Council of the College

The Council of the College of Naturopaths includes Naturopathic Doctors and members of the public.  They were appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, as the transitional Council as outlined in the Naturopathy Act, and with proclamation of the Naturopathy Act have become the first Council of the College.  They are responsible for administering the Naturopathy Act 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


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.
Dielle Raymond, ND
Dr. Dielle Raymond, ND in a naturopathic doctor located in North Bay, Ontario.  She received her degree in Journalism and English from Carleton University, and then moved to the West Coast to pursue a career in private investigation and law.  Dr. Raymond worked as a paralegal in corporate, family, and criminal law, in both Seattle and Toronto, before deciding to pursue a career in naturopathic medicine.  Dr. Raymond provides education about naturopathic medicine to various educational institutions, government departments, and local organizations.  She also writes a regular column for The North Bay Nugget, and a popular food-based blog called 'What I Eat' (found at
 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.  Dr. Tardik 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, Dr. Tardik has worked for the Ministry of Health, and has published dozens of articles on the clinically efficacy of natural health treatments. He is a regular guest lecturer at McMaster University and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.  Dr. Tardik has appeared on Marketplace, The Sports Journal and The Michael Coren Show. He 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:

Geneviève Boudreau Geneviève Boudreau is the Director of the Language Rights Support Program since 2010. As Director, Ms. Boudreau manages files that aim to clarify and help advance the state of constitutional language rights in Canada. After her legal training, she achieved a Master of Laws degree from Dalhousie University with a thesis focusing on educational language rights in 2007. Ms. Boudreau obtained a Master's of Business Administration from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa in 2014. She was the Executive Director of the Fédération provinciale des comités de parents in Manitoba and Assistant Chairperson of a dispute resolution committee in the field of aboriginal law. 
Harpal Buttar
Harpal Buttar earned a degree in Veterinary Medicine in India followed by M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Pharmacology from the University of Alberta. He spent his 41-year professional career at Health Canada as a Research Scientist in the Bureau of Drug Research and as a Senior Assessment Officer in the Therapeutic Products Directorate, retiring in 2013. Dr. Buttar has held professorial appointments to various university faculties and has represented Health Canada at international conferences/meetings, serving and workshops. He has been involved in many multicultural and community service organizations and received numerous awards from both government and community organizations for his volunteer work.
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.
 Deborah Haswell

Deborah Haswell is Vice-President of Sales for educational toys and games with Saraco Enterprises Incorporated. She is the former Mayor and Deputy Mayor with the City of Owen Sound as well as a former Vice-President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. Her community involvement includes serving as Vice-Chair with Habitat for Humanity and fundraising with the Bruce Grey Child & Family Services. Ms. Haswell holds a diploma in Social Sciences and Gerontology from Conestoga College.

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.