Karen Ritchie, Acupuncturist

My Certifications

Diplomate of Acupuncture

NCCAOM Certified

A Diplomate of Acupuncture is an acupuncturist who is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®). It is a considerable professional achievement to earn the designation Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM). NCCAOM certification indicates to employers, patients, and peers that one has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture as defined by the acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) profession. For additional information, about the Diplomate of Acupuncture, please visit the NCCAOM Website.

Registered Acupuncturist, Nova Scotia

I am a member and  past President and Vice President of the Nova Scotia Association of Acupuncturists.  For more information on NSAA go to:  www.nsacupuncture.ca

Please note:  Most, but not all  insurance companies cover some or part of acupuncture treatments.  However, it is wise to call your healthcare provider and inquire about your coverage before making an appointment so that you are not surprised when your claim(s) is returned unpaid!

CranioSacral Therapy 1

I recently took the CranioSacral Therapy 1 course through The Upledger Insitute (March 2011).  I am in a very early practice mode with this modality, however I intend to continue further training as I feel it is a wonderful healing alternative.  For a detailed explanation of CranioSacral Therapy, I suggest you 'google' CranioSacral Therapy and look at the explanation that Wikipedia gives.  If you would like to experience what CranioSacral Therapy is on a deeper level, then I will be happy refer you to someone who is certified or practiced it much longer than I have.


Reiki, First Degree (Usui Shiki Ryoho)

I received my First Degree Reiki atunement in 2002 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  My acupuncture treatments usually include some Reiki energy work.  

Reiki is a Japanese form of energy work that cleanses and balances the energy system in the body. As a result, the body's natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimum health. During a session, I work directly with your energy field to remove blockages, detoxify your system, and restore your vital life force energy. Reiki utilizes a gentle laying on of hands to conduct the necessary energy force between us. The benefits of Reiki range from the release of habitual mental/emotional stress to alleviating chronic pain.