OANP Board of Directors Update
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Posted by: Beth Martin | Executive Director
Every year at our annual conference, we not only say goodbye to the last year and ring in the new, we also give our thanks to outgoing board members, and welcome those new ones who are stepping into leadership roles.
OANP is so fortunate to have NDs that volunteer as board members and share time, their knowledge, provide input, and help steer the association in directions that strengthen the naturopathic profession. Our board is incredibly stable, and has a healthy balance of directors who have served multiple years, and new members that bring new ideas and energy to the association.
It is with absolute appreciation that we say thank you for the many thoughts, ideas, perspectives and countless hours of volunteer work to Dr. Carrie Baldwin-Sayre for all of her hard work on behalf of our community in her years on the OANP board. She is stepping down from her role as the OANP President, and has been on the board since 2009, and has graciously offered to be on the board as a non-voting member through 2020. Thank you Dr. Baldwin-Sayre for all you have done for our association, members, and the public over the last decade!
Dr. Aubrey Harding (Vice-President Board Member) is also stepping down this year. Dr. Harding has been part of the board of directors since 2014, serving in many different roles, including CE committee chair. We are so grateful for all of her years of service.
We are thrilled to welcome back Dr. Kaley Bourgeois in her new role as President, Dr. Maeghan Culver in her new role as Vice-President, Dr. Bridghid McMonagle (Director At-Large), Dr. Emma Neiworth-Petshow in her new role as Secretary, Dr. Cory Tichauer (Director At-Large), and Dr. Aubrey Corbett who was our student representative and is now a Director At-Large back to the board. Thank you for your continued service to our community; we truly couldn’t accomplish what we do without you.
We're extremely grateful to our two incoming board members, Dr. Kristen Plunkett (Director At-Large), and our new NUNM Student Representative, Girija Bhonsle, and look forward to working with them over the next year.
Get to know your new board members!
Kristen Plunkett, ND
Dr. Plunkett chose to go into Naturopathic Medicine instead of the standard medical field due to the belief that there is more to health than taking prescription drugs. Naturopathic Medicine focuses on functional medicine; treating the cause of disease and working with the body’s innate healing capacity. Through diet, exercise, stress management, and specific nutritional supplementation many of the chronic health conditions that plague our society can be reversed and prevented. As a Naturopathic Doctor in Oregon she is licensed to diagnose and treat as a family physician, including the ability to prescribe pharmaceutical medications when warranted.
Dr. Plunkett participated in a 9-month long internship while in medical school with Dr. Martin Milner at the Center for Natural Medicine in Portland, OR that focused on cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions. She has provided health education classes for the community including lecturing to the Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group and Better Breathers Support Group in Grants Pass, OR. She also has lectured to educate the community on the dangers of GMOs and herbicide use on our health. She has been a member of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians since 2007, and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians since 2018. Her practice is focused on primary care medicine where she sees all age groups and excels at treating hormonal, digestive, and inflammatory complaints. She is well respected in her community and receives referrals from many family-practice doctors and specialists in her area.
Girija graduated with her BA in neurobiology and psychology from Boston University in 2011. Following graduation, she was the lead pulmonary function technologist for the Department of Pulmonary at Massachusetts General Hospital, and was a research assistant at the Kidney Clinical Research Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She has been a student at NUNM since 2016, and is currently NUNM’s Chapter President of the NMSA through 2020. She previously served on the NMSA as NMS 1 Representative from 2016-2017, Social Events Chair from 2017-2018 and President-Elect from 2018-2019. She is also a current student member of PedsANP and PsychANP since 2018. In 2019, she also became a student member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Please raise a toast, say a blessing, and give thanks to all these people that support the ND community, and help it to thrive.