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. 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.

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.

Karen Sribney, M.Ed., C.H.N.C., Registered Psychologist, Certified in Holistic Nutrition

Karen is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists, and is a member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta.  She holds a Master of Education degree in School/Community Psychology from the University of Calgary, with specialized training in play-, art-, and activity-based therapies.

Karen provides assessment and counselling services to children, adolescents, and adults.  She has a special interest in the assessment and treatment of people with the symptoms of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD).

Six years ago, Karen completed her nutrition journey beginning with a diploma from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN).  Since that time, Karen has been taking this knowledge and supporting her clients’ brain and mental health by coaching them of the effect of all the different things that they feed themselves and put into/onto their bodies.  Finally, Karen enjoys running educational groups to get the word out that “pills don’t teach skills” and support families in making all their lives easier by feeding nourishing foods that calm the nervous system, pump up brain power, and even out emotions so that everyone in the family is able to be their best self.

Megan Barefoot, B.Sc., C.H.N.C., C.I.H.C., Certified GAPS Practitioner, Reiki Master

Megan Barefoot graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Science from the University of Windsor and worked in downtown Calgary as a professional geologist for nearly ten years.  After having children, she discovered the power of nutrition to get herself and her family to optimal health.  She attended and graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York where she learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques and was certified in nutritional coaching.  Megan attended the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, earning her C.H.N.C. designation in 2016 and then trained with Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride to become a Certified Gut and Psychology Syndrome Practitioner.  She has established No Shoes Nutrition to support clients with personal wellness and nutrition goals centered around intestinal health.  While studying and working with clients Megan has become a lover of all foods that feed the microbiome and loves to introduce clients to “gut goodies”.

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’.

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.

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.

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.