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OUR HOLISTIC FAMILY

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DR ALFRED HAUK, ND



Dr Alfred Hauk, N.D. was born in Greifswald, Germany, and raised in Alberta, Canada. Dr Hauk was introduced to the power of Naturopathic Medicine in his childhood. After a career change in the 1980s, he completed his pre-med program at the University of Alberta. In 1990, Dr. Hauk graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto. Later that year he wrote, and passed, the Ontario provincial licensing exams.


Until his busy practice made it impractical, Dr Hauk taught Nutrition and Biochemistry at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. He continued to work at the college teaching and supervising fourth-year clinicians for many years.

Dr Hauk was on the board of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors for nine (9) years and was the Chair for over four (4) years. He has also served as one of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Naturopathic Association, and the Board of Governors of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.

Dr Hauk is a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND),and is a professional member of the Institute of Naturopathic Education and Research (INER, the institute that operates CCNM and the Schad Naturopathic Clinic, the on-site teaching clinic at the college).

His years of experience in family practice have been an educational and fulfilling journey that has allowed him to help others with the tools of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr Hauk lives in Brantford with his wife Paulette, where he is an active volunteer in the community.

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DR MARY-LEAH ALBANO, BSc, MPH, ND


A native to Brantford, Dr Albano is honoured to be practising at Holistic Healing Arts and bringing Naturopathic Medicine to her home town.

After graduating from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania with her Bachelor of Science in biology and pre-medicine (BSc), Dr Albano went on to earn her Master of Public Health (MPH) at Drexel University's School of Public Health in Philadelphia. It was here that she was exposed to a preventative view of health care and, combining her love of nature and living naturally, returned to Canada to study Naturopathic Medicine. Dr Albano graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto in 2011.

As a primary care provider, Dr Albano strongly believes in the naturopathic philosophies of treating the whole person, investigating and treating the underlying cause of disease, and individualizing treatment to the person.

Using a mix of naturopathic treatment strategies (nutrition, botanical medicine, acupuncture, lifestyle counselling, homeopathy, intravenous therapy), Dr Albano welcomes patients of any age and health concern, including digestive concerns, skin issues, body pains, thyroid concerns, female hormonal imbalances, and emotional coping. A former competitive softball player, Dr Albano also enjoys working with local athletes to maximize athletic performance using natural means.

Dr Albano is board licensed and a member of both the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND). Dr Albano is also licensed to provide intravenous (IV) therapy and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.

Dr Albano resides in Courtland with her family and two corgis.

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DR ONKAR SINGH, BSc, ND

Dr Onkar Singh developed his interest in Naturopathic Medicine from his dream of becoming a doctor, his tremendous belief in the innate healing powers of the body, and passion to serve humanity. He was born and raised in Brantford, and graduated from McMaster University in 1997 with an Honours B.Sc. in Biochemistry. Later, Dr Singh pursued the four-year Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine diploma at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.

Dr Onkar Singh is a holistic practitioner who utilizes all the modalities of Naturopathic Medicine and shows special interests in the areas of pain management, stress management, depression, and anxiety disorders. He has also conducted workshops and lectures on various health conditions, including stress management.

Dr Singh is certified in IV therapy, which enables him to support patients with their chronic health concerns, such as: fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, post-surgery recovery, low immune states, and more. Furthermore, he has been actively using the IV therapy as an addition to support and care for cancer patients.

For a decade and more, Dr Singh has also been serving as a key member of the clinic faculty at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), where he supervised fourth year clinicians in their internship programs.

Dr Singh now resides in Brantford with his lovely wife Baljeet and their two children, Harsimran and Gurnirmal. He is also a distinguished and professional musician.

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DR SIMONE BURKE, MSc, ND



Prior to becoming a Naturopathic Doctor, Dr Burke graduated from the University of Buckingham in England with a degree in Biochemistry. She went on to pursue a career in scientific research where she worked for research, pharmaceutical companies, and the Hospital for Sick Kids in the field of genetics. Dr Burke went on to pursue a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies with a focus on Ethnobotany (the study of herbal medicines in traditional and native communities), where she worked with indigenous communities in Jamaica learning about indigenous herbal medicines and assisted in documenting this traditional knowledge for her book "Healing Herbs of Jamaica". This passion for natural healing led her to study Naturopathic Medicine. Dr Burke graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto in 2009.

Although as a primary health care provider she treats all health conditions, Dr Burke has a special interest in women's health dealing with women's hormones, thyroid conditions, fertility, menopause, and peri-menopause. Dr Burke is trained in advanced hormone testing methods such as the DUTCH (Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones), a sophisticated and comprehensive hormone test, which is great for understanding and resolving complex hormone conditions. Dr Burke has done additional training in managing pain syndromes where she uses a variety of techniques including Bowen, Matrix Repatterning, acupuncture, and cupping. In addition to chronic pain, fibromyalgia, chronic headaches, and other pain conditions, Dr Burke also treats digestive concerns such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), abdominal pain, bloating, heartburn, etc. by using a five (5) step approach to get to the root cause and promote optimal stomach and digestive health.

Dr Burke is a board licensed Naturopathic Doctor and is a member of good standing with the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Ontario (CONO), the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND), and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND),

Dr Burke resides in Brantford where she is very active with her husband and their two children.

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SARAH WHITTAM, RMT



Sarah Whittam, RMT graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1997 and has been practicing as an RMT since. On Vancouver Island, she worked for 14 years at various places, including a busy multidisciplinary clinic and operating her own massage therapy clinic for several years. She worked with terminally and chronically ill patients, athletes (particularly dancers), car accident victims, and people looking to improve their quality of life. She created and taught infant massage classes and couples massage classes through the local community centre.

In 2011, Sarah moved back to Eastern Ontario where she was born and grew up and became a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. She taught massage therapy at Algonquin College in Ottawa and owned a hobby farm. Sarah moved to Brantford in 2015.

Massage therapy is a proven effective treatment for pain. It can help your body heal from injuries and can be a useful tool in the treatment of chronic illnesses such as muscular dystrophy, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue. Massage is a useful treatment for mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, insomnia along with chronic stress, and dealing with loss. People sleep better after a massage and feel less overwhelmed. Massage can help us learn how to understand what our bodies are telling us and how to take better care of ourselves.

Sarah’s massage techniques include Swedish, passive and active stretching and ROM, joint mobilities, neuromuscular treatments, facial work, deep tissue, scalp massage, pregnancy massage, TMJ treatments, sports therapy, and relaxation massage.

Sarah lives with her husband, some of their six (6) kids, and a menagerie of pets. She has a keen interest in hiking and spending time in nature, gardening, art, and mental health. Also of interest is food and travel. She is in the process of becoming a Horticulture Therapist.

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EMELIA JAMES, RMT, CPT



Emelia James, RMT, CPT has always had a keen interest in healthy living and has enjoyed educating and helping other people. Growing up, Emelia was heavily involved in the sport of figure skating. Throughout her time in the sport, she encountered various injuries that went both undiagnosed and untreated. She always felt that something more could have been done. This aspect of her life combined with her undeniable interest in the human body lead her to complete the Health, Wellness and Fitness program at Mohawk College in 2017, graduating with Presidents Honours. This was a great stepping stone and motivated her to find even more ways to help others, which sent her directly into the Advanced Massage Therapy program at Mohawk College, where she also graduated with Presidents Honours.

Emelia is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) and is a member of the Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario (RMTAO). Emelia is also a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer and finds that Massage Therapy and physical fitness go hand in hand. In her spare time, Emelia likes to exercise, read, and listen to various podcasts in the area of personal development. She has a strong belief that everyone should be living each day striving to be a little bit better than the last.

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SHANNON O'CONNELL, RMT



For the last several years, Shannon has been working in various roles as a Child and Youth worker. This experience allowed her to display compassion and patience when supporting individuals with challenges. She has always had a passion for helping others with total wellness in mind. This was the driving force for Shannon's career change into a healthcare role. She is eager to help clients meet their health and wellness goals to improve their personal quality of life.

Shannon finds great joy in running. In the last seven (7) years, she has completed various races including distances of 5K, 10K, and Half Marathons. Shannon is a big fan of long distance running and the training process. With this personal experience, she is familiar with injuries that coincide with putting extra demands on the body. Shannon also uses yoga as a recovery and maintenance tool.

An Initial appointment will include a review of the client's health history to ensure that Massage Therapy is a safe and effective approach for the client. This time will also include some brief assessments to help identify which structures could be contributing to the area of concern. The remainder of the time will be used for hands on treatment.

Shannon completed her Massage Therapy studies at Westervelt College in Kitchener, Ontario and graduated with Honours. She is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).

Outside of Holistic Healing Arts, you can find Shannon enjoying the outdoors, at the gym working towards new fitness goals, or dreaming of new travel destinations.

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TRACY WARRENER, RCRT



Tracy Warrener Van Kruistum has been practicing Reflexology for over 25 years. She is a RCRT (Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist) and a member of the Reflexology Association of Canada. Throughout her years of practice, Tracy has worked in private in-home sessions and spa sessions to clinical and medical offices. She has also volunteered her Reflexology services to Shoppers Drug Mart Gala Fundraisers, been a guest speaker at Mohawk College many times, and has her own Reflexology DVD which was produced in 2013. Her approach to her treatments is one of a holistic and overall total body experience. Tracy is also a certified Reiki master and enjoys combining the two therapies as she feels it provides a head to toe, mind, body and soul relaxation experience.

Tracy is a fourth degree black belt and has over 40 years experience in the Martial Arts. She was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame in Los Angeles in 2013 for her work in educating women of all ages on self-defense and assault prevention. Her program "Look Strong, Act Strong, Be strong" is something Tracy has taught women in the community, both in schools, businesses and in shelters. Martial Arts has been woven into her fabric since she was very young and she uses her knowledge to help her clients with stretching and meditation exercises. Together with her Reflexology and Reiki experience, Tracy provides each client specifically with what they need to feel relaxed, balanced and rejuvenated.

Tracy lives in Brantford with her husband and has two stepsons. Tracy also has two cats named Mister Miyagi and Sensei Kitty.

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SEAN HAUK, DOMP



No stranger to complementary medicine and its positive effects, Sean Hauk has been involved with Holistic Healing Arts since his early teens working at the front desk and helping at the Naturopathic Dispensary. He has always been a proponent of Naturopathic Medicine and at one point had decided to follow the footsteps of his father, Dr Alfred Hauk, N.D. 

In his late teens, however, the performing bug hit him hard, and he spent his last 18 years as a professional singer, dancer, and actor. During this career, Sean was fortunate enough to work from one end of Canada to the other, from playing Gilbert Blyther in the Charlottetown festival Anne of Green Gables to playing Gaston in Beauty and the Beast. He has also enjoyed four (4) seasons at the Stratford Festival and was involved in numerous stage productions across Canada and the U.S.

It wasn't until later in life that Sean chose to pursue a career as a complementary medicine practitioner. He chose Manual Osteopathy, as he has always believed in the connectivity of the body's systems. It further appealed to him as it is proved to be an effective but non-invasive hands-on therapy. Sean Hauk completed his Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice (DOMP) from the National Academy of Osteopathy in Toronto. After this intense full-time accredited program, he graduated with honours having logged over 2,200 hours of education in the field of manual osteopathy, including 500 hours of hands-on classes. He is also a member of the Osteopathy Chronic Pain clinics of Canada, which has over 240 clinics across Canada.

Sean has been part of the Holistic Healing Arts team since October of 2018. He has enjoyed helping many people who have been in to see him. He is looking forward to helping many more as he continues to grow his practice here.

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VICTORIA PODLASKI, DOMP



When deciding upon a career to pursue, Victoria always knew she wanted to do something medicine. Having dealt with a few chronic conditions herself from a very young age, Victoria was determined to one day help others overcome illness and injury.

Complimentary medicine has always been something Victoria admired and has also been something that was able to help her a great deal and overall helped to improve her quality of life. The main treatment option that helped her was Manual Osteopathy, and through seeing first-hand the positive impact it can have on an individual's life, Victoria was determined to become a Manual Osteopath herself.

Victoria graduated and received her diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice from the National Academy of Osteopathy in Toronto. Driven by wanting to help others in a significant way, she takes pride in providing the best care possible.

As a Manual Osteopath, Victoria's goal is to work towards total body health through treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal system and restoring function in the body.

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VANDA GODFREE, RHN



Vanda Godfree, Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN), has proudly been a part of the Holistic Healing Arts team since 2001. With her love of food and nutrition, Vanda went on to earn her professional RHN designation from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2003. Vanda was instrumental in co-creating our unique 12-week wellness program, The Renew You Strategy. In collaboration with the Naturopathic Doctors, she brings her expertise to helping clients reach their nutrition and wellness goals.

As the Store Manager of Holistic Healing Arts, Vanda is that friendly face ready to help serve our patients and customers. With a broad knowledge of all that our clinic has to offer, she can help guide you in getting the help that you need.

In addition, she is our Outreach and Promotion Coordinator, arranging all clinic lectures and events having to do with Naturopathic Medicine, Nutrition, and Health & Wellness.

Vanda invites you to visit our clinic and our Naturopathic Dispensary.

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