Dr. Dugald Seely, ND, M.Sc.
Founder & Executive Director
As founder and executive director for the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (OICC), Dr. Dugald Seely ND is pioneering an innovative model of cancer care based on the provision and study of scientifically grounded, evidence-informed complementary medicine. With the establishment of the first integrative cancer care and research centre in Eastern Canada, Dr. Seely and his team are providing whole-person integrative care to people living with cancer and conducting relevant research in the realm of integrative medicine.
Dr. Seely completed his BSc in Chemistry at Acadia University and his Masters in cancer research at the University of Toronto. A 2003 graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Seely is also a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO). As a clinician scientist, Dr. Seely has been awarded competitive grant and trainee funding from the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation, CIHR, CBCRA, the SickKids Foundation, and the Gateway for Cancer Research.
Dr. Seely serves as executive director of research & clinical epidemiology at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, is an adjunct professor with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and is an affiliate investigator with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI), and is the president of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP). In 2017 Dr. Seely was the recipient of the Dr. Rogers Prize for excellence in Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Dr. Gillian Flower, ND
Dr. Gillian Flower ND is a long-term member of the OICC team. She works exclusively with adults that are touched by cancer, whether by an active diagnosis, a precancerous condition, a personal history, or a family history of cancer. Dr. Flower focuses on the needs of each individual person, identifying their priorities and crafting an individualized treatment plan, drawing primarily from nutritional, botanical and mind-body strategies. She works with people receiving treatment for cancer with an aim to supporting the whole person and mitigating side effects.
Dr. Flower has additional certification in intravenous (IV) therapies, and oversees the operations of the IV suite at the OICC. She is a member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP) and of both the Canadian and Ontario Associations of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND and OAND respectively). She is a regular contributor to alive magazine and is a member of its editorial advisory board. Dr. Flower has also co-authored several systematic research reviews evaluating natural health product use in people with breast cancer.
Dr. Flower is an alumna of both the University of Toronto and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). Upon graduation from CCNM, she was honoured with the prestigious Joyce Vanderburgh Scholarship for most outstanding clinical performance and patient interaction.
When she is not providing patient care, she can be found either on her bike, on foot or on skis, discovering the beauty and exercise opportunities in the National Capital Region, or finding creative ways to feed her children more vegetables.
Dr. Ellen Conte (McDonell), ND
Naturopathic Doctor & Researcher
Dr. Ellen Conte (McDonell), ND is a naturopathic doctor and researcher focusing on supportive cancer care and general health concerns. In her clinical practice, Ellen uses evidence-informed therapies to help manage symptoms and side effects of cancer and cancer treatment, provide adjunctive care for the management and prevention of cancer, and optimize overall health. Ellen primarily utilizes nutrition, nutritional supplementation, exercise counseling, herbal medicine, and lifestyle counseling to support people. Through research at the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre, Ellen works to improve cancer outcomes by studying the effects of a complementary and integrative approach to cancer care. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed medical journals and presented at conferences.
Ellen obtained her doctor of naturopathy from The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), and has a degree in biochemistry from the University of Ottawa. She completed an internship in adjunctive cancer care while at CCNM, completed a two year cancer-focused residency through CCNM, and regularly attends oncology-focused medical conferences. Ellen is an active member of the naturopathic medical community; she is Chair of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physician's Research Committee, contributes to writing and peer-review of naturopathic medical publications including the Natural Medicine Journal and the Vital Link, and previously served as President of the Naturopathic Students Union. Ellen is a member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and is registered with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.
Although Ellen is a Haligonian who misses the ocean, she has developed a love for Ottawa and in particular the active outdoor community. An avid runner and triathlete, when not at work she’s usually outside rain or shine enjoying the river, canal, and trails in the area.
Dr. Sarah Brill-Morgan, ND
Dr. Sarah Brill-Morgan, B.Sc., ND, has a special interest in thyroid health, hormonal concerns, acute and chronic infections, stress management and fatigue.
Sarah has a passion for learning traditional medical practices, and has had the opportunity to learn from and work with communities in Peru, Ecuador, Honduras and Bali. Through these experiences, Sarah gained valuable insight from various healing practices and teachers around the world. She is very passionate about meeting her patients where they are and creating easy, sustainable plans to help them obtain their goals.
Dr. Adrienne Junek, MD, CFPC, ABOIM
Integrative & Functional Medical Doctor
Please note, Dr. Junek is on maternity leave. Our Nurse Practitioner, Jamie Batsch, is covering for Dr. Junek.
Dr. Adrienne Junek completed her MD at the University of Toronto in 2013 and her Family Medicine Residency at the University of Ottawa in 2015. She also completed a fellowship in integrative medicine through the University of Arizona (graduate 2017) and is currently pursuing training in functional medicine through the Institute for Functional Medicine.
Dr. Junek is board-certified in integrative medicine through the American Board of Physician Specialties (2018) and has been practicing as an integrative medicine consultant at the OICC since 2018.
Dr. Junek currently works 3 days per week at the OICC and, with the assistance of the nurses, helps coordinate certain aspects of cancer care provided by naturopaths at the clinic.
Registered Nurse, Thai Massage Therapist & Personal Trainer
Emily Gooding is a Registered Nurse who graduated in 2018 from the University of Ottawa. Throughout nursing school, she worked at various health food stores and as a personal trainer, which peaked her interested in holistic healthcare.
She enjoyed her work on the trauma unit and is happy to now be working in the OICC's IV suite in an integrative and holistic setting.
Emily also offers Thai Massage Therapy and Personal Training at the OICC.
Emily is a Certified Level 2 Personal Trainer with the Sports Performance Institute. Emily takes a functional and non-judgmental approach to training her clients, focusing on movement, pain reduction, balance, coordination, and strength development. Training is adapted to individual client goals and abilities with an emphasis developing plans that enable clients to function more optimally throughout their day-to-day lives.
Emily is certified with The Foot Collective, which is a global community aimed to help humans reclaim strong, functional and pain-free bodies starting from their feet. She is in the process of becoming a Level 1 Animal Flow instructor and has taken many continuing education courses on breath work, cold therapy, and functional movement.
Acupuncture and TCM Assistant
Yoshimi has always had an interest in health and wellbeing. Before moving to Canada, Yoshimi worked as a dental hygienist at a rehabilitation hospital in Kobe, Japan for 7 years.
At the OICC, Yoshimi assists Giao with his acupuncture and TCM patients. She plays an important role behind the scenes to ensure each patient has a pleasant visit. She also helps out at the front desk where she is known to brighten everyone’s day with her big smile and friendliness.
Sarah Butler, PT, M.Sc.PT, CLT-LANA
Sarah is a registered physiotherapist with post graduate training and clinical experience in cancer rehabilitation, lymphedema therapy, and women’s health. She is passionate about assisting clients in all stages of their cancer journey through restorative, supportive, preventative and/or palliative interventions.
As a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (135 training hours of study and training in Complete Decongestive Therapy), Sarah can help to safely and effectively assist patients with lymphatic disorders through Complete Decongestive Therapy (education, manual lymphatic drainage, compression therapy, individualized exercise prescription and self-care strategies). Sarah is also registered as an Assistive Devices Program (ADP) Authorizer in order to assist people in applying for funding assistance when purchasing compression garments.
She earned her Master's degree in Physical Therapy at Queen’s University. Prior to that, she received a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics at University of Ottawa and a Master of Science in Neuroscience at McGill University. She loves attending continuing education courses in order to provide evidence-informed care.
She has pursued training in Myofascial Release, CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki, and Acupuncture to complement her holistic treatment approach.
Working with Sarah can help to improve treatment outcomes as well as manage pain and cancer-related fatigue. Her goal is for clients to feel heard and empowered to independently manage their conditions. She is passionate about improving peoples’ ability to cope with the effects of cancer and/or its treatment on their functional capacity and quality of life.
Erica Sainsbury, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Erica came to her career as a Registered Massage Therapist through her deep connection with craniosacral therapy and energy healing, as well as a passion to better understand mind-body medicine.
Erica uses a combination of techniques such as traditional Swedish massage, craniosacral therapy, energy healing, rhythmic and vibrational toning, guided meditation, cupping therapy, and the use of essential oils. She also has experience with lymphatic drainage and working with scar tissue.
Erica helps her clients learn to become more closely connected with their bodies, with the intention of gaining a better understanding of the language each individual body is speaking and what it is telling us. Holding a sacred and safe space, clients are invited to connect with, release, and work through whatever needs to be worked through, to better access a more comfortable body-mind.
Jamie Batsch, NP
Jamie Batsch received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Science cum laude from the University of Ottawa in 2011. Jamie also completed her Masters of Science in Nursing along with Nurse Practitioner Diploma at the University of Ottawa in 2017.
Jamie has played a key role in interdisciplinary teams, providing high quality-accessible care to people throughout their lifespan. Jamie has a wealth of experience, having worked as a Registered Nurse (RN) at the Ottawa Hospital- General Campus on a general surgery unit for 6 years providing excellent post-op care to people that underwent emergency surgery and tumour resections.
As a Nurse Practitioner (NP) over the last 3 years, Jamie has continued to provide high quality primary care at multiple medical clinics and Community Health Centers. She has also gained experience through some of her volunteer experiences both at local shelters and abroad on medical caravan in Tanzania.
Jamie is currently at the OICC once a week and is passionate about providing people with quality care, health education and the tools they need to optimize, maintain and improve their well-being.
Dong Giao Tran, R.TCMP, R.Ac.
Acupuncturist and TCM Practitioner
Giao Tran is a registered Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioner and Acupuncturist. While his full name is Dong-Giao Tran, he encourages his patients to call him "Giao" (pronounced like "ciao" with a G).
Raised in France, Giao was exposed to traditional East Asian philosophies and acupuncture from a young age, particularly from observing his father's medical clinic. Formerly a Civil Engineer, Giao had the joy of building bridges, tunnels, and managing the reparation of nuclear power plants in France and in Hong-Kong before changing to a career in healthcare.
A scientist by training and passionate by nature, Giao is committed to providing quality of care and clinical results to his patients. Giao is constantly refining his clinical skills and knowledge through research and periodical practice alongside senior clinicians in Vietnam, France, Germany, Switzerland.
Professionalism, compassion and sincerity are at the heart of Giao's integrative practice. Giao believes in forming close partnerships between patients, their healthcare providers, and their families.
When time permits, Giao travels to Tibet and other countries to provide volunteer acupuncture treatments to patients. Giao is also actively involved in the academic community as a proud mentor to caring licensed acupuncturists along with medical doctors and as a guest speaker to medical students.
Giao is a long-time practitioner at the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Center, where he is proud to see patients in French or in English, and with or without a cancer diagnosis.
As an old saying said: "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step". Let's have a walk together.
Dr. Joanne Lafrenière, DC
Dr. Joanne Lafrenière is a Doctor of Chiropractic who graduated with Cum Laude honours from Chicago’s National College of Chiropractic in 1993.
In addition to her work with patients, Dr Lafrenière serves as an examiner for the Canadian Chiropractic Board of Examiners, and holds a position with the College of Chiropractors of Ontario.
Janet Penny, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
“I am fascinated by the resiliency of the human body and how it can withstand all that it goes through.”
Janet Penny, RMT approaches each client as unique, bringing humour and compassion to her work. With extensive experience as a massage therapist, Janet uses a range of modalities. She welcomes people living with cancer as well as their families and supporters who can benefit from massage to manage physical symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment as well as to better handle stress, anxiety and poor sleep.
Janet is recognized as a Preferred Provider with the Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM) and has advanced training in:
- Oncology massage
- Lymphatic drainage therapy
- Scar treatments
- Craniosacral therapy
Janet is currently co-writing a textbook on oncology massage due for publication by Handspring Publishing in January 2021.
I look forward to working with you!
Anne Pitman, M.Sc., EYRT-500, C-IAYT
Anne has her masters in Kinesiology and is the Director of the Ottawa School of Embodied Yoga Therapy (www.oseyt.com) with over 30 years of experience in training yoga teachers, teaching embodied yoga, and pioneering yoga therapy in Canada.
At the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre, Anne has designed and leads Head Start, a popular program for those newly diagnosed with breast cancer, bringing a wide array of helpful mindfulness and yoga practices to help people who are still in shock turn toward fear and anxiety.
Other courses at the OICC include “A Year to Live” (Stephen Levine) and “The Way it Could All Be” (Stephen Jenkinson). As practicing one-on-one Yoga as a Grief Therapist, Anne has extensive experience compassionately accompanying people living in difficult times; to create settling and grounding practices in the midst of it all, to live deeply and consciously, and to cultivate the path for some, in their ending of days, to die well.
Anne is also a Pain Care Yoga Teacher. Anne has released a comprehensive audio practice called, “7 Short Practices: A Gentle Companion for Yoga Home Practice” and a meditation audio “Into the Body”, a fundraiser for the OICC.
Lisa Paterson, M.Ed., ERYT-500, C-IAYT
Lisa is a certified yoga therapist, a yoga and meditation teacher, and a retired psychotherapist. She works with all kinds of people, especially those who are living with chronic conditions, including cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, neuromuscular and immune disorders, traumatic brain injuries, and mental health issues. Lisa helps people develop therapeutic movement and meditation practices that contribute to their healing and well-being. Her work includes somatics, nervous system regulation, depatterning, and accessible, functional movement and meditation practices.
Lisa provides online yoga and meditation classes for OICC clients and for their caregivers too. She is on the faculty of the School of Embodied Yoga Therapy in Ottawa (seyt.com), teaching meditation to yoga therapy students, and provides yoga therapy for people who are recovering from traumatic brain injuries from motor vehicle collisions, through Respire: Yoga Therapy, Support & Care (respireytsc.com).
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Karoline is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario. She uses an integrative approach: solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and psychodynamic therapy to help her clients find solutions and face challenges that negatively impact their lives.
Karoline speaks both French and English and can practice psychotherapy in both official languages. She has experience working with marginalized and vulnerable populations (ex: Family Services Ottawa, Bruyère Geriatric Hospital), in addition to working in private practice. Her values are rooted in respect, authenticity, and integrity. Her aim as a psychotherapist is to have a meaningful impact on individuals' lives. She believes that by unpacking our past and exploring how it relates to our present lives, we can unlock a future that promotes a healthy mental well-being.
Karoline Achille is supervised by a clinical psychologist, most major insurance companies should be able to cover the sessions. Please make sure your insurance covers psychological services.
Hypnosis Visualization Practitioner
Moira Hutchison is a Mindset Cultivator and Energy Healer whose focus is helping people who struggle with motivation and are feeling overwhelmed. Moira helps people to remove their mindset blocks, feel balance and calmness so they can serve their purpose in this world without suffering from poor health and burnout.
It is her passion to show people that they are the solution they have been looking for all along. When people feel confused and stuck, especially in the Western world, we are conditioned to search for the silver bullet, the quick fix so we can tune out of our stressful life.
Moira offers people with cancer and their families a professional, caring service that psychologically supports and assists them through every stage of their illness. This is accomplished by using a personalized blend of hypnotherapy, guided meditation EFT (Emotion Freedom Technique), Reiki, positive affirmations & visualizations and mindset coaching.
After having worked in the corporate world and raising 2 boys, Danielle moved back to Ottawa from Montreal to pursue a career in the holistic field of reflexology.
She obtained her certification in Hand and Foot Reflexology in 2016 and is now a member of the Reflexology Registration council of Ontario. She loves to help people regain a sense of control of their health in a natural holistic way. She is passionate about nature and realizes the importance of taking time for oneself and making healthy changes to one’s life.
Jennifer Turner, M.A.
Jennifer Turner has a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology and an undergraduate degree in Sociology. Her research interests focus on meaning and dignity therapy, integrative healing, and effective modalities of individual and group work to support individuals coping with the challenges of life, illness and grief.
She is certified with Health Coaching Australia and the National Association of Professional Cancer Coaches. She has also participated in the Gawler Foundation's Living with Cancer program in Australia. She has facilitated numerous support and education programs and is passionately committed to working with cancer patients and their loved ones to help reduce stress and anxiety and to enhance focus, balance and meaning.
Her integrative approach empowers people to play an active role in their own well-being, healing and grief, and to be fully present in their experience. She is committed to providing compassionate and meaningful support to patients and families dealing with end of life challenges.
As a cancer patient herself, the daughter of two cancer surviving parents, and the mother of six children, Jennifer's life experience helps her to provide caring, informed support to individuals and families dealing with cancer.
Jennifer Turner M.A.
Registered Psychotherapist, CRPO.
CASC Certified Spiritual Care Provider,
Certified Cancer Coach (National Association of Cancer Coaches),
Certified Health Coach (Health Change Associates),
Certified Childbirth Educator (Childbirth Education Association)
Certified Reiki Practioner/Reiki Master
Mélanie is a Certified Reiki Practioner/Reiki Master at the OICC. Mélanie has been practicing Reiki since 2008 and has completed her Levels I, II and III ("Reiki Master").
Mélanie provides meaningful Reiki treatments to patients in order to assist them through their life journey. She helps individuals achieve a sense of physical, emotional and psychological well-being. Mélanie works on the Mind, Body and Spirit at the same time in order to assist patients in achieving wholeness.
Assistant Clinic Manager
Raised on the family farm, Sabrina’s friendly smile has been greeting people all her life. After receiving her diploma as a Legal Assistant and her license in Cosmetology she went on to combine her education with a diverse 17 year career in the Wellness Industry.
As a former Assistant Manager and Front Desk Manager she is skilled in many facets from administrative tasks to inventory management, scheduling and customer service.
She now brings her unique brand of high-energy to our front desk. Sabrina enjoys working at the OICC and assisting people in their time of need by providing a positive attitude and warm smile.
Kaitlin graduated from Queen’s University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Sciences (Honours), majoring in Life Sciences and minoring in Health Studies. Kaitlin is currently a student at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario.
Kaitlin loves being a part of the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre Team. At the OICC, Kaitlin explains complementary care options available to patients in her role as Intake Coordinator. Kaitlin also coordinates the OICC’s social media channels and contributed to development of a new website.
Kaitlin has been involved in cancer-related causes for many years. In high school, Kaitlin was involved in organizing and eventually co-chairing Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. During her undergrad, Kaitlin continued to be involved in this initiative, and co-chaired one of the largest student-fundraisers for the Canadian Cancer Society in all of Canada.
Kaitlin also understands the important role that education plays in one’s well-being. In her undergraduate degree, Kaitlin volunteered as a Peer Health Educator where she led cooking sessions teaching fellow students to cook creative and nutritional dishes on a student budget.
Kaitlin is passionate about naturopathic medicine, and providing patients with the tools they need to optimize their health.
Heidi Vincent, MBA, RHN
Marketing Communications and Public Relations
Heidi has 28 years of experience managing and directing corporate marketing, communications and investor relations, for technology companies, international development, health care and not-for-profit organizations.
She had an undergraduate degree in Anthropology & Sociology form the University of Toronto, and an Executive MBA from the University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management. She also graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition with the designation of Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) which led her to a marketing communications and PR role with the OICC when it first opened in 2011.
Heidi is an active member in the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network. She is passionate about using her extensive business and not-for-profit communications experience to broaden awareness of whole-person, integrative care, and to help grow the OICC so that more and more patients can benefit from this care.