CCHM Faculty & Staff

Debbie Allen, HOM, DHSMLecturer

Debbie Allen is a Homeopath and Registered Holistic Nutritionist. After graduating from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN) in 2002, she opened her own nutritional practice called Health on Earth. She also taught at CSNN, did public speaking across Ontario for corporate events such as The Running Room as well as other public venues about nutrition. She has also participated in radio programs, speaking about health and nutritional issues. Debbie went back to school in 2008 and graduated from the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine as a Homeopathic Physician. Debbie practices in Aurora offering services in Classical Homeopathy and Nutrition. She believes this is a wonderful combination to achieve optimal health. Debbie is pleased to be a part of the faculty of CCHM.

Andrea Gallant Deal, HOM, DSHMCollege Administrative Director & Registrar

Andrea Deal graduated from CCHM in 2001. While studying visual art at the University of Victoria in 1997, she stumbled upon Dana Ullman’s book, Discovering Homeopathy. This book, and an introduction to cell salts in an herbal medicine course, sparked a curiosity that has become a lifelong passion. Andrea has been assisting clients using classical homeopathy, cell salts, nutrition and kindness since 2001. She is a trained doula and has also worked as an administrative assistant with a homeopathic company, as a youth coach and as a natural products adviser and teacher at several health food stores. Andrea practices classical homeopathy at the main office of The Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine in Toronto. Andrea treats people of all ages in her private practice. Through individualized healing plans, with a focus on classical homeopathy, cell salts, nutrition and journaling, Andrea has assisted many people to regain their health and rediscover themselves and their lust for life. Learn more about Andrea on her website.

Lisa Decandia, HOM, DSHM, MscLecturer

Lisa Decandia has been practicing homeopathy for over 13 years. She currently practices in Toronto, Canada where she treats a variety of health issues including the treatment of children, especially ADD/ADH/ Autism and women’s health issues. Lisa is a core lecturer at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine in Toronto, Canada where she teaches a range of homeopathic studies. She is also an international speaker and has spoken at the National Center for Homeopathy Joint Conference in 2008. Recently, Lisa has received her Master’s Degree in Science-Homeopathy with Distinction from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, United Kingdom. Contact: www.homeopathywithlisa.com [email protected] Balanced Health Care 51 Underhill Drive, Unit 4 Toronto, ON M3A-2J8 416-441-9222

Tamara Der-Ohanian, HOM, DSHomMedLecturer

Following her studies in Psychology and Business Administration at York University, Tamara received a diploma in Business & Human Resources Management from Seneca College.  After a short career in this field, Tamara decided to pursue her dream and enrolled at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine (CCHM).  She graduated from CCHM in 1997 (first graduating class) and has been practicing homeopathy ever since.  Tamara is in private practice in North York.  She is trained in Quantum Biofeedback and combines Classical Homeopathy and Biofeedback therapy to detect and treat deficiencies and imbalances.  Tamara is a lecturer and teaches Materia Medica at CCHM

Raymond Edge, HOM, RSHom(NA), CCHDean

Raymond Edge is the founder, dean and resident homeopath of the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine. Raymond began his career in the healing arts as a medical herbalist, graduating from the Dominion Herbal College in 1978. He has been studying, practising and lecturing in homeopathy since 1987. He graduated from the School of Homoeopathy on-campus program in Devon, England and was the director of the Mirianog West Childrens Clinic in Wales, providing low-cost homeopathic treatment for underprivileged children. Raymond is a registered professional member of North American Society of Homeopaths (NASH). He is also certified in classical homeopathy with the Council for Homeopathic Certification. He is a core lecturer and clinical supervisor at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine.

Joyce Edge, DCHM, FCHMAdmissions

Joyce Edge brings a wealth of business experience to the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine (CCHM). Her background includes many years spent in the telecommunications and commercial real estate industries. Her interest in maintaining good health through nutrition, fitness and spiritual practice led her to homeopathy. She graduated from the three-year professional training program in homeopathic medicine at CCHM. Joyce then went on to complete The College’s post-graduate Clinical Mastery Program and earned a Fellowship with the College. Joyce oversees the day to day operations of CCHM including admissions and enquiries, liaising with faculty and administration, assisting in curriculum development and promotional activities, etc.

Kim Elia, CCNLecturer

Kim is currently running a 4 year homeopathy program at the Hahnemann Academy in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. In addition, he was just recently asked to teach a 10 week homeopathy class for the Naturopathic College, Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Kim has also taught at SCNM (The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine), NCNM (The National College of Natural Medicine) as well as The University of Bridgeport. He has worked in the clinic at the University of Bridgeport and at CCNM (The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine) seeing new patients as well as overseeing student cases in their clinic. He has taught at the Pacific Academy of Homeopathic Medicine, The Texas Institute of Homeopathy, The Colorado Institute of Homeopathy, The Homeopathic Academy of Southern California and the Vancouver Academy of Homeopathy where he still teaches about once a year. He has also taught at The Homeopathic School of the Americas in Guatemala and El Salvador. He is currently a teacher at CCHM (The Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine). He has been in homeopathic practice for almost 22 years and has studied with various teachers including George Vithoulkas, Roger Morrison, Paul Herscu, Andre Saine, Vasillis Ghegas, Henny Heudens-Mast, Sheilagh Creasy, Rajan Sankaran, Jan Scholten, Divya Chhabra, Farokh Master, Vega Rozenberg and others

Shifteh Sherry Essnaashari, H.D. B.A., D.O.M.PLecturer

In the 1990’s after being misdiagnosed on two separate accounts, Sherry embarked on her own healing journey by exploring the curative powers of herbalism and botanical medicines. This quest led her to study with a Shaman in Costa Rica, where she resided for three years.  The profound experience of nature changed the course of Sherry's life by first and foremost allowing her to understand three things: intuition, humility and listening skills. 

In the mid 1990's Sherry built on these skills by completing Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training, coupled with certificates in the field of mental health therapy. She spent the next 18 years working as a mental health professional, while sharing her knowledge about alternative therapies and medicines in various speaking engagements, and with her clients.

Almost twenty years later, these skills have become part of Sherry's every day tools, which she uses to help others. 

Sherry's education includes a Bachelor’s Degree from Carleton university in Political Science, along with three years in Public Policy and Business Administration from York University.  After completing her diploma in Homeopathic Medicine in 2007, she pursued further training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies from Adler Institute, followed by a diploma in reflexology, as well as a license in manual osteopathy.  She currently uses all her skills to operate a thriving practice, while providing wellness consulting to corporations and operating holistic retreats for targeted populations.

An approachable and compassionate professional, Sherry brings an abundance of energy, and enthusiasm in all her interactions. She continuously strives for higher learning, so as to remain current and to provide the most effective, individualized and holistic treatment plans.  

Dr. Gary Fortinsky, DDS, FCAH, CCH, HOMLecturer

Dr Gary Fortinsky graduated from the University of Toronto dental school in 1992 and his interest in alternative practices began during his studies. He obtained his degree in Advanced Homeopathic Prescribing from the Canadian Academy of homeopathy after completing the three year course in 1998 and Homeopathic licensure in the province of Ontario in 2016. He lectures each year at the National Dental Seminar in Homeopathy presenting clinical cases from his practice and has lectured to the public about the many controversies and issues related to dentistry and health including amalgam-mercury fillings, root canals and fluoride use.

Jack Gagliardi, HOM, DSHomMedClinical supervisor, Lecturer

Jack Gagliardi graduated from the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine and also has an honours degree from the University of Toronto and a Community Worker diploma from George Brown College. He specialized in antiviolence education and working with abusive men and victims of abuse. Jack has a private homeopathic practice in the Toronto community of Leslieville where he practices classical homeopathy with a special interest in helping those struggling with issues of abuse and grief. He has also trained with Nulife Sciences in Live Blood Cell Analysis which he incorporates into his practice to help educate patients about their nutritional needs and to help track the progression and reversal of degenerative conditions. Jack is a clinical supervisor and teaches Materia Medica at CCHM.

Dr. Gary Hardy, DC, ND, FCAH, CCH, HOMLecturer

Dr. Gary Hardy graduated in Business Administration from Ryerson Polytechical University in 1976. He took one year of Laboratory Sciences at Ryerson in 1977. He went on to study at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic in 1982. In 1982, Dr. Hardy took the off campus program at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine taught by Dr. Robin Murphy until 1985. In 1986, he graduated as a Doctor of Naturopathy from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. He was awarded the Dr. J. Farquarhson Award for Excellence in Homeopathic Medicine in 1986. Dr. Hardy was one of the founding members of the Canadian Academy of Homeopathy and served as President for 8 years. He received his Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Homeopathy in 1991 after passing the board exams. Dr. Hardy has been in practice for 30 years, with homeopathy as his primary passion. Nutrition and lifestyle management always has been a significant part of his practice and believes that the homeopathy must always be accompanied by the practice of hygiene. He has practiced in the town of Markham for the last 23 years. Dr. Hardy has taught part of the post-graduate program at CCHM in 2009-2010 on the subjects of auto-immune disease and epilepsy.

Dr. Joseph Kellerstein, D.C., N.D., FCAH, CCH, HOMClinical Instructor, Lecturer

Dr. Joseph Kellerstein is a long-standing clinical instructor at CCHM's Teaching Clinic. He is a highly regarded speaker on the International Homeopathic Conference circuit and delights in sharing his vast expertise with his students. He is genuinely one of the pillars of the professional Canadian homeopathic community. Dr. Kellerstein graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto in June 1976. He then studied at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, graduating in 1980 with the degree of Doctor of Chiropractic with honours. He also received the Dr. Walter Sturdy Memorial Award for general proficiency over the 4 year program, plus the J.M. Wallace award for academic proficiency in the graduating year. He then went on to study Naturopathic medicine at the Ontario College of Naturopathic Medicine, graduating in 1984. At the OCNM he was class valedictorian. He has had a Chiropractic and Homeopathic practice in Oshawa and Toronto since 1984. In 1991 he graduated from the Canadian Academy of Homeopathy and is a Fellow of that institution. He has lectured at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine from 1987 to the present; and lectured at the Canadian Academy of Homeopathy from 1990 to the present. He was also Chairperson Department of Homeopathy at that institution from 1992-1993. His mission statement is "To facilitate the healing and personal growth of my clients through communication, awareness and vitality enhancing therapies - especially homeopathy".

Dr. Rebecca Kellerstein, B. Sc., N.DLecturer

Rebecca Kellerstein, B. Sc., N.D., is a Naturopathic Doctor who has been practicing in Thornhill, ON. since 2000. She graduated with High Distinction from The University of Toronto in 1996, earning an Honours Bachelors of Science degree in Microbiology, with minors in Immunology and Hebrew Studies. She then went on to study at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She graduated in 2000 at the top of her class, earning several awards, such as The Governor’s Medal of Excellence award for academic and clinical excellence, The Saveira Zambri Award, and The Dr. J. Farquarhson Award for excellence in Homeopathic Medicine. She then went on to take three extra years of post-graduate training in Classical Hahnemannian Homeopathic Medicine. She has been a clinical instructor of several courses at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, including Traditional Chinese Medicine, Fundamentals of Naturopathic Medicine, Orthopedics, and Spinal Manipulation from 2000 until the present. She also devotes some of her time toward corporate wellness, giving seminars to the staff of large companies on the various ways they can optimize their health. But her passion has always been Classical Homeopathy. More than anything, she feels her role in life is to help her patients return to health by using the principles outlined by Hahnemann; that is, to optimize a person’s hygiene, and to retune the body with the precise homeopathic medicine needed to kick-start her patients’ healing systems.

Dr. John Millar, BSc., ND, DHANP, CCH, HOMLecturer

J D Millar B Sc ND DHANP CCH HD is a graduate of Trent University, the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and the Dynamis School of Homoeopathy. His teachers include Dr Andre Saine, Jeremy Sherr, Dr. Vassillis Gehgas Dr Rajan Sankaran and other notable homeopaths. He has been in private practice in Peterborough since 1988. As an active member of both the Canadian and Ontario Naturopathic Associations and the Ontario Homoeopathic Association,he is board certified in both Naturopathic and Homoeopathic Medicine. Additionally Dr Millar is on the Board of the Council for Homoeopathic Education and the Homoeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians. He is a teacher of Homoeopathy for the American Homeopathic Medical College, the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine and the Ontario College of Homoeopathic Medicine. Further his experience includes field work and teaching for Homoeopaths Without Borders in Cuba, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatamala

Kanan Patel, HOM, PhD, MSc, BScLecturer

Energy in all its forms creates our world, influences our interactions and informs our experiences.   One of the greatest gifts Kanan has received has been to explore the above statement from many varied perspectives, utilize the learnings and sharing the insights gained with others. Her rigorous training in physics and mathematics (BSc  Physics, University of Windsor, 1885; MSc Astrophysics, Queens University, 1987;  PhD Astronomy and Astrophysics, McMaster University, 1995) allowed her an understanding of energy as a physical phenomenon expressed in the language of mathematics.  Later shifting focus and scale going from the galactic and super massive to the smallest and subtlest she had the privilege of studying energy as medicine thanks to her comprehensive education in classical homeopathy at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine (DCHM, 2012). This combined with her connection to traditional medicines, Eastern philosophy and healing arts has built a solid foundation from which to explore and experience the role of energy in being, health and healing.  “I could not have planned this if I had tried” is how she feels about this journey. Kanan has been a clinical supervisor for students at CCHM since 2015 and is very happy to join the esteemed faculty this year.  She has been practicing classical Homeopathy privately since 2012 (Vital Life Homeopathy) and since 2015, working in a dynamic health care clinic, Kingsway Chiropractic …in the Junction. To learn more about Kanan and her practice, please visit VitalLifeHomeopathy.com

Dr. Paul Saunders, MS, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCHLecturer

Paul is Professor of Materia Medica, teaching Botanical and Homeopathic medicine, patrenteral therapy and clinical supervision at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. He was former Chief Naturopathic Medical Officer and Associate Dean for External Affairs at CCNM and has a private practice in Dundas, Ontario. He attended the three-year Canadian Academy of Homeopathy program and has received a Diploma of the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians in 1993. In 1994 and 2003 he was awarded Naturopathic Doctor of the Year by the Ontario Naturopathic Association for excellence and leadership in clinical training. In 2009, he was appointed to the Product Advisory Committee, Natural Health Products, Health Canada. At the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine, he lectures on materia medica, pharmacognosy, ethics and jurisprudence.

Kerry Walker, HOM, HonBA, DCHMCommunications Coordinator, PR, Administration

Kerry is thrilled to be part of CCHM headquarters as part of the administrative and operations team.  She has been in practice since 2011 when she graduated from CCHM.  Prior to her career in homeopathy, she earned her honours degree from the University of Toronto where she specialized in Social/Cultural Anthropology, and Medical Anthropology.  She then earned her diploma in Community Work from George Brown College, and worked within the Native Community in Toronto for a few years.  After falling ill with chronic pain, Kerry came in to contact with homeopathy and signed up for school at CCHM within weeks of her first remedy.  She has a private homeopathic practice (www.toronto-homeopath.com) in the West End of Toronto and enjoys treating patients from all over the world.  Her most recent special interest is in treating high performance athletes but she treats people from all walks of life and all types of conditions. 
 
 

Dr. Joan Weir, BSc, ND, FCAHLecturer

Joan's classes at CCHM teach students self awareness skills that show how their own energy states affect their perceptions of others. This is crucial when trying to discern information with the least amount of prejudice. Learning to be aware of oneself in the office is dependent on how self-aware you are in everyday life. Effective interviews are determined by accuracy of perception, and developing this skill is the focus of these classes. Joan Weir graduated from McMaster University with a BSc in Biology in 1967. She went on to study at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine from which she graduated in 1988. After graduation, she focused on Homeopathic Medicine and completed the three year program with the Canadian Academy of Homeopathy. Joan continued to study with many of the world's most respected and renowned homeopaths. She has had a practice in Toronto since 1988. She has been a lecturer with CCHM since its beginning. Joan has also been a student of Nature-Based traditions for many years with the privilege of studying with wonderful teachers from many cultures who lead her towards her own growth and healing. She is currently studying Shamanic Energy healing practices in indigenous cultures and incorporates all her experiences into her practice and teaching. Her current teaching at CCHM focuses on creating experiences for students in energetic dimensions of homeopathy. Joan also enjoys being a Wedding Officiant, especially working with couples to design their own ceremonies, both traditional and non-traditional.

Dr. Veronika Zmurkho MD(UA), PhD, HomLecturer

For over two decades Dr. Veronika Zhmurko has been using her substantial skills in homeopathic medicine to successfully treat people of all ages.

Veronika has a traditional European Medical Education. As such, she underwent all the training that medical doctors in North America receive plus extra studies. The latter included courses in preventative medicine (e.g. hygiene, nutrition), nature-based treatments (including herbology, hydrotherapy), and homeopathy. She studied homeopathy with such masters as Dr. Tatiana Popova (Popov School of Homeopathy, Ukraine), George Vithoulkas (International Academy of Homeopathy, Greece), Dr. Andre Saine, Dr. Joe Kellerstein (Canadian Academy of Homeopathy). Dr. Jose Isaac (India).

 After graduation from medical school, Veronika has worked in the Ukraine as a family doctor and general practitioner for 10 years. She earned PhD in clinical immunology in 2000  and in 2001  was awarded the position of assistant professor at the Kiev Medical Academy, Department of Post Graduate Studies. Over the course of her medical career, Veronika has authored 14 scientific papers in the fields of immunology, allergology and internal medicine.

 Since moving to Canada in 2002 her career and studies have been predominantly focused on homeopathy. Veronika currently practices in Toronto at Thornhill Naturopathic Health Clinic.

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