Our practitioners

Dr. David Manning Sam Rafoss, RHN Heather Mix, RHN, RMT Heather Crowe, RHN

Dr. David Manning

Dr. Manning is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, ON. This four-year Doctorate program includes the medical science courses and health sciences common to a medical education, with the added benefit of learning botanical medicine, physical medicine, hydrotherapy, homoeopathy, counselling, acupuncture and clinical nutrition as treatment options. He completed his science prerequisites at the University of Guelph, and at CCNM prior to entering the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program.

Previously Dr. Manning studied music and philosophy at the University of Western Ontario. After a brief career as a musician, he shifted into the world of business running his own companies then working for one of the top 100 companies in Canada. He then realized his calling into the world of alternative health care and went back to school to become a Naturopathic Doctor.

Dr. Manning currently lives and practices in Calgary, Alberta, after moving from a successful clinic based in Toronto Ontario. Dr. Manning is a member of the Alberta Association of Naturopathic Practitioners and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and is licenced in both Alberta and Ontario as a Naturopathic Doctor.

Dr. Manning has also been a certified personal trainer and has been practising yoga for the past 10+ years and is a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher and taught for six years. His desire to combine the mind-body-spirit connection into his philosophy of health has created an overall philosophy to his naturopathic practice.

Dr. Manning's practice is a Family Medicine practice and welcomes all ages with diverse concerns and conditions, for primary care or co-management with your standard health care physician.

To book an appointment with Dr. Manning, please email him.

Sam Rafoss

Sam Rafoss, RHN is Board Certified in Practical Holistic Nutrition™ and honored to be part of the team at Minding Health & Body. She specializes in weight loss, women's health and family health. Sam is a Reiki Master and provides treatments by appointment. She also teaches nutrition courses, next door to the wellness centre, at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN) and provides workshops and presentations to schools, corporations and community groups.

To learn more about Sam, you can find her at www.holisticnutritiongirl.com

Heather Mix

Heather Mix graduated from the Grant MacEwan Massage Therapy Program in Edmonton in 1999. Upon completion, she went on to acquire her certification in pre and perinatal massage, focusing not only on the prenatal benefits of massage, but also on facilitating the labour process and post-partum recovery. To compliment her massage therapy skills, Heather has also practiced as a professional labour assistant, otherwise known as a Doula. Heather went on to acquire her certification in foot reflexology, through the Universal College of Reflexology in 2005. With this holistic therapy, Heather also offers Therapeutic European Reflexology and Maternity Reflexology; the latter is specifically designed sessions to address infertility, pregnancy and post-partum concerns.

To compliment her services, Heather graduated from the Canadian College of Natural Nutrition (CSNN) with a diploma in Holistic Nutrition in 2009. With this degree she practices as a holistic nutritionist (RHN) and lifestyle consultant. Heather specializes in women's health, pediatrics and digestive health.

As a registered therapist, she is a member of the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC) since 1999, and the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners (CANNP) since 2009. Her goal is to promote natural healing and awareness though mind- body connection, education, and utilizing food as medicine.

Heather Crowe

Heather Crowe is the founder of Synergistic Nutrition & Wellness Inc. specializing in pediatric nutrition. She is an RHN honours graduate of CSNN, Canada`s leading and most recognized school in natural nutrition. Heather`s holistic nutritional practice is the only one of its kind in Calgary where she has personally developed an Integrative Support Program designed to support parents of children with learning disabilities and associated behavioural disorders such as ADHD, ODD, High Functioning Autism, and Aspergers.

Heather is currently working with a Learning Specialist on the Calgary Board of Education in an effort to collaborate with the educational system across Calgary, Alberta to educate teachers, children, parents, community, health care professionals and specialists alike on the connection between, attention, learning, behaviour and diet.

Since graduating from CSNN Heather continues to empower herself with health healing knowledge as she passionately believes in exploring and removing the deep underlying causes of disease and tapping into the body's innate and powerful ability to encourage natural healing. Heather`s life journey as a mother of three teenage children, two of which have been diagnosed as having ADHD, ODD, and communication learning disabilities has led to the discovery that nourishing food is one of the most fundamental elements to life and health and that none of the therapeutic treatment protocols can create absolute health without incorporating nutritional wellness.

Heather is a public speaker and is currently heading a Healthy Living Challenge for seniors 55+ as a pilot study for the city of Calgary. To further explore how Heather can help educate, guide, and support you and /or your family please visit her website at www.synergisticnutrition.ca or send her an e-mail.