Maddie Hibbard R.Ac is a registered acupuncture practitioner who combines an Eastern approach with the fundamentals of holistic nutrition and lifestyle counselling to provide thorough, individualized, and comprehensive care to people in her community. Wearing many hats as a practitioner, she weaves together distinct acupuncture styles, Chinese medicine modalities, holistic skincare, and Western herbal medicine to bring about positive change in those who seek her guidance.
Her areas of focus include:
Women's Health: hormonal imbalance, menstrual irregularities, fertility and pre/post-natal support.
Pain management and resolution: arthritis, tendonitis, fibromyalgia and rehabilitation from acute/chronic injury.
Skin health: inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, psoriasis or breakouts.
Digestive concerns: food intolerance, gut dysbiosis and irritable/inflammatory bowel conditions.
Nervous system support: anxiety, depression, sleep disorders and stress management.
However, her practice is not limited to these aspects alone. She has experience in treating most health conditions, including complex issues.
Prior to discovering acupuncture, Maddie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a focus in Ethnobotany from the University of Victoria. Drawing on cultural knowledge about the relationships between people and medicinal plants, this field of study offered her an initial introduction to the ethos of Chinese medicine; one that resonated deeply with her own understanding of health.
Maddie was ultimately drawn to a path that would allow her to work with plants and people in a hands-on way and engage with traditional healing practices, and thus began tacking the huge expanse of knowledge that is Chinese medicine. She graduated from a 3-year program in Acupuncture at Pacific Rim College, one of the foremost institutions for holistic medicine in the country.
An interest in wellness rituals from around the world inspired travels to South America, Asia, and Africa where Maddie uncovered new perspectives on health to bring to her practice. She gained postgraduate specialization in some interesting niches of Eastern medicine, including Five-element acupuncture and Shi liao nutrition, while earning certification in orthopedic acupuncture and Western herbal medicine.
In practice, Maddie takes a patient-centered approach, believing that the role of the practitioner is to act as a guide and facilitate healing that comes from within. She is deeply humbled by the opportunity to help others on their journey to greater health, clarity, and joy.