As a health practitioner, I’m proud to work at Aim2Walk, a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation centre. I would love to say that with every problem and illness there is one specific method to treatment, however, when dealing with health, there are many possible issues and ways of treating the problem. At Aim2Walk many of you may know that each practitioner brings something different to the table, however we all work together to achieve the same end result: the best possible treatment for the client to achieve their personal goals for recovery.
For the past few months I have been attending a Medical Acupuncture course at MacMaster University. It took strong dedication to study during my free time as it has been 6 years now since I completed my schooling for Registered Massage Therapy. Needless to say, it was also an adjustment to sit in class for close to 20 hours on my weekends.
I chose to take the Acupuncture Course because I have seen many effective results from my fellow Acupuncturists at the clinic. There has also been many times in my own practice when I knew Acupuncture could have been useful for a client. I am proud and excited to have successfully passed my exams and look forward to applying it to my practice.
Here are a couple photos while practicing at school.
What is the difference between an Acupuncturist and an Acupuncture Practitioner?
- Acupuncturist: In Ontario an Acupuncturist has studied acupuncture and has successfully completed the requirements of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario. Each practitioner must successfully pass the OAEC, (Ontario Acupuncture Examination Committee). Having an OAEC certificate will allow the practitioner to bill as an Acupuncturist to insurance companies who cover acupuncture. At the clinic both Jesse Lown and Regina Gorospe are Registered Acupuncturists. If you receive a treatment from either of these practitioners, you will be billed as having an acupuncture treatment. For more information visit www.ctcmpao.com
- Acupuncture Practitioner: In Ontario an Acupuncture Practitioner is a health professional who practices Acupuncture in conjunction with their primary health role. For instance, at Aim2Walk, Matt Sanchez, PT and myself (Michelle Wolfe, RMT) are able to practice acupuncture along with our original titles. When billing a client we are not able to bill as an Acupuncturist separately, we must bill the client under our original title being a Physiotherapist or Registered Massage Therapist. This means, if you receive an acupuncture treatment from me, you will be billed hourly and it will be billed as a massage.
It is highly effective to be open to different ideas and ways of healing whilst working in a health field. Adding acupuncture into my practice is highly exciting to me, as I have added another tool and means of treating clients whenever necessary.