Research Faculty

Dugald Seely, B.Sc., ND, M.Sc.
Director, Research

Dugald Seely is a naturopathic doctor and director of research at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). 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. In his current role as director of research, 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 three multi-centred randomized clinical trials and a comprehensive CIHR synthesis review 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. Dugald is currently a member of Health Canada’s Expert Advisory Committee for the Vigilance of Health Products and is a peer reviewer for the Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter.

Kieran Cooley, B.Sc., ND, M.Sc. (cand.)
Associate Director of Research, Assistant Professor

Professor Cooley's experience in CCNM's department of research and clinical epidemiology includes conducting clinical trials on naturopathic care for chronic low back pain, stress and anxiety, and chronic shoulder pain, as well as collaborations 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 analgesic for peripheral diabetic neuropathy. 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 an assistant professor, he mentors students and assists in student research endeavors.

Deborah Kennedy, B.Sc., MBA, ND
SickKids Research Fellow
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.

Gillian Flower, ND
Research Associate 

Gillian Flower, ND, is a graduate of the University of Toronto and CCNM.  Her recent work has involved a collaborative project with the Complementary Medicine Education and Outcomes (CAMEO) Program in Vancouver, BC in the development of an online decision aid. This joint initiative will enable women surviving breast cancer to assess and select natural therapies addressing hot flashes. In 2012, Gillian joinsed the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre in the role of Oncology Research Fellow where she will continue to pursue research in integrative oncology while developing a cancer-focused clinical practice.

Heidi Fritz HBSc., ND, MA
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.

Orest Szczurko, B.Sc., ND, M.Sc. (cand.)
Research Associate

Orest received his B.Sc. (Hons.) from the University of Waterloo in Ontario in 1999. After working as a research coordinator for the Glaucoma Research and Education Group in San Francisco, he completed the ND program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2003. Orest presently has a research contract with the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine as a clinical trial coordinator for a number of studies conducted in a workplace setting at Canada Post. He also has a private practice at the Noumena Health Clinic in Mississauga, Ontario. Orest is pursuing graduate studies in clinical Complementary and Alternative Medicine research at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto.

Ping Wu, B.Sc., MD (China), M.Sc.
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.

Sarah Young, BA (Hons.), MA, Dipl. ST
Environmental Health Researcher

Sarah has spent the past eight years promoting health and wellness as a CAM practitioner and through running an on site corporate wellness company. More recently, her attention has turned to writing about the role of the environment in health issues. An area of interest includes the research and design of studies that address environmental health issues such as the role of heavy metal toxicity in cancer development. Sarah has just completed a report on xenoestrogens and breast cancer risk, commissioned by the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health. This report will be published as a chapter in a book on chemical exposures and women’s health, and was presented at a Health Canada symposium in Ottawa and at an international conference on women's health in Halifax. Sarah is currently helping CCNM to coordinate the development of a centre for integrative and environmental oncology.

Chris Habib, B.Sc. (Hons.), ND
Chris is a naturopathic doctor who graduated from CCNM. Prior to this, he completed his Honours Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto with a double major in life science and psychology. In addition, he has done medical research on diabetes at the Hospital for Sick Kids.

In addition to the standard Naturopathic education, Chris has completed an accredited two-year research residency, making him the first and only person in Canada to complete this residency. As a result, Chris has accumulated 10 years of post-secondary education in the health-care field.

Chris is the Clinic Director of a multi-disciplinary clinic called Mahaya Forest Hill Integrative Health. He also holds a position at the College, where he is a clinic supervisor and teaches. He supports evidence-based medicine and continually publishes new research. He has gained extensive clinical experience and has been recognized for superior patient care. Chris manages a general family practice. You can view Chris' website or you can follow him on Twitter for daily health updates @ChrisHabibND.

Maria Shapoval, HBSc., ND
Research Resident

Maria is a recent graduate of CCNM, Class of 2011. Prior to her naturopathic education she attended the University of Toronto where she completed an HBSc. in Physiology and Psychology. Currently she is working at CCNM as a research resident where she has opportunity to teach evidence-based medicine principles and provide mentorship in medical education. Maria is very enthusiastic about her new role and the various projects and endeavors that she has the opportunity in which to partake. She has delivered lectures on the topics of Parkinson’s disease and geriatric health. Among some of her professional interests are neurodegenerative disorders, autism, mental health and spirituality in the health-care field.

Maria currently practices at the Integrated Healthcare Center and does home visits. Her private practice is focused on family medicine, and she sees patients of all ages for both acute and chronic care. To learn more about Maria’s private practice, please visit www.mariashapovalnd.com.

Rishma Walji, B.Sc., ND, PhD
Rishma Walji currently holds a Post Doctoral fellowship at McMaster University in Health Sciences.  Previously she completed a her PhD training in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Toronto, her Naturopathic Medicine training at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, a Graduate Diploma in Health Services and Policy Research and a BSc at McGill University.  Her research interests include a broad range of public health and health policy issues related to complementary and alternative medicines including: patient safety, regulatory policy, health promotion and prevention of disease. She is also very interested in women’s and children’s health research.

Elaine Lewis, ND
Elaine is an ND and research resident, graduating from CCNM. Prior to her medical studies, she attended McMaster University, earning her Honours Bachelor of Science in behavioural neuroscience. She is a member of the Ontario and Canadian Associations of Naturopathic Doctors and is licensed by the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy. As the research resident, she is involved in various projects that contribute evidence to the naturopathic profession, including work on hypertension, IBS, food allergies, and adjunctive cancer care. Elaine emphasizes the impact of evidence-based naturopathic medicine by using this model in her teaching and patient care. Beyond her role as the research resident, she mentors students in a variety of courses and lectures externally to organizations and health-care providers.

Elaine currently practices in Mississauga at Back to Play Chiropractic and in North York at the Integrated Healthcare Centre. Her clinical interests lie in the management of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, digestive complaints, endocrine conditions, weight loss and women’s health. For daily health tips, follow @ElaineLewisND on Twitter, "Like" Elaine Lewis, ND, on Facebook, or visit www.elainelewisnd.com.

Monique Aucoin, BMSc., ND
Clinical Trial Coordinator
Monique Aucoin is a naturopathic doctor and the Clinical Trial Coordinator at CCNM. She is currently involved in the design and implementation of studies investigating the efficacy and safety of natural health products in the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, depression and ADHD. In addition to her research work, Monique has a private practice in Brampton where she sees patients of all ages with a special interest in mental health and stress management. She is passionate about helping people to understand the root cause of their illness and restore balance using simple and effective treatments. For more information, visit www.MoniqueAucoinND.com or follow Monique on Twitter @MoniqueAucoinND.

Christopher Knee, ND, M.Sc.
Clinical Trial Coordinator

Chris is a naturopathic doctor and a clinical trial coordinator at CCNM. He is a recent graduate from CCNM, and has previously completed both Master (Human Biology and Nutrition) and Bachelor (Human Kinetics) of Science degrees from the University of Guelph. He has also held previous scientific research and medical advisory roles for a number of organizations.
 
Chris is currently coordinating the pediatric ADHD nutrient study in children aged 6-12 years. Additionally, he has a private practice at The Dempster Clinic in Yorkville, where he treats a wide variety of illnesses, such as stress management, chronic pain, fatigue, headaches, and sports-related injuries, using tools such as acupuncture, physical medicine, and intravenous (IV) therapy.

For more information about Chris, visit www.christopherkneend.com, or follow him on Twitter @drcknee.