About Me

I am a hard working, fun-loving, sometimes serious and always compassionate health care practitioner helping mid-lifers understand mind-body connections that influence brain and heart health.

My history: I started University at the age of 15! Finished my 4-year BSc Specializing in Neuropsychology from the University of Alberta and then went into the Health Sciences Faculty at McMaster University and spent some time in research there – largely about Caregiver Stress with Alzheimer’s Disease. Then finished a 4-year program to become a licensed Naturopathic Doctor with an additional 2 years in Residency focusing on Eastern Medicine and Acupuncture. I also taught dermatology, women’s health, physical/clinical diagnosis, Eastern Medicine and Acupuncture. I have worked in hospitals, home-care, senior’s centres and lectured at these and various universities as well as lecturing at each location of the cancer support organization of Wellspring in Ontario. I practiced as a Naturopathic Doctor for 21 years at the Menen Centre for Optimum Health and the Canadian Integrative Cancer Centre – both owned and operated by me. I am an avid reader and I am a Certified Mindfulness Practitioner and regular meditator. I recently completed a 6-month intensive course with Eckhart Tolle and Kim Eng and I am bringing Conscious action into my own practice.

I let go of my naturopathic license recently (you know I will not easily let go of the knowledge learned and gained through my education and work history!) to remind everyone that YOU are the creator of your own health and wellness. I am an educator and trainer that can help you and/or your organization get there. I believe that true medicine is based on compassion and empowerment of patients/clients. And that is what I help people achieve.

I continue to be particularly interested in the prevention and management of chronic illness. I am most interested in how emotions play a central role in brain and heart health which then contribute to the high numbers of heart disease, memory decline and immune disorders in our society today.

I focus on helping people understand and manage emotions and lifestyle (including nutrition and exercise) to achieve optimum health and wellness. Mid-life brings so many changes to a person’s life. This is the time many encounter a relationship crisis, a major health diagnosis and/or loss of family and friends. These details cannot be ignored as they play a huge role in our day to day wellness and strongly impact our personal and professional lives. This is the foundation of my work for a healthier “second half” of our wonderful lives! This is the time when people connect or disconnect from society and this has long-term implications for our lives. Here I am creating support and community among people with similar values. We all need each other and I look forward to the community that comes together here.

There has been an increasing focus on medicine (pharmaceutical as well as natural) to move people back to health while the basics of communication with each other and the environment around us has been lost/neglected. You will notice that no medication or supplement will be enough to manage chronic health concerns. It’s time to get back to basics and work with the healing power of nature – both within and around us – for best health!

I can be reached for appointments at 416-920-8975 locally and internationally on WhatsApp or by email at: hanifahelps@gmail.com and I look forward to helping you get back to your best health!


“Dr.” Hanifa Menen, BSc, (and retired ND)

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