Boucher Institute employs a diverse clinical faculty that encompasses a wide range of experience, practice styles and interests. All clinical faculty members have experience in practicing and working in their own clinics as well. In addition, Clinical faculty members are required to continuously upgrade their skills and knowledge through participation in continuing education and professional development.
Below you can read biographies on each of the Boucher Naturopathic clinical faculty.
Dr. Jordan Atkinson supervises third and fourth year student interns in the Boucher Naturopathic Medical Clinic. Dr. Atkinson graduated from BC's own Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. He earned his Bachelor of Sciences majoring in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University, giving him a firm foundation in physiology and human kinetics. He empowers people to take an active role in their health and believes in being proactive, not reactive. Dr. Atkinson has a focus on the following conditions: gastrointestinal issues, arthritis, female hormone imbalance, cancer, musculoskeletal pain, fibromyalgia, obesity and psoriasis/eczema. Dr. Atkinson has a private practice in West Vancouver.
Dr. Dana Barton, ND
Dr. Barton supervises third and fourth year student interns in the Boucher Naturopathic Medical Clinic. Dr. Barton obtained his naturopathic medicine degree from Bastyr University in 1996. Since that time, he has practiced in Vancouver and more recently on Bowen Island. Dr. Barton works extensively with mind/body medicine and specializes in the following conditions; arthritis, attention deficit disorder/hyperactivity, cancer, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue, colitis/Crohn's disease/IBS, fibromyalgia, gynaecological care, menopausal disorders, obesity and psoriasis/eczema.
Dr. Mirjana Baspaly proudly graduated from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster and is currently supervising third and fourth student interns in the Boucher Naturopathic Medical Clinic. Dr. Baspaly strongly believes in the innate healing power of the body and emphasizes this in her patient care. Her focus is on getting to the underlying cause of symptoms and treating the person as a whole. Dr. Baspaly has a focus on the following areas: women health, pediatric health, fertility and hormonal health. She has extensive expertise treating digestive disorders, food and environmental allergies. She is certified in acupuncture, Bowen massage technique and IV therapies. Dr Baspaly has a private practice in Port Moody.
Dr. Mélanie DesChâtelets, BSc(h), ND
Dr. Mélanie DesChâtelets began her academic career at Brock University where she graduated with first-class distinction in an honour’s bachelor of science from the department of health sciences. After completing this degree she was accepted into the largest North-American 4 year naturopathic medical program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto.
She currently practice at HighGate Wellness Clinic in Burnaby, BC and is the author of the minimalist guide to supplements. Her clinical focus is on digestive health and women's health. Her experiences includes practicing at the Robert Shad Naturopathic Clinic, gaining vast exposure in a family medicine setting as well as completing a rotation at a HIV clinic. She was also selected as a member of the CCNM sports medicine specialty team where I gained extra-curricular education in sport related injuries, myofascial release acupuncture and sports nutrition. Fuelled by her passion of traveling and experiencing new cultures she participated in two clinical externships in Ometepe, Nicaragua and Hanoi, Vietnam.
Dr. Sacha Elliott, BA, ND
Dr. Sacha Elliott is a naturopathic physician with a focus on motivating, educating and empowering her patients to create balance in all aspects of their health. She treats a variety of health conditions and has a special interest in women’s health and fertility, hormone imbalance, gastrointestinal disorders, skin disease, weight management, detoxification, mental/emotional imbalance, and stress management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and has completed a four year doctorate program at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster, BC. She enjoys working at her family practice in North Vancouver, a hop, skip, and a jump away from where she grew up.
Dr. Karrin Fairman-Young, BPE, NDDr. Fairman-Young is a full-time faculty member of the Boucher Institute. She manages the Boucher Naturopathic Medical Clinic, the teaching clinic of the Boucher Institute. An important part of her responsibilities is supervision of third and fourth year student interns. She obtained her bachelor of physical education from University of Calgary in 1993 and spent the next 12 years as a sports massage therapist. After graduating from CCNM in 2004 she practiced in Ontario, Alberta, and is currently practicing in Vancouver. Dr. Fairman-Young has additional certification in acupuncture and IV therapy.
Dr. Sanjay Mohan Ram, BSc, ND
Dr. Mohan Ram earned his BSc (Hon.) in Physiology from the University of British Columbia in 1997. He continued his education at the Boucher Institute and obtained his Naturopathic diploma, graduating with the pioneer class in 2004. Dr. Mohan Ram is active in Naturopathic medical education, as an adjunct professor at the Boucher Institute for Physiology, Biochemistry and Pathology classes, and as a senior instructor at Utopia Academy of Massage Therapy. He also contributes to the profession as the Chair of the Examination Committee for the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia, as well as a Committee member for the Patient Relations Committee. Dr. Mohan Ram is certified in Acupuncture, Chelation and Intravenous therapies, Neural therapy and Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Dr. Krista Moyer, ND
Dr. Moyer studied Kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario, before graduating from The Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. There she found a great passion for the profession, which she immerses herself into with her practice, supervising at the student naturopathic clinic in New Westminster, as well as countless seminars and conventions on naturopathic medicine and health in general. Dr. Moyer has a private practice in the heart of Vancouver at Broadway Wellness. In her practice, she focuses on the importance of a healthy foundation of nutrition, movement, and mental/emotional balance. Dr. Moyer treats a wide range of conditions, with a focus on digestive complaints, women's health, weight loss, depression, anxiety, and musculoskeletal problems. Dr. Moyer has further certification in Bowen Therapy from the Bowen College.
Dr. Karen Nguyen, BSc ND
Dr. Karen Nguyen supervises third and fourth year student interns at the Boucher Naturopathic Medical Clinic. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Simon Fraser University and continued her Naturopathic studies at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Nguyen maintains a general family practice both in Vancouver and Burnaby and has further certification in acupuncture, cold laser therapy, and pharmaceutical prescribing authority. She has special interest in women’s health, allergies, and digestive imbalances.
Dr. Ibby Omole B.Sc, MES, ND, L.Ac
Dr. Ibby Omole is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist. She is a Bastyr University graduate and completed part of her acupuncture degree in Shanghai China. She also holds a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from York University. She has a special interest and extensive training in urological conditions and pain management. Using a combination of herbal medicine, nutrition, mind body medicine and supplementation, she guides patients in being an agent of change in their own health. She has additional interest in environmental medicine, maternal health and pediatrics. In her private practice, she treats a wide range of people from pediatrics to geriatrics.
Dr. Bobby Parmar, BASc, ND
Dr. Parmar obtained his bachelor of applied science at Simon Fraser University and then went on to Toronto where he graduated at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Presently, Dr. Parmar is practicing in Vancouver, as well as supervising third and fourth year clinic interns at the Boucher Naturopathic Medical Clinic. Dr. Parmar is also a naturopathic physician at the Friends for Life Society- a complementary care facility for people suffering with life-threatening illnesses. He has a special interest in hormones and has additional certification in treating subclinical hypothyroidism (Wilson's Temperature Syndrome).
Dr. Leila Sahabi, BSc, ND
Dr. Sahabi is a licensed naturopathic physician and supervisor in the Boucher Naturopathic Medical Clinic. Her passion for science and human behavior led her to study both Science and Psychology at UBC with a particular interest in Social and Personality Psychology. After receiving her Bachelor of Science and Psychology, she went on to pursue naturopathic medicine at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine where she developed a particular interest in acupuncture, homeopathy, injection therapies and nutritional counseling.Dr. Sahabi is currently holding two active practices in Richmond and downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. She welcomes all types of patients with special focuses on female hormonal imbalances, gastrointestinal conditions, allergies, and pain management. She is certified in acupuncture, intravenous therapies, Bowen therapy and Biopuncture Injection therapy.
Dr. Rick Santimaw, BSc, ND
Dr. Santimaw earned his BSc(Hon) in Health Sciences/Kinesiology from UWO, which has helped him to develop a firm understanding of the human body and all of its intricacies. Dr. Santimaw went on to graduate from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine where he acquired a great appreciation for the delicate balance between all aspects of the human body, mind, and soul.
Dr. Rick Santimaw supervises the third and fourth year student interns in the Boucher Naturopathic Medical Clinic and teaches their naturopathic manipulation course. Dr. Santimaw treats a wide range of conditions at his clinic in Kitsilano and he strongly believes that a healthy lifestyle is easily attainable and works closely with all of his patients to help them achieve this goal.
Dr. Kristin Schnurr, BSc, ND
Dr. Schnurr is the director of clinical education and a clinic supervisor at the Family Naturopathic Clinic in Victoria, a non-profit naturopathic teaching clinic serving young families. Dr. Schnurr graduated from Queens University where she earned a bachelor of science in life sciences with a special focus on endocrinology. During her undergraduate years she studied traditional healing in Kenya and held a volunteer position at Delek Hospital in northern India, where Ayurvedic doctors work alongside allopathic doctors in a respectful and integrative environment. These experiences inspired her to pursue an education in medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, where she graduated as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine in 2005. In addition to her work with the FMC, she has a general family practice with a focus on Endocrinology.
Dr. Alana Shaw, BSc, ND
Balancing a successful varsity basketball career while studying for her bachelor of science degree at McMaster University gave Dr. Shaw first hand experience of the impact stress can have on health. This understanding eventually led her to four years of studies at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. She went on to complete her clinical training in mind/body medicine through Harvard Medical School in Boston. In her latest endeavor Dr. Shaw has begun her masters degree at the University of British Columbia, where she is conducting research at the B.C. Women's Hospital in the field of reproductive endocrinology, infertility and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
Dr. Van Horlick supervises third and fourth year student interns in the Boucher Naturopathic Medical Clinic. Upon receiving his Naturopathic Doctor designation, Dr. Van Horlick completed board exams and began a private practice in Prince George in 1989, the first licensed ND to practice north of Quesnel. Dr. VanHorlick specializes in cancer prevention, women's health, chronic degenerative diseases and allergies. He is also board certified in bio-oxidative therapies such as IV ozone and chelation.
In 1991 he was appointed by the BC government to the provincial examination board and still serves in that capacity. He has been a board member of the BC Naturopathic Association and a director and Chair of the Canadian Naturopathic Association. Dr. Van Horlick also served on the board of directors for the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto.