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Our Team

Our Dedicated Team Of Licensed Healthcare Practitioners

Naturna’s team of talented health care practitioners collaborate with patients to understand and address their overall health; body, mind, and spirit. With the vision of Integrative health expert Christina Burns, Naturna combines Eastern and Western expertise in Acupuncture, functional nutrition, and mind-body modalities to inspire lifestyles that thrive on balance, wholeness, and self-care.

Christina Burns

Founder and Doctor of Chinese Medicine, L.Ac, FABORM

Committed, compassionate, and highly skilled in multiple disciplines, Christina Burns is the pioneer founder of Naturna, an Integrative health center dedicated to the comprehensive fusion of Eastern medicine and Western science. With 12 years of clinical practice, Christina seeks to empower both women and men to achieve their optimal life and health goals through natural medicine practices, informed Integrative nutrition, lifestyle management, and personalized mind-body programs.

She is a licensed doctor of Chinese medicine with board certification in Oriental reproductive medicine and 9 years of postsecondary education. Christina has advanced certifications in Acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, life coaching and yoga therapy. She has trained and worked overseas in China, India, Nepal and Canada before honing her skills in New York City to become a leading figure in the field of Integrative health.

Today, a frequent speaker at fertility clinics and guest lecturer at leading educational institutions, she is well known for her innovative views on the topics of Integrative Medicine. Her international studies and work alongside esteemed practitioners have given Christina a global perspective on health and healing that has contributed immensely to her impressive success rate.

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Andrea Vannelli

D.Ac., MSAC, L.Ac., NCCAOM

Curious, pragmatic and caring, Andrea is a Board certified acupuncturist with a Doctorate of Acupuncture from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She is a native of New York State with a degree from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and spent the earlier part of her career as a natural resource planner in the Pacific Northwest.

Andrea has a long-standing interest in wellness and integrated medicine, particularly as it relates to supporting constitutional balance and resiliency. She is certified in facial rejuvenation acupuncture and enjoys helping women look and feel their best, from the inside-out. Her experience in acupuncture is varied, including clinical work in the Labor & Delivery Department at NYU Lutheran, at Columbia University Health Medical Services, mentoring with specialists in female health, and observation of Chinese Medicine physicians at China Medical University teaching hospital in Taiwan. Andrea takes the time to understand her patients and partners with each to build an individualized plan for health.

Sarah Sanborn

D.Ac., MSAC, L.Ac.

Caring, intuitive, and supportive, Sarah is a board certified acupuncturist with a Doctorate from Pacific College of Health and Science, and has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for over 12 years, after graduating from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in Photography. Since receiving her degrees, she has studied with leaders in the field including Jeffrey Yuen, and Henry McCann, and received advanced certifications in Ortho-Bionomy and other manual modalities.

Sarah has long been interested in sports medicine and pain management, but after years of specializing in the treatment of female athletes, became fascinated with all aspects of women’s health. Today’s culture has taught us to look at our bodies as machines that, when defective, are taken to the doctor to be fixed. Sarah has since been engulfed in fertility and IVF acupuncture, assisting women and couples conceive healthy pregnancies. When not with patients, Sarah acts as a Teaching Assistant at Pacific College in bioscience and clinical research classes, races bikes, and competes in triathlons on the national level.

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Jen Halpern

Reiki Practitioner

Jen is happy to be a part of the warm, caring and professional team at Naturna! Having experienced the power of Integrative Health and Well-Being in her own life, she enjoys working in an environment that is aligned with the same beliefs about healing. When Jen isn’t working at Naturna, she works as a Reiki Practitioner for both people and animals. She is also busy as the founder, president/CEO of the non-profit organization, Pillows for Paws, whose mission is to donate beds, toys and treats to city shelter animals on a monthly basis.

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Lindsay Varasteh O’Connell

Office Manager

Lindsay graduated from the College of New Jersey with a degree in Business Administration. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in lower Manhattan. Lindsay has over 7 years of business administrative experience and is your go-to person for all things business operations at Naturna. What she loves most about working at Naturna is interacting with patients on a daily basis and gaining invaluable experience learning from like minded professionals in the field. An interesting fact about Lindsay that you may not know is that she is a certified energy healer and has over 2 years of professional actor training.

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Karmiella Ferster

Clinical Coordinator

Karmiella is a passionate human being, interested in maternal health and child development. Her empathetic energy is devoted to prioritizing each patient’s needs. Karmiella’s interest in medicine derived from a researcher standpoint; looking at how new studies can strengthen today’s practices in both Western and Eastern treatments – a viewpoint that Naturna takes seriously when customizing each patient’s care. She is currently studying Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. In her spare time, Karmiella creates art and critiques movies.

Aniquah Faiz

Clinical Coordinator

Aniquah is currently in her 4th year of Baruch College and has loved finding opportunities with helping her fellow students through prior experience as an administrative assistant at a Counseling Center, and as a leader for incoming freshman, where she worked with students on a daily basis for them to be better equipped as college students. She loves the community at Naturna. Seeing patients come in excitedly to meet with their practitioners and truly enjoying their sessions makes her realize the true effect of being in the healthcare sector. She’s always ready to help a patient out with any inquiry and is excited it to see where this position takes her! Fun facts about Aniquah is she likes to rollerblade and watch reruns of old childhood shows in her free time!

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