When I was a child, my favourite thing to do was to read the health encyclopedias my mom kept on the book shelf. As long as I can remember I wanted to understand how the human mind and body function. Prior to taking acupuncture at MacEwan, I studied herbs, homeopathy, aromatherapy, nutrition, psychology, personal coaching and fitness, through various different schools. As I studied acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, it tied together all of my prior learning.
Through my life, I observed family members and friends suffering with chronic mental and physical health problems, often having difficulty finding effective help and support. As I studied, I noticed how each of these Modalities could be beneficial to the challenges that seemed difficult to treat.
I experimented with many of theses areas, to provide support for the chronic health problems that I struggled with. It gave me a first hand look at the results of my studies. As I added acupuncture and traditional Chinese Medicine to this, I gained insight into how this coupled with various other aspects of health and wellness, impacted health and disease.
I believe that creating an environment, that leaves you feeling nourished and cared for is essential for healing. I believe what we eat what we think and how we love and care for ourselves become integral to the healing process. I believe that understanding and implementing knowledge in these areas impact the body, mind and the spirit. This creates a focus that is more than just a culmination of your physical symptoms , but representative of you as a whole person.
I understand and recognize the journey to health and wellness is individual and I hope to work with you to tailor the treatment you need, specifically to you and where you are at in your process. I believe that empowerment and knowledge are essential components to continued healing. Sometimes our greatest stumbling blocks can be a lack of awareness of our own needs, whether that be nutritional, emotional, postural/ bio-mechanical etc. Addressing your personal needs is an important facet of treatment.
Based on my own life experiences with chronic illness injury, trauma and loss, I hope that you will feel compassion, as we work through the process of healing together.
Acupuncture diploma – Grant MacEwan
Aromatherapy certificate – Aromahead School of Essential oil studies
Homeopathy/ heilkunst foundations – Romantic science and health care foundations diploma
Organic Master Gardener – Gaia College
Individual courses on attachment, trauma and therapy, psychology, psychoneuromimmunology – Post Institute, Government of Alberta, University of Lethbridge, BYUI, NICABM
AFLCA – Fitness leader certification, strength and weight training specialty, bio-mechanics and posture
Lift Education – Trauma, PTSD and Recovery in the context of Chinese Medicine
Personal Coaching-Foundations CTI, strength based coaching Strength Strategy, People Acuity training
When I am not studying something related to health and herbs , I enjoying walking in the outdoors, gardening, making soaps, lotions, herbal concoctions, music, or just creating something. Spending time with family is my most important work.