About | Edmonton Acupuncturists and Massage Therapists
Whole Family Health is a team of acupuncturists and massage therapists passionate about actively improving the health of your whole family. Our goal is to help you get into the best health possible so you can create the life you want and celebrate it.
We take an integrated approach to your family's health. Using acupuncture, massage, nutrition, Chinese herbal medicine, and mind-body medicine, we treat and prevent a wide range of disorders, including pain, digestive problems, fertility and pregnancy related issues.
Whether you want to create a new member of the family or you're looking for treatment for an adult or child, we'll help you achieve your health goals.
Our acupuncturists and massage therapists are licensed in Alberta and are experts in their fields. We also have a strong background in obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive medicine, helping women easily manage their unique challenges, from PMS to menopause, and from conception to labour and beyond.
Cecil Horwitz, RAc, DAc, CH
Known for his expertise in treating and enhancing fertility, preventing miscarriages, and treating a broad range of pregnancy-related issues, Cecil is an acupuncturist who helps women achieve their health goals at all stages of life. Although he specializes in women's health, with a specific concentration on fertility, conception, labour, menstruation, and postpartum-related health issues, he also treats men, and children of all ages.
Thanks to the high success rate of acupuncture and acupressure treatments in aiding fertility and childbirth, Cecil loves to treat pregnancy from conception to labour and beyond. As a clinical supervisor at MacEwan University's student teaching clinic, he has taught classes and lectured in the following areas: miscarriage prevention, breech presentation, mastitis, and acupressure for labour pain.
Cecil has completed postgraduate training in acupuncture obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive medicine under respected experts Jane Lyttleton and Bob Flaws. He has also received certification in obstetrical acupuncture and acupressure from noted field pioneer and expert Debra Betts, and completed training in shonishin pediatric acupuncture with Dr. Raven Lang.
Cecil has spent some time studying with noted author and acupuncturist Jill Blakeway in New York. Jill has written one of the first books on integrating western and eastern medicine with regard to fertility and pregnancy health. His most recent exploit has been studying mind body medicine at the Benson Henry Institute at Harvard Medical school, in which he will receive certification in training in the field of Mind Body Medicine.
Cecil is a certified Chinese Herbologist and is currently enrolled in postgraduate training to become a member of the American Board of Reproductive Medicine.
Christina Pistotnik, HHP, RAc, DAc
Christina practises traditional Chinese medicine through acupuncture. She strongly believes in alternative medicine because it allows her to look at a person as a whole and to customize treatment to meet each person's needs.
Christina graduated from MacEwan University from both acupuncture and holistic health programs. She is certified in reflexology and acupressure.
To stay up to date with current practices, Christina pursues continuing education opportunities. She has taken specialized training in obstetrical acupuncture with noted specialist Debra Betts and received certification for facial acupuncture renewal under cosmetic specialist Mary Elizabeth Wakefield. Christina has completed studies in reproductive medicine under respected specialist Jane Lyttleton.
Jillian Rieckmann, RMT
Jillian graduated from Makami College School of Massage Therapy at the top of her class in 2008. After having her daughter in 2007, she became interested in taking a more holistic approach to her own family's health and to the health of others.
For the last three years, Jillian has specialized in therapeutic massage for preconception, pregnancy and postnatal health, pediatric health, and men's health. Jillian has also received her personal training certification, which she uses in her practice to teach clients how to help balance their bodies for optimal results. Jillian is constantly updating her practice with postgraduate and continued education courses in pregnancy and women's health. She is currently enrolled in a pre- and postnatal fitness specialist course and stays current with advancements within her field to provide her clients with quality treatments.
Devon Jarvis, RMT
Achieving physical and emotional well-being and increasing quality of life is the focus of massage therapy and this profound concept is what drew Devon toward this field of work. Devon is a graduate of the class of the 2011 Massage Therapy Program at Grant MacEwan University.
This particular program is 2200 hours of comprehensive hands-on education that has enabled her with the skills and knowledge to provide her clients with upmost care and support. She believes that it is truly important to value her clients’ goals and quality of life as much as her own, in doing so, results are reflected through progress and a feeling of wellbeing. Devon’s areas of focus are: deep tissue massage, pregnancy massage and relaxation massage (incorporated techniques such as: PNF stretching, myofascial release and triggerpoint therapy etc.). Currently, Devon is studying Acupuncture at Grant MacEwan University and will be graduating in June of 2014! As she makes her journey through the Acupuncture program, she is constantly aiding towards her knowledge of the human body, furthering her skills as a massage therapist.
“Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.” ~Denis Waitley
Genevieve Boyer R.Ac
Genevieve has been helping families to conceive and have healthy babies for over five years, and her fertility treatments are informed by the knowledge of several experts in the field of Oriental reproductive medicine. She has studied with Jane Lyttleton, who is recognized around the world for her expertise in Oriental medicine fertility treatments and Zita West, an acupuncturist, midwife and nutritionist who runs an integrative IVF clinic in England. She has also done coursework in using acupuncture to optimize ovarian reserve and enhance the success of IVF treatments with Brandon Horn and Wendy Yu, who hold graduate degrees in Traditional Oriental Medicine, and with Peter Deadman in relation to male reproductive health.
Genevieve enjoys treating women during pregnancy, when the safety and efficacy of acupuncture in addressing discomforts and other issues is particularly valuable. She has trained with Debra Betts, a leader in the field of obstetric acupuncture, and has also taken doula training. Genevieve volunteers as an editor for Birth Issues, an educational magazine produced by the Association for Safe Alternatives in Childbirth, and her acupuncture articles have been published in previous issues of this magazine as well.
And Genevieve loves working with children—she actually writes stories and poems for children in her spare time and has had the opportunity to share some of her unpublished stories with grade one classrooms. She has done training in Shonishin (a form of Oriental therapy for children that doesn’t require the use of needles) and pediatric acupuncture with Raven Lang.
In addition to acupuncture, Genevieve is also trained in Craniosacral Therapy, which provides a very relaxing and gentle way of alleviating tensions in the body, while also helping to balance the autonomic nervous system, which controls our fight-or-flight response. As such, Genevieve finds it useful in helping with treatment of any pain in the body, and she also likes to use Craniosacral Therapy to help improve microcirculation to the ovaries and to reduce adhesions from endometriosis.
Genevieve is a registered member of the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta and is applying to become a Fellow of the American Board for Oriental Reproductive Medicine. She was awarded the Louise McKinney Scholarship during her studies at MacEwan in recognition of her academic excellence and now works occasionally as a clinic supervisor at the MacEwan University Acupuncture Teaching Clinic.
Kate Tilley, RYT-200, RPYT
Before discovering yoga and holistic healing, Kate was a Counsellor and Support Worker working with women and children fleeing domestic violence. Although she has left this work, she continues to pursue her two passions - helping others and aiding the body through holistic approaches to healing. The many skills she learned through being a counsellor and working in crisis has carried forward into her teachings of connecting the body, the breath and the mind.
Through Yoga Kate has discovered what it means to be present, to trust in the unknown and to connect with the breath to help calm the mind. Her philosophy is that through the true connection with the whole body we are able to foster the power within us to help aid the body in its healing journey.
Kate has been practicing yoga since 2003 and is certified with the Yoga Alliance in Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Pre-natal / Post Natal Yoga. With a strong interest in linking women’s health and yoga, Kate’s interest lies in aiding fertility, preparing women for birth and helping to support the recovery process after delivery.
Dr. Michaela Kadambi
Dr. Michaela Kadambi is a Registered Psychologist within the province of Alberta. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta, which is one of only four Canadian doctoral programs in Counselling Psychology that is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association.
Dr. Kadambi is actively engaged in clinical practice, academic research and is an Adjunct Professor within the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta.
Dr. Kadambi offers over 15 years of clinical experience providing psychological services to a wide variety of client populations across hospital and community settings. Her approach to the practice of Counselling Psychology reflects her values surrounding the integration of science into practice. Her counselling style is warm, genuine, direct and practical. She is flexible in the approaches/interventions that she uses with clients to help with their presenting problems and is comfortable working with clients who indicate needing an assertive therapist who is able to coach and/or challenge them directly.
Dr. Kadambi works with a variety of clinical issues including relationship difficulties, anxiety/mood disorders as well as traumatic stressors. After her own challenging journey to become a mother, she has become passionate about helping individuals and couples who are experiencing issues relating to infertility, assisted reproductive technologies, pregnancy loss, and pre/postnatal mental health and adjustment.