Meet Our Team
DAVID SLOAN, PhD., NNCP, M.H., RNT
Clinic Director - Sloan Natural Health Center
David W. Sloan is happily married to his wife Erika and has been blessed with three healthy and active sons and three beautiful grandchildren. He is thankful for his Christian faith, which continues to give him positive strength, hope and guidance in his personal and professional life.
For many years now, David has been a firm believer in natural healing. Like many of the patients he sees, he once suffered from many diverse health challenges and as a last resort, sought professional help from natural practitioners who could guide him in implementing diet, nutrition, herbal and other natural therapies. After detailed and extensive examinations, it was determined that David’s health had deteriorated so much that he was only given a few years to live. However, by the graciousness of God and radical changes to his diet and lifestyle along with natural therapies, David gratefully found the answers to the various problems that had been afflicting him. Now, almost 40 years later, David is very thankful to be alive and enjoys much more vitality and vigour than he did in his 20’s!
Thanking the Great Physician for leading him to know and benefit from what he considers to be the true way of healing, David has considered it a great privilege and honor to be able to share this precious knowledge with his patients. It has truly been gratifying to see many people undergo a remarkable and unbelievable transformation from poor health to vibrant wellbeing. After over 40 years in practise, David has earned the reputation of being one of the best natural healers in North America.
As a natural medicine specialist, David believes that providing the keys to vibrant health begins with the holistic approach. To obtain total health, the total person must be considered. This means not only the physical but the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our makeup. In this way, the underlying causes of poor health can be determined and a program designed to restore buoyant and vibrant health. By teaching his patients correct nutrition and living habits as well as recommending those steps necessary to cleanse the body and rebuild strength and vitality, it soon becomes apparent to the patient that they must learn to be responsible for their own health. Thus, disease prevention and preventative medicine can truly become a reality.
The areas that David specializes in are natural medicine which employs the therapeutic use of Herbs, Diet and Clinical Nutrition, Homeopathic therapy, Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy(BHRT), Laser Therapy and Weight Loss to aid the body in returning to optimal vibrant health and function. As a specialist in natural medicine, David’s work has led him to assisting patients with a wide variety of health concerns including hormonal imbalances, overweight, pain and physical degeneration, fatigue and low energy, anxiety, depression, and accelerated aging. Often as these areas are corrected, most other concerns just ‘disappear’.
When David began his practise some years ago (unlike today where this field is in a period of exciting growth), it was necessary for him to be pro-active in educating the public by providing lectures, seminars, keynote addresses and workshops. Over the years he has given countless speeches and presentations all over Ontario and Canada in order to break down the walls of ignorance and misunderstanding in his profession as well as provide valuable information on a wide variety of topics in natural healing.
LEVEL III HEALTH COACH
Executive Clinic Administrator and Client Relations Manager
Erika has been happily married to David for over 42 years and enjoys working with the team at the Sloan Natural Health Center. Her passion for over 30 years has been natural healing and living a healthful lifestyle. She has been a vegetarian since 1979 and believes that healthy eating and regular exercise are vitally important to health. She loves to learn as well as share her extensive knowledge with others. In 2009 she received her certification as a Lifestyle Educator. In 2010 she fulfilled the requirements to be a Health Coach with the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol and continues to upgrade and attend Ideal Protein Education seminars on a regular basis.
Erika currently works as a Health Coach skilfully guiding our dieters at Sloan Natural Health Center(SNHC). She is also the Chief Administrative Officer for SNHC and covers at the front desk as needed when our regular Administrative staff are away. Her other duties include inventory control, bookkeeping, payroll and overall general managerial duties. Erika is the mother of 3 wonderful sons who have brought 3 special women into our family as well as the precious gift of 3 grandchildren whom she loves and adores.
Cristina studied Kinesiology and Health Science at York University where she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree with Honours. A passionate advocate of natural medicine treatments and alternative therapies, Cristina is a loyal employee of Sloan Natural Health. She was a Health Coach at our Oshawa clinic, an Administrative Assistant at the downtown Pearson Lanes location, and now serves as the Executive Assistant of our newest Whitby office.
As a Product Specialist, she serves as a liaison to the manufacturers and suppliers of the over 30 brands of natural remedies and supplements offered here. In her administrative role, she welcomes new clients with a positive attitude and friendly smile, and is always eager to help make patient’s experiences lasting and memorable.
Her work in various aspects of the health and wellness industry brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team.
BA, B.Ed., MA, OCT
Justin Heenan is a Counsellor at Sloan Natural Health Centre and has recently passed his requirements to be a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying). Justin provides Mental Health support for clients from diverse backgrounds. His clients come to counselling with concerns such as Anxiety, Depression, Work Stress, Relationship Concerns, Attention and Behavioural Issues, and Career Guidance. Justin Works with Children, Adolescents and Adults. Justin uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Motivational Interviewing to help his clients.
Justin has 7 years experience volunteering with the Special Olympics in various parts of Ontario. He has developed a passion for helping individuals with special needs and their families improve their mental health concerns. He also has a great deal of experience working with children and adolescents in the school system as a Teacher.
Justin holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University, a Bachelor of Education Degree from Trent University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in French and Spanish from Queen’s University. He offers counselling in English or French. Justin is a member of the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals. His work is Supervised by Psychologist, Dr. Michelle Presniak.
BSCN, MN, NP-PHC
Bioidentical Hormone Consultant
Shannon has spent her career learning in a traditional method, but has integrated alternate paths to wellness into her personal life. Shannon completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Western Ontario before returning to Northern Ontario to practice in a broad range of clinical frameworks. She then completed her Masters of Nursing in Advanced Nursing Practice at Athabasca University, and currently holds her Nurse Practitioner (NP) license with a Primary Health Care specialization certificate. Shannon has completed a broad range of professional development related to sports medicine and concussions, and offers telemedicine appointments here in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement (BHRT).
SWATHY ANN ALEXANDER
Speech Language Pathologist
Swathy Ann Alexander holds her Bachelor’s & Master’s degree in Audiology & Speech Language Pathology. She is a registered member of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario [CASLPO].
Swathy has 8 years of professional experience working as a SLP, primarily with children with Speech and Language delays, Autism spectrum disorders, Apraxia, and Misarticulation. She has been working at SAAAC Autism center for the past 5 years and has also done work in the community, special school and private practice. She has just started her new venture “KIDZ AUTISM & SPEECH CLINIC”. Seeing positive changes and progress in her clients’ lives has kept her motivated to learn more and improve her skills in all situations.
She is trained to do “Hanen more than words”, “Teach me to talk”, “PROMPT”, “PECS”, “DIR and FLOOR TIME”. She had also taken training in Dr. Patrick Rydell’s ‘Building the capacity for socially appropriate conversation in young children with ASD’. Her passion for research has made her do several research papers and her co-author presented two of their papers at the American Speech & Hearing Association (ASHA) Conference held in New Orleans, USA in 2009. One of her papers got published in the International Journal of NOISE & HEALTH and received an Invited Commentary by Brain J Fligor.
Swathy is patient centric and goes out of her way to make her patients joyful and give them and their family the best quality of life. Swathy believes that, if she can put herself in her client/ family’s shoes, then she can meet their needs to the fullest. Swathy’s hobbies are cooking and playing with her three wonderful children.