Nutritional Fundamentals for Health
EXPERIENCED INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS
The creation of NFH is the result of fabulous team work. Joined by a common desire to offer the population new ways to improve health, Peter Jones, Peter Wilkes and Patrick Quaile have founded NFH, the pioneering company in nutraceuticals. The success of this venture comes without doubt from the exceptional synergy of these three proprietors.
Dr.Peter Jones,PhDNFH President
Peter J. Jones holds a Canada Research Chair in Functional Foods and Nutrition and the University of Manitoba, where, as of 2005, he serves as Director of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals. Dr. Jones is a full professor in the departments of Food Science, and Human Nutritional Sciences. Before 2005, he was a professor at McGill University serving as Director of the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition from 1994-1999.
Dr. Jones has previously served as President of the Danone Institute in Canada and a Vice-President of the Danone Institute for Nutrition based in Paris. He also has served as Chairman of the Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals Board of the Vancouver-based Forbes Medi-tech group. Dr. Jones also has sat on the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, World Health Organization, and United Nations University (FAO/WHO/UNU) Expert Consultant Panel for Energy and Protein Requirements in Human Nutrition.
Dr. Jones' research interests cover cholesterol, fat, energy metabolism and Nutrigenetics. He has applied novel stable isotope methodologies to examine the response of these areas of metabolism to dietary intervention. His research group has been active in exploring the dietary determinants which control cholesterol biosynthesis absorption, and turnover in humans, as well as how plant sterols act in functional foods as cholesterol-lowering agents. Other areas of research have included re-establishing energy needs in sub-groups of the Canadian population and exploring which fats confer optimal health during weight reducing diets. Dr. Jones has published over 300 peer-reviewed research articles and reviews in international journals, as well as chapters in leading nutrition textbooks.
Peter WilkesNFH Vice-President
Peter Wilkes is a native of Montreal who has been highly active in the natural health industry for more than 35 years. As Founding President and owner of three very successful enterprises, Mr. Wilkes has been instrumental in seeing these companies grow to their present position of being some of the leading, state of the art natural health product manufacturers in Canada. These companies are well recognized and recommended by practicing doctors in the industry for the treatment and prevention of disease. With a vast knowledge and experience of global medicines, Mr. Wilkes possesses a keen grasp particularly in the nutraceutical, herbal, supplement and vitamin sectors and beyond. Mr. Wilkes' interests are in new and upcoming products, which he concentrates on establishing, and making available and accepted in the common market.
Patrick QuaileNFH Secretary & Treasurer
Over 36 years ago, Patrick Quaile set out as a young entrepreneur in functional foods, creating health-based vegetable pastas veering from the traditional durum and semolina flours. Mr. Quaile started his first venture at the early age of 19 and has successfully built and sold ten companies over the years. Patrick then went on to work with New Roots Herbal Inc. for 20 years, concepting and building a manufacturing facility as well as daily operations and with the team increased sales by 20-fold.
Mr. Quaile is the CEO at NFH Inc. and directs the facility and operations at head office. Mr. Quaile is dedicated to maintaining a leadership role within the nutraceutical industry, initiating growth and most importantly, ethical recognition for these science based medicines. Mr. Quaile's latest research interests include genetic snip associations between nutraceuticals and personal human metabolism, and how they can be most beneficial to an individual’s personal DNA.
His interests are also in procuring the latest in nutraceutical isolates of the highest quality. Mr. Quaile dedicates much of his time on methodology research of raw material specifications to be sure they meet the criteria of the latest scientific research to deliver that same benefit.
Krystle LussierNFH General Manager
Krystle Lussier holds a professional diploma in marketing and business administration from C.V.C.E.C. She has held administrative positions in private clinics and public hospitals including the Berry Memorial Hospital in the Montreal area. Krystle has also worked in the automotive industry in sales, administration and customer care.
As general manager for NFH since February 2008, Krystle has brought a passion for the wellness industry combined with an emphasis on product knowledge and customer satisfaction. She is an integral part of company communications, growth and development.
Dr. Peter Alphonse, PhD, CFSVice President of Operations and Regulatory Affairs
Dr. Peter Alphonse received his PhD from the University of Manitoba in the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences under the aegis of Dr. Peter Jones. He joined the research team at the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals in 2012. Dr. Alphonse has a Masters in Food science and Technology and is a Certified Food Scientist.
Dr. Alphonse joined the NFH team in 2016. His research interests are functional foods and nutraceuticals, plant sterols, lipid/cholesterol metabolism, nutrigenetics, clinical research, product and process development and analytical chemistry.
Dr. Leah Gillingham, PhDChief Scientific Officer
Dr. Leah Gillingham received her PhD from the University of Manitoba in the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, joining the research team at the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals in 2007. She completed her Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Human Kinetics and Master of Science (MSc) in Nutrition from the University of Guelph. Leah played a pivotal role in the initiation of Nutritional Fundamentals for Health (NFH) as the Western Canada territory manager from 2004-2007.
Her general research interests surround the health attributes of functional foods and nutraceuticals for chronic disease prevention. Using human clinical trials, her doctoral research focused on the effects of omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fatty acids on established and emerging risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Leah has published in peer-reviewed journals and books, and has been invited as a guest speaker at several conferences. Leah is actively dedicated to the NFH continuing education platform and communicating the importance of science-based research in product formulations for optimal health promotion.
Isabel AlphonseProduction Manager
Isabel Alphonse received her master’s degree in Human Nutritional Sciences from the University of Manitoba and holds a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy. Her thesis specialization was on the effect of dietary fats on obesity; reproductive function, and the impact of gene expression mediated lipid metabolism on male reproductive health.
As an AQPIC certified professional by Health Canada, her previous work experience includes formulation development, improving drug delivery technologies and dosage forms for controlled substances, patent development, and prototype stability testing as per USP and ICH guidelines. Isabel has joined the NFH team since April 2018 and is actively involved in the management of production and NNHPD licensing.
The function of this panel is to provide guidance for the company in selecting products that are optimal in terms of efficacy, safety, acceptability and cost-effectiveness. The panel is made-up of world-class Canadian nutrition researchers with expertise in the functional foods and nutraceuticals sector. Members have been selected to ensure the panel possesses expertise covering the entire spectrum of products offered.
Dr. Bruce Holub, MSc, PhD
Dr. Bruce Holub is University Professor Emeritus, Department of Human Health & Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph. He received his B.Sc. degree from the University of Guelph (1967) and his Ph.D. (Major in Biochemistry with Minor in Nutrition) from the University of Toronto (1971). Dr. Holub received Post-doctoral training as an MRC Fellow at the University of Michigan Medical School. He has served as President, Nutrition Society of Canada and Chair, Nutrition Task Force (Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario). He has authored over 200 papers in scientific journals (medical, nutrition, other) in addition to various book chapters and conference proceedings. His research program is focused on dietary omega-3 fatty acids (DHA plus EPA) from fish/fish oils and resulting nutraceutical supplementation plus functional foods for human health and the roles for DHA/EPA in supporting optimal cognitive performance , visual acuity , and other health outcomes throughout the life cycle plus improving the prevention/management of cardiovascular disease risk factors /events and other chronic disorders (inflammatory conditions incl. arthritis and dry eye syndrome, certain cancers, asthma, mental deteriorations, others ).
As well, he has been active in the evaluation of nutraceuticals and agri-foods for improving human health, disease prevention and management, and their potential for considerable cost-savings to the healthcare system. Dr. Holub has had active collaborative research with clinical groups in various Canadian medical schools, the Mayo Clinic in the United States, Japan, Greenland, Turkey, and the nutritional supplement plus agri-food sectors. He has given over 450 invited off-campus lectures in over 20 countries.
Prof. Holub also serves as Scientific Director for the DHA/EPA Omega-3 Institute and a freely-accessible website that provides current evidence-based health and research information on DHA/EPA from fish/seafood, fish oils, DHA/EPA-enriched supplements, and functional foods containing DHA/EPA omega-3 fatty acids at www.dhaomega3.org.
Dr. David J.A. Jenkins, MD, PhD, DSc
Dr. Jenkins is currently a professor in both the Departments of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, a staff physician in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and the Director of the Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Center, St. Michael's Hospital. He was educated at Oxford University, where he obtained his DM, DPhil and DSc. After further research at the British Medical Research Council’s Clinical Gastroenterology Unit, he returned to Oxford to a joint appointment in the Department of the Regius Professor of Medicine (Richard Doll) at the Radcliffe Infirmary and as a faculty member of the University Laboratory of Physiology. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London) and of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada.
He has served on committees in Canada and the United States that have formulated nutritional guidelines for the treatment of diabetes and most recently recommendations for fibre and macronutrient intake for the general population under the new joint United States-Canada DRI system (RDAs) of the National Academy of Sciences (Washington, DC).
His research area is the use of diet in the prevention and treatment of hyperlipidemia and diabetes. He has over 200 original publications on these and related topics. His team was the first to define and explore the concept of the glycemic index of foods and demonstrate the breadth of metabolic effects of viscous soluble fiber, including blood glucose and cholesterol lowering. His studies on combining cholesterol lowering food components (dietary portfolio) have been recognized as creating an effective dietary alternative to drug therapy (statins) for many people and was the only dietary approach referenced in the Current Guidelines of the US National Cholesterol Education Program (ATP III).
To make therapeutic diets more accessible, he has devoted much time to working with the food industry to develop products for the supermarket with specific health attributes and, for example, helped to initiate Loblaws ‘Too Good To Be True’ and ‘Blue Menu’ line of products.
He has received National and International awards in recognition of his contribution to nutrition research. He was awarded the Borden Award by the Canadian Society of Nutritional Sciences in 1983, and in 1985, the Goldsmith Award for Clinical Research of the American College of Nutrition. In 1996, he was presented with the Vahouny Medal for distinction in research in dietary fiber, at the International Conference on Dietary Fiber in Washington, DC. In 1999, he was awarded the McHenry Award by the Canadian Society of Nutritional Sciences in recognition of excellence in nutrition research and education. In 2000 he received the Dietary Fibre Research Award of the joint ICC/AOAC at the International Conference of Dietary Fibre Research Meeting, Dublin. The same year he was awarded the Canada Research Chair in Metabolism and Nutrition from the Canadian government in recognition of his contribution to nutrition research. In 2001, he received the Danone Nutrition Award (Canada) for contributions to nutritional research and education. In 2003, he was elected to fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada (2003). He then received the Clinical Research Health Award in 2006. In 2006, he was also listed in Who’s Who in Health Care for Medical Research, presented by Sunlife/WarrenShepell. In 2008 he was elected fellow of the American Society of Nutrition, in 2009 elected University Professor, University of Toronto and in 2010 Master of the American College of Nutrition. In addition, he was awarded the Jeejeebhoy Award of the Canadian Nutrition Society for application of research findings to clinical practice. In 2007, Dr. Jenkins received the Benjamin Spock Award for Compassion in Medicine by the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, Washington, DC in recognition of his studies to promote human health that also reduce the negative impact on the environment. His growing interest in this area was a further reason why, as a physician, he was asked to serve, as a member of Agriculture Canada’s Science Advisory Board (2004-2011) to advise on the future direction of Canada’s agriculture and agricultural research.
Dr. Venket A. Rao, MSc, PhD
Dr. Venket Rao obtained his MSc and PhD in Food Science from Oregon State University. Dr. Rao is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He served as the Director of the Program in Food Safety. He is a member of the Canadian Federation of Biological Sciences, the Society of Toxicology of Canada, and the Bififdious Foundation of Japan. Dr. Rao's research has established a major focus in the area of diet and cancer with particular emphasis on the role of phytochemicals in human nutrition and health. More recently, he has been investigating the role of lycopene, lutein, saponins and polyphenols in the causation and prevention of chronic diseases.
The purpose of this group is two-fold. Firstly, the MCG advises the company regarding current trends in demand for nutraceutical products by patient groups in the general practice area. Secondly, the MCG assists in the process of preparation of materials for dissemination of current literature, data and information concerning products to medical professionals. This group is comprised of regularly practicing and internationally-renowned practitioners.
Dr. Philip Rouchotas, MSc, ND
Dr Rouchotas practices at the Bolton Naturopathic Clinic in Bolton, Ontario. His areas of clinical focus include metabolic syndrome (overweight/ obesity, diabetes, cholesterol, hypertension), autoimmune concerns (arthritis, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis/eczema/acne), mental health concerns, and autism. Philip is also an Associate Professor with the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), responsible for assimilation and delivery of the second year curriculum in Clinical Nutrition. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Integrated Healthcare Practitioners, a peer- reviewed journal reaching ND's, MD's, and DC's across Canada. Philip graduated from CCNM in 2004, preceded by an honours undergraduate degree and Masters of Science degree, both from the University of Guelph in Nutritional Sciences.
Dr. David W Lescheid, BSc, PhD, ND
David W Lescheid, BSc, PhD, ND works as freelance Medical Writer and consultant providing scientific material and delivering lectures that help support patient care using Integrative medical principles. He also works part-time teaching Leadership workshops to scientists as well as part-time as the MedicoScientific Manager of the International Academy of Bioregulatory Systems Medicine in Baden-Baden, Germany. Prior to these current positions, Dr. Lescheid was a Professor at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where he taught Physiology, Microbiology and Infectious disease as well as Clinical Care. Additionally, he spent four years practicing full-time in a large multidisciplinary health clinic in Ottawa with specialized interests in the immune system and infectious disease, men’s health issues, obesity concerns, and sports medicine. He has been a member of several federal and international committees including the Expert Advisory Committee (EAC) to Health Canada, the Council for Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME), the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), and other government and media relations subcommittees.
Dr. Lescheid graduated with honors from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in 2002. He earned his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Protein Chemistry from the University of Victoria. He completed his B.Sc. in Biology, earned a Diploma in Health and Fitness studies from Simon Fraser University, and has additional training in IV therapies, homotoxicology, homeopathy and different forms of bodywork. Dr. Lescheid is a frequent guest speaker at various international medical and scientific seminars, and has published extensively on complementary and integrative medicine.
Dr. Neil McKinney, BSc, ND
Dr. Neil McKinney, ND
Dr. McKinney graduated from Simon Fraser University with degree in Biosciences and had a career in biophysical (radiation) cancer research. He studied kinesiology at the University of Waterloo and graduated as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1985. He concurrently trained 3 years in TCM at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. Dr. McKinney has had many teaching roles, from lab instructor in microbiology at UVic and NCNM, to an instructor at schools of traditional Chinese medicine, massage therapy, and finally as a professor at BINM. He has served many roles in the regulation and advancement of the profession, including Registrar of the BC College of Naturopathic Physicians and as an accreditation evaluator for CNME. He founded the BC Naturopathic Association and the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. He is a professor of Naturopathic Oncology, and author of textbooks of naturopathic oncology. Dr. McKinney is well known for his generous sharing of time and writings to mentor students and peers. He has received a number of awards for contributions to advancing the scope and standards of the naturopathic profession. He practices with a focus on integrative oncology in Victoria, BC.
Dr. McKinney graduated in Biosciences from Simon Fraser University and moved into biophysical (radiation) cancer research. Next he studied kinesiology at the University of Waterloo and graduated as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1985. He concurrently trained 3 years in TCM at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.. He founded the BC Naturopathic Association and the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, with many contributions to regulation, education and advancement of the profession. He is a professor and author in Naturopathic Oncology. He practices with a focus on integrative oncology in Victoria, BC.
Dr. Tori Hudson, ND
Naturopathic physician Dr. Tori Hudson graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1984 and has served the college in several capacities, including medical director, associate academic dean and academic dean.
She is currently a clinical professor at NCNM, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Bastyr University. Dr Hudson has been in practice for more than 30 years, is the medical director of her clinic, A Woman’s Time, in Portland, Oregon, and is the director of product research and education for Vitanica. She is also the founder and co-director of Naturopathic Education and Research Consortium, a nonprofit for accredited naturopathic residencies.
Dr. Hudson has recently been appointed as a faculty member of the Fellowship in Integrative Health and Medicine, Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine.
Dr. Hudson was awarded the 1990 President’s award from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians for her research in women’s health, the 1999 prestigious Naturopathic Physician of the Year award, the 2003 NCNM Alumni Pioneer Award and the 2009 Natural Products Association Pioneer Award. In 2012, she was inducted into the NCNM Hall of Fame.
She is a nationally recognized author, speaker, educator, researcher and clinician. Dr. Hudson serves on several editorial boards, advisory panels and as a consultant to the natural products industry.
Learn more about Dr. Tori Hudson at her website and the Institute for Women’s Health.
Areas of expertise: Women's health, primary care for women and gynecology/endocrinology Publications Author, Women’s Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, second edition (2008). Contributor, Textbook of Natural Medicine, third edition; and Integrative Women’s Health. Hudson T, et al. Clinical and endocrinological effects of a menopausal botanical formula. J Naturo Med 1997;7(1):73-77. Hudson T. Consecutive case study research of carcinoma in situ of cervix employing local escharotic treatment combined with nutritional therapy. J Nat Med 1991;2:6-10.
Dr. Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, CCH, FABNO
Dr. Michael Traub obtained his undergraduate degree in biological sciences from the University of California, Irvine in 1976 where he conducted neurobiology research of learning and memory for Professor James L. McGaugh. He graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1981 and completed a residency there in Family Practice and Homeopathy. He became board certified in homeopathic medicine by the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians in 1989. Dr. Traub was recognized for his many years of service to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, including President from 2001-2003, when he was honored with the 2006 Physician of the Year Award. His father was a dermatologist, and this inspired Dr. Traub to undertake extra study in this subject. He has taught dermatology at five of the seven accredited naturopathic medical schools in North America and is the author of “Essentials of Dermatologic Diagnosis and Integrative Therapeutics.” He is a recognized authority in the naturopathic profession on dermatology. He serves on the scientific advisory boards of several natural product companies, and has been actively engaged in clinical research for most of his career. Dr. Traub has been medical director of Lokahi Health Center in Kailua Kona, Hawaii for the past 29 years. He is also board certified in naturopathic oncology by the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology.
Our Territory Managers interact with our clients, both existing and prospective. The first line for communication, their functions include acting as sales representatives, but more importantly, to liaise with practitioners to discuss and communicate the successes, challenges and trends in clinical practice. As Naturopathic Doctors, clinical discussion flows through them, and the information gained and shared is applied to the positioning and formulation of our product line. These clinically-focused medical consultants/territory managers are available for in-person and/or phone consultations and training sessions to discuss best practices for our product line and give dispensary guidance - contact your local medical consultant/territory manager to schedule your training session.
Dr. Jodie Peacock, BSc, NDVice President of Sales, Chief Medical Officer & Territory Manager – Greater GTA & Western Ontario
Dr. Jodie Peacock B.Sc., ND is the chief medical officer and the vice president of sales for Nutritional Fundamentals for health. She is passionate about educating both her patients and colleagues with current research.
Dr. Jodie Peacock B.Sc., N.D.is also a practicing Naturopathic doctor at The Root of Health. She is a graduate of the University of Guelph, where her studies focused on bio-medical science. After completing her bachelor of science Jodie went on to complete four years of study at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), one of the six accredited schools in North America. Jodie is currently working on her MBA at the Edinburgh Business School.
Dr. Peacock has a special interest in women’s health concerns including hormone balancing addressing the adrenals, thyroid and ovarian function. This can help symptoms associated with fertility, PCOS, menopause, weight gain and fatigue.
Dr. Cameron McIntyre, BSc, NDTerritory Manager & Medical Consultant - British Columbia
Dr. McIntyre has been in clinical practice for over 12 years in North Vancouver, BC, and has used the NFH line clinically since its inception. He has a passion for education, being a previous faculty member and now adjunct professor at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. He also has lectured and educated medical professionals and the public in both large and small groups across Western Canada for several years.
As a Neuroscience graduate from the University of British Columbia with further education in Medical Imaging from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, this set the stage for Dr. McIntyre’s fascination with the brain and all aspects of cognitive health. He has since gone on to pursue additional training in DAN! (defeat autism now) and IMMH (Integrative Medicine for Mental Health).
Dr. McIntyre has also been busy over the past many years serving the naturopathic profession. He has sat on both the boards of the British Columbia Naturopathic Association and most recently with the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia, where he finished his term as board chair.
Dr. Jennifer Johrendt, BHSc, NDTerritory Manager & Medical Consultant - Eastern Ontario
Like a conventional doctor, dentist, or chiropractor, Jennifer, along with all other Naturopathic physicians, first completed pre-medical studies at university. She attended the University of Western Ontario where she received an honours bachelor degree in Health Science (BHSc). From there, she moved to Toronto to attend the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. At this institution, Jennifer received further training in basic, medical, and clinical science; diagnostics; and Naturopathic principles and therapeutics. A one year internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic provided her with extensive clinical experience under the supervision of licensed Naturopathic doctors. Upon successful completion of her schooling and internship, Jennifer graduated with the title of Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND).
Currently, Jennifer is the owner and sole Naturopath at Healthy Impact Naturopathic Clinic, which is based out of Heritage Fitness Community Rehab Centre in Carleton Place and The Sports Medicine Centre in Kanata. In her practice, she caters to all ages from newborn to senior, and has a special interest in gastro-intestinal health and dietary/lifestyle counselling. Other modalities Jennifer utilizes are acupuncture & traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, botanical medicine, and physical modalities like massage, electro-stim and injectable therapy. All types of individuals and health concerns are welcome, especially those dealing with chronic illness.
Dr. Madeline de Leon, BSc, NDMedical Consultant & Territory Manager – Alberta
Dr. de Leon's German and Filipino heritage had always encouraged food as medicine, causing her passion for herbalism to ignite at a very young age. From picking St. Johns Wort on the hillside with her Oma, to cooking bitter melon dishes with her Lola, to growing plants and vegetables unrecognizable by most North American produce standards in her family garden. She finished her Naturopathic education at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, after completing her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and The University of Alberta. At Boucher she was active on the Student Association as Social Coordinator and was also the student representative for Nutritional Fundamentals for Health in her third and fourth year. Since finishing her Naturopathic studies she is pursuing further education in business and is ecstatic to be reunited with the NFH family!
Dr. Barbara Weiss, HBBA, NDMedical Consultant & Territory Manager – South Eastern Ontario
Dr. Barbara Weiss, HBBA, ND is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine’s four-year post-graduate program in Naturopathic Medicine. She is also a Certified Bowen Therapist. Upon graduation Barbara was awarded the President's Award for "professional courage and vision for the profession", the Botanical Medicine Award and the Naturopathic Honour Award.
Barbara serves as Chair of the Board of Governors for the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She has been actively involved with the Board for the past nine years as a board member, Vice-Chair and Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee. She is a regular speaker for the Canadian Liver Foundation and has been featured in Best Health Magazine, The Globe & Mail and Canadian Healthcare Network – the online journal for The Medical Post and Canadian Healthcare Manager.
Barbara has a private practice in Toronto and Port Hope, Ontario where she focuses on women’s health, digestive disorders, stress related disorders and environmental medicine.
Our team of Student Representatives promote peer-to-peer learning and serve as liaisons directly between NFH and the medical student population. At NFH, we are passionate about enhancing your student experience and professional growth through research-based education, residency opportunities, and clinical support. NFH wants to partner with you towards establishing a successful, dynamic clinical practice.
Tessa StarkStudent Representative, Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine
Tessa is a naturopathic medical student living in Vancouver, BC. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology and Pharmacology, after which she began school at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. Currently, she is in her third year of the program, which has proven to be both busy and exciting. Tessa has a special interest in women’s health and longevity, with a passion for helping women feel and look amazing at any age. She is excited to continue learning and growing as a student of this incredible profession. Other passions of hers include boxing, snowboarding, and wakeboarding. Tessa feels honoured to be part of the NFH team, as it has granted her the opportunity to work with a skilled team of professionals and learn more about the products she will use in her future practice.
Marissa ThomsonStudent Representative, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
Marissa Thomson is a current second year student at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics. This is where she also competed as a varsity athlete in both Women’s Volleyball and Fastball. She continues her passion for sports through empowering youth as a volleyball coach in Toronto, Ontario. Recently Marissa participated in a global health trip to India where she assisted in medical treatment for the local people. She has been working with both Chiropractors and Naturopathic Doctors to expand her knowledge of natural medicine. Aside from the studying, athletics, and coaching Marissa enjoys playing guitar, drawing, spending time with family and being outdoors. Her special interests include neurodegenerative disease, endocrinology and mental health.
Mariah MosleyStudent Representative, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
Mariah is a 3rd year medical student who is passionate about helping her patients achieve complete and optimal health: in mind, body, and spirit. She believes our bodies were perfectly designed and have the capability to heal themselves when given the proper nutritional support and love. Mariah obtained a Bachelor’s in Chemistry with Distinction at Indiana University- Bloomington, spent a year traveling through South America backpacking and volunteering at local orphanages, and now is in Tempe, AZ at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Her interests include family medicine, addiction recovery, and mental illness. Outside of school, she enjoys backpacking, camping, fishing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, riding horses, reading, longboarding, crafting, and being immersed in nature.
Colin MillerStudent Representative, National University of Natural Medicine
Colin is currently in his second year pursuing a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. At school, he is a member of the Naturopathic Society and the AK Club and enjoys teaching students as a TA in Clinical Anatomy Cadaver Lab and tutoring for biomedical sciences. Colin received his BA in Medical Anthropology from Stanford University, where he received an Award for Merit upon graduation. Colin has a special interest in psychoneuroimmunology and its relationship to conditions such as mitochondrial dysfunction, autoimmune disease and metabolic syndromes. Colin is thrilled to be a student representative of NFH, allowing him the opportunity to learn and interact with the growing community of natural medicine health care professionals, patients and students. Outside of school, Colin enjoys swimming, playing guitar, yoga, biking and hiking.