OAND Spring Conference

OAND Spring Conference

April 20 2024
Novotel Toronto North York Hotel


OAND Spring Conference 

We’re eager to reconnect in person for a full day of professional practice building, education, and collaboration. 

On the tabs above you will find the agenda, speaker sessions and bios; we hope you can join!




Your paid spring conference registration will include access to a full day of educational sessions, and food/beverages throughout the day.

If you are interested in attending the Annual Meeting only, please click ‘register now’ to be directed to the registration page.

Please note the following:
-The Spring Conference event is LIVE only and will not be recorded
-The Annual Meeting is for OAND members only and will be held hybrid



Hotel Accommodations

Novotel Toronto North York

3 Park Home Avenue, Toronto ON M2N 6L3

(416) 733-2929

Discounted room rates are available until April 8th. To reserve our special rate ($189) you can call hotel reservation directly at 416-733-2929 extension 1 and mention group name “OAND” or Block ID#1747860. If you wish to reserve through email instead, you can reach out to reservations@novotelnorthyork.com.

8:30 AM - 9:00 AMDelegate Registration with Tradeshow
9:00 AM - 10:00 AMDr. Kara Dionisio, ND + Dr. Jordan Robertson, ND: Menopause Hits The Main Stage. How Naturopathic Doctors are poised to support the most evidence-informed menopause care in Ontario (PART 1)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AMMorning Break and Tradeshow
10:30 AM - 12:00 PMAnnual Meeting
12:00 PM - 1:00 PMLunch sponsored by New Chapter
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMDoug Carter: From Roots to Reach: The Art of Communicating Naturopathy
2:00 PM - 3:00 PMDr. Kara Dionisio, ND + Dr. Jordan Robertson, ND: Menopause Hits The Main Stage. How Naturopathic Doctors are poised to support the most evidence-informed menopause care in Ontario (PART 2)
3:00 PM - 3:30 PMAfternoon Break and Tradeshow
3:30 PM - 4:30 PMDr. Greg Nasmith, MA, ND (inactive): Naturopathic Medicine at the Fore Front of Primary Care


Dr. Kara Dionisio, ND + Dr. Jordan Robertson, ND
Session: Menopause Hits The Main Stage. How Naturopathic Doctors are poised to support the most evidence-based menopause care in Ontario

Credits: 2 Category A (1 Pharmacology; 1 General) pending

As menopause captures increasing attention in public and healthcare discussions, there’s a pivotal opportunity for Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) to spearhead the clinical approach to supporting health during midlife and the menopause transition. Despite Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) having a controversial history, it’s emerging as a standard care option to alleviate menopause symptoms. Yet, supporting health at this life stage demands a more comprehensive and foundational approach that extends beyond hormone therapy. Naturopathic Doctors, with their distinctive expertise, are ideally positioned to provide this multifaceted care.

In this special 2-hour session, Dr. Kara Dionisio, ND, and Dr. Jordan Robertson, ND, will empower and equip clinicians to become indispensable allies in their patients’ menopause journeys. This presentation will delve into the latest HRT research and applications while also underscoring the essential aspects of lifestyle and non-hormonal support. Attendees will be inspired to actively engage in this area of healthcare, confident in the pivotal role they play in delivering 360-degree support to those navigating the menopause transition

In partnership with: The Confident Clinician

Dr. Kara Dionisio B.Sc, M.Sc, ND, MSCP views menopause as a pivotal opportunity, a cornerstone philosophy that propels her mission to revolutionize the approach to menopause and midlife health for women, patients, and healthcare providers alike. Dr. Kara was one of the first ND’s to earn the Menopause Society Certified Practitioner (MSCP) designation in 2020, and is also trained in Pelvic Health Physiotherapy. Dr. Kara and her team at Dr. Kara & Associates in Owen Sound, Ontario, are committed to providing evidence-based care specifically tailored to address the unique health needs of women during menopause and midlife. To extend her impact beyond 1-on-1 care, she co-founded "Menoverse," a platform to educate and empower women navigating menopause with evidence-based education. A recognized speaker and mentor, Dr. Kara educates clinicians throughout North America on topics related to menopause and midlife health. As a faculty member of The Confident Clinician, she leads the Menopause Fellowship program, nurturing the next generation of menopause healthcare professionals. Residing in Owen Sound, Ontario, with her two feisty children, her red-bearded Irish dude, and their very beagly beagle, Dr. Kara extends a warm invitation to join her in reshaping the narrative around menopause as an opportunity for vibrant health. Dr. Jordan Robertson is a Naturopathic Doctor, clinic owner and author. Her background in critical appraisal and research lead her to develop and implement courses on research in integrative medicine and nutrition at McMaster University for 10 years and has gifted her numerous speaking and education opportunities across Canada and the US. She has lectured for various groups including McMaster Medical School, The Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, the Canadian Fertility Show and The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and the University of Waterloo Pharmacy school. She has also been a guest on multiple podcasts across North America discussing women’s health. Dr. Robertson has a special interest in women’s health, including expertise on PMS, menopause, fertility, PCOS and endometriosis. Dr. Robertson it the off-site Naturopathic Doctor for the McMaster Hospital Endometriosis Clinic, and owns an integrative medical centre, Clarity Health in Burlington Ontario. She hosts the Women’s Health Unplugged podcast and owns The Confident Clinician, an evidence-based education platform for integrative practitioners.

Doug Carter
Session: From Roots to Reach: The Art of Communicating Naturopathy Communicate Your Message Effectively for Lasting Impact

Credits: 1 Category B

In a time when health care needs what NDs have to offer, we face a crucial challenge when it comes to our visibility. We have yet to forge a message that connects with the masses – one that has every patient and policymaker in Ontario understand the transformative capacity of naturopathic medicine. If we want to be leaders in the broader healthcare conversation, we must unite under a compelling narrative and persuasively communicate that message.

There has never been a more pressing time for our profession to step into a leadership role within the healthcare system in Ontario, and the OAND is invested in leading this charge. We are thrilled to introduce our members to strategic communication and messaging expert, Doug Carter, who will help us craft this compelling message and teach us how to make sure our voices are heard.

An internationally sought-after consultant, Doug will lead an interactive discussion aimed at cutting through these challenges. It is time to step out from the shadows and make our message resonate far and wide. This session will change how you talk about your craft, and you will leave with a clear message for your practice, allowing you to connect with potential patients in an entirely new way. And, as a community, we will come together and contribute to a unified message as we work to transform healthcare from patient to policy.

Key Takeaways:

  • Tangible skills for effective strategic messaging and communication.
  • Strategies to overcome misunderstanding and skepticism in the naturopathic field.
  • The potential for increased patient interest, loyalty, and practice revenue.
  • A role in shaping a unified message for the naturopathic profession.

Invest in your communication skills, drive practice growth, and contribute to the transformative future of naturopathic healthcare.

Doug Carter, the owner of Presentations Etc. is an experienced consultant, coach and conference speaker who has delivered Presentation Skills Training workshops and seminars in Canada, the United States, Europe and South Africa. With his extensive background in business and education as a Secondary School Teacher and University of Toronto Instructor, Doug provides a simple, refreshing and unique presentation perspective. Doug works with forward-thinking clients who wish to increase revenues and enhance their image by creating, developing and delivering engaging, persuasive and professional Pitches and Presentations. His ultimate goal is: In an informative, practical and enjoyable environment, to coach, train and guide our profession to ensure that our message is clear, and our voices heard.

Dr. Greg Nasmith, MA, ND (Inactive); Project Coordinator, Department of Family Medicine, Ottawa University
Session: Navigating New Horizons: Naturopathic Doctors in Team-based Primary Care

Credits: 1 Category A pending

Join Dr. Nasmith as he explores the urgent challenges facing human health resources and the need for a pivotal shift towards a collaborative, interprofessional approach in healthcare. In this talk, we’ll explore the evolving landscape and where naturopathic medicine can make significant contributions. Discover how naturopathic principles can help position our profession as a key resource in primary care teams. Get inspired about the future of health care and gain valuable insights into navigating this crucial juncture, where Naturopathic Doctors can help create a more resilient and patient-focused healthcare future.

Dr. Greg Nasmith, MA, ND (Inactive) (he/him) has a background rooted in health education. After graduating from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, he was a Clinical Resident and subsequently a Clinic Supervisor and part-time faculty at the college. Prior to pursuing a naturopathic degree, Greg worked on national and international projects centered on family medicine education at the University of Toronto and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Most recently, he has been supporting the naturopathic profession in the national Team Primary Care project, whose goal is to transform primary care through interprofessional education. He currently works as a Project Specialist at the University of Ottawa’s Department of Family Medicine.

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