The OICC is a regional centre of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. We welcome patients at any stage of cancer and those wishing to prevent cancer or its recurrence. We believe in treating the whole person – the mind, body, and spirit – and ultimately, we take into account the environment in which people live.
We guide and monitor each patient through the right complementary therapies at the right time. Therapies may include naturopathic medicine, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, massage, reflexology, physiotherapy, exercise, yoga, conscious living coaching, occupational therapy and counselling.
Anne Pitman has a Masters in Kinesiology and has been guiding people to be present in their life, through dance, yoga and fitness, for over 30 years. She has extensive experience in compassionately accompanying people who are facing cancer, both in weekly gentle and restorative yoga classes, as a Yoga Therapist (one on-one-yoga) in clinic, and as a Care Coordinator at the OICC. She co-leads the Babes4Breasts Head Start, a program for those newly diagnosed with breast cancer, bringing a wide array of mindfulness and yoga practices to work with fear and anxiety. Anne is also the co-director of the Ottawa School of Embodied Yoga Therapy (www.oseyt.com). She has long been a teacher of teachers, designing studies for certified Yoga Teacher Training from a Scaravelli and somatic or body-centered listening approach. She is a graduate and ongoing scholar at the Orphan Wisdom School where she learns to compassionately support both living deeply and dying well. Recently, Anne released a (4 cd) set entitled “7 Short Practices; A Gentle Companion for Yoga Home Practice” and a meditation cd, “Into the Body”, a fundraiser for the OICC.
Rabia Wilcox is a Certified Conscious Living Coach who studied with Katie and Gay Hendricks out of Ojai, California (www.hendricks.com). She encourages patients to take a creative and active role in their healing as they move to vibrant emotional health and well-being. Rabia supports patients who have serious illness or those who have experienced loss. Her focus here at OICC is due to experiencing her own serious illness in 1996 where she was given three months to live. It was a powerful and significant time in Rabia’s life and inspired her into her coaching career. Patients comment that Rabia’s compassionate nature, simple techniques and intuitive talents empower them to loosen the grip of fear, anger or sadness surrounding their diagnosis, and move them towards discovering their unique gifts, authentic expressions and joy.
Moira Hutchison is a Hypnosis Visualization Practitioner. As such, Moira offers people with cancer and their families a professional, caring service that psychologically supports and assists them through every stage of their illness. This is accomplished using personalized blend hypnotherapy, EFT (Emotion Freedom Technique), Reiki, positive visualizations and mindset coaching. In essence – Hypnosis Visualization for Cancer Care allows for the development of a “Positive Expectancy” at each stage of the illness whilst instilling a “Motivation to Be Well”.
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.
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. Gillian’s practice focuses on her interest in cancer care. 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. With a strong interest in research, Gillian 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.
Sarah Grant is a registered physiotherapist with supplemental training in cancer rehabilitation. She earned her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy at Queen’s University. She began her career in long-term care and hospital settings which led her to develop an interest in oncology. Sarah has pursued post-graduate education in Acupuncture, Myofascial Release, CranioSacral Therapy as well as cardiorespiratory physiotherapy to better provide whole-person care to her patients. She is currently studying to become a Certified Lymphedema Therapist in order to safely and effectively treat those with lymphedema through manual lymphatic drainage, compression therapy, individualized exercise prescription and self-care education. She is passionate about improving the ability of the patient/family to cope with the effects of cancer and/or its treatment on their functional capacity and quality of life.
As Outreach and Program Coordinator for the OICC, Sarah develops and maintains partnerships with cancer stakeholders, works alongside OICC therapists to create dynamic programming for people living with cancer, and liaises with patients to help educate and enrich their lives. Sarah co-facilitates the B4B Head Start program and the Anti Cancer Lifestyle Program. Her passion is in the role of the environment and the need to inform participants and the general public of increased cancer risk with particular environmental toxins. In conjunction with the research team at the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre Sarah focuses her research on environmental medicine and public health policy as it intersects with cancer control. She has co-authored a chapter on increased breast cancer risk and endocrine disruptors in a book called Our Chemical Selves, by York University Press.
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.
The Anticancer Lifestyle Program runs from 5-7:30 pm every Tuesday from April 12th – June 28th. To register for the 12-week course, please go to http://www.oicc.ca/en/programs-event/programs/anticancer-lifestyle-program.
The cost is $285.00 which covers course materials, the book “AntiCancer: A New Way of Life” by David Servan-Schreiber; food during the sessions; and part of the overhead for running the course.
In the evenings from 5-7:30 for 12 consecutive weeks, with 3 sessions running each year.
This class is for cancer survivors only, however a support person is welcome to attend the second and third monthly maintenance sessions that follow the course.
There is prep work to be done before each class which consists of online work and reading. Each week you and a fellow participant will be teamed up to make a “Buddy Call” to discuss a topic from the class.