About Nonie

Alternative Medicine Practitioner
Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner
Licensed Nutritionist
Trained in Classical Homeopathy

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Mother and Son

My Story

I came to understand the value of nutrition when my only child became seriously ill and mainstream medical care failed us. By the tender age of 4 my son was extremely violent, obsessive, tangential, and incapable of learning or self-regulation. The best behavioural interventions didn't seem to help him and he was unable to attend school or enjoy normal activities. At the age of 7 was given his first mental health diagnosis. After psychiatric interventions, at the age of 9, he was much worse and diagnosed schizo-affective.

 

The medical "treatment" he received included punitive, Draconian institutional care and a "cocktail" of medications I was demonized for refusing as a first solution. I couldn't believe this was Canada's mental health system. Seeing the deterioration in my son's health, I dug my heels in. I fought for a more holistic prescription and secured intensive in-home supports. They created a safe starting point and much needed help for me, but they weren't enough to turn my son's condition around. That's when I found the late Dr. Abram Hoffer and his orthomolecular psychiatry. I flew my son across Canada to see him and within weeks his vitamin and nutrition therapy transformed my son - and our lives - and drew me in.

We have used this therapy for 19 years now, off and on. For 9 years he was very well, then decided to drop the diet and vitamin therapy. During that time he became paranoid, delusional, and hospitalized for years off and on, with episodes of homelessness. I was unable to house him to get him back on track. And mental health treatment today is sadly a revolving pharmacy door with next to no actual supports for struggling patients and families. He's now back on his diet and vitamin therapy and has been stable for well over a year with minimal medication. When he follows the therapy he is open, kind-hearted, effusive, and creative. Psychiatrists never stop expressing shock at how well he does when he has a proper diet and nutritional supplements in addition to a safe, loving home. I'm eager for the day when that is not surprising to anyone in medicine. 

 credentials

CNP

Certified Nutrition Practitioner

Nonie graduated with first class honours from the prestigious Institute of Holistic Nutrition (IHN) in Toronto in 2012 and is registered with the Certified Nutritional Practitioners Council of Canada (CT  1200)

ROHP, RNCP

Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner

ROHP, RNCP are designations given by the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants to qualified professionals that specialize in maintaining or restoring biochemistry for optimal health. Nonie holds her designation as an ROHP and RNCP.

CAHN-Pro

Member: Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals

CAHN-Pro is a national association for the accreditation of holistic nutritionists. All its members are required to continually upgrade and maintain professional insurance. Nonie is a member of CAHN-Pro and has contributed to their client newsletter.

ANA

Member: American Nutrition Association

The ANA is dedicated to science-based and inclusive, personalized nutrition practice . It's core value is that Nutrition is a Science. All its members are required to continually upgrade. Nonie is a professional member of the ANA.

Classical Homeopathy

Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine

Nonie is in the process of acquiring her DMHMS, a 3 year degree consisting of over 1000 hours of homeopathy, exceeding requirements for certification with CHO. Nonie is in the internship phase of her degree at OCHM

Non-Profit Management

YEDI Schulich School of Business

Nonie holds a professional certificate from the University of Western Ontario in non-profit management (2005), and is a graduate of the non-profit incubator program from YEDI and the Schulich School of Business (2021).

University of Regina

School of Human Justice 

The School of Human Justice is a distinct program within the University of Regina, Saskatchewan where Nonie received undergraduate studies in writing, literary criticism, humanities, social justice, and community development. 

Director Orthomolecular and Nutritional Services

Canadian Health Recovery Centre

Nonie served as the founding Director of Orthomolecular and Nutritional Services for the Canadian Health Recovery Centre where she developed Canada's first orthomolecular nutritional treatment program for holistic, in-patient, addiction treatment. 

Health Writer

Ask the Nutritionist Syndicated Column

Nonie is a published health writer and has developed a weekly "Ask the Nutritionist" column, soon to be podcast. Nonie has experience writing content for newspapers, web, and academic publications, including nutrition notes for an award winning Canadian cookbook.

Executive Director

HOPE Health

Nonie runs an online health clinic, HOPE Health, through which she offers affordable holistic family and mental healthcare to people in Canada and the U.S.. She teaches nutrition classes in her community.