Acupuncture Canada



Our team of instructors teach our acupuncture and dry needling courses.

Irene Biemann PT, R.Ac, CAFCI

Irene graduated from Queen’s University in 1984 and co-founded the Acupuncture Clinic in Lyndhurst in 1992. She has used acupuncture extensively in her practice at the Rapson Pain Clinic since 1995 and has recently been licensed as an Acupuncturist with the CTCMPAO. Irene has been an instructor and examiner with Acupuncture Canada for almost 20 years.


Lianne has been a practicing physiotherapist since 1993 and works in private practice in North York, Ontario. She received her CAFCI in 1995 and holds an Advanced Diploma and a Masters of Clinical Science degree in Manual and Manipulative therapy. She is an instructor with Acupuncture Canada as well as the University of Toronto Physiotherapy Department, and the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Reid Chittick MScPT, BKin

Reid graduated from Dalhousie University with his Masters of Science in Physiotherapy in 2014. He works in private practice and has been treating patients with acupuncture since 2014, and dry needling since 2015. After having worked in Calgary for a number of years, he moved back east and currently works in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Marianne Custodio Fox BSc, MScPT, C.Med.Acup., ACCDN

Marianne graduated from the Master of Science Physical Therapy program at the University of Alberta in 2010. She received her medical acupuncture certification in 2012 and has since integrated acupuncture and dry needling with manual therapy and visceral manipulation in her daily practice. Currently, Marianne works in the private practice setting in Victoria, British Columbia and her special interests include treating pelvic floor conditions.

Nutan Desai BSc.(PT), MCPA, R.Ac, CAFCI

Nutan graduated from the University of Bombay, India in 1973 and has practiced in Canada since 1975. She worked at the University Hospital, London, Ontario as a staff therapist, co-ordinator and Clinical Specialist in Neurotherapy. Nutan presently runs private practices in Woodstock and London, Ontario where she treats musculoskeletal, neurological and vestibular conditions.

Linda Dyer-Macdonald BSc(PT), R.Ac., CAFCI

Linda has been a physiotherapist for the past 29 years. She has worked in both hospital and private clinic settings and is presently the owner of Sport-Medic Physiotherapy Clinic. Her training includes orthopaedic, manual therapy and acupuncture. She has been a member of the Acupuncture Canada faculty since 1997 and currently sits on its Education and Appeals Committees.

Carmen Eadie MD, CCFP, RAc, CAFCI

Carmen has been practicing medicine for over 40 years, and teaching and examining with Acupuncture Canada since 1998. She has been using acupuncture and and trigger point injections/dry needling for 25 years. Carmen completed her TCM training in 2016 and passed the CTCMA licensing exam in March 2017. She is also one of the developers of Acupuncture Canada’s Dry Needling program. She is an instructor, examiner and course developer with Acupuncture Canada.

Catherine Fuller PT, CAFCI

A Physiotherapist for 28 years, Catherine is the owner of Stayner Physiotherapy & Massage Therapy LTD and Ramblewood Physiotherapy. Certified in acupuncture in 1992 with Acupuncture Canada, she has been teaching since 2001. Catherine is a registered acupuncturist in Ontario. She was the president of Acupuncture Canada from 2010 to 2012, and will remain a member of the board until 2015.

Cynthia Gokavi MBBS, CAFCI, CGTTP

Cynthia graduated from Medicine in India in 1971 and has over 30 years experience in Medical Acupuncture. She is the Medical Director of the Gokavi Acupuncture and Pain Clinic in Saskatoon Saskatchewan, and President of GTT Seminars. Cynthia pioneered and authored the Gokavi Transverse Technique which she teaches internationally. She has served as President of Acupuncture Canada. Cynthia is an instructor and examiner.

Ed Gray BSc.(Hons), DC, CAFCI

Ed uses acupuncture as an adjunctive modality to his chiropractic practice where the two therapies compliment each other. His research in rehabilitation, which has been published in a peer-reviewed journal, specifically details the benefits to patients when a practitioner takes a multidisciplinary approach to patient care.

Aaron Johnson BScPT, FCAMPT, CAFCI

Aaron has been working as a physiotherapist in private practice since 1997. He has extensive post-graduate training in manual therapy, orthopaedics, anatomical acupuncture, concussion management, vestibular rehabilitation and persistent pain management. Aaron was an instructor with the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) for 9 years and has volunteered with both the Orthopaedic and Pain Science Divisions of the CPA. He has successfully treated professional and high-level athletes, however, the majority of his practice involves treating people with everyday aches and pains. Aaron views the therapeutic relationship as a partnership where therapist and patient work together to achieve optimal results. As someone who has suffered numerous injuries and pain issues, Aaron has a special appreciation for the challenges pain presents and what is involved in the recovery process.

Jennifer Johnson BScPT, CAFCI

Jennifer graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1998 and has worked as a physiotherapist in various settings including hospital, community care, industrial, and private practice.  She is the owner of Stayner Physiotherapy and Massage Therapy, along with her husband and fellow physiotherapist, Aaron. She took her acupuncture training with AFCI and became certified in 2004.  She uses acupuncture in her practice daily to help her patients achieve their goals.

Tanya Lee-McCracken BScPT, CAFCI, C.Med.Acup.

A graduate of Queen’s University in 1982 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. A previous board member and B.C. chapter president with Acupuncture Canada, she is now an instructor and examiner. Tanya’s special interests include the treatment of orthopaedic conditions.

Neil Luders BScPT, CAFCI

A physiotherapist who graduated from Sydney University, Australia in 1993, Neil moved to Owen Sound in 1994 where he works at his own clinic two days a week. Neil was accredited with Acupuncture Canada in 2006. He uses acupuncture and dry needling to address a wide range of conditions at his clinic.

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. Catherine has additional certification from the University of Alberta (Medical Acupuncture). Her special interests are neck and back injuries and post-partum moms.

Mac Mierzejewski MScPT, FCAMPT, CAFCI, CGIMS

Mac is an Edmonton based physiotherapist who has been in practice since 1982. His Master’s Degree is from the University of Alberta. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy and is certified in Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation. Mac has been practicing acupuncture for over twenty-five years and teaching acupuncture since 2000. He is an instructor, examiner and has served as President of Acupuncture Canada.

Christene Misener BSc, BScPT, FCAMPT, CAFCI

Christene graduated from the Dalhousie School of Physiotherapy in 1989 and practices at a private physiotherapy clinic in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She has been an active member of Acupuncture Canada since 1994, serving on both provincial and national boards, and has been an instructor since 2001.

Kimberley Okano BMR(PT), FCAMPT, CAFCI

Kim graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physiotherapy in 1990.  She received her CAFCI designation in 1993 and her Diploma of Manipulative Physiotherapy from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Orthopedic Division in 2004. She has worked in both private practice and hospital settings.

Linda Rapson MD, CAFCI

Linda is a former family physician with 40 years’ experience incorporating acupuncture in a medical practice focused on chronic pain, with a particular interest in neuropathic pain. She has been an Acupuncture Canada instructor and examiner for many years, as well as its president and Executive President. She has been an acupuncture consultant at Lyndhurst Spinal Cord Rehab Hospital since 1992; Adjunct Scientist at UHN/Toronto Rehabilitation Institute; and Assistant Professor, DFCM, University of Toronto.

Fedra Salias PT, CAFCI

Fedra graduated from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1990 and has worked as a physiotherapist in both private practice and with hospital inpatients. She currently works with neurological conditions in a hospital outpatient setting. Fedra has been using acupuncture since 2003 and is excited to be a new faculty member with Acupuncture Canada. 

Doreen Sharpe PT, CAFCI

Doreen has over 30 years experience as a Physiotherapist working with hospital inpatients and outpatients, as well as in private practice and home care. A registered acupuncturist, she is owner of Sharpe Physiotherapy and Massage Therapy Clinic, in Trent River, Ontario, specializing in pain management, incontinence, vestibular and aqua therapy rehab. A faculty member since 2001, she also serves on the board of Acupuncture Canada. She is adjunct Academic Staff of Queen’s University .


Kerri-Ann graduated with her Master of Physical Therapy from UBC in 2009 and has completed her Orthopaedic Fellowship in Manipulation and Manual Therapy. She is certified in McGill Method, Pelvic Health, Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation, and Myofascial Decompression (cupping). A lifelong learner, Kerri-Ann is also pursuing her Acupuncture and Advanced Healthcare Practitioner courses.  She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists (FCAMPT), and a registered mentor and instructor with the Orthopedic Division. Outside of work, Kerri can be found adventuring in the BC mountains with her husband, son and pup.

Cindy Zechel BMRPT, CAFCI

Cindy graduated from the physiotherapy program at the University of Manitoba in 1997. She has been licensed in Saskatchewan, Yukon, Manitoba and Alberta as a physiotherapist. During her career she has worked in community therapy, hospital inpatient and outpatient departments, and private clinic settings. She established Wildwood Physiotherapy in 2005. She received her acupuncture certification from Acupuncture Canada (then AFCI) in 2000. Since then she has enjoyed combining Eastern and Western medicine approaches to help her patients return to active lifestyles.

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