Over the last year, my practice has undergone significant changes. I now ask that all new and existing patients that I have not seen within the last six months schedule a meridian assessment appointment with Todd Merrell just prior to their consultation with me. I find this information and way of working invaluable in order to achieve lasting results effectively and efficiently. Once patients have gone through meridian assessment it is not required that they need to receive this testing every time they come.
Dr. Kelly Cmolik is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with a clinical focus in allergic, autoimmune and skin diseases as well as inflammatory diseases and chronic conditions of unkown origin.
She holds a post-doctorate diploma in dermatology and has taken substantive additional training in autoimmune and allergic disease. The bulk of her advanced education has been with world-renowned TCM specialist and teacher, Mazin Al-Khafaji, in both England and the US over the past decade.
Todd Merrell brings a unique blend of perception, intuition, technical precision and a wealth of understanding to his approach to the meridian stress assessment (MSA) technique. He has worked in all facets of MSA method for nearly two decades; from research and development, training and system customization to more than 14 years of ongoing clinical experience with thousands of patients. He works with individuals of all ages, from newborn to senior care.
Chinese Medicine is very effective in improving or resolving a wide variety of chronic and acute skin conditions.
Treating asthma with Chinese herbs results in decreased airway inflammation, improved lung capacity, diminished wheezing and coughing, and a greater resistance to triggers.
A wide range of respiratory conditions respond favourably to treatment with Chinese medicine. Treatment helps to strengthen the immune system and rid the body of harmful pathogens without the use of prescription drugs.
Chinese medicine offers a unique and effective perspective on the management of autoimmune diseases. Rather than suppressing the immune system, this medicine seeks to bring balance to the body.
Treatment is first aimed at controlling the acute symptoms of the disease, then modulating the immune system to stabilize the condition and help to prevent future flares.
Women's health is an area in which Chinese medicine enjoys a great deal of success. The hormonal-endocrine system responds quickly and favourably to treatment with acupuncture and herbs.
Conditions that respond favourably to treatment include:
Optimal digestive function is essential to overall health. Without it, the body cannot properly assimilate nutrients, and imbalances such as fatigue and even mood disorders can result.
Working with acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and a specialized dietary protocol can help return you to a state of balance and ease the symptoms associated with a wide variety of digestive ailments.
These may include:
Our bodies are exposed to a variety of pathogens on a daily basis. Whether viral, bacterial, fungal, or chemical in nature, a healthy immune system responds effectively to eliminate pathogens and prevent them from lingering in the body.
If the body is in a weakened state and unable to eliminate the pathogen, or the pathogen is too strong and overloads the system, disease can ensue.
Pathogens that remain in the body often produce low grade, mysterious symptoms that can worsen over time or come and go over many years. Examples include chronic disorders such as Epstein Barr and Lyme disease, but many are unnamed or unrecognized and are known in Chinese Medicine as Gu Syndrome. Gu Syndrome is characterized by chronic fatigue, pain, or any number of symptoms that are not easily explained.
The modern Chinese herbalist uses a variety of herbal substances which are crafted into formulas. A typical formula will consist of 7-14 different herbs blended together to address a host of ailments. The vast majority of modern pharmaceuticals are based on a foundation of plant substances. Chinese medicine uses these plants in their unadulterated form without chemical additives. Herbs are available in powdered form to be taken as a tea, and in convenient capsules and pills.
Homotoxicology was developed in the 1950’s by the German Physician Dr. H-H. Reckeweg. The three pillars of Homotoxicology are detoxification and drainage; immune modulation; and cellular activation and organ strengthening.
Homotoxicology employs combined homeopathic and herbal remedies to aid in the elimination of toxins from the body via the connective tissue, the bowels, the liver, the lymph glands, the kidneys and/or the skin.
MSA (Meridian Stress Assessment) is a methodology developed by German Doctor Reinhold Voll, whereby a very low voltage current is introduced to the system and the resulting data is accumulated with respect to how the body transmits that current .
MSA is non-invasive. There are no needles, no blood tests and no pain, making it suitable for patients of any age, including infants. This test is to help gather specific information only, and is not considered treatment.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of hair-fine, disposable needles into specific points on the body to address hyper or hypo-function of various systems. Treatment with acupuncture produces measurable shifts in the endocrine, immune, nervous, and circulatory systems, and is effective for a wide variety of conditions.
The benefits of acupuncture are far reaching and especially beneficial for gynaecology, digestion, immune dysfunction, stress related conditions, pain and circulatory disorders.
Dietary therapy is a method of eating prescribed to improve health. A number of conditions are treated in part with therapeutic diets. Treatments involve including foods that improve specific health conditions, while avoiding foods that may make the condition worse.
Some health conditions require temporary therapeutic diets. Other times a therapeutic diet may become a permanent change necessary to keep the person healthy. The diet may change over time based on the person's response and improvement in health status.
The Dermatology-M range of topical products are designed to be used in addition to internal herbal therapy and contain a variety of herbs and powders to specifically improve the condition of both hair and skin.
All products are made by hand at the Avicenna Centre for Chinese Medicine and produced in small batches. They do not contain any artificial colours or preservatives, petrochemical substances or steroids.
The Osmosis MD range is a clinically effective range of cosmetic products used to support internal treatments.
Acne Before and After
After three major (and I mean major) bouts of eczema in my life, Dr. Cmolik was the only doctor to correctly diagnose my condition (Pompholyx) and cure me. Where other dermatologists temporarily treated my symptoms with steroid creams, Dr. Cmolik treated the whole disease using organic compounds and herbs. For anyone who suffers from chronic eczema, there is finally a physician in Vancouver who can cure you. Go see Kelly! - A.P.
Kelly impressed me instantly with her compassionate personality, professionalism and deep knowledge of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. She inspired me to consider alternative ways to care for my health. Through working with Kelly I have an increased amount of energy, a renewed sex-drive and my skin is glowing! I would recommend Kelly for acupuncture (you must try the facial rejuvenation), Chinese herbal medicine, and her line of skincare creams and oils that are transformative to how you look on the outside and feel on the inside. - Christie Mann
Having suffered with chronic bilateral tendinitis from the elbows down for seven years, and having found physio and other treatments prescribed by my GP to be of little help, I had basically resigned myself to having constant, low-level pain in my arms. When I began seeing Dr. Cmolik several month ago, it was for a host of symptoms--fatigue, bloating, hair loss, constipation, irregular periods, etc.--that had my regular doctor stumped. Kelly immediately realized that my current symptoms were related to the tendinitis as part of a larger, systemic issue and charted a course of action. The herbs Kelly initially prescribed cleared up several issues, including hair loss, within a matter of days. In subsequent visits, she has zeroed in on minute changes in my condition, adjusting the herbal formula accordingly. At Kelly's suggestion, I have also been seeing the osteopath in residence at Connect Health, Dr. Dzamastagic, with whom she has been closely collaborating. In addition to the eradication and/or alleviation of the symptoms I came to Kelly with, the result of all this truly responsive, integrative care is that for the first time in seven years, I am experiencing substantive improvement in my tendinitis. Not surprisingly, I would highly recommend Kelly to anyone suffering with chronic issues--particularly issues that their regular doctor(s) may have given up on! - E.L.
Kelly is a gifted healer. She has the unusual combination of a highly technical scientific side combined with a very warm, human and intuitive side. She treats each client like a mystery to be solved and the benefits of her work can be felt immediately. She's made a big difference in the quality of my life and I highly recommend her. Kelly's moisturizing cream is "amazing!" My skin responds right away when I put it on, and I get comments from friends all the time about how glowing my complexion is now. I actually carry it in my purse so I can put a daub on here and there during the day. I have tried all the really expensive boutique skin creams and they don't even compare to the feel and results of this. - Cindy Hughes
As a breast cancer survivor, I underwent a double radical mastectomy and they also removed the lymph nodes from my right side. This left me with pronounced lymphedema in my right arm. My condition is complicated by diabetes, eczema, chronic pain from a hip replacement and a heart condition that has resulted in 2 heart attacks. Needles to say, I was a mess when I came to see Kelly. The eczema on my right hand would blister, become infected and lead to acute cellulitis in my arm, resulting in about 6 hospital stays per year to be treated for infection. I warned Kelly that I would be a difficult patient and likely argue with her every step of the way, she accepted me and we began treatment. I am astounded to stay that since we began our journey, I've not been in the hospital even one time for over a year without making any other changes to my routine. Kelly has become an indispensable part of my health care team and she is a joy to work with. She took the time to understand my case and has helped me immeasurably. I would recommend her services to anyone who would like to see an improvement in their own health. - Iris Krieger
I have been wanting to email Kelly for days to tell her how well the herbs she gave me worked. About one month ago, I developed an uncomfortable and unsightly rash all up my right side after a period of significant emotional stress. I noticed a real difference with the herbs in 48hrs, and am all cleared up already. She really helped me get through the final stages of a very trying few weeks (months really). Her kindness, insight and knowledge proved a treat and I am so thankful and pleased that I stumbled into her clinic that day. - A Grateful Patient
Kelly's attention to detail was great and her thorough questionnaire seemed to paint a clear picture to Kelly as to the reasons for my chronic heartburn and throat clearing. Until seeing her I was chewing Rolaids daily and had used expensive prescription medicine to counter the problem only to have it come back worse when I stopped. I followed her advice along with a few more of her natural recommendations and a bottle of one of her products. Since then I have more energy, my heartburn has subsided dramatically and my clearing of the throat has stopped. Thanks Kelly! - Randy H
Kelly, Many thanks for the great healthcare you gave me over the last year! My skin is greatly improved (eczema) and I've been off my asthma inhalers for almost 1 year now - awesome!Take Care - T.W.
Dear Kelly, I just wanted to let you know that I haven't been back to see you because....I am now sleeping like a baby, and my menstrual problems have been resolved. Thank you so much again! - E.S.
My life has changed for the better after meeting Dr. Kelly Cmolik. My acne, sore itchy skin improved greatly and then went away leaving my skin clear. The dark circles under my eyes diminished and my energy is now much more level. I was told by a dermatologist that medicine was the only route to rid myself of the particular acne I had. Instead I tried visits to Dr. Kelly. It worked. To look at my face from a cosmetic level, it has improved and I look healthier. However, Kelly's work goes deeper than the outer layer. She looks at the inside and then works outwards. I have been seeing Dr. Cmolik for six months now, and have successfully gotten off the food and caffeine "triggers" that have been a stress to my adrenals, skin and well being. It's been six months so I am still ridding my body of those "triggers" but with more and more great results the challenge is worth it. I guess what I like most about Kelly besides her ability to investigate and then help support the body internally and effectively, is her warm and friendly personality. She goes beyond answering questions in a straight forward manner. She encourages you to investigate yourself. She's the coach and you both work as a team. I have sent my family to Dr. Kelly. I am so grateful to have her as my acupuncturist, herbalist. It is so good to have such a brilliant doctor and a down to earth person all in one. I came in for my skin problems and left with such a wealth of information and understanding. In this world with long work hours it is important to breathe and find support. I highly recommend Dr. Kelly Cmolik. - Kellie Haines
Kelly, A thousand apologies for not getting back to you way sooner. I was in your office over the holidays regarding a rather strong case of eczema on my right hand .. you gave me a herbal solution , but when I came back 2 weeks later the situation had not changed. I had finished my prescription and you were heading to London. Anyway, thought you should know that 2 days later, the affliction on my right hand cleared up. Regards (and thanks) - R.S.
My skin is something I have started to struggle with upon turning 20 and for 4 years I have experimented with various creams, solutions, products, and even accutane. When I went to see Dr. Cmolik it was the first time I had tried natural herbs & remedies as a potential solution to my acne. Dr. Cmolik's personalized recommendation of herbs catered specifically for my needs, in combination with facial extractions, produced the most noticeable difference for my skin, both in texture and tone. - A. J.
I came to Kelly one year ago after suffering, for five years, from chronic sinusitis and cough. After years of struggling with traditional therapies, a friend suggested I see Kelly. Through a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs, I experienced a 90% improvement in my respiratory system. I would recommend Kelly and her treatments to anyone. Thanks for everything! - - Karen McDonald
Dr. Kelly Cmolik is extremely knowledgeable. The skincare plan that she recommended for me is working great even on my highly sensitive skin, I am very impressed. Thank you! - S.L.
Fantastic! She has a real gift at the holistic approach to skin care! Kelly has become my skin care guru!! Great understandings of the internal workings of the body and their relation to skin! It's made a huge difference! Thanks! - M.D.
Dear Kelly,When I decided to try out your services, to be honest, it was more for curiosity than anything else. I wanted to know what it was about you and what you do that had all of our mutual colleagues raving about the results.Still, it was with a mild sense of nervousness, that I approached our first appointment. After all, you stick needles in people! (This had me rather intimidated).I must say that, since I first set foot in your door, my experience with you has been wonderfully positive. The first sign that I was in good hands was your extensive intake questionnaire. The second sign I was in good hands was your professional yet upbeat demeanor during our consultation. But the moment of truth came with the treatment itself, which was surprisingly easy and painless. Anyone on your treatment table can tell immediately that you have an exceptionally high level of competence in what you do. And your constantly even-tempered, caring attitude and quality of service makes working with you a complete pleasure.I never could have imagined that I would feel more relaxed after acupuncture than I would after a massage, but it's true. And now that I've had an opportunity to experience your skills as an herbalist, I am totally sold on Traditional Chinese Medicine.Kelly, thank you for converting me into a true fan! I would recommend you in a heartbeat. It has been an absolute delight working with you and getting to know you as a person as well. Congratulations on your well-earned success! With great appreciation. - - Katherine Read