Dr. Nicole Sandilands H.BKin, ND
Naturopathic Doctor and Co-Founder of DNHC
Nicole is excited to have opened DNHC with her twin sister, being able to offer safe, effective natural treatments to the community. She received her medical training from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine after completing a 4-year Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from McMaster University.
Nicole welcomes treating a variety of health conditions however she has a special interest in treating women's health and hormonal concerns, weight loss, digestive complaints, autoimmune conditions (ulcerative colitis, crohn’s disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc) as well as detoxification.
She combines natural medicines with conventional science to create a truly integrative health care experience. She utilises many different therapies including nutrition and dietary supplements, intravenous therapies, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, botanical medicine, and homeopathy.
She enjoys spreading the message of health and often gives seminars and talks to local groups on various health topics. For more information about her upcoming seminars or to set up a presentation for your group, please contact us today.
Dr. Natalie McCulloch H.BKin, ND
Naturopathic Doctor and Co-founder of DNHC
Natalie is the co-founder of Durham Natural Health Centre. She strongly believes in a balanced approach to health and well-being and is excited to bring her passion for wellness to the Durham region. She obtained her Naturopathic Medical degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. Prior to studying Naturopathic Medicine she studied Kinesiology at McMaster University where she completed a 4 year honours degree. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree she began working in the fitness industry. While working as a personal trainer, Natalie was continually amazed at how simple, natural, lifestyle changes could make a tremendous difference in one’s health. She began looking for a health care system that supported the natural healing abilities of the body and quickly discovered Naturopathic Medicine. She enrolled in the 4 year program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and has never looked back. She welcomes treating all conditions however has a keen interest in paediatrics, digestive complaints, women’s health issues, auto-immune conditions, hormonal issues, infertility and environmental sensitivities. Natalie is committed to continual education and training to ensure her patients are receiving the best care and most applicable treatment. She has obtained additional training in the area of pediatrics, women’s health and environmental medicine.
Natalie has a passion for educating and regularly gives talks on health and Naturopathic Medicine within the Durham region. She has conducted seminars to various health professionals to educate about the importance of integrative care, naturopathic medicine and disease prevention. She has been a featured guest on Rogers Durham Daytime television show where she appeared as the resident health expert. She has published various articles including one in the Vital Link, the national publication for Naturopathic Doctors. Natalie is a member of both the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors as well as the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.
Natalie is available for talks and presentations for local businesses and groups on a wide variety of health topics. Contact us today for more information.
Dr. Nadine Gavin H.BSc, ND
“Your health in your hands”
Before starting my career as a Naturopathic Doctor, I obtained my Honours Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry & Biomedical Science at McMaster University. While completing research at Hamilton General Hospital I was active in the community as a Best Buddy and member of Smiling Over Sickness. These experiences motivated me to pursue a career as a physician, educator and health advocate. I enjoyed four years at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and went on to complete a two year clinical residency working with special populations at Anishnawbe Health Toronto, Sherbourne Health Centre and BNTC at Brampton Civic Hospital. I continue to teach and mentor at CCNM as a Clinic Supervisor and have extra training in pediatric care and intravenous therapy.
I will work with you to fully understand your health concerns and create a treatment plan that fits into your everyday life. My goal is to empower others towards positive change that is rewarding and sustainable.
I have been published in Naturopathic Currents and was featured in the summer 2014 issue of Mind Body Spirit.
Dr. Antonia Tsallas ND
My naturopathic medical journey began while pursuing my Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia. While living in Vancouver, I experienced a different way of life, one that promoted healthy living, physical activity and outings in nature while balancing time with friends and family. I introduced myself to yoga, kickboxing, hiking, kayaking, and running. Living there, I realized that the secret to living a healthy and balanced life is in the company we keep and the environment we live. This is what empowered me to take charge of my life and my health.
I completed my Naturopathic Medical Degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. During my clinical internship, I had the opportunity to work on the specialized Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue shift. As a result, I have a special interest in pain management, stress management, and mental health. However, I enjoy treating all conditions and welcome concerns in digestive health as well as hormone health.
I am a member of both the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors. My passion for Naturopathic Medicine motivates me to expand my knowledge in the field of naturopathy through educational talks, coaching and attending medical conferences.
My initial training in pharmaceutical sciences has resulted in a strong knowledge base of pharmaceutics in the field of drug delivery and research, which compliments my current practice of alternative medicine. Hence, through naturopathic research, I hope to discover alternative methods for improving ones health in supplemental delivery and naturopathic treatment.
My journey through naturopathic medicine ignited me to start listening to my own needs, which I hope to pass on to others with similar health goals. The path to wellness is a journey, I would love to be the health professional ready to assist you on your way. To find out more, follow me on facebook.
Dr. Christal Blanchard BSc, MSc, CISSN, ND
Christal is a bilingual, licensed Naturopathic Doctor. She has been treating families in Northern Ontario and Toronto for 7 years. Patients come to her with a wide range of conditions such as hormonal imbalances, gastrointestinal disturbances, food sensitivities, weight loss, thyroid disease, bioenergetic imbalances, chronic pain and more.
Christal’s approach to patient care is to bring balance to the mind and body by addressing the root cause of disease. She is focused on the “why” of the condition rather than managing symptoms.
Christal obtained certification in Restorative Medicine with the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine (AARM) including specialized training in women’s health, metabolic diseases, thyroid disorders and endocrine dysfunction. She has had much success in optimizing hormonal balance with both natural supplements and bio-identical hormones (such as topical estrogen and progesterone) as well as dessicated thyroid extract (for thyroid hormone replacement therapy).
With a passion for sports and a former university basketball player, Christal specialized in sports medicine during her clinical rotation at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She has also completed her certification with the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) and is currently completing her training for certification with the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK). The AK practitioner follows the principle that specific muscles are linked to specific organs. By identifying the muscles that are unstable, we can identify underlying imbalances in the body both presently and preventatively.
Christal earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and a Master of Science degree in Chemical Sciences from Laurentian University. During her research studies, she learned the importance of evidence-based research and continues to use these tools in her daily practice as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Christal Graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2011. She passed the Ontario Prescribing and Therapeutics exam administered by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario in July 2015 allowing her to prescribe and use natural substances that are regulated under federal legislation. She is a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
Dr. Destiny Spurrell BScKin, ND
My healthcare career began by providing care for seniors in a nursing home setting. I obtained my Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at University of Waterloo and my Diploma in Respiratory Therapy from The Michener Institute prior to working in acute care at Hamilton General Hospital. My passion for early intervention and patient empowerment lead me into four additional years of Naturopathic medical training at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.
Along the path to becoming a Naturopathic Doctor I met and married my husband, a medical doctor. Together we have two active and energetic young boys. Being a “mom”, “wife” and “doctor” have all shaped my practice. I have a general family practice with a special interest in asthma, thyroid dysfunction, pre and post-partum care and professional women’s health.
As a Naturopathic Doctor I blend the art of traditional medical practices with the science of today to create a safe and effective treatment strategy tailored to you and your goals. I recognize that we are all individuals and when it comes to health there is no “one size fits all”. I am passionate about helping patients take charge of their health and empowering them to make informed healthcare choices that are right for them.
Please note that Dr. Spurrell is currently on maternity leave. To any of her current patients, your health is of utmost importance to us and your care will be overseen by one of our other naturopathic doctors.