Naika Apeakorang is a 4th year Naturopathic Medical Student at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA, studying Acupuncture and Naturopathic Medicine. Originally from New York, she plans on starting a practice, before eventually venturing off to Haiti, where half her family is from, to work on sustainable public health projects. Naika is passionate about community health, social justice, education and activism, grounded in local self-sustainability. Included in her 10 year plan is getting an MPH and eventually moving down the path of international relations and respectful developmental aid. Naika attended her first NDI trip in March 2014 which was incredible and for so many reasons. Reminded of the power and efficacy of naturoapthic medicine, Naika was inspired to partner with the local community to help sustain long-lasting change, and was introduced to a global health trip model where cultural competency is intricately weaved with medical work during the day and education about local and global issues pertaining to health at night. Her experience with NDI felt very grounded, honest, and dignified. It was refreshing for her to engage with such an amazing organization, comprised of passionate and respectful individuals, dedicated towards providing quality primary care in rural Nicaragua. The work that NDI does is so big and important, and Naika is honored to currently be the student rep at Bastyr in Washington. When not at school or clinic, Naika enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, writing, drawing, sculpting, doing yoga, and training in West African dance! Naika can be reached at email@example.com.
Boucher University of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM) Chapter Leaders
National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) Chapter Leaders
Karah Kruse is a second year naturopathic medical student at NUHS located in Lombard, IL. She caught the travel bug in high school when she studied over the summer abroad in Lyon, France her senior year. Since then she has traveled to several other countries/islands to explore and learn about the local people and their cultures. She is excited to join the NDI team this year to merge her love of naturopathic medicine w her desire to learn about new cultures and the people that make them. In addition to her studies, she has been part of the NMSA leadership team for the last two years, hoping between the two organizations she can encourage and educate fellow students on the importance of incorporating global health volunteering into their educational journey! Karah can be reach at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kierstin DeWitt is a 3rd year Naturopathic Medical Student and 1st year Master of Acupuncture studnet at National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL. While studying abroad in undergraduate school, she volunteered most of her school breaks around the country for her love of travel and passion to help others - which led her to NDI. She has been fortunate enough, with much fundraising, to have attended in 2 medical brigades and hopes to continue to volunteer, promote and represent NDI for years to come. NDI has helped change her view on global health care and shed light on what we can do to help. This has inspired Kierstin to attend international conferences such as ICNM and further her learning and become more involved. Kierstin can be reached at email@example.com. Peace and wellness to you!
National University of Naturopathic Medicine (NUNM) Chapter Leaders
Katie Bermudez is a first year naturopathic medical student at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM). She attended the winter brigade of 2014 while she was going through the Masters of Nutrition program at NUNM. Being fluent in Spanish, Katie was excited to join the medical brigade in rural Nicaragua. She developed a deep connection with the people on the island of Ometepe and was greatly impacted by the tremendous need for basic health care services. So much so, that it inspired her to return in the summer of 2015 for an internship focused on nutritional research with NDI. Shortly after finishing the research project, it was chosen for presentation at an exciting global health conference. Katie hopes to continue sharing her stories of her time and work with NDI. She is happy to continue being that “voice & connection” between NDI and our local health community. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carlos Tagabuel is currently a 2nd year naturopathic medical studentat the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM). He first visited the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua on the brigade of December 2014. Some say it was this inspiring trip that motivated Carlos to return just months after the brigade as an intern for NDI to work furthering nutritional research on Ometepe. Some also say that these experiences helped guide Carlos to pursue a career in naturopathic medicine with an emphasis in the global community. He can be reached at email@example.com
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) Chapter Leader
Jorge Reveron is a fourth year student at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. He received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Houston and a master’s degree in Fitness and Human Performance from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He has a passion for education, and global and community health. His interests include family and adolescent health, pediatrics, and tropical medicine. Jorge can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Universidad del Turabo, Puerto Rico, Chapter Leaders
Nancy B. Alicea
is a third year naturopathic medicine student currently studying in the University of Turabo in Puerto Rico. She received a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor concentration in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey. She is highly interested in psychology, alternative approaches to mental health and providing holistic counseling in the future. Nancy is also passionate about community health and providing holistic and natural healthcare to the rural communities in need. She is looking forward to participate in the following brigades and is determined to increase awareness of NDI in the island.Nancy can be reached at email@example.com.
Marleen Flores is a naturopathic medicine student currently studying in the University of Turabo in Puerto Rico
NDI Global Health Policy Student Representative
Griffin McMath is a 3nd year Naturopathic Medical Student at Bastyr University California and serves as the NDI Global Health Policy Student Representative. This special NDI student position represents NDI professionally in the global health and academic communities, enhances student understanding of global health policy, especially in regards to Naturopathic Medicine and provides awareness to student population on global health policy. Griffin helps NDI Student Chapter leaders organize events such as the 1st Annual NDI Student Assembly for World Health. Griffin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.