About our Founder & Faculty

About the Founder
Judyann McNamara

MSc, ND, D.Hom • MICH Founder, Director and Teacher​
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At our public conferences, people often ask why I left the world of biomedical physics to begin clinical practice as a homeopath almost 30 years ago. Certainly, some of the experiments I witnessed involving bio-photon exchange and transmission in living cells caught my interest and sparked me to explore quantum biology and subtle energy fields. However, it was really the opportunity prompted by disease that led to my career change.

The Opportunity of Disease

My health severely deteriorated in my 30s. I had undergone multiple operations to correct a deformity at birth, a severe case of a congenital disorder known as pectus escavatum. The operations were mostly experimental, and one involved the removal of my sternum and thymus gland when I was an infant. This created a compromised immune system, a displaced heart, tiny lungs, and almost constant prescriptions of antibiotics. It was in pure desperation that I tried homeopathy in my adulthood, and the results were astounding. My energy and vitality increased in a short time, my immune system began to function like it never had before. Homeopathy provided me with a new lease on life, and a new direction for my curiosity. By 1992, I had left my position as vice-president of a research instrument company, and had begun a practice in Naturopathy with an emphasis on homeopathy. I became a teacher, and eventually the Director of a non-profit Naturopathy school, the NHC, where I met up with Melissa Dair and Carla Marcelis, who have remained close friends and devoted associates in the founding of the Montreal Institute of Classical Homeopathy, lovingly known as MICH (pronounced “meesh”).

The Human Journey

My life, and those of my clients have taught me that disease can be an opportunity. As a director and teacher at a school of natural health,  I elaborated the theme that disease can be an opportunity to examine our life journey, meaningfulness and direction.

Whatever our background, culture, profession, or lot in life, it is essential to know who we are, and how to live meaningful lives. Perhaps, like many people, you have postponed the dream of your heart. Disease can help us realize that many of the things holding us back from inhabiting our lives to the fullest, holding back the creative flow of our own destiny, are false things, only false desires and images formed in our minds.

We have one life, and it is a shame to limit and impoverish it by fear and false barriers that we construct for ourselves. To be a human person fully alive is to express one’s passionate instinct, and to come into rhythm with life. Many of us are not living the life that we love, but living the life that we have forced ourselves to live. Our disease is often there to remind us that we have come out of rhythm with our own individual nature, and to invite us back, in the solitude of the healing process, to reclaim it.

The shape of each soul is different, the journey and destiny unique for each person. Trying to repeat what others are doing or force oneself to live what others expect is to belittle one’s own deeper nature. Disease is the call to come back in, to our gentle solitude, to find again the dream that lies in the hearth of our soul. We need to learn to look at that dream and feel it, like a child on the threshold of discovery, where there is delight and ease and joy and celebration.

Disease teaches us that the physical and the transcendental are intertwined in a glorious dance that takes us into, and through our suffering, to the passion and glory of life.

The MICH Faculty

The MICH faculty is made up of a dedicated group of individuals who come from complementary backgrounds, but with a shared passion for helping humanity and the earth with Holism and homeopathy. We have collaborated for many years in teaching, researching holistic approaches, and the role of personal transformation in healing. We all teach by vocation, share a common work ethic and personal interest in our students’ evolution and development. This makes for a well-integrated faculty with members who deeply respect each other and value each other’s contributions. As a team, we provide consistency in both philosophy and approach and know how to work together and for the students’ best interests. All MICH teachers hold a holistic understanding of the human condition, and the transpersonal nature of Holistic practice.

Find out more about each mich faculty member
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MSc, N.D., DHom, DHP, HOM, CCH
  • Unicist, classically-trained Homeopath (Certified Classical Homeopath with the Council of Homeopathic Certification, a registrant with the College of Homeopaths of Ontario (CHO), and the SPHQ)
  • Naturopath (ANPQ)
  • Natural Health Consultant (NHC)
  • Holistic Practitioner (MICH)
  • Clinical Practice (25+ years)
  • Physics – Honours, Masters work in biophysics
  • Post-graduate bio-medical and biophysics research
  • Teacher of various scientific and holistic courses since 1980.

Judyann McNamara

MICH Founder, Director and Teacher

Originally a physicist and biomedical researcher (biophysics), Judyann has had a clinical practice for over 25 years, has held conferences since 1984 and has been a teacher of courses in physics, science, health, holism and spirituality since 1975. She is a Homeopath with classical unicist training, a Naturopath, and the founder of MICH.

Judyann graduated with honours in Physics, and a major in Biology and went on to graduate studies in microwaves and field theory. While working in the Bio-medical/Bio-Physics research field, she witnessed interesting experiments involving bio-photon exchange and transmission in living cells, which sparked her to explore research in quantum biology and subtle energy fields, and led her to homeopathy.

She thoroughly enjoys sharing her insights for prescribing on the deepest level possible, fervently exploring the mysteries of life with her students and colleagues.

Contribution at MICH

Holistic understanding, diagnosis and process. Judyann facilitates students’ ability to perceive another’s essential nature, in order to see and address the individual as a whole. She is known for her interactive and experiential conferences, which explore awareness, diagnosis, and homeopathic process from a holistic (and quantum) understanding.

MSc, HOM, N.D., DHom, DHP
  • Homeopath (MICH trained Homeopath, a registrant with the College of Homeopaths of Ontario (CHO), and the SPHQ)
  • Naturopath (ANPQ)
  • Masters Degree in Medicine (Netherlands)
  • Holistic Practitioner (MICH)
  • Clinical Practice (25+ years)
  • Researcher, writer, co-author, translator and editor of numerous medical, women’s health and international health articles, studies, resource documents and guides.
  • Teacher of various women’s health, naturopathic ad medical courses since 1995.

Carla Marcelis

MICH Co-founder, Teacher and Clinic Supervisor

Carla shares more than 25 years of experience in clinical practice with our students. Carla’s teaching encourages respect of the natural vital force that enlivens and orchestrates the delicate and harmonious functioning of the organism throughout its life. Her medical background, combined with many years of naturopathic, homeopathic and nutritional experience provides a rich and multi-dimensional understanding of the human body. She shares her knowledge with enthusiasm and brings to life even the driest of subjects with examples from her practice and experience.

Contribution at MICH

Her extensive expertise of the human body within the holistic human experience breathes life into anatomy, pathology, pharmacology and nutrition taught at MICH. She provides a deep understanding of the cycles of life and the special requirements of each stage in order to determine the appropriate supports for every individual case.

BEd, N.D., DHom, DHP
  • MICH Homeopath (D.Hom) MICH trained Homeopath
  • Bachelor of Education, Phys. Ed. Major, (McGill University)
  • Diploma in Special Education (McGill)
  • Spiritual Psychotherapy Certificate (NHC)
  • Association des Naturopathes Professionnels du Quebec (ANPQ)
  • Private practice for 10+ years

Melissa Dair

MICH Co-founder, Teacher and Facilitator

Melissa brings more than 20 years of experience in education as a teacher, professional learning facilitator, and student support coordinator. In addition to this professional background, her training in holistic counselling and homeopathy has added an important dimension to the depth of her understanding of the human journey. Melissa’s highly honed communication skills inspire students to discover and express their highest potential, as she accompanies them on their path of self-discovery, learning and growth.

Contribution at MICH

Her skills in participant-centred and creative teaching methodologies provide an enriching learning environment. Her extensive experience in counselling for therapeutic and personal development, process, and integration. She is also involved in the training and coordinating of facilitators.

DHom, Hom, N.D., DHP
  • MICH Homeopath, registrant with the College of Homeopaths of Ontario (CHO)
  • Certified Naturopath and Member of Regroupement des Intervenants et Thérapeutes en Médecine Alternative (RITMA)
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
    Certified Acupressure Therapist
  • Yoga instructor
  • Private practice for 10+ years

Adam Fiore

MICH Registrar, Clinic Supervisor, Facilitator

Adam brings his rich experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Yogic healing arts, where he is certified both as an Acupressure therapist and Yoga instructor, as well as his training practice as a Naturopath. As a long-time practitioner of meditation, he fully embodies and practices the Holistic approach and philosophy of MICH. He has utilized various body-mind modalities in his work with children, teenagers and adults, working in areas such as spectrum disorders, addiction and mental health. He was trained at MICH as a Homeopath and Holistic Practitioner and has been a very appreciated key teacher, clinical supervisor and facilitator at MICH for many years

Contribution at MICH

Ever-expanding knowledge of provings and the Materia Medica, participant-centred case taking facilitation, supervising clinic cases, and overseeing academic evaluation and records. His direct personal experience and background in holistic health make him a rich resource for those wanting to make meaningful lifestyle changes.

DHom, N.D., DHP, MT
  • Homeopath (MICH Trained, D.Hom, SPHQ)
  • Naturopath (ANPQ)
  • Massage Therapist (RMQ)
  • Private practice

Suzana Da Costa

MICH Learning Coordinator, Facilitator, Supervisor, Marketing & Communications Manager

Suzana is a MICH Homeopath, Naturopath and Holistic Practitioner and a massage therapist with extensive therapist-client relationship experience from which she draws when facilitating and supporting students throughout their MICH training. Her creative interests which include the study of the art of astrology and many systems of understanding that mediate between different dimensions of life, bring an aesthetic, insightful and sensitive dimension to MICH’s online presence, and her role as a guide with students. She helps them navigate the energetic, symbolic and emotional dimensions of the personal process.

Contribution at MICH

Creating an inspiring and personalized learning environment, a web presence that reflects the depth and breadth of the MICH training.

BA, DHOM, N.D., DHP
  • MICH trained Homeopath, Holistic Practitioner (D.Hom, DHP)
  • Naturopath (ANPQ)
  • Private practice

Christiane Magee

MICH ACADEMIC ADVISOR AND COUNSELLOR, FACILITATOR, CLINIC SUPERVISOR

Christiane’s curiosity and her keen interest in Holism, Quantum biology, evolution and health finds its way into the many forms of support that she provides to the students and MICH. Christiane uses her experience as a homeopath, naturopath and holistic practitioner to guide and help students get out of their own way: in their studies, cases and professional practice. She also applies her extensive background and skills in web design, business, and marketing to provide practical direction for starting a homeopathic practice.

Contribution at MICH

Student Facilitation, Supervision, Student Scheduling, Web and Technical support

DHom, N.D., DHP
  • MICH trained Homeopath, Holistic Practitioner (D.Hom, DHP)
  • Naturopath (ANPQ)
  • Private practice

Adrienne Smith

MICH Tutor, Teaching assistant

Adrienne is a MICH homeopath, naturopath and holistic practitioner who brings her experience in helping others embark on their own healing journey. Her background as a preschool teacher of autistic children has provided her with deep compassion and understanding of life’s challenges and the unique and individual nature of each person’s journey. She uses her own experience of completing the MICH program as a stepping stone to guide and support students in their amazing and awe-inspiring experiences.

Contribution at MICH

Updating the always evolving MICH teaching documents with new discoveries and approaches, and supports students in their studies.

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