Julia Briski CNP NNCP/ROHP

Julia is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP) and a First Class honours graduate of The Institute of Holistic Nutrition. She combines her strategic marketing and communications skills with her nutrition and orthomolecular knowledge to bring a dynamic dimension to the program’s global objective to make holistic nutrition a lifestyle standard.

Julia teaches an exclusive module at IHN’s Toronto and Mississauga campuses and consults with Ottawa and Vancouver campuses on a syllabus which is part of IHN’s Professional Practice curriculum. Her lecture includes CV development, professional behaviour and language in clinical practice, negotiating career opportunities and launching independent initiatives, an in-depth review of the industry’s educational standards bodies and the provincial and federal regulatory landscape governing CNPs in Canada. Julia’s eclectic, unusual and challenging teaching style on the controversial subject of freedom of choice in medicine and food rights always ends in the fundamental message of self-determination, respect of the individual and the power held within every holistic practitioner to evolve our communities—one person at a time.

Dedicated to advancing the reputation of IHN’s alumni and graduating students, Julia manages the program’s co-operative education placement department, develops the weekly guest speaker lecture series, initiates career platforms for graduates and students, markets the advanced continuing education courses, produces IHN’s international alumni online presence, and acts as a catalyst for all CNPs in need of support in any area of their practice, in any part of the world.

When not teaching or developing programs for IHN, she parallels her passion to protect individual’s rights by working as the Executive Coordinator and National Campaign Director for the Natural Health Products Protection Association. This well-respected Canadian activist group campaigns against federal government policies and laws that disallow the public and practitioners their right to use alternative natural medicines of their choice.

Sofia Pistrila MSc, CNP

Sofia is a Certified Nutritionist Practitioner and an honours graduate of the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. She also has a Masters degree in Science from “Traian Vuia” University, Romania. Sofia is the founder of FeellikeSpring Nutrition and Wellness Clinic in Toronto. In her quest to help people to attain their true balance of mind, body and spirit, she incorporates in her practice several other modalities like Energy Medicine, Reiki, Reflexology and Pilates. Sofia’s 18 years experience of the industrial and corporate world gives her the understanding of the importance of harmony between work and personal time in ones life. Her own experience with debilitating health problems resulting from working in a high stress environment ignited her interest in holistic healing. What started as a personal necessity, ended up being a passion to help others. In her practice her main focus is to educate people about the negative effects of stress and ways to deal with it. Through customized diet, life style changes and intervention at energetic level, Sofia helps her clients to “FeellikeSpring”, to blossom to their full potential. She shares her own healing journey and knowledge with clients and the public through one-to-one consultations, small group seminars, workshops, community centers presentations and community newspapers. She is an active member of Friends of Alternative and Complementary Therapies (FACT) and Women in a Home Office (WHO). As a faculty member of The Institute on Holistic Nutrition, Sofia teaches Nutritional Symptomatology.

Jennifer Papaconstantinou CNP, NNCP

Jennifer is a graduate of the Institute of Holistic Nutrition as Valedictorian with First Class Honours. In addition to her Nutrition training, Jennifer participated in a Mentorship program, studying the philosophies and teachings of Dr. Bernard Jensen, as well as completing certification courses in Clinical Iridology, Live Blood Cell Microscopy and B.A.S.E. Allergy Therapy.

Jennifer is an energetic and dynamic nutritional professional and is the founder of H.E.A.L. Naturally Holistic Health a Nutritional Consulting practice which offers complimentary therapies & evidence-based clinical nutrition which harmonize the beliefs and practices of a balanced approach to lifelong health. She decided to pursue her passion as a Health Educator after successfully experiencing first-hand, the profound effects of improved diet & lifestyle within her own family of four beautiful children!

Jennifer is a Program Advisor and Trade Show Events & Public Relations Manager for The Institute of Holistic Nutrition as well as overseeing the Student Clinic as Coordinator. Jennifer continues to offer Educational workshops, Corporate Events & writing submissions and has been published in Girls Can Do Anything magazine – Canada’s official teen empowerment digital magazine. Jennifer teaches Nutritional Symptomatology Part I, Nutrition and Health: The Fundamentals and Nutrition through the Lifespan at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition.


Edith Kunszt CNP RNCP/ROHP DiHom

Edith is a Certified & Registered Orthomolecular Nutritional Practitioner.
Edith Holds diplomas from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition (First Class Honors) and the British Institute of Homeopathy. She has studied with various well known international experts in the field of Homeopathy, Homotoxicology & Clinical Nutrition. Edith has been in private clinical practice since the year 2000 and is the founder of Essence of Vitality Nutrition & Homeopathy Clinic in Toronto.
Edith incorporates Therapeutic Clinical Nutrition, Live Cell Microscopy, Hair Mineral & Metal Analysis, Applied Nutritional Kinesiology, Bio-therapeutic Drainage, Herbal Gemmotherapy and Oligotherapy into her arsenal of natural healing modalities and also helps her clients better understand their medical Lab Data.
As an experienced clinical practitioner she has been passionately educating clients, students, friends and family about the benefits of Holistic Nutritional Healing, guiding her clients to achieve optimal health.
She enthusiastically emphasizes the importance of understanding how the human body works in health as a whole and the nutritional connection to correcting imbalances at all levels. Edith brings an abundance of science to her lectures and shares years of clinical experience with her students. Edith’s message to her students is “Completion of this life changing program at IHN is the beginning of perpetual learning and healing opportunities.” Edith teaches on Human Diseases as an instructor of Nutritional Pathology in the Diploma Program and teaches Homeopathy for Beginners in the Continuing Education program at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Toronto and Mississauga Campuses.

Alexandra Hurtado, BA, CNP, ND

Alexandra is a Naturopathic Doctor, Certified Nutritional Practitioner and Sociologist. She is a graduate of The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, The Institute of Holistic Nutrition and York University. Alexandra’s practice focuses on women’s health and pediatrics with a particular interest in fertility and reproductive care and has completed further training in this area. Alexandra believes in finding and treating the root of the disease in an individualized approach to health care. Having a nutrition background, one of Alexandra’s main treatment focuses involves in depth dietary counselling and applications, along with other preferred methods of treatment such as acupuncture, and botanical medicine to name a few. In addition to her private practice Alexandra owns and operates the Hillcrest Centre for Health, with centres in Toronto and Mississauga. Alexandra is excited to give back to the IHN community in her new role of instructor. Alexandra teaches Nutrition through the Lifespan at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition.

Jennifer Hunter, CNP, RNCP

Jennifer Hunter, CNP, RNCP is a Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner. She graduated with honors from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in October 2002. She is a proud member of the Nutritional Consultants Organization of Canada. Her focus is on the nourishing and preventative benefits of a whole food diet. Jennifer is a self-published author of two cookbooks, Cooking with Delectable Whole Foods which includes 100 delicious and nutritious vegetarian recipes. Her second cookbook, Passionate About Food includes 100 delectable and nutritious recipes that include fish, eggs and lots of vegetarian options. Both cookbooks include recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and smoothies for everyday dining. Jennifer teaches Holistic Food Preparation for The Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto.

Angelo Greco CNP, RNCP

Angelo has been a Certified and Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner for over eight years. He has been employed in the field of natural health products for over eight years. The interest in nutritional supplementation and how it affects the body has been an ongoing passion for Angelo, particularly in the area of sports supplements and human performance. Angelo is always up-to-date with the latest research on effective supplement strategies, as well as nutrient timing, so his clients receive the most accurate and correct information available. Angelo also loves to educate by providing nutritional seminars for various companies such as Bayer, Royal Bank of Canada, The Running Room and other various fitness institutions. He has also made radio and television appearances for the Latin American radio station; AM 1610 and the Telelatino Network (TLN), an Italian and Spanish television station. His tireless commitment to helping and educating others about nutrition is what Angelo thrives on. Angelo runs a private nutritional consulting practice, Advanced Nutritional Systems, creating individualized nutritional plans for people who live active lifestyles and teaches Fitness and Sports Nutrition at IHN.

Paul Demeda CNP

Paul graduated with a BFA from the Visual Arts program at York University. He has a Certificate of Achievement in the Teacher/Trainer of Adults Program at Centennial College. Paul holds a Diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition from The Institute of Holistic Nutrition.
During his eighteen-year career in the design and marketing industry, Paul worked for many design studios and advertising agencies in Toronto, producing annual reports and a variety of complex print material. He incorporates his education and design experience as well as his past on-stage experience as a musician and performer into facilitating a well-structured, dynamic classroom experience. Paul has a nutritional consulting practice at the D’Avignon Digestive Health Centre in Toronto. As a nutritional consultant, Paul specializes in working with people who are facing health challenges. He helps his clients achieve optimal health by focusing on improving nutrition, reducing environmental exposures to toxins, and encouraging beneficial lifestyle choices. Paul became passionate about nutrition and helping others as a result of developing and successfully overcoming debilitating multiple chemical sensitivities. He brings that passion to his consulting practice and to his classes at IHN. Paul teaches Nutrition for Holistic Practitioners at Centennial College in Toronto as part of the Holistic Practitioners program. Paul teaches Preventative Healthcare and Nutrition & Health: The Fundamentals in the core curriculum program at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition. In the Continuing Education Department of IHN Paul teaches Nutrition & Mental Health and Clinical Detoxification.

Baljinder Chhoker BSc., CST, BT

Baljinder has been an educator and consultant for the last ten years. Baljinder graduated from the University of Waterloo with a BSc in Hons Science and then continued on to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) to complete the four-year program.
Instead of going into clinical practice, he chose to do consulting in various forms. Baljinder has been an educator and consultant for Bio Lonreco / Dr. Reckeweg for the last ten years. He has done a series of clinical webinars on homeopathic and neutraceutical protocols for practicing clinicians. He has educated Naturopaths and retailers on the various supplements available through Bio Lonreco.
He has been a faculty member at the CCNM (1997 to 2002). He has provided consulting services for several pharmaceutical companies. He has been consulting in the retail side for many years and has a vast knowledge of all the natural supplements on the market today. Baljinder has also gone on to do certificates in Cranial Sacral Therapy and Bowen Technique. Baljinder teaches Human Anatomy & Physiology at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition.

Eva Cabaca, MEd, CNP, ROHP, CH.

Eva holds a Masters of Education degree and is a practicing Certified and Registered Nutritional Consultant Practitioner. She brings a blend of traditions and skills to her practice and teaching. Eva’s professional background is in Pharmacognosy, Holistic Nutrition and Herbology. She has taught courses in Science, Pain Management and English for the past six years. She holds diplomas with honors in Natural Health Counselling & in Applied Holistic Nutrition. Eva has been devoted to Yoga and to spreading the knowledge of a healthy vegetarian lifestyle, including simple whole living, spirituality and care for the environment. She is an active member of the Toronto Vegetarian Association & the Canadian Natural Health Association. Alongside her recipes and articles published regularly in Lifelines & the TVA newsletter. Eva teaches Holistic Food Preparation & Nutrition and Health: The Fundamentals at the IHN.

Kathrin Brunner, BA (Hons), CNP, RYT

Kathrin Brunner, BA (Hons), CNP, RYT, holds a Degree in Psychology, is a Registered Yoga Therapist and a graduate of The Institute of Holistic Nutrition. She is the owner of For the Love of Body and the co-creator of several lines of natural Body Care products. kathrin teaches a popular series of DIY workshops, from fermentation to making body butter. She is the clinic nutritionist at Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre and teaches yoga classes at several locations in Toronto. In her work with clients, she uses the healing potential of food, movement and energy to restore balance and health. Kathrin teaches the Psychology of Disease at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition.

Linda Bazinet, BSc MSc

Linda received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Toronto with a specialist in Zoology and a major in Biomedical Science. She then completed a Master of Science Degree in Cell Biology at McMaster University. Since 1988, Linda has taught at both Seneca and Sheridan College as well as doing private tutoring. Linda has taught a wide variety of science courses including Biology, Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Microbiology, Histology, Laboratory Techniques and Environmental Science. Many of these courses required extensive course development. Linda has taught groups of mature students including on site teaching at Connaught Laboratories and currently teaches Biological Chemistry, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Body Metabolism, Endocrinology and Advanced Nutrition Research at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition.

Syed Alam, MD (Aruba), BSc (Hons.), CNP

Syed is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner from The Institute of Holistic Nutrition with First Class distinction and was the Valedictorian of his graduating class. He is also a Registered BioEnergetics Intolerance Elimination Practitioner and runs a practice seeing clients in Oakville Ontario. Prior to his Nutritional studies, Syed graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours degree in Bachelors of Science. He furthered his education with a Medical degree from Xavier University School of Medicine in Aruba. He had first hand clinical training experience in Atlanta, Georgia at various teaching hospitals.

Syed is a compassionate professional, who is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to current natural health research. His unique educational background in Medicine combined with a holistic approach to healing, allows him to provide clients exceptional care. Clients are given the proper tools and information to allow their bodies to heal naturally. Through discovery of the root cause of symptoms clients are successfully able to reach optimum health. Syed teaches Human Anatomy & Physiology and Nutritional Pathology at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Toronto and Mississauga campuses.

Angelika Bendrich, RPC, CNP

Angelika Bendrich is a Registered Practising Counsellor, (RPC), Certified Nutritional Practitioner, and honours graduate of The Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto. She is the founder of Fundamentals of Life Services in Surrey, BC and, as Reiki Master/Teacher, the owner and founder of REIKIWORKS. Angelika’s career in the healing arts spans two decades. Her journey through a life threatening illness gave her a renewed perspective on living, which she incorporates into her work.

In life and in work Angelika leads with her heart in providing a compassionate healing space of safety, acceptance and respect, inspired by a deep passion to help individuals with life transition challenges. She has had the ability to see into the very heart and soul of people since she was a little girl. She holds the sacred Truth she sees in others and reflects it back to them until they are ready to see it for themselves. Her vision is to co-create a more peaceful, loving and harmonious world by helping people to create more peaceful, loving and harmonious lives. Angelika teaches Psychology of Disease (POD01) at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Vancouver campus.