February 17, 2014
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Founder & Executive Director
Dugald Seely leads the clinical practice and cancer research program for the OICC. In addition to his clinical role as a naturopathic doctor he also serves as the director of research & clinical epidemiology at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, affiliate investigator for the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and board member for the Society for Integrative Oncology.
As founder of the OICC, Dugald is pioneering a contemporary cancer treatment model based on scientifically grounded, evidence-informed complementary medicine. With the establishment of the first integrative cancer care and research centre in Eastern Canada, Dugald and his team are providing whole-person integrative care to people living with cancer and addressing research gaps in whole-systems of cancer care. Dugald completed his M.Sc. in cancer research at the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO). As a clinician scientist, Dugald has been awarded competitive grant and trainee funding from CIHR, CBCRA, the SickKids Foundation, the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation, the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, and the Gateway for Cancer Research Foundation. Dugald is the principal investigator for a number of clinical trials and syntheses projects with the goal of building on the growing body the evidence that supports integrative oncology.
Dugald strongly believes in the ability of evidence-based medicine to effect positive change in the health-care system. As an educator, researcher, clinician, and frequent speaker at conferences around the world, Dugald is seeking to shift the debate towards a more whole-person cancer care model that is espoused by integrative oncology.
Gillian Flower is a naturopathic doctor and oncology research fellow at the OICC. Her position at the OICC as both a clinician and a researcher provides her with a unique appreciation of the evidence-base relevant to naturopathic oncology. Prior to joining the OICC, Gillian divided her time between a dynamic family practice, and her work as a research associate at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto. Given her interest in cancer care, Gillian’s research has focused exclusively on oncology and has included a series of systematic reviews of the safety and efficacy of natural therapies in the management of breast cancer. She has presented her findings at numerous conferences and has contributed her research to the development of an online decision aid that serves women surviving breast cancer. She is also a regular contributor to Alive magazine and has written a number of feature articles about cancer, diabetes and other health-related topics for this publication. Gillian is a member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and is pursuing the designation of Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology in the future. In her clinical practice, Gillian firmly embraces the naturopathic principle of treating the whole-person and commits herself to supporting the mental, physical and emotional health of her patients.
Dr. Kandis Lock, ND got her first taste of Naturopathic Medicine while studying traditional healing methods as an undergraduate at the University of Alberta. As an anthropology student she studied a variety of ancient healing practices from around the world. It was at the end of her undergrad that she realized that practicing these medicines, rather than studying them academically, was an inevitable course of action. From there Dr. Kandis continued her studies at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, one of only two accredited naturopathic institutes in Canada. Dr. Kandis works with patients to identify the underlying cause of disease and create individualized treatment plans to support the healing power of the body. She creates a dialogue with her patients, discusses treatment options, and ultimately helps them restore balance and wellness in their lives. Currently she works part time at the OICC in the IV suite, and 3 days per week in private practice.
Voices of Encouragement
“For far too long, disciplines have worked in isolation without communication and our patients have often felt caught between differing therapeutic philosophies, often to their detriment. This is a wonderful initiative. An integrative program will help provide a much needed bridge.”
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