InspireHealth was founded by two medical doctors in 1997, Dr. Roger Rogers and Dr. Hal Gunn. Founded with the intention of providing person-centered care, to support the health and well-being to people living with cancer and their families.
Dr. Roger Rogers
Dr. Roger Rogers is recognised for being a Canadian leader in Integrative Medicine, with a special interest in integrative cancer care spanning over 30 years.
In 1977 he co-founded the Thera Wellness Centre, an organization devoted to working with the whole person towards optimum healing. He also taught medical students at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and was a UBC Clinical Associate Professor. Following a lifelong interest in nutrition, natural healing and complementary therapies, he founded the Centre for Integrated Therapy in 1992.
In 1997 Dr. Rogers and Dr. Gunn formed the Centre for Integrated Healing which was the foundation for InspireHealth.
In 2001, Dr. Rogers was appointed to the Order of British Columbia, the province’s highest honour, for his pioneering work. Dr. Rogers retired in 2005 and died peacefully on November 22, 2011 at the age of 83. The Hecht Foundation created the Dr. Roger Rogers Prize in 2007, which awards a $250,000 prize biennially to a leader in complementary and alternative medicine.
Dr. Hal Gunn
Dr. Hal Gunn, has had a lifelong interest and great respect for the healing potential of the healing body and the role of the mind, body and spirit in health.
Dr. Gunn has a clinical appointment with the UBC School of Medicine and has played a leadership role in InspireHealth’s research development and programs. In 2009, he was awarded $125,000 by the Dr. Rogers Prize Prize committee for vision, leadership and integrity in the field of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Gunn is recognized nationally as a leader in integrative medicine, and works collaboratively with other organizations to integrative the concepts of health and healing into mainstream medicine. In 2015 Dr. Gunn retired from InspireHealth after 18 years of service as CEO.