Registered Acupuncturist, Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Co-Founder of Higher Health Clinic.
Amanda’s passion for health started at a young age, during high school she studied Sports Medicine and began athletic training for the local high school Football and Rugby teams. After high school, she studied Massage Therapy at Lethbridge Community College, graduating in 2003. Her interest in Chinese Medicine developed through personal experience after her own sports injury was successful treated with Acupuncture. Truly amazed with her results, a thirst for knowledge was developed and she enrolled at Canadian Collage of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) in Victoria, British Columbia. This began her journey of studying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture Techniques such as Cupping, Guasha, Moxabustion, Electro-acupuncture, Diet Therapy and Herbology. After graduating with diplomas in both TCM and Acupuncture in 2008 she moved to Fort McMurray and began the journey of opening up her own wellness clinic.
June 2010 saw Amanda and her husband Chad open the doors to Higher Health Acupuncture & Massage Therapy Clinic – a dream in the making! They were determined to provide a safe space for the community to come and receive life changing results, naturally.
Women’s health became an important part of Amanda’s life in 2012 and it is now the main focus of her practice. She helps women with fertility, menopause, hormonal imbalances, pregnancy and labour preparation. Amanda is also a DONA international Certified Doula. In 2015 Amanda started studying Knowledgism and is now a Certified Processor through the Advanced Coaching and Leadership Center. Processing will help you increase your ability to focus, which will then increase your power and help you attain all your want/dreams. Amanda loves helping individuals realize and achieve their goals, which enables them to lead prosperous, successful and happy lives.
Registered Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist, Diploma Dr. Traditional Chinese Medicine, Certified Sports Medicine 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.
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.
Lisa Wipf – Nurse Practitioner
Hometown: Fort McMurray, AB
Lisa is excited to be the new nurse practitioner at the Higher Health Pregnancy Clinic. Lisa recently graduated with her Masters in Nursing: Nurse Practitioner where she received the Dean’s award for her academic excellence and leadership in the program.
Lisa also works as a registered nurse between the Labor and Delivery and the Emergency Department at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre. The previous nurse practitioner of Higher Health Pregnancy Care, Diane, has been a great mentor to Lisa where they worked together on the Labor and Delivery unit. Working at the NLRHC alongside wonderful nurses and physicians has provided the tools and experience to assist her in providing quality patient-centred care to her patients.
Lisa was born and raised in Fort McMurray with her family of three sisters and large extended family. The framework of Higher Health Pregnancy Clinic advocates for personalized pregnancy care, which incorporates family into each visit, which Lisa believes, is integral to holistic health. Collaboration with health care professionals and the practitioners of Higher Health Clinic promotes a balance of holistic and medical management of patients, improving pregnancy outcomes and patient satisfaction.