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Leading researchers in naturopathic medicine

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CCNM’s department of research & clinical epidemiology is an acknowledged world leader in advancing our understanding of complementary and naturopathic medicine. Our research has appeared in leading peer-reviewed journals including The Canadian Medical Association Journal, The Lancet and the British Medical Journal.


Dr. Dugald Seely, ND, M.Sc.

Dr. Dugald Seely, ND, is the 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. His main interests lie in conducting primary research on complementary therapies used by naturopathic doctors with a focus on integrative cancer care.

Dr. Dugald Seely, ND
Dr. Kieran Cooley, ND


Dr. Kieran Cooley, ND

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 cannabis and integrative approaches for chronic pain, interprofessional collaboration and education, and naturopathic approaches to both irritable bowel syndrome and diabetes. He is Chair-Elect of the Canadian Interdisciplinary Network of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Researchers (INCAM) and Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University of Technology, Sydney through the International Naturopathy Research Leadership and Capacity Building Program.


Dr. Monique Aucoin, ND

Monique Aucoin is a naturopathic doctor and research fellow at CCNM. 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 Toronto with a special interest in mental health, mindfulness and stress management.

Dr. Monique Aucoin, ND
Dr. Maria Shapoval, ND


Dr. Maria Shapoval, ND

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 graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science majoring in physiology and psychology.


Dr. Ellen McDonell, ND

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 counselling and acupuncture.

Dr. Ellen McDonell, ND
Dr. Qingping (Amanda) Zheng, ND


Dr. Qingping (Amanda) Zheng, ND

Amanda is a licensed naturopathic doctor and a research resident in CCNM. She had worked as a medical doctor specialized in the neurological rehabilitation for over eight years in China, working with patients with stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and other neurological disorders. Her passion is to bridge the gap between the conventional medicine and alternative medicine, providing holistic medical care for people. Amanda’s research is focus on neuroplasticity and neuroprotection.


Dr. Neda Ebrahimi, PhD

Neda has completed her masters and PhD in pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Toronto. She spent over 10 years investigating outcomes in pregnancy and neonatal outcomes following different gestational exposures. The core of her doctorate research focused on neonatal and postpartum disease outcomes in pregnant women with multiple sclerosis. Prior to joining CCNM Neda was the research coordinator for the largest national longitudinal study investigating clinical outcomes in children with demyelination at SickKids Hospital. Diet, fitness and a holistic approach to health, drive her passion and dedication to medical research and preventative and individualized medicine.

Dr. Neda Ebrahimi, PhD

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