The Membership team deals directly with NHPC members on a day-to-day basis. They are responsible for approving new memberships, processing renewals, and administering the Continued Competency Program (CCP) and Competency Equivalency Exam (CEE).
The NHPC also credentials programs offered by educational institutions and oversees the modality standards for our 65 modalities.
Tendai Nzuma - Membership and Credentials Manager
Ying Yang - Membership and Credentials Coordinator
Debi Whiteside - Member Relations Coordinator
Emily DeWitt - Member Relations Coordinator
Roberta Brosseau - Credentials Coordinator
Chelsea Mitchell - Office Coordinator
With a Masters in Public Health, and experience working in the non-profit sector, Tendai brings to the table an in-depth understanding of the health care sector, policy development, advocacy, and building community relations.
Tendai is passionate about a holistic and integrative approach to the health care system, making the NHPC the perfect fit for her.
A strong proponent of social entrepreneurship, she dedicates her free to time to exploring ideas that will empower individuals and communities in the developing world. Tendai also enjoys a good cup of tea, running, hiking and baking.
Ying has been working with the NHPC since October 2012, when she started as an administrative assistant. In August 2013, she moved into the position as Records Management Specialist and in May 2014, she became the new Membership and Credentials Coordinator.
Ying updates members' data and organizes school files. In addition, Ying also helps Mandarin-speaking members with translation when they cannot communicate with staff fluently.
Ying studied Accounting and Strategic Measurement at Grant MacEwan University. While studying, she volunteered to help low-income people doing their tax returns at Amity House, and also worked as sale associate at Hudson’s Bay Company.
Because of her Chinese cultural background, Ying has the passion for traditional Chinese health cultivation. She has learned different health cultivations from members all over the world during her work with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada.
Ying is interested in tea culture and likes visiting tea stores in Edmonton to collect tea wares of different cultures. Bookstores are also Ying's favorite places to spend time with friends.
Debi Whiteside began work with the NHPC in the spring of 2014. In this role, Debi works with the Membership department to assist members in queries about their membership status, assist in processing member renewals, maintain membership records, and help coordinate continued education audits.
She worked extensively for Scotia Bank before retiring in 2013. Debi decided to re-enter the workforce looking for new challenges.
When she is not in the office, Debi is spending time with her two grandkids, reading Greek mythology and other inspirational stories, and listening to as much music as possible.
Emily began working with the NHPC in the summer of 2015, shortly after completing her Bachelor of Science Honours in Kinesiology at York University.
Starting out with the NHPC in the position of Office Coordinator, Emily transferred to the position of Member Relations Coordinator in the fall of 2015. In this role, Emily answers questions regarding new memberships, membership upgrades, and insurance queries.
It's no coincidence that Emily is drawn to working with holistic health practitioners, as she finds health-related studies very compelling and is an advocate for preventative health practices and leading a proactive lifestyle.
In her free time, Emily enjoys hiking, wrestling, reading, and knitting. Originally from Ontario, she adores the mountainous terrain of Alberta and frequently makes trips to further explore the wilderness.
Roberta began her career as an English as a Second Language teacher. From there she travelled to Japan where she taught English to young students in junior high schools.
Upon returning to Canada, her interest in healthy living and holistic modalities led her to study massage therapy at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton. After graduating, she combined her massage practice with teaching massage and eventually transitioned to administering massage therapy programs.
Roberta is very pleased to have joined the NHPC staff and highly values the association’s culture of inclusivity, integrity, and professionalism.
When she’s not working, Roberta finds fulfillment in pursuing the equestrian sports of dressage and jumping. Having a life-long affinity for furry creatures, she finds her “still point of the turning world” in the presence of these amazing sentient beings.
Chelsea joined the NHPC team as Office Coordinator in the winter of 2015. Her responsibilities include office organization, assisting new members through the membership process, and answering common NHPC questions practitioners and the public may have.
Chelsea leads a healthy lifestyle and loves working for an organization that promotes holistic health for all.
Upon completing high school, Chelsea decided to postpone post-secondary education as her many passions left her undecided with what field of study to pursue. In doing so, she’s been able to gain valuable office experience by working at various health-focused businesses — including a massage therapy clinic and a surgeon’s practice. Most recently Chelsea worked at a major commercial real estate brokerage office performing various administrative duties.
In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys going to the gym, travelling as much as possible, and reading. In particular, she loves books on Buddhism and positivity so that she can improve her thinking process and life skills.