About the CoAND

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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).

Our Misson

There is an untapped potential for naturopathic medicine to transform the health and the lives of millions of Coloradans. The CoAND exists to energize and uplift the naturopathic profession in our state so that more Coloradans can reap the benefits of this natural and holistic healthcare option.

Our Story

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.

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Our Board of Directors

Grace Charles, ND, LAc

Grace Charles, ND, LAc

President of the Board

Dr. Charles graduated from Bastyr University in 2012 and has been providing naturopathic care to Coloradoans ever since. She currently resides in Steamboat Springs, CO, working with an integrative team of mental health and functional medicine experts. She specializes in women’s health and fertility. She has been serving on the board of directors for the CoAND for 5 years.

Kelsey Asplin, ND

Kelsey Asplin, ND

Vice President of the Board

Dr. Kelsey Asplin, a Colorado Native and manager of the Denver Naturopathic Clinic, has a passion for helping people live their best existence. While she does practice Naturopathic primary care medicine and works with many kinds of patients, she currently has a special focus in men’s health. She helps men and couples reclaim their vitality so that they can perform optimally in life. Dr. Kelsey also lectures in the Integrative Health Care program at MSU Denver and she is the Vice President for the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

Cheri King, ND

Cheri King, ND

Treasurer of the Board

Dr. Cheri King embraced her passion for Naturopathic Medicine after personally experiencing years of poor health and the lack of solutions that were available via conventional methods. After discovering and personally experiencing the benefits of Naturopathic medicine, Dr. King fully embraced her new passion, ultimately leaving her CPA career and becoming a Naturopathic doctor. Her drive to “give back” to the Naturopathic community, led her to Co-found the Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA) and to currently serve on the board of the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Doctors (COAND).

Nicole Largent, ND

Nicole Largent, ND

Secretary of the Board

Dr. Nicole Largent graduated from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA in 2018. She is the founder of Terrain Integrative Medicine in Centennial, CO where aims to provide women with body-positive naturopathic medical care. Dr. Largent is passionate about helping women learn to care for their health without dieting. She sits currently as the secretary and membership committee chair of the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CoAND) with a desire to continue to push the Colorado naturopathic medical profession forward.

Ashley Biscoe, ND, MPH

Ashley Biscoe, ND, MPH

Board Member

Dr. Biscoe graduated as class salutatorian from National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) in Lombard, Illinois. Prior to becoming a naturopathic doctor, she worked in the government and private research sectors of public health as a health educator and epidemiologist. She is co-founder of the Attune Functional Medicine clinic in Broomfield and Help for HS, a comprehensive online resource for people affected by hidradenitis suppurativa (a painful autoinflammatory skin disorder). Her clinical focus is helping people who struggle with complex illnesses, and many of her patients have traveled from other states and countries to work with her. Dr. Biscoe is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and serves as a board member and legislative chair for the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

James Gilchrist, ND, LAc

James Gilchrist, ND, LAc

Board Member

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.

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