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.


Andrea Vannelli

D.Ac., MSAC, L.Ac.

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.

Alyssa Hyer


Alyssa has a master’s degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition from the New York Chiropractic College and a culinary degree from the Natural Gourmet Institute. Her passion is to heal from the inside out. Alyssa reviews current eating patterns, helps you set nutrition goals and advises you on foods that will help to heal and support you. She is available for meal plan customization and will help you reach your personal health goals, all starting with your fork!  Call us today (646-609-4250) to learn more about scheduling your initial nutrition consultation and follow up appointments with Alyssa.


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.


Jen Halpern

Clinical Coordinator

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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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.

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Patricia Thai

Clinical Coordinator

Patricia is a compassionate & empathetic person. She has always been interested in helping others feel better. Patricia is determined and motivated to improve the health & wellness of individuals. She is currently a student at Pacific College of Health & Science, working on her Masters Degree in Acupuncture. On her free time, Patricia enjoys working on her business, party planning. She enjoys working at Naturna because of the warm and welcoming atmosphere that it offers.

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