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The Professional Me

Dr. Shelley Burns is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor. She works alongside medical doctors, consulting as a team, to offer the best advice from medical, naturopathic and nutrition worlds.

Shelley completed the four-year program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, where she received the NaturoMedic Award for proficiency in Naturopathic Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Philosophy from Wilfred Laurier University and certification in Complementary and Integrative Medicine from the Harvard Medical School.

Shelley has taught the Phytotherapy Program in the areas of Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Specialties in Phytotherapy, Physical Examination and Differential Diagnosis at Mohawk-McMaster University. She understands the importance of naturopathic education which brought her to supervise at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic where she teaches her students using three principles – integrity, intention and confidence.

As a speaker Shelley has had the opportunity to address a diversity of groups both nationally and internationally. She is a columnist for the US publication – Skin Deep Magazine and she has been quoted in Maclean’s magazine, The Toronto Star, Fashion Magazine, Alternative Medicine Magazine, Your Best Health Magazine, The Medical Post. She has appeared in interviews on CTV and Zoomer Radio.

Shelley has always had a passion for moving her profession to the forefront and because of this upon graduation she joined the Board of Directors of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND). She eventually became the Chair of the Board and was an integral part of ensuring Naturopathic Doctors are able to practice to full scope.

My Ebb and Flow

Simple pleasures and ‘larger than life’ experiences. Essentially it is what makes me tick. My passion and love of life.

What Inspires Me

Travel – my goal is to visit every continent in the world and so far I have been on 4 of the 7. Not bad!

Racing open wheeled cars

Great conversations – philosopher at heart!

Listening to people’s stories – who they are and how they came to be


Challenging myself daily – which really can be difficult at times – both mentally and physically

Spontaneously opening a bottle of champagne with my husband for no other reason but to celebrate life

Swimming in the ocean with stingrays and turtles


Being in my tent

Laughing – one’s best medicine