Dr. Dugald Seely, ND
Executive Director of Research

Dugald Seely is a naturopathic doctor and executive director of the Department of Research and Clinical Epidemiology and the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (OICC). Dugald completed his masters of science in cancer research from the University of Toronto with a focus on interactions between chemotherapy and natural health products. Dugald is the principal investigator for a number of clinical trials, and is actively pursuing relevant synthesis research in the production of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Ongoing projects including multi-centred randomized clinical trials, a cross-border observational study and a CIHR funded synthesis reviews of natural health products used for cancer. Dugald has published and presented widely and is dedicated to helping build the research capacity of the naturopathic profession. His main interests lie in conducting primary research on complementary therapies used by naturopathic doctors with a focus on integrative cancer care. For more information on integrative cancer care and research ongoing at the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre, go to www.oicc.ca. Dugald can be followed on twitter @dugaldseely.

Dr. Kieran Cooley, ND
Director of Research

Kieran’s experience in CCNM's department of research and clinical epidemiology includes conducting pragmatic, whole-practice clinical trials on naturopathic care, evaluating the quality and impact of both naturopathic and integrative medicine, as well as collaborating with various institutions to evaluate natural health products. Currently, he is investigating the effect of a natural health product in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and use of a topical agent for osteoarthritis of the knee. His qualitative research has explored experiences with adverse reaction reporting as well as practitioner and patient experiences with naturopathic medicine and Aboriginal health issues. He also has contributed to systematic reviews and cost-effectiveness studies on complementary and alternative medicines. Kieran is committed to fostering an evidence-based approach to naturopathic medicine. As director, he mentors and assists both faculty and students in research endeavors. To follow updates from the department on Facebook and Twitter, follow @myCCNMResearch.

Dr. Monique Aucoin, ND
Research Fellow 
Monique Aucoin is a naturopathic doctor and Research Fellow at CCNM. She is currently involved in primary and synthesis research of naturopathic treatments. Monique has been involved in the design, implementation and analysis of studies investigating the efficacy and safety of natural health products in the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, depression, osteoarthritis and ADHD. She has completed systematic reviews on the efficacy and safety of treatments for digestive disorders and cancer. In addition to her research work, Monique has a private practice in Brampton with a special interest in mental health, mindfulness and stress management. For more information, visit www.MoniqueAucoinND.com or follow Monique on Twitter @MoniqueAucoinND.

Julie Ennis, PhD
Research Fellow
Julie Ennis is passionate about research into the role that nutrition, physical activity, psychological and social support can play in the prevention and treatment of cancer. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences at Queen’s University in 2008. She began her research career in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto where she completed her Masters and PhD degrees in 2010 and 2015, respectively. Her graduate research focused on the effects of bioactive compounds found in flaxseed in breast cancer and the potential interactions with conventional breast cancer treatment. She has extensive experience in basic science research involving cell culture and animal models. Julie gained experience in epidemiological research while working in the Population Health and Prevention division of Cancer Care Ontario where she focused on developing tools used for dietary exposure assessment in the Ontario Environment and Health Study, a breast cancer case-control study. At the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre, Julie is involved in the conduct a number of the ongoing integrative oncology clinical research studies and the design of upcoming research studies.

Dr. Jason Clifford, ND
Research Resident

Jason graduated with an environmental engineering degree from the University of Guelph in 1999. After working in that field for a short time, he realized something was missing: he wasn’t contributing to the Earth and society the way he’d intended. He returned to the University of Guelph to further his studies in biomedical science and plant biology, and re-discovering his purpose and his passion. He left that program early in order to pursue a career in naturopathic medicine at CCNM.

In May, 2014, Jason earned his degree from CCNM, and began a research residency that August, merging his interests in plant research and plant medicine with his passion for helping others. He has committed himself to discovering and sharing new knowledge, and strongly encourages his students and patients to ask lots of questions. If he doesn’t know the answers, he will help you find them.

Dr. Ellen McDonell, ND
Research Resident
Ellen McDonell is a naturopathic doctor focusing on integrative cancer care.  In her clinical practice, she uses evidence-based therapies to decrease side effects of conventional therapy, adjunctively treat and prevent cancer, and optimize overall health. Therapies include clinical nutrition and supplementation, exercise, botanical medicine, lifestyle counseling and acupuncture. Ellen is also involved with the research department at the OICC, where she works to bridge the gap between conventional and complementary healthcare by studying the effects of an integrative approach to cancer care. She strongly believes in the combination of conventional and complementary health care, and works alongside conventional treatment to optimize positive results.

Ellen obtained her degree in naturopathic medicine from CCNM. While at CCNM she completed a yearlong focus shift in adjunctive cancer care at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic. Previously, Ellen served as the President of the Naturopathic Students Association, and was the recipient of the Leadership Award presented by the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Prior to studying naturopathic medicine, Ellen obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa. 

Dr. Maria Shapoval, ND
Clinical Trial Coordinator 
Dr. Maria Shapoval, ND, is a licensed naturopathic doctor and clinical trial coordinator at CCNM. She is currently involved in implementing the study on arthritis knee pain. Her previous work focused on Parkinson’s disease and exercise, circadian rhythms and women’s health and treatments for iron overdose. She is a regular contributor of the Integrated Healthcare Practitioner magazine, and is part of the magazine’s peer-review board.

Maria has graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honors Bachelor of Science majoring in physiology and psychology and completed the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She went on to complete the 2-year accredited Research Residency program at CCNM. She is part of the academic faculty at CCNM where she is involved in clinical medicine, primary care and physiology courses. Maria practices in Keswick Ontario and is a member of the Ontario and Canadian Associations of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND/CAND), and Movement Disorder Society. For more information follow Maria on twitter @MariaShapovalND.

Linlu Zhao, PhD
Research Associate
Linlu Zhao comes from an interdisciplinary health sciences background and is passionate about integrative medicine and its assessment through rigorous research. Linlu completed his undergraduate training in Biomedical Science at the University of Ottawa and doctoral studies in Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University. Linlu has previously worked in the areas of cancer epidemiology, genetic epidemiology and knowledge translation. At the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (OICC), Linlu is involved in the conduct of several ongoing integrative oncology clinical research studies and knowledge synthesis projects. 

Dr. Deborah Kennedy, ND
Research Associate

Deborah Kennedy works in the research department  to help collect and analyze data to build the evidence base of naturopathic medicine through high quality synthesis work, and where needed to help coordinate clinical research. Deborah’s interests include understanding the efficacy, and safety of natural health products and their interactions with pharmaceutical drugs as determined through clinical and epidemiological evidence. Deborah is currently working on project funded by Health Canada to conduct a systematic review on the interactions between specific natural health products and pharmaceutical drugs used in cancer treatment. 

Dr. Heidi Fritz, ND
Research Fellow
Heidi is a naturopathic doctor and research fellow, and is currently involved in both primary research as well as synthesis work at the department. Heidi has conducted a series of systematic reviews of 12 natural health products (NHPs) for the treatment and prevention of lung cancer and breast cancer, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Heidi has co-ordinated clinical trials of natural medicines/ naturopathic medicine for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and cardiovascular disease. Heidi is a regular contributor to Integrated Healthcare Practitioners (IHP) magazine and maintains a private practice at Bolton Naturopathic Clinic in Bolton, Ontario.

Heidi is a graduate of the University of Toronto (HBSc, MA), Humber College (nursing certificate), and CCNM (ND). Heidi is a recent recipient of the Early Investigator Award from the Society of Integrative Oncology (SIO). She is very excited to be contributing to the body of evidence around naturopathic medicine. Heidi also has a private practice in Bolton Ontario, using evidence-informed therapies to treat a range on health conditions including digestive, autoimmune, mood and mental health conditions, as well as women's and children's health. For more information please visit www.boltonnaturopathic.ca.

Ping Wu, MD (China)
Research Scientist

Dr. Wu joined the department of Research and Clinical Epidemiology in 2003. Her previous experience – practicing as an MD specializing in neurological diseases – and master’s degree in epidemiology contribute greatly to her present role. She has performed systematic reviews on topics such as herb-drug interactions, acupuncture therapy in cocaine addiction, post stroke rehabilitation, smoking cessation, the role of statins in cardiovascular disease, quality analyses of randomized controlled trials (RCTs), and the role of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) on HIV treatment and cancer care. As a research scientist and epidemiologist consultant, Dr. Wu contributes to data acquisition and analysis and is a valuable member of the research team.

Dr. Ehab Mohammed, ND
Research Resident

Dr. Ehab Mohammed, ND, is a licensed naturopathic doctor, board certified from the College of Naturopaths in Ontario. Before his graduation from CCNM in 2015, Ehab completed conventional medical school training in Egypt. He graduated from medical school with honours degree and joined a clinical oncology residency program at Cairo University where he was trained in chemotherapy, radiation and palliative care. There, he received his master’s degree in oncology focussing on psychiatric disturbances in cancer patients, and then obtained a medical doctorate degree in radiation oncology. Ehab also published 33 scientific research articles in various medical journals and was a professor of oncology at Cairo University. 

In January 2016 he joined the research residency program at CCNM where he got involved in many projects that added a lot to his knowledge and experience in the research field. In addition to research and teaching, he currently supervises fourth-year naturopathic interns at CCNM’s Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic.