Acupuncturists

Our Team of Registered Acupuncturists

Amanda Gergely

Acupuncturist

Hometown:Lethbridge, Alberta
Amanda graduated from the Massage Therapy program at Lethbridge Community College in 2003. Once complete Amanda decided to further her career in the health care field and began studying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture at the Canadian Collage of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) in Victoria, BC. Amanda went on to earn her diploma in both TCM and Acupuncture in 2008 learning techniques such as Cupping, Tuina, Moxabustion, Electro-acupuncture, Diet Therapy and Herbology. Originally from Lethbridge, Alberta. Amanda came to Fort McMurray in June of 2008 and began working at a physiotherapy clinic. In June of 2010 Amanda opened up her own health clinic. Starting Higher Health Clinic was a major milestone in her career, where every day she can dedicate her time and energy to helping people live healthier, balanced lives.
Amanda has done additional training in Women’s Health and Fertility studying under Debra Betts, Zita West and Randine Lewis. As well as training in Matt Callison’s Sport Medicine Acupuncture for musculoskeletal disorders along with Whitfield Reaves Sports Medicine Acupuncture. Amanda is also a reiki practitioner and loves to incorporate Reiki in her acupuncture treatments.
Amanda believes in the body’s ability to heal itself and that acupuncture and massage therapy are two of the many paths to restoring health and wholeness to the body. She is also a strong supporter of self care and daily yoga practice.

Adrienne Coombs

Acupuncturist

Hometown:Nelson, British Columbia
Growing up surrounded by wilderness She took full advantage of her surroundings, spending all her free time mountain biking, hiking, and snowboarding (just to name a few). Being active her whole life she felt the need to focus her studies on treating those with sport-related orthopaedic injuries. Her education started following her passion for exercise with 2 1/2 years spent studying kinesiology at Langara College in Vancouver, BC. She then switched her western focus to a more holistic approach and begun to study Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in her hometown of Nelson. There, she finished the 5 year Doctorate of TCM.
Being from a mountainous town in BC, living in Fort McMurray has had its challenges for her. Adrienne has had to learn to adapt and take advantage of her surroundings by spending a lot of time running, biking and cross country skiing in the Birchwood trails with her dog, Chewy
Since graduation, Adrienne has continued to further her education and has taken several sports medicine acupuncture courses under names such as Whitfied Reeves and Matt Callison. She graduated from Matt Callison’s Sports Medicine Apprentership Program in San Diego, CA in the fall of 2015 making her one of the only certified sports medicine acupuncturists in Canada. Through this program she learned advanced diagnostics, postural assessment, corrective exercises and acupuncture and herbal treatment strategies.
Adrienne has completed other advanced courses in moxabustion, cupping therapy, fertility and has completed distance education courses through the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.
Today, she treats all injuries and illnesses through acupuncture, cupping, corrective exercises, tuina, moxabustion, herbology, lifestyle and dietary therapy.
Adrienne’s mission is to provide a holistic, therapeutic approach to bettering one’s health. She focuses on nurturing and balancing the mind, body, and soul so that disease can be prevented and cured while wellness is achieved. As her patient, your experience is designed to help create a deeper sense of self and well being, healing what needs to heal, and more importantly, taking the time to have complete focus on you, your spirit, and your health.

Krystal Appleby

Acupuncturist

Hometown: Swift Current, SK
Krystal graduated from Alberta College of Acupuncture and TCM in Calgary with her Diploma of Acupuncture in Spring 2017 and is currently finishing her Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Bachelor of Science. Throughout this program she learned Acupuncture & Herbology along with modalities such as Cupping, Moxabustion, Electro-Acupuncture, Tuina, and Diet Therapy. Krystal checked a bucket list item off travelling to China solo this year. She worked in Hangzhou at the Zhejiang Provincial Hospital of TCM solidifying her training with Advanced training under highly regarded Doctors. Life and TCM in China was eye opening seeing over 100 patients daily in Surgery, Internal/External Medicine, EENT, Neurology, Oncology, Gynecology, Pediatrics, Acupuncture, Tuina, and Herbology. China stole her heart; she plans to study Mandarin and return to train in the Hospital as time, and her dog allow. Krystal previously lived in Fort McMurray taking Science courses, learning Photography, and searching for the right career fit. Her heart dog Dexter, and his health issues introduced her to TCM. Soon after Krystal dove into Yoga and Acupuncture at Higher Health and knew her life and mindset was ever changed. After Working at Higher Health watching countless patients and clients transform, heal from injuries, and change their lives Krystal knew she had to leave to pursue her dreams; school was a perfect fit. She is extremely grateful to practice in Fort McMurray, where the lifelong adventure started. Loving the Northern country she looks forward to new memories running many miles, camping, cross country skiing and kayaking the river with her favourite little being, her dog Reese. Krystal loves the diversity Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine allows when it comes to treating patients. Finding Acupuncture as a injured runner, and since finding relief from allergies, interrupted sleep, stress, adrenal distress, hair loss, other injuries and life hiccups Krystal finds it easy to stand behind and practice this Ancient, Science backed Medicine. Treating the body as a whole, and digging beneath the surface of injury, illness or imbalance to help facilitate others heal is one of the most gratifying things she feels lucky to be part of.