Dr. Marzieh Shirdelan Registered Acupuncturist and Osteopath Practitioner, R.Ac., DOMP, MD

I am an international graduate medical doctor with a specialization board in pediatrics. I worked for over fifteen years as a pediatrician in Iran. 

After my family and I immigrated to Canada in 2008, I obtained a diploma in osteopathic manual practice from the National College of Osteopathy in Toronto. After a few years of work as an osteopath, as the Western world became more accepting of holistic healing alternatives, I decided to study acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to gain further knowledge in treating my patients. I returned to school for three years at PCU College to become a registered Acupuncturist.

Through these years of study and work, I have gained an in-depth knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, and psychology. I have learned how the human body works according to both Western and Eastern medicine philosophies. Combining these two systems has given me the best tool to provide an individually customized treatment for my patients which goes beyond treating symptoms in order to address the root cause of the disease.

Techniques I am using to help patients include acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, tuina massage, manual osteopathy therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, and dietary advice.

The problems that I can help you with include:
1. A wide variety of injury and complaints, such as neck pain, whiplash, TMJ pain, back pain, disc injury, sciatica, sports injuries, tendinitis and bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, frozen shoulder, fibromyalgia, and migraine headache.
2. Internal disorders, such as facial pain and palsy, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, asthma, peptic ulcer, IBS, constipation, painful menstruation, irregular periods, obesity, diabetes, thyroid disorders, anxiety, depression, and sleep problems.
3. Fertility issues, such as PCO, fibroids, hormonal imbalance, and sperm disorders.
4. Pregnancy-related issues, such as morning sickness, constipation, musculoskeletal pain, and hypertension.

I look forward to supporting my patients to be their healthiest, happiest selves, now and in the future!

Fiona Lampman R.TCM.P: Registered Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Reiki Practitioner (level 2), and Trained Doula

In my experience, life leads you along certain paths for a reason. I truly believe that the way I fell into my passion for acupuncture and energy healing is proof of this. I grew up in Northern Ontario roaming through forests and swimming in cool waters with no knowledge of acupuncture. It took moving abroad to South Korea to open my eyes to this new way of seeing life in its continual flux of yin and yang and the struggle to maintain balance no matter what the universe might throw your way.

After studying acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for four years at the ICTCMV in Vancouver and achieving my goal of Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, my journey continues.  Every day I am learning further my studies particularly in the field of acupuncture for prenatal and postnatal care as well as auricular acupuncture.

I feel so lucky to have opened Gathered Roots Community Acupuncture in beautiful downtown New Westminster. I moved to New Westminster in 2007 and fell in love with this amazing community.  In my spare time I am an active member of the Downtown New Westminster BIA.  It has been a dream of mine to offer affordable acupuncture to my community making it easier for others to continue on their own life path.

To sum it up, I am a passionate Acupuncturist and TCM Herbalist, aspiring energy healer, waning earth archetype, wannabe photographer, community activist, new mother, and lover of all things vintage.

Specialised Studies:

•Maternity Acupuncture Mentoring And Peer Support certificate 
Maternity Acupuncture: Developing Confidence and Credibility with Debra Betts
Maternity Acupuncture Care: Problem Solving Through Clinical Scenarios with Debra Betts, Claudia Citkovitz, and Sarah Budd 
•Using Acupuncture during Pregnancy, Labour, and Postpartum with Debra Betts
•Nurturing the Fetus with Debra Betts and Sabine Wilms
•Acupressure for Birth and Beyond with Debra Betts and Tom Kennedy 
•Practical Skills for a Successful Fertility and Pregnancy Clinic with Jani White
•Birth Doula Certificate (DONA International) with Virginia Towers 
•Integrative Fertility Conference 2015 (multiple speakers over four days)
•Advanced Channel Theory: Detecting Channel Qi Aberrations with Janice Walton-Hadlock
•Classical Five Element Acupuncture: Spirits of the Points with Neil Gumenick
•Detecting and Removing Energetic Blocks with Neil Gumenick 
•Advance Techniques in Tradition Chinese Medicine Cupping Therapy with Ilkay Chirali

Read Fiona's blog post on AcuTake.

*Update* Fiona in now practicing out of Kamloops, BC. Please recommend her to any friends and family that live in her new community! Her new website is 

Marni Banks Master Reiki Practitioner and Instructor, Radiant Journey 
OOOOH this is really happening!! When Fiona asked me if I wanted to be part of Gathered Roots as a guest practitioner, without hesitation or thought, I said YES! I am honoured to be part of this Community Clinic and am excited to be working with other wonderful and talented practitioners.
I started my journey to Reiki in a roundabout way. As a child and young teenager, I always had what I called “hot hands” and it wasn’t until I had a Tea Leaf reading in my early teens that I got some insight as to why; my tea leaf reader said that I had “healing hands” and was very intuitive (in tune with other people’s auras and energies). Through my teen years, I found some friends at school who also seemed to be interested in the same type of mind/body connections that I was and it was through these friends where I learned little more about healing energies, the tip of the iceberg, which eventually lead me to seek more information about intuitive arts and “healing” via energy and body/mind connections. 

Many years later and lots of research into intuitive arts I happened upon Reiki. I was trying to find a way to use my “healing hands” to help my mom with her osteoarthritis pain and a friend at work suggested that I look into Reiki. I had heard a little about Reiki before and had experienced it a little myself, so was definitely determined to find someone who could teach me. It was through my Chiropractor that I was able to find a great teacher and was certified as a Level 3 Practitioner in November 2013. Reiki has helped channel the energy of my “healing hands” so it has a lasting and even more beneficial effect. 
Reiki has had a profound impact in my life, in more ways than just energy healing. It has a broad reach & not only do I use Reiki as a solo practice in energy healing but I also use it when doing intuitive work. Reiki opens up your Chakras (unblocks stagnant energy) which allows your natural energy to flow through your body with ease, creating better health, physically, spiritually and mentally.

Marni is a Reiki Master Practitioner and Instructor. She is available for Reiki sessions, aura cleansing, and chakra balancing.

For more info about Reiki in her own words, have a look at Marni's blog posting and her website.

To book directly with her please click here or email her at

Jasmine Kumar, Bodywork Practitioner, Shanti Holistic Health

My life journey has led me to a point where I find myself transitioning from working as a hospital clerk to following my passion for helping people heal through a more hands-on approach.  I am a Certified Bodywork Practitioner and have completed the Bodywork Therapy program at the Vancouver School of Healing Arts.

I believe in the healing power of touch, and chose to develop my talent for bodywork and massage as a means to contribute in my own small way to the lives of those who are on a healing journey.  I chose to begin this new life path at Gathered Roots, and I am grateful to Fiona for allowing me the opportunity to work with these wonderful healers.

In integrated bodywork, I offer Swedish relaxation massage and deep tissue massage and other modalities may be used during the session such as joint release, assisted stretching, Shiatsu, reflexology and aromatherapy.  I also offer Indian head massage and hot stone massage.

My interest in health and wellness has also led me to study aromatherapy and the healing properties of essential oils and I continue to further my education through the Advanced Aromatherapy Practitioner Graduate Program at Essence of Thyme College of Holistic Studies.

I am a lifelong learner, and my long term goal is to study plant-based medicine and Ayurveda.  

As a Certified Bodywork Practitioner, I am here to support the healing process of those who choose to see me for anything from a relaxation massage to a deep tissue treatment through which long term change in posture, mobility and flexibility are the desired outcome.

•••A full list of the services Jasmine offers can be found on her website or for more details email her directly at•••

Sidney Shindle, Holistic Nutritionist, BA CNP NCCP 3, Veritas Wellness

As a holistic nutritionist and wellness consultant I am here to help you feel well, both inside and out. I have worked as a chef, national level synchronized swimming coach and manager. While each position had its challenges and rewards, each one allowed me to work with people on both a professional and emotional level, teaching me that everyone listens and learns in a different way. The same can be said for how your body functions. This is how I came upon the holistic model of wellness. No two people are the same, so why should they be treated the same way?

While I originally set out to study languages, I found myself in a constant state of curiosity about food, health and wellness. After completing my degree in Linguistics and minoring in French, I travelled through Europe on multiple occasions as well as Morocco, in order to immerse myself in different cultures, languages and of course, their food. What I discovered was that no matter where you are, people are proud to share their food with you.

Holistic nutrition is a whole-body approach to health. No band-aids, no quick fixes. Working with me means that we will work together to find the root of the cause and help you heal from the inside out. I use a wide range of techniques, starting first and foremost with food. Growing, cultivating and preparing food is an essential part of our lives. We not only need it to live, but we also use it to create community, which is nourishing in its own way. 

While we have made a divide between the two over the past few centuries, food is indeed medicine, and it’s is up to us to decide how we use it. 

For more information or to book an appointment with Sidney and Veritas Wellness, visit