Dr. Kristy Prouse MD began her academic career in 1988 at the University of Western Ontario where she completed a BA in Psychology, followed by a BSc in Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Prouse then earned her medical degree at Queen’s University and completed her Obstetrics and Gynaecology training receiving the Laparoscopic Surgery Award of Excellence. As a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Dr. Prouse has practiced Obstetrics and Gynaecology for over a decade in the GTA.
Dr. Prouse has done additional training in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine through the University of Southern Florida – School of Medicine. A field of medicine and scientific research, antiaging medicine is aimed at the early detection, prevention, treatment and reversal of age-related decline. Regenerative medicine, meanwhile, aims to optimize the body’s endogenous – or own internal – mechanisms of self-healing, while augmenting the process with proven exogenous – or external-to-the-body – treatments and technologies.
Dr. Prouse’s path to this relatively new, specialized field began with an increasing appreciation of the impact that running a high-volume obstetrical practice was having on her own health and happiness. She concluded that western medicine had little to offer her circumstances, and set out to investigate various forms of complementary medicine, including naturopathic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and bioenergetic medicine.
Learning along the way, she began the process of healing herself and opening her mind to new possibilities. Gradually, Dr. Prouse discovered that her philosophy about life in general, and medicine in particular, had shifted. “I’m now living a more focused, centered and grounded life –with the keen awareness that we only have this moment.”
In addition to running her busy practise, Dr. Prouse sits on the editorial review board for Integrated Healthcare Practitioners journal and is associate professor at the University of Toronto. Her passion for educating has led Dr. Prouse to develop an educational program to train other healthcare practitioners in hormonal health.
Dr. Lara Spector, Hons BSC, ND is a compassionate Naturopathic Doctor with a focus on motivating and empowering her patients to create balance in all aspects of their health. She is passionate about helping people achieve wellness by addressing the root cause of their imbalance, blending modern, scientific knowledge with natural forms of medicine.
It is important to Lara that her patients feel heard and understood and this informs every aspect of their treatment. She has a special interest in family medicine, and is also passionate about women’s health, hormones, fertility, digestive disorders, skin disease and mental/emotional imbalance.
She uses evidence-based therapies to help her patients start feeling their best, including: IV therapy, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, bio-identical hormone therapy, homeopathy and craniosacral therapy.
Dr. Lara received an Honours Bachelors of Science degree in Neuroscience from the University of Toronto and subsequently completed her four-year naturopathic medical studies at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in British Columbia. She completed clinical internships at the Boucher Naturopathic Clinic, the Family Naturopathic Clinic and Positive Living BC. She is a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) and is licensed with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO).
Dr. Lara is also an instructor at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Toronto. In her spare time she enjoys running, hiking, practicing yoga and spending time with her friends and family.
Dr. Mariem Idrissi is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor with extensive experience as a medical doctor. She graduated from Casablanca Medical School in 2007. She is experienced in internal medicine, paediatrics, gynaecology-obstetrics, cardiology, and dermatology. Despite her successful career as a family doctor in Casablanca, Mariem became dissatisfied with Western medicine and its reliance on prescription drugs. Mariem’s passion for healing drove her to enrol in naturopathic medical training at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM).
After she received her doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Mariem acquired further training in paediatric care, pre- and post-natal care, and hormonal modulation in female infertility. She utilizes all naturopathic modalities including diet, nutritional supplementation, botanical medicine, acupuncture, and homeopathy. Dr. Mariem has advanced training on the proper use of Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy, Integrative Oncology, Weight Management and Naturopathic Skin Care (acne, rosacea, scars treatment, facial rejuvenation, and cosmetic acupuncture). She has incorporated an individualized weight loss program based on the results of over 40 blood tests allowing Dr. Mariem to customize a treatment plan which increases the body’s metabolism.
Having extensive experience working with both conventional and naturopathic medicine, Dr. Mariem integrates this knowledge to provide the best possible care for her patients.
She is a mother of two children and has clinical interest in:
Her healing philosophy involves taking the time to teach her patients about their health and treatment options while focusing on the whole person, not just symptoms. She uses the most effective natural treatments in conjunction with the latest medical research and conventional medicine.
Dr. Mariem Idrissi offers services in French, English, and Arabic.
Dr. Ehab Mohammed is a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) as well as a conventionally trained Medical Doctor (MD) specializing in clinical oncology. Dr. Mohammed completed medical school at Cairo University in Egypt where he graduated with honours and then joined the clinical oncology residency program where he was trained in chemotherapy, radiation and palliative care. Dr. Mohammed also obtained his Masters Degree in oncology and his Medical Doctorate in radiation oncology. During his 20 years of oncology practice, Dr. Mohammed published 35 peer-reviewed clinical research articles on breast cancer, colorectal cancer, female genital cancer, prostate cancer and brain tumors. He was promoted to professor of clinical oncology in the Faculty of Medicine at Cairo University in 2009.
Dr. Mohammed received his board certification in naturopathic medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in 2015, spent one year at the integrative cancer clinic at Robert Shad Naturopathic Clinic in Toronto, and two years in the research department of CCNM, researching naturopathic support of colon cancer patients. In 2017, this research was presented at the annual American Association of Naturopathic Physicians Conference (AANP) in Phoenix, Arizona.
It was Dr. Mohammed’s exposure to cancer centres in Canada including the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal where he first appreciated the significant impact that mind-spirit medicine can have on the outcomes of various ailments including cancer. It was with this understanding that he pursued the study of naturopathic medicine in Toronto where he also earned his Intravenous (IV) Infusion Therapy and Pharmaceutical Prescription licenses. Dr. Mohammed promotes a collaborative and integrative approach to patient care and because of his familiarity with both conventional and naturopathic approaches to oncology care he is in a unique position to bridge the gap between these two medical communities.
Dr. Mohammed is pleased to support cancer patients by offering the best individually designed naturopathic methods using the state-of-the-art scientific knowledge and evidence-based practice. Many patients have achieved high levels of immune support and better tolerance to cancer treatments under his care.
Ashna Starrett is the successful business owner of “Natural Allergy Solutions”, which has been in operation in the heart of downtown Oakville for over 7 years.
After Studying at The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, The Institute of Natural Technologies and Holt’s School of Natural Healing. She has successfully obtained her credentials as:
Dedicated to empower and educate others to live the best quality of life as possible, she has volunteered with Children’s Aid, Children’s Wish Foundation and currently sits as the Chair for the Board of Members for “Liberty For Youth” in Hamilton and supports “To The Nations Fellowship” which focuses on children’s poverty issues in various third world countries. She is very passionate about the wellbeing of our children because they are our future.
Ashna’s fundamental goal is to create a relaxed and professional environment where individuals can reconnect with their body, mind and spirit to achieve effective healing in order to live healthier, stronger and longer lives.
Nav Grewal, MSc PT, BSc is a Registered Physiotherapist with a passion for Women’s Health and Pelvic Rehabilitation. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Winnipeg, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology. With a keen interest in injury prevention and human biomechanics, she then moved to Hamilton, Ontario to pursue her Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy at McMaster University.
Nav was introduced to Women’s Health and Pelvic Rehabilitation in her last semester at McMaster, and decided to take further post-graduate training in the area. Pelvic health is rooted in traditional physiotherapy, and special attention is paid to the structure and function of the pelvic floor muscles in conjunction with surrounding connective tissues, the core, low back, diaphragm, and hips. Nav treats a variety of conditions that can cause pelvic floor dysfunction, including urinary urge and stress incontinence, fecal incontinence, chronic pelvic pain, prolapse, vaginismus, vulvodynia, pain with intercourse, as well as pre-, ante-, and post-natal patients.
Nav takes great care in treating each client’s concerns with an evidence-based plan, including manual therapy techniques, exercise prescription, and patient education. She combines these approaches with her client’s individual goals to improve their quality of life and return them to health.
When she is not treating patients, Nav enjoys leading a healthy lifestyle by keeping active with running, yoga, meditation, and dance, and prefers a plant-based diet.
She also continues to expand her knowledge by taking advanced courses in pelvic health and integrating new research into her practice.
Meira is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, deeply passionate about assisting her clients in their wellness journey. At the base of her philosophy is the notion that food is medicine and if you give your body what it needs, it is profoundly self-healing.
Meira is particularly passionate about supporting her clients to overcome fatigue, stress disorders, digestive disorders, hormone imbalance, and chronic pain through dietary and lifestyle changes.
Meira believes that you can achieve vibrant health eating amazing food without feeling like you are sacrificing. She provides her clients with tools to make meals simple, delicious and healing.
Nicole Dunn built a successful private practise in Burlington, ON where for over 8 years she has assisted her patients on their journey to wellness through a variety of Holistic Therapies.
It was through her own health transformation that led to her deep dive into extensive studies in the arena of Mind –Body- Soul Therapies and passion to help so many others.
She is a graduate of the Canadian Institute for Holistic Studies with a Diploma in Acupuncture and a member of the CTCMPAO as a Registered Acupuncturist.
Nicole is known as a multi-modality holistic practitioner who has successfully obtained the following credentials:
This wide variety of training is integrated to best approach and treat pain, hormonal imbalances, stress, anxiety, trauma, migraines, digestive issues and so much more. Addressing the root cause of issues as opposed to chasing symptoms is the focus of the course of treatment.
Nicole’s patients have always testified that it is her nurturing approach and passion that sets her apart as a practitioner.
She is dedicated in assisting others along their path toward restored energy and renewed health. It is her deep belief that we are all the Architects of our own Life and when we fully connect on all levels of Mind Body and Spirit … we have utmost potential to live a life we truly love.
Since she was a child, Tammy Strome dreamed of being an educator and a healer. Her drive to succeed and love of fitness led her to the world of bodybuilding and fitness. She then went on to become a coach and foster the growth and success of many exceptional clients. Her pursuit in the world of athleticism and sports education earned her many credentials including a BA (Hons.) in Kinesiology with Sociology and Nutrition, as well as more than 7 different certifications including Health Coaching, Life Coaching, Nutrition, and Neurolinguistic Programming/Cognitive Reflexive Conditioning. Additionally, her athletic prowess in bodybuilding earned her top placings in all of her amateur shows. This culminated in a national win where she was awarded the Overall title of Canadian Champion and her International Federation of Bodybuilding (IFBB) Pro Card.
Tammy’s desire to overcome and her drive to excel provided her great education and experience but it came at a heavy price that resulted in advanced stage Adrenal Fatigue and the development of an Autoimmune Disease. Her own healing journey ignited a deepening clarity and commitment to help clients reclaim their vitality and maximize their quality of life.
The key differentiator for Tammy’s programs lies in the meshing of her strong science background with her intuitive nature, as well as her advocacy for BLISS (body love, self-love, inner-connectedness, stress mastery, sustainability). Rather than segregate a goal based on end results, she instead investigates her clients’ individually. Her bold and inquisitive approach, coupled with her deep understanding of energy and mind/body alignment discards band-aid solutions, and provides an exceptional assessment and methodology unlike any other. Her approach breaks past the convention of “overwork”, and prevents regressive patterns to allow changes that are lasting and symbiotic in both mental and physical health.
Tammy helps busy women who have lost their balance in life. She coaches transitioning female competitors, workaholics with hormonal imbalances, women suffering from overwhelm, perfectionists in pursuit of their ideal bodies and women seeking authenticity, peace and freedom in their lives. A combination of self-realization, internal growth, realistic goals, a well-tuned schedule, and customized support and guidance helps her clients achieve their optimal selves, inside and out.
Avdeep Bahra, Occupational Therapist
Avdeep has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Masters in Occupational Therapy. She is trained in mindfulness, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), hypnosis and various other healing modalities.
Avdeep helps her clients work through self-confidence problems, feelings of loneliness, unworthiness, guilt or perfectionism, amongst other emotional issues.
Avdeep creates a safe and non-judgmental space where her clients can be heard and supported, and where healing can occur. Her calm and warm presence allows her clients to feel at ease.
Through her personal journey and in working with clients, she has seen that as we give of ourselves to others – whether as a parent, partner, friend, or employee – we become overwhelmed and exhausted. Layer on top of that the inability to ask for help, feel emotions and put self-care needs first, we become physically, energetically and spiritually depleted.
From this place of understanding, she enables her clients to release limiting thoughts, feelings and beliefs and in turn, make positive shifts in their lives. She guides her clients to practice self-care and self-compassion, and to reconnect with their spirit. She is truly passionate about helping her clients find a deeper, spiritual level in their healing journey.
Avdeep is always excited to share that the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy (CAOT) views one’s spirit as the core of who we are. In fact, the CAOT defines spirit as the “energy or life force that permeates all living things”.
Avdeep currently offers one-on-one appointments (in person or via Skype) and weekly mindfulness and meditation classes to her clients.
Susanne is a caring and competent Registered Massage Therapist with over 20 years experience in massage and complimentary therapies. Living and working in both Canada and the UK has given her extensive treatment knowledge ranging from clinic based post-surgery rehabilitation, to hospice and palliative care environments, to her private practice accompanying symphony orchestras on European tours. All of these experiences have deepened her beliefs that massage has the power to heal on so many different physical, emotional and spiritual levels.
Registered Massage Therapy can help with a wide range of conditions including:
There are many physical and emotional benefits of Registered Massage Therapy including:
Susanne has a great understanding of the healing properties of essential oils and can incorporate these into any treatment as requested.
Susanne considers it a privilege to walk alongside her clients on their journey and she is confident that she can provide safe and highly beneficial treatments for all. She is very excited and honoured to be a part of the team at the Institute for Hormonal Health.
Carla is a caring and empathetic Registered Nurse with over 19 years of nursing experience in obstetrics in both Canada and the United States. Carla worked with Dr. Prouse on labour and delivery for over 7 years and continues to work alongside Dr. Prouse at the Institute for Hormonal Health.
As a childbirth and Lamaze instructor, Carla has great bedside manner and compassion for the patients that she treats.
After the birth of her first child, Carla became increasingly aware of the importance of diet and the impact on health. This sparked further interested in living a healthier and cleaner lifestyle. Over the last 10 years she has attended numerous seminars, lectures, and weekend retreats to expand her personal interest and passion for natural and holistic practices. Carla is excited to be a part of a dynamic team of practitioners.
Janine Bergsma RN/Health Coach
Essential Oils Educator
After graduating from nursing school and working in conventional medicine for over twenty years, Janine gained experience providing nursing care to families from birth to end stages of life. It has been her privilege to support patients in their physical and emotional needs.
Janine’s passion is to find a balance between modern medicine and conventional training as a registered nurse and natural alternatives. Through her own personal health journey, Janine discovered more about natural alternatives for optimal wellness. This led to her passion for teaching and educating patients and their families as well as her own family, on the healing properties of essential oils.
Janine has gained clinical experience working with medical doctors, naturopathic doctors, nutritionists and like-minded healthcare professionals practicing holistic health and supporting patients and their families with health issues, while emphasizing an evidence-based practice.
Janine is privileged to now be using her personal and professional experience to teach individuals and families how to incorporate natural options for healthcare into their homes and lives.
Camille has been empowering clients in the healthcare profession for over 25 years. She is a Registered Nurse, a Sexuality Educator and Consultant, and is a private practice psychotherapist specializing in sexuality and relationships. Camille is a committed life-long learner and in her journey has had the opportunity to work at The Regional Women’s Health Centre at the renowned Women’s College Hospital as a Sexuality Counsellor/RN. A highlight for her was training with the famous Dr. John Gray (Men are from Mars, Women Are from Venus)! Camille learned about the integration of nutrition, brain chemistry, sexuality and romance; truly a holistic view. She has trained at the Graduate Intensive Sex Therapy programs at University of Guelph as well for ongoing education after obtaining her MEd (Counselling Psych) at the University of Toronto.
Camille speaks professionally to a wide variety of groups with the overall goal of empowering people to be the best they can be. She will be presenting small group seminars at the Institute for Hormonal Health regularly on Sexuality and Relationships-fun, safe, informative and useful.
Camille is solution focused, compassionate, and provides clarity. She believes every life is passionate and rich and should be filled with balanced health, intimacy, and happiness – in every sense of these words. In her counselling work, Camille provides a comfortable, safe haven to talk about sexual and relationship concerns, questions and issues. She does both individual and couples counselling and understands the importance of confidentiality and respect in this sensitive area.
Her work is groundbreaking in the area of hormones, health and sexuality – these change lives physically, mentally and emotionally. She is also a writer and her articles appear in various publications and on the internet. Camille is currently working on a book called “Dating 911”; dating with a positive spin! She is a frequent guest speaker and she is regularly asked to address diverse populations – EVERYONE wants solutions that work! She is thrilled to be part of the Institute for Hormonal Health team.
Chef Nancy Henley loves inspiring people 9 to 90 years old to unleash their inner chef. Connecting people of all ages and culinary styles to nourishing life skills, cooking creativity, and learning where their food comes from is her passion. Nancy is the proprietor of Tree House Kitchen – a test kitchen and garden built on a sustainable property in farm country in Dundas, Ontario. Tree House Kitchen specializes in producing whole foods cooking resources — both written and filmed — for children, families and people fine-tuning their hormonal health. She creates and writes timeless, triple-tested recipe systems and online cooking resources.
Nancy and her recipe testing team are real people with families, health concerns, time constraints, and a desire to eat well. They are advocates for accessing healthy, enjoyable, food purchased locally and prepared in season. They are trained chefs and long-time cooking teachers with 40 years of collective experience in vegetarian and conscious omnivore sourcing, cooking and eating. The Tree House Kitchen staff collectively have 9 children, so being busy moms and caregivers is part of their recipe creating and testing process.
Tree House Kitchen recipe systems are always doable in any kitchen. To help clients evolve into a healthier lifestyle, Nancy and her team “boil down” whole foods recipes and highlight the practicalities and senses-forward possibilities in food sourcing, kitchen organization and cooking skills. Reducing time constraints and encouraging the sharing of kitchen duties are highlighted, where appropriate, for all family members.
While emotional eating can be a loaded phrase, Nancy believes that emotional cooking, with all the senses engaged, can elevate her clients’ cooking practices and connect them to their best food experiences.
Nancy and her team are also committed to volunteering their time in the community acting as ambassadors for food literacy and food-access causes in schools, hospitals, clubs, foundations and green spaces, by connecting administrators to a nourishing foods/sustainable living approach.
Watch for Tree House Kitchen cooking resources available at the Institute for Hormonal Health.
Cindy Simmons is a caring C.T.T. (Certified Thermographic Technician), Homeopathic Practitioner, Certified Health Coach, Healthy Breast Program Educator and former Pharmaceutical Clinical Research Consultant. She uses natural remedies and methods to treat the whole person. It is her desire to educate people about integrative medicine, preventative alternatives and teach how the body can heal itself, placing people in a position of true “Informed Consent”.
For more than 15 years, Cindy worked in the Pharmaceutical Clinical Research Field as a consultant before going back to College for Homeopathic Medicine and graduating with a D.H.M.H.S (Diploma of Homeopathic Medicine and Health Sciences) in 2005. As a busy mom with three children of her own and step-mother to four others, she knew she had to find answers and change the way she was living.
As the owner of the Thermography Clinic of Halton Region, she offers women pain-free technology that detects abnormalities in breast tissue in its earliest stages – with zero radiation. She is passionate about her journey to wellness and shares her experiences and knowledge with others as an inspiring speaker, educator, and practitioner.
Cindy is also author of the book A Guide to Healthy Hormones: Secrets to Breast Health, available on Amazon, a great little book with practical and easy to implement tips for keeping not only your breasts, but entire endocrine system in perfect balance.
Cindy was raised in Holland and now lives in Georgetown, Ontario with her daughter Shekinah and their lively animal entourage.
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