Sherry (Shifteh) Essnaashari is a Homeopathic practitioner with over 15 years of experience in alternative medicine. Disillusioned by the conventional medical model at a young age, she sought natural alternatives in order to combat her own health issues. As she began to experience improvements, she became intrigued by the possibilities which natural modalities presented for health optimization. After completing a B.A. (Hon.) in political science in 1994, she joined Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (Ontario) to carry out a longitudinal study on children’s health. In 1995, Shifteh, embarked in cross cultural training abroad where she connected with indigenous communities in remote parts of Central America. During this time, she was mentored by a Herbalist/Shaman, worked in eco-tourism and taught English to children. Her self-directed initiatives allowed her to develop community projects that supported sustainable tourism. From 1997 to 2015, Shifteh continued with her studies in the healing arts and pursued intensive training in body awareness, meditation, MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Techniques) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapies; one of the most effective, evidence-based psychotherapy modalities. She also completed various other certifications in counselling, mental health, harm reduction and crisis intervention. Between 2000 and 2002, she incorporated the teachings into a series of psycho-educational wellness workshops for those with mental health issues; particularly those experiencing schizophrenia, depression, anxiety. On a weekly basis she also led and facilitated mental health educational workshops for secondary school youth as part of their community outreach curriculum requirements. In 2002, while working as a consultant, she conducted a needs assessment study on youth at risk in one of Toronto’s high priority neighbourhoods. The outcome of the study greatly impacted the provision of required youth specific services within that neighborhood. In 2007, she graduated with an Honours Diploma from the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine; the only College in Canada that is fully acknowledged and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Homeopathic Education in North America (ACHENA). Since then she has been practicing homeopathy. Homeopathy is a gentle, safe and effective medical art that is a natural alternative to conventional medicine. Combining her expertise in Homeopathy, along with Cognitive Behavioural therapy, and Reflexology, she is able to support children and youth using a wide array of skills. Her ability to use assessment skills and a holistic, caring approach assists her in treating and managing acute chronic conditions. Shifteh specializes in providing therapy for Trauma, Anxiety and Addictions. As a Homeopath, her areas of interest include Hormonal issues, Digestive concerns, Preventative Health, Pediatrics, and Nervous System Disorders. An approachable and compassionate professional, she brings an abundance of energy, and enthusiasm to everyone she meets. She continuously strives for higher learning, in order to remain current and to provide the most effective, individualized and holistic treatment plans. She is eager to share her expertise with the intention of addressing the imbalances, while empowering Youth to adapt healthier life style choices. She currently acts as our Health/Wellness Coach at Diversified Youth Initiative, where she provides her expertise in Facilitation, Counselling and Health/Wellness for Youth. We are excited to have Shifteh as part of our team.