Members of Council 

The Council of the College of Naturopaths is the governing body of the College, like a Board of Directors.  It includes Naturopathic Doctors elected by the Members of the College and members of the public that are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.  The Council is responsible for administering the Naturopathy Act, 2007 and providing strategic leadership for the College. Members of the Council have a duty to protect the public interest, and are accountable to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

Professional Members of the Council

The following Naturopathic Doctors have been elected to the Council of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario:

Kim Bretz, ND Dr. Kim Bretz, ND is a 2001 graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and founder of Fundamentals of Health, a thriving naturopathic clinic in Waterloo, Ontario.  Her practice involves seeing patients 3-4 days a week as well as working in an integrative manner with a wide variety of healthcare practitioners.

She is a public speaker having presented to multiple corporations and agencies, and is a guest lecturer for Canadian universities in the areas of health promotion, functional foods and natural health products. She has also run continuing education through the OAND, Restorative Medicine and multiple interprofessional events including the Human Health and Nutritional Sciences Symposium at the University of Guelph and the Functional Foods and Beyond program at the University of Waterloo Pharmacy School.  For six years, Kim was part of Human Nature Network, a nationally syndicated radio program through CHUM radio.

Dr. Bretz ND taught gastrointestinal physiology and endocrinology at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy for several years.  She has maintained a role with the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine working as a recruitment representative and is the past president of the University of Guelph, College of Biological Science Alumni Association.  

She was also on the advisory board for Ferring Pharmaceuticals’ natural health care products for 3 years and was involved with their continuing education program in the area of the human microbiota and probiotics. Locally, she is a writer for the Waterloo Region Food Systems Roundtable program, a networking and policy-making group working on building a strong voice for a healthy food system in Waterloo Region and worked on the Food Spaces, Vibrant Places Campaign to support local community gardens and temporary farmers’ markets.
Shelley Burns, ND

Dr. Shelley Burns, ND is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor working out of the Evergreen Brick Works.  As an expert in executive health medicine, she works with patients to achieve peak health performance.  Dr. Burns is the founder of Health Peak Nutraceuticals and plays a key role in ongoing development of the unique range of supplements available under this brand.  She is past Chair of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors.  Dr. Burns supervises at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic and is a columnist for the US publication, Skin Deep magazine.  She has been quoted in Maclean’s magazine, The Toronto Star, The Medical Post and has appeared in interviews on CTV.  Dr. Burns completed the four year program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto where she received the NaturoMedic Award for proficiency in Naturopathic Medicine.  She holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and philosophy from Wilfrid Laurier University and certification in Complementary and Integrative Medicine from the Harvard Medical School.
Karim Dhanani, ND


Since earning his Naturopathic Doctor designation from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2001, Dr. Dhanani, B.Sc., B.A., N.D has gained an international reputation for his innovations in treating chronic degenerative medical conditions. He is the founder and Chief Medical Director of the Centre for Biological Medicine in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The clinic sits on a 2-acre oasis and is recognized as one of the most environmentally and energetically sound clinics in North America.  In addition to patient consultations, Dr. Dhanani has travelled the world to learn from the best practitioners and Medical Clinics. He has been invited to contribute his innovative cutting edge ideas alongside Biophysicists, Nobel Prize winners, and some of the top Medical Doctors and researchers from around the globe.  Dr. Dhanani’s unique treatment of chronic degenerative diseases has garnered a distinctive international clientele, drawing patients and professional consultation requests from around the world including Europe, North and South America as well as far away as Australia. Dr. Dhanani has assisted with formulations for a variety of North American product lines and has lectured on behalf of European companies including Heel and Sanum. He is honoured to serve on CONO and is looking forward to participating in supporting the profession well into the future.
Tara Gignac, ND
Dr. Tara Gignac, ND has been practicing full scope, primary care naturopathic medicine in Collingwood, ON for 14 years. She is a member in good standing with both the OAND and CAND and has sat on the board of the OAND. She was Chair of the Program Advisory Committee with the CCNM and was a member of the Professional Advisory Committee of the North-Simcoe-Muskoka LHIN. Dr. Gignac presented at conventions, taught at the CCNM, was involved in research and written for dozens of publications.
Rosemary Hnatiuk, ND
Dr. Rosemary Hnatiuk, ND made the decision to start a career in Naturopathic Medicine following a 17-year career in Strategic Communications and Government Relations working in government and the private sector.

She graduated from CCNM in 2008 and started practicing in Toronto’s west end.  In 2012, she opened the Etobicoke Naturopathic Clinic where she provides a wide-range of services including Intravenous Therapy.  Her goal is to offer patient’s the very best in science-based alternative medicine.  

Rosemary understands the challenges of a busy practice and the issues involved in running a clinic.  She is passionate about Naturopathic Medicine and is constantly upgrading her skills and knowledge.  Her communications and government relations background gives her a unique skill set to bring to the position of elected representative to CONO.  In particular, Rosemary led many projects including the establishment of a government relations department for The Law Society of Upper Canada, the legal profession’s self-regulatory body.  She had a front-row seat when the Law Society examined its own self governance structure and made changes to improve how the Law Society not only sets standards and regulations for the legal profession, but also works to influence and change government policies that are in the public’s and profession’s interest.  

Rosemary also held senior positions working directly for the Attorney General of Ontario and the Minister of Natural Resources participating in the development of policy, navigating legislation through the legislative process, spearheading strategic communications plans, and liaising on behalf of the Minister with all departments in the bureaucracy.  

In addition to her diploma from CCNM, Rosemary holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Mass Communications, and a Masters of Arts in Journalism.
Danielle O'Connor, ND
Dr. Danielle O'Connor, ND received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at the University of Windsor, and then went on to graduate from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2003.  Danielle has worked in the Halton Region for over 10 years where she has worked in very busy, progressive clinics alongside integrative medical doctors getting extensive training in IV therapies, chelation and bio-identical hormones.  Danielle attends the Medical Academy of Special Needs to further her training in Biomedical Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD, and currently practices at the Natural Care Clinic in Burlington.
Jordan Sokoloski, ND

Dr. Jordan Sokoloski, ND, has a primary care, family focused practice at Thunder Bay Naturopathic Clinic in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He completed his undergraduate degree in biology at McMaster University in Hamilton and graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto in 2013. Jordan grew up in Thunder Bay and knew he wanted to practice in beautiful Northern Ontario.

Jordan is a strong advocate for naturopathy in the city, regularly participating in speaking engagements for various local organizations and working to foster connections with other health care providers interested in learning more about naturopathy. When he is not busy at the clinic, Jordan enjoys family time with his wife and infant son, being in the outdoors, or with a good board game or book.
 George Tardik, ND
Dr. Tardik ND is a Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Cobourg Ontario. Implementing a consultative approach in his practice, George works in step with his patients needs.  George works collaboratively with MD’s and specialists including working in practice with a Gastroenterologist in Richmond Hill, and two Oncologists from Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. As a researcher, he has worked for the Ministry of Health, and has published dozens of articles on the clinically efficacy of natural health treatments. George is a regular guest lecturer at McMaster University and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.  He has appeared on Marketplace, The Sports Journal and The Michael Coren Show. George lives with his wife and son in Cobourg, where he is committed to improving the lives of his patients in Northumberland community. 

Public Members of the Council

The following members of the public have been appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council to the Council of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario:

Dianne Delany
Dianne Delany has been a member of the former Transitional Council of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario since 2009. Ms. Delany has served as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Special Education Project with the Ministry of Education. She is a long-time volunteer with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, her children's school and her local church. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Waterloo.
 R. Gail Goodman  R. Gail Goodman is a Partner at Papazian Heisey Myers, an insurance defence, employment, commercial litigations firm. Ms. Goodman is a former building insurance Lawyer at Heenan Blaikie and a former Chair of the Insurance Section of the Ontario Bar Association. Ms. Goodman's community involvement includes serving as a member of the Better Living Centre and has included volunteering for Out of the Cold. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University and a Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.
 Samuel Laldin Samuel Laldin was appointed as a public member to Council in November 2017. He has a background in health and worked as a Senior Medical Technologist (hematology, clinical laboratories) at the Kingston General Hospital for 28 years.  Mr. Laldin is dedicated to public service. He has served on multiple boards and held significant leadership positions in his community since his retirement, including his decade-long tenure as a public Council member of the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario. He is committed to building healthy, sustainable and caring communities across Canada in his role as Chair and CEO of the Christian Cultural Association of South Asians. Most recently, Mr. Laldin played an active role in establishing the Pakistani Youth Education Fund, a charitable organization dedicated to providing educational bursaries to disadvantaged students in the community, and currently serves as the Executive Director of the organization.
 Scott Sawler Scott Sawler brings more than 20 years of management and policy experience in both government and private industry. He has provided strategic council and oversight in a variety of regulatory and government affairs roles including his current position as Managing Director of Canadian Regulatory Affairs for The Drug Safety Institute. Previously, Mr. Sawler served as Director General of the Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate at Health Canada where he lead a restructuring of the Directorate and it’s policies to assure the safety and efficacy of health products licensed in Canada. Mr. Sawler has a deep expertise in Health Canada protocol, risk management and policy development and has represented Canadian interests at international forums on such matters as the harmonization of Canadian standards and other governance topics related to natural health products. Previously, Mr. Sawler has served on the Council of the College of Chiropractors of Ontario and on the Board of the Canadian Association of Professionals in Regulatory Affairs. He holds a Bachelors of Laws, a Bachelor of Science, a Masters in Health Law from Osgoode Hall Law School and an MBA in Pharmaceutical Management from Université Laval and was appointed as a Public Member of Council in October 2017.


Barry Sullivan
Barry Sullivan has a Bachelors degree (BA) in Psychology from Laurentian University and a Masters degree (MCA) in Applied Criminology from the University of Ottawa. He held several  senior management and administrative positions during his 34 year career with the Ontario Government in the Adult Corrections and Youth Justice areas. Over that period, he obtained valuable knowledge and experience in such related areas as: project management; policy and standards development; policy and legislative compliance monitoring; organizational design, development, and renewal; facilities design; strategic and operational planning; operational review, audit, and investigation; etc. Mr. Sullivan has been self employed as a Management Consultant since retiring from the OPS. He served as a Public Member of the former Transitional Council of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario from the time of it’s inception in 2009. He is a Retired Associate member of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police-Zone 1A, and has served as a member, most recently as President, of the Board of Directors of the Child and Family Centre, a designated Lead Agency for the provision of mental health services for children, youth and families in the Sudbury/Manitoulin area, for the past 9 years.