Meet the candidates for the Board of Directors!
We have five open board positions. Board members serve for a two-year term. Voting will open on September 1 and conclude on September 15, 2021.
Dr. Gurevich, Dr. Shelby, and Dr. Walch will retain their seats on the board, beginning year two of their two-year commitment. Dr. McBeth and Dr. Su are running for re-election to a new two-year commitment.
Please review the candidate info below. There are 6 candidates for 5 open positions.
Bonnie Brock, ND
I am Dr. Bonnie Brock, Registered Dietitian and Naturopathic Medical Doctor with an integrative practice in Scottsdale AZ. My love of nutrition began while a bachelors student studying Human Nutrition at Cornell University and I dove further into clinical nutrition while a Registered Dietitian with pediatric pulmonary patients at Tulane University Medical Center’s Cystic Fibrosis Care Center.
With my own health crisis and diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, I became interested in natural and functional medicine and returned to school later in life to study for a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine at National University of Health Sciences. It was there that I exercised my leadership skills as the president of the NUHS Chapter of the NMSA and worked as a student representative for Integrative Therapeutics. I have experience being a board member on the board in the Nominating Committee with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice Group Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine.
Christopher Farrelly, ND
Chris Farrelly is a DACM candidate and student at Pacific College of Health Sciences in San Diego, California.
His primary focus in on helping individuals find and remove obstacles to wellness, while promoting proper functioning of the body by using various modalities. His therapeutic approach includes utilizing Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, hands-on physical medicine techniques including craniosacral therapy and massage, along with nutrition and lifestyle counseling to bring about optimal health in patients and the community.
Chris received his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Bastyr University California, in 2018 and completed a 1-year medical residency at Bastyr University Clinic in San Diego, California. He is a student of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Pacific College of Health Sciences, and holds a 500+ hour license in massage therapy in the State of California. His Bachelor of Arts was in Spanish with a concentration in molecular biology. Additionally, he is a certified yoga instructor with trainings in Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative yoga.
My interests in gastroenterology and digestive therapeutics began at an early age when I was placed on four prescription strength prilosec for 10 years from ages 10 to 20 for incessant gastric burning and heartburn. It wasn't until I was 17 that I had an endoscopy to find I have a hiatal hernia. My sister was diagnosed with gastroparesis after years of being told she was vomiting and not eating to get attention. These initial experiences led me down a path of really digging into root cause. I know a lot of people say that and I think because it's where you end up after you've seemingly tried every other door.
My free time now has been spent attending every gastro-focused conference (ie. GastroANP and more) and gastro-focused seminar (ie. Dr. Lela Altman, Dr. Megan Taylor, Dr. Steven Sandberg-Lewis, and more) I can get to.
My interest in leadership has been ongoing from my time as a nutrition representative for Cuesta College and the Davis City Chamber of Commerce, serving as NMSA Public Health Chair, currently I am on a student run COVID-19 task force at Bastyr University, and many more as a club leader, manager, and coach in other arenas. I have taken the time to split my 4th year into two so that I may better allocate my time to projects I care about, including being on the board for GastroANP. My professional goals are set on furthering the field of gastroenterology in naturopathic medicine and I think I would be valuable as a board member.
Andrea McBeth, ND
Andrea McBeth, ND is the acting GastroANP President. Her current work outside the organization is focused on microbiome science in naturopathic medicine. She is the Co-Founder of Flora Medicine, SKNcology, and Thaena Inc. She is also currently adjunct faculty at NUNM, teaching about the microbiome in nutrition, for the school of graduate studies. Andrea has a BS in Biochemistry with an emphasis in molecular biology from the University of San Diego and a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM). She has experience in various lab research settings and previously worked in molecular biology and biomedical engineering at Oregon Health Sciences University. She practices GI focused patient care at Flora Medicine located in Portland, Oregon. Flora Medicine provides stool derived Fecal Transplant and Postbiotic therapies. With a technical science background Andrea’s passion for patient advocacy drives her work with therapeutics. .
As the current GastroANP President, I am honored to be surrounded by a passionate and inspiring group of physicians. I have loved working in the Continuing Education committee for several years. More recently this past year, I accepted the role to facilitate the group’s ambitious goals as President. I hope to continue that work for the next two years as I am continuously impressed with the work our physicians do elevating naturopathic GI care.
Misty Story, ND
Hello! 🙂 I am Dr. Misty Story, ND and I am interested in being a part of the GastroANP board for many reasons; to learn about and meet more of my peers in the field, to stay involved in growing our naturopathic community and it’s presence in the gastro world, and to validate GastroANP by helping to build more outreach, education and support for our peers out there in this big wide world. Having support and access to current education, tools, and peers is essential for any profession. Digestive function research is increasing our knowledge immensely every year. Keeping abreast of this is not easy as an individual doctor. We all need a team. GastroANP helps provide that connection and that team. Thank you for your consideration and time.
I am a Naturopathic Physician specializing in gastrointestinal conditions, with emphasis
in SIBO, IBD, IBS, Celiac Disease. I currently provide online consultations regarding
SIBO education for clients and doctors, and have recently opened my own clinic in
Grand Junction, Colorado offering Naturopathic care in gastrointestinal and preventive
medicine for patients! My goal is to bring Naturopathic Medicine to my local community
and build a more integrative and collaborative coalition between holistic and allopathic
care models to best support our people. I currently hold naturopathic licensure in the
State of Oregon with current DEA registration, and additional Registration of
Naturopathic Doctor in Colorado. I am a member of GastroANP.
Sherry Su, ND
Dr. Sherry Su is a licensed naturopathic doctor practicing at Naturopathic Family Health in San Jose, CA. She earned her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr in 2016. Dr. Su devotes herself to treating gastrointestinal illness in her private practice. Her decision to focus her practice on GI disorders came from her own journey of battling chronic GI symptoms, and she strives to help others who share the same journey. She currently serves as the vice president of the board.
Dr. Su made the decision to run for the GastroANP board again because she resonates with GastroANP’s mission and vision. She benefits a great deal from the classes and events that GastroANP has generously offered and treasures the relationship she has built with other members in this community. She wants to serve and give back and support GastroANP as she has been supported by other members. She looks forward to the opportunity to serve as a board member again.