Tonya Pasternak, Dr. Pasternak's interest in Naturopathic Medicine was sparked at an early age and has been a long standing passion of hers ever since. She received her bachelor degree in cellular and molecular biology and her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University.  While in school, she participated in various independent research projects with a primary focus on genetics. To help expand the availability of naturopathic care, Dr. Pasternak volunteered her time to the homeless population living in Seattle's tent cities.

In addition to treating conditions related to the immune, endocrine, and digestive system, personal experiences lead Dr. Pasternak to dive deeply into understanding Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. She studied the work of many renowned experts in the field, including Dr. Klinghardt, Dr. Ross, and Dr. Burrascano. She realizes the importance of treating the whole body, including clearing infections, restoring balance, nurturing damaged systems, and acknowledging the emotional hardships that come with disease. 

When working with patients, Dr. Pasternak always seeks to find the root cause of disease and values taking time to educate her patients. She creates customized treatment plans for each patient, utilizing a blend of nutrition, botanical medicine, and craniosacral therapy. She is a member of Naturopathic Medical associations on both the state and national levels and continues to expand her knowledge by staying up-to-date on current medical advancements. 

Thomas Worthley:   Tom Worthley is an Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension Service and the University of Connecticut Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. He has written a number of scholarly articles and also teaches courses in Forest Ecology and Management and Dendrology. He has worked extensively on tracts in the UConn Forest and beyond in both outreach and educational activities and on Forest Stewardship educational topics with private woodland owners.

Jeffrey S. Ward, Ph.D., is Chief Scientist-Department of Forestry and Horticulture at The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. Author of ninety papers, his research has focused on the dynamics of long-term herbaceous and tree populations, invasive species control, and forest management. He has been secretary of the CT Tree Protection Examination Board since 1998 and is an advisor to Audubon CT, CT State Vegetation Management Task Force, and the CT Endangered Species Committee. He is a past president of the CT Tree Protective Association and Forest Science Coordinator for the New England Society of American Foresters.

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