Who Are Our Providers?


Kenneth B. Mitchell, NMD, RPh

Medical Director

“Dr. Mitchell saved my life. I have Lyme and I was not able to do anything. I’m slowly getting my life back and I am very thankful for Dr. Mitchell and his wonderful staff. They are very supportive and take Lyme disease seriously.”

Jennifer

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dr. Mitchell is a Pharmacist and Naturopathic Medical Doctor. Dr. Mitchell has spent 40+ years focusing on chronic infectious disease, environmental medicine, and autism recovery. Dr. Mitchell is an expert in Lyme disease and co-infections. He is featured in documentaries, guest speaker at ILADS and helps mentor naturopathic medical doctor students. Dr. Mitchell has written multiple successful protocols for infectious disease and works closely with medical scientists. Dr. Mitchell is a co-founder of Nizhoni Medicine. 

Areas of Focus:

  • Chronic Infectious Disease Including:
  • Lyme
  • Co-infections often associated with Lyme (Bartonella, Ehrlichia, Babesia, etc.)
  • Specialized Gastrointestinal and Neurological Testing related to Lyme disease
  • PANS/PANDAs
  • Specialized Protocols including Disulfiram Therapy
  • Environmental Toxicity
  • Mold and Mycotoxins
  • Heavy metal Toxicity – Chelation Therapy
  • Cardiac Chelation
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Thyroid Conditions
  • Autism
  • Peptide Therapy

Dr. Mitchell first realized his strong passion for helping people through the wellness field while working at a drugstore in high school. That experience inspired him to earn his graduate degree in pharmacy and help people for more than 24 years. While practicing as a compounding and consultant pharmacist, Dr. Mitchell learned that many of the drugs dispensed for treatment were ultimately harming patients by suppressing their symptoms while allowing the underlying cause of illness to remain untreated. With this epiphany, Dr. Mitchell decided to pursue medical school and provide patients with the best of both naturopathic and conventional medicine. He completed his medical degree from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.

Dr. Mitchell’s first experience in using natural, restorative healing came before he even entered medical school, when he helped both his wife Ann and a family member with debilitating illnesses. At 20 months old, the family member was diagnosed with autism and was told that there was nothing doctors could do to reverse the disorder. His love for these members of his family kept him from accepting these answers and urged him forward to find alternatives, which included DAN! (Defeat Autism Now) training education.

While in school to earn his NMD, Dr. Mitchell trained under leaders in environmental medicine and autism, including Walter Crinnion, ND, Jessica Tran, ND, William Rea, MD, and Elizabeth Mumper, MD. Through that work, Dr. Mitchell developed his own treatment protocols and was able to further reverse the autism disorder and allow his family member to recover, develop, and thrive as a neuro-typical child.

Armed with those experiences, his time as a pharmacist, and with a medical degree in hand, Dr. Mitchell opened Lifestream Wellness to focus on endocrine (hormone), immune, and neurological concerns — the prime areas involved with environmental toxicity and commonly found in chronic disease states. Dr. Mitchell also specializes in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), chronic inflammatory disease, chronic infectious disease, and autoimmune disorders. In his office, he has a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, and he has even designed a unique cardiovascular plaque removal protocol that reduces deposits by alternating treatments that remove the cholesterol then chelates out the calcifications and heavy metals.

Dr. Mitchell is a compassionate listener who empowers and educates his patients, allowing them to fully understand their health and the healing process. Dr. Mitchell is a dedicated advocate and trusted advisor for patients in their journey to tackle their initial health concerns, the restoration process, and their quest for maintaining a life of health and wellness.

Dr. Mitchell has completed training for diagnosing and treating Lyme Disease and the co-infections that accompany it through the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). Dr. Mitchell is a member of both ILADS and ACAM. His Lyme Literate education extends through ILADS, ACAM, and his naturopathic and pharmacy training. Learn more about how our approach to Chronic Infectious Disease can help you return to life as normal.

Sydney Sharaf, NMD

Physician

“Went in last Wednesday with a 103 temp and Covid. Within two hours my temp was 100 and the Viral IV and breathing treatment proved to be a game changer. Went back for 3 separate treatments and it’s the only reason I am feeling as good as I am. The first day they sent us home with a pack of medicines as we waited including breathing treatments and then we got the compound pharmacy drugs day three. Thank you to the good Dr and staff that helped my wife and I out when we were very down and out. We will tell anyone who we come in contact with about their process as it works perfectly.”

C.C.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dr. Sharaf is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor with a passion for guiding patients on their journey towards health and nutrition, with an emphasis on prevention. During an internship with her local hospital she ended up following a NMD during rounds and fell in love with the integrative approach that blended the healing power of nature and modern scientific medicine. She graduated with a Bachelors in Nutrition Science then continued onto completing her doctorate in naturopathic medicine at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, followed by a 1 year general medicine residency. 

She is determined to implement an integrative treatment approach in order to improve patient outcomes. Dr. Sharaf believes in providing individualized care using various natural therapies including nutrition, botanical medicine, acupuncture and IV nutrient therapy. She also has strong interest in integrative oncology and has formed partnerships with doctors around the valley to co-manage and care for oncology patients. Using state of the art genetic and diagnostic blood testing she provides opportunity to detect cancer mutations, which allows for highly specific individualized treatment plans.

In her free time she enjoys exercising, hiking, kayaking, and loves to travel. She spends time each year visiting family in Jordan.

Areas of Focus: 

  • Any Acute or Chronic Complaint
  • Long Covid-19 (aka Long Hauler or Post Covid-19 Syndrome)
  • GI Disorders Including Food Sensitivity Testing
  • Autoimmune Disorders and Rheumatology
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Integrative Oncology
  • General Med Exams
  • Chronic Pain Homeopathic Injections 
  • Cupping 
  • Acupuncture 
  • Chinese Medicine
  • Women’s Health and Weight-loss 

Paul Despres, NMD

Physician

“The doctor is very knowledgeable and everyone is very kind and helpful.”

Gaona Family

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dr. Paul Despres is a compassionate naturopathic medical doctor skilled in a wide variety of therapies focused on addressing the root causes of illness, empowering patients to optimal health, and emphasizing disease prevention. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, a license in massage therapy from Bellevue Massage School, and a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University most recently in 2016. Dr. Despres specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of complex, chronic illnesses including Lyme disease and associated tick-borne infections, long Covid-19, mold disease, environmental toxicity, chronic pain, gastrointestinal disorders, SIBO, mast cell activation (MCAS), auto-immune disease, cognitive decline, and general medicine.

His personal experience working through chronic joint pain, auto-immune disease, and Lyme Disease allows Dr. Despres to emphasize with his patients’ struggles. He too has seen countless conventional specialists who were unable to diagnose the causes of his symptoms nor could they offer true solutions. It was naturopathic medicine that brought answers and peace to his pain. Now as a naturopathic medical doctor, he takes his time to get to know his patients, understand all the variables causing their symptoms, and determine which bodily systems must be restored. His clinical skills include IV therapy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, detox/depuration therapies, physical medicine (spinal manipulation, massage, cupping, craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation), peptide therapy, orthomolecular medicine, mind-body medicine, low level laser therapy, frequency specific micro-current, and hydrotherapy. 

Dr. Despres has been a member of Nizhoni Functional Medicine since October 2021 when he moved to Tempe to support his partner Dr. Alexandra Mele, who is a first-year naturopathic medicine resident at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. He is a voting member of ILADS since 2021 and member of GastroANP since 2021.

Areas of Focus:

  • Any Acute or Chronic Complaint
  • Long Covid-19 (aka Long Hauler or Post Covid-19 Syndrome)
  • GI Disorders Including SIBO, Food Sensitivity Testing, & Specialized Stool Testing
  • Autoimmune Disorders and Rheumatology
  • Environmental Toxicity and Heavy Metal Chelation Therapy
  • Acute & Chronic Infectious Disease
  • Lyme Disease and Co-Infections (Bartonella, Babesia, Ehrlichia, Anaplasma, etc)
  • Mold and Mycotoxin Illness Including CIRS
  • Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS)
  • Allergies
  • Physical Medicine – Massage, Cupping, Spinal Adjustments
  • Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
  • Peptide Therapy

Kasandra Bujold, RN, FNP-S

Lab Director

“I can’t say enough about the care that I received from the Nizhoni team. I came in as I had just tested positive for Covid. They started me with a vitamin infusion and then provided me with a protocol for battling this stuff. After two weeks of adhering to their protocol, I am back at work and feeling pretty darn good. Not only did they give me stuff that helped heal me, but they did it with kindness and grace that truly let me know that they cared about me as a person and not just a patient. So, thank you Tanya and Cassie from the bottom of my heart.”

B.B.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Kasandra has over 18 years of experience being an RN. She has worked in the Emergency Department, Pediatric Emergency Department and holistic centers. She is very skilled in caring for chronically ill patients and children. She has a passion for helping patients who have been struggling to find a healthcare team who can meet their unique needs. Kasandra has obtained training in many different areas, including PRP facial injections and microneedling, as well as the “o shot” to assist with stress incontinence for women. 

She loves to travel and spend time with her husband and two daughters.  She is currently working on her NP degree at Grand Canyon University and will be done in September 2023. Kasandra has been very influential in the launch of our Urgent Care division and she currently oversees all acute care.

Areas of Focus: 

  • Urgent Care
  • Pediatrics 
  • PRP Vaginal Rejuvenation 
  • IV Therapy
  • Long Haul COVID
  • Vaccine Injury