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Naturopathic Medicine

Dr. Dugald Seely, ND, M.Sc.

Founder & Executive Director

Dugald SeelyDugald Seely is a naturopathic doctor and researcher who is playing a leading role in helping develop the field of integrative and naturopathic oncology. 

As founder and executive director of the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (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. Dugald has led numerous research projects and most recently secured funding for the largest integrative naturopathic cancer care clinical trial ever conducted in North America. In addition to clinical research, Dugald has conducted and supervised dozens of synthesis reviews and meta-analyses with the goal of building on the growing body the evidence that supports integrative oncology. 

Outside the clinical and leadership roles at the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre, Dugald serves as the director of research & clinical epidemiology at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and is an affiliate investigator for the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Dugald is also a section editor for Integrative Oncology in the Current Oncology Journal and a board member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP). Past board member for the Society of Integrative Oncology (SIO), Dugald was also appointed to Health Canada’s Expert Advisory Panel for the Vigilance of Health Products for which he served three years. He has published more than 50 Medline indexed peer-reviewed publications. Dugald believes strongly in the ability of evidence-based medicine to effect positive change in the health-care system and is actively building on this base. 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.

Dr. Gillian Flower, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Gillian Flower is a naturopathic doctor at the OICC.  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 cancer care 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. Ellen Conte (McDonell), ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Ellen McDonell is a naturopathic doctor focusing on integrative cancer care.  In her clinical practice, she uses evidence-based therapies to decrease side effects of conventional therapy, adjunctively treat and prevent cancer, and optimize overall health. Therapies include clinical nutrition and supplementation, exercise, botanical medicine, lifestyle counseling and acupuncture. Ellen is also involved with the research department at the OICC, where she works to bridge the gap between conventional and complementary healthcare by studying the effects of an integrative approach to cancer care.  She strongly believes in the combination of conventional and complementary healthcare, and works alongside conventional treatment to optimize positive results.

Ellen obtained her degree in naturopathic medicine from The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). While at CCNM she completed a yearlong focus shift in adjunctive cancer care at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic. Previously, Ellen served as the President of the Naturopathic Students Association, and was the recipient of the Leadership Award presented by the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Prior to studying naturopathic medicine, Ellen obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa. 

Dr. Sarah Brill-Morgan, B.Sc., ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Sarah Brill-Morgan, B.Sc., ND, has a special interest in thyroid health, hormonal concerns, acute and chronic infections, stress management and fatigue.

Sarah has a passion for learning traditional medical practices, and has had the opportunity to learn from and work with communities in Peru, Ecuador, Honduras and Bali. Through these experiences, Sarah gained valuable insight from various healing practices and teachers around the world. She is very passionate about meeting her patients where they are and creating easy, sustainable plans to help them obtain their goals. 

Voices of Support

“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.”

Shailendra Verma, MD, FRCPC, FACP (chair)
Medical Oncologist, The Ottawa Hospital 

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