Academic Leadership
Our faculty brings together leading researchers, clinicians and teachers in naturopathic medicine. NDs, PhDs, MDs and other specialists work together at CCNM to help students prepare for successful careers.
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Dr. Nick De Groot, ND (non-clinical), M.Ed. (Class of 1998)
Dr. Nick De Groot, ND (non-clinical), M.Ed., has served as the dean of CCNM since 2008. Nick is responsible for the College’s curriculum and for ensuring that the teaching clinics at CCNM meet the highest standards of clinical education and patient care.
“I feel honoured to be working with the talented students who come to CCNM. Watching them grow into the future leaders of the profession is truly inspiring.”
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Chief Naturopathic Medical Officer
Dr. Jonathan Prousky, ND
Dr. Jonathan Prousky, ND, graduated from Bastyr University with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. At CCNM - Toronto, Dr. Prousky’s primary responsibility is the delivery of safe and effective naturopathic medical care in his role as the chief naturopathic medical officer. He also coordinates the grand rounds program and supervises in the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic.
“My goal is to help people feel more regulated and resilient. NDs can help a lot of people but you have to put time and energy into it as it takes time to see improvement. I love seeing the positive changes in my patients.”
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Associate Dean, Clinical Education
Dr. Mitchell Zeifman, ND
Dr. Mitchell Zeifman, B.Sc., ND, has been practicing as a naturopathic doctor since graduating from CCNM in 2003 and is currently associate dean of clinical education. Mitchell oversees the clinical program, which is when the knowledge, skills and attitudes built during the first three years of the naturopathic medicine program, is applied to patient care.
“I oversee the culmination of our students’ full-time entry into clinical practice and their transition to being interns, when their foundational learning is applied to patient care. I am privileged to witness the development of our talented students.”
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Associate Dean, Curriculum and Residency
Dr. Jasmine Carino, ND (Class of 1998)
Dr. Jasmine Carino, ND, graduated from CCNM in 1998 and was one of the first NDs accepted into the two-year residency program. As the associate dean, curriculum and residency program, Jasmine designs strategies for curriculum change, oversees the residency program and helps ensure delivery of high-quality continuing education.
“Since graduating from this program in 1998, I have played a role in the changes in the curriculum over the years. I love being a part of a team that is unwavering in its intent to improve the educational experience of our students, and graduate confident and competent naturopathic doctors. ”
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Associate Dean, Academic Education
Dr. Jonathan Tokiwa, BScN, RN, ND, MEd Specialist (Class of 2005)
Dr. Jonathan Tokiwa, ND, completed his Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at the University of Toronto and graduated with a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Furthermore, he pursed graduate studies focusing upon education and completed his Master of Education Specialist degree in adult, community, and higher education from the University of Calgary. Prior to starting a career in naturopathic medicine, his previous clinical experience includes emergency medicine and paramedical services.
“I am honoured and grateful to have the opportunity to work with so many well-intentioned people who love what they do and are passionate about the well being of our institution and profession. ”
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Curriculum Specialist
Dr. David Scotten, ND, MEd
Dr. Scotten completed his undergrad in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University and then graduated as an ND from Bastyr University in 1992. More recently, he completed his Master of Education at Royal Roads. Dr. Scotten is responsible for curriculum development and implementation. He has dedicated his time and skills to the Institute since its inception.
“I have spent over 20 years developing, teaching, revamping, and evaluating naturopathic medical curricula. I am finally at a point in my career where I know we are creating a new curriculum that takes advantage of the current research on applied cognitive learning, technological advances, and instructional design that combine to facilitate a student’s acquisition of knowledge and skills with more relevance and at a higher quality.”
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Associate Dean of Clinical Studies and Boucher Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Karrin Fairman-Young, ND
Dr. Karrin Fairman-Young (Dr. KFY) is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Associate Dean of Clinical Studies (ADCS) for the CCNM - Boucher Campus and its teaching clinics. She is a 2004 graduate of CCNM - Toronto Campus and has been working in the teaching clinic at the Boucher Campus since 2008. Dr. KFY supervises third and fourth-year clinicians, offering insight into patient care and empowering patients to reach their health potential. Dr. KFY oversees the clinical education program, assuring intern competency standards, delivering quality patient care, and achieving and maintaining accreditation standards. In her role as CMO, she works to align clinical faculty goals with those of the CCNM - Boucher Campus clinics and ensures compliance with all quality, legal, and regulatory requirements for the health and safety of the patients, faculty and staff of the CCNM - Boucher Campus.
“I enjoy the opportunity to learn with students when we encounter difficult cases in the clinic or something new we have only read about. As their knowledge and skill set grows, it is very satisfying to see their confidence and capabilities improve as they work with and aid our patients in the clinic. I continue to follow the careers of former students when possible and I am happy to hear of their success as they continue the long tradition of naturopathic medical care.”
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Associate Dean of Academics
Dr. Rochelle Heisel, PhD

Dr. Rochelle Heisel, PhD, graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Doctorate from the Department of Medicine. She has been teaching at the Boucher campus since its inception and has been the Associate Dean of Academics at this campus since 2006. In her role she works to help ensure the continued delivery of a high-quality academic program.

“Teaching is a passion of mine, and being able to work with a team of colleagues dedicated to delivering the best possible education is a privilege.”
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Director, Campus Operations and Academic Affairs
Reid Wildeman, MEd.
Reid has a master’s degree in educational leadership from Simon Fraser University and was most recently Director of Education for a private college in Vancouver. Reid has extensive experience in program evaluation, curricular design, and instructional supervision. Reid taught at the high school level for ten years and was a summer school Principal and Vice Principal for the final three. He has worked with a broad spectrum of learners, including at-risk students, international college students, mature learners and more.
“I enjoy the challenges of education, working with students, instructors, and other educational stakeholders, and the opportunity to make learning happen for everyone involved. Working at the Boucher Campus has been an amazing experience and I love the passion and energy for naturopathic medicine the students and faculty bring every day.”