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Staff & Board Members

To contact us please send an email to info@acupuncturecanada.org or phone 416-752-3988.

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    Ann Eldemire

    Administrative Coordinator aeldemire@acupuncturecanada.org

  • Icon for Sheila Williams, BMR(PT), CAFCI
    Sheila Williams, BMR(PT), CAFCI

    Director of Education Administration info@acupuncturecanada.org

  • Icon for Christina Rogoza, Ed. D.
    Christina Rogoza, Ed. D.

    Director of Education Curriculum info@acupuncturecanada.org

  • Icon for Ronda Kellington, CAE
    Ronda Kellington, CAE

    Executive Director rkellington@acupuncturecanada.org


  • Icon for Jacek Brachaniec, PT, CAFCI
    Jacek Brachaniec, PT, CAFCI

    President

    Jacek has practiced physiotherapy since graduating in London, U.K. in 1978. He has worked with hospital outpatients as well as in general private practice and has consulted for WorkSafe New Brunswick. Jacek has been a faculty member with Acupuncture Canada since 1997 and has served on the Board of Directors for many years. He is currently the President of Acupuncture Canada.

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    Nimet Meghji, DC, R.Ac, CAFCI

    President-Elect

    Nimet graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2002 and is a clinic director of the Optimum Health Centre in Toronto. In addition to Acupuncture Canada, Nimet trained with The School of Eastern Medicine in Toronto and is a registered Acupuncturist with CTCMPAO. She is past president of Acupuncture Canada’s former Ontario chapter and is currently a member of the Board of Directors and an instructor with Acupuncture Canada.

  • Icon for Cathy Donald, BPE, BHScPT
    Cathy Donald, BPE, BHScPT

    Treasurer

    Cathy lives in Halifax and works in both the out-patient Physiotherapy Department of the Dartmouth General Hospital and in home care. Over her 20 year career she has worked in ICU to long-term care, with the majority of her time in out-patient orthopedics. In 2012, she volunteered abroad as a medical member of Team Canada Healing Hands for Haiti. She became involved with AFCI in 2006 and has held positions within the former Nova Scotia Chapter. She is currently on the Education Committee and serves as Treasurer of the Board of Directors.

  • Icon for Mac Mierzejewski, MScPT, FCAMPT, CAFCI, CGIMS
    Mac Mierzejewski, MScPT, FCAMPT, CAFCI, CGIMS

    Past-President

    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 Past-President of Acupuncture Canada.

  • Icon for Emiliana Blagoeva, PT, R.Ac., CAFCI
    Emiliana Blagoeva, PT, R.Ac., CAFCI

    Director

    Emiliana is a Registered Physiotherapist and a Registered Acupuncturist with over 20 years of clinical experience. She is also a certified yoga teacher. During her career she has worked in private and public sectors including South Lake Regional Health Centre, Home Care, Canadian Armed Forces and several private clinics. At present, she runs a private practice in Thornhill, Ontario, focusing on integrated treatment of pelvic floor dysfunctions and infertility through pelvic health physiotherapy, acupuncture and yoga. She believes that acupuncture should be a modality of first choice for pain and for a large number of physical dysfunctions.

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    Debbie Byrne, PT, CAFCI

    Director

    Debbie is a physiotherapist working at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John's, NL. She started working in 1997 and has been using acupuncture in her practice for the past 14 years. Her experience and interests are in adult out-patient orthopaedics and vestibular rehabilitation. This is her first year on the Board of Directors of Acupuncture Canada.

  • Icon for Tanya Lee-McCracken, BScPT, CAFCI, C.Med.Acup.
    Tanya Lee-McCracken, BScPT, CAFCI, C.Med.Acup.

    Director

    A graduate of Queen’s University, 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. Tanya is a faculty member and examiner with Acupuncture Canada. Her special interests include the treatment of orthopaedic conditions.

  • Icon for Catharine Maxwell-Palmer, BScPT, FCAMT, CAFCI
    Catharine Maxwell-Palmer, BScPT, FCAMT, CAFCI

    Director

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

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    Gerald Nemanishen, MD, CCFP, CAFCI

    Director

    Gerald graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in Medicine and did a family medicine residency at McMaster University. He settled in Mission, BC in 1981 where he has a full service general practice and is the medical director of several long-term care facilities. He received his certification from Acupuncture Canada in 1992 and has served previously as President of the Board of Directors, as well as being a faculty member.

  • Icon for Allen Rodgers, MD, CAFCI
    Allen Rodgers, MD, CAFCI

    Director

  • Icon for Doreen Sharpe, PT, CAFCI
    Doreen Sharpe, PT, CAFCI

    Director

    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.

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