Syed Alam, MD (Aruba), BSc (Hons.), CNP
Syed is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner from The Institute of Holistic Nutrition with First Class distinction and was the Valedictorian of his graduating class. He is also a Registered BioEnergetics Intolerance Elimination Practitioner and runs a practice seeing clients in Oakville Ontario. Prior to his Nutritional studies, Syed graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours degree in Bachelors of Science. He furthered his education with a Medical degree from Xavier University School of Medicine in Aruba. He had first hand clinical training experience in Atlanta, Georgia at various teaching hospitals. Syed is a compassionate professional, who is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to current natural health research. His unique educational background in Medicine combined with a holistic approach to healing, allows him to provide clients exceptional care. Clients are given the proper tools and information to allow their bodies to heal naturally. Through discovery of the root cause of symptoms clients are successfully able to reach optimum health. Syed teaches Human Anatomy & Physiology and Nutritional Pathology at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program.
Olivier Barré PhD Biochemistry, TCM
Dr. Olivier Barré earned a PhD in Biochemistry/Biomedicine with honors from the University of Bern (Switzerland) where he worked on copper homeostasis in bacteria and humans. Olivier continued in a postdoctoral position at UBC, doing research on breast and prostate cancer. At a young age, he developed an intrigue and passion for Chinese Medicine. Olivier decided to change his career path and obtained his Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (RTCMP) Diploma from the International College of TCM of Vancouver. Olivier fulfilled his dream of opening his own integrated practice Downtown, Vancouver 2016 and works as a TCM Practitioner. His vision has always been to combine his western science background with the natural holistic approach of Traditional Chinese medicine. Olivier teaches Biological Chemistry at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program and Nutrition According to Traditional Chinese Medicine at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online Continuing Education department.
Linda Bazinet, BSc MSc
Linda received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Toronto with a specialist in Zoology and a major in Biomedical Science. She then completed a Master of Science Degree in Cell Biology at McMaster University. Since 1988, Linda has taught at both Seneca and Sheridan College as well as doing private tutoring. Linda has taught a wide variety of science courses including Biology, Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Microbiology, Histology, Laboratory Techniques and Environmental Science. Many of these courses required extensive course development. Linda has taught groups of mature students including on site teaching at Connaught Laboratories and currently teaches Biological Chemistry, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Body Metabolism and Advanced Nutrition Research at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program and Applied Endocrinology at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online Continuing Education Department.
Candace Bell BA (Hons), CNP (Hons)
Candace holds a degree in fine arts and is a graduate of The Institute of Holistic Nutrition. She is both a visual artist and the founder of Holistic-as-Heck nutritional consulting. Her mission is to share the dramatic impact that diet and lifestyle can have on overall health, both mental and physical. With a big focus on digestive wellness, Candace teaches that how you eat can be just as important as what you eat. With dietary restrictions being an ever-shifting constant in her life, Candace has become a Kitchen Witch, skilled at adapting and creating recipes. For years she has facilitated Educational Dinner Parties in private homes, and has taught cooking classes and workshops in stores, homes, cafés, and schools throughout the greater Toronto area. Food ethics are especially important to her, and she has a special love for fermentation and incorporating herbal medicine. Candace’s approach is education-based. She loves getting people excited about reclaiming their personal power and creating total wellness. She specializes in delicious concoctions, self-empowering re-education, a noisy enthusiasm for eating, giggly times, and cheesy rhymes. Candace teaches Holistic Food Preparation and Comparative Diets at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program.
Angelika Bendrich, RPC, CNP
Angelika Bendrich is a Registered Practicing Counsellor, (RPC), Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP), and honours graduate of The Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto. She is the founder of Fundamentals of Life Services in Surrey, BC and, as Reiki Master/Teacher, the owner and founder of REIKIWORKS. Angelika’s career in the healing arts spans two decades. Her journey through a life threatening illness gave her a renewed perspective on living, which she incorporates into her work.In life and in work Angelika leads with her heart in providing a compassionate healing space of safety, acceptance and respect, inspired by a deep passion to help individuals with life transition challenges. She has had the ability to see into the very heart and soul of people since she was a little girl. She holds the sacred Truth she sees in others and reflects it back to them until they are ready to see it for themselves. Her vision is to co-create a more peaceful, loving and harmonious world by helping people to create more peaceful, loving and harmonious lives. Angelika teaches Psychology of Disease and Ayurveda: Mind/Body Healing at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program.
Melissa Blackburn Borg CNP, RNCP, ROHP
Melissa is a Registered Orthomolecular Heath Practitioner, Therapeutic Chef and Director of Nutrition for Canadian Health Recovery Centre practicing in the Durham and Peterborough area. Melissa is a graduate of the Institute of Holistic Nutrition (IHN) North York Campus. She holds a Certificate of Completion in IHN’s Applied Endocrinology and Understanding Genetics for Improving Health Outcomes. Melissa also increased her knowledge base with advanced courses in Liver Pathologies along with Metabolism and Nutritional Medicine for the Nervous System. She continues to grow her scope of practice and is currently enrolled at the Canadian College for Homeopathic Medicine. Following a successful 10 year career working her way through some of the best restaurants in Canada, Melissa wanted to gain a better understanding of managing her own health through nutrition and enrolled at IHN, obtaining her diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition.
After graduating from IHN, Melissa founded her private clinical practice Eat. Live. Thrive. and soon joined the nutrition department at the Canadian Health Recovery Centre (CHRC) in Peterborough. At CHRC Melissa focuses her work on helping men with addiction and mental health disorders. Melissa’s approach is holistic at its core and integrates nutrition with the medical model working with a team of medical professionals, natural practitioners and therapists. Her principles of healing through natural medicine remains resonant with CHRC since they vastly different from traditional recovery models and deal with biochemical, neurological, psychological, emotional, physical, nutritional root causes without prescribing psychotropic drugs. Melissa teaches Nutrition & Mental Health at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online Continuing Education Department.
Kathrin Brunner, BA (Hons), CNP, RYT
Kathrin Brunner is a Toronto-based nutritionist, health educator and a Pilates and Yoga teacher. She has a passion for holistic living and loves to share that in the clinic, the classroom and the studio. Kathrin holds a Degree in Psychology and is a 2012 graduate of The Institute of Holistic Nutrition. She is the co-owner of For the Love of Body and runs interactive workshops and events with an emphasis on hands-on learning. She teaches fermentation, soap-making and how to make natural skincare products and cleaning products. Kathrin teaches Nutrition and the Environment and the Psychology of Disease courses at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online Diploma program and Fermentation Foundations—Traditions & Trends at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online Continuing Education department.
Antonina Bureacenco BA, CNP
Antonina Bureacenco is a graduate of The Institute of Holistic Nutrition and she is also working on receiving her diploma from the College of Naturopathy Christian Limoges in 2018. Antonina travels across North and South America teaching Nutrition and Water Science to both public and medical professionals and is a regular spokesperson for holistic medicine on Harpreet Singh Show, Joy TV. In her work with clients, Antonina’s mission is to educate and demystify an overwhelming amount of puzzling health information, to inspire transformation and to support peoples healing journey using advanced nutrition research and orthomolecular science. Antonina teaches Preventive Healthcare at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program.
Eva Cabaca, MEd, CNP, ROHP, CH.
Eva holds a Masters of Education degree and is a practicing Certified and Registered Nutritional Consultant Practitioner. She brings a blend of traditions and skills to her practice and teaching. Eva’s professional background is in Pharmacognosy, Holistic Nutrition and Herbology. She has taught courses in Science, Pain Management and English for the past six years. She holds diplomas with honors in Natural Health Counselling & in Applied Holistic Nutrition. Eva has been devoted to Yoga and to spreading the knowledge of a healthy vegetarian lifestyle, including simple whole living, spirituality and care for the environment. She is an active member of the Toronto Vegetarian Association & the Canadian Natural Health Association. Alongside her recipes and articles published regularly in Lifelines & the TVA newsletter. Eva teaches Holistic Food Preparation, Nutrition & the Environment, Herbal Medicine and Ayurveda, Mind, Body Healing at Institute of Holistic Nutrition Online’s program.
Caitie Chevrier BA, CNP
Caitie completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Health and Society from the University of British Columbia. It was during her time at UBC that she developed a keen interest in the effect food has on mental health and wellbeing. This interest led her to the Institute of Holistic Nutrition where she graduated with First Class Honours. Upon completing her CNP, Caitie immersed herself in research investigating topics ranging from the effects of cellphone use on social behaviour, to support within families, to the effects of diet on cognition. She considers herself a lifelong learner and lover of school so it’s only natural she found her way to teaching. Caitie is also a passionate writer, taking on freelance writing clients, as well as writing a personal blog about health and nutrition. In her spare time, she can be found cooking, spending time with friends and family, and travelling. Caitie teaches Advanced Nutritional Research at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program.
Baljinder Chhoker BSc., ND, CST, BT
Baljinder has been an educator and consultant for the last ten years. Baljinder graduated from the University of Waterloo with a BSc in Hons Science and then continued on to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) to complete the four-year program. Instead of going into clinical practice, he chose to do consulting in various forms. Baljinder has been an educator and consultant for Bio Lonreco / Dr. Reckeweg for the last ten years. He has done a series of clinical webinars on homeopathic and neutraceutical protocols for practicing clinicians. He has educated Naturopaths and retailers on the various supplements available through Bio Lonreco. He has been a faculty member at the CCNM (1997 to 2002). He has provided consulting services for several pharmaceutical companies. He has been consulting in the retail side for many years and has a vast knowledge of all the natural supplements on the market today. Baljinder teaches Human Anatomy & Physiology at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program and Supplementation in Clinical Practice at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online Continuing Education Department.
Dr. David Duizer ND
Dr. David Duizer is a naturopathic doctor with a special interest in the holistic approach to cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and autoimmune disease. His clinical focus is to address the cause of disease and support the body’s ability to heal naturally. Through advanced laboratory testing and the use of nutrition, lifestyle modification, herbal medicine, orthomolecular medicine, intravenous therapy and physical medicine Dr. Duizer aims to reduce symptoms and reverse disease processes. Dr. Duizer earned his Bachelor of Science at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario in 2008 and his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in 2014 where he currently sits as a Director on the Board of Governors. David teaches Nutritional Pathology at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program and Understanding Lab Diagnostics in Clinical Practice in the Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online Continuing Education Department.
Dr. Jessica Eastman, ND
Jessica is a Naturopathic Doctor from a small town in Ontario who is thrilled to call Vancouver her home now. She graduated with a degree in Kinesiology from McMaster University, where she gained appreciation for the connection between mind and body, and discovered how intimately linked emotional, spiritual and physical health are. She then completed the Naturopathic Medical program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. During her studies she developed a passion for helping people to solve their health problems while achieving optimal health and happiness.
Jessica has worked in public clinics treating patients with Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity; low-income community health centres with a focus on addictions, eating disorders and mental illness; and in a private clinic that treats mental health and addictions holistically. Her current interests lie in mental health, mind-body medicine, and hormonal and immune system disorders. Although she has always had a passion for sharing her love of health and medical knowledge, Jessica teaches Nutritional Symptomatology Part 2 at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program.
Susan Elliotson, RH
After many years as a law clerk with a life-long interest in plants, Susan returned to school to study Phytotherapy in the diploma program at the Institute of Applied Health Sciences, Mohawk College, Hamilton. She studies under the medical supervision of a staff instructor of the McMaster University Medical School, with additional instruction from naturopaths, medical herbalists and specialists in botany and horticulture. Now in private practice in Caledon, surrounded by the herbs she uses, she is a professional member of the Ontario Herbalists Association, sitting on the Professional Members Committee and writing a regular column for the Canadian Journal of Herbalism.
She is also a professional member of the American Botanical Council. Susan regularly leads herb walks, speaks to private groups on different aspects of herbs, teaching Herbal Pharmacy. Susan teaches Advanced Herbal Therapeutics at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online Continuing Education Department.
Angelo Greco CNP, RNCP
Angelo has been a Certified and Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner for over eight years. He has been employed in the field of natural health products for over eight years. The interest in nutritional supplementation and how it affects the body has been an ongoing passion for Angelo, particularly in the area of sports supplements and human performance. Angelo is always up-to-date with the latest research on effective supplement strategies, as well as nutrient timing, so his clients receive the most accurate and correct information available. Angelo also loves to educate by providing nutritional seminars for various companies such as Bayer, Royal Bank of Canada, The Running Room and other various fitness institutions. He has also made radio and television appearances for the Latin American radio station; AM 1610 and the Telelatino Network (TLN), an Italian and Spanish television station. His tireless commitment to helping and educating others about nutrition is what Angelo thrives on. Angelo runs a private nutritional consulting practice, Advanced Nutritional Systems, creating individualized nutritional plans for people who live active lifestyles. Angelo teaches Fitness and Sports Nutrition at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program.
Brett Hawes CFMP, CNP
Brett is a Certified Clinical Holistic Nutritional Practitioner and a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner with over 16 years of clinical experience. He runs a cloud-based online clinic with a primary focus on chronic and complex digestive issues, hormone health and autoimmune disease.
He sits on the Science Advisory Board for Uforia Science (DNA-based supplementation and nutrigenomics), is the Chief Advising Clinician for The Detox Project (focus on glyphosate testing and detoxification) and also does product education for Mega Food, Botanica Health, Renew Life and Host Defense Mushrooms. His podcast, Holistic Health Masterclass, is ranked in the top 200 alternative health podcasts in the world – providing valuable health information to 1000’s of listeners in 57 countries.
Brett has been interviewed by CTV, Global TV, the Calgary Herald and Toronto Observer; and has also done presentations for the National Women’s’ Show, March Against Monsanto, the Toronto non-GMO Coalition, the Canadian Society of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture and numerous podcasts and summits. He is considered an expert in the field of natural medicine and holistic health. In 2020 he was nominated as one of the “Top 100 Healthcare Leaders” by the IFAH. Brett has taught at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Toronto and Mississauga campuses for 14 years where he now works as a Student Clinic Advisor. Brett teaches Nutrition and Health: The Fundamentals at Institute of Holistic Nutrition Online.
Alexandra Hurtado, BA, CNP, ND
Alexandra is a Naturopathic Doctor, Certified Nutritional Practitioner and Sociologist. She is a graduate of The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, The Institute of Holistic Nutrition and York University. Alexandra’s practice focuses on women’s health and pediatrics with a particular interest in fertility and reproductive care and has completed further training in this area. Alexandra believes in finding and treating the root of the disease in an individualized approach to health care. Having a nutrition background, one of Alexandra’s main treatment focuses involves in depth dietary counselling and applications, along with other preferred methods of treatment such as acupuncture, and botanical medicine to name a few. In addition to her private practice Alexandra owns and operates the Hillcrest Centre for Health, with centres in Toronto and Mississauga. Alexandra is excited to give back to the IHN community in her new role of instructor. Alexandra teaches Nutrition through the Lifespan at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program.
Marlene Hynd CNP, NNCP
Marlene received her designation of Certified Nutritional Practitioner from The Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto with First Class Honours. Marlene also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto.
Following a successful corporate training and consulting career, Marlene pursued her passion for holistic health by earning a diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition from IHN. Upon graduation, Marlene launched her private practice, Nourish, with a focus on workplace wellness. Marlene believes true wellness comes from eating well, moving well and being mindful ~ eat well, move well, be well! Knowing that healthy people build healthy companies, Marlene aims to inspire her clients to optimum health and performance with each program she delivers. Alongside Marlene’s private practice she is a nutritionist at Dr. Joey Shulman’s Shulman Weight Loss Clinics where she coaches clients on nutritional weight loss through blood sugar and hormone balance. Marlene also delivers nutrition seminars and whole food cooking classes for Longo’s. Marlene teaches Professional Practice at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program.
Edith Kunszt CNP RNCP/ROHP DiHom
Edith is a Certified & Registered Orthomolecular Nutritional Practitioner. Edith Holds diplomas from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition (First Class Honors) and the British Institute of Homeopathy. She has studied with various well known international experts in the field of Homeopathy, Homotoxicology & Clinical Nutrition. Edith has been in private clinical practice since the year 2000 and is the founder of Essence of Vitality Nutrition & Homeopathy Clinic in Toronto. Edith incorporates Therapeutic Clinical Nutrition, Live Cell Microscopy, Hair Mineral & Metal Analysis, Applied Nutritional Kinesiology, Bio-therapeutic Drainage, Herbal Gemmotherapy and Oligotherapy into her arsenal of natural healing modalities and also helps her clients better understand their medical Lab Data. As an experienced clinical practitioner she has been passionately educating clients, students, friends and family about the benefits of Holistic Nutritional Healing, guiding her clients to achieve optimal health. She enthusiastically emphasizes the importance of understanding how the human body works in health as a whole and the nutritional connection to correcting imbalances at all levels. Edith brings an abundance of science to her lectures and shares years of clinical experience with her students. Edith’s message to her students is “Completion of this life changing program at IHN is the beginning of perpetual learning and healing opportunities.” Edith teaches Nutritional Pathology at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program and Homeopathy for Beginners at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online Continuing Education Department.
Chris Lamont RH
Throughout his life Chris has had two distinct passions, music and nature. His first passion drew him to study jazz at Mohawk College and Concordia University. Twenty-two years later, he maintains his love of music as a professional drummer.
Following several years solely devoted to music, Chris expanded his way of life by pursuing his love of nature through the study of Herbal Medicine. He studied under renowned herbalist, Isla Burgess and now holds a diploma in Clinical Herbal Medicine from the International College of Herbal Medicine in New Zealand. He followed his studies with a 12-year herbal apprenticeship, where Chris trained extensively in the manufacturing of herbal medicines.
Chris became a registered herbalist and member of the Ontario Herbalists Association (OHA) in 2014. Determined to be actively involved in the profession, he became a member of the Board of Directors of the OHA in 2015. He has clinical practices in both Toronto and Dundas, Ontario.
Chris believes that we can restore health, prevent illness, and promote innate vitality through the use of medicinal herbs, nutrition, and lifestyle changes. He is enthusiastic about using his knowledge of natural medicine to assist others in reconnecting with nature; a pursuit that he feels is essential to health and happiness. Chris teaches Herbal Medicine at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program.
Dr. James Meschino DC, MS, ROHP
Dr. Meschino is a Doctor of Chiropractic, holds a master’s degree in science with specialties in human nutrition and biology, completed a Doctor of Naturopathy degree program, and is a Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner (ROHP- sanctioned by the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants). He is an associate professor at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, where he has taught nutrition and natural medicine courses since 1984, within the division of physiology and biochemistry. Dr Meschino has also taught and coordinated nutrition courses at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and has been a faculty member of the American Council on Exercise. Dr. Meschino has been a faculty member at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Continuing Education Department for the past 20 years. He has been the director of Nutritional Therapy at The Canadian Cancer Immuno-Therapies Clinic in Toronto, Canada, and has been a faculty member of the Integrative Cancer Therapy Program; a program taught to medical doctors and oncologists by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (U.S.). Dr. Meschino is the author of four nutrition/ wellness/ anti-aging books, and regularly teaches seminars to corporations, and at professional continuing education conferences. Dr. Meschino is a nutrition and anti-aging columnist for various professional and consumer publications, is on the board of advisors for the US-based Institute for Natural Healing (INH) and is a sought-after nutrition and health expert on radio and TV talks shows. He was selected by Dr. Deepak Chopra MD to be the Nutritional Medicine Consultant for his Beyond Performance Sports Program. Dr. Meschino is currently in practice, part-time, as Nutritional Medicine consultant at the Involved Medicine Clinic in Toronto. Dr. Meschino has also developed Employee Wellness Programs for various companies in Canada and United States and is currently the Director of Wellness and Health Promotion for SEB (Smart Employee Benefits), a publicly traded company on the TSX Venture Exchange. Dr. Meschino teaches Body Metabolism at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program and Anti-Aging and Supplementation in Practice in the Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online Continuing Education Department.
Dr. Matthew Nagra MD
Dr. Nagra is a Naturopathic Doctor dedicated to providing the latest evidence-based nutrition information to his patients and students. While his health journey began many years earlier, in 2018 he graduated from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine after having completed his Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology at the University of Victoria. Beyond his medical training, he is certified in plant-based nutrition through Cornell University and has written articles for Dr. T Colin Campbell’s Center for Nutrition Studies while also volunteering for Nutritionfacts.org, an excellent source of evidence-based nutrition information. He is a passionate advocate of plant-based nutrition and believes we can take control of our health with a whole foods, plant-based diet. Dr. Nagra teaches Fitness and Sports Nutrition at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program.
Jennifer Papaconstantinou CNP, NNCP
Jennifer is a graduate of the Institute of Holistic Nutrition as Valedictorian with First Class Honours. In addition to her Nutrition training, Jennifer participated in a Mentorship program, studying the philosophies and teachings of Dr. Bernard Jensen, as well as completing certification courses in Clinical Iridology, Live Blood Cell Microscopy and B.A.S.E. Allergy Therapy.
Jennifer is an energetic and dynamic nutritional professional and is the founder of H.E.A.L. Naturally Holistic Health a Nutritional Consulting practice which offers complimentary therapies & evidence-based clinical nutrition which harmonize the beliefs and practices of a balanced approach to lifelong health. She decided to pursue her passion as a Health Educator after successfully experiencing first-hand, the profound effects of improved diet & lifestyle within her own family of four beautiful children!
Jennifer is a Program Advisor and Trade Show Events & Public Relations Manager for The Institute of Holistic Nutrition as well as overseeing the Student Clinic as Coordinator. Jennifer continues to offer Educational workshops, Corporate Events & writing submissions and has been published in Girls Can Do Anything magazine – Canada’s official teen empowerment digital magazine. Jennifer teaches Nutritional Symptomatology Part I at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program.
Vanessa Peacock, BA, BSc (Nutritional Medicine) MSc.
Vanessa earned a BSc in Nutritional Medicine from Thames Valley University in London, England. Her practice emphasizes the need for a fully integrated and sustainable life style change to improve health and attain a truly holistic sense of well-being. With over 10 years of instructor experience in Canada, Japan and India and over 6 years’ experience in the Natural Health Products Industry as a product specialist at both the retail and manufacturing level. Vanessa teaches Nutrition & Health: The Fundamentals at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program and Therapeutic Nutrition and Supplementation in Practice in the Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online Continuing Education Department.
Nadya Pecherskaya BCom., CNP
Nadya is a 2013 graduate of the Institute of Holistic Nutrition where she earned the exclusive designation of Certified Nutritional Practitioner. Using her business experience from the University of Ottawa where she completed her Bachelor of Commerce, she then opened her own private practice which she successfully ran for 5 years. While starting out with a focus on weight loss, she noticed a gap in the market and began to tailor her business towards that realm. Nadya’s focus grew to include working with clients on emotional eating and to help mothers learn how to properly address the needs of their teenage daughters. She is inspired by each of her client’s individual journeys and her goal is to help women find complete health. Nadya thoroughly believes that being healthy is the first step towards being happy and nutrition is the major component of healthy living. Nadya’s commitment to inspiring the next generation of nutritional leaders has her driven to ensure that her students, peers and fellow practitioners are supported in the same way each of her clients were. To accomplish this goal Nadya left her practice and created the Entrepreneurs in Health and Fitness community in 2016, based out of her home town in Vancouver. She wanted to create both a virtual and physical space in which practitioners can connect, exchange ideas and find ways to collaborate in order build their own businesses in the health and wellness field. She hopes to soon grow this community to include all of Canada. Along with expanding this community, Nadya runs a CBD oil company called Icaria where she continues to follow her passion of helping busy female professionals manage their stress and anxiety, so they can live and thrive in vitality. Nadya currently teaches Professional Practice at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program.
Sofia Pistrila MSc, CNP
Sofia is a Certified Nutritionist Practitioner and an honours graduate of the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. She also has a Master’s degree in Science from “Traian Vuia” University, Romania. Sofia is the founder of FeellikeSpring Nutrition and Wellness Clinic in Toronto. In her quest to help people to attain their true balance of mind, body and spirit, she incorporates in her practice several other modalities like Energy Medicine, Reiki, Reflexology and Pilates. Sofia’s 18 years’ experience of the industrial and corporate world gives her the understanding of the importance of harmony between work and personal time in one’s life. Her own experience with debilitating health problems resulting from working in a high stress environment ignited her interest in holistic healing. What started as a personal necessity, ended up being a passion to help others. In her practice her main focus is to educate people about the negative effects of stress and ways to deal with it. Through customized diet, life style changes and intervention at energetic level, Sofia helps her clients to “FeellikeSpring”, to blossom to their full potential. She shares her own healing journey and knowledge with clients and the public through one-to-one consultations, small group seminars, workshops, community centers presentations and community newspapers. She is an active member of Friends of Alternative and Complementary Therapies (FACT) and Women in a Home Office (WHO). Sofia teaches Nutritional Symptomatology Part 2 at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program.
Julia Rickert CNP NNCP/ROHP
Julia is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP) and a First Class honours graduate of The Institute of Holistic Nutrition. She combines her strategic marketing and communications skills with her nutrition and orthomolecular knowledge to bring a dynamic dimension to the program’s global objective to make holistic nutrition a lifestyle standard. Julia teaches an exclusive module at IHN’s Toronto and Mississauga campuses and consults with Ottawa and Vancouver campuses on a syllabus which is part of IHN’s Professional Practice curriculum. Her lecture includes CV development, professional behaviour and language in clinical practice, negotiating career opportunities and launching independent initiatives, an in-depth review of the industry’s educational standards bodies and the provincial and federal regulatory landscape governing CNPs in Canada. Julia’s eclectic, unusual and challenging teaching style on the controversial subject of freedom of choice in medicine and food rights always ends in the fundamental message of self-determination, respect of the individual and the power held within every holistic practitioner to evolve our communities—one person at a time. Dedicated to advancing the reputation of IHN’s alumni and graduating students, Julia manages the program’s co-operative education placement department, develops the weekly guest speaker lecture series, initiates career platforms for graduates and students, markets the advanced continuing education courses, produces IHN’s international alumni online presence, and acts as a catalyst for all CNPs in need of support in any area of their practice, in any part of the world. When not teaching or developing programs for IHN, she parallels her passion to protect individual’s rights by working as the Executive Coordinator and National Campaign Director for the Natural Health Products Protection Association. This well-respected Canadian activist group campaigns against federal government policies and laws that disallow the public and practitioners their right to use alternative natural medicines of their choice. Julia teaches Professional Practice at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program.
Tahlia Sage BSc., CNP
Tahlia Sage is a graduate of The Institute of Holistic Nutrition and is the founder of Sweet & Savoury Health. Overcoming her own health challenges and weight loss journey prompted Tahlia to pursue an education in nutritional science and holistic nutrition. In her private practice, Tahlia helps clients achieve their wellness goals by embracing healing foods and lifestyle changes one informed step at a time. As a wellness educator and nutrition coach, Tahlia’s professionalism is balanced with a sense of humour, where she helps her clients become empowered and feel connected with their health throughout the healing process. Applying a holistic approach to nutrition coaching has enabled Tahlia to reach a global client base. Tahlia’s intimate knowledge and experiences with holistic nutrition, passion for phytonutrients and delicious foods have also led to successful partnerships with local companies such as Naked Coconut and Finlandia Natural Pharmacy. There are a few places you can find Tahlia in her spare time. Tahlia is an active participant with a number of non-profit organizations, such as, Herbalist Without Borders, Dress for Success, and Crabtree Corner, bringing wellness to people in need. You will also find her gathering fresh produce at farmer’s markets, cooking up new recipes in the kitchen or sharing wellness inspirations on her blog sweetandsavouryhealth. Tahlia teaches Nutrition through the Lifespan and Nutritional Symptomatology Part 1 at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program.
Natasha Samson, P. Eng, Ay. HC
Natasha earned her Ayurveda Health Counselor Diploma from the Mount Madonna Institute of Ayurveda in California under teachers like Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. John Doulliard, Dr. Kshirsagarhave Suhas, among others. She is also a certified yoga teacher, having completed her training at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga. Natasha currently offers Ayurvedic counselling, body work and massage in Vancouver, as well as private yoga/ yoga therapy and corporate yoga in the city. Natasha has a deep love and appreciation for Ayurveda and is drawn to teaching Ayurveda and Yoga because of the transformation she has experienced in her own life; the holistic benefits, moments of deep realizations and overall happiness these sciences of life have gifted her. Ayurveda is constitutional in her teaching and therapy. Natasha teaches Ayurveda: Mind/Body Healing at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program.
Anita Sauvé CNP, RNCP
Anita has a B. Comm. Honours degree from the University of Toronto and later attended IHN and graduated with First Class Honours. She is passionately committed to empowering people with knowledge about what goes on their plates.
Anita has a private consulting practice at the busy Waterdown clinic of Naturopathic Medicine where she works with clients on an individual basis to increase energy levels, decrease toxins and improve digestion. She uses a whole food approach to develop personal programs in support of any health concerns her clients may have. Typical clients include those with MS, IBS, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and hormonal issues, among others. Anita’s excellent communication skills are put to use in teaching and public speaking engagements. She creates lectures and does food demos for both corporate clients and public groups on many different nutritional topics. She is an instructor at the Goodness Me! Chain of health food stores and also teaches fun and inspiring cooking classes in her own rural gourmet kitchen. Anita teaches Preventative Healthcare at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program.
Jesse Lane Schelew, CNP
Jesse Lane Schelew, BSc, CNP is a cheerful Holistic Nutritionist, motivating speaker, cookbook author and wellness writer. She is a graduate of the Institute of Holistic Nutrition and the founder of JesseLaneWellness.com, a web based holistic nutrition practice and holistic recipe resource. Jesse Lane is passionate about nutrition, she helps positive and vibrant individuals unlock the incredible healing power of food and reclaim their health. She helps her clients adopt fun and effective habits that they can get excited about. Jesse Lane loves to play in the kitchen and create holistically delicious recipes and meal plans that accommodate a wide variety of food allergies, diets and lifestyle choices. She believes that eating healthy whole foods can be easy, fun and most of all delicious! Jesse Lane is a co-author of The Holistic In the City 21 Day Smoothie Guide and has been featured on KrisCarr.com, Mind Body Green and Elephant Journal. Jesse Lane is a vibrant public speaker who shares her knowledge of nutrition in an engaging and enthusiastic manner. She has been a guest on several Rogers TV shows and loves to conduct corporate lunch and learns and wellness workshops. Jesse Lane teaches Professional Skills Development at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program.
Sidney Shindle BA, CNP
Sidney received her undergraduate in French and Linguistics from UBC before deciding to follow her passion in health and wellness. She studied at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Vancouver Campus, where she graduated at a Certified Nutritional Practitioner with honours, after a long and rewarding career as the head coach of a national level synchronized swimming club. A lifelong teacher, she equips her clients and students with the tools they need to set strong foundations, in health and wellness and beyond. Sidney has been able to combine her passions by working privately with clients, co-founding a corporate wellness company, teaching cooking classes and co-authoring a sports nutrition course for personal trainers. When she’s not teaching, you can find her whipping up healthy gluten-free treats and searching for single origin chocolate bars. Sidney teaches Nutrition & Health: The Fundamentals, as well as Comparative Diets at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program.
Kiara Smith BMSc., CNP
Kiara was born and raised in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. She has an extensive science background which includes 3 years as a Bio-chemistry major at a local college and 5 years of professional medical training at the University of the West Indies; where she earned a Bachelor’s in Basic Medical Sciences. Her interest in preventative medicine and culinary arts led her to the IHN Vancouver campus where she graduated with First Class Honors in 2017. After becoming a CNP, Kiara returned to The Bahamas where she worked as a Certified Nutritional Practitioner within numerous private medical facilities whilst pursuing her Masters in Clinical Nutrition at the University of Aberdeen.
Kiara enjoys volunteering her time on organic farms or at culinary events and sharing her love of science and philosophy with those she encounters. Kiara’s teaching philosophy is rooted in creating solid learning foundations for anyone at any level to build upon. Her hope is to inspire her students towards achieving mastery within their respective spheres of influence and to feel confident to practically transfer the principles from the classroom to the real world. Kiara teaches Human Anatomy & Physiology at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program.
Dr. Daniel Soubhi Sima’an BSc, ND.
Dr. Daniel Soubhi Sima’an is a Naturopathic Doctor and graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). In his four years of study as well as in private practice he has worked with patients of all kinds. Previous to his studies in Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Sima’an was enrolled in the St. George’s University Doctor of Medicine program and completed his Bachelors of Science with High Distinction at the University of Toronto in Integrative Biology, Psychology and a minor in French. Dr. Sima’an is currently in private practice in the GTA. Outside of the classroom Dr. Sima’an is also a member of Grace Chapel church, and Markham Cornell Toastmaster’s. Dr. Sima’an has a great passion for individualized and patient-centred care. His greatest desire when teaching is that each student leaves with a greater ability to communicate their wealth of information with their clients and within their community to be an advocate for an informed, holistic approach to health. Dr. Sima’an teaches Nutritional Pathology at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program.
Dr. Fiona Smulders B.Kin, ND
Dr. Fiona Smulders is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM). Dr. Smulders developed a passion for herbal medicine while learning traditional herbal practices from a Kichwa Shaman in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest in 2008. After discovering the healing and rejuvenating effects of medicinal plants, she knew that plant medicine was going to be a large part of her life. During her studies at BINM, she was the president of the Herb Club and facilitated medicine making classes and talks for the students. As a Naturopathic Doctor, she incorporates customized herbal formulas for her patients and leads medicine walks and workshops for the general public. She is also the founder of Be Vital Live Wild medicinal tea blends and volunteers at the Indigenous Health Research and Education Garden at UBC Farm in her spare time. Dr. Smulders’ additional education includes an Honours Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario and additional training in Botanical Medicine, Rehabilitation Therapy for injury recovery, Advanced Obstetrics, Bowen Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Reiki, and Naturopathic Doula training. She is currently practicing at the Local Health Integrative Clinic in East Vancouver along with monthly trips to Tofino and Ucluelet BC to offer Naturopathic Services at the Arbutus Health Center and Harbour Health Integrative Clinic. Fiona teaches Herbal Medicine, and Human Anatomy & Physiology at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program and Herbal Pharmacology & Plant Based Medicine Making Intensive at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online Continuing Education Department.
Petra Sovcov CH
Petra Sovcov is a Clinical Herbal Therapist and graduate of Dominion Herbal College. She is the owner of Healing House Natural Wellness Centre and also works at the Finlandia Health Centre and Naturopathic Clinic in Vancouver, BC. Petra is an active member of Herbalists Without Borders International (HWB) and directs the HWB Chapter and Free People’s Clinic for Vancouver. Additionally, she is a primary contributor for Home Herbalist Magazine (USA and Canada), writing the monthly “Ask an Herbalist” article, which allows readers to have their health questions answered by a clinical herbalist. Petra is passionate about promoting an individual’s healing path and enjoys enriching a person’s core wellness with the use of herbs and nutrition. She believes that health and healing should not be something afforded solely to those with the financial means to seek help, but rather that the knowledge of taking responsibility for one’s own healing is a basic human right. Apart from clinic and teaching, Petra is an avid gardener and sustainable small-scale food producer. She enjoys teaching out of her gardens at Healing House and finds great meaning in sharing the message of sustainability with others. She is passionate about heritage edible plants and domestic history, which she believes hold the solutions for the modern food crisis. Petra teaches Nutrition and the Environment at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program.
Lynda Spieser BASc., AHC
Lynda is a practicing Ayurvedic Health Counselor, a Yoga Health Coach, an Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher, and a Yoga Therapist certified with the IAYT. Lynda graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Consumer Foods and followed with a Diploma in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. Lynda’s 38-year career with a national food company began in Quality Assurance and Sensory Analysis, then morphed to Food Services, and evolved to the Director of Facilities Management. Towards the end of her corporate experience, Lynda was introduced to Ayurveda in her personal yoga studies. Captivated by the elements and how rhythms in nature influence her life, Lynda went on to study at Kripalu, graduating as an Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher and subsequently as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor. As author of the CLAS Age-less-ness Series, Lynda teaches modern applications of the time-tested wisdom of Ayurveda to individuals in her clinical practice and to groups of engaged women, meeting weekly and committed to supporting each other as they lock in new, rejuvenating habits. Her clinical practice encompasses food and lifestyle self-care practices, tailored to the individual’s unique constitution and state, and in sync with the rhythms of nature, evolving them to be more in tune with their health and well-being. Feeling clear, awake, and nourished, they are energized – body, mind, soul, and senses. Lynda teaches Ayurveda: Mind/Body Healing at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program.
Jacqueline Steinert, BA (Hons), CNP
Jacqueline is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner from The Institute of Holistic Nutrition with First Class Distinction. Prior to her nutritional studies, she graduated with Honors from Harvard University majoring in Economics with a citation in French, where she privately tutored in economics and mentored youth in an outdoor wilderness program. She also earned her Basic Diploma from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, a catalyst for her love for food.
Jacqueline has an extensive background in quantitative research, having worked at Investment Bank Goldman Sachs, & Co. in New York City in Investment Grade Credit Research. She has a diverse global background; her husband and her decided to relocate to Asia where they experienced a myriad of cultures and cuisines and eventually gave birth to their son. Through these worldly experiences, as well as working with families with children seeking sustainable healthful lifestyles, Jacqueline is excited to share her passion in empowering people with knowledge about nutrition with the IHN community.
Jacqueline runs a thriving private practice, JS Holistic Nutrition which works with families in specialties ranging from but not limited to childhood development, family meal preparation, hormonal health, inflammation, immunity, and allergies/sensitivities. She believes in the profound power of food to heal. She has been the Chair of Wellbeing at the Upper Canada College (UCC) Prep School and an active member on the Nutrition Committee at UCC. She regularly presents as well, teaching children about the importance of sound nutrition at a young age. Jacqueline teaches Advanced Nutrition Research, Comparative Diets, Nutritional Pathology, and Nutrition Through the Lifespan at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online Program.
Erika Weissenborn B.Sc FNH, CNP
Erika Weissenborn studied Food, Nutrition and Health earning a B.Sc. from UBC, and shortly after studied at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Vancouver. Rooted in her love of nutrition and food, she turned to studying entrepreneurship and business and in-turn built Fresh in your Fridge, providing personal cooking services to Vancouver clientele. She runs a team of holistic nutritionists, helping clients with weekly meal planning, cooking and grocery shopping. Erika also runs a private nutrition practice where she works with her clients on their habits and relationships pertaining to food, health and wellbeing. Erika has been featured in the Georgia Straight, Vancity Buzz and Populist Media and was voted the #1 Nutritionist in the “Best of Vancouver” in 2016. Erika teaches Professional Practice at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program.
Angela Wright BSc, CNP
Ange received her Certified Nutritional Practitioner designation in 2005 at IHN’s Toronto campus. She also holds an Honours Degree in Science (Environmental) from the University of Waterloo. Her private practice, Align Nutrition, has been operated since 2005, first in Ontario and then British Columbia. Align Nutrition took a break for the five years Ange was Lead Nutritionist at InspireHealth Supportive Cancer Care in Vancouver, becoming immersed in the world of cancer support/recovery/prevention through healthful nutrition and stress reframing. Currently Ange lives in Kelowna BC and consults with Nature’s Fare Markets and Organika Health Products.
Ange’s specialties include personalized attention, education and coaching to ensure clients and students are able to adopt changes in an inspired and permanent way. She is also a seasoned presenter. Ange has taught Comparative Diets and Symptomatology Part 1 at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Vancouver campus and now teaches Nutrition and Health: The Fundamentals with Institute of Holistic Nutrition Online.