Sandra's interest in Chinese Medicine began 10 years ago after a ski accident left her with extensive facial nerve damage.
Upon suggestion from her naturopath to try acupuncture, she was successfully treated after only one session! Eager to learn more about this amazing modality, she decided to enroll into the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine program in Calgary, AB. A decision that has since fueled her passion to help others.
Sandra has two grown daughters, also living on the coast and she has a great passion for hiking, biking, yoga and Qi Gong.
Sandra works as a general practitioner and can help with many ailments such as insomnia, migraines, digestive issues, stress, anxiety, sciatica, frozen shoulder, arthritis, infertility, smoking cessation and addictions, just to name a few.
She has a keen interest in healthy aging. Acupuncture can be so beneficial as preventive medicine, to help slow down the aging process.
Sandra is registered with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia, is a member of NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) and certified as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist, treating those suffering from addictions as well as PTSD.
She has participated as a volunteer acupuncturist for the MS Society of Calgary, Acupuncturists without Borders (Calgary Flood Relief-2013) and began a weekly Community-Style Acupuncture for a women's addiction centre in Calgary.
What to expect.
Your first visit with Sandra will consist of a 90 minute assessment and treatment. Follow-up visits are 60 minutes.
During the first session, questions will be asked regarding each body system to facilitate a better understanding of your health. Chinese medicine seeks to find the root issue, treats the root problem which in turn helps to treat the branches (symptoms). What Sandra looks for are patterns of disharmony. When Qi and blood are blocked from their usual smooth flow, this creates disharmony and possibly pain and disease. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine help bring balance and the "smooth flow" of blood and qi back to the body.
It is common to feel very relaxed during your treatment and even fall asleep! Acupuncture needles are very thin, sterilized and are of one-time use only. Most patients barely feel them and report a sense of "well-being" after their treatment.
Sandra may also use cupping, moxibustion and discuss diet therapy during your visit.