Ottawa: Faculty


Natalie Rivier, R.H.N., CSNN Ottawa Branch Manager

Natalie Rivier

Natalie is a certified yoga teacher, pole fitness instructor, group fitness instructor and stand up paddle board instructor. In 2003 she graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition where she obtained a diploma in Natural Nutrition with accompanying professional title Registered Holistic Nutritionist™. The program was so life-altering that she purchased the license to the school. She is currently the Branch Manager of the Ottawa location of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Natalie has a real passion for Sports Nutrition and holds a diploma in Advanced Sports Nutrition from Shaw Academy in Ireland.  She has travelled extensively around the world training hotel and resort staff in health, wellness and nutrition.


Andrea Bartels, BA, CNP, NNCP, RNT

Andrea Bartels

Andrea has been on the faculty of CSNN Ottawa’s branch since 2001. She teaches Body-Mind-Spirit Part 1, Pathology and Nutrition, Allergies and Eco-Nutrition. In her nutritional consulting practice, Andrea coaches clients with interests in digestive wellness, detoxification and women’s health. She is also the co-founder of OARNN (Ottawa Association of Registered Natural Nutritionists), an organization designed to provide ongoing support and learning for CSNN graduates. Around CSNN Andrea is known for her extensive knowledge of nutritional supplementation and brings more than 15 years of experience working in the field of nutrition.


Jenn Camirand, R.H.N.

Jenn Camirand

A member of faculty since 2012, Jenn holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Waterloo, received her Nutritional training at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, graduating class valedictorian in 2007, was awarded a Certificate with Honours from the Academy of Culinary Nutrition in January of 2015, and is currently a Member of the Institute for Functional Medicine.

Jenn stands firm in the belief that we are more than just the sum of our parts, and that our current state of health and nutritional status is the manifestation of all of our experiences, not just the foods that we eat. When we are able to truly focus on our own health, through education and self-responsibility, great change can take place. This belief, along with a passion for Holistic Nutrition, Functional Nutrition, Gastronomy and Anthropology, are brought both to the classroom, and her nutritional practice.

Jenn teaches, Symptomatology I and II, Alternative Diets, Aging, Nutritional Literature Research, Fundamentals of Business I and II, and facilitates as many Case Study Practicals as her schedule will allow.


Aloke De, M.D., R.H.N.

Alone De

Dr. Aloke De is a Family Physician who trained at The Royal London Hospital medical College in London, England. He came to Canada in 2003 and worked extensively in psychiatry as well as family practice. His English background has given him a strong desire to practice preventative medicine and to empower patients with the tools they need to maintain their own health and wellbeing. Over the last few years he has developed a holistic approach by exploring more of the mind, body and spirit connection when it comes to healing. He has a degree in Holistic Nutrition as well as Clinical Hypnotherapy. His other interests include Reiki and photography which again contribute to his holistic style. By working closely with the other practitioners at the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Center he wishes to bring the best evidence based medical care focusing on an integrative approach for cancer patients and their family.


Nicole Fodor, R.H.N.

Nicole FodorFrom an early age, Nicole always had a passion for the natural world. After high school she attended Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie, and graduated the Fish & Wildlife program as a Field Naturalist three years later. She spent some time in the industry, but found the seasonal nature of the work difficult to accommodate. After moving to Ottawa, Nicole found employment managing a pet food store where she earned multiple accreditations specializing in pet nutrition. This opened her eyes to the nutrition world, and she soon found she had a profound interest in learning more about holistic nutrition.

Nicole enrolled at CSNN as a student and graduated with Honours in 2014. She spent some time working as a nutritional consultant after graduation, helping people achieve their nutritional goals. Nicole returned to CSNN in 2016, this time as an Administrative Assistant to help students become Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ professionals themselves. Nicole is currently studying herbalism, which joins her passions for both nutrition and the natural world. When not pursuing her passion for nutrition, Nicole can be found outdoors backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, snowboarding, or cycling.


Tonya Hoferek, B.Sc., R.H.N.

Tonya grew up tramping through forests and markets, eating and collecting stuff. It made a lasting impression, as she found herself working as a geologist, farm hand and fitness and mountain bike coach. Nutrition was the next logical step, shifting a passion for the science of the earth into the same for the body. After graduating from CSNN in 2004, she worked primarily with her athlete friends and in agricultural settings. She enjoys teaching Pediatric, Preventive Nutrition and Sports Nutrition, but most enjoys Eco-Nutrition where she can roll all passions into one big beautiful wheel. The transformations experienced by students and the wisdom that they bring to class is her greatest teaching pleasure. A curious mind, she is currently learning bee-keeping from her husband, and mucking about with permaculture and trailbuilding. She would love to raise goats in Vermont someday.


Dr. Naomi Johnson, BA, R.H.N., ND

NaomiJohnsonDr. Naomi Johnson is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, born and raised in the Ottawa-Gatineau region and thrilled to be back working in the community where she grew up. She completed her naturopathic medical training at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto, Ontario. Her background includes a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. She is also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ professional and has extensive experience in personal training and group fitness.

Dr. Naomi’s passion for health and wellness began through her own personal journey to health. She has first-hand experience with how small changes can impact one’s life in a very positive way, and considers herself extremely lucky to have been able to turn her passion for health into a career. She is fascinated by all aspects of health and holds special interest in mental health, digestive concerns, stress reduction, and in promoting health and wellness within members of the LGBTQ community.


Emily Kielbiski, BASc., R.H.N.

Emily is the newest member of the CSNN Ottawa faculty and is excited to teach Anatomy & Physiology in the fall of 2017. In addition to teaching, she also hosts practicums focused on the physiology of skin, offering students valuable insight into the murky-watered body care industry. She holds an Applied Science honours degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph, graduating in 2009, and her diploma in Natural Nutrition from CSNN’s Toronto branch in 2015. Emily is a firm believer in offering realistic advice to empower her students & clients with the knowledge they need to create success in their own lives. 


Alla Makarova

Alla Makarova

Alla is a foreign medical school graduate from Europe. She continued her postgraduate studies with the department of Immunology and worked as an attending physician, specializing in the treatment of allergies. The limitations of modern medicine (in its approaches especially to chronic diseases) led her to explore alternative methods of healing. Nutrition became one of the primary healing approaches not only for allergies but also for inflammatory and connective tissue diseases.

Alla is also trained in TCM (Su Jok Acupuncture, Chronopuncture and Onnuri therapy) , Reiki, CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release, Homeopathy and dietary approaches for severe chronic conditions. She has received medicine rites from the Algonquin and Peruvian shamans and travelled and taught internationally. Alla has more than 25 years of experience in the field of alternative medicine.

At CSNN, Alla teaches the Sciences (Anatomy, Biochemistry, Cellular Biology), Pharmacology, Immunology and the Mind-Body-Spirit courses. Her passion is the Mind-Body-Spirit connection, and her goal is to bridge the gap between ancient healing techniques and modern science. Alla has a private healing practice in Ottawa.


Gina McCormick, R.H.N.

Gina McCormick

Gina, our Assistant Branch Manager, is known for her innate ability to diffuse any of life’s hiccups with grace, humour, and impeccable organization skills. Gina offers 20+ years administrative and accounting experience, as well as 10+ years as a top-of-the-line stay at home mom to two bright and beautiful teenage girls. Gina graduated as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ professional with Honours in 2006, and became Natalie’s “right hand man” in 2007. Very professionally and pleasantly, Gina has a way of navigating students through the challenges of balancing school with “life” to ensure that everyone that walks through our doors has the confidence and capability to follow their dreams. Gina is currently studying to become a Tea Sommelier, and can often be found nibbling on chocolate or whole food treats prepared by her fan club of students.


Amy Mungham, R.H.N.

AmyMunghamAmy Mungham graduated from CSNN in 2013, receiving her diploma in natural nutrition. She actively practices holistic nutrition in Ottawa, with a focus on family health. Amy has two natural commercial food production businesses along with her consulting brand, and has a passion for blending business and the holistic lifestyle. At CSNN, Amy guides case study practicals, workshops and sits on the oral exam panel. She is driven to give back to the school and community that gave her the tools to thrive and heal in life.


Suzi Singer, B.Sc., R.H.N.

As a nutrition professional and fitness consultant in private practice, Suzi has over 25 years of experience in designing and managing corporate wellness and fitness programs. She provides clients with nutritional assessments and designs programs tailored to their individual requirements. She is involved in natural and organic food product development. She researches and writes for nutrition education programs, magazine articles, e-books and product advertising copy. In addition, she teaches and presents workshops at various community centres as well as private and corporate venues. She is most passionate about the connection between food and environmental sustainability, including the impact that our dietary choices have on agriculture and the food industry.


Virginia Spencer, R.H.N.

Virginia is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ professional with over a decade of experience working in lifestyle and nutrition counselling. She graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition with honours and holds their Advanced Cognitive Support Certificate. Additionally Virginia is a Certified Lifestyle Educator with Metagenics and a graduate of the Algonquin College Management Studies program.

Virginia is passionate about teaching nutrition to everyone. She has over twenty years of experience mentoring and coaching individuals in her various management positions. In her practice she provides general nutrition and special focus areas including cognitive support, longevity, stress, metabolic support, autoimmune, traditional and ancestral diets.    

In her spare time Virginia can be found on her bike, in her hiking shoes, or in a tent enjoying the fresh air and outdoor exercise.


Melissa van der Maden, BA, RP, OACCPP

MelissaVandermadenMelissa van der Maden, RP, is a Registered Psychotherapist, a member of the Ontario Association of Mental Health professionals (OACCPP) and has a small private practice in Ottawa. In addition to her private practice, Melissa also provides her services to the Integrated Response Team of Eastern Ontario as a Mental Health Crisis worker. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Windsor (BA), and has studied Forensics at the post graduate level in the field of mental health at Mount Royal University in Calgary, AB. Recently, Melissa has studied at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition to expand her knowledge in the field of nutrition so that she might offer her clients an alternative to traditional pharmaceutical interventions for mood and behaviour disorders. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of how nutrition and mental health are integrated and will be teaching the Mind Body -Spirit Part 1 class as well as the Alternative Diets Class.

Melissa has been practicing psychotherapy in both Canada and the United States with youth and their families for over 17 years. As a clinician, she believes that her role is to form a therapeutic alliance which will help clients see themselves outside of their problems. Melissa has a passion for collaborative approaches in both the field of mental health and holistic nutrition and believes that every client is the “expert” in their own lives. When she is not with her clients, Melissa enjoys spending time with her three children, pursuing a healthy lifestyle and travelling the world with her husband.


Karen Yaworsky, R.H.N.

KarenYaworskiKaren Yaworsky has been in the Health and Fitness Industry for 18 years.  Her journey began from health complications when she immediately became interested in the healing capabilities of foods. Revamping her nutrition and incorporating exercise into her daily turned her life around.  This transformation created a hunger to learn more.   Since then, she has dedicated her life to teaching others be their best self.  Karen is a Personal Trainer, Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ professional, Fascial Stretch Therapist, Certified Yoga Instructor and has completed her Thai massage Certification.

She believes in a balanced approach to wellness incorporating whole foods, stimulating exercise, and restorative practices.  Karen is equally as passionate about learning as she is about teaching all of the fascinating aspects of wellness. She is continually upgrading her skill set in order to better help her clients.  Karen owns a private wellness studio and spends her days doing what she loves!  At CSNN, Karen teaches practicals and workshops to continue to inspire a new generation of holistic health practitioners.