In Conversation With…. Standards, Policies and Guidelines

Posted On: December 14, 2022

Date: Wednesday February 1, 2023
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ET
Location: Virtual (video conference)
Cost: Free

The College’s standards of practice build the legal and professional basis for the practice of naturopathy in Ontario. Each standard describes the expected level of performance for the profession and, together, form a framework for continuing competence among NDs.

Practice guidelines elaborate on these standards of practice, and provide recommendations on how to address specific practice-related situations in compliance with the rules, regulations and standards. Finally, professional policies are rules set by the College that govern the behaviour and performance of the profession of naturopathy.

This 90-minute interactive session offers you an opportunity to explore important questions about our standards of practice, guidelines, and policies, such as:

  • What they are?
  • What role does the profession play in the creation of these documents?
  • How and when do updates to these documents occur?

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from and pose questions to our Professional Practice team, and get direct answers to the questions that impact your practice and how you practise the profession.

If you’d like to attend this event, please click here to register now.

Attendees are also invited to submit their questions in advance, which will allow our panel to answer more questions in greater detail. Click here to submit your questions.

Panel Members

Jeremy Quesnelle

Jeremy Quesnelle is currently the Deputy CEO of the College . Jeremy began his work with the College in 2011, 4 years prior to the proclamation of the Naturopathy Act, 2007. During that time Jeremy’s focus was on regulation, standard, policy, and program development in the areas of Quality Assurance, Complaints, Discipline, Inspections, Patient Relations and Controlled Acts. Since proclamation of the Naturopathy Act, 2007 in 2015 Jeremy has overseen the College’s professional practice and professional conduct departments as well as supporting the CEO in the day-to day-operations and governance of the College.

Jeremy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Archaeology and Classical Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University, in Waterloo Ontario. How he got into health regulation is a long story. When not working Jeremy can be found cooking, practicing jiu jitsu or chasing around his two young sons.

Dr. Mary-Ellen Mckenna, ND (Inactive)

Dr. Mary-Ellen Mckenna, ND (Inactive) serves as the College’s Manager of Professional Practice and provides guidance to Registrants, stakeholders and the public on the regulations and standards of the profession and oversees the Inspection Program and the Peer and Practice Program. Prior to working with the College, Mary-Ellen served on the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy and the Transitional Council of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.  Mary-Ellen graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in 1994. As a naturopath, she has worked in her own clinic, taught at the CCNM and supervised fourth- year interns at the clinic. Before her naturopathic career,  Mary-Ellen received a B.Sc. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Western Ontario and worked in the pharmaceutical industry.

Dr. Elena Rossi, ND

Dr. Elena Rossi, ND is a registered Naturopathic Doctor with 10 years of post-secondary education in science and healthcare, including a BSc from the University of British Columbia, MSc from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and ND from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Elena has been practising in Toronto since 2011. She treats a range of health concerns, including digestion, hormones, sleep, and stress, and has a special focus in supporting mental health concerns, eating disorders, and trauma recovery. She is also a Registered Psychotherapist with seven years of training from the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy and has been working with patients as a therapist since 2018.

Rita Gupta, Facilitator

Since 2005 Rita has facilitated over 100 sessions (single and multi-sessions) with project teams. During that time, she has gained experience with a wide variety of facilitation techniques and processes, adapting processes to changing situations and the needs of the group.

Rita has also used her wealth of facilitation experience to train clients on developing facilitation skills. She has taught 2-day introductory courses that combine topics such as facilitation practices, meeting management, managing group conflict, and decision-making techniques.

Rita has experience beyond that of facilitation. She has over 20 years of experience as a Project Manager, including a management role of Director of a PMO at an IT consulting firm. She also has several years developing and implementing Project Processes. She is a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

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