HANS Board of Directors
The HANS Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse mix of people who are passionate about integrative and complementary health, health freedom and informed consent.
HANS Directors are elected at the organization’s annual general meeting in October of each year and serve a one-year term. If re-nominated, directors may serve consecutive terms.
Katharine Herringer (President)
Katharine is co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Naturalist Publishing, which publishes Maple—an organic lifestyle magazine distributed across Canada; and The Whole Report—a briefing on the world of organics, distributed at select organic trade events worldwide. She’s also co-founder of The Naturalist’s sister company Multibird Branding, a branding and packaging agency specialized in organic and natural products for Canada, the EU and the US.
Katharine is essentially a child of the natural products and organics industry, having attended her first Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) trade show at the age of three. Katharine’s career has touched on every facet of the industry: demo girl, nutritional consultant, inside and outside sales, marketing, new product development, product education and advertising sales.
With an interest in international organic markets and opportunities, fluent in 4 languages, Katharine travels extensively to trade events and conferences.
Dr. Taylor Bean
Dr. Taylor Bean is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor located in Maple Ridge, BC, Canada. Her practice focuses on families, young ones and mamas-to-be. She brings her experience and wisdom as a mother of two to helping women achieve a healthy pregnancy and smooth labour. Dr. Bean worked in Singapore for two years; an experience that enhanced her expertise in chronic illness by working with patients in SE Asia, India and Australia who were unable to find the care they needed. This time abroad, in combination with the three years she’s worked in Canada, has provided her with an integrative approach that blends Eastern and Western clinical and cultural perspectives.
Overall, Dr. Bean’s passion lies in supporting patients with challenges in the following areas: lyme disease and co-infections; pre- and post-natal care including labour support; pediatrics including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, SPD; digestive complaints particularly SIBO and IBS; and genetic report analysis (such as MTHFR). Dr. Bean has achieved certifications in several areas, including IV therapy; pharmaceutical prescription; acupuncture; and neural and peri-neural injection therapy.
Kate is the owner of Canadian School of Natural Nutrition – Vancouver branch. She has 15 years of experience working in the communications and marketing sectors both in Canada and the UK. Kate’s fascination with the workings of the human body and the idea that food has a direct correlation with how our bodies can function and thrive (or decline in some cases) brought her to CSNN where she graduated with merit in 2011. Kate’s passion for finding ways to bring the body back into balance has since led her to become a registered yoga teacher and doula.
Dr. Patrick Callas
Dr. Patrick Callas is a Naturopathic Physician who was born and raised on islands of the West Coast. His passions and clinical focuses are cancer care, brain health and living pain free. He founded and ran his own integrative clinic on Salt Spring Island, Island Natural Health, until moving back to Vancouver in January of 2017 with his family. Now he divides his clinical practice time between SCIMEDICA Health Group in South Surrey and Empower Health in East Vancouver. His journey to successfully conquer his own anxiety and digestive problems gives him insight and empathy for all of us on a healing path.
Dr. Patrick is kind and light-hearted. He listens attentively and prides himself on empowering his patients to learn more about themselves and their health. He embodies doctor as teacher, teaching Naturopathic interns for the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM), countless public talks, and, of course, all of his patients. His office is the one that is often filled with laughter because — after all — laughter is the best medicine… well, besides Naturopathic medicine.
Mitch has been the International Trainer for Hyland’s Homeopathic Medicine for over 10 years and has been their Canadian Sales Manager for 16 years. Prior to Hyland’s Mitch ran one of Canada’s largest Natural Health Distributors for over 10 years. Mitch trains retailers for Hyland’s across Canada, The United States and international destinations including Singapore and Australia.
Mitch has taught Professional Sales at Simon Fraser University and BCIT part time, he has many inspiring stories and lessons on how to sell well. His extensive sales experience helped him teach the course: “Skills for Sales Success”. Mitch is also a Certified Sports Nutritionist Advisor and has his Diploma in Biochemic Medicine, he loves to use his knowledge of cell salts to educate others on their health benefits. Mitch is truly passionate about helping people of all ages to understand how cell salts, homeopathy, nutrition, and fitness work together.
Mitch draws on 30 plus years of experience in competitive sports; Judo, Basketball, Soccer, Ju
Mitch’s sports background and love of fitness has inspired him to be a personal trainer for private clients as a part time hobby. Mitch speaks Dutch as a second language and loves traveling all over the world with his wife, Julia, and their two young adult children. Mitch and Julia have been married for over 27 years and they have been Pre-Marriage Counsellors for over 15 years. Their passion for seeing young couples start off with a good foundation of understanding how to have a healthy relationship has enabled them to pre-marriage counsel countless young couples over those 15 years.
Mitch is a well-recognized Trainer in the Natural Health Industry and he uses his many diverse professional and personal experiences in all his trainings and lectures. His teaching style is engaging, entertaining and interactive and he enjoys talking to customers and consumers personally after his lectures. Mitch has a positive and healthy outlook on life, nutrition, fitness, relationships and business. He is on a personal quest to help as many people as possible understand the most important principles and how to live their best life.