Our staff at Canadian School of Natural Nutrition are active in all areas of nutritional development and organizational research. Click on a faculty member below to jump to their bio:
Judy Underhill is the current Manager of CSNN Moncton Branch. True to her Newfoundland(NF) roots, you will find her to be one of the friendliest, kindest and most welcoming persons you will meet. You see this the first time you step in the Moncton classroom and the basket of homemade knitted slippers for everyone’s use, specially made by her mother & late grandmother from NF. This is just part of the ‘care & experience’ you get at the Moncton Branch.
Her passion is to live life with purpose & most importantly with health, as ‘health is wealth’. Upon graduating from CSNN Moncton in 2006 Judy continued her work as a BioMeridian Allergy Technician at Forever Healthy Allergy & Wellness Clinic and combined that with nutritional counselling & teaching at the Branch – Pediatrics and Body/Mind/Spirit courses. All of this lit a fire in her to want to make a bigger difference.
Judy’s educational experience includes business at Oulton College and nursing at AJ McMaster School of Nursing. It is no wonder she leaped at the chance to work more at CSNN Moncton when the opportunity presented itself in 2008. One could say she was ‘coming full circle’ combining her education, experience and passion all together.
Along with the daily management of the Branch, where she wears many hats from admissions to counsellor and everything in between, Judy is a wife and mom to two sons who are young adults now and her family is a big part as to why she pursued this education. When not at the school or home, you will find Judy at her happy place embracing the peace and country living, overlooking Grand Lake, and enjoying every aspect Mother Nature has to offer.
She is a consummate learner, always with a book in hand, either for knowledge or for fun. Judy also gives of her time with CSNN’s Advertising and Curriculum Committees and recently became a Board Member with the new Moncton Wellness Expo. Judy continues learning having completed CSNN’s Certificate in Holistic Culinary Cooking, as well as ongoing CSNN Advanced Nutrition workshops. She loves to learn other areas of holistic health such as Healing Touch, Reflexology, and German New Medicine as well.
She is proud to be a part of a school who’s education and experience is ‘life-changing and empowering’. This spurs her on as she celebrates more than 10 years in her current position.
Laura Staples is a graduate of CSNN Moncton and has been an Instructor at the Moncton branch since 2012 and is currently teaching multiple courses in the program. Along with teaching and facilitating case study practicums, Laura also works in the office with Judy where she takes care of such things as daily administration, student affairs and admissions. Laura is also a curriculum contributor to materials currently in the Natural Nutrition program.
Laura has university education from both St. FX University as well as the University of Manitoba and has held her Canadian Securities licence through education from the Canadian Securities Institute. Laura has also completed courses from the Advanced Nutrition workshops of CSNN as well as completed the Holistic Culinary Certificate.
When not working, Laura loves spending time with her two beautiful daughters Emma and Olivia. She enjoys organic gardening, cooking, reading and is a life-long learner. She is passionate about teaching others and living the holistic lifestyle. Laura truly believes proper nutritional practices learned at CSNN can benefit anyone looking to achieve good health.
Ellen is a fellow New Brunswick’er who grew up in a small town about an hour outside of Moncton. After high school graduation, she worked for the Federal Government for a few years then pursued her interest in nutrition by attending UPEI with the intent of completing the dietetics program. After the first year, she decided to work education into her training in case she wanted to teach, which she did from 1994-2013 at the secondary school level both in New Brunswick and PEI. Ellen also had opportunities to provide part-time adult education in English grammar and worked part time in the Medical Support Services program at Holland College.
After many years of teaching and unfortunately neglecting her health, Ellen got back on track to living a healthy lifestyle which led her to change careers. She moved back to NB and took on a nutrition consulting franchise which she ran for four years. During that time, she also worked on continuing her education by taking courses from Alive Academy, attended CSNN Moncton in the full time program to achieve her certification as an RHN, and then enrolled at the academy of my association, APNN, to achieve her designation as a certified naturopath.
After selling the nutrition franchise in 2017, Ellen returned to PEI for one year where she taught part-time while she finished my naturopathic certification. She returned to NB in July 2018 and worked in retail at a health food store where she gained very practical knowledge about supplements. Nutrition consulting is still something she loves to do so her business “Flourish” was established where she worked from home.
Teaching continues to be an integral part of her career; and in the fall of 2018, she began teaching part time at CSNN Moncton. She has continued to teach courses at CSNN and loves the interaction with students and the exchange of knowledge in the field of science and nutrition.
In February 2020, Ellen joined the team of Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals/Nutraceuticals as an educational consultant. This position allows her to travel throughout NB and PEI providing education and training for varied businesses not only in the human supplement line but also for pets and equine health.
Debbie Melanson-Hebert n.d. is a licensed “Heal your Life” Teacher and Life Coach, certified Grief Recovery® Specialist, reiki and reflexology practitioner, and an adult educator/group facilitator. For 34 years she worked as a group facilitator in the non-profit sector in the Greater Moncton Area. Her passion is to assist adults to understand themselves and their lives while providing tools for change. Guided by her devotion to her personal values of authenticity, respect, empathy, integrity, gratitude and mindfulness, she provides tools for change in the areas of body, mind, spirit and emotions. In 2010, she formed her own company, called MOVin’ FORWARD, where she continues to implement her skills and experience, to empower others to live their best life.
She can be reached at MOVin’ FORWARD: 506-855-2863 or email@example.com
Visit her website: debbiemelansonhebert.com
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Cheryl Parrish has over 20 years experience in the food industry, working as a catering chef and teaching healthy cooking programs within the Moncton community. The kitchen is Cheryl’s “happy place”! Her teaching career began with a Degree in Education from McGill University, specializing in the field of Home Economics in 1985 but her true passion to study in the field of nutrition was reached in 2013 with her completion of CSNN’s Natural Nutrition Program. Upon graduation, Cheryl began her own company; Health Quest Nutritional Counselling & Teaching Kitchen, where she combines her cooking skills and holistic nutrition knowledge, providing hands-on interactive cooking classes that focus on building awareness of the powerful connection between our health and what is at the end of our fork!
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Dr. Nicholas Anhorn ND is a registered Naturopathic Doctor in Moncton, New Brunswick. He has been practicing out of the Moncton Naturopathic Medical Clinic since January 2013. Dr. Anhorn ND is continually travelling throughout North America for continuing education to bring the best possible naturopathic care to Atlantic Canada.
Dr. Anhorn ND graduated with distinction from the University of Victoria where he received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology and proceeded to study an additional 4 years to obtain his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. Through a Health Promotion International Award, he travelled to Germany to complete his biology degree and to help develop the European Masters of Health Promotion Program.
For a full listing of his trainings and qualifications, please see his website.
Alyson’s educational background is in agricultural sciences majoring in Animal Science, and she has a degree from McGill University. She has worked on farms in many parts of Canada and New Zealand, has taught agriculture in Botswana, and managed a teaching farm in Lesotho for the World University Service of Canada. She ran a rural development program focusing on Permaculture in Albania through Oxfam UK/I and has traveled extensively through Africa, Europe and Eastern Europe. She also helped start a community co-op farm in BC, Glen Valley Organic Farm, and farmed there for 11 years. She now farms with her husband in McKees Mills, NB.
Alyson currently teaches Ecology & Nutrition at CSNN Moncton, and the students love the knowledge and experience she adds to the course. Her interests include food preservation (cheese, wine and sauerkraut-making, drying, canning and freezing), music (she plays Old Time fiddle), fibre (spinning and knitting), reading, cross-country skiing, walking with her dog, and she’s trying to learn French.
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