CHNC 2022 Speakers
CSNNAA is delighted to be featuring industry experts on a wide variety of topics relating to immunity from across the globe at this year’s Canadian Holistic Nutrition Conference. Please scroll down to read more about the impressive lineup we have the pleasure of hosting this year. These amazing speakers will broaden your knowledge and inspire you! For information about our amazing 2022 MCs click here.
Glenda Britton, R.H.N.
Neuroinflammation: How the Immune System Impacts Brain Function
Glenda has been a certified holistic nutrition consultant for over 10 years, helping individuals with complex health issues implement nutrition strategies based on the latest science in gut health, inflammation and the microbiome. Glenda works with people internationally and is the holistic nutrition professional at the START Clinic for Mood & Anxiety Disorders in Toronto.glendabritton.com/
Dr. Shireen Kassam
Diet, Immunity and COVID-19
Dr. Shireen Kassam is a Consultant Haematologist at King's College Hospital and Visiting Professor of Plant-Based Nutrition at Winchester University in the UK. She is also founder and director of a non-profit organization called Plant-Based Health Professionals UK, dedicated to providing evidence-based education on healthy plant-based diets.pbhp.uk/
Dr. Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc
The Survival Paradox: Balancing the Immune System in Challenging Times
Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAC, is a recognized expert in integrative medicine, with a focus on cancer and complex conditions. He is a respected clinician, researcher, and the best-selling author of ``The Survival Paradox`` (https://www.survivalparadox.com/). Dr. Eliaz partners with leading institutes including Harvard, NIH, and Columbia, to co-author studies on advancements in integrative medicine. He is Medical Director of Amitabha Medical Clinic in Santa Rosa, California.dreliaz.org/
Dr. Chris Spooner, ND
Immuno-Nutritional Interventions That Regulate the Endocannabinoid System
Dr. Spooner received his B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Victoria and his Naturopathic Degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. In 2005 Dr. Spooner completed the first Post-Doctoral Fellow in Environmental Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Environmental Medicine Center of Excellence with Dr. Walter Crinnion. He served as a board member and vice chair of the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia for 12 years. Currently, he is the Chief Scientific Officer for Heritage Cannabis and a KOL with Atrium Innovations. His previous medical advisory board experience includes Qu Biologics, Integra Nutrition, MedReleaf, True Leaf Medicine International and Pharmacielo.paradigmnaturopathic.com/
Dr. Enzo M. Diana, ND
Autoimmunity: Food, GUT, Environment and the Microbial Connection
Lorenzo M. Diana, ND, 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 Markham and Simcoe. While he has developed an eclectic practice, he has cultivated particular expertise in women's issues, digestive disorders, cancer and preventive healthcare. A wide range of treatment modalities including homeopathy, acupuncture, nutritional and botanical medicine, and lifestyle counselling is employed for the benefit of his patients. Dr. Diana regularly contributes articles on natural health topics in various journals and magazines and has appeared as a guest on CFRB Toronto and community broadcasts elsewhere such as Rogers TV. Dr. Diana is currently working on his own line of nutritional supplements and is about to publish his first book.markhamnaturalhealthcentre.com/
Luka Symons, C.H.N.C., & Tracey Reed, C.H.N.C.
Mast Cells: Miracle or Mayhem?
Tracey Reed and Luka Symons are Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultants. Through their uplifting and informative workshops and consultations, they share their passion for supporting individuals through chronic health concerns using the power of food within a holistic approach.
In addition to their individual practices, these two mavens are busy putting together programs and supports for people struggling with histamine mediated troubles and possible mast cell activation issues. Together, these women have created the Histamine Haven Protocol – a dietary approach steeped in science. Their upcoming book Histamine Haven: The complete guide to histamine and mast cell activation shares that science as well as practical and delicious recipes for those struggling with histamine mediated health issues. Their book is available at http://histaminehaven.com/bookhistaminehaven.com/
Dr. Joan Rosenberg
How to Build Emotional Mastery, Confidence and Resilience: Your Most Natural Emotional Defence
Best-selling author, consultant, media expert and master clinician, Dr. Joan Rosenberg is a cutting-edge psychologist who is known globally as an innovative thinker, acclaimed speaker, and trainer. As a three-time TEDx speaker and member of the Association of Transformational Leaders, she has been recognized for her thought leadership and global influence in personal development. Dr. Rosenberg has been a featured expert in multiple documentaries, as well as on TV and radio, and in digital and print media. A California-licensed psychologist, Dr. Rosenberg speaks on how to build confidence, emotional strength, and resilience; how to achieve emotional, conversational and relationship mastery; how to integrate neuroscience and psychotherapy; and suicide prevention. An Air Force veteran, she is a professor of graduate psychology at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, CA. Her latest book is ``90 Seconds to a Life You Love: How to Master Your Difficult Feelings to Cultivate Lasting Confidence, Resilience and Authenticity``.drjoanrosenberg.com/
Dr. Shreya Batra, ND
Paving the Way Through Natural Defence Aids
Dr. Shreya first became interested in the field of naturopathic medicine because she wanted to provide patients with long-lasting change by determining the root cause and preventing the progression of disease. She strives to use the body’s own defence systems to improve quality of life and prevent future illnesses through diet, nutrition, lifestyle, and supplementation (when necessary). She is passionate about evidence-informed integrative health to provide her patients with the best treatment possible. Dr. Shreya is the clinic owner of Inspired Wellness, an integrative clinic in downtown Toronto, and works alongside a talented group of health care practitioners to provide the best service to the greater Toronto community. During her clinical internship, she was selected to work in the highly competitive fertility shift where she received in-depth training in women’s health from experts in the field. Her other personal and clinical interests are in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, insulin resistance and immune health.inspiredwellnessclinic.com/
Lorene Sauro, R.H.N.
Functional Microbiomes for Better Immunity
Lorene Sauro has been a holistic nutrition professional for 22 years and a food professional for 30 years. She graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN) as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ in 1999. Lorene used her health knowledge to successfully resolved her issue with endometriosis. The key component for this victory was learning the gut health piece for her condition. Since then she has focused on reading the research about the gut and sharing it with her fellow practitioners. As co-founder of the Canadian Holistic Nutrition Conference and the Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals (CAHN-Pro) she has taught hundreds of holistic nutrition students and graduates, helping them with their educational and professional needs. She is a teacher at CSNN, food developer, acclaimed speaker and published author. She founded the Functional Microbiome Program, the Functional Hormone Balance Program and the Inspired Learning Hub webinar series for practitioners. This is to help provide accurate information and the latest research about food and the wellness industry today to her fellow professionals. Lorene received the CSNNAA Lifetime Achievement award in 2017.thedigestersdilemma.com/
Dr. Kara Fitzgerald, ND
Immunity and Biological Aging
Kara Fitzgerald, ND, received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She completed the first Counsel on Naturopathic Medicine-accredited post-doctorate position in nutritional biochemistry and laboratory science at Metametrix Clinical Laboratory (now Genova Diagnostics) under the direction of Richard Lord, PhD. Her residency was completed at Progressive Medical Center, a large, integrative medical practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Fitzgerald is the lead author and editor of ``Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine`` and is a contributing author to ``Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine and the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)’s Textbook for Functional Medicine``. With the Helfgott Research Institute, Dr. Fitzgerald is actively engaged in clinical research on the DNA methylome using a diet and lifestyle intervention developed in her practice. The first publication from the study focuses on reversal of biological aging and was published April 12, 2021 in the journal ``Aging``. A consumer book and application-based program with DNA methylation assessment are scheduled for release in 2022. Dr. Fitzgerald is on the faculty at IFM, is an IFM Certified Practitioner and lectures globally on functional medicine. She runs a Functional Medicine Clinic Immersion program for professionals, and maintains a podcast series called ``New Frontiers in Functional Medicine`` and an active blog on her website, www.drkarafitzgerald.com. Her clinical practice is in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.
To learn more and buy her book: https://youngeryouprogram.com.
To view Dr. Fitzgerald’s published research: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33844651/.
CHNC 2022 Master of Ceremonies
If you’ve attended a conference before you know how important the role of Master of Ceremonies (MC) is. Here we want to introduce you to not one but TWO very special women who have agreed to share the duty of MC for #CHNC2022!
Andrea Donsky, R.H.N.
Andrea Donsky is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, media personality, entrepreneur, best-selling author, health and wellness lifestyle expert, menopause educator and podcast host. She is the co-founder of NaturallySavvy.com, a multiple-award-winning website, and Wearemorphus.com (together with her business partner, Randy Boyer). Among her numerous publications, Andrea co-authored the best-selling book Unjunk Your Junk Food, published by Simon and Schuster. She also co-authored Label Lessons: Your Guide to a Healthy Shopping Cart, and Label Lessons: Unjunk Your Kid’s Lunch Box. Andrea co-hosts the Naturally Savvy weekly podcast, hosts the Morphus podcast, and appears as a Healthy Living Expert on TV across North America. She is also a regular guest on Cityline, Breakfast Television and TSC—Today’s Shopping Choice.
Andrea has more than 20 years of experience in the health and wellness space, and is a multiple award-winning influencer. She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for her work as a Holistic Nutritional Professional by CSNNAA (2018), was honoured with the first ever Shifter of the Year Award at Shiftcon Media (2018), was named a Top 100 Health Influencer by Optimyz Magazine (2018, 2019 & 2021), was named one of the Top 100 Most Responsible Health Influencers in the U.S. by New Hope Network (2020), and was recently named one of Canada’s Most Inspiring Women by Marquee Magazine (2021).
Andrea’s newest venture—Morphus—is a no-judgment zone movement where women in perimenopause and menopause feel heard, safe, and supported. Her new line of Morphus supplements help women in this phase of life master their personal health and wellness.
Follow Andrea on TikTok @andreadonsky, and subscribe to her weekly podcast—Morphus for Menopause. Join her Private Facebook group @wearemorphus, and follow her on Instagram at @andreadonsky and @wearemorphus.naturallysavvy.com
Shonda Holt, C.H.N.C.
Shonda Holt has been a nurse for 31 years and feels younger and more energetic today than she did in her '30s. She began her own healing journey in 2010, using nutrition to lose weight, improve energy, decrease brain fog, balance blood sugars, and balance hormones. It was so life-changing that she decided to change the focus of her career. She graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2014 and the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology in 2019 where she obtained her certificate in Nutritional Endocrinology.
Shonda is passionate about helping individuals to improve their health outcomes, and about improving healthcare in Canada. As a result, she has launched two new projects this year. First, Health for Nurses, which will support nurses in improving their own health with a positive trickle-down effect on the healthcare system. And second, as part of a not-for-profit www.NursesForSustainableCare.com, which is focused on sustainable healthcare via the empowerment of nurses.health4nurses.com
Thank you to all our 2022 sponsors!