Mel Friesen Holistic Nutrition + Health
My personal motto: a solid snack and a great playlist can get you through the worst of days.
Here’s my story…
Since getting my first gym membership at age 16 and signing up for a triathlon, I have been geared towards my quest to personal health. That soon turned into a formal education in kinesiology, a part-time gig as a spin class instructor and most recently, certification as a holistic nutrition consultant through Edison Institute of Nutrition, 2020. As a mom of three young boys I’m often challenged with feeding the family one meal everyone can enjoy. But cooking at home and well-planned meals are a big part of the overall health conversation. I thrive when I’m helping others. Sharing my nutrition experience and education means many things; passing on a tasty recipe, troubleshooting gut health, talking about meal planning strategies, and even helping my two little home chefs learn to cook. I don’t do anything I’m not passionate about and am eager to translate a world of nutritional information into easy-to-follow and steps anyone could use to build their optimal health. I will motivate and inspire you to do your best!
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Suzanne Serfaty – The Womb
The WOMB Vaughan is an Integrative Health and Fitness Centre with a special focus on all thing’s fertility, pregnancy, postpartum, babies, children and family care. We have a warm and nurturing team of practitioners in a comfortable, loving, and clean environment. A few of our main services include Naturopathy, Registered Massage Therapy, Chiropractic Care, Pelvic Health Physiotherapy, Counselling, Holistic Nutrition, and much more! We also offer a variety of fitness classes, baby classes, and childbirth / parenting education classes. The WOMB was founded in Milton in 2014 and there are currently 4 locations in Ontario.
Suzanne Serfaty is the Co-Owner and Director of the Vaughan location. Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and a Diploma in Holistic Nutrition from Edison Institute of Nutrition. She is also a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor through Canfitpro, as well as a Core Confidence Specialist through Bellies Inc.
The moment when Suzanne realized that she wanted her career to specialize in pregnancy was in 2013 when she was pregnant with her daughter Abby. She was surprised at how few resources and available pre-natal classes there seemed to be at the time! The arrival of The WOMB in Vaughan will be able to fulfill that need for 1000’s of GTA families.
Marian Pidwerbeski RNCP, ROHP
Marian Pidwerbeski is a graduate of Edison Institute of Nutrition (Master of Applied Science in Nutrition, 2005) and a member of the International Organization of Canada (RNCP, ROHP). As Founder/Director of Well-derness Consulting she focuses her practice on cancer prevention and recovery, and promotes health and wellness though consultations, retreats, seminars, and speaking engagements.
She is the creator of the CD Mind & Breath: 17 Minutes to Deep Relaxation and author of 21st-Century Guide to Living Cancer-Free Naturally: Six Proven Practices to Activate the Doctor Within For Super Natural Health. You can contact her at email@example.com or visit her website, https://www.wellderness.ca/ for ordering information or to learn more about her services. (For your 25% discount on book orders in bundles of five, enter the coupon code “Edison” at checkout!)
Liza Rowan B.Comm, MSc Interactive Technologies for eCommerce, DHN
Graduating with a Business Degree in Cork, Ireland, Liza spent 15 years applying her energy to start-up manufacturing companies, where she went on to hold various senior management and executive positions. She traveled globally with these roles, while also earning a Masters Degree in Internet Technologies for Business. Liza left the corporate world to focus on her children, and to pursue a change of career. With an ongoing strong interest in natural healing and nutrition, Liza embraced these philosophies in her everyday life. As a graduate of the EIN Diploma in Holistic Nutrition Program she decided to follow her passion by developing a career in Holistic Nutrition. Starting this new chapter while living in Toronto, she later moved to Hong Kong and then on to Singapore. Liza was delighted that she had the option of continuing her studies with the Edison Institute during her global travels.
Settled in Singapore, Liza is now fulfilling her dreams by encouraging and assisting individuals and families to understand the importance of good nutrition in their lives. Her company, HEALTH & VITALITY, gives courses and consults on how to achieve optimum health and vitality. Liza’s primary goal is to teach clients how to build up a strong immunity whereby illness and infections are avoided, and the risk of contracting long-term degenerative disease is minimized. She writes and advises on weight management, child nutrition, environmental toxicity, sports nutrition and healthy aging, amongst many other related topics. With her love of fitness, and her on-going desire to get the most out of life, Liza also counsels others on areas associated with living a stress-free but fulfilled life. This includes fitness advice, stress management, building self-confidence and perfecting goal-setting tools. The key is for clients to use of all these skills in achieving their lifelong ambitions in all areas relating to their health and well-being. HEALTH & VITALITY is a non-profit company, with proceeds supporting SOK Sabay Children’s Shelter in Cambodia.
Dr. Glenn B. Gero N.D., M.Sc., M.H., M.E.S., C.L.C . Licensed/Registered/Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor and Professional Member of the American Herbalist Guild
Prior to beginning my Master’s Program with the Edison Institute of Nutrition, I had already attained master’s degrees in business and botanical medicine, a doctorate in naturopathic medicine and over a dozen certifications in various aspects in holistic healthcare. Having experience with both brick and mortar institutions, as well as distance learning schools, I thoroughly scrutinized the Edison program prior to commencing. I researched its reputation, its curriculum, and course format and found it to be the most convenient, yet most comprehensive nutrition education school available.
I was certainly impressed with the Diploma in Holistic Nutrition program content, the choice of textbooks, and the manner in which assignments were submitted, as well as the assistance that I received from the staff at Edison. The Edison program was one of my most rewarding educational experiences. It has formed the foundation and framework supporting all of my subsequent training and I am very proud to be a graduate of the Edison Institute of Nutrition.
Since completing my education I was accepted to participate in the post-graduate association at Harvard Medical School, completed certifications in biofeedback, life coaching and medical exercise and have been so inspired that I am now pursuing a doctor of science in nutrition.
I have a very busy private naturopathic practice in Clifton, New Jersey, and continue to use many of the principles learned from my Edison education.
Michale Hartte BASc (Nutr), NNCP
Michale Hartte was awarded her Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science with a specialty in Nutrition from Ontario’s Edison Institute of Nutrition, in 2004. She is a Natural Nutritional Consultant Practitioner (NNCP) and a professional member of the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Consultants Practitioners (CANNP). Michale is the mother of two young children. Her heart-felt mission is to help find simple solutions for a healthier life through a personalized, natural, health-focused lifestyle and eating plan.
Michale’s own personal journey to wellness started with a teenage illness where she was diagnosed by a Doctor as having “the immune system of an 80-year old Grandma.” This doctor warned that if she continued her destructive lifestyle and eating habits, she would be well on her way to developing a major degenerative disease.
These words of wisdom were not enough to make her change. Michale felt sick, tired, and very unhealthy. Searching for answers, Michale began looking to the mainstream media for direction. In her quest for health, she tried a lot of ‘diet advice’, including replacing high quantities of sugar and fat in her diet with artificial sugars and margarine. Following this direction led her to feel even more sick and tired!
Michale later developed Amenorrhea and Osteoporosis at the young age of 31. This was the “wake up call” that finally led her to look into the power of whole foods, and a healthy mindset for both healing and in creating top-level fitness and health. Michale has actually reversed this bone condition and is NOT considered to have Osteoprosis to this day.
Michale has 14 years experience in various areas of health and fitness. Her special interest is in helping people discover the nutritional and metabolic imbalances that are contributing to their undesirable symptoms or conditions including: obesity/overweight, hypothyroidism, high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. Michale’s personal healing journey and deep satisfaction from helping people achieve healthy minds and bodies, has inspired her to create a website where she offers Customized Online Nutritional Plans. Visit www.fitnhealthynutrition.com for your FREE health assessment.
Michale also has a private consulting practice, ‘Fit ‘n Healthy Nutritional Consulting’ in Kelowna, BC, where she offers one-on-one nutritional consulting and Biotherapeutic Drainage TM (a specialized method of toxin removal, using homeopathic drops, to safely and easily remove the ‘stored up junk’ commonly associated with pain and disease).
Biotherapeutic Drainage TM addresses the underlying cause of disease is not just the symptoms. As a Nutritional Consultant and Biotherapeutic Drainage Practitioner, Michale has been able to help countless others regenerate their health using these highly effective natural methods.
Michale is a strong believer in the body’s ability to heal itself by cleaning up the “inner terrain.” This foundational belief has been verified through all her experience as a Researcher, Nutritional Counsellor, Writer and Educator to truly get results.
Michale has written for many popular health publications including Okanagan Health Magazine, Canada’s Alive Health Magazine, Blush Magazine and Nature’s Fare Nutritional News.
She is the creator/author of the nutrition plan featured in “Bob Proctor’s Life Success Perfect Weight Program,” where she illustrates, step-by-step, how one can correct the most common individual metabolic imbalances that are closely associated with being overweight! Her latest program “the Fit ‘n Healthy Plan” has just been released where she carefully guides her readers on how to look and feel Fit ‘n Healthy in using three simple steps. Step one begins with the individual assessment. Step two gives the results of the assessment with subsequent recommendations. Step three completes the system with a diet and lifestyle plan that becomes customized based on the results of the initial assessment. This system supports Vegetarian, Vegan and Animal Sourced Diets with specific foods, food combinations and supplements to optimize those diets. She is also currently working on a ‘Fit ‘n’ Healthy Diet and Lifestyle System’ for Children.
Dr. Matthew McLaren PhD.
“On July 10, 1997, I almost became a statistic. Fear, anger, and total shock sent my emotions skyrocketing. That was the day I found out I had prostate cancer. The news came after a visit to my doctor for a routine checkup. As a child of God, I now know that I have more control over my health than we have been taught. My health is my responsibility. I have the choice to determine what I put in my body and what lifestyle I live. If I give up that responsibility to a stranger, I become disempowered and de-energized. I do not see myself as a survivor; I see myself living a life of high self-esteem filled with energy and vitality.”
Matthew overcame his cancer and studied with Edison Institute of Nutrition from 2000 – 2003, where he completed his Masters Diploma in Holistic Nutrition. In Jan 2007, at the age of 67, Matthew completed his doctoral degree through Westbrook University, West Virginia, USA. Matthew lives with his wife, Theresa in Whitby, Ontario. He has since completed his first book. Life Begins at 65 is a veritable encyclopedia of etiology, anatomy, physiology and biochemistry, as well as various treatments of prostate cancer. Matthew weaves his personal experience with scientific observations to provide an accessible guide to overcoming this disease, or more importantly, preventing it in the first place.
Spirituality and the power of the mind-body relationship create a solid platform from which to build a healthy lifestyle. Matthew details his experience with prostate cancer in language that is easy to understand. At the same time, his knowledge of treatments and physiology make this a useful book for medical professionals seeking unique perspectives on patient care.
Life Begins at 65 begins with McLaren’s personal account of living with prostate cancer. From there, he expands into an overview of the disease; conventional and alternative treatments; and preventive maintenance through alignment of the mind and body. Diagrams and photographs enhance readers’ understanding of prostate cancer, while McLaren’s down-to-earth style provides warmth and encouragement in what may be a time of great anxiety.
“Characteristically, people with cancer don’t feel entitled to express negative feelings, including anger,” writes David W. Roland in the introduction. “They keep these negative feelings bottled up, eating away inside, so to speak. Matthew points a way out of all this. Follow his lead. Don’t take anything at face value. Question everything. Examine all your options. Choose the ones that feel best to you. Do this and you will be self-empowered. Hopelessness and helplessness will then be in your past, as will your cancer.”
Rebekah Fedrowitz MHN, BCHN
Graduated with a Diploma in Holistic Nutrition and Master’s Diploma in Holistic Nutrition from the Edison Institute of Nutrition. She is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and is a professional member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals. Rebekah is passionate about educating a wide-range of individuals and groups about holistic nutrition. Her mission is to see holistic nutrition and natural healthcare incorporated into conventional medicine and mainstream media. She believes “alternative” healthcare should be the first line of defense for both prevention and healing of illnesses. As a consultant, speaker, and author, Rebekah has worked with a wide range of individual clients and groups to help people change their lives and finally discover the health they have been seeking.