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  • I loved Sunday with Dr Saunders. He has so much insight and his lectures are so interesting.  I love how he presents his own case, then talks about physiology, pathology, pharmacology, medical terms, peppered with the materia medica and nutrition, and a bit of posology and philosophy. He is such...
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  • Thank you for this most exceptional experience (as I wipe my tears..). I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am for this privilege to study with such exceptional teachers, students and administration. What a gift and a blessing. As Voltaire said “with great privilege comes great responsibility”. I...
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  • "The more you learn in homeopathy, the more you discover there is to learn. I was approaching the end of my final year of homeopathic education, and as much as I had learned, I was eager to maintain my momentum, extend my learning and application of this powerful medicine, and...
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  • Lisa is a wonderful presenter and a fabulous teacher! Always a joy to attend anything she teaches about Homeopathy! Thank you, Virginia

  • I wanted to email you to let you know that i am FINALLY a registered homeopath! It took awhile, but I finally made it. I just wanted to thank you so much for all your support, encouragement and kindness. The constant support you gave me through the years I was...
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  • Thank you for a wonderful weekend. The perspective of case taking that we learned this weekend was exactly what we needed at this stage of our homeopathy training. I will always appreciate and be grateful to you for showing me this path.

  • I am writing to express my gratitude for being able to attend and take part in your wonderful in class program at CCHM.  The whole process from beginning to end what a long one for me, but the last 3 years of class have flown by. Before choosing a school...
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  • Thank you so much!  I just returned from Hawaii and can’t wait to get started. I asked Kim Elia to lecture for the organization that I am president of, (The International and American Associations of Clinical Nutritionists).  He knocked it out of the park!  Totally Awesome!  Several of my Canadian pharmacist...
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  • Hi Kim, I want to thank you again for an amazing weekend!  I learned so much & really appreciate your straight forward teaching style. --Gwen K. Post Grad participant 2020-2021

From Professional Soldier to Holistic Practitioner

From Sarah M., Owen Sound

                                                                                                                                  Picture taken in Afghanistan, courtesy of the author of the blog post.

I AM. Two of the most powerful words, for what you put after them shapes your reality…

I’ve spent my 30’s trying to recover from my 20’s, mentally, physically and emotionally - with good reason. My past career was a tougher one, a more demanding one and one I loved for all of those reasons and more. I spent 11 years in the Canadian Military as a Medic, retired in 2013 a mere few days before the birth of my 3rd child. Who I was then, often surfaces and provides me with some of the best qualities to help guide me through life as of now, but I am surely a changed woman.


In the past I have done everything from running sick parade for the wounded, to section attacks as a soldier, minor surgery in the middle of the Afghan desert, to teaching weapons handling drills to Officers. Whatever I start, I finish to the best of my ability, and then some. I was a professional soldier, and I loved it.  I have endured pain and anguish as I’ve buried brothers and sisters in arms and I have felt as proud as one can, saluting my country’s flag. I carry my wounds inside and out, which is why I have a love / hate relationship with Western medicine.

        Picture taken in Afghanistan, courtesy of the author of the blog post.

The last 10 years in summary have been around constant growth, education and life. I have wed, divorced and wed again. I have birthed 3 children and have a wonderful step son as well. So 4 young children (ages 2-8-9-10) and 3 wild pups make our home ever-loving and always filled with joy. I have owned several homes, taken trips to enhance my life and overall have enjoyed being me. However, who am I really if not always growing?


In regards the last 2.5 whirlwind years since retiring - rewind to early 2013 - 3rd trimester with my son and I was preparing for my gentle home water birth. Right then and there I knew I possessed a passion for the more sacred and healing side of life. I took my Birth Doula training and felt instantly alive, surrounded by all things glorious. At the same time I enrolled in the 2 year Justisse program to become a Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner wherein I am honoured to fill the gap of education for women of the masses. I bring Fertility Awareness knowledge and body literacy to their lives to better empower them with regards to their own reproduction. It has been an honour to educate myself and to then share that with women from all walks of life. 

I feel overjoyed knowing I am reaching women of the masses! I am now a  Doula Instructor, teaching women all over Ontario how to become Birth Doulas. as well.  I believe that birth is beautiful but educating about birth is a necessity!


Whatever I take on, I set the goals for continuous completion. I have had a growing business with plenty of clientele and learning since this all began a few short years ago. I have come leaps and bounds as a woman, mother, wife and human being while on this journey… and yet I await and welcome more.


I don’t recall having to dwell on the decision to become a Homeopathic Practitioner, I think it just came to me - I felt the spark and I leap at anything that causes a spark. I feel

passionate about healing the masses in a holistic way and more so about educating the need. I live holistically, treat my family the same as well. However, that being said I am wise to know when I must step outside of that bubble and seek help elsewhere. I believe in homeopathy 100%, how could one not? It must be balanced with the forethought of health in mind as well. Should homeopathy be the norm, yes. Should Western medicine rule the world, no. See the balance?  Be light in your thinking, we wise in your steps.  I aim to follow some of the great by attending the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine this Fall, enhance your life and the lives of others…join me!


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