MNHC Naturopathic & Medispa Clinic employs highly skilled and motivated individuals specializing in providing and promoting Natural Health services and treatments to our patients. They pride themselves on treating each and every patient with the greatest level of care and compassion while employing relevant Naturopathic remedies to help diagnose and cure their particular ailments.

Our practitioners are trained and certified by the appropriate government and professional regulatory bodies to ensure you are receiving both appropriate and professional care.

Dr. Lorenzo Diana, B.A (Hons.) Psychology, Sociology, ND - Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine & Clinic Director

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Lorenzo M. Diana is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and York University. Since graduation, Dr. Diana has established his practice as a Naturopathic Doctor through a number of clinics in Ontario, located in Ajax, Markham, Mississauga and Simcoe. While he has developed an eclectic practice, he has cultivated particular expertise in women’s issues, digestive disorders, Naturopathic Oncology, Fibromyalgia, preventive healthcare and more. Dr. Diana uses a wide range of treatment modalities including Homeopathy, Acupuncture and Nutritional and Botanical Medicine for the benefit of his patients.

Since 1998, Dr. Diana has acted as Simcoe’s first Naturopathic Doctor. His practice has expanded in Simcoe and Dr. Diana intends to continue to serve the community from his new and enlarged premises at the Natural Health Clinic & Educational Centre, 338 Norfolk Street, South, Simcoe Ontario.

Dr. Diana regularly contributes to articles on natural health topics in various journals and magazines and has appeared as a guest on CFRB Toronto and community broadcasts elsewhere. In addition, he conducts a series of lectures across the Greater Toronto and Simcoe areas.

Aside from running busy practices, Dr. Diana has embarked on a project to develop a line of 100% natural and organic supplements designed to treat a variety of disorders as well as writing a book on Naturopathic Medicine and Natural Health.

Dr. Diana is a member of the following associations:
Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors
Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors
Board of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy
Canadian Health Food Association
Certified Member of Healthy & Active Metabolism Program
OAND transition advisory group (Recommending that ND’s be regulated RHP – Regulated Health Professionals Act)

 

Liat Trop, B.Sc. (Hons.), ND - Naturopathic Doctor

Liat Trop ND

Liat Trop ND is a Naturopathic Doctor with a passion for improving people’s health. Liat obtained her B.Sc. (Hons.) in Psychology from York University graduating with honors. Liat then worked in Alzheimer’s research for over 2 years co-authoring various research publications. Following her passion for helping individuals improve their health, Liat completed a 4 year naturopathic medicine program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine graduating with honors. Liat combines her passion for natural health with her strong research skills to develop comprehensive treatment plans. Liat’s special interests include but are not limited to pain management including fibromyalgia, autoimmune conditions, digestive concerns including irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease, women’s health issues, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Liat uses a range of treatment modalities including nutrition, homeopathy, herbal medicine, nutraceuticals, as well as acupuncture to improve the health of her patients. Liat is a member of Naturopathic Doctors Ontario and the Board of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy. Liat enjoys traveling, reading, and hiking.

Anna Sousa, MA (psych), RCAT, OATR, RP

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Counsellor and Art Psychotherapist

Anna has been counselling children, adults and families for ten years. Her casual and gentle approach is client-centered, compassionate and caring. She is culturally sensitive, non-judgemental and accepting. Anna believes that there are times in life when a caring hand is just what is needed. She works from the understanding that the therapist’s job is to create the alliance that helps bring awareness to the surface so that people can heal themselves. To this end, Anna draws on therapeutic strategies from cognitive behaviour, mindfulness, psychodynamic, solution focused, depth psychology, and acceptance theories.

Anna is a professional member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists and a registered member of the Ontario and Canadian Art Therapy Associations. She works part time with Family Services of York Region and the John Howard Society. She has been trained in trauma support through NOVA and York Region Abuse Prevention. She has a special interest in the effects of trauma on brain development and attachment and the usefulness of art expression for relief of symptoms. If you need to talk, process, think out loud, gain insight, brain storm solutions, call me.

Lynn Schott, RN - Thermography Specialist

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Lynn Schott RN, graduated from Humber College of Applied Arts. She worked in the field of Community Mental Health in the City of Toronto. She also worked in assisting cancer patients in the coverage of their costly cancer drugs. This is where the interest grew in the increasing prevalence of cancer. After experiencing her own breast cancer scare, she began to look at the use of thermography in early detection. She got her certificate in thermography at the American College of Clinical Thermography, and is now offering full body, half body and breast thermography at MNHC Naturopathic & Medispa Clinic.

Jennifer Lauder, BSc. (Hons) MH - Certified Master Hypnotist

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Jennifer’s love of science led her to obtain an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree from McGill University with a major in Biology (emphasis on Neurobiology, Neurophysiology, and Behaviour) and a minor in Environmental Studies.  She continued to pursue her interest in Biology and her studies at McMaster University where her graduate research focused on genetic toxicology.  She also had the opportunity while in grad school to complete additional research in Behaviour.

Jennifer has always been interested in a holistic approach to health and wellness.  She used hypnosis for birthing and pain management with both her children.  This was such a positive experience for her that she decided to study hypnosis.  Her approach as a hypnotist is holistic, that is to say she treats the mind and body as a whole, and regards her work with clients as complementary to allopathic medicine.

Jennifer’s diverse educational background and multifaceted career path has provided her with a broad range of knowledge and experiences, which she is able to draw from when doing client work.  Jennifer has extensive experience teaching and working with children of all ages and abilities and is keenly interested in how hypnosis can assist children. Hypnosis has proven to be a perfect fit with Jennifer’s business background and training (consulting, success coaching, public speaking, leadership and sales).

Jennifer provides professional hypnosis services including but not limited to:

  • weight release
  • smoking cessation
  • stress management
  • fear/phobia release
  • goal achievement
  • success and motivation
  • academic improvement
  • self confidence/self esteem
  • procrastination
  • fear of success or failure
  • relationships
  • symptoms of anxiety or depression
  • unwanted habits and behaviours
  • and many other physical, mental and emotional challenges.

Jennifer has additional hypnosis training in the following specialty areas:
pediatrics, sports enhancement, child birth, pain management, hypnodontics (dental) and parts therapy.

Jennifer is a member of the following associations:
National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH)
International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA)

Certifications and Credentials:
Certified Hypnosis Practitioner – Ontario Hypnosis Centre
Certified Consulting Hypnotist – National Guild of Hypnotists
Certified Consulting Hypnotist – International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association
Certified Master Hypnotist – Ontario Hypnosis Centre

Jennifer also has training in the following modalities: EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), Quantum Touch, and CCMBA/CCSMC (Complete Cellular Mind Body Alignment/Complete Cellular Soul Memory Clearing).

Michael Gowland, M.S.W., B.S.W., R.S.W. - Mental Health Counselor

Michael Gowland

I believe that I can help you heal and improve your quality of life no matter what may be troubling you at the present time.

For the last seven years I have worked as a Mental Health Social Worker/Team leader at a large hospital located in Toronto. Additionally, I was a generalist counselor for several years for one of the largest employee assistance programs in the world. During that time, through treatment planning and counseling, I have helped navigate hundreds of people out of a crisis into a life of stabilization and happiness.

I believe that everyone can improve their quality of life and my counseling practice is founded on the promise that I will provide you with a non-judgmental, calm, supportive atmosphere where you can begin to heal yourself from your troubles. I subscribe to a solution focused counseling perspective that will focus on helping you to solve your problems so that you can attain more happiness in your life. If I can help solve your problem in 3 sessions, I will not extend our treatment program to 10 sessions just to pad my pocket. I also believe that no problem is too small to discuss. I approach my practice with a positive attitude and I will never quit on our work together until I see results. I am always available for my patients and am open to evening and weekend appointments, in home, in clinic or in another neutral location.

I can help you with the following: anxiety, depression, low self esteem, substance abuse/addictions, crisis support, relationship issues, grief issues, psychosis, lack of confidence, loss of relationships, anger management, public speaking, workplace stress, loneliness, navigating community resources, parenting issues.

Toby Li - Registered Acupuncturist

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Toby’s passion for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) started from year 2002 when her mother was completely cured by TCM for a severe case of Cervical Spondylotic

Myelopathy, a condition where the spinal cord is compressed in the neck. After being kept in her bed for over a year, she was referred for surgery. After visiting the hospital many times, Toby’s mother learned that many of the patients were experiencing general paralysis after the surgery, and so she refused to have the procedure. Instead, she decided to try an alternative approach with TCM which ultimately turned out to be a great decision as this led to her complete recovery.

After seeing the incredible results her mother experienced, Toby decided to take her mother’s advice and try TCM treatments for her own severe acne, which she had been suffering with for more than a decade at that time. After only three months of Chinese herb and Acupuncture treatments, the acne was cleared.

Since then, Toby’s whole family have immersed themselves into the study of TCM. Toby decided to attend the Canadian Education Center of Beijing University of TCM – Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACATCM) and upon graduation, she successfully gained her TCM licenses in both Alberta and BC. She then continued to study and practice in China for another 3 years, during which time she had the honor of following several different well known mentors from hospital to hospital to accumulate more experience in a variety of medical areas. Some of these Doctors and focus areas include:

•Followed Dr. Su Lu in Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of TCM in Postnatal Recovery and treatment for Women Specific Health Problems
•Followed Dr. Chao Bao in Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of TCM in treatment for Autism, ADHD, and CP
•Followed Dr. Canruo Sheng and Dr. Xu Wu in Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of TCM for intensive study of acupuncture
•Followed Dr. Zhaoqin Ma in Jinan Hospital of TCM for intensive study of moxibustion in treatment for various difficult diseases
• Followed Dr. Lixiang Ruan in Cheers Acupuncture and Herbs in Calgary, AB for intensive study of herbology for 3 years

In 2013, TCM and Acupuncture became a regulated health profession in the province of Ontario, and Toby now holds this license which allows her to practice asa Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac). Toby practices with a noticeable passion for her work and she is committed to helping people achieve their wellness goals and find relief from several conditions using natural alternatives to medication. She feels blessed to see her patients improving and feeling better after each treatment, and this furthers her commitment to her profession.

In her spare time, Toby enjoys being outdoors weather, biking, hiking or bird watching. She also enjoys Tai Chi and good food!

Louise Tong - Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturist

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Louise Tong is a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturist of “College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario” CTCMPAO as well as a member of “The Canadian Society of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture”.

Born and raised in Hong Kong grew up in a traditional Chinese cultural way of health and wellness.  From a young age, she had always been drawn to more holistic ways of healings and felt that these remedies needed a place in the modern day world.  With the desire to heal and a passion for natural medicine,  Louise decided to pursue her career.  She went to Guangdong, China and follow her uncle who is the supervisor of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Department in the hospital.  After immigrated to Toronto, she attended a 4-year full time program and earned her Diploma of Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Diploma of Acupuncturist from Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  In addition to her formal TCM training, she has received continuing education trainings in specialized courses such as TCM Facial Rejuvenation and Body Sculpture, Tung’s Acupuncture,  The Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Association of Canada Continuing Education Seminar, Dr. Richard Tan’s Acupuncture.  She has been practicing in Toronto for more than 4 years.

Louise also uses other TCM modalities such as herbal therapy, cupping, moxibustion, nutritional advising, and acupressure. She treats each patient with a holistic approach and individual approach with an ultimate goal of achieving balance.

Margarete Frattaroli - Bowen Therapist

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Hello, I’m Margarete, your Bowen Therapist. Most of my life I worked in the corporate office world but always had a passing interest in the health and wellness world with great desire in helping people with their aliments.  One day when I decided I needed a change, I looked into being a Natural Holistic Nutritionist, so at the age of 52, I went back to night school for 2 years and graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.

I am currently a member of CSNN Alumni Association but did not stop there. Wanting to further educate myself while still holding down a day job, I looked into Bowen Therapy.  I had heard nothing but praise on how well this therapy works and have experienced first hand how amazing this therapy is, it’s truly a gift from up above.  I am now a Certified Bowen Therapist and look forward to helping people heal themselves.   I am now dedicating my entire time to Bowen work, can’t wait to give you a HELPING HAND.

Dr David Nortman ND & Classical Homeopath

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David Nortman is a graduate of the University of Toronto (philosophy and chemistry), the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and numerous postgraduate courses of study in classical homeopathy. He is licensed as Naturopathic Doctor in Ontario and Saskatchewan, and his clinical services are covered by most extended health-insurance plans.

Dr. Nortman’s clinical approach is based on his world-class expertise in classical homeopathy (the original and deepest-acting form of homeopathy), which promotes healing of both physical and psychological conditions by addressing their underlying causes at the mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. He also practices Bowen therapy, a gentle yet powerful hands-on treatment for musculoskeletal and related conditions. Both homeopathy and Bowen therapy ideally complement the other naturopathic modalities practiced at MNHC.

Dr. Nortman has published articles in homeopathic journals, is writing a textbook on homeopathy, is pursuing a Masters degree in philosophy of science, and works with patients worldwide on a long-distance basis. He is also a professional classical singer and conductor, a career which he has set aside to pursue his passion for helping people heal.

My Story

Growing up, I loved to know as much as possible about how the world works. I read as much as I could, and sought a deep understanding of the natural world and human existence. Early on I thought I would become a scientist or engineer. But when I moved away from home to begin my university studies, I developed a skin eruption. I was prescribed a corticosteroid cream to suppress the inflammation, which I was horrified to learn was chronic and possibly lifelong. At the same time the doctor agreed that the condition had been caused by stress. Something didn’t match up in my mind: If this condition was stress-related, how did the cream address the cause of the problem? I soon began searching for a method of addressing the underlying stress. This led me to classical homeopathy, a system of medicine capable of bringing balance to the disharmony that underlies acute and chronic conditions. As my skin condition gradually resolved, my understanding of health and disease and general worldview were transformed forever, and I decided I would study homeopathy and naturopathic medicine.

Now, as a naturopathic doctor and classical homeopath, I apply my big-picture understanding of determinants of health, honed through years of formal and continuing education and a decade of experience, to each patient’s unique pattern of illness.

Memberships

Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors

Saskatchewan Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Ontario Board of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy

 Additional certification

Bowen Therapy Practitioner

Gayamali Karunaratna B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Ed., ND , Doula

 

Version 2Gayamali is a recent graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. After obtaining her undergraduate degree in Integrative Biology and Philosophy at the University of Toronto, she went on to pursue a Masters in Education at the University of Windsor, which was inspired by her work with children with Autism. Upon completing her masters, her interest in holistic health and preventative medicine led her to complete a four year medical program at CCNM. Gayamali has a special interest in treating chronic lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hormonal imbalances, and mental/emotional disorders. She uses her skills in educating individuals, to transfer knowledge and empower them to lead healthier and happier lives. Gayamali is also a certified doula. 

Dr Jannette Thompson

Photo_ Jannette_Thompson-MD_smallDr. Thompson studied under the renowned bioidentical hormone specialist Dr. Neal Rouzier, MD of WorldLink Medical completing her Hormone Optimization Training. She draws on her vast experience with complex patients with a special interest in a holistic approach to medicine. Widely read on such topics as chronic fatigue and autoimmune conditions. She is in good standing with the TruBalance Healthcare Canada BHRT Physicians Network.

Dr. Thompson studied medicine at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus in Jamaica, graduating in 1994. She worked locally as an intern and medical officer from 1995 to 1999, then migrated to Canada 1999. Dr. Thompson was accepted to the Ontario International Medical Graduate Program from 2000 – 2002. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto 2002 – 2004. Since 2004 she has worked in different medical practices located in the communities of Scarborough, Brampton, and North York. Dr. Thompson now practices privately with Bioidentical Hormones for men & women at The Markham Natural Health Centre

Dr. Thompson draws on the strength & experience of dealing with patients from a wide variety of demographics. A high proportion of her patients have been Spanish and Latin American descent. She speaks English & Spanish fluently.

Her training in the Optimization of Bioidentical Hormone Therapy allows her to apply her skills in menstrual and post menstrual, thyroid imbalance, chronic fatigue and depression among other conditions for women along with training in Andropause (the male menopause) for men.
She is married with 2 teenage children and enjoys the arts, gardening, cooking, reading and long walks.

Christina Tagliacozzo, RHN - Registered Holistic Nutritionist

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Christina Tagliacozzo – RHN

Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Yoga instructor. Christina graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and is member of CSNN Alumni Association, where she gained knowledge in preventative healing through the benefits of nutritious foods, mindset and lifestyle changes.

Her gentle approach incorporating mind, body and self-love is to promote empowerment within an individual to take ownership and realize their potential to achieve optimal health naturally.

Christina takes passion in working alongside clients towards achieving a healthy and balanced lifestyle with motivation and providing resources needed to create customized wellness plans that work for each individual.

She believes that everyone is both deserving and capable of living life optimally and looks forward to working with new clients towards greater health and well-being.

Lina Gantous Energy Healing

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Lina Gantous Energy Healing by N.A.H.H.P (National Association of Holistic Health Practitioners)
Naturopath
(degree from Reidman International College for Complementary Medicine Israel)

Lina Gantous is a licensed Energy healing by N.A.H.H.P (National Association of Holistic Health Practitioners) with 10 years of experience in energy healing. She is licensed in Bio-Orgonomy, Reiki and incorporates different unique forms of energy healing in personalized sessions. Through her many years of experience she has helped patients suffering from wide range of conditions such as digestive problems, mild MS, bipolar disorder, heart palpitation, hormonal issues, anxiety, and stress to name a few.

My Journey 
I have obtained various certificates, starting my journey with an intensive 4 years learning, to get my Naturopath ​degree from Reidman International College for Complementary Medicine. The following years I have helped patients using Naturopathy, Bach Remedy, Aromatherapy and Reflexology with great success. After studying a course in Bio-Orgonomy, that I was invited to by a friend, I realized that being more in tune with the Universe’s energy would make it easier for me to help my patients with their physical and mental challenges using energy healing. Currently, I use a combination of everything I have learned to customize a healing technique to reach the best results for each individual. I believe that energy healing is not something you learn in a class, rather something you gain during the life experiences the Universe has set out for every one of us

What Is Energy Healing?
Energy healing is all about restoring the natural flow of energy within your body.

Which Energy Healing Techniques Are Used In Sessions?
Each session is customized for every patient by a combination of energy healing techniques to achieve the best results; which includes Bio-orgonomy, Reiki, Chakra Balancing, Naturopathy and more.

What Kind of Problems Can be Healed?

  • All kind of injury, neck, shoulders, back, joints and any chronic pain.
  • Digestive system from bloating, discomfort feeling, constipation, food intolerance, etc.
  • Hormonal issue.
  • Emotional such as stress, anxiety, moodiness, and much more.
  • Migraine and headache.

That is a small example , doesn’t matter what kind of problem, with energy healing I will find the way to heal or relief the pain.

Ernest Geid, DOMP NMOS - Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

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Ernest Geid is a Canadian Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, he is the owner and founder of “Osteopathy First”, he has a vast hands-on clinical experience in Osteoarticular Techniques, Myofacial Release and Craniosacral Therapy. Ernest hold a Diploma of Osteopathic Manual Practice (DOMP). He is delivering Osteopathy Techniques using Multi-Modal Approach and European Style Osteopathy. Ernest is an international graduate Medical Doctor and hold Master of Science in Rheumatology, in addition, he holds a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) from National University of Medical Sciences in Spain.

Ernest strongly believe in the 4 principles of Osteopathy:

  • Each body’s structure supports the body’s functions. If a structure is out of place, the body will not function at its best.
  • The natural flow of the body’s fluids – lymphatic, vascular and neurological – must be preserved and maintained.
  • The human body is the sum of its parts. Its physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and cognitive systems work in harmony.
  • When the body has no restrictions, it has the inherent ability to heal itself.

Ernest as an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner identify, assess, and treat the body’s structures and rhythms using a gentle, hands-on approach. This fundamental technique is called osteopathic palpation. Osteopathic palpation is what makes osteopathy different from other forms of therapy. Ernest use four major treatment techniques in his practice:

  1. Osteopathic Articular Technique: used to reduce muscle spasms near a joint, ease neurological irritations around a joint, make joints more mobile & reduce pain and discomfort
  2. Craniosacral Therapy: This is the gentlest osteopathic technique, and it requires the most experience to use effectively and wisely. The goal of this technique is to adjust the body’s physiology by restoring balance to the circulation of the blood and other body fluids.
  3. Soft Tissue Therapy & Myofascial Release: used in many different ways. In general, he uses it to evaluate the condition of tissues and to help the body’s fluids (such as blood and lymphatic fluid) flow smoothly. Keeping fluids flowing smoothly reduces harmful fluid retention and makes the body’s immune system more effective.
  4. Visceral Manipulation: used to gently move the structures themselves and the fascia that surrounds the structures to restore full movement of organs. Most patients treated with visceral manipulation feel only gentle pressure of the osteopathic manual practitioner’s hand. But the corrections are powerful enough to improve the mobility of an organ, improve blood flow, and help the organ function more effectively.

Ernest has a Professional Membership in the following Osteopathy Associations:

  1. National Manual Osteopathic Society (NMOS)

http://nmos.ca/

  1. Ontario Osteopathic & Alternative Medicine Association (OOAMA)

http://www.osteoassociation.com/

  1. Society of Osteopaths of Canada (SOC)

http://www.soc-osteopaths.ca/

Rob Raponi B.Kine (Hons), CISSN, Naturopathic Intern

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Rob Raponi is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic
Medicine and York University. His undergraduate degree in Kinesiology
left him wanting more in terms of helping others. Having been around
naturopathic medicine all his life, he knew right away that he wanted
to help others in the same way he had been helped in the past. During
his time at the college, Rob chose to pursue a focus in sports
medicine where he honed in on his management of pain and recovery,
weight loss and nutrition in order to return others back to optimal
health.

Rob Raponi is also a Certified Sports Nutritionist from the
International Society of Sports Nutrition (CISSN) and lectures on
sports nutrition at a local educational institution.

Darlene Comer - Office Manager

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As a member of the MNHC Naturopathic Clinic team Darlene’s role as Office Manager is to handle patient inquires, book appointments for our practitioners as well as handling general office duties.

Darlene also plays an instrumental role in the management of our Naturopathic Dispensary, ensuring it is always fully stocked for our patients. She is knowledgeable about the various products available through the Dispensary and is able to assist patients and clients with any questions they might have about the various products available.