Scheduled Hearings

To protect the public, the College holds Ontario’s naturopaths accountable for their conduct and practice. The Discipline Committee hears allegations of professional misconduct or incompetence by holding hearings of the allegations in front of a Panel of the Committee. All hearings are open to the public unless the Panel has ruled that all or a portion of the hearing must remain closed.

All hearings are presently being held virtually; however, interested individuals may observe hearings via a live streaming link which the College will provide. To obtain the link, interested individuals are invited to Register in advance with the College. When registering, be sure to know which hearing you wish to watch as several may be open for registration at any given time.

As a condition of observing the hearing, all individuals must agree to the following:
a) That they will not provide the link to any other person (this ensures that all observers have entered into the agreement with the College).
b) That they will respect any publication bans placed on the hearing by the Panel. A publication ban is typically placed on the names of any patients in order to protect their privacy. A ban means any future reference on-line, in print or in discussions must not include the information subject to the ban.
c) That they will not record or screen capture the hearing as the Discipline Panel prohibits any recording of the hearings.

If you are interested in attending a hearing, please click here to Register.

Upcoming Discipline Hearings

As a part of our transparency initiatives, the College ensures that the public is aware of the status of each matter brought before the Discipline Committee.

You can find a general outline of the disciplinary stages here.

Referral DateHearing Date(s)StatusAllegations
Dhanani, KarimNovember 4, 2021

September 29, 30, October 31, November 1-4, 7, 8, 2022

Notice of Hearing
Stage 5• Administering and/or offering services or treatments or testing outside the Registrant’s scope of practice;
• Contravening, by act or omission the Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act;
• Performing and/or requisitioning laboratory tests that the Registrant is not authorized to perform/requisition;
• Practising the profession while the Registrant’s certificate of registration has been suspended; and/or
• Contravening, by act or omission, a standard of practice of the profession or failing to maintain the standard of practice of the profession, including but not limited to the following:
o Core Competencies;
o Advertising;
o Compounding;
o Intravenous Infusion Therapy;
o Delegation;
o Collecting Clinical Samples;
o Requisitioning Laboratory Tests;
o Performing Authorized Acts.
Richard, DoddMarch 24, 2022


Notice of Hearing
Stage 4 • Engaging in conduct or performing an act relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional;
• Administering and/or Offering and/or Advertising Services and Treatments outside of the Registrant’s scope of practice;
• Providing non-essential services under Ontario’s Emergency Order;
• Failing to comply with an order of a panel of the College;
• Failure to Cooperate with Investigators appointed by the College; and/or
• Issuing a COVID-19 vaccine exemption letter.
Stauffert, KurtDecember 8, 2021


Notice of Hearing
Stage 4 • Providing services outside the naturopathic scope of practice, specifically, the treatment of breast cancer;
• Failure to provide the Patient with sufficient information so that they could make valid decisions about their care;
• Recommending or providing treatment that the Registrant knows or ought to know is unnecessary or ineffective, specifically, ordered tests, prescribed and/or compounded and/or sold products to the Patient to treat their cancer;
• Failure to make reasonable attempts to collaborate with the Patient’s other relevant healthcare providers respecting the care of the Patient, where such collaboration is necessary for the Patient’s health;
• Failure refer and/or discuss a referral with the Patient when the treatment was not adequate and/or not likely to improve and/or when the Registrant knew or ought to have known that the Patient required a service that the Registrant did not have the knowledge, skill or judgment to offer or was beyond their scope of practice; and/or
• Falsifying information in the Patient’s record.