Our Acupunture Team
Registered Acupuncturist, Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Co-Founder of Higher Health Clinic.
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 Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture under Virginia Doran, L.Ac. As well as training in Matt Callison’s Sport Medicine Acupuncture for musculoskeletal disorders along with Whitfield Reaves Sports Medicine Acupuncture. Amanda is currently working towards her Reiki Master and in 2014 became a DONA certified Doula, and is looking forward to assisting laboring mothers in birth.
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.
Registered Acupuncturist, Diploma Dr. Traditional Chinese Medicine
Adrienne Coombs is born and raised in the beautiful mountains of Nelson, BC. 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 running and cross country skiing in the trails throughout the city and spending a lot of time in the gym. Since living in Fort McMurray she has run 2 half marathons and has competed in an amateur fitness competition.
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 is also a licensed ART provider (lower extremity) helping to treat many types of pain and orthopedic injuries. Along with these, Adrienne has completed other advanced courses in moxabustion and cupping therapy and is currently taking distance education courses through the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition specializing in supplementation (vitamins and minerals) and “mindfulness and the neuropsychoendocrinology of regular eating.”
Today, she treats all injuries and illnesses through acupuncture, cupping, 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.