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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Having graduated from Carleton University during the recession of 1989, and with no jobs available, Rob found himself bartending for many years. He soon realized that this was not his dream and returned to school at 30 to pursue a career in the natural healing arts as a Massage Therapist.
Graduating from The Alexandria Institute in 1999, Rob found a new world of possibility opened up. Shortly after going into practice at a Chiropractic office in Brantford, an opportunity to teach at D’Arcy Lane School of Massage became available. Rob spent eight (8) years as an instructor until it had run its course, which led to Rob becoming certified in Acupuncture and Thai Massage. When the opportunity arrived, Rob spent time as a course administrator with Hamilton Health Sciences for their Take Charge Take Control Chronic Pain workshops.
Recently, Rob has become one of the few practitioners of shockwave therapy for chronic injuries and is currently studying a new approach to pain called the Polyvagal Theory. This theory links the mind-body connection even closer in an effort to further his understanding of pain.
As a believer in the healing powers of music, Rob can occasionally be seen playing with various rock bands in the Brantford area or cruising around on his beloved motorcycle on winding country roads.
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.
Felicia received her “Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Health Sciences” with honours from the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine, and is licensed as a “Doctor of Homeopathy” by the Ontario Homeopathic Association. She is an active member of the Ontario Medical Homeopathic Association and is on the Board of Directors and Executive committee. She has received the honour of being elected into the Board of Directors of the Ontario Homeopathic College and HTSF Canada; she is also on the Committee for the Ontario Homeopathic Conference, and continues her partnership with Mission North in Ontario to educate Homeopaths and the public on Homeopathic principles. Since the pandemic, she has been invited as a keynote speaker to the Active Living and Climate Action Festival by the Mayor of Brampton in 2020 and the CUBE Live Conference in 2021 where she spoke about “Immunity and Homeopathy” and the importance of Nutrition and Mental Health. Felicia has been a leader in a children’s ministry for five (5) years, successfully engaging children from Grades 2 to 6 in activities and games that bring awareness to healthy eating and being physically active.
In her early years, she was a professional ballet dancer in her native Romania. She is now very much enjoying her second career in the natural health field. She is also an internationally published author of two (2) books, with more planned for the future. Firmly believing that optimal health requires a multi-faceted approach, her passion and enthusiasm for helping her patients let her to earn certifications in several modalities. These include: Life Coaching, Live Cell Microscopy, Nutrition, Reflexology, Mindful Meditation, and the BodyTalk System, as well as extensive and on-going studies on The Power of Positive Thinking.
She has developed an individualized assessment protocol that provides each patient with a step-by-step plan for their optimal physical and emotional health. Felicia has developed a Movement Therapy program for women and mothers aged 35 and over, which aims to help them regain their focus, clarity of mind, flexibility, strength, and agility. Felicia is passionate about Mental Health, especially as related to stress, anxiety, and depression. She is an advocate of empowering women and their families to take control of their health by teaching them the skills and tools needed to restore, regain, and maintain health.
A single mom with three (3) daughters, Felicia lives her life in a way that reflects her clinical practice. She strives to maintain her physical, spiritual, and emotional health by living life with a positive outlook. She is still an active dancer, enjoying the ballroom dance styles of Latin, Argentine Tango, and Cabaret. She thrives in the outdoors – horseback riding, gardening, hiking, forest bathing, and grounding.
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.
Rosemary is certified with the Reflexology Association of Canada, and its also a certified Reiki Master/Teacher. Additional, Rosemary is also a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher.
Rosemary is a long-time resident of Brantford, providing Reiki, Reflexology, and Yoga to the community for over 25 years. Rosemary sees the value of holistic services, believing in the body-mind-spirit connection, helping her clients to focus on stress reduction and relaxation. She believes in the body’s own healing power, using Reiki or Reflexology to clear energy blocks, balancing the system, and returning the system to homeostasis. Rosemary feels the benefits of Reiki and Reflexology can assist those of all ages.
Rosemary’s passion for Yoga shows in her teaching a variety of class styles. Rosemary prefers to teach in smaller classes in order to provide sufficient attention to anyone newer to Yoga or wishing to expand their practice.
Rosemary has a commitment to giving back to the community and finds helping those housebound, in care homes, or shelters very rewarding. She is a very active person and enjoys kayaking, hiking, and gardening in the warmer months. Rosemary also enjoys spending time with her golden doodles, and cooking in the cooler months.
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.
PETULA JENNINGS, RMO
Petula has worked in the dental profession for 26 years both as a Certified Dental Assistant and a Registered Dental Hygienist. After completing her dental hygiene training she operated her own mobile dental hygiene clinic for two years, seeing clients who did not have easy access to dental hygiene care in retirement homes, nursing homes, and residential homes. For the past 5 years she has been a Dental Hygienist at St. Andrews Dental Office in Cambridge Ontario.
She has attained CPR and Standard First Aid Instructor qualifications and worked for the Red Cross, becoming the founder of Pulse Check her own CPR and First Aid company.
Petula grew up in the Caribbean with her grandmother, a trained nurse assistant and self taught herbalist. She used herbs to maintain good health and relieve symptoms related to various conditions. This experience is the catalyst that gave her the drive to pursue a career in Manual Osteopathy. She obtained her diploma in Manual Osteopathy at the National Academy of Osteopathy in Toronto. Manual Osteopathy is a complementary ‘hands on’ treatment method that emphasizes physical manipulation of the body’s muscles, tissues, and bones.
She continues to improve upon her therapeutic knowledge and skills. Petula is currently pursuing a degree in Naprapathy at the National University of Medical Science in Spain. Naprapathy is a complementary drug free therapy that is similar to Osteopathy but which focuses primarily on the treatment of connective-tissue pain and the use of therapeutic nutrition .
She is grateful and privileged to be a part of Holistic Healing Arts, a very valuable and important team which offers a wide variety of complementary and alternative medicine, and natural treatment methods to the Brantford community.
Dr. Rana Samara, a board certified Naturopathic Doctor offers comprehensive health care to patients of all ages. Although she treats all health conditions, her focus is fibromyalgia, chronic pain, digestion, allergies, women’s health, hormonal imbalances, nutrition and lifestyle concerns.
The modalities she utilizes include Traditional Chinese acupuncture, botanical medicine, nutrition, homeopathic medicine and lifestyle counselling.
A graduate of the Jordan University of Science and Technology, Dr. Rana worked as a physician in various Jordan hospitals for years. Upon moving to Canada in 2009, she was able to pursue her passion in natural medicine attending the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and obtaining her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. Her knowledge and experience both as a Physician in Jordan and as a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor ensure that her patients get the best possible care.
Dr. Rana feels that her role is to empower patients to achieve their health goals following the principles of Naturopathic Medicine.
She is thrilled to have joined Holistic Healing Arts and to be part of the natural health care team that serves the population of Brantford and