving her community alongside her sorority sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated or spending quality time with her nieces and nephews in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

Siwathep Singh Khanderpor

International VP of Development

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

Thep is an International Medical Graduate (IMG) student at Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. He was born and raised in a beautiful island  of Koh Samui, Thailand. He started his medical career as an MD but fell in love deeply with naturopathic medicine during his 6 years of Medical school in China. Prior to attending CCNM, Thep was elected by the medical student body of international students in China as a president of International Medical Student Association (IMSA). He had an amazing time working with people all around the world in developing sustainable health development goals. He was also responsible for leading meetings and collaborating with the medical student team to organize and run university-wide events such as the White Coat Ceremony, Volunteering at Mental Hospitals and Old Aged Home, Physiology Trivia Competition, Medical Seminar, Summer and Winter Clerkship.

He is looking forward to working with the amazing team in moving naturopathic medicine forward, fighting for things that are important to the profession no matter how big or small they might be.  He also hopes to integrate his previous knowledge as an MD in lifting naturopathic medicine as high up as he can.Apart from his studies, Thep works part-time as a TV broadcaster representing Thai/Indian cultures in a leading TV show in China. He hopes that one day he could use his broadcasting skills to spread his love of Naturopathic Medicine to people all around the world!

Katelyn Lieb

Chapter President

University of Bridgeport School of Naturopathic Medicine

Katelyn Lieb is a 4th year student at University of Bridgeport School of Naturopathic Medicine, and is also receiving her Master's in Nutrition at University of Bridgeport. She holds a Bachelor’s in Nutrition Science  from Syracuse University. Katelyn previously served two years as the Integrative Medicine Chair and AANP Student Representative for her local NMSA chapter.

She is a Pathfinder Scholar, researching individualized and generative medicine under Dr. Peter D’Adamo. She is also the Communications Chair for her cohort, Class of 2020. Katelyn volunteers at the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians Annual Conference and assists in legislative efforts in New York and Connecticut. She is also involved in research at University of Bridgeport and hopes to be a part of the expansion of research in our field. 
She is passionate about educating patients on nutrition and her goal is to expand the global and everyday understanding of naturopathic medicine. In her free time she enjoys yoga, cooking, snowboarding, and spending time by the ocean. 

Brian Trainor

Chapter President

Bastyr University, California

Growing up in Upstate New York, Brian was first introduced to concepts of naturopathic medicine by his Irish Granny, who taught him simple, natural ways to address just about every common ailment. Brian went on to become a Division 1 athlete, and was recruited to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he majored in kinesiology, became a 3x USA Triathlon All-American, and won the 2012 USAT Collegiate Half-Ironman National Championship.

While serving as an Army officer, multiple health challenges, including a TBI, fractured femur and being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis introduced Brian to his own need for approaches beyond conventional medicine. Brian met a Naturopathic Doctor outside of the military medical system that was able to help him begin his healing journey. 

Brian is currently a 4th year at Bastyr University California. As his own health has improved, he has have become passionate about helping others diagnosed with autoimmune conditions, and other military members or veterans diagnosed with unseen illnesses. Brian’s aim is to offer others the same hope that Naturopathic medicine has offered him.  

Brian is currently serving as the 2019-20 NMSA Public Policy Fellow, and through this is helping to lead the AANP’s Task Force for Veterans affairs and is volunteering as a Whole Health Facilitator for veterans at the San Diego VA. Brian is active in a faith-based organization called the Navigators, and enjoys hiking, spike ball, ultimate frisbee, line dancing and participating in NMSA board meetings in his free time. 

Bethany Slade

Chapter President 

Bastyr University, Washington

In addition to her studies in Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington, Bethany is pursuing a concurrent Master’s Degree in Midwifery. Her dream is to provide reproductive, pediatric, and family healthcare to families in underserved populations. Before coming to medical school, Bethany was a stay at home mother, focused on raising her two sons. She was active in her kids’ schooling, volunteering with the local Parent Teacher Organization and in the classroom. A native of Arizona, Bethany moved her entire family, including her husband and sons, to Washington, and spent the summer prior to school camping and exploring her new home. In her free time, Bethany enjoys reading, crochet, hiking, and watching TV comedies. She loves to laugh and to meet new people, and she hopes to inspire everyone she meets to find their personal joy in life.

Girija Bhonsle

Chapter President

National University of Natural Medicine
Girija Bhonsle is a 4th year ND student at National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Boston University with a degree in neurobiology and psychology in 2011.  Prior to joining NUNM, Girija was employed at Massachusetts General Hospital as manager of the Pulmonary Function Lab and worked as a research coordinator at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
A strong supporter of the vision of NMSA, Girija has served as Social Events chair and Vice President of the NUNM chapter. Her goals as NMSA President for the upcoming year include highlighting the unique breadth and depth of the naturopathic therapeutic toolbox by encouraging interaction and participation between the various clubs and societies on campus. This collaborative effort will benefit all ND students by improving communication between the groups and strengthen their common bond of optimizing patient care and health outcomes.
Her clinical interests include pediatric and adolescent medicine with a special focus on disordered eating and mental health. She is currently the lead Teaching Assistant for the clinical Anatomy course block under Dr. Ryan Chamberlin and will be starting a Clinical Assistantship at the NUNM Health Center with Dr. Amanda Watters in Spring 2020. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling with friends and family, hiking, yoga, weight training, watching movies, and being a mom to her new kitten, Violette Blue.

Luke Mountjoy

Chapter President

Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine

Luke Mountjoy is a fourth-year student at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in Vancouver Canada where he serves as the NMSA Chapter President. Prior to enrolling at Boucher, he graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Science honors degree in Biopsychology. After graduating from university Luke spent a year working in the pharmaceutical research industry where he realized his calling came from another direction. He feels privileged to be a part of the naturopathic community where he is continuously inspired by the healing power of nature. When he is not at school or studying you can find him outside - on his bike, at the golf course, hiking or enjoying the company of his friends and family.

David T. Nachi-Vasquez

Chapter President

Ana G. Mendez University, Turabo Campus, Puerto Rico
My name is David T. Nachi-Vazquez and I am currently the Chapter President and a 4th year student clinician at Ana G. Mendez University (AGMU), Turabo Campus, Puerto Rico.
After living a huge amount of my life as a patient (two-time cancer survivor, eight surgeries, two family losses), I knew that overcoming those obstacles with optimism, love, and sheer determination, I would give to others as I would have wished for my family. Now I enjoy good health, a highlighted purpose, and I live grateful for the work I was given to share strength and hope to colleagues and the community, coming back to ancestral tribe vibe in a sense we can reconnect to relearn of our innate power of healing.

Christina Holmquist

Chapter President

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

Christina finished a BSc with a major in Biology and minor in Psychology from Redeemer University College in 2016. Then, she went on to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where she will graduate with a Doctor of Naturopathy Degree in May 2020. She was the Co-Chair of Integrative Medicine on the Naturopathic Medical Student Association CCNM chapter for the 2017-18 school year.

Last year, she took on the role of President Elect for the NMSA CCNM chapter, working to support the president  in providing valuable resources and learning experiences through the NMSA and to further the naturopathic profession. Christina comes into the role of President of the CCNM chapter with an enthusiasm for all of the initiatives the NMSA will undertake to encourage student learning, positive experiences and the development of leaders in the naturopathic profession. Christina takes an avid interest in music, playing the cello, piano, and pipe organ as well as salsa dancing on a regular basis.