Sustainable Integrated Medicine In Africa

Team Members

Dr. Jacqueline Davies, ND

Dr. John Dempster, ND

Dr. Jonathan Bablad, ND

Natalie Groenewoud

Brewster J. Scott ("B.Jae")

Emilie Salomons, R.TCMP, R.Ac

Kenya Team

Ameet Aggarwal, ND

Dr. Aggarwal will be in charge of the mobile clinics and will be the supervising doctor for volunteers. He is a committed individual, the founder of FIMAFRICA Canada and FIMAFRICA Kenya. Dr. Aggarwal is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto, Canada, and also did his post graduate in Gestalt Psychotherapy with the Gestalt Institute of Toronto. Currently, Dr. Aggarwal is licensed by the Kenya Ministry of Health, as well as by regulatory boards of Naturopathic medicine in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia in Canada. Dr. Aggarwal drove the initiative with the Canadian government to grant FIMAFRICA charitable status in April 2008.
In Kenya, Dr. Aggarwal volunteered his expertise to the Toru health clinic and the Kambi Mawe clinic in south Western Kenya. Both clinics are naturopathic clinics affiliated with Abha Light Foundation (ALF), a partner organization of FIMAFRICA. Dr. Aggarwal has supervised students from Canada who have volunteered with various ALF clinics. He has also spent his time with Kenyan doctors and surgeons at the local district hospital in Nanyuki town, and advised local doctors on protocols in Naturopathic medicine. Dr. Aggarwal gave lectures on diet, nutrition and digestive health in the management of HIV/AIDS to the Northern Communities Trust (NCT) VCT community health workers, and continues to work closely with them to incorporate the services of FIMAFRICA into their mandate.
In Canada, Dr. Aggarwal has worked as a primary care clinician at the Sherbourne Community Health Center, an HIV/AIDS center for impoverished populations in Toronto. Dr. Aggarwal taught counseling skills to students at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, based on his training in Gestalt Psychotherapy. He has also been a teaching assistant and supervisor at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM) in Vancouver. He also held private practice in Vancouver as well as in the small town of White Rock, before coming to Kenya to work as a field doctor for FIMAFRICA. Dr. Aggarwal was licensed by the regulatory boards of Ontario and British Columbia after passing extensive examinations governed by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE). He works with the intention of bringing affordable integrated medicine to remote communities, and will be growing FIMAFRICA so that it can provide better integrated medicine to other areas in Kenya.
Ameet believes naturopathy is extremely important in addressing the current medical needs in rural Africa, because modalities like homeopathy and nutrition act on a long term basis to treat the underlying cause of disease, improve immune function and overall body health.
Ameet teaching basic Qi-Gong at a Center for HIV/AIDS patients.
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Dr. Jacqueline Davies, ND

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Dr. John Dempster, ND

Dr. John Dempster, N.D. attended the University of Guelph where he studied Biological Sciences and earned an Honours Bachelor of Science degree while he competed as a downhill ski racer for 3 years with the U of G ski team. Following this he completed a four year professional program in Naturopathic Medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Toronto. There he was actively involved in the CCNM community and worked as a student representative for Biomed International. He has studied in Germany with the Occidental Institute Research Foundation (OIRF) where he was trained in Biological medicine focusing on individualized pH balancing and terrain analysis. John holds his Naturopathic Medical license in Ontario and is a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND). He currently practices at Phoenix Health & Fitness Clinic in Mississauga, and 889 Yonge Holistic Lifestyle in Toronto, Ontario. Contact dr.dempster@gmail.com
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Emilie Salomons, R.TCMP, R.Ac

Emilie Salomons, R.TCMP, R.Ac, is a licensed Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a registrant of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture of BC. She is a graduate of the five year Doctor of TCM program at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver. After graduation, Emilie spend eight months in Beijing, China, doing post graduate studies at the Dongzhimen University hospital and the Ditan hospital for HIV and Infectious Diseases. In keeping with her commitment to working at the community level, Emilie has worked and volunteered as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist in New York (Bronx), Vancouver and Richmond. Currently she has a private practice in Yaletown and is working for both the Centre for Concurrent Disorders and two youth addiction centres.
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Natalie Groenewoud, Naturopathic Student, Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine

After spending almost five years studying and playing NCAA division 1 soccer for the University of Hawaii at Manoa Natalie graduated with a degree in Biology and minor in Botany. Natalie then in 2005 decided to fulfill her lifelong ambition of studying Naturopathic Medicine by moving back home to Vancouver and enrolling at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. She is presently finishing up her second year as a student there and excited to move towards Naturopathic Medicine abroad and possibly midwifery.
“There has always been a driven desire in my heart to go to Africa and practice Naturopathic Medicine, so it was a true blessing that Ameet inquired to Boucher for volunteers to help build FIMAFRICA. I am very excited to be a part of this vision and dedicated to make FIMAFRICA a complete success!”
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Brewster Jae Scott, Naturopathic Student, Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine

Brewster is a Naturopathic Student at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. She completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, during which time she was a part of Allison Environmental Society called the Eco-Action society, whose mandate was to raise awareness for the environmental issues present around their school. She was also a part of the Mount Allison Chapter of Free the Children, where she helped organize and participated in the first FTC University Conference covering topics such as non-violent communication, world affairs and peace keeping. She travelled to Kenya with Leaders Today, an affiliate of FTC, where she helped build a school house and taught children on the Masai Mara. This experience opened her eyes to a different way to look at the world, and ever since that time, she has wanted to be part of initiatives that promote peace, healing and growth in all parts of the world. FIMAFRICA welcomes Brewster as an extremely valuable member of our team!
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