DR. MURIEL OKUBO
Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Japanese Acupuncture Specialist.
Holistic Wellbeing Coach
Dr. Muriel Okubo holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Calgary. She also holds a Masters Degree from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in the United States. She is board certified with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in the United States, a certified specialist with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA). She is a trained in shiatsu therapy, herbal medicine and nutritional supplements.
She has had the fortunate opportunity to learn from Japanese Masters (both in Canada and Japan) and has taken many advanced speciality courses with many masters in the medicine from all over the world. Dr. Okubo strives to continually learn advanced techniques/therapies to enhance her knowledge and effectiveness.
She emphasizes the mind-body-spirit connection to healing and optimal living.
Most of my patients are amazed that healing can happen from treatment number one. I structure the appointments so that each patient experiences immediate noticeable improvements in their condition.
You will always feel better leaving then when you enter the door. It is my perspective that healing doesn't need to take years or forever.
I believe that sharing a focused intention and sharing a team mentality with patients is what works best to reach the desired health goals. I believe positive change is always possible.
The mind is a powerful element in healing and after the first session you will begin a journey of healthier thinking. Our spirit thrives in an environment of balance and ease.
Come in with an open mind and heart, and there is truly an opportunity to learn, grow and to experience a more vibrant joyful life.
As a healthcare practitioner, I am grateful to share this wonderful medicine with my amazing patients. I am inspired by all the people that I have met in my life that have a curiosity, excitement and motivation toward better living. Our body and mind's have an innate wisdom that signals us when we are troubled or imbalanced. If we listen and allow ourselves to trust it, we can begin the journey toward realizing amazing health and healing. Sometimes all it takes to transform, is someone to shine light on a situation that might see unsolveable to ourselves.
At different times in our lives, we will experience pain or struggle and the way that it manifests or challenges us will differ, but I believe that better health and healing belong to all of us. I appreciate the uniqueness of each patient and helping someone to regain joy and achieve health goals as a team makes me very excited.
I strive to approach my work with optimism, compassion, dedication, direction and education. I am honoured to be a part of your journey toward a more vibrant healthy life. Thank you so much!
HEALTH BENEFITS AND CONDITIONS TREATED
- shortened healing times from injury/ illness,
- hormone regulation
- increased tissue oxygenation,
- increased stem cell production,
- ability to restore homeostasis to the nervous system
- endorphin release
- decreased inflammation
- improved circulation of blood, lymph and body fluid
- decreased venous congestion
- mood regulation/stress reduction
ACUTE PAIN - traumatic injuries/sprains, musculoskeletal, headaches, sinus pain, neck/shoulder pain, athletic/sports injuries, back pain.
CHRONIC PAIN - low back pain, sciatica, knee/joint pain, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, aches, arthritis, neuralgia, TMD/ TMJ
GYNECOLOGICAL DISORDERS – PMS, menstrual irregularities, menopausal concerns, infertility, labour inducement, pregnancy-related concerns.
DEPRESSION/ MINOR ANXIETY- Emotional and psychological disorders, irritability/ frustration
FACIAL PALSY/ NEUROPATHIES – Bell’s palsy, peripheral neuropathies
GASTROINTESTINAL DISORDERS - Indigestion, pain, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, eating disorders, hemorrhoids
SLEEP AND STRESS DISORDERS - Nervous tension, insomnia, low energy
UROGENITAL DISORDERS - Urinary tract problems, sexual dysfunction
RESPIRATORY DISORDERS - Chronic+/or frequent colds, coughs, asthma, allergies
CIRCULATORY DISORDERS - Hypertension, palpitations, heart disease, cold hands/ feet, numbness
DISORDERS OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM - Multiple Sclerosis, post-stroke conditions,
IMMUNE DISORDERS - Chronic fatigue, HIV/ AIDS
POST-OPERATIVE PAIN/ RECOVERY – from surgical procedures, chemo side-effects
DRUG DETOX – alcohol, drugs, nicotine, smoking cessation
FACIAL REJUVENATION - wrinkles, puffiness, poor skin tone, premature aging
CLINIC CANCELLATION POLICY:
Your appointment time is reserved specifically for you. Sessions are booked in advance to guarantee your spot. Please give at least 24 hours notice for cancellations so that the appointment time can be made available to someone else that is on the waiting list. Refunds are given, provided that you make a request at least 24 hours before your appointment time. No refunds are provided for missed appointments or appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice. Thank you.
"I would highly recommend Dr. Muriel Okubo to anyone interested in acupuncture in general or Japanese acupuncture in particular. Both my son and I have found Japanese acupuncture to be much better than any other type. I found Dr. Okubo to be very professional, proficient, interested and motivated to find a solution for the patient's particular problem. Dr. Okubo has a very pleasant personality and explains everything fully."
- Review by Norma Wolters
"I heard a lot about acupuncture and always wanted to go. I read an article in the Herald in February about Muriel Okubo and tucked it away. When I had a re-occuring SI injury flare up, I called for an appointment to see her. She is a lovely, thorough and very knowledgeable woman. She put me at ease immediately, showing me all the tools that she could/would use. Muriel delved into all aspects of my life. I’m a healthy person who does ballet and yoga classes throughout the week, but was very frustrated that this injury from 4 years ago was not healing. I was having some hot flashes. Having lost both my parents in the last few years’ at young ages I thought that I was finally coping pretty well.
My first treatment I had needles from my neck down my back into my hands and feet. Jokingly I said that my children would like to know if she could make me nicer and not yell at them so that they don’t have to do their chores (hahaha). She asked if I could get quite upset. I said yes, I could be quite nasty. Muriel said that she could help with that. When I picked up my daughter (age 13) at school she looked at me and asked what was going on??? You are so calm Mom!!!! This was 2 hours after my first treatment. I’ve had five treatments so far and am TOTALLY AMAZED. Muriel has given me back my life. I’m happy all the time. When I do get angry with my kids my anger never spills over the cup and it is gone quickly instead of lingering. These are other things that I have noticed: my sleep is incredible, I don’t have panic attack’s in the day or night, I don’t get anxious about getting places and can go to new places without being nervous anymore, I have day’s of no pain and most of the hot flashes are gone as well. My kid’s and my husband have noticed a big difference in me. I’ve noticed a huge difference in how I handle things. I have recommended Muriel to ballet teachers, yoga people, friends and even my physician.
I went to see Muriel for my SI pain and she has given me so much more. I highly recommend her and would not hesitate to send my husband and my children for visits. Muriel told me that acupuncture was like peeling layers off an onion, and that is what she is doing for me. Like I said Muriel has given me back my life, and I am so thankful and joyful about it."
- Review by Susan Falcone, Calgary, Alberta
"The reason I am writing this note is that I want others to receive similar treatments for their aches, pains and injuries, and MORE IMPORTANTLY, to have your whole body and state of mind operate at the highest POSSIBLE level. I first saw Muriel for professional help 2 weeks ago. I have had a lower back problem, from a wrestling injury, for over 40 years, and have had work done, over that time, by several professionals from doctor to chiropractor, to little or no avail. Recently my lower back was so bad I could not stay up for more than an hour, so was away from work for at least a week before. Even with my brace, I could not function. Thanks to Muriel, my back is now 100%. I was able to clean the oven and mow the lawn the same day, without any pain after only five treatments – and NO BRACE.
- No feeling from the needles – you seldom even feel them
- Muriel observes and works with you the WHOLE session – IS THERE FOR YOU
- She treats the entire body, resulting in a total feeling of “well being"
- Muriel is entirely concerned with getting you to 100% total health
- And having you maintain your peak health and well being, preventing old injuries from returning.
This allows me to have a most happy and enjoyable life as a senior. Aside from her professional expertise, the best I have experienced, Muriel is a wonderful, cheerful and an honestly caring person, something that is very rare, happening only occasionally in a lifetime. THANK YOU MURIEL, FOR MY BEST HEALTH IN 40 YEARS.
- Review by D. WYNN JOHNSON, Calgary, Alberta
"I am a sixty five year old rancher in southern Alberta who has been diagnosed with arthritis in my left wrist joint. Associated with this condition I experience pain, weakness, swelling, and a reduced range of motion which restricts my ability to work or recreate as I am otherwise blessed with great health. Cortisone and lubrication injections into the joint as well as various topical medications offered little if any measured improvement. Dr. Ron Young of Centre for Preventative Medicine suggested I try acupuncture and referred me to Ms. Muriel Okubo, B.Sc., MAOM, RAc. a professional with their team of people. She carefully assessed my condition and after the third treatment I experienced reduced swelling and an increase in strength and mobility in the joint. The positive response to acupuncture treatment enables me to pursue an active life style with reduced discomfort, thus greatly increasing my quality of life. I would recommend the professional treatment of Ms. Okubo to anyone seeking health and wellness. - Review by Richard Wambeke, Calgary, Alberta
"Thank you for being so attentive and caring with respect to my health and wellness. Your special skills are greatly appreciated and adored."
- Review by C. Buzzell, Calgary, Alberta
"This is my first experience with acupuncture and it has been a positive one. Muriel informed me as she went and I felt very comfortable and at ease with every treatment. I sought out acupuncture for a pinched nerve in my upper back with nerve pain running down my back and left arm. The treatments helped me to recover from this and as an added bonus the pain in my neck that I had for the past 2 years has gone away. Arthritis in my lower spine has been relieved. My overall general health is better than before I started acupuncture. I have appreciated Muriel's help with my physical health, on the whole."
- Review by V. Gillespie, Calgary, Alberta
"Muriel Okubo was referred to me by my family doctor. I had been suffering from a stiff aching neck which had troubled me for about 2 years and also tendonitis in my shoulder which severely restricted full movement and participating in most sports and activities. He suggested I make an appointment with Muriel for acupuncture treatments. Having no experience with this form of therapy, and although initially skeptical (ignorant) of such practices, I respected his judgement and was eager to be healed so entered with an open mind. The treatments were pleasant, painless and quite peaceful and Muriel was friendly, gentle and always professional. I experienced improvement immediately from the very first appointment. And after just three short months the results from her therapy were nothing short of miraculous. She had completely healed both conditions. I am now able to resume full athletic activity absolutely no pain or restriction. Thank You Muriel."
- Review by Jeff Opdahl, Calgary, Alberta
"Before the treatment, I was a bit skeptical. I had tried the chiropractor and physio, but I still had chronic back pain. After the treatment with Muriel my back had never felt better. I would definitely recommend giving it a try to anyone."
- Review by Anonymous