Since a young age, the central theme in my life has been health, healing & wellness. Being confronted with health complications as a young child motivated a deep exploration of health & healing and directed me to a lifetime of traveling to the corners of the earth to experience different healing modalities - and eventually, to train in the one I found most profound. Along the way I developed an interest in meditation, holistic health, organic farming and various healing arts such as sound healing, breath work, meditation, awareness practices, movement therapy, energy healing, nature-based shamanic practices, and most importantly healthy lifestyle. In this pursuit of wellness, I studied Herbal medicine at Pacific Rim College and spent time with spiritual masters in India & Peru to deepen my knowledge and understanding. In the end, I chose Acupuncture. Acupuncture is a healing technology that has proven effective for thousands of years, more recently it has been shown to stimulate physiological, neurological, biochemical and psychological responses. It is based on the observation of the natural world - which we are very much part of despite the complexity of our modern day world. Finding activation through Acupuncture has been the most rewarding experience as I am constantly astounded by the results it brings. My intention is to create the space to allow the body to actively or passively facilitate healing. When developing treatments, I consider the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual components involved. I utilize traditional systems and various modalities to clearly define protocols that produce measurable results. Once we have removed physical dis-ease, intentional manifestations have a supportive foundation to bud out of. I use my training in classical acupuncture, scalp acupuncture, auricular acupuncture, cupping, Tuina, Gua Sha and advising on food, herbal & lifestyle cures to facilitate balance in my patients and find the most direct route back to their most optimal health. My areas of special interest include gut health, trauma, reproductive issues, mental health, chronic injuries, physical or emotional pain, vitality & inflammatory conditions. I incorporate a lifetime of health and wellness inspired learning, and training in TCM modalities, to understand and interpret the body and encourage my patient to metabolize any past or present obstacles that reside in the body, mind or spirit so we might illuminate their journey back to their most potent self. Together, we create a clear vessel so people may reunite with their health in a way that empowers and inspires them to live their fullest potential.
Dr. Michelle Hughes has been practicing Traditional Chinese medicine for over 22 years. Michelle graduated from the International College of TCM in Vancouver and furthered her schooling in China.
Michelle has a special interest in women’s health, fertility, pregnancy, sport’s injuries and pain, training with some of North America’s foremost health experts in these fields. Michelle is honored to be a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine and a Senior Member of the Obstetrical Acupuncture Association. Michelle is also a trained doula.
Michelle believes in a complimentary approach to healthcare and is excited to help you achieve your wellness goals.