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Staff & Board Members

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    Ronda Kellington, CAE

    Executive Director

  • Icon for Catharine Maxwell-Palmer, BScPT, FCAMT, CAFCI
    Catharine Maxwell-Palmer, BScPT, FCAMT, CAFCI


    Catharine is a physiotherapist practicing in Calgary, Alberta and a Fellow of the Canadian Association of Manipulative Therapists (FCAMT). She has included acupuncture in her private practice for more than 20 years. Catharine has additional certification from the University of Alberta (Medical Acupuncture). Her special interests are neck and back injuries and post-partum moms.

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    Emiliana Blagoeva, MScPT, R.Ac., CAFCI


    Emiliana is a Registered Physiotherapist and a Registered Acupuncturist with over 20 years of clinical experience. She is also a certified yoga teacher. During her career she has worked in private and public sectors including South Lake Regional Health Centre, Home Care, Canadian Armed Forces and several private clinics. At present, she runs a private practice in Thornhill, Ontario, focusing on integrated treatment of pelvic floor dysfunctions and infertility through pelvic health physiotherapy, acupuncture and yoga. She believes that acupuncture should be a modality of first choice for pain and for a large number of physical dysfunctions.

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    Emily Dawe, PT


    Emily graduated from Western University with a Masters in Physical Therapy in 2012. During her studies she completed the McMaster Medical Acupuncture program and has been practicing acupuncture ever since. She currently works in St. John's, NL in both public and private practice with experience in acute care, long term care, and outpatient orthopedics. This is her first year on the board of directors of Acupuncture Canada.

  • Icon for Tanya Lee-McCracken, BScPT, CAFCI, C.Med.Acup.
    Tanya Lee-McCracken, BScPT, CAFCI, C.Med.Acup.


    A graduate of Queen’s University, Tanya has worked in acute and rehab hospitals, community care, and private practice in three provinces. She integrates acupuncture with manual therapy, cranio-sacral therapy, visceral manipulation and Chikly’s brain curriculum. Tanya is a faculty member and examiner with Acupuncture Canada. Her special interests include the treatment of orthopaedic conditions.

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    Mac Mierzejewski, MScPT, FCAMPT, CAFCI, CGIMS


    Mac is a physiotherapist and has been in practice since 1982, working in Edmonton, Alberta. He received his Master’s Degree from the University of Alberta. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy and is certified in Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation. He has been practicing acupuncture for over twenty-five years and teaching with Acupuncture Canada since 2000.

  • Icon for Gerald Nemanishen, MD, CCFP, CAFCI (retired)
    Gerald Nemanishen, MD, CCFP, CAFCI (retired)


    Gerald graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in Medicine and did a family medicine residency at McMaster University. He settled in Mission, BC in 1981 where he has a full service general practice and is the medical director of several long-term care facilities. He received his certification from Acupuncture Canada in 1992 and has served previously as President of the Board of Directors, as well as being a faculty member.

  • Icon for Allen Rodgers, MD, CAFCI
    Allen Rodgers, MD, CAFCI


    Allen is a graduate of Dalhousie University. He practices in Peterborough, Ontario.

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