Nova Scotia association of Acupuncturists

NSAA Members

Jennifer Blacklock, R.Ac. #9247

Jennifer BlacklockJennifer Blacklock is a graduate of the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in Nelson B.C. Recently Jennifer has established Eastern Tides Acupuncture in Truro, Nova Scotia, a traditional Chinese medicine clinic offering acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, massage, dietary counseling and qi gong practices.

Jennifer has been studying and practicing since 2002. Her clinical training took place in busy outpatient settings in Nelson, BC, Tai Chung, Taiwan and throughout Yunnan, China.

Jennifer is continually amazed by the effectiveness and potency of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. She is willing to approach the treatment of all conditions presented to her with the at most compassion and respect.

Office: Eastern Tides Acupuncture
Address: 98 pleasant St, Truro, NS
Phone: 902-897-3338

Adele Boudreau, R.Ac #9233

Adele Boudreau is a TCM practitioner in Cape Breton, NS. She took a 3 year program at the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Victoria, BC from 1990-2001. In 2002, she became a member of the Saskatchewan Acupuncture Association and in 2003, a member of the Nova Scotia Acupuncture Association. She also offers Jin Shin Do acupressure, moxabustion, herbology, cupping therapy and Reiki energy healing.

Arichat, 902-226-1674
St. Peters, 902-535-2869
Port Hawkesbury, 902-631-4887

Dr. Michael Chang, MD, PhD, R.Ac #9241

We-Cheng `Micheal` ChangMichael’s extensive background in the health field began when he completed a Bachelor’s Degree at Chung Shan Medical College in 1989. He went on to do research in the fields of family physician, rehabilitation and physical therapy and was the Manager of a Rehabilitation Department at the local Taiwan hospital from 1989-2000.

During 2000-2007, Michael opened his own multidisciplinary Rehabilitation Clinic in Taiwan working closely with two family doctors, an orthopedic doctor and an optometrist.

In 2003 he opened a Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic in China with two doctors. Michael then furthered his education by attending the Fujian University of Traditional Medicine where he received a Bachelor of Medicine in the Science of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2006. A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Michael relocated to Halifax with his family in 2007. Michael assists individuals with many ailments including: arthritis, headaches, insomnia, joint problems, sports injuries, sciatic pain, and sprains.

Office: Nova Spinal Care
Address: 46 McQuade Lake Crescent, Halifax
Phone: 902-444-6682

Jacqueline Connaughton, R.M.T., R.Ac #9223

Jacqueline Connaughton has been practicing acupuncture since 1996, after completing her three-year training with J.R. Worsley at the Worsley Institute for Classical Acupuncture in Miami Lakes, Florida. This acupuncture form, Classical Five Element acupuncture, is a holistic approach to healing—working on the level of body, mind and spirit, it treats the underlying cause of disease as well as addressing the symptoms, to promote health and an enhanced sense of well-being. In addition to treating chronic and acute health concerns, she is also trained in acupuncture and acupressure for Facial Rejuvenation.

Jacqueline is also a licensed Massage Therapist specializing in Craniosacral therapy. This is a gentle, non-invasive method of assessment and treatment that encourages the body’s own healing mechanisms to dissipate the negative effects of stress on the central nervous system, enhancing body function, and helping to alleviate pain and discomfort.

Office: Halifax Professional Centre
Address: 5991 Spring Garden Rd, Suite 635, Halifax
Phone: 902-222-9557

Louise Corello, BAHons, MBAcC, R.Ac #9238

Louise CorelloLouise Corello qualified as an acupuncturist in 1992 at the College of Traditional Acupuncture in Royal Leaminton Spa, England. She has since completed many post graduate studies, predominantly at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading, England. These included acupuncture in pregnancy, during cancer treatment, for musculo skeletal problems, acupuncture for teenagers, health and diet, treatment for stress, emotional disorders and many other conditions. More recently she has been studying Japanese abdominal diagnosis with Kiiko Matsumoto in London and is working particularly on hormonal imbalances.

Louise left a busy clinic in Hampshire, England to come and live at St Margaret's Bay early in 2006, where she has a bright, spacious office in Upper Tantallon.

Office: Bay Area Professional Centr
Address: Unit 7, 5288 St. Margaret’s Bay Rd, Upper Tantallon
Phone: 902-826-1332

Lee-Ann Cudmore, R.Ac #9244

Lee-Ann CudmoreLee-Ann Cudmore is a Registered Acupuncturist, and currently completing an advanced acupuncture certificate in Neurofunctional Sports Performance, from McMaster University.

Lee-Ann is a member of Wolfville Integrated Health Care, one of the Annapolis Valley’s largest integrated health clinics. Clients are drawn to this style of care, as it is a team approach to health care, done in a relaxing and fully accessible, scent-free environment.

Lee-Ann graduated with honours in 2007 from the International Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, in Ottawa, Ontario. Since then she has achieved a certificate in Healing Community Trauma with Acupuncturists Without Borders, and is currently doing a certificate in Acupuncture for Sports Medicine under Whitfield Reaves, in addition to her advanced studies in Neurofunctional Acupuncture for Sports Performance and Musculoskeletal Pain, at McMaster University.

Lee-Ann has treated hundreds of clients and performed thousands of treatments.  Her goal is to help people feel better. Clients find acupuncture helps reduce stress and anxiety, helps promote sleep and digestion, reduces pain and helps with range of motion, mobility, and overall better performance in daily and high performance activities.  Her great pleasure is hearing her clients say “this is the best I’ve felt in a long time!”

Lee-Ann is a mom to two little boys, Kingston and Aven. She and her husband, Parker strive to make a happy, healthy and balanced life for their family.

Lee-Ann is currently taking new and returning clients. She can be reached at: or 902-300-5100.  

Office: Wolfville Integrated Health Care
Address: 189 Dykeland Street, Suite 6, Wolfville
Phone: 902-300-5100

Jill Forse, R.Ac #9239

Jill ForseJill Forse is a graduate of Oshio College of Acupuncture and Herbology in Victoria, British Columbia where she earned a three year diploma in Acupuncture. She is also a graduate of Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she earned a four year
Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology (BScK). Jill uses her Chinese Medicine knowledge along with her Western Health Sciences education to balance ancient wisdom with modern practice.

Jill has a special interest in working with women’s health issues, obstetrics and sport related injuries. She uses her knowledge and experience of Acupuncture, Herbs and Massage to facilitate healing and wellness.

Office: Jill Forse ~ Traditional Chinese Medicine
Address: 3 Duncan Avenue, Kentville, NS B4N 1N3
Phone: 902-678-9719

Lisa Gallant, B.A, Dip. TCM, R.Ac #9255

Lisa GallantLisa received a three year diploma of Acupuncture from the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Victoria, British Columbia. Lisa completed her fourth year of study with high honors at  Paci?c Rim College, from which she received her diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has recently moved home to Nova Scotia and is practicing at Natural Path Wellness Centre in Dartmouth.

Lisa has seen amazing results in treating each person holistically and according to their own constitution. Working as an intern for 2 years in a busy clinic, Lisa successfully treated patients using a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, diet therapy, tui na massage, cupping therapy, gua sha and electro-stimulation. She is also trained in facial rejuvenation. She is known as being personable, compassionate and thorough, always taking the time to get to know her patients and developing a treatment plan tailored to each speci?c case.

Office: Natural Path Wellness Centre  
Address: 250 Baker Dr. Suite 232, entrance B Dartmouth, NS B2W 6L4
Phone: 902-463-9351


Elizabeth Heffelfinger, Dip.Ac, Dip.CH, R.Ac #9242

Elizabeth HeffelfingerAfter practicing acupuncture in California for ten years, Elizabeth Heffelfinger is very happy to be back in Halifax where she has opened a Classical Five Element Acupuncture practice.

Elizabeth attended the Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine for 3 years and qualified for her California Acupuncture License in 1997. She is also a National Diplomate in Acupuncture and Herbology in the United States.

In 2005-2006, Elizabeth received further training and certification in acupuncture at the Institute of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture in Los Angeles, California.

Office: 5663 Cornwallis Street, Suite 300, Halifax
Phone: 902-240-9959

Jane Holden - BScN, RN, B.Ac, MT, R.Ac #9205

Jane HoldenJane Holden has a Bachelor of Acupuncture degree from the College of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture in England and has been a member of the Nova Scotia Acupuncture Association since 1992. She is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science degree, a member of the Massage Therapists Association of Nova Scotia and a Certified Bowen Practitioner.

Jane has been assisting people to feel better and relieve pain since 1987. She is skilled in Acupuncture/Acupressure, Bowen Technique, Massage Therapy, NAET Allergy Treatment, Therapeutic Touch and Plant Spirit Medicine. Jane’s goal is to establish a healing relationship focused on restoring balance and promoting health. Treatments are tailored to each person and may include one or more techniques. Treatments address the underlying cause of discomfort. This approach can relieve symptoms and bring deep lasting results.

Office: Kachina Health Centre
Address: 5539A Young St, Halifax
Phone: 455-2220 ext. #1

John Huszagh, R.Ac #9221

John HuszaghJohn Huszagh graduated from from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1996. After completing his four year masters in Oriental Medicine, he assisted at a school in Cologne, Germany. In 2000, he studied with Sensei Koei Kuahara, a master of the Toyo Hari, Japanese needle technique. In 2002, he helped bring the Canadian College of Osteopathy to Halifax.

John has studied with indigenous healers from the New Mexico and Peru and brings this wisdom into his practice. He recently completed 5 years of osteopathic training. His clinical practice weaves Osteopathy and Chinese Medicine.

Office: Bhavana Yoga Lifestyle Boutique
Address: 2380 Moran St, Halifax, B3K 4K2
Phone: 902-266-8707

Shahid Ali Jiwa, Dip. TCM, R.Ac #9257

Shahid Ali JiwaShahid’s passion for Chinese medicine began when studying traditional martial arts in China, after which he returned to Canada to study Chinese medicine full-time. Shahid has received a four-year diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Victoria, BC, where he was able to study under some of the most accomplished instructors and practitioners in the industry.

In addition to acupuncture, Shahid was also able to study with masters of Tui Na (Chinese deep-tissue massage), herbology and internal medicine, nutrition, music therapy, Tai Ji, Qi Gong (standing meditation), and Classical Chinese medicine and philosophy. He has also studied the application of these techniques in the treatment of sports and traumatic injuries, mental diseases, issues of gynecology and fertility, pediatric disorders, dermatology, and many modern diseases such as cancers, diabetes and hypothyroidism.

The goal of Traditional Chinese Medicine is to bring the body back to a balanced state, and to help people to maintain this ideal state of health. In accomplishing this goal, Shahid often finds himself in the role of an educator: helping people to better understand their physical and spiritual selves. According to the principles of Daoism and Chinese medicine, people will learn how to adapt themselves to different climates and situations, and how they should alter their diet and lifestyle according to year, season and time of day.

Shahid enjoys working with clients of varying ages and cultures, and has a particular interest in working with groups of people, such as couples and families, where people can benefit from shared experiences and the support of others in their journeys to discover health and balance. He is excited to be in Nova Scotia and to continue to help others in a new environment.

Office: Viva Health Centre
Address: 635 Portland Hills Drive, Suite 205C, Dartmouth, NS
Phone: 902-880-8482

Laura Kirstine, B.Sc, R.Ac #9256

Laura KirstineLaura Kirstine is a graduate from Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Victoria British Columbia.  Prior to studying Traditional Chinese Medicine she earned an Honors Specialization degree in Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of Western Ontario.  Laura treats a wide spectrum of ailments and helps guide patients through their healing journey tailored to their individual needs.  She has also been trained in using Shamanic energy healing techniques and places emphasis on correcting energetic imbalances by incorporating Chakra balancing and Sacred Geometry into her acupuncture treatments. 

Office: Body Life Atlantic Collaborative Health Centre
Address: 3514 Joseph Howe Drive, Suite 15, Halifax
Phone: 902-406-5433

Office: Central Halifax Innovative Health Clinic
Address: 1584 Robie Street, Halifax NS
Phone: 902-420-0033

Jitka Krejci, B.Sc., Dip. TCM, R.Ac #9251

Jitka Krejci, R.AcJitka Krejci is a graduate with a four year Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Victoria, B.C.  She maintains her certification with the NCCAOM in the U.S. and with the NSAA and advocates for the advancement of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine as the vice president of the NSAA. 

Jitka uses a holistic approach to health and treats every patient as an individual, making her adept at treating all variations of illness. She has obtained great results in patients with chronic pain conditions, digestive problems, ob/gyn disorders, vertigo and sinus allergies.  She uses acupuncture, herbal therapy, moxibustion, Tui Na massage, gua sha, electro-stimulation, and low lever laser therapy to help people achieve and maintain better health.  

Office:  Sackville Naturopathic Health Centre 
Address: 546 Sackville Dr., Unit 400, Lower Sackville, NS B4C 2S2
Phone:  902-252-3080

Office: Mahone Bay
Address: 237 Edgewater St., Mahone Bay, NS B0J 2E0
Phone: 902-275-8084

Carol Anne Landry, R.Ac #9230

Carol Anne graduated from STFX in 1992,  majoring in English & Philosophy.  In 1995 she went on to study Traditional Chinese Medicine in Victoria BC at the Canadian College of Oriental Medicine.  Graduating in 1999 she moved back to Antigonish where she has been practicing in her own clinic now for 13 years.

For the past 8 years Carol Anne has been expanding her knowledge of acupuncture learning Auricular Medicine.  This healing model treats a wide variety of conditions, particularly stubborn ailments that haven't responded to other modalities.

Another passion of study for Carol Anne is Sheng Zhen Qi Gong.  Since 2003 she has been working towards her Teaching Certification by attending several weekends of practice with certified Sheng Zhen instructors, as well as staying dedicated to her own personal practice.  She  has offered Qi Gong classes for the past 6 years in the Antigonish area.

Carol Anne lives in Antigonish with her husband Dan and three children, Malcolm, James and Robyn.  

Office:  Antigonish Acupuncture
Address: 49 Somers Road, Antigonish, NS, B2G 2Z4
Phone: 902-863 3636

Lowe, Carolyn D.TCM, R.Ac #9235

D. TCM, Reg. Acupuncturist, Clinical Herbalist, REALTOR®
Office: Silk Road Acupuncture
Address: 100 Meadowbrook Drive, Bedford, Nova Scotia B4A 1R3
Phone: 902-452-4551

Jane Marshall, D.TCM, R.Ac #9234

Jane MarshallJane Marshall graduated in 2001 from the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Victoria, BC. She holds a three-year diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. In her practice, she employs Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, Cupping, Moxibustion, as well as dietary and lifestyle recommendations. She is a member of the Nova Scotia Association of Acupuncturists (NSAA), as well as the Herbalists Association of Nova Scotia (HANS), and is an Acu-Detox Specialist (Ear Acupuncture for Addictions), certified through the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA).

She has had particular success in the treatment of  Depression and Anxiety, Chronic Fatigue, Sleep issues, Menstrual disorders, Infertility, Menopausal symptoms, Digestive disorders, Asthma, Allergies, Eczema, Headaches and Migranes, Back pain and Sciatica, and Smoking and other Addictions.

Jane is a passionate student of the healing arts and the mind-body connection. She relies heavily on intuition in her work, and seeks to address the causes of illness at their root, be they at the physical, emotional or spiritual level.
Her special interest lies in mental / emotional well-being, digestive health, and womens’ issues.

Address: #306, 5663 Corwallis Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-404-3374

Anne-Marie McCully, R.Ac #9232

Address: 219 Main St, Suite 207, Antigonish
Phone: 902-863-0932

Brent Pollack, R.Ac #9249

Brent PollackBrett Pollock is a graduate  of the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in Nelson British Columbia, and did his undergraduate work in plant science and biochemistry at Colorado State University.  While studying Chinese medicine in British Columbia, he met his wife Jennifer Blacklock, who hails from beautiful Cape John, Nova Scotia.  Together with their daughters, they moved to Truro, Nova Scotia, and established Eastern Tides Acupuncture.

Mr. Pollock spent four years  in western China studying shaolin kung fu, traditional Chinese medicine, and the Chinese language.  He completed his practical clinical hours at two main hospitals in Kunming, Yunnan province, China.

Brett's main focus is to encourage clients to nourish four main pillars of wellness.

  • nutrition and healthy eating
  • quality sleep, deep breathing, and restfulness
  • consistent stretching and exercise
  • emotional  wellness

When a person uses traditional Chinese medicine and begins to embody these main principles, anything is possible.

Mr. Pollock specializes in neck and back pain, chronic pain, headaches, gastro intestinal disorders, sciatic pain, sports injuries, and cosmetic acupuncture

Office: Eastern Tides Acupuncture
Address: 98 pleasant St, Truro, NS
Phone: 902-897-3338

Jacqueline Raaymakers, R.Ac.  #9258

Jacqueline RaaymakersJacqueline is a graduate of The Canadian College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine where she graduated as a Registered Acupuncturist. Her desire to further pursue her studies and further her clinical experience took her to The Canadian Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Calgary, Alberta, where she spent an additional two years and graduated with a Diploma of Acupuncture and as a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Upon completing her studies, Jacqueline took part in an internship at the Mianyang Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Southwest China. There she gained a more in depth understanding and exposure to the essence of Chinese Medicine.

Jacqueline is passionate about getting her clients back to a state of balance, health and happiness. She aspires to influence others in the importance and concept of holistic healing, and in the future and potential of integrative medicine in Canada.

Office: Qing Li Chinese Therapy
Address: 1535 Dresden Row, Suite 206
Phone: 902-407-4355

Karen Ritchie B.S., M.S. Oriental Medicine, Dipl.Ac., R.Ac #9237

Karen Ritchie Karen Ritchie is a graduate of the four year program at Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, receiving her Masters of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine in 2005 and is also certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Dipl.Ac.).  Karen received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education from Indiana University in 1975.

After immigrating to Canada from the United States, Karen established Omega Health Associates in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1995. She has tested over 10,000 individuals using the Omega AcuBase program and has found this to be an invaluable tool for helping others find out about their health concerns, especially food related issues. Special areas of interest are in: allergies, gastrointestinal, obstetrics & gynecology.

Office: Ocean Heart Wellness Centre
Address: 5880 Spring Garden Road, Suite 303, Halifax
Phone: 902-431-2326

Kenton Sefcik, R.Ac #9243

Kenton SefcikKenton Sefcik graduated from the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine with a diploma in Acupuncture and an honourary diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine. 

He holds acupuncture registration in both Alberta and Nova Scotia. 

Although Kenton excels in treating all types of problems, his passion lies with anxiety, depression and chronic pain.

Pillars of Health
Address: Suite 101, 10 Portland Street, Dartmouth, NS, B2Y 1G9
Phone: 902-444-3303

Office: The Health Basket
Address: 978 Cole Harbour Road, Dartmouth, NS, B2V 1E7
Phone: 902-462-3765

Kermit Stick, R.Ac #9203

Office: Hydrostone Osteopathy, Halifax
Address: 1464 Martello St, Halifax, NS, B3H 4L4
Phone: 902-446-3880

Frank Taussig, R.Ac #9202

Frank TaussigFrank Taussig studied Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine at the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He received his Doctorate in Oriental Medicine in 1989 and has been practicing since then. As well as being a member of the Nova Scotia Association of Acupuncturists, he is also certified by the National
Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Frank uses a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine (both Acupuncture and Herbology), Japanese Acupuncture techniques, and Tui Na ( Chinese Massage) to successfully treat a wide variety of conditions.

Address: 5663 Cornwallis, Suite 305, Halifax
Phone: 902-420-9466

Gordon Tees #9253

Barbara Weinburg #9252

White, Ashalee #9236

Shih-Bin ‘Robin’ Wu, R.Ac #9240

Office: Robin's Clinic of Traditional Chinese Medicine Inc.
Address: 1360 Lower Water St, #307, Halifax
Phone: 902-448-8815