Dr. Alexis Chesney

Dr. Alexis Chesney


Alexis Chesney MS, ND, LAc is a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist specializing in Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Originally from New York, Dr. Alexis Chesney received a BA from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts. She earned a Masters in Science in acupuncture from the University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute and a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Connecticut. She is one of the first naturopathic students to complete a hospital-based medical rotation. With five of her colleagues from across the nation, she founded the Naturopathic Medical Student Association, which is a recipient of the AANP President's Award. Naturopathic residency brought Alexis to Vermont, where she has continued to work with a team of integrative practitioners at Sojourns Community Health Clinic, in Westminster. She has dedicated her practice to the treatment of Lyme and tick-borne diseases. She also has a private practice in Northampton, Massachusetts. She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), Vermont Association of Naturopathic Physicians (VANP), the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) and a founding full member of International Society for Environmentally Acquired Illness (ISEAI). Dr. Chesney served on the Board of Directors and is currently the Naturopathic Medicine Committee Chair for the ILADS. She serves as a preceptor for the ILADEF Physician Training Program. She has been featured as an expert on tick-borne illness at the ILADS conference, as well as at other professional and patient-focused conferences, on local talk radio, and in various news publications.

Lyme Prevention and Dispelling Common Myths (1 CEU)

Day 1 - May 21st 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Summary of Lecture: Without an effective vaccine, accurate testing, or simple effective treatment, we must stop the spread of Lyme and tick-borne diseases (TBD) through prevention. In this presentation, Dr. Chesney will review the various ticks found in North America and the disease-causing pathogens that they carry. She will provide strategies for preventing tick bites and discuss the six steps to take after a tick bite. The signs, symptoms and treatment of the most common tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease will also be discussed.

Key Learning Points of Lecture: -Identify North American ticks -Discuss tick attachment times and pathogen transmission -Identify the signs and symptoms of Lyme and other TBD -Describe ways in which you can prevent tick bites through personal behavior changes and actions taken to address the landscape -Describe the steps to take after getting bitten by a tick -Discuss options for treatment of acute Lyme and TBD


Lyme Prevention and Dispelling Common Myths (1 CEU) (9:00 am - 10:00 am)