Joni Yungblut, R.H.N. – Licenced Branch Manager
Joni Yungblut, Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ and Personal Trainer, is the Licensed Branch Manager of the London Branch of CSNN – and is affectionately called “Mother Dove” by her students for her heartfelt (and silly) analogy of setting her students free to change the world!
Growing up in rural Ontario, Joni developed an interest for the outdoors and exploring nature early on. Already stubborn and headstrong, she became a baseball fan and fine-tuned her skills to keep up with her 2 older brothers – and has won many team championships and personal sports awards over the years. She is an avid fitness enthusiast, participating in competitive baseball and beach volleyball year round.
Joni attended Conestoga College for Police Foundations, but due to poor eyesight, was unable to get into policing. So she opted for a career as a Private Investigator and worked mainly in the field of white-collar crime and fraud. Although the work was fascinating, it did not fulfill her personally.
At 16, Joni lost her father to cancer. With her own diagnosis of IBS and ongoing struggles to manage the disorder, she was concerned for her future health…until she walked into a health food store one day and asked for help. The advice she was given changed the course of her life as she discovered a new way to restore her body through holistic nutrition, lifestyle changes, and a positive shift in mental thinking. She was told about the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and hasn’t looked back.
Joni knew it was time to make a career change – one that would fulfill her spiritually and speak to her need of helping others. She graduated from CSNN in 2004 with Honours and immediately started her nutrition practice. She worked daily with her clients until she opened the London Branch in 2006.
Joni has a wide range of knowledge on nutrition, athletic performance and injuries, weight loss/gain, cancer, hormonal imbalances, vitamins and minerals, natural healing alternatives, and herbal medicine. She has completed additional education on Natural Health Care for Pets and is currently working towards becoming a Certified Master Organic Gardener. Joni and her spouse have a hobby farm where they grow their own organic food and free range heritage breed chickens. She is a published author and proud to be part of a school that continually thrives to bring the best education to their students and opportunities for graduates, and loves going to work every day to see the excitement on the students’ faces as they learn.
You’ll often find Joni teaching Fundamentals of Business, Sports Nutrition, Nutrition Literature Research, as well as numerous practicals. She also works on writing projects and is happy to report she now has 20/20 vision.
Heather Bulckaert, B.A., R.H.N.
Heather has always been passionate about what she eats. As a child, she was a picky eater and as a teen, she struggled to find the balance between food and body image. After years of under eating, over exercising and always feeling mentally overwhelmed, she was able to identify the important connection between the mind and the body. This holistic realization led her to complete her BA in Psychology at the University of Windsor.
After years in the corporate world, Heather was driven to feed her passion for nutrition and earned the R.H.N. designation from CSNN in 2010. The experience and the education have been life-changing. Heather continues to work in Program Management, is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ professional and a teacher at CSNN in London, ON, teaching Fundamentals of Nutrition, Pediatric Nutrition, and Preventative Nutrition. She loves watching the transformation in the lives of her students.
Now, a mother of two little girls, having the knowledge to raise them with optimal nutrition choices and a healthy body image is the greatest benefit. Her husband has been her nutritional “guinea pig” for years; suffering from IBS throughout life and is now symptom-free. The health changes in herself, her clients and her husband are a true testament to the power of food.
Heather loves to be with her family, go for a good run (mental therapy) and experiment to create new, healthy recipes. She is passionate about continuously educating people so that they can live their best life.
Vanessa Case, R.H.N.
While suffering from IBS and eventually Crohn’s Disease for over 12 years, Vanessa struggled with frustration with our health care system. She began to explore and implement natural nutrition practices and holistic therapies. The turn around in her health was UNBELIEVABLE!
Today she is symptom-free and living with energy and vitality. Wanting to find a way to help others achieve this level of health by tapping into nature’s resources and innate healing ability, she returned to school after completing her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and enrolled in the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2003.
She is now a successful Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ professional and owner of Our Natural Connection in London Ontario. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to CSNN London as an instructor for Fundamentals of Nutrition, Symptomatology, and Lifecycle: Pediatrics. Vanessa also teaches some of the Advanced Holistic Nutrition workshops. Her office is located on site.
Roxanna Churko, BSc Kin, CEP, R.H.N.
Roxanna has been passionate about health, wellness, and fitness since as long as she can remember. Knowing this from such an early age helped her determine her education path leading to a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She then became associated with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology, getting her designation as a Certified Exercise Physiologist. With this, she started in the fitness industry working at colleges and universities, and later with private businesses and corporations, in their fitness and wellness programs.
Holistic nutrition came into effect after Roxanna had some health scares herself which had no answers through Western Medicine. A friend of hers mentioned the program through CSNN which she sought out as she felt it would be a good fit not only for her personally but professionally as well. Roxanna graduated with honours from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Calgary in 2010 and has continued taking the advanced workshops as available.
Roxanna moved to Ontario in 2014 and has founded Churko Health Consulting in Woodstock. She encompasses her education and experience working with elite athletes and the general public and has been a major role model for women in girls in the community to realize their optimal potential in health and in life. Her belief is you can do anything you put your mind to by seeking out a network of professionals in the area you want to succeed in.
Roxanna is happy and excited to teach at CSNN to share her knowledge with future holistic practitioners. She teaches Fundamentals of Nutrition, Preventive Nutrition, Sports Nutrition, and Alternative and Comparative Diets.
Nanda MacNeil-Arnold, R.H.N, RNCP
Pursuing a career in holistic nutrition is more than simply an academic choice for Nanda; it is an integral part of her beliefs and values that she embodies and strives to share with others. She walks the talk, and this is obvious in the passion and enthusiasm she exudes in her work. Nanda helps her clients shine gratitude on their lives and teaches them to embrace the beauty of your body, mind, and spirit.
After completing high school in her native Cape Breton, Nanda attended St. FX University and went on to study at The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Halifax. Upon graduation, Nanda received the “Director’s Award”, an award honoring one student among hundreds from all the CSNN branches across Canada for achievement in academic excellence as well as an embodiment of a holistic lifestyle.
Nanda is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ professional and Wellness Coach. She is an amazing facilitator that helps to not only understand the obstacles her clients are experiencing, but also gives them permission to be who they want to be. Her focus on body image and self- love are at the basis for her Coaching practice.
Nanda is a proud and loving Mother of an energetic little boy and wife to her husband Kris. When Nanda was born, she suffered from severe digestive problems resulting in prolonged illness and several life-threatening surgeries. This all led her on a path to discover the role nutrition can play in one’s overall health. Her determination and strength have been a theme through her entire life. Nanda doesn’t just believe miracles happen, she expects them!
Michelle Pierce Hamilton, BA, PMP, R.H.N., Tea Sommelier®, Reiki Master/Teacher, IET® Master/Instructor
Michelle Pierce Hamilton is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ professional, Certified Tea Sommelier, and healing arts practitioner and teacher. As an instructor at Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, Michelle teaches Body Mind Spirit and Lifecycle Nutrition classes. Michelle’s business acumen is as a Project Management Professional (PMP), delivering corporate and clinical projects for London Health Sciences Centre part-time. However, at the heart of her passion, nutrition meets with quality loose leaf tea! Michelle is the owner/founder of London’s nutrition-based specialty tea brand, beTeas Inc., and co-owner of The Tea Lounge on Piccadilly Street in downtown London.
An educator at heart, Michelle also instructs the Tea program at Fanshawe College and remains current on the latest research on tea and human health. She is a renowned speaker at tea festivals and conferences on topics of tea and health and is a collaborator on new tea and nutrition research with Montana State University. In her personal life, Michelle enjoys the outdoors with her husband, 2 awesome children and the world’s cutest dog, Otis the Jug!
Sarah Tilley, BA, R.H.N.
Sarah has always been a steward of the earth, growing up with fresh air and fresh food in rural Ontario. Sarah continued to grow her environmentalism by completing a double major in Geography and Sociology at the University of Western Ontario, studying the impact various societies have on the earth.
Sarah continued her education by enrolling at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, to gather more resources for helping educate others on the influence our food systems have on our bodies and the earth. Upon graduating, Sarah started her nutritional practice alongside a Naturopathic Doctor in St Thomas.
For 4 years, Sarah developed her clinical practice, supporting clients through individualized wellness plans to balance all body systems. Through her clinical experience, Sarah found great satisfaction from helping clients improve hormonal imbalances, achieve weight loss, and mediate emotional eating conditions.
Sarah continued to pursue her passion as a wellness speaker, by regularly providing informational workshops, community cleansing groups, community supported weight loss groups and has been recruited on various occasions to speak on specific Nutritional topics for small and large audiences. A lifelong learner, Sarah also gained supplemental experience working in two different health food stores. Sarah recently moved her clinical practice to part-time and has stepped into a full-time facilitation position teaching lifestyle skill. Sarah also facilitates Eco-Nutrition, Alternative Comparative Diets, and Nutritional Symptomatology for the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.
Alla Vallejo, R.H.N., R.BIE
Alla Vallejo’s interest in nutrition began when she realized the effect that food and dietary choices had on the health and well-being of her son as well as her own. Over time, her interests grew to include holistic healthcare and understanding the importance of considering the health of not only one’s physical state but also mental and emotional health, along with other layers of what would constitute a healthy human when seeking answers to health-related concerns.
Alla graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition with Valedictorian Honours in 2007, followed by completing the Bioenergetics program at the Institute of Natural Health Technologies in Oakville, Ontario. As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bioenergetics Practitioner, Alla is able to help her clients optimize their health through nutritional guidance and bioenergetically correcting homeostatic imbalances in the body. She supports her clients through teaching them to manage allergy symptoms, correct hormonal imbalances, address weight loss, and other health concerns.
Some may recognize Alla as the co-founder of Inspired Health by JanAlla, a holistic health practice that operated from 2008 to 2012. Inspired Health sought to provide nutritional counseling, massage therapy, digital pulsewave analysis, and energy healing modalities to clients seeking alternative and complementary healthcare techniques.
In April 2012, Alla launched her own practice in the Wortley Village area of London, Ontario where clients see her for various reasons, including testing and re-balancing of food and environmental sensitivities in an enjoyable and informative way. By overcoming her own struggles with digestion (after unfortunately having her gallbladder removed back in 1996), Alla is now able to help her clients make informed decisions, as well as facilitate customers with appropriate supplement choices in a local health food store setting, where she also enjoys working part-time for the past 10 years.
In addition to operating her practice, Alla teaches several courses at CSNN London, including Anatomy & Physiology, Pathology & Nutrition, Allergies, and Perspectives on Aging.
Caroline Korvemaker, R.H.N., HCA
Danielle Van Wyk, R.H.N, R.BIE, CCHP
Danielle is a honours graduate from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition where she obtained the R.H.N. designation with accompanying professional title, Registered Holistic Nutritionist™. She then graduated from the Institute of Natural Health Technologies and earned a Registered Bioenergetics Practitioner designation (R.BIE). Danielle is co-owner of Inside U Health Food Store located in Woodstock, where she also operates her nutrition and bioenergetics practice. In July 2013, Danielle traveled to Vancouver to get certified in colon hydrotherapy. She is thrilled to incorporate this amazing modality into her business.
Danielle is married and a proud mother of her son, Isaiah. She also has a joy for soccer, traveling and water sports.
She is passionate about nutrition, colon hydrotherapy, and BIE and its use in assisting the body in a healing process, proving the body can heal itself when given nature’s true medicine.
Danielle feels blessed to be a part of CSNN faculty. She teaches Fundamentals of Nutrition, Symptomatology, Allergies, and Pediatrics.
Jennifer Wade, BHSc, R.H.N.
Jen attended the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition after almost a decade in emergency response and teaching. She was looking for ways to prevent all of the diseases she was seeing on a daily basis. Little did she know how much CSNN was going to change her views and her life!
Jen is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ and currently owns and runs two nutrition business here in London (At the Root Nutrition & Breastfeeding with Jen) where she specializes in nutrition for breastfeeding moms and their babies. She is currently working towards her Breastfeeding Specialist designation. Her passions include natural first aid, the outdoors and reading anything she can get her hands on – she truly loves learning new research and sharing it with the students at CSNN.
As Joni’s assistant and an instructor, you can find Jen in the office and in the classroom teaching Symptomatology II, Preventive Nutrition, Fundamentals of Business and Alternative/Comparative Diets in the Natural Nutrition Program. Jen also teaches An Advanced Course In Detoxification for the Advanced Holistic Nutrition Program. Jen is the proud Mom to Myron the beagle and 6-month old Miller – you can often find him visiting the school!
Cara Janzen, H.BCS, R.H.N., Certified Metabolic Balance Coach
Cara is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ and a MetabolicBalance Coach with a passion for the body-mind-spirit connection. Her passion centers on encouraging and inspiring self-empowerment in her clients. Her clients learn to take ownership and full responsibility for their health and the health of their family. She utilizes the amazing healing powers of food to balance hormones, reset body functions and achieve amazing overall well-being. Her focus has been primarily on weight management and secondarily on athlete health, pre through post-pregnancy health and hormone resetting. She loves to research, read and discover new ways that foods can heal our bodies.
You can find Cara teaching Body-Mind-Spirit, Alternative/Comparative Diets and several practicals at CSNN London. Her passion for educating others is evident in everything she does.