Calgary: Faculty


Dr. Joe Klassen, N.D., B.Com.

Dr. Joe Klassen attended Bastyr University of Naturopathic Medicine in Seattle, Washington in 2004. The comprehensive Naturopathic Doctor program includes dissection, anatomy, physiology, and pathology that align with similar Doctor of Medicine programs, plus the focus on botanical medicine, physical medicine, hydrotherapy, laboratory testing, nutrition, and other natural healing modalities. In addition, he is a Board Certified Colon Hydrotherapy Instructor and practitioner.

Prior to Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Klassen was a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. After starting a career in the stressful world of Fortune 500 companies, he decided to make a radical change and enter the field of natural health. This experience has given him a real world perspective on health challenges in our community, and a realistic approach to health when relating to patients with challenging work and home demands.

Dr. Klassen has a special interest in the naturopathic principle of ‘Docere’ or ‘Doctor as Teacher’. Accordingly, he teaches Anatomy and Physiology, Cellular Biology, and Pathology at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Calgary. In addition, he does wellness consulting and health education for corporations and community organizations of many types. He periodically offers educational seminars to the general public at local health food stores, community associations, or events on topics such as hormones, stress, allergies, digestive dysfunction, children’s health, fertility, and many others. He also trains new colon hydrotherapists in his clinic and educates other Naturopathic Doctors on laboratory testing, as the National Clinical Specialist for Rocky Mountain Analytical.

Dr. Klassen has taken part in the community in many ways. He has been involved with the Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society on many projects and as an active Rotarian, participated in many charitable ventures through their organization. He is the Treasurer for the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta council. Through the clinic, he has financially assisted Greens Eggs and Ham of Leduc, Alberta, a small local farmer needing investors. He enjoys many outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, and skiing, and loves to travel to new places.


Dr. David Manning, N.D.

Dr. Manning is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto, Ontario. This four-year Doctorate program includes the medical science courses and health sciences, common to a medical education, with the added benefit of learning botanical medicine, physical medicine, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, counselling, acupuncture, and clinical nutrition as treatment options. He completed his science prerequisites at the University of Guelph and at CCNM, prior to entering the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program.

Previously, Dr. Manning studied music and philosophy at the University of Western Ontario. After a brief career as a musician, he shifted into the world of business running his own companies, then working for one of the top 100 companies in Canada. He then realized his calling into the world of alternative healthcare and went back to school to become a Naturopathic Doctor.

Dr. Manning currently lives and practices in Calgary, Alberta, after moving from a successful clinic based in Toronto, Ontario. He is a member of the Alberta Association of Naturopathic Practitioners and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and is licenced in both Alberta and Ontario as a Naturopathic Doctor.

Additionally, Dr. Manning has been a certified personal trainer and has practiced yoga for 15+ years. He is a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher and has taught for six years. His desire to combine the body-mind-spirit connection into his philosophy of health has created an overall direction for his naturopathic practice.

Dr. Manning has a Family Medicine practice and welcomes all ages with diverse concerns and conditions, for primary care, counselling, or co-management with their standard healthcare physician.


Orsha Magyar, M.Sc., B.Sc., C.H.N.C.

Orsha Magyar is a neuroscientist holding a Master’s of Science in Neuroscience and a Bachelor of Science in Behavioural Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia, as well as a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant™ from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She whole-heartedly believes in going beyond the Band-Aid for brain and mental health, and her goal is to spark and spread a brain food revolution! As Founder and CEO of NeuroTrition, she and her NeuroTeam of neuroscientists, nutritional consultants, and chefs bring neuroscience and nutrition to the table together, in the name of happier, healthier brains. She loves to teach and mentor up-and-coming neuroscientists and nutritional consultants, and brings her evidence-based, science-driven (but not dry!) style to CSNN in the Fundamentals of Nutrition and Body/Mind/Spirit (Part I) class she passionately teaches.


Dr. Manisha Sharma, N.D., B.Sc.

Dr. Manisha Sharma is a graduate of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe, Arizona, where she was trained in science-based integrative medicine. Prior to her naturopathic medical training, Manisha received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Calgary. She is a member of both the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

Dr. Sharma enjoys treating a wide range of health concerns in general family practice including, but not limited to, thyroid and other hormone disorders, digestive health, weight loss, fatigue, and autoimmunity. She also has a special interest in women’s medicine and is passionate about treating females of all ages. Over the course of her training, she has developed a keen interest in gynecology, pre-conception, infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome, and menopause.

Dr. Sharma’s philosophy encompasses a strongly integrative approach to medicine, which is why she loves teaching at CSNN! Over the past two years, she has taught the Anatomy and Physiology and Pathology classes and is inspired by working with students with a holistic mindset.


Ariel Learoyd, RSW, B.S.W., B.A., Reiki Master

Ariel Learoyd is a Registered Social Worker and Reiki Master. She established Mandala Whole Health Services (formerly Ariel Energetix) as a private therapy practice in 2000, to assist clients through transition to physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing, combining holistic counselling methods and other complementary healing techniques to support whole system health.

Ariel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Alberta, a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Calgary, and a diploma in Massage Therapy from the Cayce/Reilly School of Massotherapy in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Her training at Cayce/Reilly included classes in healing with natural foods and the role of digestive health as a mainstay of general wellness.  Ariel has also been a teaching Reiki Master and a registered Karuna Reiki Master since 2003.

Ariel became passionate about whole foods and natural nutrition as an employee of Community Natural Foods, applying what she learned there in her role as a mom and in her own pursuit of health and wellbeing.  Ariel wrote and taught the Counselling and Ethics class at Wild Rose College of Natural Healing and began teaching the Body/Mind/Spirit (Part II) class at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2008.  She also facilitates programs at Wellspring Calgary, an organization offering programs and services that meet the emotional, social, practical, and restorative needs of people living with cancer, as well as teaching meditation and courses in ‘energy intelligence’.


Dr. Karen Quinn, DC, B.Sc.

Dr. Karen Quinn is a Doctor of Chiropractic and holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Health and Physiology. She is also a certified yoga instructor. As a Chiropractor, Dr. Quinn focuses on nervous system health and the impact it has on the whole body. Although private practice occupies the majority of her focus, she has always had a love for teaching, stemming back to Chiropractic College where she taught anatomy in the cadaver labs.

As a health professional, Dr. Quinn feels that collaboration is important to provide a full spectrum of care. Her pull to collaborate and work with the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition was threefold. First, there is no denying how much nutrition affects health and the ability to heal. Secondly, to bring teaching back into her life beyond the walls of her practice. And lastly, to connect with other like-minded individuals. She has had the privilege of teaching a variety of classes at CSNN and is impressed with the student engagement and community that is created there. 

In addition to the above, Dr. Quinn has been involved with The Mustard Seed Wellness Centre, providing care to Calgarians in need, the Magic of Christmas charity, and community workshops on health and mobility.


Barb Sheldon-Thomas, C.H.N.C.

Barb is a culinary instructor, Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant™, and food literacy educator. She has been an instructor at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition since 2009, and is a Master’s Candidate working on a thesis that examines the role of culinary nutrition education in the home in various populations and how it affects health outcomes. Barb instructs culinary, food safety, and nutrition programs for CSNN, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), private and public schools, and the general public. Barb’s work for The International Organization of Culinary Professionals, and for the non-profit The Culinary Trust (founded by Julia Child),  has led her on many adventures teaching children and adults the basics of whole food nutrition, culinary education, and food literacy. Barb has a keen interest in food security, food dignity, policy, and sustainability. Her research in these areas will contribute to the outcome of her thesis, with the ultimate goal of improving the food system in Canada.


Alina Muresan, M.Sc., C.H.N.C.

Alina Muresan graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2013. She has a medical degree from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila in Bucharest, Romania, and a Master’s of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Saskatchewan.

Alina founded Orgali Holistic Nutrition Inc. Through Orgali, she helps picky eaters become great eaters and improve digestion in children. Part of Alina’s nutritional counselling practice is also dedicated to adults who suffer from chronic diseases such as high blood sugar, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, weight gain, and more. Her office is located at the Rockford Medical Clinic in Royal Oak northwest Calgary.

Alina is a mother of two, a girl and boy. She loves green tea, chocolate, and binge watching Netflix with her husband after the kids go to bed.


Yvette Styner, C.H.N.C., PTS, CCP, Elite Pro Figure-Fitness Athlete

Although Yvette has always been involved in the fitness and wellness industry, she only truly discovered the profound and undeniable benefits of optimally fuelling the body with natural nutrition after training for her first natural bodybuilding competition in 2011. This sparked a curiosity to understand the inner workings of the body and her passion to share that knowledge with others. 

Since graduating from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2015, Yvette has created a thriving private practice mipstickYvette, both online and in Calgary, and works with active adults of all levels to help them take their wellness to the next level. She is a strong advocate and role model for bridging the gap between competitive athletics and natural, balanced wellness.

Yvette also offers group workshops, collaborates with wellness retreats, consults at a naturopath’s office and a chiropractic clinic in Calgary, provides a variety of online nutrition programs and eBooks, and is an instructor at CSNN. Teaching others the holistic nutrition curriculum with CSNN is among Yvette’s proudest accomplishments. Not only is she a loyal and committed advocate of the program, but she feels it is the highest of honors to be able to mentor and guide new students who will continue to share the good-food news and make advances in our field.


Tracey Reed, B.Ed., Certified GAPS Practitioner, C.H.N.C.

The seed for nutrition was planted at a young age in Tracey, after watching her uncle use a nutritional and lifestyle approach to get rid of a brain tumor.  Tracey’s professional career began as a teacher.  She started with teaching special needs children, then transitioned to teaching English as a second language.  After being a stay-at-home mom for 15 years, Tracey completed the Natural Nutrition Program nnsymbol with the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.

As one of the instructors at CSNN, Tracey is able to combine her passion and experience as a teacher with that of nutrition.  Additionally, she has a clinical practice where she specializes in gut health as it relates to digestive issues, autoimmune conditions, and neurological conditions.  Tracey also has a unique interest in supporting brain plasticity through nutrition, and she is one of the few nutrition professionals working in the area of spinal cord injury recovery.

Tracey received the Clinical Excellence Award 2018.


Barb McCauley, C.H.N.C.

Barb McCauley is a Professional Cook and Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant™.  She graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2012 with Honors. Barb has been a cook for Alberta Health Services addictions and mental health day treatment program for the past 11 years.

She has always been a whole foods cook but wanted to take her ability to help people one step further, hence she enrolled at CSNN, the only program that could address mental health and nutrition holistically. Since graduating, she has also started a business with her husband, who is a personal trainer, where she educates and empowers people to make changes to live their best life.

Barb has been able to apply her education and expertise to enable the recovery of her husband’s severe brain injury following a car accident. He is living proof that a holistic nutritional approach is effective. In her spare time she loves to spend time in her garden and creating new whole food recipes that are simple for people to incorporate into their busy lives.