Toronto East: Faculty
Odette Bulaong, BSc (Hons), ND
Odette graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Biology from the University of Toronto. She went on to earn a Post-Graduate Certificate in Workplace Wellness & Health Promotion, when she was introduced to the concept of wellness. She resonated with the idea that true health comes not just from physical, but also mental, emotional and spiritual ell-being. With this realization, she pursued a career in naturopathic medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, where she received the Award for Clinical excellence in Asian Medicine and Acupuncture. In addition to working with patients in the Toronto, Scarborough and Markham areas, she is also passionate about teaching. She is delighted to be an instructor at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, where she teaches the Anatomy & Physiology, Pediatrics, Mind Body Spirit and Cell Biology courses.
Meredith Deasley, BA, R.H.N.
Meredith’s major focus has been on “food” since 1999. She is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ professional, graduating from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN) with Certificate of Merit. She specializes in pediatric nutrition. In 2010, her book “The Resourceful Mother’s Secrets to Healthy Kids” was published.
Today, Meredith owns The Resourceful Mother, a company whose major function is to help other parents heal their children physically and emotionally and for some, prevent the need for healing. She regularly conducts seminars at community centres and school . She teaches pediatric nutrition to future nutrition professionals at CSNN. Meredith also meets with parents on an individual basis, teaching them how to do things differently than the majority, in order to raise the healthiest, happiest, and most wholesome children possible. There has never been a family that The Resourceful Mother could not help.
Lei Gu, BSc (Hons), ND
Dr. Lei Gu, ND co-founded Scarborough Naturopathic clinic. She obtained her undergraduate honours degree in biological sciences and neuroscience at the University of Toronto. She then enrolled in the naturopathic medicine program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.
In addition to consulting patients, Dr. Gu also teaches part-time at the University of Toronto, and she occasionally lectures at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She also conducts regular seminars to help educate the community regarding a variety of health-related topics.
Jennifer McDonald, N.D.
Dr. Jennifer MacDonald ND completed her Bachelor of Science double major degree in Biology and Microbiology & Immunology from Dalhousie University. She obtained her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto, Ontario. While a student at CCNM she joined Naturopaths without Borders and travelled to Guatemala to treat patients in need. During her internship she treated low income patients at Parkdale Community Health Centre. She was also one of twelve students selected to establish a teaching clinic within the Brampton Civic Hospital which is the first naturopathic clinic within a hospital in North America.
Dr. MacDonald ND uses her strong science background and love of teaching when treating her patients. She is currently practicing in Toronto, Vaughan, Markham, and at the Scarborough/Pickering border. Her clinical focus is in women’s health, fertility, autoimmune conditions, pediatrics and gastrointestinal medicine.
Audrey McDonough, BA, R.H.N.
Audrey had the pleasure to work for the surgeons who pioneered the Video laparoscopy. During the ten years she worked for them, she realized that there is nothing more amazing than the human body. Audrey started exploring alternative health practices to resolve some of her own health issues. The more research Audrey did, the more she discovered that there was a real link between nutrition and quality of life. She went back to school to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ professional and subsequently specialized in cancer nutrition.
She has been a guest on various radio programs and in addition, has presented at various venues. She also co-hosted a weekly radio show, Healthwise 360.
Audrey currently works with cancer clients as well as those looking for diabetes management, cardiovascular health, hypertension, candida, poor digestion, and those looking to convert to a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Suzi Singer, BSc, R.H.N.
As a nutrition professional and fitness consultant in private practice, Suzi has over 25 years 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 dietary choices have on agriculture and food production.
Daniel Watters, B.Sc., N.D.
Daniel is an integrative medicine focused Naturopath who sees patients for a wide range of health issues; Allergies, Infertility, HIV/AIDS, Sports Injuries and Nutrition, Weight Loss, Mood Imbalances, etc.
Dr. Watters strives to create a personalized balanced approach to achieve the best possible outcomes for his patients. He utilizes new nutrigenomic approaches for dealing with potential unbalances, along with other holistic therapies: homotoxicology, acupuncture, botanical medicine, orthomolecular medicine, nutrition, diet and lifestyle modification, education and counselling.
Having graduated from the University of Victoria in Biology, he continued further into medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. He continues to strive to be current, forever reading journal articles and attending seminars. He currently is a peer reviewer for the Integrative Healthcare Practitioners Magazine and Journal.
Daniel teaches Chemistry and Biochemistry, Sports Nutrition and Pathology at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. His clinical research focuses are strain specific probiotics and methylation related polymorphisms. He is a current member of the OAND and the CAND.
Diane White, R.H.N.
As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ professional, Diane’s practice embraces the WHOLE body, mind and spirit. She coaches clients based on their unique needs and support the body systems to enhance overall health. Through using a broad spectrum of assessment tools, Diane is able to customize each client’s plan and provide specific and individualized coaching.
Joan Zarbatany, BA, R.H.N.
In various capacities, Joan has been involved in healthcare and wellness all her adult life, from working in the Department of Clinical Pharmacology at Ayerst Laboratories helping conduct Phase I and Phase II Clinical Bioavailability Studies on new drugs, to being a Certified Fitness Instructor, to working at the Cardiac Care Network (Ontario). During that time, she also became a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ professional studying at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and then continued studying, specializing in cancer care and nutrition.
Joan’s goal is to help people understand the magnificent healing power of the body and mind. She believes that chronic and catastrophic disease can be overcome through education and personal empowerment. She firmly believes that “we are what we eat” and healthy differences can be made in peoples’ lives through integrative, evidence-based dietary regimes based on orthomolecular principles.