I grew up on a farm outside Stettler, AB and was always very active – playing basketball, running cross country, and even chasing cows. When I was 12 years old I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis which is a type of arthritis and autoimmune disease where the joints – primarily spine, shoulders, and hips – are attacked by the body’s immune system, resulting in pain and stiffness (inflammation) in the back.
Going through the experience of barely being able to walk for months while doctors tried to find a diagnosis, and then being diagnosed and prescribed multiple pain and inflammatory medications (that eventually negatively affected my digestive system) was the catalyst for my family and I to look for alternative therapies. I began acupuncture treatments and it changed my life. I needed less and less medication until I was able to stop taking anything at all. I was able to become active and started playing sports again. Speaking of playing sports – I tore my ACL, MCL and meniscus playing basketball in high school. I went though two surgeries and again focused on acupuncture to help my body heal.
I moved to Edmonton and completed two years of my Physical Education degree learning about muscle movement and sports injuries before I started in the Acupuncture program at Grant MacEwan University. Through the intensive three-year program, I completed 2070 hours of experience, with 630 hours working with patients. I also have taken various additional musculoskeletal acupuncture courses (including AcuSport seminars). I have participated in Acupuncturists Without Boarders training, earning my NADA training which is used by the American Army and has been found to be very effective in PTSD patients, along with addictions. I have also taken additional courses dealing with trauma and the physical symptoms that follow with holding trauma/emotions within. My next goal is to gain my certificate in sports medicine acupuncture.
I whole-heartedly believe in acupuncture. It works on its own and is also a great complimentary therapy to western medicine and other healing methods including massage and chiropractic therapy. My personal healing journey as well as the client cases I have worked on continue to show me healing is about the whole person, not just one aspect. Health is about physical, mental and emotional balance. I can empathize with those suffering from chronic pain disorders, and relate to athletes and those who have sustained musculoskeletal injuries. I have also had great success treating digestive issues, menstrual abnormalities and musculoskeletal injuries along with a variety of other health concerns.
I am a Registered Acupuncturist with the Province of Alberta (CAAA) and also have my Level 2 Reiki. I look forward to working with you. I would be happy to talk about my practice or my experience further with you. Please contact me to learn more.