Team NMNM.

Meet the NMNM team.

Come visit with our caring, friendly staff of
Naprapathic Medicine of New Mexico.

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Dr. Patrick Nuzzo, DN

Co-Founder

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Dr. Kirsten LaVista, DN

Co-Founder

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Dr. Christianna Clow, DN

Doctor of Naprapathy

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Dr. Denise Gabaldon-Thronas, DN

Doctor of Naprapathy

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Dr. Renee Nix, DN

Doctor of Naprapathy/Safety Officer

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Dr. Travis Mason, DN, DC, MS

Doctor of Naprapathy

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Karen Benavente

Patient Care Coordinator

Dr. Patrick Nuzzo, DN

Co-Founder

Patrick Nuzzo started his journey in Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) in 1974 when he began his studies to become a nutritionist. He worked as an independent contractor in the natural foods industry formulating, marketing and distributing nutritional supplements. Dr. Nuzzo developed several lines of nutritional supplements for the natural foods industry including a sports nutrition line for Walter Payton whom he partnered with in the venture, and developed products for Kraft General Foods and Anheuser Busch. 

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In 1979, he began Naprapathic education and graduated in 1983. Since then Dr. Nuzzo has opened, staffed and managed successful Naprapathic practices in Santa Barbara, California; Arlington Heights, Illinois; Lake Zurich, Illinois; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In 2000, he helped introduce the Naprapathic Practice Act of New Mexico, and in 2004 got it signed into law making it possible for Naprapaths to practice in New Mexico. In 2006, Dr. Nuzzo was issued a license in New Mexico to open a Naprapathic college and grant the degree of Doctor of Naprapathic Medicine. In 2006, he incorporated Southwest University of Naprapathic Medicine and Health Sciences (SUNM) and began the process of accreditation in 2007 after devolping the curriculum for the Naprapathic degree.

SUNM opened in 2010 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

Dr. Kirsten LaVista, DN

Co-Founder

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Dr. Christianna Clow, DN

Doctor of Naprapathy

Dr. Clow (pronounced Clō), is a healthy lifestyle advocate and specializes in vitamin, mineral and nutritional therapeutics in conjunction with Naprapathic treatments. Her journey into natural and holistic medicine began as a little girl at her Grandma and Grandpa’s, where during each visit she would ravenously read their book “The Doctor’s Book of Home Remedies”.
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Dr. Denise Gabaldon-Thronas, DN

Doctor of Naprapathy

I am from northern NM and live in Ohkay Owingeh Reservation with my husband and three sons. Obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from New Mexico State University. In my Doctoral Studies in Naprapathy I have enhanced my experience and knowledge in manipulative medicine techniques to include soft tissue work, spinal alignment and nutritional counseling.
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Dr. Nix

Doctor of Naprapathy

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Dr. Travis Mason, DC, MS

Doctor of Naprapathy

Dr. Travis Mason graduated from the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon with a Doctor of Chiropractic and a Masters in Exercise and Sports Science. Specializing in chiropractic adjustments to the spine and extremities, he is also well versed in numerous myofascial soft tissue release techniques which can improve range of motion and function and provides and teaches therapeutic exercises. 

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Karen Benavente

Patient Care Coordinator

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