CCHM Faculty & Staff

CCHM Faculty & Staff

Dr. Shahram Ayoubzadeh N.D., HOMDean, Lecturer & Clinical Supervisor

Although Shahram Ayoubzadeh practices as a Naturopathic Doctor and Homeopathic Physician in Canada, he is also trained as a medical doctor. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine in Dakar, Senegal, specializing in tropical disease and leprosy. Since his arrival in Canada in 1987, he has done extensive study in the field of holistic and natural approaches to healing. In 1990, he obtained his N.D. from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Soon after he focused his attention on the field of homeopathy, graduating from the Homeopathic Universalis and Dynamis School's Three-Year Advanced program and Master Clinician two year program in Classical Homeopathy. Shahram continues to attend many advanced seminars, studying with master homeopathic doctors such as Rajan Sankaran, Jan Scholten, Alize Timmerman, and Louis Klein. Shahram is the Dean at CCHM as well as a lecturer and clinical supervisor.

Jude Cockburn, HOM, DCHM, FSHMInformation Resources Coordinator and Correspondence Education Supervisor

Jude graduated from the University of Waikato, New Zealand with a B of Soc. Sci Hons, specializing in History. After working for 2 years in the Government Library she left for London, England and worked in the Corporate world for 16 years, where she gained various qualifications in finance. During this time she began searching for a safe and natural health care system, qualified as a Colour Therapist and became passionate about homeopathy having attended her first Homeopathic First Aid course. 

Jude moved with her family to Toronto and graduated from CCHM in 2014. Since then she has completed the Post-Graduate course, established a private practice and is expanding her love of learning with a course in Nutrition and further studies homeopathy.  

Andrea Gallant Deal, HOM, DSHMCollege Administrative Director & Registrar, Lecturer, Clinical Supervisor

Andrea has been assisting clients with homeopathy since she graduated from CCHM in 2001. As a mom, and trained and experienced birth doula, Andrea has a special interest in providing homeopathic care for women, children, and families. Andrea practices classical homeopathy and Reiki online and is currently formalizing her herbal medicine studies to earn her clinical herbalist diploma. Through individualized healing plans, with a focus on classical homeopathy, cell salts, botanical medicine, nutrition, journaling, and kindness Andrea has assisted many people to regain their health and rediscover themselves and their lust for life. To learn more about Andrea or to book an online appointment, please visit her website,

Lisa Decandia, HOM, DSHM, R. BIE, MscLecturer, Clinical Supervisor

Lisa Decandia has been practicing homeopathy for over 20 years. She currently practices in Toronto, Canada where she treats a variety of health issues including the treatment of children, especially ADD/ADHD/ Autism and women’s health issues. Lisa is a core lecturer at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine in Toronto, Canada where she teaches a range of homeopathic studies. She is also an international speaker and has spoken at the National Center for Homeopathy Joint Conferences. Lisa has received her Master’s Degree in Science-Homeopathy with Distinction from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, United Kingdom. She is also a Registered BioEnergetics Intolerance Elimination Practitioner (R.BIE) and has a special interest in working with food and environmental intolerances. Contact: [email protected] Balanced Health Care 51 Underhill Drive, Unit 4 Toronto, ON M3A-2J8 416-441-9222

Raymond Edge, HOM, RSHom(NA), CCHFounder, Dean (retired)

Raymond Edge is the founder of the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine. Raymond began his career in the healing arts as a medical herbalist, graduating from the Dominion Herbal College in 1978. He has been studying, practising and lecturing in homeopathy since 1987. He graduated from the School of Homoeopathy on-campus program in Devon, England and was the director of the Mirianog West Childrens Clinic in Wales, providing low-cost homeopathic treatment for underprivileged children. While in practice, Raymond was a registered professional member of North American Society of Homeopaths (NASH). the CHO, and was also certified in classical homeopathy with the Council for Homeopathic Certification. Ray retired in 2019 from his positions as Dean, core lecturer, and clinical supervisor at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine. We are all grateful to Raymond for his tremendous contributions to the field of homeopathy in Canada, and worldwide.

Joyce Edge, DCHM, FCHMVP, Admissions

Joyce Edge brings a wealth of experience, warmth, and expertise to CCHM, having spent many years answering questions from prospective students all over the world. She knows first hand what the study of homeopathy is like, having completed both the 3-year in class diploma program, and the CCHM Post Grad program herself. Joyce is a great resource for anyone considering homeopathic study and can help you to navigate details such as juggling a family and full time job while studying, making travel and moving plans to Toronto in order to study, what exemptions you may be eligible for if you have previous training, and much more. She has a real ability to adapt to the individual needs of each person - treating inquiries on a case by case basis, just like any good homeopath does! Joyce also oversees the day to day operations of CCHM including liaising with faculty and administration, assisting in curriculum development and promotional activities, etc.

Kim Elia, CCNLecturer

Kim is currently running a 4 year homeopathy program at the Hahnemann Academy in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. In addition, he was just recently asked to teach a 10 week homeopathy class for the Naturopathic College, Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Kim has also taught at SCNM (The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine), NCNM (The National College of Natural Medicine) as well as The University of Bridgeport. He has worked in the clinic at the University of Bridgeport and at CCNM (The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine) seeing new patients as well as overseeing student cases in their clinic. He has taught at the Pacific Academy of Homeopathic Medicine, The Texas Institute of Homeopathy, The Colorado Institute of Homeopathy, The Homeopathic Academy of Southern California and the Vancouver Academy of Homeopathy where he still teaches about once a year. He has also taught at The Homeopathic School of the Americas in Guatemala and El Salvador. He is currently a teacher at CCHM (The Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine). He has been in homeopathic practice for almost 22 years and has studied with various teachers including George Vithoulkas, Roger Morrison, Paul Herscu, Andre Saine, Vasillis Ghegas, Henny Heudens-Mast, Sheilagh Creasy, Rajan Sankaran, Jan Scholten, Divya Chhabra, Farokh Master, Vega Rozenberg and others

Shifteh Sherry Essnaashari, HOM, B.A., D.O.M.PLecturer

Sherry brings well over 20 years of experience in health and wellness as a versatile multidisciplinary practitioner.  Sherry completed her diploma in homeopathy in 2007 and has been in practice since this time.

She also pursued training in nutrition, as well as Cognitive Behavioural therapy.  She has applied her knowledge into treating various conditions, including nervous system disorders.

Sherry is also reflexologist and manual osteopath.  She currently operates a practice out of the Yonge and Eglinton and Danforth Greenwood areas.

Kerri Flood, Hom, DCHMClinic Teaching Assistant and Nutrition Lecturer

Kerri works alongside Dr. Kellerstein in the CCHM Teaching Clinic.  She also sees patients at her own clinic in Toronto (390 Dupont St.), and offers a house call service too.  Kerri comes from a long line of women who have known how to work with nature and the body’s own strengths to preserve health and treat illness. After graduating from the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine and starting a practice, she discovered that many patients could benefit from additional support, so she completed my Holistic Nutrition diploma with the Edison Institute of Nutrition. Considering her love of food and the pleasure eating brings, she has really enjoyed expanding this aspect of her practice, and she now weaves nutritional healing and support into her practice with great success.
Kerri loves practicing holistic medicine; it gives her the chance to combine the knowledge and wisdom that has been passed on to her, with her education and passion for helping people. She feels profoundly privileged every time a patient places their trust in her and lets her help them find their path to health. It is a privilege that she takes very seriously.  [email protected]

Monica Frohmann, DSHomMed, RHom.Distance Education Clinical Supervisor & Visiting Lecturer


Monica Frohmann has been practicing homeopathy since 1999 when she graduated from the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine.  Monica has been a faculty member at CCHM for 15 years and has also spent many years supervising the second year teaching clinic.  For 18 years she had her own homeopathic clinic in Newmarket, Ontario until May 2017 when she sold her practice and moved to Austria.  She is currently still employed at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine, as a Distance Education Supervisor and continues to have a private practice in Austria.  She is available on Skype, FaceTime and WhatsApp for long distance consultations, as well as in person in her clinic in Oberneukirchen, Austria. Monica treats people of all ages and has a specialty in treating animals (by veterinary referral).  Currently she is working with a Distance Educator in developing an accredited course in Homeopathy for German speaking countries.  Contact Monica at:  [email protected]

Jack Gagliardi, HOM, DSHomMedClinical supervisor, Lecturer

Jack Gagliardi graduated from the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine and also has an honours degree from the University of Toronto and a Community Worker diploma from George Brown College. He specialized in antiviolence education and working with abusive men and victims of abuse. Jack has a private homeopathic practice in the Toronto community of Leslieville where he practices classical homeopathy with a special interest in helping those struggling with issues of abuse and grief. He has also trained with Nulife Sciences in Live Blood Cell Analysis which he incorporates into his practice to help educate patients about their nutritional needs and to help track the progression and reversal of degenerative conditions. Jack is a clinical supervisor and lecturer at CCHM.

Sarah Hutchinson, HOM, DOMPClinical Supervisor

Sarah started her health career as a Medical Laboratory Technologist, graduating from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 2000.  Even then, she had a special interest in natural health modalities, but also loved the hands on diagnostic work in the clinical labs.  After discovering homeopathy to address her own personal health concerns, Sarah developed a love for this gentle modality and knew she wanted to practice it professionally. 

Sarah graduated with honours from the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine) in 2008.  She continued her homeopathic studies to complete two fellowships in clinical mastery at CCHM, and remains committed to continuing her homeopathic education by annually attending courses, conferences, and/or professional workshops. Sarah was one of the first 100 practitioners in the province of Ontario to achieve full registration with the College of Homeopaths of Ontario.

Holistic nutrition became an interest of Sarah’s through her homeopathic education.  She went on to study with the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and places a strong emphasis on the importance of nutrition and lifestyle in her clinical practice.

Sarah is also a Osteopathic Manual Practitioner. She graduated from the National Academy of Osteopathy with a DOMP designation from the accelerated program for health professionals. The gentleness and depth of manual osteopathic therapy is so like homeopathy, that it acts as a natural extension of her clinical practice.

Dr. Joseph Kellerstein, D.C., N.D., FCAH, CCH, HOMClinical Instructor, Lecturer

Dr. Joseph Kellerstein is a long-standing clinical instructor at CCHM's Teaching Clinic. He is a highly regarded speaker on the International Homeopathic Conference circuit and delights in sharing his vast expertise with his students. He is genuinely one of the pillars of the professional Canadian homeopathic community. Dr. Kellerstein graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto in June 1976. He then studied at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, graduating in 1980 with the degree of Doctor of Chiropractic with honours. He also received the Dr. Walter Sturdy Memorial Award for general proficiency over the 4 year program, plus the J.M. Wallace award for academic proficiency in the graduating year. He then went on to study Naturopathic medicine at the Ontario College of Naturopathic Medicine, graduating in 1984. At the OCNM he was class valedictorian. He has had a Chiropractic and Homeopathic practice in Oshawa and Toronto since 1984. In 1991 he graduated from the Canadian Academy of Homeopathy and is a Fellow of that institution. He lectured at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine for 6 years and at the Canadian Academy of Homeopathy for 3. He was also Chairperson Department of Homeopathy at that institution from 1992-1993. His mission statement is "To facilitate the healing and personal growth of my clients through communication, awareness and vitality enhancing therapies - especially homeopathy".

Nigel C. MacGregor, Hom, DCHMTechnical Support Supervisor

Nigel MacGregor was born in the sunny Okanagan Valley of Vernon, British Colombia and grew up into his early adulthood in St.albert Alberta, where he found a strong passion for playing football. In 2012, Nigel joined the CJFL with the Edmonton Huskies on the offensive line. Soon realizing that this sport was taking a toll on his body, he needed to find a new hobby and future. 

Nigel was always into natural care for the body, wether it was sports medicine knowledge with sprains and strains to learning about proteins, fats and carbs for recovery. With this spark of interest into holistic care Nigel began looking for an appropriate school to become educated in. That is when he came across the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine in 2016 and moved from St. Albert to a small rural community of Uxbridge, Ontario so that he could begin his journey in learning and understanding homeopathy from some of the best teachers around.

Present - Nigel graduated from CCHM in 2019 and has been operating his own practice, MacGregor Homeopathic Practice in downtown Uxbridge, Ontario. “Our office is open to speak, answer and treat anyone interested in homeopathy, if it deems appropriate.”

Meghan Manzo, BScN, RN, HOM, FCHMLecturer

Meghan has been making her mark in the field of medicine for over 12 years and supporting those who require the diligence and attention needed for restoring health. She graduated McMaster University with honors as a registered nurse, now specializing in the cardiac ICU setting and over the last 8 years has expanded her horizons into homeopathic medicine. As a graduate of CCHM in 2015 she has continued to push the mark in homeopathy within her community through education and workshops alongside her private practice. Her passion is supporting people who suffer from GI disorders, hormone imbalances, anxiety and depression. Meghan is also a Reiki practitioner, meditation and retreat leader for over 12 years, creating changes in health on an individual and community level. To learn more or to book an appointment, please visit her website,

Dr. Farokh Master MD (Hom), Ph.DLecturer

Dr. Master's birth into homeopathy was in June 1976, when he joined Bombay homeopathic medical college, after giving up his studies at the orthodox school of medicine. He studied homeopathy (L.C.E.H. ) at the Bombay Homeopathic Medical College, Mumbai; (1976 – 1980) He was India's First MD in Homeopathy who stood First Class First with a Gold Medal. Currently, Dr. Master is doing his PhD program from Bombay University on Cancer and Homoeopathy.

He was the first Indian to be honoured by the House of Lords, UK for propagation of Homeopathic Systems of Medicine. Rated as Top 10 Best Homeopathic Doctors in the world by Pioneer University, Oxon U.K., and Members of the Board of the Pioneer Homoeopathic Academy of U.K and thereafter conferred the Honorary Doctorate of Homeopathy in 2006.

Dr. Master has been independently practicing as a Homeopathic Physician at Mumbai's Homeopathic Health Center, with over 29 years of experience in Homeopathic consultation and treatment. He was the first doctor India to introduce Homeopathy in Allopathic Modern Hospitals as well as in the private sector. He was the first to open a pediatrics department in Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital. He was the first to open a cancer department in Ruby Hall Hospital. He was the only homoeopath who was given a chance by a Government Hospital – King Edward Memorial Hospital to open a homoeopathic department.

To read more about his many accomplishments, please visit:

Dr. Ashish Mehta DHMS MD (Homeopathy)Lecturer

Dr. Ashish Mehta (born 20th April 1966, Bhavnagar, India), is a homeopath, and research minded teacher. He lives and practices homeopathy in Bhavnagar area of Gujarat, India. Dr. Mehta graduated from the Dr.V.H.Dave Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital, Anand (Gujarat) in 1989.  He did his M.D. (Hom.) from Sardar Patel University, V.V.Nagar, Gujarat.

He is the most popular among homoeopathic circles of Gujarat and known for his homoeopathic skills and for being a very successful teacher of Organon of Medicine-the most fundamental subject of Homoeopathy. To patients of all ages, he is a receptive and unprejudiced listener who involves sympathy, empathy and humor in his consults.

Dr. Mehta is a keen student of various masters like Rajan Sankaran, Jayesh Shah, Dr.Mahesh Gandhi. He also learns from the wonderful work by G.Vithoukas, Jan Scholten, Michel  Yakir, Franz Vermulan and more.

Being a teacher in The Organon, he has appointments at various Undergraduate & Post graduate courses. His simplicity and learning-receptive attitude towards students, patients and all medical practitioners of all systems of medicine makes him a unique & gentle human being.

He is the one of the key person & founder member of Swami Vivekanand Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital in Bhavnagar. Since 2000, Dr. Mehta has been looking after the academic evolution of Swami Vivekanand Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital as an Executive Director and shares his cases with students and teachers of homeopathic colleges in Gujarat state.

Jenn Metzger, HOM, R.BIELecturer

Located in Elmira, Ontario, Jennifer is a Registered Homeopath and Registered BIE practitioner.  

Jennifer's journey into the alternative health realm started with reflexology years ago. Always fascinated with the fact that the feet could help you self-heal by manipulating certain pressure points, she read & researched until finally, she enrolled in & studied under Margret at the Haelen School of Creative & Healing Arts becoming a Registered Reflexology Practitioner. 

As a lifelong learner and believer in holistic care, Jenn went back to school graduated with a diploma in classical homeopathy at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine, in Toronto, Ontario in 2013.  In 2017 Jennifer added BioEnergetics into her practice from the Institute of Natural Health Technologies. 

You can learn more about Jennifer and her practice from visiting 

Dr. John Millar, BSc., ND, DHANP, CCH, HOMLecturer

J D Millar B Sc ND DHANP CCH HD is a graduate of Trent University, the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and the Dynamis School of Homoeopathy. His teachers include Dr Andre Saine, Jeremy Sherr, Dr. Vassillis Gehgas Dr Rajan Sankaran and other notable homeopaths. He has been in private practice in Peterborough since 1988. As an active member of both the Canadian and Ontario Naturopathic Associations and the Ontario Homoeopathic Association,he is board certified in both Naturopathic and Homoeopathic Medicine. Additionally Dr Millar is on the Board of the Council for Homoeopathic Education and the Homoeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians. He is a teacher of Homoeopathy for the American Homeopathic Medical College, the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine and the Ontario College of Homoeopathic Medicine. Further his experience includes field work and teaching for Homoeopaths Without Borders in Cuba, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatamala

Kanan Patel, HOM, PhD, MSc, BScLecturer, Clinical Supervisor

Energy in all its forms creates our world, influences our interactions and informs our experiences.   One of the greatest gifts Kanan has received has been to explore the above statement from many varied perspectives, utilize the learnings and sharing the insights gained with others. Her rigorous training in physics and mathematics (BSc  Physics, University of Windsor, 1985; MSc Astrophysics, Queens University, 1987;  PhD Astronomy and Astrophysics, McMaster University, 1995) allowed her an understanding of energy as a physical phenomenon expressed in the language of mathematics.  Later shifting focus and scale going from the galactic and super massive to the smallest and subtlest she had the privilege of studying energy as medicine thanks to her comprehensive education in classical homeopathy at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine (DCHM, 2012). This combined with her connection to traditional medicines, Eastern philosophy and healing arts has built a solid foundation from which to explore and experience the role of energy in being, health and healing.  “I could not have planned this if I had tried” is how she feels about this journey. Kanan has been a clinical supervisor for students at CCHM since 2015 and is very happy to join the esteemed faculty this year.  She has been practicing classical Homeopathy privately since 2012 (Vital Life Homeopathy) and since 2015, working in a dynamic health care clinic, Kingsway Chiropractic in Toronto. To learn more about Kanan and her practice, please visit

Dr. Paul Saunders, MS, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCHLecturer, Clinical Supervisor

Paul is Professor of Materia Medica, teaching Botanical and Homeopathic medicine, patrenteral therapy and clinical supervision at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. He was former Chief Naturopathic Medical Officer and Associate Dean for External Affairs at CCNM and has a private practice in Dundas, Ontario. He attended the three-year Canadian Academy of Homeopathy program and has received a Diploma of the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians in 1993. In 1994 and 2003 he was awarded Naturopathic Doctor of the Year by the Ontario Naturopathic Association for excellence and leadership in clinical training. In 2009, he was appointed to the Product Advisory Committee, Natural Health Products, Health Canada. At the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine, he lectures on materia medica, pharmacognosy, ethics and jurisprudence.

Ben Ta’ati, CCH, RSHomPost Grad Lecturer

Ben Ta’ati, CCH, RSHom, is a Homeopathic Practitioner, Certified in Classical Homeopathy (CCH), and a Registered Homeopath with the North American Society of Homeopaths.  Ben has practiced Homeopathy for 20 years, teaching extensively, and having served as Department Chair and Director at the American Medical College of Homeopathy. He often lectures for wide-ranging audiences including Universities, Hospitals, Libraries, and various Community Centers, educating the public and medical professionals about the scientific principles and efficacy of Homeopathy in clinical settings. 

Kerry Walker, HOM, HonBA, DCHMPR and Communications Coordinator

Kerry is thrilled to be part of CCHM headquarters as part of the administrative and operations team.  She has been in practice since 2011 when she graduated from CCHM.  Prior to her career in homeopathy, she earned her honours degree from the University of Toronto where she specialized in Social/Cultural Anthropology, and Medical Anthropology.  She then earned her diploma in Community Work from George Brown College, and worked within the Native Community in Toronto for a few years.  After falling ill with chronic pain, Kerry came in to contact with homeopathy and signed up for school at CCHM within weeks of her first remedy.  She has a private homeopathic practice ( in the West End of Toronto and enjoys treating patients from all over the world.  Her most recent special interest is in treating high performance athletes but she treats people from all walks of life and all types of conditions. 

Veronika Zhmurko MD(UA), PhD, HomLecturer

For over two decades Veronika Zhmurko has been using her substantial skills in homeopathic medicine to successfully treat people of all ages.

Veronika has a traditional European Medical Education. As such, she underwent all the training that medical doctors in North America receive plus extra studies. The latter included courses in preventative medicine (e.g. hygiene, nutrition), nature-based treatments (including herbology, hydrotherapy), and homeopathy. She studied homeopathy with such masters as Dr. Tatiana Popova (Popov School of Homeopathy, Ukraine), George Vithoulkas (International Academy of Homeopathy, Greece), Dr. Andre Saine, Dr. Joe Kellerstein (Canadian Academy of Homeopathy). Dr. Jose Isaac (India).

 After graduation from medical school, Veronika has worked in the Ukraine as a family doctor and general practitioner for 10 years. She earned PhD in clinical immunology in 2000  and in 2001  was awarded the position of assistant professor at the Kiev Medical Academy, Department of Post Graduate Studies. Over the course of her medical career, Veronika has authored 14 scientific papers in the fields of immunology, allergology and internal medicine.

 Since moving to Canada in 2002 her career and studies have been predominantly focused on homeopathy. Veronika currently practices in Toronto at Thornhill Naturopathic Health Clinic.

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