Jennifer Redding has her Bachelor of Arts (B.A) Degree and is a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac) with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario. She is the founder and Owner of AcuFx Health and Wellness Clinic. She was raised in Collingwood where she learned at an early age, that going downhill in her driveway could be a lot of fun! As a child of the mountain, sledding, skiing, and snowboarding soon became her life. Jennifer moved to British Columbia to find the mountains of her dreams, then to the freshest powder of Japan, then to New Zealand, and finally returning back to the northern hemisphere and to the Asian coastal life of Beach/ Island hopping for some well deserved Vitamin D. Officially ending her 10 year adventure on the Great Wall of China for a greater understanding of her true passion- Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.
She began her path in Alternative Medicine from a very early age. Eating sprouts, drinking wheat water, and ingesting fish oils before they were even known of. She played any sport available and gained a strong understanding of the body through sport.
Jennifer is a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac) with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario and she also holds a Bachelors Degree from York University.
Jennifer’s main areas of practice are in pain management, sport related injuries, stress, neurological disorders, facial rejuvenation and infertility.
Upon finishing her postgraduate studies at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver, British Columbia she went on to complete her full-time in-class, clinic, and licensing exam in 2012. From there she then went on to continue her studies in Beijing, China. She started her internship at the Tain Jin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, then at Long Tou Medical Clinic, and lastly at the Oriental Intercultural Medical Clinic Beijing. She also became very involved in TuiNa (Chinese Massage) for pediatrics, Food Cures, Five Element Acupuncture and Reflexology.
After China, Jennifer’s next move was to Nepal to be a part of an Acupuncture Relief Project. She worked as a volunteering primary practitioner within the only medical facility around. While meeting and exceeding her goals of treating 40 plus clients a day she also got the chance to work with the one and only mid-wife and delivering close to a dozen babies naturally or with the help of acupuncture. Jennifer conducted treatments via a ‘Community’ style with patients sitting in chairs or laying on a mat on the floor. She was responsible for managing all aspects of the clinics resources as well as assisting in the training of interpreters, meeting with members of the community and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Living in a third world country is unpredictable, exciting, and requires a flexible approach to each day.
As a healthcare practitioner Jennifer is grateful because every day she is able to share this wonderful medicine to all. She is inspired by all the people that she has met in her life, she has striven for something more and made a commitment toward better living. In Alternative Medicine, it is a key concept to understand that everyone heals differently. She approaches her work with compassion, dedication, optimism, direction and education. Her patients are her greatest teachers and she is honored to be a part of their journey toward a more vibrant life.
Peter Witz was born in South Africa and since a young age has always been fascinated with the world of healing. He started his career in alternative medicine by learning Reiki; a hands on energy based healing system. Studying Reiki allowed Peter to see the benefits of alternative medicine, and he consequently decided to continue his journey by studying Chinese Medicine. Peter received his training at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in British Columbia, obtaining a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine over a period of five years.
Over the past ten years Peter has engaged in many forms of healing including massage, cleansing and detoxification, treating mental well being and systematic disorders such as insomnia, digestion, fertility issues and much more. Although he practices all aspects of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture has always been one of his biggest areas of interest because of it’s vast healing potential. In addition to standard Acupuncture, Peter is experienced in elctro, anti-aging Acupuncture. Additionally, he also administers cupping, gun sha, and moxabustion as well as other methods successfully used in the treatment of pain. Peter is currently studying to become a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and frequently blends the benefits of massage and Acupuncture together in his treatments.
Bharati Gandhi discovered at a very young age she had the innate ability to heal others and experienced a deep compassion to serve the community.
She pursued her studies in Nursing and worked in a variety of clinical settings, to include the community. A career that was not only fulfilling but allowed her to deepen her ability to truly understand the needs of her patients from all walks of life, which ultimately only enhanced her delivery of care.
As a curious individual, she was instantly drawn to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and through her research and being a prescriber of the medicine for her own health and seeing the overwhelming benefits that this medicine has yielded for many; she knew that this was the next step in her development of care delivery. She went on to become a student of TCM and acquired her License as Practitioner of TCM – Acupuncture.
As a Practitioner her goal is to draw upon her own experience and skills within her scope to listen and provide individualized and optimal care for her patients and the community.
Daniel Francoeur is a licensed aesthetician and orthotherapist for over 18 years. He fell in love with the spa industry in 1999 when he started ‘Little House Spa’ in Cumberland, ON. Little House Spa was a destination spa; a square timber house on 80 acres of Ontario countryside with 3 acres of gardens and walking paths. It was a place where women and men could get away; where men felt comfortable to
equally partake in a taste of spa life. From these experiences, Daniel realized that the needs of men were not being met in the industry outside of ‘Little House Spa’. “Men want to take care of themselves, but there is a lack of education in the industry regarding men’s issues, such as unsafe treatment modalities, contraindicative ingredients in products and improper customer service experiences”. In 2004, Daniel moved out of the countryside and recreated Bodé Spa for Men in Ottawa. Since then, Daniel and the professional team at Bodé have gained local, national and even international attention for providing education to others regarding male-focused care.What has fuelled the business model behind Bodé is Daniel’s passion for education. “I want to help others create a welcoming, relaxed space for men, and to be able to back it up with educated services and effective products that work.”
Daniel enjoys sharing his expertise within the industry, whether it be providing education to therapists or being hired as a consultant to help other spas improve their operations and become stronger businesses.
Aharon Trottier is the proud owner of Bodé Spa. Having previously been a teacher, Aharon understands Bode’s emphasis on pairing education with quality service.
He started his career at Bode behind the desk, and gradually developed his skills as a therapist. He expanded his practice by taking the CMP certificate with the North American School of Podology, and by taking advanced skin care courses with the International Dermal Institute.
Dr. Giacomina Gucciardi, is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in the province of Ontario since 1997. She currently has a family practice in Toronto’s Annex community. Her areas of study and interest include women’s health, fertility, pediatrics, dermatology, gastrointestinal health, allergic/inflammatory disorders, and the management of acute and chronic conditions.
Giacomina graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine in 1997, where she completed a four-year doctorate program. Prior to Naturopathic studies, she attended the University of Toronto and completed a Bachelor of Science degree. She also completed two years at Ryerson University in the Nutrition Science program.
Giacomina has completed a seminar series with Jane Lyttleton, Dip TCM, Cert Ac, Cert Herbalist., in the Treatment of Infertility with Taditional Chinese Medicine. She also trained with Virginia Doran, M.Ac., L.Ac., LMT, to become certified in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. In addition, Giacomina completed module 1 and 2 in Body talk, a holistic approach to healing through energy medicine. Giacomina is licensed in Ontario through the Board of Drugless Practitioners- BDDT-N). She also holds professional memberships with the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND), the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) and Association of Perinatal Naturopathic doctors. Giacomina believes in educating her patients and the public on Naturopathic medicine and was asked to lecture at Seneca College and do a series of “lunch and learn” seminars with the Royal Bank of Canada.
Jenn Abbatiello is a health and wellness enthusiast and essential oils educator. After being diagnosed with cancer over 15 years ago, it really taught her that knowledge is power and that we need to be our own health advocates. You need to educate yourself and ask the right questions.
No one is all knowing and you must trust your instincts and what your body is trying to tell you. Jenn made a commitment to taking a healthy approach to all aspects of her life.
In addition to working with naturopaths, acupuncturists, massage therapists and other holistic practitioners, a few years ago she was introduced to the therapeutic benefits of doTerra essential oils. She was amazed at their purity and potency and they truly empowered her and her whole family to become much more active in their own health and wellness. They have now become part of her first line of defence for everything, whether that be reducing toxic load, supporting her diet and exercise goals, managing stress, supporting rest, personal care or proactive medical care. Jenn is passionate about empowering others to take control of their goals for natural health & wellness
Amanda P. Narain’s personal story in health inspired her to enter into holistic medicine, leading to the opening of APNHHC. At a very young age of 11, in rural Guyana, South America, she was injured with a gunshot wound to the abdominal region, there she managed to survive despite no existing emergency services to treat a gunshot wound. She was the first case of a gunshot wound the local hospital had seen.
Her journey back to health was a combination of integrative medicine- both holistic and conventional medicine. Through her personal health journey she experienced the benefits of holistic medicine in restoration of her health; repairing her digestion, removing pharmaceutical toxicity from her body and liver that caused 90% hairloss at the younge age of 12 and contributed to acne, malnutrition, depression, numerous bowel obstructions and deficiencies.
In the past 6 years she has been a caregiver for both her mother and grandmother who both had terminal cancers. Employing both systems of medicine; holistic and conventional.
She has witnessed how even in the most extreme and advanced stages of illnesses such as stage IV Cancer, the human body can benefit from holistic medicine either as a primary care or adjunctive/supportive care choice of medicine.