Ask an ND Alumni Panel
Join us for an engaging and informative Q&A session with alumni panelists from each of the AANMC naturopathic medical member schools. As part of the Virtual Naturopathic Medical College Fair Series, you will hear directly from successful NDs who will share their stories, insights, and tips on how to succeed in naturopathic medicine after graduation. Learn from their experiences and ask them any questions you may have!
Kristen Bishop, NMD (Sonoran)
Dr. Bishop is a naturopathic physician in private practice and director of the residency program at Keystone Natural Family Medicine in Mesa, AZ. She is also the current legislative committee chair for the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association. She is a sought-out presenter for various community and professional organizations throughout Arizona.
Dr. Bishop holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and earned her medical degree from Sonoran University. Her professional interests focus on transforming the healthcare system with innovative business models to preserve the doctor-patient relationship and keep primary care affordable for families.
She has been awarded the Advancing Naturopathic Medicine award in 2016 and the Physician Volunteer of the Year award in 2018.
Mandana Edalati, ND (CCNM)
Dr. Mandana Edalati is the founder of Wellness Naturopathic Centre in North Vancouver. She is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and has been practicing in North Vancouver for almost two decades. Dr. Edalati is the recipient of numerous awards including Best of Canada Awards and Consumer Choice Awards in Naturopathic Medicine and Business Excellence. She has a special interest in hormonal health, fertility, skin, digestive health and sports medicine.
Joshua Farahnik, ND, MPH(c), RH(AHG) (Bastyr)
Dr. Farahnik (pronounced like the first names “Farrah” and “Nick”) is a Naturopathic Physician (WA), Naturopathic Doctor (CA), and a clinical researcher specializing in integrative medical care of neurological conditions, as well as gastrointestinal diseases, chronic inflammatory conditions, men’s health and hormones, allergies, and environmental toxins, heavy metals, and molds.
He sees patients virtually around the world, as well as in-person visits in Los Angeles, CA, and Seattle, WA.
Dr. Farahnik completed naturopathic medical school at Bastyr University and is currently finishing his Masters of Public Health (with a focus in epidemiology and biostatistics) at the University of Washington. He is passionate about evidence-based, integrative medicine, research, and increasing access to integrative interventions in healthcare. He has been working alongside Dr. Laurie Mischley since 2018, conducting research in and treating patients with neurodegenerative diseases and has had advanced preceptorships with some of the most well-respected physicians with specializations in integrative gastroenterology, mast cell activation, Long COVID, men’s health, and environmental medicine.
Prior to becoming a doctor he worked in the healing arts for 10 years, primarily as a clinical herbalist and East Asian Medicine Practitioner. He is also a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild, RH(AHG). He completed two undergraduate degrees in Economics and Music at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Amanda Watters, ND (NUNM)
Amanda Watters, ND is a licensed naturopathic physician who has focused her practice on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She is the Executive Director at Neurotherapeutic Pediatric Therapies (Neuro), a nonprofit organization in Oregon, where she provides care to children and families in an interdisciplinary setting. In addition to her work at Neuro, she is an adjunct faculty member at National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) where she teaches on topics such as pediatric growth and development, mental illness, and suicide prevention. She graduated from NUNM in 2015, where she then completed 3 years of residency and was the chief resident in her final year. Most recently, she started a passion project with 3 fellow NDs called EllyPop where they create herbal electrolyte freezer pops for kids. When not wearing her doctor hat, she finds joy in traveling, hiking with her pups, and relaxing in the garden with her partner.
Dr. Kaila Sellars, ND (NUHS)
Dr. Sellars joined Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic in April 2017 as a Family Medicine/Naturopathic Oncology resident from 2017-2019, splitting time between the local cancer center and family medicine. She went on to practice family medicine and naturopathic oncology in Great Falls, Montana in her private practice and at Benefis Sletten Cancer Institute. She then returned to Billings from 2020-2023 and finally joined Santa Cruz Medical Center in April of 2023.
Panelists will be added as we confirm their information.