Born and raised in Newfoundland, Dr. W. Shane Williams attended Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) in St. John’s where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy [BSc (Pharm)] being selected as class valedictorian in 1995. He then completed his 4 year Doctor of Medicine (MD) and 3 year post-graduate fellowship program in Internal Medicine at Memorial as well. He went on complete a 3 year Cardiology Subspecialty Fellowship at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and in 2008 moved to Muskoka, Ontario to open his private practice in Cardiology and Internal Medicine.
In 2010, he stumbled across a copy of the book ‘The China Study’ written by Dr. T. Colin and Tom Campbell and was surprised with the amount of nutritional research that existed to support a whole foods, plant-based diet to not only prevent but also stabilize, improve and sometimes even reverse many chronic conditions including elevated blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, coronary heart disease and diabetes. He began to learn more and more about the science showing the power of nutrition on health. Since 2010, after changing his diet and enjoying many health benefits, he’s been incorporating nutritional education and training into the care of his clinic patients. Over the years, he’s had the tremendous good fortune to meet, spend time with and learn from a number of world leaders in plant-based nutrition including Drs. T. Colin Campbell and Thomas Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and Dr. John McDougall. He’s lectured at plant-based conferences, hosted many week long immersion programs locally as well as a 10 day ‘Plant-based Immersion Summit’ in the Caribbean with Drs. Campbell and Esselstyn along with other leaders in the field. He considers himself very lucky to have witnessed (and continues to witness) so many of his patients often completely turn their health around once they learn and implement the scientifically proven, optimal nutritional approach for humans – a whole foods, plant-based diet. He’s passionate about bringing this information to as many people as possible so they too can become empowered to both safeguard and improve their health.
If you are enrolled in our Lunch and Learn program you will be familiar with Cynthia. Whether she’s helping you register for the course that best suits your schedule, coordinating your Health Study or signing you into a class, Cynthia’s kind demeanor makes working with her an absolute pleasure.
The Mindfulness Meditation Program is taught by Sarah Kernohan. Sarah is a trained and certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction instructor. MBSR is a program that demonstrates how to calm your mind and body to help you cope with illness, pain, stress and anxiety. For these reasons we find her teachings to be an exceptional addition to the programs at Williams Cardiology.