Dr. Alda Xuan-Mai Ngo
B.Sc. Dr.TCM R.Ac FABORM OBAAM
Co-Owner and Co-Clinical Director
Dr. Alda Ngo is a licensed and registered Doctor of TCM with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture of BC (CTCMA of BC) as well as a registered Acupuncturist with the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAAA.)
Alda’s own reproductive health challenges and her own fertility story deeply inform her practice with patients. As a young woman, she suffered complications from surgical removal of cervical polyps, and then in her thirties, she struggled for over 7 years trying to conceive- both naturally and with Western medical intervention. Throughout this time, she suffered 2 pregnancy losses before finally successfully growing her family.
Although this was an arduous journey for Alda, she is grateful to have shared in the common challenges with all of her patients who face health crises. It has afforded her the understanding of what it feels like to empower ourselves to do all that it takes to take care of ourselves, while having patience with our bodies. She has also come to understand what it is to feel hope without desperation, while cultivating a deep sense of peace and acceptance with life’s unexpected twists and turns.
It is her aspiration to help support patients on their journeys toward balance & to empower them to continually cultivate overall well-being and resilience. She facilitates this through a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, functional medicine, overall lifestyle changes, and Mindfulness Meditation.
After completing her Bachelor of Science degree in General Biology at UBC, she finished a 5-year Doctoral TCM program at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver. Alda has been practising Chinese Medicine since 2005 and specializing in reproductive medicine since 2007.
In 2007, Alda began her specialization in reproductive medicine at Acubalance Wellness Centre; a leading integrative clinic In Vancouver, internationally known for treating infertility, pregnancy and reproductive health. She is grateful for the ongoing opportunity to mentor with international leaders in her field, as she continually deepens her knowledge & cultivates her skills through post-graduate professional development.
She has volunteered locally working with children with disabilities & internationally as part of a health outreach initiative with women’s groups in Guatemala. Her Chinese Medical studies also brought her to China, where she completed a practicum at the Anhui University Hospital of TCM in Hefei.
Alda became a fellow of the American Board of Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) in 2008. She is currently a Quality Assurance advisor for the CTCMA of BC & a Senior Member of the International Obstetrical Acupuncture Association (OBAA). She is also past executive coordinator of the former TCM Association of BC (TCMABC).
Alda has worked as an acupuncturist on-site at Western Fertility Clinics: Olive Fertility Centre, Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine (PCRM), Genesis Fertility Centre & the former UBC Centre for Reproductive Health in Vancouver.
As a long-time student & practitioner of Mindfulness Meditation, Alda is a facilitator of Mindfulness-based programs & women’s groups. Please go to www.mindfulnessforfertility.com for more information on current programs.
After over 30 years living on the West Coast, Alda has recently returned to set down roots in Edmonton with her husband Sean & their son Tien. Alda is thrilled to be taking over co-ownership of Whole Family Health, and she is excited to continue to grow her practice under the big wide open prairie skies..
HHP R.Ac FABORM OBAAM
Co-Owner and Co-Clinical Director
Christina is a Registered Acupuncturist with the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAAA).
It’s important to Christina that her patients feel heard and understood. She believes that providing acupuncture treatments is more than just sticking a few needles in the body. It’s rather about really connecting with patients so that they feel empowered, supported and cared for.
Christina was originally drawn to Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine subsequent to being in a car accident. She was unable to find relief and mentally, she felt frustrated, depressed and alone. She wasn’t able to improve her condition and she felt a loss of control.
Acupuncture changed her life. Not only did it relieve her pain, but it also gave her a sense of freedom. Acupuncture empowered her, so that she was finally able to live her life again. This experience inspired Christina to enrol in Acupuncture School so that she could share this same gift of physical and mental freedom as well as empowerment with others.
Ultimately, her passion lies in treating male and female fertility, gynecology, and obstetrics. She has dedicated her practice to supporting men and women to optimize their fertility, and to support patients through pregnancies so that they can achieve their dreams of having healthy, happy families.
Before completing the Acupuncture Program at Grant MacEwan University, she completed the Holistic Health Program, specializing in reflexology and acupressure.
Christina has been practising and specializing in reproductive medicine since 2010. She has completed extensive postgraduate training in areas including reproductive health, obstetrics, diagnostics and Chinese herbal applications. Her ongoing commitment to post-graduate professional development continues and she is a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM). She is also a member of the International Obstetrical Acupuncture Association (OBAA).
Kelsey is a Registered Acupuncturist with the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAAA).
Kelsey was always drawn towards a more natural way of achieving health and wellness. When her own health was affected, a friend suggested she try acupuncture. After experiencing the profound healing affects first-hand, she was hooked!
Kelsey is a compassionate practitioner who enjoys getting to know each of her patients, educating them, making them feel at ease and also making them laugh. She supports her patients, taking in all facets of their health. She develops high standard treatment plans, using a gentle approach to acupuncture and incorporating other modalities such as Fire Cupping, Moxa, Tui Na, and Gua Sha.
Graduating from Grant MacEwan University in 2011 with her Diploma of Acupuncture, Kelsey continues to further her education, continuing her studies in gynecology, fertility, gastroenterology, and orthopedics. She is particularly passionate about helping others with digestive disorders and pediatrics, but also specializes in chronic pain, allergies and mental health.
Paige is a Registered Acupuncturist with the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAAA).
Preventative and holistic health care has been Paige’s passion from a young age. Her early experience with natural medicine and energy work influenced her to pursue a career in holistic health care.
Paige started out with her certificate in Reflexology, which led her to explore Quantum Touch and other Energy Work alongside experienced practitioners. This exposure, combined with her own ideas of what healthcare should consist of and her desire to share it with others, led her to Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC.
She proudly graduated from the three-year Diploma of Acupuncture Program in April 2014. After graduation, Paige returned to her home province of Saskatchewan and began her own practice in Saskatoon at a health collective clinic working together with different practitioners and modalities.
Paige’s interest for Women’s Heath has led her to broaden her studies in fertility, pre/post natal treatments, gynecology, and mental/emotional disorders.
Paige’s recent move to Edmonton has opened up many opportunities for her including being a part of Whole Family Health, where she continues to expand her knowledge in the field of both male and female fertility.
Paige’s unique treatments blend Qi Gong, Acupuncture, Gua Sha, Tui Na (Chinese massage), Fire Cupping, and Diet Therapy. She looks forward to sharing her passion for preventative health and helping patients achieve overall balance of body, mind, and spirit.
R.Ac RH DTCM
After a decade spent deeply pursuing her own healing, Catherine has cultivated a dynamic relationship with her health through the gentle and thorough wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Her own personal struggles with women’s health led her to experience gaps in the standard gynaecological model, leading to the discovery that the ancient knowledge of Chinese Medicine supports and enhances all aspects of women’s cycles.
Chinese Medicine has given her a thorough system of treating the body, mind and Spirit, as well as an avenue for her commitment to helping people. She loves working with patients to discover the root of their illnesses, and how they can modify their lifestyle to support healthy new patterns. She essentially supports patients to discover their own unique and ongoing relationship with their health.
Catherine is honoured and thrilled to be practicing this medicine at Whole Family Health. It is her passion to be part of a team that applies the best of innovative research with the nuances of Chinese Medicine to create a healthy environment both within and for the whole family.
She treats her patients through acupuncture, Chinese herbs, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, lifestyle and dietary therapy. She is consistently seeking to develop her professional knowledge so that she can bring each patient the best standard of care.
Catherine completed the five-year Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine program with the Dean’s Academic Achievement Award at the Kootenay Columbia College of Integrative Health Sciences in Nelson, BC. She is passionate about offering an alternative and complementary avenue of medicine to women. She has pursued continuing education in the specialties of fertility, gynaecology, obstetrics, postpartum care, paediatrics and trauma.
RMT HHP & Office Manager
Jana is a Registered Massage Therapist with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC).
Jana has been steeped in alternative complementary modalities since a young age. She began her journey into the field of bodywork with the inspiration of her mother, who taught her how to care deeply about the Earth, our bodies, and the preciousness of life. By the time she was 16 years old, Jana was already proficient in Reiki practice, a gentle energetic technique that affords deep relaxation.
Jana was so inspired by her own healing response to Reiki that she sought further training in Holistic Health at Grant MacEwan University. She received her full certification in Reiki, Acupressure massage, and Neurolinguistic Programming, and is now a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner.
Jana has received her diploma in Remedial Massage Therapy from MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy, and is pleased to offer sessions for injury recovery, pregnancy massage, postural alignment, tendonitis, frozen shoulder, TMJD, carpel tunnel syndrome, whiplash and many other musculoskeletal conditions requiring massage therapy.
With Jana’s background in holistic health, dance, and massage therapy, she is also pleased to be an office manager for such an amazing community of integrated family practitioners and clients at Whole Family Health.
Natasha is a Registered Massage Therapist with the National Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC.)
Natasha’s draw to holistic healthcare comes from her own experience with cancer. During her treatment, she received acupuncture to help with pain relief and to calm her mind. Since then, she continues to try to live as healthy as possible, and has been inspired to pursue training in massage and acupuncture.
She graduated from the MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy in 2010 and has been a massage therapist for 10 years. She is a certified specialist in sports massage through the Canada Sport Massage Therapist Association. Her areas of specialization include sports psychology, sport medicine, k-taping, orthopaedic manipulation, ART, nerve flossing, sports physiology, nutrition, advanced sports massage and paediatric sports.
Natasha is also certified in myofacial decompression, cupping (vacuum and hot), hot stones, Tuina, manual lymphatic drainage, abdominal and uterine visceral massage, reiki, theta healing and pregnancy massage.
She is currently finishing her acupuncture/TCM program through Reeves College, graduating in March 2020.
She looks forward to bridging her massage and acupuncture skills and aspires to continue working in the field of pediatric care.
Natasha cares for her elderly mother and her 2 incredible boys, who challenge her to be better everyday. She has a big heart and volunteers at numerous events.
She has had the pleasure of volunteering at many events at 3SB dance studio, Edmonton Track and Field, Edmonton Swim Club, Spruce Grove Saints, Death Race, Ironman, Flyfree Parkour, International Triathalon, Alberta Summer Games/Winter games and Mudhero.
Natasha maintains high standards and gives the highest regard to her clients. With her knowledge and experience, she is confident that she can personalize a treatment to the needs of each client.
She is happy to be a part of Whole Family Health, where she feels inspired to be surrounded by a warm, courteous, calm and well educated team.
She is passionate about preventative medicine and learning new holistic healing skills. Natasha believes that optimal health and wellness is achieved by finding a balance in all things in life.
“Bodywork for clients through their journey.”
Brittany is a Registered Massage Therapist with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC).
Brittany has been fascinated by the natural health world and the body’s innate ability to heal itself since she can remember. She graduated from the Holistic Health Diploma program at Grant MacEwan University in 2009 where she specialized in Reflexology and practiced full time in an Edmonton naturopathic clinic.
She then immersed herself in the world of organic skin care, working in a day spa. After becoming a Mom to two amazing boys, she completed the 2200 hour Remedial Massage Therapy program at MH Vicars.
During this training she had the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients and concerns, integrating both Swedish and therapeutic techniques such as trigger point therapy, manual lymphatic drainage and myofascial release to treat a variety of issues, including postural dysfunction, overuse injuries, TMJD, carpal tunnel syndrome and stress.
Her highest intention is to ensure that clients feel completely supported in their unique healing journey. She is passionate about connecting with people and her hope is that combining her technical knowledge with her strong intuition will allow her clients to feel that they are consistently honored and cared for.
Brittany is excited to join the beautiful space and amazing team at Whole Family Health and is looking forward to furthering her knowledge through continued education in women’s health and fertility, pregnancy massage and cupping therapy.
Mykayla Rae Sorensen
Certified Yoga Instructor & Patient Coordinator
Mykayla became interested in acupuncture after her insomnia was treated after just a few sessions. From this point on, she was fascinated by the subtle workings of the body, so she enrolled in the acupuncture program at MacEwan University.
During this time, she also dedicated herself to her yoga practice, and completed her Yoga Teacher Training with the SATTVA School of Yoga. She has since been practising with the integration of mind and body and has come to deeply appreciate how yoga, meditation, and Chinese medicine can positively influence one’s life experience.
Mykayla was initially drawn to Whole Family Health’s focus on reproductive health and fertility. Her own menstrual health journey has brought to light how acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy can positively affect the body.
Being surrounded by practitioners that are so passionate about their work inspires Mykayla. She aims to continue to learn and deepen her understanding of the human body and how we can bring it back into balance.
BA Certified Yoga Instructor & Patient Coordinator
Sarah’s interest in bodywork was peaked a few years ago. After creating a regular personal practice, she completed the 200hr yoga teacher training with Shri Gaia Institute. After years of not listening to her body, Yoga has enabled Sarah to gain a better understanding of her body and to build a greater connection between her mental and physical wellbeing. Combining yoga with other healing modalities such as Chinese medicine, massage and cupping has had a profound impact on her life and health.
Sarah completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She has volunteered and worked facilitating wellness, life skills and healthy lifestyle modules in stress management and yoga for youth and communities impacted by addictions, mental health disorders, and poverty.
Sarah is also a certified yoga instructor, and she is happy to be a part of Whole Family Health, where she feels inspired to learn more from such a wonderful group of intelligent individuals. She is excited to see where her path will go within the holistic health field.
Mindfulness Meditation Instructor
Kat discovered and began sitting silent retreats in 1997.
She has spent time in India, Burma and the United States on extended silent retreats with renowned teachers in different Buddhist lineages. Kat constantly evolves and deepens her practice of Mindfulness Meditation through study, retreats and the continual support of her teachers and community of practitioners.
Most recently Kat has been certified in Cognitive Based Therapy. The practice of meditation is a gradual process towards the mind’s natural state of clarity and ease. It is a practice that requires care and curiousity, developing a compassionate understanding of our human life and the possibility to live with awareness and contentment.
She is also an experienced Yoga and Pilates Instructor.
Kat loves to ride her bike, has a voracious appetite for dark chocolate, spends quality time with her husband, friends as well as in nature to enjoy the simple yet delightful aspects of daily life! www.movingmindfully.ca
RAc, DAc, CH, FABORM
Cecil Horwitz is the original founder of Whole Family Health.
After eight years of operating and practicing at Whole Family Health, Cecil has taken a step back from the clinic to explore some other passions and dreams.
He is pleased to be leaving the practice in the capable hands of his dear friends and colleagues Alda and Christina, who have taken over the Whole Family Health practice.
His years at Whole Family Health have been some of the most rewarding years of his life and career. He has been inspired by his patients to embark on a new journey and he is a caregiver at heart, so he may be making reappearances at the clinic!