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Meet Our Acupuncturist

Susan Friesen

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Susan Friesen, BScN, RAc

My career goal has always been to work in the health care field. I love helping people recover and get back to living a healthy life so it was an easy decision to study nursing at Dalhousie University. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1996 and initially worked as a nurse in the military at the National Defence Medical Center in Ottawa. However, my passion was to work in Intensive Care so when I left the military, I took my ICU Certificate at George Brown College in Toronto and worked in Pediatric Intensive Care at the Hospital for Sick Children.

The Path to Acupuncture

I thought my career was all sorted out but life had a few bumps along the way. In 2005, not long after I had my son, we both contracted Fifth Disease. While my ten month old quickly recovered, my joint pain and swelling did not. Over the next year it worsened and I developed a positive rheumatoid factor. I was terrified. I was following in my mother’s footsteps with the criteria for a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, the debilitating, joint deforming disease with no cure. As a nurse, I knew the side effects of the long term chemotherapy and immune modulation drugs, including the possibility of cancer. I researched every treatment method I could to find remission from the RA, and by that point, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and multiple chemical sensitivity.

As I slowly recovered with the principles of acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, and naturopathic medicine, my mother was given the diagnosis of lymphoma (cancer) and passed away after a long hard battle. How I wish I had known how to help her so that she didn’t need to struggle as she did, but it is one of the very reasons I chose to study TCM and Acupuncture.

First-Hand Experience

Now, my goal is to apply the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture that helped in my own recovery so that I can help others reach the same state of health I now enjoy. I live pain free, I don’t take any medication, and thankfully I don’t suffer the effects of fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue, or multiple chemical sensitivity anymore!

As I work with clients in clinic, I now celebrate their recovery as much as they do, knowing that a better state of health is a gift that each of us can strive for and be thankful for each and every day.

To schedule an appointment for acupuncture, call our Lower Sackville clinic today.

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