BIOGRAPHY

Biography

Elisabete Cruz, ND, MAc., Dipl.Ac., MBMS, received her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Bridgeport. She earned her BS in Biology and her BA in Psychology from Kean University.  She completed her Master of BioMedical Science from Rutgers University - SOM (School of Osteopathic Medicine, formerly UMDNJ) and her Master in Acupuncture from the University of Bridgeport.  

Dr. Cruz is a board certified NCCAOM Acupuncture Diplomat and is currently licensed as an acupuncturist in the state of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut. She holds post-doctoral certifications in Facial Rejuvenation and Aesthetics acupuncture.  She anticipates her successful completion in functional medicine as an IFMCP in the year 2022.

For over a decade, Dr. Cruz worked as an EMT in the Emergency Department in the city of Newark, NJ.  There she learned about the life-saving procedures patients would have to endure after abusing a lifetime of unhealthy lifestyle.  She knew her role in medicine would be preventative care which would bring her to naturopathic and functional medicine. Through her education and experiences she saw how a multidisciplinary medical practice with acupuncture, functional medicine, massage therapy, and chiropractic care complemented each other to treat the whole person. As she moved through the different stages of her education in clinical rotations and internships she discovered an interest in Gastrointestinal health, Neurologic health, Skin and nutrition.

 

 

 

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology from Kean University

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Kean University

  • Master of Biomedical Science from UMDNJ-SOM/Rutgers University

  • Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from University of Bridgeport

  • Master of Acupuncture from University of Bridgeport

  • Board Certified NCCAOM Acupuncture Diplomate 

  • Certified Facial Rejuvenation and Aesthetics Acupuncture from ICAS

  • NESH - New England School of Homeopathy certified practitioner, degree anticipated in 2022

  • Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner, degree anticipated 2022

 

Experience

  • Adjunct Professor at University of Scranton, PA - Instructor of Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, 

  • Private Instructor at Seton Hall University, NJ - Instructor of Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Genetics 

 

Professional Associations

  • Pennsylvania Association of Naturopathic Physicians (PANP)

  • New Jersey Association of Naturopathic Physicians (NJANP)

  • New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians (NYANP)

  • Connecticut Naturopathic Physicians Association (CNPA)

  • American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)

  • Gastroenterology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (GastroANP)

  • National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)

  • Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)