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 COLIN HARRIS, MSN, RN, DTCM, R.Ac. C.SMA

Colin Harris completed a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Shang Hai Traditional Chinese Medicine College of BC in 2000. Colin is a Registered Acupuncturist, one of the few in Canada that is certified in Sports Medicine Acupuncture® and he is also a practitioner of several Osteopathic modalities. Colin is also a Registered Nurse with a Masters in Nursing with acute medical experience. This combination brings a unique perspective to Colin’s practice. Colin has also studied Functional Medicine including an advanced mentorship with Dr. Stewart Gilespie a Functional Medicine Doctor at Functional Health Solutions. Over the years Colin has also integrated hands-on manual therapy techniques in addition to traditional acupuncture, meridian balancing, and sports medicine acupuncture.

Colin has also added modern technology to his practice by combining the wisdom of ancient medicine with cutting edge technology.  Colin uses AcuGraph Digital Meridian Imaging, a computerized diagnostic tool to determine blockages or interference in the meridian pathways that can result in energetic imbalances that may contribute to pain and tension and negative health consequences. This assessment allows for a treatment protocol unique to each patient’s specific imbalances.

Colin takes a holistic approach to the body treating the whole person and blends both acupuncture principles and classical and emerging osteopathic and facial techniques. This whole-body approach provides a focused and specific individualized evaluation and treatment approach to everyone’s unique condition to restore three-dimensional balance and overall health and well-being. Colin bases his treatment on assessing and finding the root dysfunction to move toward a permanent rather than chasing your maladaptations (compensations) and pain symptoms around. 

Colin follows more of a Japanese style meridian therapy with his acupuncture based on AcuGraph digital imaging. Colin also incorporates manual muscle testing (NKT), motor point stimulation techniques used in sports medicine acupuncture, postural assessment and corrective exercises, and LED low level light therapy but, also uses several non-needle techniques such as micro point stimulation and laser light acupuncture to treat conditions. Micropoint stimulation techniques can also be used to release traumatic and surgical scar adhesions to release the blockage of energy flow and improve the actual appearance of scars.

Colin has extensive training in several osteopathic techniques such as Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral techniques, Myofascial Release, Ligament Influenced Fascial Techniques and Positional Joint Release under the umbrella of Integrated Body Therapy.  These techniques are integrated with acupuncture based on the presenting condition to provide the best possible outcomes for clients.

The primary philosophy is not to chase a person's pain symptoms by providing temporary relief, but to work to permanently resolve the root dysfunction or restriction causing the pain. Colin's latest addition to his practice is Functional Medicine and the evaluation of past health history to identify the "why" behind your body system dysfunctions. Functional Health Coaching leads you to the root cause of your health issues to create improvement in your overall health instead of just chasing your symptoms or supporting your dysfunctions. 

Through Colin’s unique combination of modalities, he provides an opportunity for change which encourages our own natural mechanisms to improve functional and structural balance, improve organ function, relieve pain and discomfort and relieve the negative effects of stress and enhance mobility. The goal is to achieve vital balance with your body, mind and spirit.

 Colin has studied the following modalities:

Craniosacral Therapy, Zero BalancingVisceral Manipulation, Neural Manipulation and Unwinding the Meridians - Applying Acupuncture Principles to Craniosacral Therapy. (1997- Present). The International Association of Healthcare Educators-Florida. You can find Colin's profile at the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners 

Visceral Manipulation (Classical Osteopathy) - Carey Taussig DO, (MP) (2017 - present)  Bastyr University      Advanced Craniosacral Therapy - Dr. Einat Eran, ND (2016- 2017) Bastyr University-Seattle

Tensegrity Medicine TM - Kelley Clancy OTR/L, CHT, LMP, Seattle (2016 - 2017) Northwest School of Structural Therapy- Seattle 

MPS Therapy - Micro Point Stimulation, Functional Acupuncture for Pain Management, Scar and Adhesion Release, Advanced Circuits Pain Management, Advanced Scar Release, Concussion Recovery Techniques 2017, 2020, MPS Therapy Education and The Center for Pain and Stress Research

Tui Na Therapy, Eastern Deep Tissue, and Qi Gong TherapyBill Helm, ABOTA-CI, Director of the Taoist Sanctuary in San Diego (1997-2000)

Sports Acupuncture, Energetics of Structural Balance SeriesMatt Callison, Ms. L.Ac. of AcuSport Seminars in San Diego (2000-2001)

Motor Point Acupuncture - Richard Hazel, MSc. DAc, L.Ac.  Dan Dominguez, MS, LAc (2018, 2019, 2020)

Aesthetic Acupuncture - Chinese Medicine that Works - Travall Croom, L.Ac (2018)

EXSTORE - Electro-Acupuncture - Chinese Medicine that Works - Dr. Anthony Lombardi, DC (2019)

Lymphatic Mojo - Stop Chasing Pain. Dr. Perry Nickleston, (2020)

Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT) Level 1 Certified. Level 2. (2019)

Sports Medicine Acupuncture® Certification Matt Callison, MS. L.Ac. Acusport Seminars - San Diego, 2019

Functional Medicine - Dr. Stewart Gillespie, Functional Health Solutions - Australia 2020.