Dr. Conner of NUHS New ILANP President
Dr. Kristina Conner of National University of Health Sciences was recently elected president of the Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She has been on the board of the ILANP since 2007, and secretary of the organization since 2008.
Dr. Conner is taking leadership of the ILANP at an important time when the state is considering legislation for licensure of naturopathic physicians. “For the rest of this year, we will continue to meet with legislators, educating them about the benefits of licensure for NDs. Once we educate legislators, it’s hard for them to vote ‘no’ because it makes sense.”
In the effort to win licensure for NDs in Illinois, former ILANP president Dr. Eliot Edwards, who is now vice president and legislative chair, will be working in conjunction with fellow members as well as a professional lobbying firm retained by the group.
One of Dr. Conner’s biggest projects has been improving both internal and external communications through the organization’s newsletter, social networking sites and website. She is also working to expand the organization, improve volunteer coordination and strengthen the organization’s resources.
Over the last several years, Dr. Conner was also instrumental in setting up the first and second annual ILANP state conferences held on the NUHS campus, which were both a great success. The ILANP is currently planning a 3rd conference at NUHS on October 3rd and 4th.
Dr. Conner is currently an associate professor in the naturopathic medicine program at NUHS, teaching classes in naturopathic primary care, hydrotherapy and the science of diet and nutrition. She received her bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, and her doctor of naturopathy degree from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. In 2013, she earned her masters degree in oriental medicine from NUHS.
Prior to coming to NUHS, Dr. Conner lived and worked in Indiana were she was vice president of the Indiana Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She has also published a number of articles, primarily on internal medicine and women’s health, for NDNR and the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Therapies.
“We are proud that so many of our faculty have served in leadership positions within the ILANP,” says NUHS President Joseph Stiefel. “We support Dr. Conner and the ILANP in their effort to win licensure for NDs in Illinois, as well as the organization’s professional development and membership goals.”