Barbara's background is in Traditional Chinese Medicine, with advanced studies in women's health and acupuncture. She has studied and interned with numerous experts in this field and has helped hundreds of clients successfully overcome issues with pain, stress, reproductive health and digestion. She is a Registered Acupuncturist in good standing with the CTCMPAO.
She incorporates Traditional Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® to address a wide range of health concerns. These therapies complement each other and work extremely well together, especially for those issues that may originate in the core of our bodies. These safe and natural solutions support the body's innate healing intelligence. This approach incorporates the body's ability to self-regulate, self-heal and self-regenerate.
Barbara's aim is to meet clients at where they are at and to help them achieve their goals - whether that be a regular, painless period, a healthy conception and pregnancy or an easy transition through all of life's stages.
My own experience with endometriosis has been the basis for a longstanding interest in women's health. It is what led me to study Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. I've always wanted to focus on the particular health needs of women, and especially with issues that are not easily resolved by Western Medicine.
Throughout my teenage years and into my twenties I had horrible, painful periods. Doctors advised that this was just "bad luck" but that nothing was really wrong. My digestion was also "off" and debilitating migraines made regular appearances. I was on and off various medications, without much to really explain what was going on. Some things helped for a while, other things had unhappy side effects. Eventually I just got used to it, tired of asking for answers. I looked pretty healthy, even though I did not feel it. I tried to make the best of it, not knowing where else to turn for help.
In my thirties, after 18 years of looking to put a name to my health issues - I found one: "endometriosis". Surgery confirmed Stage 4 Endometriosis, which meant lots of cysts and painful adhesions. Putting a name to it helped, as I got to dive in and learn all I could. This helped me feel somewhat more in control. But I still had to have a second laparoscopy when the cysts returned.
My newest doctor had a special take on things: he was an expert endometriosis surgeon, but also a firm believer in the innate healing power of the body. He suggested complementary medicine approaches such as diet and energy work alongside conventional treatment. Finally, the missing pieces started to appear for me....this is when the healing shift really began and the results started to last. Combining modern medicine with the best of age-old healing concepts was amazing and absolutely fascinated me, so much so that I decided to return to school and make this my calling. I will forever be grateful to the expert doctor whose wisdom led me to health and eventually to my life's work.
Thank you Dr. L.!