Karen Ritchie, Acupuncturist



 Where should I park?  There is a parking lot at 5880 Spring Garden Road, and also street parking.

What should I wear?  If you have an appointment for Acupuncture, you should wear loose-fitting clothes.  If you have an appointment for MSAS testing, then you can wear regular clothing.  Reminder:  I will be testing both your hands and feet - please wash your feet, do not use lotions, and wear socks that can be easily removed.  

What should I bring to the appointmentPlease bring along the actual bottles of any medications you are taking at the present time (this includes birth control).  Also, if you are taking nutritional supplements and are questioning whether or not certain products are   good for you, bring those along. 

What about insurance coverageKaren is a Registered Acupuncturist in Nova Scotia and many plans do cover her services.  However, it is highly suggested that you contact your insurance company and ask specifically - do they cover Acupuncture, and if so, is a doctor referral required?  Karen does not direct bill insurance companies, she will be giving you a receipt with all pertinent information that you can turn into your insurance provider for reimbursement. 

How can I payWe accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Debit, Cheques & Cash.

What if I need to cancel my appointmentWe give reminder calls 48 hours in advance.  Karen is now charging for appointments that have not been cancelled within 24 hours.  If you need to cancel, please call the office as soon as you know.   Karen has a HUGE waiting list and there is always someone who would really appreciate your appointment, so the sooner you can call the better!  It is said that when one person forgets their appointment, three people are disappointed:  the person who missed the appointment; the person who could have taken that appointment; and the practitioner – so thank you for being thoughtful of others.

Is the Meridian Stress Assessment System (MSAS) testing the same as the Omega AcuBase testing?  Yes, the software and hardware are made by the same company, however, the MSAS is the 21st Century version.  Karen used the Omega AcuBase system from 1995-2008 and then purchased the new equipment to better serve her clients.

 If I have a friend or relative who would like the testing who lives elsewhere, how do they find such a person?  The best way is to ‘Google’ – meridian stress assessment testing and the place (eg.Edmonton,Alberta).  Otherwise, you can always email Biomeridian – this is the company that is responsible for creating this system.

What should I expect to have happen at my first appointment for a Meridian Stress AssessmentFirst off, you will have fun and get lots of information!  Karen will be testing your hands and feet.  She will explain how the MSA system works and show you the computer screen where the readings are seen and what it means.  You will hold a brass rod in one hand (the brass rod will have a paper cloth on it which is wet with water).  Karen will be testing with a probe that is emitting a extremely low voltage of electricity (you cannot feel anything other than the pressure applied by Karen) - this is non-invasive and not painful!  The probe is applied to acupoints on the hands and the feet (these points have been found to be more electrically conducdive then the surrounding tissue.  This part of the testing takes about 10 minutes and gives us information about where stresses are in the organ system meridians.  The rest of the time Karen spends in the"virtual library" which has over 40,000 items from which to test.  She has a protocol that she follows to find out certain information as to why you may be experiencing certain problems.  This includes, but is not limited to:  Food, Candida, Bacteria, Viruses, Parasites, Chemicals, Hormones, Neurotransmitters, Heavy Metals, Teeth, Vertebrae,  Environmental Allergens . . . & much, much more.  You will leave with computer print-outs of your results, and lots more information!