About the CoAND
Who We Are
The Colorado Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CoAND) is a nonprofit organization that represents all registered NDs in Colorado. Established in 1984, we are the only Colorado association recognized by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).
Naturopathic medicine is transforming the health and lives of millions of Coloradans. The CoAND exists to energize and uplift the naturopathic profession in our state so that more Coloradans can benefit from this natural and effective healthcare option.
Naturopathic medicine in the state of Colorado is largely undiscovered. Although a bill was passed in 2013 to legally register NDs, the scope of practice in our state is limited. Our NDs are restricted from practicing to their potential, and patients miss out on therapies that could help them heal.
The CoAND funds legislative efforts, educates healthcare professionals and the public, and collaborates with other organizations. Our end goal is to advance the naturopathic profession in Colorado.
We believe that when naturopathic medicine flourishes in our state, more Coloradans will enjoy access to a form of natural and holistic healthcare that could transform their health and their lives.
Our Board of Directors
Kelsey Asplin, ND, CKTP
President of the Board
Dr. Kelsey practices as a naturopathic primary care doctor. This means that she is able to support all of her patients in a variety of health concerns, including gut health, fatigue and stress, and mitochondrial dysfunction. Dr. Kelsey partners with patients starting at 8 years of age, is very comfortable working with adolescents, and sees many adults and seniors, however her focus at this time is with high-performing professionals, such as entrepreneurs, CEOs, athletes, and celebrities.
Her passion for functional medicine, as well as the naturopathic determinants of health, inspires her to approach every treatment plan first with nutrition and lifestyle recommendations. Her goal is to bring the body into harmony by assisting patients with inflammation, sleep improvement, and immune wellness.
Dr Kelsey owns the Denver Naturopathic Clinic and can be found at www.denvernaturopathic.com. She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the President of the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner. When she isn’t seeing patients, she trains in kickboxing and weight lifting, enjoys country line dancing, and loves adventuring with her husband and their malamute, Rudy.
James Gilchrist, ND, LAc
Vice President of the board
Born in Denver and raised in Parker, Dr. Gilchrist got to spend two years in Argentina just before he was 20. He returned home with a hunger for foreign travel, and a desire to become a prevention-oriented doctor. Still ignorant to Naturopathic Medicine, he found a home in studying about and visiting the Middle East on several occasions. Upon returning home from Iraq in 2011, he found a career where he could stay in Colorado. Dr. Gilchrist’s private practice, Parker Natural Medicine, was established in 2016. Dr. Gilchrist is also part-time faculty at The Metropolitan State University of Denver and the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Outside of work, he enjoys camping, hiking, cooking and spending time with this family.
Jessie Miller, ND
Secretary of the board
Karly Powell, ND
Treasurer of the Board
Dr. Powell graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR and completed their competitive teaching residency in naturopathic primary care before moving to Colorado. In her practice at Hälsa Naturopathic Medicine in Colorado Springs, she provides general naturopathic care to all ages and is particularly passionate about helping patients solve the puzzle of complex chronic illnesses like autoimmune disease, environmental toxicity, dementia and Alzheimer’s, and chronic infections. As a snowboarder, skier, mountain biker, outdoor enthusiast, and competitive triathlete, Dr. Powell also has a special interest in working with athletes to enhance performance and prevent and treat injuries.
Karina Wallace, ND
Danica Woods, ND
Marisa Soski, ND, MS, FABNO
Dr. Marisa Soski is Co-Owner of Matrix Wellness in Boulder, CO and is board-certified in Naturopathic Oncology. She was first introduced to natural medicine at a young age when her mom would refer to Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis Balch to address health concerns in their family. She was not interested in becoming a doctor until she was exposed to Naturopathic Medicine and alternative cancer therapies while completing her undergraduate degree at San Francisco State University (SFSU) and immediately changed her trajectory towards a profession in the healing arts and attending the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM). In her free time she enjoys cooking meals with friends and family, tending to her off-grid homestead outside Estes Park, and spending time in nature.
Shayna Keller, ND
Rosia Parrish, ND
Secretary of the Board
Dr. Rosia Parrish is a naturopathic physician who specializes in infertility treatment, including complex cases such as unexplained infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, failed IVF, advanced maternal age, poor ovarian reserve, and male factor infertility. She is owner and founder of Naturopathic Wellness Center of Boulder telehealth practice at www.nawellness-boulder.com
Dr. Parrish graduated with the highest honors of summa cum laude with distinction from CU Boulder. She earned a degree in medical anthropology with a concentration in pharmaceutical politics and later worked in clinical trial research for over a decade.
Dr. Parrish is an esteemed member of several professional organizations, including the American Association for Naturopathic Physicians, Colorado Association for Naturopathic Doctors, Naturopathic Medicine Institute, and American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
Joy T. Maples