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WHO WE ARE

DR. ROBERT E. PEARMAN
MSc, ND, Naturopath

Dr. Robert Pearman is a doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and has been in practice in Edmonton since 1987. He graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland Oregon. Before embarking on a career in Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Pearman earned a Master of Science Degree in Biology and participated in tissue transplantation immunology research as an undergraduate.

Dr. Pearman has taught Herbology and Nutritional Assessment courses at Grant MacEwan College in the Holistic Practitioner program since 2000. He has also guest lectured in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Alberta on the topics of Herbology and Homeopathy. In addition he was privileged to have been involved in the C.A.R.E. program in conjunction with the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

The primary focus in treatment is in using natural methods of healing and modalities that will assist the body in the healing process. Naturopathic Medicine embraces the philosophy that disease is a result of the body’s response to the environmental and lifestyle influences that have impacted its ability to heal. In his private practice Dr. Pearman uses nutritional, botanical, and homeopathic therapies to assist his patients in optimizing their health.

VALERIE PLANTE
BA, RAc, CD(DONA), Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Doula

Valerie Plante is a Registered Acupuncturist having graduated from the Grant MacEwan program in 2005. She takes a holistic approach to healing, finding and restoring the balance required for the body to function optimally incorporating modalities such as Acupuncture, Chinese meridian massage or Tuina, Chinese Herbology, cupping therapy, pulse diagnosis, reflexology, chakra balancing and nutrition counseling.

Her specialties include birth preparation, hormonal imbalances and fertility issues. In addition treatments are beneficial for many general conditions including stress, pain management, digestive disorders, weight loss and sleep issues. She has been an active member on the board of directors with the Centre for the Cross Cultural Study of Health and Healing through the U of A for 15+ years. She is committed to ongoing study and acquiring of new knowledge to ensure delivery of the best care possible.

Valerie is also a birth Doula certified with DONA, Doula Association of North America and a member of DAE, Doula Association of Edmonton. She has written several articles for Birth Issues covering topics including; acupuncture in pregnancy, post-partum care, fertility and preparation for pregnancy. She hosts a monthly “Mom’s Group” for expectant and new moms, where moms have an opportunity to learn from each other and from guest speakers.

Her practice has benefited with the inclusion of studies with such masters as:
Debra Betts, R.Ac, RN, in fertility and birth issues. Debra Betts is the author of “Essential Acupuncture for Pregnancy and Childbirth.”
Dr. David Bray D.Ac, Specialist Certificate in TCM Gynecology from Changsha, Hunan, China, Chinese herbal practitioner
Dr.Mikio Sankey, Dr. Mikio Sankey, acupuncturist, naturopathic physician, and iridologist.. Dr. Sankey uses his knowledge of foundational energy to balance the body through the integration of the chakras
Zita West Fertility expert from the UK. Zita is a midwife, nutritional consultant and acupuncturist.
Will Morris Acupuncturist practicing in Austin Texas specializing in pulse diagnosis and divergent meridians.
Dr. Robert Abell, L.Ac, Naturopathic Medicine – He is considered an expert in his field and teaches biotherapeutic drainage, gemmotherapy, homeopathy and Chinese Medicine to doctors in the United States and Canada.

DR. AMBER MCKINNON
B.Sc., N.D.

Dr. Amber McKinnon is a Naturopathic Doctor in general family practice. She is pleased to be practicing at the Le Soleil Health and Wholeness clinic in Edmonton with a group of highly skilled and experienced practitioners. Dr. McKinnon received her naturopathic medical training in Vancouver at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM), graduating in 2010. During her time at BINM she had the opportunity to work in a number of external, non-profit, free service clinics, in addition to the BINM affiliated clinic. These clinics included: the Friends For Life Clinic in Vancouver, which accepts patients with or recovering from cancer, hepatitis C or HIV; the BC Persons with AIDS clinic, which accepts solely HIV positive patients as the name states; and the Family Medicine Clinic, a collaborative effort between the Young Parents Support Network and the Acacia Health Clinic, which supports young, low income families in the Victoria area. These experiences shaped her clinical experience and gave her valuable experience she may not have otherwise received. Finally, likely the most influential experience was gained while abroad on a medical brigade, on the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere, behind only Haiti; while living with the locals on this island she worked in clinics and hospitals across the island, this was a beautiful and truly life changing experience. She learned more than just the applications of naturopathic care, but also about the impact of globalization and socioeconomic policy on the health of a nation.

DR. STEVE MARSDEN
DVM, ND, Naturopath

Dr. Steve Marsden is one of Edmonton’s most well-known acupuncturists and Naturopathic Doctors and has been in practice here since 2001. He is a big believer in utilizing lifestyle to address health concerns and practices this for both himself and his family. In the short term, to help his patients gain immediate relief, he utilizes his expertise in Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, and homeopathy.

In addition to his work as a physician, Dr. Steve Marsden is one of the chief educators of veterinarians worldwide in the use of complementary and alternative therapies. Together with his wife, Dr. Karen Marsden, he founded the Edmonton Holistic Veterinary Clinic (www.edmonton-veterinary.com) in June 2001, and was immediately the focus of extensive media attention due to his combined expertise in both human and animal holistic medicine.

After being awarded his doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM, www.ncnm.edu) he went on to receive one of the first Master’s of Science degrees in Oriental Medicine ever to be awarded in North America, as well as board certifications in Chinese herbology, acupuncture and naturopathic medicine. In 2004, he was invited to become a director of the same college, which is a fully accredited and leading educational institution in the United States offering comprehensive training in a diversity of alternative therapies for physicians.

Dr. Steve Marsden has been a key-note speaker for conferences, courses, colleges, and associations spanning five continents, and is co-founder of the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (www.civtedu.org), an Australia-based institution offering distance learning programs in integrative medicine for health professionals and the general public. His textbook on natural veterinary medicine, published by Elsevier, has been translated into multiple languages, and is a leading resource worldwide.

In 2009, Dr. Steve Marsden was voted by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association as their veterinarian of the year. As a naturopathic physician, he has also received several awards acknowledging his contribution to the field. He was appointed by the federal government as one of its advisors in determining the safe practice of veterinary herbal medicine in Canada, and is co-founder with Dr. Karen Marsden of the Natural Path Herb Company, a leading supplier of safe, effective, and high quality herbal preparations to veterinarians and Chinese medical practitioners in Canada, the United States, SE Asia and Australia. In 2010, he was named holistic teacher of the year by the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.

TANYA KOVLER
Certified Biofeedback Specialist and Supervisor, Certified Nutritional Consultant and Herbalist, Max Pulse Technician, Breast Thermography Technician

After completing her bachelor of science, Tanya taught at a college for eleven years. She was always interested in holistic medicine and in 1995 became a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Herbalist. In 1998 she received formal training in Biofeedback Therapy and began working as a health practitioner integrating her nutritional and herbalist knowledge.

Currently Tanya works with SCIO & INDIGO Biofeedback Systems which have been developed over 30 years of research. Although this device is used worldwide, Tanya was the first to bring it to Edmonton. This system works by using the measurable electrical responses in our bodies to test and correct imbalances including nutrition and homeopathy training, homotoxicology training and spinal and muscular re-education to name a few. For additional information visit www.eprbiofeedback.ca.

In addition to this practice, Tanya has begun working with Max Pulse, an FDA approved medical class two device used to measure pulse waveform and heart rate by photoelectric plethysmography. Its use provides vital information regarding arterial health, Heart Rate Variability (HRV), stress levels, Wave Type and other indices. Through periodic screenings, the before and after effects of lifestyle changes can be monitored to determine their influence on the overall wellbeing of the client.

Over the past five years, Tanya has been involved in Breast Thermography Screening. This test can detect thermobiological, chemical and physiological changes in the body by recognizing heat signatures and thermal abnormalities. This painless procedure uses infrared imaging to detect early changes in breast tissue without radiation.

As technology advances, it is widely used in alternative medicines around the world, not only to treat disease, but more importantly in the prevention of illness.

DAVE HOWE

Over the years, Dave pursued nine different healing modalities, only to return to Chinese ways of healing. Since 2004 Chi Nei Tsang (CNT) tummy massage has been the focus of studies, along with Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Meditations to cultivate the inner self. As a result of these daily esoteric practices clients quickly feel the positive changes in their own tummy from this massage. Dave retired from Property Management in 2013, lives with one of his two children. He enjoys hiking through the woods, playing golf and squash. On Sundays, he offers his massage service in the French Quarter Farmers Market where people often approach him and complement his “good energy”.

CATHERINE KUBINEC
BA, CCI, HHP, CHC, CWC

After completing her BA in Psychology from U of A in 2008 with distinction Catherine decided to pursue her passion for health by enrolling in the online Holistic Health Practice diploma program out of the American College of Health Sciences (ACHS) in Portland Oregon. While taking these classes and seeing firsthand the differences holistic health made in her own life Catherine was inspired to expand her knowledge and therefore took courses in Reiki, Craniosacral Therapy, and Muscle Response Testing to name a few.

After graduating with honors from the ACHS in 2012 with her diploma in Holistic Health Practice and a certificate in Wellness Consulting Catherine then pursued further education in a field that had intrigued her for years- Iridology. She was certified by the IIPA in 2013 as a Comprehensive Iridologist. Soon after, in 2014, she received her certification as a Herbal Consultant from the Tree of Light Institute in St. George, Utah.

It is Catherine’s life long dream to help others and foster optimal health of mind, body and spirit. The practice of Iridology is the perfect avenue to achieve this dream. She uses a macro lens to gather detailed iris photos, an in depth yet non-invasive analyses is then done to gather information regarding ones genetic strengths and weaknesses, how body systems can be further supported, possible current issues arising in the body, insight into specific personality traits and more.

Iridology allows one to be proactive; working on strengthening susceptible body systems before issues even arise.

DR. FRANCISCO VALENZUELA
MA., DCH, PHD.

I am a Clinical and Medical Hypnotherapist and a Psycho-Oncologist in private practice in the City of Edmonton, Province of Alberta, Canada.

I hold a M.A and a Ph.D in Transpersonal Psychology, and a Doctorate Degree in Clinical and Medical Hypnotherapy. I also attended the Mind-Body Medicine Program with Dr. Herbert Benson, at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

I am presently a member in good standing of the Ontario Association of Clinicians, Counsellors and Psychometrists (OACCPP) and CAPO (Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology). I am also a member of the Centre for Health and Culture, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta.

My preferred areas of practice are Psycho-Oncology, providing therapy and education to Cancer patients/clients and their families in their quest for wellness. I also provide clinical support for Individual Empowerment and Peak-Performance.

I have provided clinical services, services in Conflict Resolution, Personal Growth seminar and Coaching to individuals and Canadian Corporations.

I have also worked overseas providing training and consultation services for local governments such as the City of Temuco, Chile, City of Lautaro, Chile, and to the academic staff at the Law School, Universidad Autonoma de Temuco, Chile.

I am a former tenured professor of the University of Chile, now Universidad de la Frontera (UFRO) and Universidad de Temuco, in Chile, South America.

My book “Psycho-Oncology, Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Healing in Cancer ” is already available through Trafford Publishing. It is available through Chapters and www.amazon.ca.

Paperback ISBN:9781490752044

Hardback ISBN: 9781490752068

DR. HAN PING HELEN CEN

Dr. Han Ping Helen Cen is a Naturopathic Doctor based in Edmonton, AB. She received her naturopathic medical training in Toronto at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). Prior to completing her medical studies, she attended McMaster University where she received her Bachelor of Science. As a recipient of the National Millennium Excellence Awards and various scholarships, she continues to strive for excellence in education while balancing her passion to serve the community. She is currently practicing at the Le Soleil Health and Wholeness Clinic with a professional team of practitioners.

During her time at CCNM, She completed her clinical internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic as well as a non-profit, free service clinic serving the Aboriginal community in Toronto. She has seen a variety of health conditions such as people facing metabolic dysfunctions, autoimmune diseases, women’s health concerns, and mental health concerns, all of which responded well utilizing a variety of naturopathic modalities. She takes an objective and evidence-informed approach to heal with the consideration of an individual’s energetic abilities, utilizing natural methods to address specific health concerns. Her interest lies in treating health concerns through individualized treatment plans to inspire long-term sustained improvement to an individual’s health as well as the family.

She is your friendly neighbourhood Naturopathic Doctor and is currently accepting new patients. She is a registered member in good standing with the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND).

Please visit www.drcennd.ca for more info.

ROSE YEWCHUK
BA, MA, Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner, Fertility Awareness Educator, Life Coach

Heal Your Hormones, Heal Your Life

Rose Yewchuk is like your personal menstrual cycle detective. She can help you understand the root causes of your hormonal issues so you can heal them, naturally.

Rose will be at your cervix (not literally) to help you discover how to work with your cycles. Through charting your menstrual cycles and other physical symptoms, you can learn to understand your unique hormone patterns. This can empower you to address complex health issues, while reclaiming your intuition and your sexuality.

Rose’s clients typically come to see her for one of these reasons:

  • They are unhappy taking the birth control pill and want an effective natural way to avoid pregnancy
  • They are having challenges becoming pregnant and they prefer to conceive naturally, rather than through fertility drugs or IVF
  • They are struggling with chronic hormonal health conditions and want to deal with them holistically

Her Heal Your Hormones course addresses each of these topics, and helps her clients overcome years of menstrual shaming and negative body image. Rose has a funny and engaging style that makes learning about menstrual cycle health seem easy and totally normal. The most common thing she hears from clients is, “They should teach this in sex ed!”

As a practitioner, Rose draws upon her own recovery from several years of debilitating chronic fatigue that left her unable to work, and with no period for 18 months. She has a light, gentle touch even when dealing with emotionally charged issues such as infertility, menstrual pain, trauma, and chronic illness. Her practice includes gender and sexual minorities as well as those with alternative relationship structures. Her superhero catchphrase is, “Better Ovulate Than Never!”

Credentials: Rose has been teaching Fertility Awareness and menstrual cycle charting since 1999 and is a faculty member at the Justisse College. Rose wrote her Master’s thesis on Fertility Awareness education in 2006 and has been a longtime facilitator of the Fertility Awareness Charting Circle Edmonton. In addition to being a Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner, she is a certified life coach.

Areas of expertise: Adrenal fatigue, Autoimmune disease, Chronic fatigue, Endometriosis, Food allergies, Infertility, Irregular cycles, Painful periods, Perimenopause, PMS, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Thyroid disorders, Vaginal & Cervical health.

To book a free initial consultation, contact Rose at 780-200-5987 or email rose@roseyewchuk.com

For more information, see www.roseyewchuk.com

MARKUS G. SCOTT-ALEXANDER,

PhD, REAT

Dr. Scott-Alexander is an international leader in the field of community art. He is senior faculty at the European Graduate School where he teaches at the Switzerland and Malta campuses, currently playing a role in the implementation of an EXA and Global Health program (www.expressivearts.egs.edu). He is director of World Arts Organization, an EXA training program in Edmonton, Canada (www.worldartsorg.com). Currently, he is in private practice at Le Soleil Health and Wellness seeing individual clients for expressive arts therapy and
education.

ANDREW LEMOINE,

Andrew is an Integrative Coach, Consultant, and Entrepreneur with a specialized focus in working one-on-one with men aged 25 to 45. Andrew is also a husband, father, and martial artist. Andrew provides Integrative Coaching & Consulting services that support, guide, and inspire people to explore and live a full, creative, and intentional life. Utilizing the Integral Coaching® philosophy and methodology as a core foundation, Andrew integrates influences and modalities from his experiences and training in Business, Mediation, Expressive Arts Therapy, Martial Arts, Evolutionary Health and Wellness, Depth Psychology, Phenomenology, and Philosophy to create a holistic and client specific experience. What’s holding you back from accessing greater capacity and fulfillment in what you are doing and how you are being in your life? Even the highest functioning people have entanglements. What old patterns, habits, and relationships are no longer serving you? Unlocking and accessing deeper potential, enjoyment, self-awareness and restfulness in the midst of a busy, growing life takes significant navigation that is not always easy alone. Andrew helps bring personal and situational clarity, focus, and calmness through a number of disciplines and a tailored coaching experience.