Fairfield Family Health is home to a robust team of experts and family physicians that all share the same vision of creating a healthier and happier community.
Our staff includes naturopathic physicians, primary care provider, nutritionist, physical therapist, and craniosacral therapist so that all of your healthcare needs can be addressed, and you can receive the support you need to uncover your best self.

Jaquel Patterson, ND, MBA : Medical Director

Jaquel Patterson, ND, MBA is a naturopathic physician with over 10 years of clinical experience and is the current President for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Her practice focuses on autoimmune conditions, bone and joint pain, Lyme disease and tick-borne illnesses, asthma and allergy (food and environmental), childhood developmental disorders (autism spectrum disorder, ADHD/ADD, and PANS/PANDAS) women’s health and anxiety/depression.

Dr. Patterson had a passion for alternative medicine at an early age. She observed the benefits of alternative healing practices growing up as a child. Further inspiration for pursuing naturopathic medicine came from her adolescence when Dr. Patterson saw her mother struggle with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis and noticed the many unmet needs in the conventional treatments; this instilled in her, a desire and hope for a better way to provide care.

After completing her undergraduate degree at Cornell University and working a few years in the business field, she pursued and completed her doctoral degree at the University of Bridgeport, College of Naturopathic Medicine.

Since then, she has pursued a path of medicine with the core naturopathic tenets in mind “treat the whole person” and find the underlying cause of disease. Her approach is anything but traditional, aiming to meet people where they are at, creating a comfortable space and environment to get to the root cause of disease, and partnering and empowering others to, as she says, “get back to self”.

Dr. Patterson additionally has extensive experience as a presenter both nationally and locally on integrative medicine and pain management, chronic disease conditions, autoimmune conditions and its application in clinical practice. She’s had multiple appearances on Channel 12 news, Cablevision’s Health Talk, Bottom Line on Your Health and Green Medics radio and written publications like Naturopathic Doctor News & Review (NDNR).

She also is the co-chair for DMHAS Statewide Integrative Medicine Collaborative, Medical Advisor for ZyCal Bioceuticals Healthcare, and is a community ambassador for the Lupus Foundation of America.

Darin Ingels, ND, FAAEM

Dr. Ingels is a respected leader in natural medicine with numerous publications, international lectures and more than 26 years experience in the healthcare field. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from Purdue University and his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Ingels completed a residency program at the Bastyr Center for

Natural Health. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Ingels worked as a clinical microbiologist/immunologist at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. He is a Fellow in good standing with the American Academy of Environmental Medicine.

Dr. Ingels is a licensed naturopathic physician in the State of Connecticut and a licensed Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine in the State of California, where he maintains practices in both states. He is also Board certified in Integrated Pediatrics by the American Association of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Ingels is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the American Association of Integrative Medicine, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and many State associations. Dr. Ingels is currently a Board member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and former Board member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Dr. Ingels has been published extensively and is the author of The Natural Pharmacist: Lowering Cholesterol (Prima, 1999) and Natural Treatments for High Cholesterol (Prima, 2000). He is a former medical journalist and contributing author to Healthnotes Newswire, a medical report of the latest journal articles on nutritional and botanical medicine. He has also written a chapter on allergy desensitization for autistic children in “Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism” (Skyhorse, 2014). He is the author of the upcoming book on Lyme disease, The Lyme Solution: A 5-Part Plan to Fight the Inflammatory Auto-Immune Response and Beat Lyme Disease (Avery, March 2018), which will cover an integrative, natural approach to the treatment and management of Lyme disease.

Dr. Ingels’ practice focuses on environmental medicine with special emphasis on chronic immune dysfunction, including Lyme disease, autism, allergies, asthma, PANDAS, recurrent or persistent infections and other genetic or acquired immune problems. His practice is comprised of both children and adults. He uses diet, nutrients, herbs, homeopathy and immunotherapy to help his patients achieve better health.

Mark Sanders, ND

Dr. Mark Sanders began his studies at the University of Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology/Molecular Biology. While researching new medications for Alcohol detoxification and Cancer at Roger Williams General Hospital in Providence, RI, he became interested in Naturopathic Medicine after his youngest son was treated for ear infections and eczema as an infant using homeopathy and was cured. He received his Naturopathic medical training at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA where he graduated with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Sanders also teaches Craniosacral Therapy nationally and serves on the Board of Directors of the Integrative Bodyworks Institute. Dr. Sanders specializes in Craniosacral Therapy, however he is available for consultations in general naturopathic family medicine for both children and adults.

Jessica Drummond, DCN, CNS, PT, NBC-HWC

Having two decades of experience in women’s and pelvic health as a physical therapist and functional nutritionist, plus owning a private women’s health clinical nutrition and coaching practice, gives her a unique perspective on the integrative, conservative options for common women’s health conditions. Dr. Drummond specializes in working with adolescent girls and women with pelvic pain (endometriosis, vulvodynia, interstitial cystitis, pelvic floor dysfunction, pudendal neuralgia, etc.), hormonal imbalances, PCOS, preconception and fertility support, postpartum recovery, and general chronic pain and fatigue management.

Dr. Drummond was educated at the University of Virginia, Emory University, Duke Integrative Medicine, and Maryland University of Integrative Health. She regularly speaks internationally on women’s and pelvic health topics for patients and practitioners.


Katherine A. Golar, M.D. Internal Medicine Consultant

Boston University School of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Medicine

Cornell University – College of Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) English/pre-med

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