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.
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 has recently opened up a Bodé location in Toronto, called Bodé Studio. “We found that our clients in Toronto are quite bound to their home and work districts. The Studio is a space that is simply meant for you and your therapist; an upscale one on one environment with all the services you would expect from a larger spa”.
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 has been with Bodé for approximately 5 years, having worked as Spa Manager and as a therapist. He has 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. Aharon’s skills from his previous career in education are strong assets at Bodé.
Mosadi is a Registered Dietitian – Mosadi’s focus is on educational and behavioural approaches to support sustainable changes for healthy eating. Mosadi specializes in nutrition care for heart disease, weight loss, weight gain, high blood pressure, dyslipidemia (cholesterol), metabolic syndrome, emotional eating, gastrointestinal disorders, food allergies and intolerances, vegetarian diets, sports nutrition, nutrition for an active lifestyle, group education/workshops/and seminars, pregnancy (pre and post), management of nutriation-related health problems, diabetes/pre-diabetes/diabetes prevention, and nutrition for overall health. Many people know what eat but do not necessarily do what they know. Through Nutrition and Wellness with Mosadi consulting – dietitian services are provided addressing person and family-centred care, group education, support and wellness programs to address barriers and strategies to overcome barriers to achieve one’s nutrition and wellness goals. The aim is to aid others in achieving optimal nutrition and health status as well as to prevent nutrition-related disease.
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.