Chelsi Ferguson, RHOP, RNCP, Founder of Healthy Self Nutrition – Halifax, NS
My name is Chelsi Ferguson, and I am a second-generation Nutritionist and Graduate of the Edison Institute. My own mother is a long-time practicing nutritionist and a Graduate of the same program. Despite growing up with my mother’s influence, it wasn’t until I experienced my own health crisis that I turned back to the roots of my upbringing. Like so many people, I found myself caught up in a fast-paced life and burning out; working, raising my children, and generally trying to keep up. Ignoring the many symptoms my body was giving me, I suffered a health breakdown.
Relief finally came in the form of diet and lifestyle changes, specifically managing stress and eating an anti-inflammatory diet. This was the first step in my journey to reclaim my own health and realize my potential to help others. I focused on rebuilding my healthy gut flora. I started exercising regularly and began to identify my stress and emotional triggers – including people. I reduced or eliminated all stressors as much as possible. I completely changed my career trajectory. I quit my job and enrolled in the Holistic Nutrition Diploma program at Edison. I unapologetically put my mental and physical health as my top priority and resolved my health problem.
My healing journey has led me to understand the importance of listening to the symptoms of the body. This is the only way it has of telling you something is out of balance. My goal is now to help other people identify and to get their systems back in balance. As we know, the human body has the amazing ability to respond and heal naturally.
Today, as a Holistic Nutritionist, I have started my own practice called Healthy Self Nutrition. I am inspired to work with individuals and families that want to make sustainable, long-term changes to diet and lifestyle that empower them to thrive and be their healthiest selves. The education I received at the Edison Institute has helped me feel confident and extremely prepared to deal with anything clients bring to the table.
Rema Azzawi ROHP/RNCP, Founder of ElixirNutrition – Kanata, ON
Hi, I am Rema Azzawi, I am a Registered Nutrition and Orthomolecular Health Practitioner – ROHP/RNCP.
I graduated from Edison Institute in 2021. I take pride in my ongoing journey and achievement in the comprehensive field of Nutrition Science.
As a daughter of retired M.D. – who dedicated his life to research the ever-changing field of medicine in order to find the best treatment and care for his patients – I am determined to continue the legacy in the field of nutritional health in order to prevent disease in the first place. Growing up watching such a role model gave me the drive to continue my studies and pursue my passion with the latest findings in the field of health and nutrition.
After finishing my studies in Economics and then Education, I started a new chapter studying Nutrition Science at Edison Institute of Nutrition and opened my private nutrition practice. In addition, my role as a wife and a mother of two beautiful girls had me always looking for what’s best for my family’s health and wellness.
I specialize in the microbiome and the biochemical interactions of nutrients, vitamins and minerals to restore the biochemistry and physiology in the body for optimum health and well-being, preventing disease and work with health concerns.
Mareike Buthman RNCP, ROHP, Metabolic Balance Coach, Mindfulness-Based Eating Practitioner, Founder of Empowerment Through Nutrition – Vancouver, BC
Hi I’m Mareike, in 2019, I graduated with First Class Honours from the Edison Institute of Nutrition and now specialize in Women’s health, Gut Health, and Mindful Living & Eating. My focus is on preventative health and wellness providing a comprehensive approach that integrates the whole body, mind, and soul.
Growing up in Germany, I took an interest in the body and how my actions and behaviors impacted my overall health. I was a top athlete, soccer player, horseback rider, and was deeply rooted in my small town community.
I struggled through my fair share of health problems, from candida overgrowth, to PMS and anxiety, and have had to work with many practitioners before I was able to get to the root cause of my concerns. With their help, I regained hope and motivation to take back control over my health.
This aspiration led me to the Edison Institute of Nutrition, where I completed a Diploma in Holistic Nutrition and registered as an Orthomolecular Holistic Practitioner (ROHP). Here, I received 2000 hours of orthomolecular nutritional education and expanded my horizon on preventative health and wellness.
Quickly, I learned that making changes is not easy, and I further pursued learning more about mindfulness as an integrative approach to making long-lasting nourishing changes for optimal health. I completed the Professional Mindful Eating and Living Training Program (MB-EAT) and continued with the Well Nourish Program, both at the Mindful Eating Training Institute (METI)
I believe that hormonal imbalance is NOT normal, and that by learning how to deeply listen to your body’s needs, you can get out of this cycle and enter a never-ending state of health and wellbeing. Besides running my own online business, I’m part of Professional Health Care Team at a Vancouver clinic and all-women personal training studio.
Today, my mission is to help women feel supported, motivated, and empowered in achieving optimum health and well-being.
Denise Forte NNCP – Denise Forte Nutrition Burlington, ON
Hello! My name is Denise Forte; I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, specializing in gut health and digestion. I’m a wife and mother of two. I live and work in Burlington, Ontario. My gut health journey began over a decade ago. After years of constant discomfort and digestive struggles of my own, I not only healed my gut; but by doing so developed a passion to help others live healthier and feel better.
I have over 4 years experience working in the health & nutrition industry. I am a 2018 Graduate from Edison Institute with a Diploma in Holistic Nutrition. I’m also a registered member with The Canadian Association of Natural Nutrition Practitioners. My ultimate goal is to achieve a healthy, happy, stress free life for you that is deeply rooted in healing the gut and creating optimal digestion.
Shawn M. Persaud BHSc., B.A. (Hon.) Psy, CBP, DHN, NNCP, RNT
The Center For Holistic Healthcare & Education Inc. Pickering, ON
Director, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, & Certified BodyTalk Practitioner Doctoral Candidate, Doctorate & PhD in Natural Medicine.
Shawn leads several research initiatives, lectures publicly on the subjects of Mind-Body Medicine & Nutrition and has been published in Vitality Magazine. He has extensive post-graduate training in the fields of Western & Eastern Medicine, Applied Kinesiology, Sports Medicine, Chiropractic & Osteopathic Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, Acupuncture, Bio-Energetic Medicine, Psychology, and Holistic Nutrition. He graduated from the University of Ottawa and Edison Institute of Nutrition with honours and is currently completing his Doctorate and PhD in Natural Medicine with the International Quantum University for Integrative Medicine. He also studies internationally with pioneers of holistic medicine and doctors of professional sports teams from the NBA, NFL, MLB, European Soccer League, and U.S Olympic team.
His strong belief in the body’s capacity to heal itself stems from his self-healing journey from severe anxiety & digestive disorders. Today, he relies on the expertise and wisdom of both orthodox and complementary medicine to address nearly all kinds of chronic & acute diseases and is expertly trained to assist people at all stages of health disorders, from prevention to intensive rehabilitation.
He is renowned for his unique ability to guide people back to optimal health from conditions that have not successfully responded to conventional therapies. For many people, Shawn’s holistic approach opens a promising way back to health free from adverse side effects. He is dedicated to the relief of human pain & suffering.
Alycia Fowler -McKeown – Ottawa, ON
I graduated with First Class Honours from the Edison Institute of Nutrition in January 2021 and have since been managing a busy fitness and wellness centre in Ottawa Ontario. I also have my own nutrition clients that I see. I began my nutritional journey towards dietary health during high school when I found myself battling with asthma, mental health issues, IBS and chronic infections. Through mindful approaches I healed my chronic ailments through diet and exercise changes, dramatically improving my quality of life and overall outlook on health.
Prior to beginning my Orthomolecular Health Science Program with the Edison Institute of Nutrition, I had a diverse background in athleticism. Throughout my life I have competed in numerous team and individual sports but my greatest achievement was competing at the Ontario Summer games in the Women’s Triathlon.
I specialize in plant-based sport based nutrition for athletes. I have been plant based for 10+ years now, using my diet to propel my athletic abilities. With the education I obtained from the Edison institute, I gained in-depth knowledge on how to eat plant-based and still obtain all the essential nutrients that our bodies need to not just properly function, but thrive.
Through a decade of nutritional practice I have learnt that you can’t eat one health food or take 1 pill and expect to be cured, in the same way that you can’t exercise one time and expect to be fit. I believe that health is a lifelong journey that is non-linear. Health is personal and completely unique for everyone who searches for it. This way we practice, adapt and change our health goals as we age. This is why Orthomolecular health is essential. Incorporating the science behind what we eat and the holistic approach to wellness through mind, body and soul.
I developed a love of gardening during childhood, my mother taught me about the soil food correlation, leading me to build a community garden in 2016. The connection between the earth and how we feel is a direct correlation that I implement in my practice.
Alain Carriere, NNCP, Metabolic Balance Coach, Nutra-Journey Nutritional Consulting – Wasaga Beach, ON
I am a Natural Nutritional Consultant Practitioner (NNCP) and a professional member of the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Consultants Practitioner (CANNP). I graduated from the Edison Institute of Nutrition with my diploma in Holistic Nutrition.
I like to describe myself as a “lifelong learner.” Previously I completed my diploma in Social Services Worker, Mental Health and Addiction Worker, and a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Through the knowledge I gained from The Edison Institute and my previous education, I feel confident in achieving my future goals. I hope to help my clients by combining my passion and knowledge of Human Services, Mental Health, and Counselling with Holistic Nutrition. I believe that all health concerns impact our minds, body, and spirit. The body is a miracle that can cure itself give the proper nutrients and conditions.
I recently started Nutra-Journey, an online holistic nutrition practice. Through Nutra-Journey, I aim to support my clients in improving their health and wellness, digestion and balance their hormones. Through these processes, they lose weight and achieve their goals. All services are currently offered online at the comfort of your own home. Stay tuned as I am planning to offer Webinar series that focused on Men’s hormones: beyond just testosterone.
Jaicee Draper ROHP, RNCP, Metabolic Balance Coach – Practical Wellness – Moose Jaw, SK
My name is Jaicee Draper. After receiving a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Regina in 2016, I decided to further my studies at the Edison Institute of Nutrition where I graduated with First Class Honours in December 2020. I am a Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner (ROHP) / Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner (RNCP) and a certified Metabolic Balance coach. I am also a professional member in good standing with the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants (IONC).
Along with my mom, Kyna (RNCP/ROHP), and my sister, Caisia (RMT), I am a co-founder of Practical Wellness – a family-owned multi-modality wellness centre located in Moose Jaw, SK, currently offering nutritional consulting and massage therapy.
I am passionate about helping clients navigate the ever-changing landscape of health and healthy living to make informed choices that align with their personal wellness goals and needs. I help empower health-conscious individuals become their own wellness advocates by developing diet, lifestyle, and supplement recommendations specific to each client. My current focus is weight management, digestive disorders, and food allergies.
Kyna Draper ROHP, RNCP, Metabolic Balance Coach – Practical Wellness – Moose Jaw, SK
My name is Kyna Draper. I am a Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner (ROHP) / Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner (RNCP) and a certified Metabolic Balance coach. I graduated with First Class Honours from Edison Institute of Nutrition in December 2020 and I am a professional member in good standing with the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants (IONC).
Along with my two daughters, Jaicee (B.ED/ROHP/RNCP) and Caisia (RMT), I co-founded Practical Wellness – a family-owned, multi-modality wellness centre located in Moose Jaw, SK. We currently offer nutritional consulting and massage therapy.
I am excited to help my clients improve their overall health and wellness by developing diet, lifestyle, and supplement recommendations that are specific to the needs of the individual. I take the time to listen closely and to understand where my clients are currently, and work with them to help them achieve their goals.
My current focus is weight management, digestive disorders, and food allergies.
Lori Numrich RHOP, CHCP, Metabolic Balance Coach- Renewed Health & Nutrition Services INC. – Calgary, AB
I am blessed to have a business that allows me to do what I love – helping people achieve renewed health…and most importantly find HOPE in their journey. I specialize in cancer care as well as other degenerative diseases such as autoimmune disease, digestive and inflammatory conditions, chronic fatigue, and allergies through my nutritional consulting services.
I offer Metabolic Balance® Program coaching which RESETS your body’s metabolism, promoting balanced hormones, increased energy, balanced insulin levels and weight loss…without strict dieting, calorie counting or cravings! As a Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner, trained in holistic nutrition and functional medicine, Certified Holistic Cancer Practitioner and a Metabolic Balance® coach through Edison Institute of Nutrition, I would love to journey with you to help you achieve RENEWED health through my diet, supplement and lifestyle protocols and programs.
Visit Website Call 587-436-2922 to book appointments.
Mel Friesen Holistic Nutrition + Health – Calgary, AB
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!
Suzanne Serfaty – The Womb – Vaughan, ON
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 – Well-derness Consulting – Waskesiu Lake, SK
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 email Marian or visit her website 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 RNCP, ROHP – Health & Vitality – Singapore
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 . – Holistic Naturopathic Center – Clifton, New Jersey USA
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 – ‘Fit ‘n Healthy Nutritional Consulting’ – Kelowna, BC
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).
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. – Whitby, ON
“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 – Restored: An Integrative Wellness Community – Phoenix, Arizona USA
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.