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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Heather Wright, N.D., FABNO, President

Dr. Heather Wright ND FABNO is a graduate of Bastyr University (’05) and is the President of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP). She currently works with oncology patients, is a lecturer and writer, and a consultant for integrative oncology research projects. Dr. Wright brings several years of executive board work as immediate past vice-President of the OncANP and 12 years of hospital-based naturopathic oncology care to her current role. Dr. Wright also has specialized training in the management of pancreatic cancer and in cancer research. She has co-authored several clinical trials to assess the benefit of natural approaches combined with conventional cancer treatment. During her pre-medical studies, Dr. Wright worked in the Harvard Mallinckrodt Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Laboratory as lab manager and research assistant to Dr. James Wang, who identified topoisomerases. After graduation from Bastyr, Dr. Wright worked in her hometown hospital and cancer center in upstate NY and subsequently in a cancer treatment hospital in Pennsylvania. Dr. Wright now sees patients in Philadelphia, PA and is owner at Goodapplewellness.com.

Dr. Wright is also currently a Research Director for KNOWoncology.org, a database that educates on integrative oncology research and offers naturopathic oncology support literature. Dr. Wright is passionate about educating patients and clinicians on evidence based, natural therapies in cancer care with a focus toward improving quality of life and outcomes. She believes in a health care model that honors patient choice to utilize integrative care and works collaboratively with providers to achieve that.

Dugald Seely, N.D., FABNO, Vice President

A 2003 graduate from CCNM, Dr. Dugald Seely ND, MSc, FABNO is the founder and executive director of the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (OICC) and executive director for research & clinical epidemiology at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Seely has led numerous clinical studies and synthesis reviews and has published over 70 peer-reviewed publications including more than 50 of which that are Medline indexed.

Leading the development and evolution of the OICC, Dr. Seely is pioneering and evaluating a contemporary cancer treatment model based on the application of scientifically grounded, evidence-informed complementary medicine.

Dr. Seely is section editor for Integrative Oncology with the journal, Current Oncology, an Affiliate Investigator with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and is our current Vice President for the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO, Treasurer

Dr. Traub received a B.S. in biological sciences from the University of California, Irvine in 1976, graduated from NCNM in 1981 and completed a two-year residency there in Family Practice and Homeopathy. He is a diplomate of the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians (HANP) and a fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (ABNO), and served on the ABNO Board of Examiners for seven years.

Dr. Traub served as AANP President from 2001-2003 and in 2006 received the AANP Physician of the Year Award. He is the author of “Dermatological Diagnosis and Integrative Therapeutics.” He serves on the advisory boards of Nutritional Fundamentals for Health, Gaia Herbs, Nordic Naturals, Dermveda and Kamedis. Dr. Traub has been medical director of Lokahi Health Center in Kailua Kona, Hawaii since 1986 and is now medical director of Hawaii Integrative Oncology.

Jacob Schor, N.D., FABNO, Secretary

Jacob Schor is a 1991 graduate of NCNM and has practiced in Denver, Colorado since then. Prior to attending naturopathic school he earned a BS in Food Science from Cornell University with a specialty in food product development in 1982.

He is a past president of the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Physicians (now named CoAND), a past president of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP). He was the first recipient of the AANP’s “Vis Award”. He is a past board member of the AANP and is currently a member of the board of directors of both the CoAND and OncANP. He is associate editor of the Natural Medicine Journal, the official journal of the AANP, and a regular contributor to the Townsend Letter for Doctors. He serves on the editorial board of Vital Link, IMCJ, and NDNR. He is still an avid backcountry telemark skier and has recently finished building a wooden kayak only to discover that there aren’t many lakes in Colorado.

Lise Alschuler, N.D., FABNO, Immediate Past President

Dr. Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO practices naturopathic oncology out of Naturopathic Specialists, LLC. Dr. Alschuler is past-President and Board member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and a founding board member and immediate Past-President of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Alschuler is the Executive Director of TAP Integrative, a nonprofit educational resource for integrative practitioners.  She co-hosts a radio show, Five To Thrive Live! and is co-founder of the iTHRIVE Plan, a mobile web application that creates customized wellness plans for cancer survivors. Dr. Alschuler has been an invited speaker to more than 100 scientific/medical conferences, published 16 peer-reviewed articles, a co-investigator on 5 research studies, written 6 chapters for medical textbooks, and has co-authored two books, Definitive Guide to Cancer, now in its 3rd edition, and Definitive Guide to Thriving After Cancer.  She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including American Association of Naturopathic Physicians’ Physician of the Year, an honorary degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Bastyr University’s Joseph Pizzorno Founders award, and the Impact award from the National Association of Nutrition Professionals.

Sharon Gurm, ND, FABNO

Dr. Sharon Gurm, BSc, ND, FABNO – Dr. Gurm’s journey in the field of oncology began in 1996 when she served as a clinical research associate for 5 years at the BC Cancer Agency while attending the University of British Columbia (UBC) and in her post-graduate work. She graduated from UBC in 1999 with a B.Sc. in Cell Biology and Genetics. From 2001- 2005, she attended the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in pursuit of her passion to discover a whole-person approach to oncologic care. In 2007, Dr. Gurm founded Port Moody Health – Integrative Medicine & Cancer Care, a multi-disciplinary clinic providing patient-focused collaborative care.

In 2016, Dr. Gurm became adjunct faculty at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, where she currently co-teaches the evidence-based Integrative Oncology Program alongside Dr. Neil McKinney, presents oncology-focused Master’s classes for 4th-year students and leads case study presentations for grand rounds. As a professional presenter, she has lectured at several conferences, on various topics pertaining to integrative oncology. Moreover, Dr. Gurm was the first naturopathic physician to be invited to speak to the BC Children’s Hospital Oncology Division, where she presented a lecture on evidence-based and evidence-informed complementary oncologic therapies. This materialized to an ongoing relationship with BCCH medical and radiation oncology teams to offer safe, evidence-informed complementary cancer care for their patients in a collaborative clinical setting. Dr. Gurm continues to build and engage a vast network of highly respected integrated care providers – consisting of medical oncologists, surgeons, urologists and other specialists – to shape the best course of oncologic care for patients.

Gurdev Parmar, N.D., FABNO

Dr. Parmar launched the Integrated Health Clinic™in 2000, and has since facilitated its growth to become the largest integrated health care facility in Canada.  He was a consulting naturopathic oncologist at the Lions Gate Hospital cancer clinic from 2007 to 2012.  He was the first Canadian naturopathic physician to qualify with a fellowship from the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO) in 2007.  He has served on the board of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians since 2009, and is currently the chair of their residency committee. Dr. Parmar was one of eight naturopathic physicians voted by his peers to be on the Delphi Panel regarding naturopathic oncology; a panel of physicians working towards creating consensus in the practice of this rapidly emerging and incredibly important field.

Dr. Parmar is active in writing and lecturing in the fields of clinical hyperthermia, the tumour microenvironment, and integrative cancer care. He was nominated President of the International Clinical Hyperthermia Society (ICHS) in 2016 for his significant contributions to this field. He serves on the editorial board of several medical journals and is currently writing a book on his approach to cancer care today. As a clinician researcher, he has completed a five year retrospective study on his integrative approach to cancer care that he has presented internationally. The Integrated Health Clinic™ Cancer Care Centre was invited as one of 7 clinics in North America to be involved in the Canadian and U.S. Integrative Oncology Study (CUSIOS), a very exciting prospective trial.

Dr. Parmar is now an affiliate residency director & primary teaching supervisor of a naturopathic oncology residency.  His IHC cancer care centre is a CNME approved post-doctoral training facility for Bastyr University, now hosting its second resident.  Aside from running a busy medical facility and caring for the patients in his practice, Dr. Parmar extended medical relief to the residents of the island of Kho Khao in Thailand. After the devastating tsunami, Dr. Parmar visited the island to lead the formation of a volunteer clinic to support tsunami victims through his H.E.L.P. Foundation.

Michael Walker, ND

Dr. Michael Walker is a naturopathic doctor focusing on oncology. He serves patients in Southeast Michigan within the Beaumont Health System at Royal Oak and Troy, as well as at his private practice at Emcura Integrative in Bloomfield Hills. Dr. Walker completed a two-year residency in naturopathic oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America – Midwestern Regional Medical Center. During his time as a resident and later as a staff naturopathic provider at CTCA, he collaborated closely with surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and other practitioners to optimize patients’ care for a wide range of cancers including rare tumors. He has further experience in hematologic cancers and supporting patients planning for or who have undergone stem cell transplantation. Walker obtained his undergraduate degree at Yale University and his naturopathic medical degree at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.
Dr. Walker is a frequent lecturer at public events and medical conferences on topics related to integrative cancer care including cancer and recurrence prevention, individualized nutrition and immune modulation. He also provides clinical instruction to medical students and residents as part of integrative medicine rotations. Dr. Walker previously served on the board of directors of the Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians and is now pleased to be a board member of the OncANP.

STAFF

Corey Murphy, Executive Director

Corey has been the OncANP Executive Director since Summer 2006.  She graduated with a degree in Journalism/Public Relations from the University of Oregon in 2005.  After college, she returned home to Alaska and was hired as the Director of Communications at Avante Medical Center in Anchorage.  With one of founding OncANP board members as the clinic owner/director, Corey was introduced to the OncANP Board at AANP 2006 and the rest, as they say, is history.

Corey also works with other naturopathic specialty associations, including the PedANP and EndoANP.

Corey lives in Juneau, Alaska with her husband, Brian and two sons, Eoghan and Emmett.  In her spare time, which is rare with two young kids, she enjoys exploring the Alaskan outdoors and traveling.

Randi Dixon, Executive Assistant

Randi 30+ years’ experience working for well-respected and established organizations, including the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, California Association of County Executives, TAP Integrative, California Redevelopment Association, California Alliance for Advanced Transportation Systems, and the Sacramento Association of REALTORS®.

Randi have extensive experience as a meeting planner, including contract negotiations with hotels, facilities and vendors, speaker support and logistics, expo management, registration processing and management, and bookstore management.

Randi lives in Sacramento, California with my husband Ken. Her relaxation “to do” list includes spending time with her daughter Megan, needlepoint, going to the movies, and traveling.

Committee Chairs

Public Relations: Sharon Gurm, ND, FABNO
Membership:  Kirsten West, ND
Conference Content: Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO
KNOW Database: Jen Green, ND, FABNO
Continuing Education: Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
Principles of Care:  Eric Marsden, BSc, ND
Specialization Advisory: Christina Shannon, ND, FABNO
Residency:  Gurdev Parmar, ND, FABNO
Research: Dugald Seely, ND, MS, FABNO