Committee Members Bio
Dr. David Field, N.D., L.Ac.
David Field was an inaugural member of the original Naturopathic Advisory Council and was appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly twice to the Council. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Colorado College in 1975. He earned his Naturopathic Doctor degree at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, graduating in 1985. Upon graduation, he moved to San Francisco, where he co-founded the California Association of Naturopathic Physicians (now California Naturopathic Doctors Association). After completing the Certificate program at the San Francisco College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, he successfully passed the California Acupuncture Board exam in 1986 and is licensed in California as an acupuncturist. Dr. Field is the first licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND-1) in California – his license granted in January 2005.
Dr. Tara Levy, N.D.
Dr. Tara Levy, ND, received her B.A. from Vassar College and her doctorate in naturopathic medicine (ND) from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. While at Bastyr, Dr. Levy also pursued her certificate in midwifery so that she can truly provide care throughout all phases of life. She currently is the medical director of Tara Natural Medicine, a family practice with offices in Lafayette and Oakland, California. In her work with children and adults Dr. Levy utilizes a variety of natural therapies including nutrition, botanical medicine, and homeopathy. A popular lecturer, Dr. Levy speaks frequently to both public and professional groups on natural healing for women and children. In addition to her practice, Dr. Levy is the current vice-chair of the Naturopathic Doctor's Committee under the Osteopathic Medical Board and the past-president of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association.
Greta D’Amico, N.D.
Greta Hauck D'Amico, ND, received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science from UC Berkeley in 1990 and her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in 2004. She is currently President of the Four Rivers Naturopathic Clinic where she sees patients of all ages with her husband, Sandro D'Amico, ND, in Auburn. She utilizes several novel approaches to help her patients, including classical homeopathy, biotherapeutic drainage and European biological medicine, counseling and physical medicine.
Dr. D'Amico has been active in the California Association of Naturopathic Doctors since 2004 and has served the association as Legislative Lead. She is also a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and P.E.O., a philanthropic organization that raises money for women's education. She is multi-lingual and has lived and studied in Norway, France, Thailand and Costa Rica.
Michael Hirt, M.D.
Michael Hirt, M.D. obtained his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed his Internal Medicine training while conducting medical research at UCLA. Dr. Hirt pursued specialty training in Nutrition at UCLA's Center for Human Nutrition, and he is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Nutrition.
While at UCLA, Dr. Hirt also studied acupuncture and herbal medicine which allows him to practice a style of medicine termed, Integrative Medicine. When evaluating a patient, Dr. Hirt pulls together, or "integrates," the best therapies from Western science, Eastern traditions, and Nutritional disciplines to form a comprehensive, multi-layered medical program that treats the whole person.
Dr. Hirt's medical practice is The Center for Integrative Medicine, located in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California. As an active member of the UCLA Clinical Faculty, Dr. Hirt teaches Nutrition and Internal Medicine to medical students. Dr. Hirt is also a featured lecturer at public and societal forums and his counsel is frequently sought by industry clients and the media.
Myles Spar, MD, MPH
Myles Spar, MD, MPH directs the Integrative Medicine program at the Simms-Mann Health and Wellness Center at Venice Family Clinic and is a Board Certified Internist in private practice as well as a clinical Instructor at the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Spar is board certified in Internal Medicine and completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine with the University of Arizona CIM. He has presented internationally on issues relating to bringing integrative medicine to diverse settings, including underserved communities. He recently co-edited an edition in the Andrew Weil series with Oxford University Press on Integrative Men’s Health. Dr. Spar is the recipient of the Bravewell Award for Leadership in Integrative Medicine in 2013.
Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Dr. Spar attended the University of Michigan Medical School, from where he graduated in 1993. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Tulane University and then pursued a fellowship in Health Services Research at UCLA while earning a Masters in Public Health.
Dr. Spar has founded a new 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to facilitating access to Integrative Medicine among the underserved, Integrative Medicine Access.
Gregory Weisswasser, ND
Dr. Gregory Weisswasser, ND began health education by earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Health and Humanities from Michigan State University. He went on to earn his Naturopathic Doctorate from Bastyr University in 2004. Dr. Weisswasser then moved to Grass Valley California, where he was one of the first to receive a California Naturopathic Doctors license.
He opened a Naturopathic Medical clinic with his wife, Dr. Carolyn Weisswasser, ND. He practices in Grass Valley providing primary care and physical medicine. He is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the California Naturopathic Doctors Association. Dr. Weisswasser was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the Osteopathic Medical Board of California prior to his appointment to the Naturopathic Medicine Committee.
Thyonne Gordon, Ph.D.
Thyonne Gordon, Ph.D. is an accomplished writer and social profit management expert. Gordon is featured in Chicken Soup for the African American Soul by Lisa Nichols, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen and Will I Marry Me? by Chante´ Moore. Gordon is in the process of releasing her own social profit management books.
Gordon is a prominent member of the philanthropic community. She participates in numerous coalitions and holds appointments on various boards and committees including; Pacifica University in Santa Barbara and Ultimate Transformations in Los Angeles. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., A Public Service Sorority, the Black MBA Association and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Gordon’s gift in bringing stories of significance to light and enhancing social profit organizations for on-purpose success, is unparalleled. She is committed to positive strategic and sustainable growth in the social profit sector.
Alexander Kim received his MBA from Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management and B.S. Biology from the University of California Irvine. He previously served on the California Board of Optometry from 2011-2015. Alexander is currently a Senior Advisor to the City of Los Angeles Councilmember David E. Ryu (4th District) and volunteers as a Community Advisory Commissioner under the Orange County District Attorney, Tony Rackaukus.
Prior to his current position, Alexander was a Community Relations Manager for the Southern California Gas Company from 2011-2015 and served as Deputy Director (L.A. Regional Office) to former California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger from 2004 to 2010. He was also Central Area Director to former City of Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn from 2001-2004.
Dara Thompson, N.D.
Dara Thompson, N.D., received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from The National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. After 5 years of clinical practice she completed a 1-year post-graduate training in Environmental Medicine. Dr. Thompson taught Anatomy and Physiology as well as Clinical Nutrition and the Hawaii College of Oriental Medicine for 9 years.
Dr. Thompson currently practices at Azzolino Chiropractic Neurology and Integrative Wellness in San Francisco. In this dynamic setting she enjoys active collaboration with medical doctors and chiropractors. Dr. Thompson has been in practice since 2002 and her passion for medicine continues to grow. She combines the foundations of naturopathic medicine with her knowledge of environmental influences and genomic analysis to find solutions for complex medical conditions.