Absolutely! Direct billing is available to most major insurance companies, including,
- Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan
- Desjardins Insurance
- The Great West Life Assurance Company
- Industrial Alliance Financial Group
- Johnston Group
- Maximum Benefit
- Pacific Blue Cross
- Standard Life
- Sun Life Financial
I received my Diploma of Acupuncture from Pacific Rim College in 2017, which is a three year program with over 2,000 hours of theoretical and practical study. Upon passing the Pan-Canadian Exams, I became a Registered Acupuncturist and am in good standing with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia.
My additional education in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, and Birth Work are as follows,
- Integrative Reproductive Medicine: The Menstrual Cycle, Nervous System, Mental Health and Their Impact on Fertility (by Laura Erlich)
- The Treatment of Infertility (by Jane Lyttleton)
- Pregnancy + Traditional Chinese Medicine (by Clara Cohen)
- Childbirth Educator Training (by Birthing Advocacy Doula Trainings)
- SHIFT: Trauma-Informed Language for Healing Practitioners (by Jess Jackson)
- Clinical Tool Box: Maximizing Treatment Effectiveness (by Dr. Reuven Freesman)
- Introduction to Topographic Acupuncture (by Dr. Bruce Ferguson)
- Channel Examination and Diagnosis (by Jason D. Robertson)
- Clinical Essentials: Creating Simple and Powerful Treatments (by Dr. Reuven Freesman)
- Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture (by Dr. Martha Lucas)
- Trauma ⁄ PTSD and Recovery in the Context of Chinese Medicine (by Darren Tellier)
In British Columbia, Registered Acupuncturists are not allowed to claim a specialty. Most practitioners, including myself, treat a vast scope of conditions in their practice; however, personal interest, experience, and continuing education of the practitioner can come into play.
I welcome all in my practice, regardless of age, gender, religion, or ethnicity; and aim to provide a safe and healing space for everyone. With a background in sociology and gender studies, I have a personal interest in psycho-emotional health, especially in relation to trauma. I work with many patients who experience anxiety, chronic pain, depression, insomnia, overthinking, lack of motivation, autoimmune diseases and post traumatic stress. In addition to my private practice, I provide community style treatments within a rehab program, with a focus on recovery from trauma and addictions.
Needless to say, as a mother and doula, I am thrilled to be able to offer support to families through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, through Chinese Medicine and birth work.
The recommended frequency of treatments depends on your unique condition. As a general rule, chronic conditions require a consistent frequency of treatments through a longer period of time. Typically, a treatment plan would be provided for you during your initial visit.
It doesn’t have to!
Acupuncture pins vary in length and gauge. You can fit over 30 acupuncture needles in the opening of a hypodermic needle, they are tiny. The length of the needles often doesn’t correspond the strength of sensations you get either.
Pain is not a desired sensation during an acupuncture treatment. A feeling of heaviness, warmth, or tingling are more common descriptions. At any point during the treatment, you can ask your practitioner to readjust or remove the pins if you are uncomfortable.
“I am who I am and I have the need to be.”
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry