Meet Dr. Jordan Robertson, ND.

CEO of the Confident Clinician

Our Story

You probably imagined a different life after graduation.

Maybe you expected to wake up, pour a coffee and read over the latest journal on how to support your patients, written by someone in your profession. You probably imagined a profession that supported you in your growth, that was leading us all down a path towards more confident and effective care for our patients. You probably expected a profession that was creating benchmarks and guidelines that we would all work towards achieving in our individual practices.

Except that’s not how we do it. 

Instead there are thousands of us scrambling between appointments with our patients to stay up to date on our own. You’re left to either read pamphlets from supplement companies or non-integrative journals to figure out where you fit. It’s an industry expectation to spend hours working on treatment plans to find the right thing for each individual patient. 

Our founder and CEO, Dr. Jordan Robertson, ND’s path to change the profession has been long and relentless. After designing and implementing courses at McMaster University on evidence-based nutrition and integrative medicine, lecturing to her colleagues and publishing wherever she could, she had a major realization. 

We’ve never made continuing education about helping practitioners help their patients.

Educating clinicians was either about the presenter, the sponsor or a checkmark on a continuing education sheet. It was never about learning. It was never about patients actually getting the best of what we have to offer. 

“I knew if we were going to change things, we’d have to do it together as a community and alone, without sponsorship. We’d have to honour our educators and value evidence-based care.” ~ Dr. Jordan Robertson,ND

We need the Confident Clinician. So we built it. 

In the first year of the program we attracted over 400 clinicians and have a 95% membership renewal rate. We are changing the way we “do” continuing education in our profession. You’ll never attend a lecture where you don’t learn anything. We’re done with sponsored content. We’re done with just getting check marks for credits. 

So welcome to our community that is changing the game. A community that is starting a revolution in Integrative and Naturopathic Care. We’re here for you. Let’s change your practice so you can change the lives of your patients.

Our Expert Clinicians

Dr. Jordan Robertson, ND
Helping women and people with ovaries move from overwhelmed and misunderstood to confident and capable of managing their hormone health, Dr. Jordan Robertson ND has supported thousands of patients in their PMS, perimenopause and menopause journey.

Dr. Jordan has worked as the off-site Naturopathic Doctor for the Endometriosis clinic at McMaster University for many years and has developed and facilitated courses for McMaster on integrative medicine and nutrition. Dr. Jordan is the CEO of The Confident Clinician, an online platform that educates over 400 Naturopathic Doctors across Canada and the USA by supporting clinicians with the best science-based practices for integrative medicine and teaches regularly on how to support patients with PMS, PCOS, perimenopause, endometriosis and menopause.

Dr. Jordan’s experience in HRT prescribing offers her patients a unique experience where they can choose the best solutions to support their needs.

Dr. Kara Dionisio, ND

Dr. Kara Dionisio, B.Sc, M.Sc, ND, NCMP is a sparkly-geeky-lady-doctor-in-heels with a clinical focus in women’s health and hormones. Equipped with expert hormone detective skills, she helps women understand (and even fall in love with) their hormones. She has particular street cred in hormones, period problems, vaginal issues, menopause, and bioidentical hormone therapy.

After owning a large and successful integrative health clinic in Owen Sound, Health Squad, she gave it up to focus solely on her clinical practice and to forge new directions in women’s health. She sees patients in person and virtually all over Ontario.

Dr. Kara is one of only a few Naturopathic Doctors in North America accredited as a North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Certified Practitioner (NCMP).

Dr. Kim Bretz, ND

While Dr. Kim Bretz ND has been practicing for 20 years, the last 13 have been focused with an intense love (obsession?) on the gut and microbiota (the kind where she reads research while drying her hair to make it a more enjoyable way to pass the time). 

She is passionate international speaker and adores educating health care professionals. She has worked in consulting & lecturing for numerous companies including Thorne, Designs for Health, Cytomatrix, New Roots Herbal, Rocky Mountain Analytical and Ferring Pharmaceuticals. She also teaches a 3rd year course at the University of Waterloo Pharmacy School in Complementary and Alternative Medicine focusing on interprofessionalism and has been the clinical lead with Spagnuolo research team out of the University of Guelph. 

Kim strongly believes that what we do within gut health can not only improve the lives of our patients but make the healthcare system work better. And we actually have the evidence in this area to start to back those ideas up!

Dr. Antonella Ruiz, ND

Antonella Aguilera Ruiz is a naturopathic doctor based in Northern California. Her virtual clinic, Wild Lemon Health, specializes in mental health using a whole person approach.

The clinic incorporates evidence- based nutrition with integrative medicine along with health coaching, group classes and mind-body medicine. After graduating magna cum laude at Santa Clara University, she earned her naturopathic doctorate (ND) from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, OR. She is licensed by the California Naturopathic Medicine Committee and the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine.

Dr. Alexandra Verge, ND

Dr. Alexandra Verge is a naturopathic doctor and clinic owner living and working in downtown Guelph, Ontario. Combining her university background in nutritional sciences with a long-standing interest in health and well-being, Alex has provided nutrition-centered, evidence-informed naturopathic care to her community for over 20 years.

 Over that time, her clinic focus has shifted from general practice to issues more commonly experienced by people as they age; arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, generational stresses, and, in particular, cardiovascular disease. In fact, in recent years, Alex would say that the subject has, well, captured her heart. A member of both Hypertension Canada and the National Lipid Association, she especially loves helping people better understand how hypertension and hyperlipidemia affect their current and future cardiovascular risk while developing manageable yet effective strategies to mitigate these same factors.

 A (Gretchen Rubin) Questioner who likes to follow rules but needs a good reason to do so, and a Libra who doesn’t believe in astrology but couldn’t be more Libra if she tried, Alex feels very strongly about finding one’s own balance in life. So although she spends too much time debating local politics, researching every single thing that interests her, and worrying if she’ll have time to read all the books she wants to – she’s ok with that.

Dr. Alison Danby, ND

Dr. Alison Danby is a Naturopathic Doctor with a clinical focus on autoimmune conditions. She graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2007, previously she was a high school teacher.

Education has always been a passion of hers that continued into her Naturopathic career as a professional speaks for health care professionals and, also inspiring and empowering people struggling with autoimmune through her podcast Autoimmune Simplified. Dr. Danby’s passion and mission is helping people manage and navigate their autoimmune conditions.

She is the founder of The Autoimmune Institute, The Autoimmune Integrative Clinic, and owner of The Root of Health, Integrative Health Clinic. When she’s not working with clients she is enjoying nature, hiking with her 2 puppies, Olive and Carob.

Dr. Ashley Chauvin, ND
Dr. Ashley Chauvin, ND knew from a young age that she wanted to support patients who had a diagnosis of cancer. Knowing she preferred patient contact to spending time in a lab, Ashley graduated with a degree in Radiation Therapy. During her internship, patients had questions about whether or not natural therapies could effect their overall prognosis. Seeing the impact that diet and lifestyle changes had on her own health led Ashley to become interested in the effectiveness and safety of herbs, supplements and nutrition in combination with chemotherapy and radiation.

She decided to make a career change to be able to support patients who had these questions as well as to bridge the gap between conventional and natural medicine. Ashley attended the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received training in naturopathic adjunctive cancer care as an intern.

Upon graduating from CCNM, she completed a residency program where she received additional training in intravenous therapy, mistletoe therapy and loco regional hyperthermia. Dr. Ashley has worked exclusively in cancer care for most of her career. She has an interest in supporting women who have experienced breast cancer.

Ashley believes in an integrative and evidence based approach. Ashley is also passionate about creating individualized treatment plans to assist in the prevention of primary and recurrent cancers using nutrition, lifestyle, supplements and intravenous therapy.

Ashley supports patients experiencing cancer treatment related side effects like medically induced menopause and fatigue.

Dr. Ashley wants her patients to understand their options and how they can support themselves during and after conventional care so they can feel empowered, and thrive in survivorship.

Dr. Briana Botsford ND
Dr. Briana Botsford, ND

Dr. Briana Botsford is a Naturopathic Doctor and owner of Flow Functional Health Care in Edmonton, Alberta. She completed her undergraduate education at Queen’s University in Physical and Health Education and Life Sciences. She attended the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine to complete her designation as an ND with a focus in sports medicine. She is an Ironman triathlete and passionate member of the local triathlon and crossfit communities.

Dr. Botsford is working to update and provide evidence-based guidelines to support female athletes through nutrition, lifestyle nutritional supplementation. She has a special interest in concussion and female athletes.

Dr. Carly King, ND

Dr. Carly King is a registered naturopathic doctor practicing in Dundas, Ontario. She obtained her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and also holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from McMaster University.

Dr. Carly completed her internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic and the Sherbourne HIV Health Centre, while also volunteering her time with Natural Doctors International at a clinic in Nicaragua. She has a clinical interest in pregnancy, fertility and pediatric care. Her goal is to empower couples with evidence-based information to guide them through healthy and supported pregnancies as they start their journeys into parenthood and beyond.

Dr. Laura Jasmin, ND

Laura completed her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Western University where she was honoured to receive the Gold Medal for graduating at the top of her class. She went on to complete her Doctor of Naturopathy degree at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto. While at CCNM she was part of the Naturopathic Student Association and was the student representative for the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

Laura completed her internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic and the Brampton Naturopathic Teaching Clinic at Brampton Civic Hospital. She has also completed additional certification as a Naturopathic Doula, and additional Lactation Education training with the International Breastfeeding Centre.

Laura’s clinical practice focuses on fertility, postpartum health, breastfeeding, and all things hormones.

Dr. Lisa Maddalena, ND
Dr. Lisa Maddalena’s practice focuses on helping women understand and take control of their hormones, more notably the sneaky symptoms of perimenopause and menopause.

She holds a Masters in Nutritional Sciences, which rounded out her medical science and clinical nutrition degree before going on to pursue Naturopathic medicine, the perfect balance between medical science and natural healing. She holds extensive continuing education training in hormone assessment and the use of Hormone Replacement.

Dr. Sylvi Martin, ND

Sylvi helps individuals to improve their relationship with food and optimize their nutrition with intuitive and mindful eating. She is a naturopathic doctor, registered nurse and Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor who is also a Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) facilitator. Sylvi helps individuals experiencing mental health related challenges and disordered eating behaviour; her approach is weight-inclusive and focuses on improving wellbeing without dieting as she applies an evidence-based approach to therapeutic nutrition. She facilitates an 8-week group treatment program which helps women rediscover what it means to eat mindfully and intuitively, so they can break free from old patterns and finally feel at peace with food and their bodies.

Sylvi maintains dual practises in nursing and naturopathic medicine. After completing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Laurentian University in 2004, she practised acute care psychiatric nursing at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto where she also completed a nursing research fellowship. She went on to graduate from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2009 after which she began her private naturopathic practice in Toronto. In addition to her naturopathic practise, Sylvi maintained her nursing practise by working on a mental health team for an Ontario health regulator where she was also part of a mental health response team for individuals in crisis.

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