The Endocrinology Association of Naturopathic Physicians is committed to advancing the philosophy, science, and practice of naturopathic endocrinology by serving as the profession’s leading resource for information on endocrine diseases.


The EndoANP enhances patient health and wellness through physician education, research, and advocacy for endocrine/hormonal health that create exceptional physicians, advanced treatment options, and healthy communities. We help physicians understand the safest and most effective treatment options to manage endocrine disease and restore a patient’s optimal health for the short and long term.

Board of Directors:

Alan Christianson, NMD, President

Alan ChristiansonDr. Alan Christianson is a Phoenix, Arizona-based Naturopathic Physician (NMD) who specializes in natural endocrinology with a focus on thyroid disorders. He founded Integrative Health, a group of physicians that reverses complex and chronic diseases. Accolades include Top Doc recipient in Phoenix magazine. Dr. Christianson co-authored The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease and authored Healing Hashimoto's a Savvy Patient's Guide. His numerous media appearances include CNN, The Today Show, The Doctors, Insider and Shape Magazine.



Aumatma Shah, ND, Vice President

Dr. Aumatma is a Naturopathic Doctor, with a Master’s in Nutrition, who has been practicing medicine for 10 years. In addition, she is also certified in Restorative Medicine and BodyTalk and brings those modalities into her practice. Dr. Aumatma is also a sought out speaker on topics of Fertility, Women’s Health, and Women’s Empowerment. In her private practice, Dr. Aumatma is solely focused on fertility, pregnancy, post-partum care, and hormonal health for women. Dr. Aumatma was awarded the “Best Alternative Medicine Practitioner″ award; she consults with clients locally in the Bay Area and also works virtually. In her free time, Dr. Aumatma likes to connect with nature, write poetry, and make art – over wine, of course!


Matthew Cavaiola, ND, Treasurer

Dr. Matthew Cavaiola originally hails from Severna Park, Maryland, located between Annapolis and Baltimore. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 2000 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Human Nutrition and went on to complete a Master’s of Science degree in Human Nutrition in 2004 also from the University of Delaware. In 2008, he completed his doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and in 2009, Dr. Cavaiola completed the last piece of his “formal” education by obtaining his Masters of Science degree in Acupuncture from the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture. Between SCNM and PIHMA, Dr. Cavaiola devoted over 1500 hours of clinical and didactic training in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Dr. Cavaiola is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in both California and Arizona and maintains a license to practice acupuncture in the state of Arizona. He focuses his practice on optimizing wellness throughout the aging process and determining the root cause of disease. He uses natural therapeutics to treat both acute and chronic conditions including: Men's and Women's endocrine disorders, such as low Testosterone, Menopause, Thyroid imbalances and Adrenal Fatigue, Pain syndromes, Cancer, Autoimmune Diseases, Cardiovascular Disease and other metabolic conditions, like Diabetes. Therapies that he uses in his practice include: Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), clinical nutrition, acupuncture, including facial rejuvenation acupuncture, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), vitamin and mineral intravenous therapy, chelation therapy and high dose intravenous Vitamin C therapy.

Dr. Cavaiola is currently core faculty and assistant professor at Bastyr University California and has a private practice, the Phoenix Anti- Aging Clinic in the Ahwatukee community of Phoenix, AZ. He also teaches both Anatomy and Physiology and Introductory Nutrition online for Rio Salado College.

Leila Turner, ND, Secretary

Leila Turner, NDLeila Turner, licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND), grew up in Northern California surrounded by alternative medicine and redwood trees. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a BA in Biology and a BA in Psychology. In 2007 she co-founded the Naturopathic Medical Student Association. Upon graduating from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in 2007, she was awarded the prestigious SCNM Student Leadership Award and the Daphne Blayden Award in recognition of academic excellence, compassion and perseverance. Dr. Turner was awarded a 2-year residency in women’s health and general medicine at SCNM Medical Center. Upon completing her residency in 2009, she joined Naturopathic Specialists where her private practice currently thrives. She is Adjunct Professor at SCNM where she teaches students to become physicians. She was also awarded the 2011 SCNM Alumni Award. Dr Turner's approach with her patients includes a wide spectrum of naturopathic therapeutic modalities including nutrition, botanicals and homeopathy; she works with each patient to create an individualized, effective and realistic treatment plan. She is a dynamic public speaker throughout Arizona, an empowering educator and a compassionate physician guiding her patients to transform their own health.

Ashley Burkman, ND

Ashley Burkman, NDDr. Ashley Burkman received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the National University of Health Sciences in Chicago. She practices at Connecticut Natural Health Specialists, LLC, in Manchester, CT. While she has a varied practice, she has a particular interest in endocrinology. Commitment to the growth of her profession has lead her to be appointed to the Board of Trustees of her Alma Mater and addition to private practice is an adjunct faculty member of the University of New England School of Osteopathic Medicine, which allows her to teach family practice osteopathic residents about functional and nutritional medicine. An Iowa native, she catches every Iowa Hawkeye football game she can, spends time with family and friends and has a soft spot for cats.


Rachel Giordano, ND

Rachel GiordanoDr. Rachel Giordano received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Bastyr University in Kenmore WA.  She is the founder and owner of Seattle Weight Loss & Wellness in Seattle, WA. Dr. Giordano blends modern medical diagnosis and treatment with the use of natural therapeutics, including clinical nutrition, lifestyle modifications, and herbal medicine. Dr. Giordano strongly believes in an integrated approach and works with other healthcare providers to create a team that comprehensively addresses the health care concerns of each patient. Her areas of study and interest include weight loss, diabetes, women’s health, thyroid, adrenal fatigue/endocrine disorders and hormone imbalances. She is dedicated to helping her patients achieve better health and optimize wellness by seeking to address the underlying causes of illness rather than suppressing symptoms.


Nicole Marie Ortiz, ND

Nicole Marie OrtizDr. Nicole Marie Ortiz received her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She first brought her passion for her profession to patients in the Palm Springs area when she co-founded the family practice, Live Well Clinic in 2008.  As her specialty focus in regenerative cell therapies emerged and the demand for natural healing methods has grown, Dr. Ortiz transitioned to opening her dream clinic True You Medical which offers the latest regenerative cell therapies, nutrition and hormonal treatment. She has received several honors, including the award of ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Palm Springs Life magazine, recognition as one of the ‘40 Under 40 Rising Young Professionals of the Coachella Valley’ and named the ‘Distinguished Woman of the Year’ for the 42nd Assembly District. She has been featured in Suzanne Somer’s book, “Knockout,” and on American Health Journal PBS specials. Dr. Ortiz educates her peers on regenerative therapies and enjoys lecturing both locally and nationally about utilizing growth factors, stem cells, hormones and nutrition for optimal health.