Who We Are

CINIM helps people improve and maintain their health and well-being through a deeper understanding of the whole person: mind, body and spirit. Using evidence-based solutions, we develop products and services that help individuals embrace simplicity, overcome obstacles, find meaning and gain control of their lives.

Firmly embedded in social responsibility, CINIM supports individual wellness and serves the wider community through medical, academic, research and charitable endeavours.

Vision:

Stronger, healthier communities.


Mission:

To build a legacy of resilience in individuals, families and communities through safe, effective, evidence-based programs.

CINIM has an integrative approach to wellness which goes beyond traditional medical and mental health systems. Rooted in conventional medicine as well as complementary medicine and therapy, we apply current science and ancient wisdom to help individuals and families overcome challenges and develop a sense of wholeness in the process of life. Our in-depth understanding of clinical practice, client experience and life orientation allows us to integrate comprehensively.

“Integrative medicine extends from caring for sickness and disease to achieving harmony in all parts of the person: mind, body and spirit. It has the flexibility to move from a linear to a holistic view and provides the patient with the most appropriate therapy at the most appropriate time.”

Dr Badri Rickhi
Research Chair and Founding Member
CINIM

Our founding psychiatrists, Dr. Badri Rickhi and Dr. John Toews are pioneers in the field of integrative medicine and are committed to discovering new paradigms to address the needs of the whole person. Guided by their vision, CINIM is consistently focused on the future of health and wellness.


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Dr. Badri G. Rickhi

MB, BS, FRCPC – CINIM Research Chair and Founding Member

Dr. Badri Rickhi is the research chair and a founding member of CINIM. Born in Trinidad, he studied languages, literature and history, before becoming a physician with a specialism in psychiatry. Dr. Rickhi has also studied traditional Chinese, Tibetan, Ayurvedic (Indian) and Ryodoraku (Japanese) medicine and trained in functional, energy and quantum physics medicine. Currently an associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of Calgary, Canada, he has advised Health Canada and World Health Organization on complementary therapies. Dr. Rickhi is the first Canadian to sit on the executive committee of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health (The Consortium). Recently he has been working closely with the Government of India to incorporate integrative medicine into its health-care system. In 2014, he published The Cosmic Game: Book 1, Reflections. thecosmicgame.com




Dr. John Toews

MD, FRCPC – CINIM Board Chair

Dr. John Toews earned a medical degree from the University of Manitoba in 1969. After completing his residency in psychiatry, he received his Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1974. Dr. Toews remained at the University of Manitoba for several years as a faculty member and part of a research group studying the adult life cycle. In 1988, he joined the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Calgary where he focused on various aspects of medical education. He has a passion for teaching, a skill he still uses at CINIM. He has also studied the relationships between spirituality and health. In 2008, Dr. Toews was appointed professor emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary. He has since continued to explore and write about the human journey and the benefits of spiritual practices on health and well-being.


Kelly Blackshaw

BPE, CEP – Business Development Director, INLIV

Kelly Blackshaw is a kinesiologist and certified exercise physiologist. She has been with INLIV Inc. (previously Foothills Health Consultants Ltd) since 1979. In 1996, Kelly and Dr. Derrick Thompson co-authored the firm’s research-based Workforce Health Risk Assessment and has spoken extensively across Canada on Workplace Health. In conjunction with a multidisciplinary group of health professionals, she designed and researched two comprehensive behaviour change programs for stress and bridging self-care with health-care. Both programs produced significant health benefits. She has since co-authored the books Stress Mastery and Bridging Self-Care with Health-Care. In 2014, Kelly received the Conference Board of Canada’s Canadian Pioneer Award for Workplace Health.


Stephen H. Frank

BComm – President, Boomerang Energy Marketing

Stephen Frank has a commerce degree (finance) from the University of Calgary and has been involved in oil and gas trading and marketing since 1985 – first with Gibson Petroleum and later with Renaissance Energy. In 2002, he co-founded Boomerang Energy Marketing, which provides marketing services to oil and gas producers. Stephen brings invaluable business knowledge and abilities to CINIM.


Kjelti Wilkes Kellough

LL.B. – VP, Corporate Counsel, Getty Images

Kjelti Wilkes Kellough is a corporate lawyer who focuses on e-commerce, intellectual property, licensing, digital media and technology. Prior to joining Getty Images, she was a partner at a Calgary-based, corporate boutique law firm, where she handled corporate finance transactions for both lenders and high growth industrial and technology companies. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 1993 from Augustana University College and her law degree in 1996 from the University of Calgary. Kjelti sits on several local and international boards of directors for non-profit organizations.


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Dr. Badri G. Rickhi

MB, BS, FRCPC – Research Chair and Founding Member

Dr. Badri Rickhi is the research chair and a founding member of CINIM. Born in Trinidad, he studied languages, literature and history, before becoming a physician with a specialism in psychiatry. Dr. Rickhi has also studied traditional Chinese, Tibetan, Ayurvedic (Indian) and Ryodoraku (Japanese) medicine and trained in functional, energy and quantum physics medicine. Currently an associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of Calgary, Canada, he has advised Health Canada and World Health Organization on complementary therapies. Dr. Rickhi is the first Canadian to sit on the executive committee of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health (The Consortium). Recently he has been working closely with the Government of India to incorporate integrative medicine into its health-care system. In 2014, he published The Cosmic Game: Book 1, Reflections. thecosmicgame.com


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Dr. John Toews

MD, FRCPC – Board Chair

Dr. John Toews earned a medical degree from the University of Manitoba in 1969. After completing his residency in psychiatry, he received his Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1974. Dr. Toews remained at the University of Manitoba for several years as a faculty member and part of a research group studying the adult life cycle. In 1988, he joined the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Calgary where he focused on various aspects of medical education. He has a passion for teaching, a skill he still uses at CINIM. He has also studied the relationships between spirituality and health. In 2008, Dr. Toews was appointed professor emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary. He has since continued to explore and write about the human journey and the benefits of spiritual practices on health and well-being.


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Dr. Allan Donsky

MD, FRCPC Psychiatry, FRCPC Paediatrics – Consultant

Allan was born in Zimbabwe, attended Medical School in Cape Town and has lived in Canada since 1987. He carries the designations of pediatrician and child and adolescent psychiatrist. In his work with youth, families and schools for the last three decades, his focus has shifted to a deeper exploration of what it means to be human, how to navigate this experience and how to understand what goes on in the brain, mind, heart and spirit of each of us. A deeper realization is that many youth are not given the tools to do so and thus find themselves ill at ease in a complicated inner and outer world. Allan’s vision is to have a “human curriculum” that can be learnt by every child so that he/she has the inner tools to navigate the inner and outer world with competence and confidence. Allan combines his understanding of human development, clinical experience in the therapy room, extensive work in schools, mindfulness practice, an ongoing search for beauty and joy in the lived moment and teaching experience to bring a renewed quest for clarity in what matters most; that is, how can we be while we are doing our doing? Dr. Donsky is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary and adjunct professor in the Department of Child and Youth Studies at Mount Royal University.



Heather Thomas

Executive Director

Heather Thomas is executive director of CINIM. In addition to day-to-day leadership, Heather is responsible for operational management, strategic planning and policy, fundraising, marketing, program development, financial administration and community/donor engagement. Heather joined CINIM in 2015 to lead the marketing and communications function. She was previously associate director within a global professional services firm based in London (UK) and led cross-border business development, marketing and communications projects across the EMEA region for an international client base. Her extensive marketing and business development experience is advancing CINIM’s strategic objectives, market presence and expansion.


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Shannon Hay

Project Manager

Shannon Hay is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge with a bachelor of management in marketing (major). Shannon facilitates distribution and implementation of CINIM’s online youth resilience program, BreathingRoom™, through numerous organizations across Canada providing appropriate technical, reporting and ongoing support. Shannon’s marketing, sales and customer service background allows her to contribute to the development and implementation of CINIM’s suite of mental wellness programs.


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Charlotte Dennis

Executive Assistant

Previously CINIM’s research coordinator, Charlotte Dennis graduated from the University of Victoria with a degree in health education (major) and psychology (minor). Passionate about holistic health, she helped introduce it to an outdoor adventure camp in Alberta and the B.C. Ministry of Environment. She has also studied, and now practises, healing arts such as yoga, healing touch, sound therapy and dance. Charlotte continues to learn about spirituality and psychology in her role as executive assistant to Dr. Rickhi.


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True Imagination Award, 2014

In September 2014, CINIM received the prestigious 2014 True Imagination Award from the Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction for the BreathingRoom™ program. The award is given to those who create new and imaginative ways to reduce stigma, promote understanding, deliver treatment or implement projects and programs.



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Leading Physicians of the World, 2014

Dr. Badri Rickhi was recognized as a Leading Physician of the World by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals for demonstrating leadership and achievement in the field of psychiatry. Recipients of this distinguished annual award are selected from over 100 medical specialty areas for their “experience, forward thinking and dedication to providing the highest quality of care.”



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Outstanding Trinidadians in Canada, 2012

As part of the 50th anniversary celebration for Trinidad and Tobago’s independence and for the formalization of diplomatic relations with Canada, the Trinidad and Tobago High Commission, Ottawa and the Consulate General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in Toronto formally recognized those individuals who have added to Canada’s diversity and the country’s social, economic, and cultural landscape. Dr. Badri Rickhi was featured in the commemorative book Together We Aspire, Together We Achieve, which acknowledges some of the “best role models and cultural ambassadors” and highlights those who have “broken ground and found success in specialized and professional areas such as medicine, visual arts, literature, sports, politics and education.”



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Dr. Rogers Prize, 2009

Dr. Badri Rickhi was one of two practitioners recognized as “agents of change” in the revolutionary movement toward an integrative approach to clinical medical practice. The largest of its kind in North America, the Dr. Rogers Prize is awarded for excellence in complementary and alternative medicine and celebrates the achievements of researchers, practitioners and others in the field of complementary and alternative health care.



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Gold Star Awards, 1985, 1984, 1983

The University of Calgary’s Gold Star Award is the highest accolade presented by the Calgary Medical Students’ Association (CMSA) and recognizes the top lecturers in each teaching unit. Dr. Badri Rickhi received the award for three consecutive years.

CINIM has an extensive network of local and international partners, collaborators, consultants and volunteers in the medical, research, academic and integrative medical communities. We lend our expertise in the following areas:



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Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health:

The Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health (The Consortium) advances integrative medicine and health through academic institutions and health systems. CINIM is one of 60 highly esteemed academic health centers and affiliate institutions on its steering committee. Members share a vision for the advancement, awareness and acceptance of integrative medicine. The Consortium represents a tremendous opportunity to affect the direction, assumptions and outcomes of health care. www.imconsortium.org



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Biofield Science Research Group:

Bringing together top scientists in interdisciplinary fields of study – including physics, neuroscience, psychoneuroimmunology, psychology, psychophysiology, and clinical practice – to discuss current knowledge of consciousness and healing and to formulate an interdisciplinary, collaborative strategic plan to advance biofield science.



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The Mental Health Commission of Canada:

The Mental Health Commission of Canada’s e-mental health steering committee helped develop a briefing paper on delivering electronic mental health programs in Canada entitled E-Mental Health in Canada: Transforming the Mental Health System Using Technology. www.mentalhealthcommission.ca



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Alberta Post-Secondary Health Association:

Alberta Post-Secondary Health Association comprises post-secondary health and wellness directors, leaders, government and other health stakeholders across Alberta. The association engages government and community stakeholders on health and wellness issues related to advanced education institutions and seeks to share programming resources and wellness initiatives. The University of Alberta’s Wellness Services plays a central role in organizing and leading the association. www.uwell.ualberta.ca.

Medical

Consortium of Academic Health Centres for Integrative Medicine

2003 – Present

Alberta Medical Association

1982 – Present

Canadian Medical Association

1982 – Present

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons

1982 – Present

Canadian Medical Acupuncture Society

1996 – 2004


Professional

NUCCRA National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research Association, Canada

2002 – 2010

Sri Narayani Charitable Foundation, Canada

2001 – 2012

Occidental Research Institute Foundation

1996 – 2001