Alyssa Mendoza, R.Ac.
- W8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
- F2:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- S2:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Alyssa Mendoza is a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac.) who completed the Traditional Chinese Medicine- Acupuncture Diploma (TCM-AD) program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2018, with over 2000 hours of extensive education and clinical experience in the duration of the program. She is a registered member of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturist of British Columbia (CTCMA) upon the successful completion of her national registration exam and Pan-Canadian licensing exam for acupuncture practitioners.
Moreover, she is also a member of the British Columbia Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Practitioners (ATCMA).
Alyssa R.Ac. uses various TCM modalities in her treatment, including:
- Acupuncture: Alyssa R.Ac. uses clean needle technique with pre-sterilized single-use needles to ensure the safety of her patients. Her insertion of the very fine, hair-thin, flexible needles will produce minimal discomfort. She stimulates the needles to create different kinds of sensation depending on the individual’s body, and this is what we refer to as the arrival of Qi (body’s vital energy). The arrival of Qi gives a unique sensation: individuals may feel a tingling, mild or dull ache, heaviness and feelings of warmth. This stimulates the body to promote its ability to heal itself by bringing back the natural balance and harmony of the body.
- Acupressure massage (Tuina): She incorporates massage on specific acupressure points depending on the patient’s case by using light, medium or heavy pressure by various techniques such as kneading, rolling, pushing, and more, for her patients to attain the sensation of the arrival of Qi. This regulates and invigorates Qi to move smoothly along the meridians, promotes blood circulation, relax the muscles, and soothes the tendons. Her patients can expect a feeling of heaviness, soreness and distention which varies from each individual.
- Cupping Therapy: Alyssa R.Ac. uses glass cups, with either dry cupping or moving cupping method, to induce suction on the skin to invigorate Qi, promote blood circulation, warm the body and relax the muscles. She likes to use cupping therapy on her patients not just to loosen muscles but also to help relieve stress and reduce anxiety. Many of her patients find the sensation deeply relaxing.
During her education, she was able to work in various clinics with hands-on treatment on conditions such as back, neck and shoulder pain, knee pain, hip pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, arthritis, headaches and migraines. In addition, Alyssa R.Ac. can help treat and manage reproductive health issues on infertility, irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, and impotence. She is mindful of emotional wellness, and with her treatments, she also helps to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia. Furthermore, she can use her techniques to alleviate digestive issues including constipation, diarrhea, bloating, stomach cramps, morning sickness, nausea and vomiting. She loves to see her patients’ conditions improve and engages follow up on the treatment progress. Feedback for her is very important, and she adjusts her treatments based on her patients’ needs.
Alyssa R.Ac. is very passionate about her work. She believes that this career is a lifelong learning experience! She seeks to learn more from her previous instructors and commit her time to learn more to grow as a practitioner. Furthermore, she is looking to pursue the Traditional Chinese Medicine in Herbology that would be offered at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in the future.
On her free time, she likes to spend quality time with her family and go on family trips in and out of the country. She also enjoys exploring the amazing Vancouver culinary scene with her friends and boyfriend.