Nutritional Fundamentals for Health

NFH Team and Advisors

EXPERIENCED INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS


Management

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.


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Krystle Lussier
NFH General Manager

Krystle Lussier holds a professional diploma in marketing and business administration and technologies from CVCEC, as well as a degree as a Nutritional Health and Wellness Counsellor. She has held administrative positions in private medical 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. 

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Dr. Peter Alphonse, PhD, CFS
Vice President of Operations and Regulatory Affairs

Dr. Peter Alphonse received his PhD from the University of Manitoba in the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences at the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals. His PhD research focus was understanding the nutrigenetic impact of multiple SNPs on dietary cholesterol and plant sterol responsiveness in a founder population. Dr. Alphonse has a Masters in Food science and Technology and is a Certified Food Scientist by the Institute of Food Technologists. He has contributed several publications in cholesterol and plant sterol metabolism, nutrigenetics, nutraceuticals and food science and has presented in various international conferences including the International society for Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomic and the Experimental Biology conference on these topics. 

Dr. Alphonse is currently serving as the Chief Scientific Officer and VP of Operations and Regulatory Affairs of NFH Inc., and is developing a nutrigenetic platform for personalized nutrition. His research interests include nutrigenetics, gut microbiome, functional foods and nutraceuticals, lipid metabolism, analytical chemistry, clinical research and product and process development. Dr Alphonse has been honored with several awards including the James Gordon Fletcher award for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, and best paper awards at scientific conferences. He also holds a number of functional food and nutraceutical patents as a coinventor. 

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Isabel Alphonse
Production 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. 

Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP)

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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

Medical Consultancy Group (MCG)

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.


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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.  

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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.  

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

Territory Managers/Medical Consultants

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.  


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Dr. Jodie Peacock, BSc, ND
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.

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Dr. Cameron McIntyre, BSc, ND
Territory 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. 

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Dr. Jennifer Johrendt, BHSc, ND
Territory 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.

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Dr. Madeline de Leon, BSc, ND
Medical 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!

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Dr. Barbara Weiss, HBBA, ND
Medical 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.

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Krystle Lussier
Medical Consultant & Territory Manager - Quebec and Atlantic Canada

Krystle Lussier holds a professional diploma in marketing and business administration and technologies from CVCEC, as well as a degree as a Nutritional Health and Wellness Counsellor. She has held administrative positions in private medical 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. 

Krystle has a special interest in women’s health concerns, body image and self-esteem issues, diet assessments and nutrition plans, as well as a keen interest in animal nutritional health and behavioural health.  

Student Representatives

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.


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Tessa Stark
Student 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.

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LaToya Lewis
Student Representative, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

LaToya is a 3rd year Naturopathic Medical student at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. LaToya serves her local NMSA chapter as treasurer and is also the AANP student representative for CCNM. She enjoys traveling, dancing and eating delicious food from around the world. Prior to attending CCNM, LaToya worked as a certified project management professional in the oil and gas industry in Houston, Texas. In her free time, you can find LaToya serving her community alongside her sorority sisters of the Toronto Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated or spending quality time with her nieces and nephews in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

LaToya is passionate about creating educational programs that are focused on decreasing chronic disease rates in low socioeconomic communities. Her overall goal is to empower her future clients to take a front seat in their personal healthcare journeys in order to reach and maintain optimal health by working in collaboration with their healthcare providers.

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Avni Dalal
Student Representative, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

Avni is a 2nd year medical student at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. She received her B.S. from the University of South Carolina in Experimental Psychology and has always believed in the strength of mind-body medicine and empowering people to take charge of their health. Currently, Avni is Trip Coordinator for SCNM: NWB and is passionate about global health and community medicine. At school, she has done research about diabetes and enjoys learning about management of auto-immune illnesses. Avni is so excited to be a student representative of NFH, giving her the opportunity to immerse herself in the growing field of Naturopathic Medicine. Outside of school, she loves to dance, swim, paint and is currently learning ceramics and pottery throwing.

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Colin Miller
Student 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.