Barbara Poczyniak, R.Ac
Hello! I help clients with wellness goals that range from a painless period, to a successful conception and pregnancy, to supporting facial health and beauty naturally. My focus is on women's physical and emotional health, as well as non-invasive cosmetic procedures to address the signs of early aging.
I know what it feels like to seek help for a health issue and just get offered band-aid options that don't solve the problem. In the long run, true healing begins by addressing both the symptoms and root cause.
My training in Traditional Chinese Medicine spans extensive studies in women's reproductive health, acupuncture and the art of facial rejuvenation. I've studied with numerous experts in this field and have helped thousands of patients since 2010. I look forward to meeting you and being a part of your journey in health.
- Registered Acupuncturist in good standing with CTCMPAO
- Graduate of the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Studies and internship at the former Canadian Gynecology Institute of Chinese Medicine
- Levels 1, 2 and Advanced Pregnancy Care from the Arvigo Institute, USA
- Qi beauty™ Practitioner certification
- Advanced Cupping Techniques with ICTA
- Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture (face, neck and abdomen) with Dr. Martha Lucas
- Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Tracey Soghrati
- 5EFM Foundations with Chris Axelrad
- AromaPoint Mastery with Tiffany Carole
My own experience with endometriosis has been the basis of a longstanding interest in women's health. It is what led me to study Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in the first place. I've always planned to focus on the particular health needs of women, and especially for those issues that are not easily resolved by Western Medicine.
Throughout my teenage years and into my twenties, I had horribly painful periods. Doctors did tests, and then advised me that I had "bad luck" but that nothing was really wrong with me. My digestion was also "off" and I had debilitating migraines. I was on and off various medications for years, without much to really explain what was going on. Some things helped for a while, while other things had unhappy side effects. Eventually, I just got used to it, and 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 look for help.
In my thirties, after 18 years of looking to put a name to my health issues - I finally found one: "endometriosis". Surgery confirmed Stage 4 Endometriosis, which meant lots of cysts and painful adhesions had formed over the years. 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 powers of the body. After surgery, he suggested complementary medicine approaches such as diet and energy work (alongside conventional monitoring).
Finally, the missing pieces started to fall into place - and I felt the healing shift happen. Results started to last. This combination of modern medicine and the best of ancient healing techniques is what made a real difference. I was so impressed that I decided to change up even more in my life, and enrolled to study Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. This medicine continues to fascinate me, and I'm excited to make this work my calling. I'll be forever grateful to the expert MD whose open-minded wisdom led me to health and to my chosen career. Thank you Dr. L!