Meet the Doctors

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Ariana Candaras ND graduated from the University of Guelph earning her BSc. in Biological Science and went on to complete her Doctor of Naturopathy degree at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). 

Ariana runs a general practice, and welcomes anyone looking to make positive changes to their health and wellbeing. She takes a special interest in mental health, stress management, hormonal imbalance, digestive issues and skin conditions. As a new mother, she also focuses on pre/postnatal and paediatric care. 

Ariana strives to make better health simple, and sustainable for all patients who walk through her door. She advocates for maintaining a balanced lifestyle and making health a priority in order to bring focus back to living a more enjoyable and meaningful life. 

Naturopathic medicine is a philosophy. Ariana practices it herself through maintaining an active, social and environmentally conscious lifestyle. She wants her patients to wholly thrive with what naturopathic medicine has to offer.

Outside the clinic, Ariana enjoys the outdoors, art, music, yoga and spending time with her husband and toddler.

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Marilyn May B.P.H.E., N.D. graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland Oregon in 1985 with her doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine degree after earning her B.P.H.E. from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She has taught Nutrition and Endocrinology, and has been Clinical supervisor for the offsite Residency Program of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She has served on the board of directors of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Medicine and vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She presently lectures at corporations in Hamilton, Burlington and Milton. Dr. May, N.D. has practiced at the Dundas Naturopathic Centre since 1987 using a full scope of naturopathic treatments including homeopathy, nutrition, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, botanical medicine, intravenous parenteral therapy (board certified 2002) and Bowen Therapy (certified 1995) in her practice. Her other interests include the piano, gardening, art, and skiing.

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Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, RHOM, obtained his PhD from Duke University in Forest Ecology and Botany and taught at Clemson and Washington State Universities. He returned to graduate studies and earned one ND from the now Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario, and a second ND and completed residency in homeopathic medicine from National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, Oregon. He has served the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) as Clinic Director, Associate Dean, Chief Naturopathic Officer, Chair of Materia Medica, and Professor of Materia Medica. He continues to teach various courses at CCNM, the National University of Health Sciences, and the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine. He also continues to conduct clinical research, publish and present scientific papers, and serve on various professional committees, nationally and internationally. He has practiced at the Dundas Naturopathic Centre since 1991 using the full scope of naturopathic medical modalities, including acupuncture, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, naturopathic manipulation, intravenous parenteral therapy, and lifestyle counselling.

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Dr. Rick Bhim MD (IMG/Unlicensed), ND is a graduate of both a conventional medical school and a naturopathic medical school. After graduating from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in 2016, Rick went on to do not one, but two naturopathic residency programs; starting as CCNM’s Clinical Resident and becoming the first CCNM Integrative Cancer Centre Resident. You would assume Rick would be tired of school, but he continues to work for the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine as an educator and clinic supervisor. Rick uses his educational background and clinical/hospital experience to support patients by integrating natural therapies alongside their already prescribed conventional ones. Rick wants to continue bridging the gap between natural and allopathic medicine as he supports patients with their quality of life, achieving their wellness goals and optimizing their health and clinical outcomes.

Rick has taken over the practice of the late Dr. James Spring, DC, ND, who served the Dundas community for over 40 years. He sees this opportunity as a tremendous honour and hopes to serve Dr. Spring’s patients, new patients and the community with excellence as Dr. Spring did.