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Join us on Earth Day Weekend!

We are so excited to be welcoming you to our 2023 CNPA Conference. Join us for two days of learning, networking, and FUN!

This exciting 2-day event will focus on sustainable medical practices, environmental medicine, and people-focused care with an impressive line-up from speakers from multiple branches of medicine. Our conference offers a total of 15 CE hours, the total amount required annually for ND licensure in CT.

A buffet lunch with plenty of gluten- and casein-free options will be provided for all attendees on Friday and Saturday, and hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will be offered at our Vitalist Awards Ceremony on Friday evening. 

Enjoy connecting and catching up with your colleagues throughout your weekend at Foxwoods, indulging in their spa, fantastic dining, nightlife, gaming, shopping, and more. Feel free to bring the kids, as the resort is family-friendly with plenty of things to do in the Foxwoods Family Zone!

Vendors, please click here to learn about our sponsorship levels and register. We appreciate your continued support of naturopathic medicine in Connecticut!


2023 CNPA Conference | Down to Earth: Sustainable Medicine for People + Planet


Our event will be hosted at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT, in the Fox Tower's Celebrity Ballroom B at Foxwoods Resort Casino. 


CNPA has secured a room block for the nights of Thursday, 4/20, and Friday, 4/21. Please note that the last day to make reservations using this link is March 30, 2023, and that rooms are limited! Book ASAP to ensure your stay.



The Grand Pequot Parking Garage is the most convenient place to park for our event, located just south of the Grand Ballroom.


To minimize waste, water bubblers will be available for you to fill reusable water bottles, so please bring along a water bottle if you feel so inclined.

Event Schedule

The CNPA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the speaker lineup for our 14th Annual Conference! Thank you to all of the incredible speakers who will be joining us in April. We are excited to be learning from and with you.

Please join us at the Vis Awards Cocktail Reception from 6:15-7:15 pm on Friday evening and our CNPA member meeting during the first 45 minutes of lunch on Saturday. All are welcome!

Note that cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served at the cocktail reception, but not a full dinner. Please make dinner reservations accordingly. Visit Foxwoods Dining to learn more.

Friday, April 21

  • 7-8 am Check-In and Welcome
  • 8-8:50 am Todd Born, ND, CNS - Seasonal Allergies: A Route to Resolution
  • 9-9:50 am  Eugene Zampieron, ND, AHG - Integrated Naturopathic, Nutritional, and Functional Physical Examination & Diagnostic Skills: a Refresher

  • 10-10:30 am Vendor Break
  • 10:30-12 pm Peter Bongiorno, ND - KEYNOTE: The MTOR Advantage
  • 12-1:30 pm  LUNCH & LEARN with Debby Hamilton, MD, MPH - Chronic Disease in Children: The Impact of Infections, Toxins, and Molds (Sponsored by Researched Nutritionals)
  • 1:30-2:25 pm  Lisa Laughlin, ND - Emotional Adhesions: When Trauma is Held in Our Fascia
  • 2:30-3:25 pm  Myriah Hinchey, ND - When Lyme and COVID Collide
  • 3:30-4 pm Vendor Break
  • 4-4:55 pm Jennifer Botwick, ND - Shinrin Yoku: The Practice of Forest Bathing
  • 5-5:55 pm Geo EspinosaLAc, CNS, RH (AHG) - Sustainable Men's Health
  • 6:15-7:15 pm Cocktail Hour

Saturday, April 22

  • 7:30-8 am Check-In and Welcome
  • 8-8:50 am Carissa Fioritto, ND - Lifestyle Medicine and the Power of Habit Change
  • 9-9:50 am Kira Halak, ND - The Body Burden of Forever Chemicals
  • 10-10:30 am Vendor Break
  • 10:30-12 pDoni Wilson, CPM, CNS - KEYNOTE: Lessons from the Other Side of Stress

  • 12-1:30 pm LUNCH & LEARN with John Neustadt, ND - Medication-Induced Osteoporosis (Sponsored by NBI Health)
  • 1:30-2:25 pm Jus Crea Giammarino, ND - Return to the Sacred through the Healing Ways of Our Ancestors
  • 2:30-3:25 pm Lindsay Chimileski, ND, LAc, RH.AHG - MushWOMB Medicine3:30-4 pm Vendor Break
  • 4-4:55 pm Ellen Lewis, ND - New Approaches to Difficult HPV
  • 5-5:55 pm Amy Rothenberg, ND - The Mental Health Crisis in Teens: What NDs Bring to the Table

    Virtual Bonus Lecture

    • Mitch Kennedy, ND, LEED-AP, 6SigmaBB - The “Green” Makeover: How to Build, Remodel, or Renovate to Reduce Toxic Exposures in Your Home or Clinic

    Check-In & Conference App

    Upon check-in, you will be asked to show the QR code you were issued in your registration confirmation email, so that we can scan you into the system quickly. No problem at all if you are unable to locate it! We will be happy to check you in manually if necessary.

    Just as we did last year, we will be hosting a CNPA Conference App to keep us all connected throughout the weekend. The app will have the most up to date conference schedule, give you access to the lecture recordings in the future, and let you receive messages from our conference planning committee in case of any last-minute changes.

    The QR code for you to scan and download the app will be available at the registration tables and the CNPA member service booth for your convenience, and a link to the app is included in your registration confirmation email. 

    Contact Us

    If you have any questions or concerns ahead of or during our event, feel free to reach out to Sarah Ouano, ND, at (312) 972-9906 or We’re looking forward to seeing you there!


     2023 CNPA Conference | Down to Earth: Sustainable Medicine for People + Planet

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