If you are experiencing side effects from your chemotherapy, please call to register.
Studies have shown strong evidence that acupuncture is a complementary therapy that helps ease nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy. Acupuncture may also help Cancer Related Fatigue (CRF) and joint pain and/or hot flashes caused by hormonal therapies (men and women).
Dr. Spence Petland, Dr. TCM
Dr. Spence Pentland is a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Since 2004 his Vancouver practice at Yinstill Reproductive Wellness has focused on the treatment of reproductive conditions. In the last few years, cancer has been a prominent feature in his family life, so he has joined InspireHealth to help support and give back to those faced with this challenge.
As the former president of the Traditional Chinese Medicine Association of British Columbia and the provincial BC TCM quality assurance committee, Dr. Pentland is well respected by peers and patients alike. He remains actively involved in educating healthcare colleagues and the public on the powerful benefits of Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
Alison Lumley has spent the majority of her eleven years as a licensed acupuncturist (both in Canada and in the US) working in the field of fertility. As a cancer survivor herself, however, she also feels called to be present for others who are going through cancer journeys of their own. She is looking forward to spending time with and getting to know everyone with whom she crosses paths at Inspire Health. Alison is recognized by NCCAOM (US) and the CTCMA (CA).
Rachel Mark, CSEP-CEP, MA(kin), R.Ac., RYT
Rachel is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP) with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP), a Registered Kinesiologist with the BC Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK), and a Registered Yoga Teacher. Rachel has completed additional trainings in cancer care, including Yoga for Cancer at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga, and Dr. Prue Cormie’s EX-MED Cancer PD, a professional development course providing advanced training for exercise specialists in the cancer care field.
Rachel is also a Registered Acupuncturist with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia. She is excited to offer group acupuncture programs to InspireHealth’s patients.
Michael Cote has been the resident acupuncturist at Kelowna’s InspireHealth location for the past 4 years. As an acupuncturist, Michael’s passion is to help people with difficult or chronic health conditions lead a happier, symptom-free life using acupuncture, herbs, and diet and lifestyle changes. Chinese medicine offers incredible tools for wellness and prevention, making it a natural fit for palliative support throughout the cancer journey. When he’s not at InspireHealth, you can find Michael at Okanagan Acupuncture Centre and enjoying family activities around the Okanagan with his wife and son.