Collaborative Natural Health Partners

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315 E Center St

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Insurance
Health insurance has become a dynamic landscape with very customized policies. Some insurance plans may underwrite out specific benefits, such as naturopathic care. The best way to know your coverage is to call your insurance company and ask if you have naturopathic coverage. If you have questions, our billing team is always eager to help Please call our office during working hours or send us a question through the contact form.
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Collaborative Natural Health Partners

Our medicine should be accessible to everyone.

We accept all major insurance policies, including medicare advantage. We have partnered with our local hospital and blood labs to make as much functional medicine testing covered by insurance as possible. With family medicine physicians partnering with naturopathic physicians, integrative medicine is more accessible than ever before.

Teamwork

Your physicians are here for you. This means we work together and with the rest of your team to offer the best quality care possible.

Your physicians work with you. We take time to educate you on your blood tests, health conditions and the underlying causes to any symptoms you may have. You will feel heard, respected and supported by everyone from the receptionist to the medical assistants and especially from your doctor.  We are on your team. Part of healing is understanding your health and learning from whatever messages your body is giving you.

Treat the Patient 

Our team meets patients where they are and helps them map a plan for their health journey. Dietary and lifestyle changes can take time to implement. Your physicians are here to support you in the healing process. Every step will be supported and understood. You don’t have to take on more than you are ready for and we are with you every step of the way.

Address the Cause

Many health conditions are treated with palliative care or otherwise are managed with medication that suppresses the body’s actions. While these can be necessary, functional medicine offers a deeper understanding of underlying causes of disease and has a different focus. Helping the body help itself. Our physicians have additional training to look for imbalances, deficiencies and look for the places your body needs additional support.

Our Vision

We are changing the face of medicine.  We are building a new model where patient centered care means collaborating across specialties. We are building community- for patients and physicians that promotes wellness and collaboration.  We partner with patients and focus on empowerment of the patient through education and lifestyle medicine. We are leaders in health, committed to excellence of care and personal education and growth as physicians.  We value sustainable and affordable healthcare and are committed to offering services to the community. We meet patients where they are and help them engage in their health in a meaningful way.

Providers at Collaborative Natural Health Partners

Dr. Carissa Fioritto
Address: 315 E Center St
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Postal Code: 06042
Dr. Carissa Fioritto received her nursing degree from Wayne State University in Michigan.  Called to do more for the healthcare system and her patients, she went on to pursue her naturopathic degree at National University of Health Sciences in Illinois. She moved from the Midwest to Connecticut to join Collaborative Natural Health Partners. She has completed additional training in integrative oncology.  She is certified in IV nutrient therapy. Her most recent certifications include microneedling and platelet rich plasma (PRP). Dr. Fioritto believes in laying a strong foundation of health with lifestyle goals. Her treatment plans are customized using targeted nutrients, herbal therapies, and IV therapy. One of her passions is educating patients on how the body works and how to optimize its function. Using her training, she wants to help you look and feel your best. While she has worked with a broad range of conditions, Dr. Fioritto has a special interest in digestive disorders, hormonal health including chronic fatigue, dermatologic conditions, anti-aging, and stress management. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and hiking around the Hartford area with her children and husband.
Dr. Ashley Burkman
Dr. Ashley Burkman earned her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the National University of Health Sciences in Chicago where her training included experience in outpatient settings in addition to rotations for the Chicago Salvation Army, an adult rehabilitative clinic. She then moved to Connecticut and joined Collaborative Natural Health Partners and has been part of the team for over six years now. Her favorite part of working with this team is the strength there is in collaborating on patient care. “There are so many ways to look at a case and through grand round discussions we are able to cultivate the best treatment plan.” The idea that food can be used as medicine is what lead Dr. Burkman to naturopathic medicine. From her own struggles with chronic skin ailments and fatigue, she learned how food and digestive health are a paramount to one’s health. Seeking the root cause for presenting symptoms are a cornerstone of both Dr. Burkman’s practice and of naturopathic medicine. While she does see a variety of health conditions and treats patients of all ages, she has particular interest in autoimmune conditions, endocrine disorders and all things digestive health related. She is a Wahl’s Protocol ® certified health professional, a certification that designates additional training in diet therapy geared toward those who suffer autoimmune or other chronic illnesses. Commitment to the growth of the naturopathic profession led her to be appointed to the Board of Trustees of her Alma Mater for which she has served since 2015. Additionally, she served a two-year term on Endocrinology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and is an active member of the Connecticut Naturopathic Association. She is an adjunct faculty member of the University of New England School of Osteopathic Medicine, which allows her to...
Dr. Lauren Young
Dr. Lauren Young studied health psychology at the University of Connecticut and was involved in research on cardiovascular health at UCONN Medical Center. She received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the University of Bridgeport. Dr. Young worked in many integrative settings, from acupuncture for detoxification at Lincoln Memorial Hospital to naturopathic care at Yale affiliated Griffin Hospital. She has worked in integrative settings, side by side gastroenterologists and other specialists offering evidence based natural medicine to enhance conventional treatment and support the body’s natural ability to heal. Her multi-specialty clinic resides in Manchester, Connecticut, however, she lectures extensively through out New England in both public and professional arenas and writes extensively for public and professional journals. She regularly lectures on functional cardiology to physicians and has participated in Schwartz Grand Rounds for her work with oncology patients. Dr. Young is clinical faculty for the residency program at Manchester Hospital, teaching conventional physicians the importance of natural medicine for the University of New England. In 2018 Dr. Young became the first naturopathic physician to have privileges at Manchester Memorial Hospital where she provides inpatient care. She uses her expertise in nutrition, botanical medicine and functional medicine along with conventional diagnostic skills and laboratory tests to offer individualized treatments for patients of all ages. Dr. Young specializes in autoimmune, GI and endocrine conditions as well as oncology and immunology. Dr. Young has served a board member for the state Naturopathic board, as well as an active member of the National and state association and the Oncology Naturopathic Association. In her spare time, Dr. Young enjoys being a mother and wife, gardening, yoga and traveling about New England.
Dr. Anthony Pascucci
Dr. Anthony Pascucci graduated from the University of Bridgeport School of Naturopathic Medicine. Prior to attending medical school, he worked successfully in health care public relations. He became inspired by the tenets of naturopathic medicine and returned to academia as an adult student to earn a Bachelor of Science in Medical Science and minor in Advanced Clinical Nutrition from Misericordia University in Pennsylvania. While in the naturopathic medicine program at UB, he was very active in student organizations, including roles as President of the Naturopathic Student Government Association, President of the Garden Club, helping maintain UB’s medicinal garden with his beloved teacher and mentor, Dr. Eugene Zampieron (fun fact: the medicinal garden was started by Dr. Young!), Vice-President of the Meditation Club, and Chair of the Annual Polar Plunge Committee – his favorite activity in the program! He also had the distinction of being a Pathfinder at the Center for Excellence in Generative Medicine, where he received training and tutelage from Dr. Peter D’Adamo, and did elective coursework in Generative Medicine. Dr. Pascucci maintains a strong focus on practicing physical medicine, including particularly gentle osteopathic techniques to address abdominal and gastrointestinal concerns. He regularly cares for patients with gastrointestinal disorders, men’s health issues, and chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, arthritis and diabetes. Dr. P’s future goals for his career include becoming certified in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT), with the goal of specializing with patients ranging from newborns with tongue-ties or other orofacial dysfunctions, to adults who continue maladaptive patterns as a result of unresolved dysfunctions. Having been born with a tongue-tie himself, this is an area Dr. P feels very passionate about. This personal connection formed the basis for his thesis in medical school, A New Protocol for Clinically Diagnosing Craniofacial Dysfunction,...
Dr. Craig Fasullo
Dr. Craig Fasullo was raised in a small town outside of New York City. He is a graduate of Cornell University and the School of Naturopathic Medicine at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. He has received extensive additional training in both botanical and homeopathic medicines with renowned experts in the fields. Through thousands of hours of clinical experience, he has become skilled in the treatment of both acute and chronic disease, focused on maximizing the health and well-being of each patient. Dr. Fasullo works with individuals in addressing a broad range of conditions, including gastrointestinal & cardiovascular health, musculoskeletal pain, endocrine/hormone imbalance & men’s health. He has helped innumerable people overcome long-standing fatigue, find optimal wellness, and regain the vitality of their lives. Dr. Fasullo has a strong cardiovascular focus, going far beyond the standard cholesterol panel to get a fuller, more comprehensive view of heart heath. Whether it is considering alternative treatment options or concentrating on preventative measures, he uses advanced testing methods to individualize his approach to maintaining a healthy heart. He has lectured to both physicians and the general public on the topic of functional cardiology and continues to pursue the cutting-edge research on this vitally important topic. Additionally, Dr. Fasullo has a passion for hands-on physical medicine, incorporating years of training in diverse modalities including osteopathic manipulation, structural integration, bowen therapy, and myofascial technique. By addressing all aspects of the musculoskeletal system (muscle, bone, nerve, and fascia), he is able to treat both acute and chronic pain conditions, improving quality of life without resorting to drugs or surgery. Dr. Fasullo is a licensed naturopathic physician in the state of Connecticut. He has been active on both state and national levels, working...
Dr. Megan Lester
Address: 315 E Center St
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Postal Code: 06040
Dr. Megan Lester completed her undergraduate studies at UConn where she received a degree in Allied Health Sciences. While at UConn, she participated in a study abroad program in Beijing, China where she had the opportunity to study Traditional Chinese Medicine alongside experienced professionals in the field. Dr. Lester also competed on the UConn track & field team. She then earned her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from National University of Health Sciences in Illinois. There, she took additional coursework to get certified in acupuncture and Nasal Release Technique. She broadened her patient care by participating in a rotation at the Salvation Army rehabilitation clinic in downtown Chicago. Dr. Lester has a particular interest in treating autoimmune, endocrine, and digestive conditions, including IBS and SIBO. She has a strong drive for working to reduce the risk of cognitive decline and neurodegeneration in susceptible individuals. She aims to individualize care and treat the whole person while utilizing clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, and lifestyle counseling.  In her free time, she enjoys playing sports, cooking, journaling, and spending time with her cat, Bear.
Dr. Nicholas Edgerton
Dr. Nick Edgerton studied Sports Biology, Nutrition and Chemistry at Springfield College where he participated in exercise science research. Dr. Edgerton went on to pursue his interest in natural medicine at the University of Bridgeport where he received a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters in Acupuncture. Dr. Edgerton has taken advantage of opportunities to study herbal medicine with native healers in Jamaica and the West Indies, in addition to volunteering medical services in an underserved area of Guatemala. Dr. Edgerton sees patients with a variety of health concerns including men’s health, diabetes management, thyroid dysfunction and digestive disorders. Dr. Edgerton also utilizes Acupuncture for a number of conditions including pain, recovery, and insomnia. Dr. Edgerton is passionate about supporting the expansion of Naturopathic Medicine. He has pushed legislative efforts to expand the scope of practice for naturopathic doctors in the state of Connecticut and is hopeful for improving access to Naturopathic Doctors nationwide. When not treating patients, Dr. Edgerton, a Connecticut native, enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, running, gardening, and boating.

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