"After being on the birth control pill for 16 years and at the age of 33, my husband and I were ready to start our family. I started tracking my ovulation in January 2010 and month after month was faced with the disappointment of not conceiving. I researched many different avenues for the reasons why it was taking so long for me to conceive, and met with my doctor regularly. I was deflated even more after my doctor couldn’t offer me any concrete answers after discussing my family history. I was frustrated to hear that my family history couldn’t shed any light as both my mom and my sister had children while in their twenties and I was starting this chapter of my life at the age of 33.
A good friend of mine who had been seeing Dr.Sillins for quite some time, encouraged me to book an initial consultation to gain another perspective on my fertility issues. I had never experienced acupuncture and was nervous but met with Dr Sillins for the first time in November 2010 after ten months of trying to conceive on my own.
I was impressed with Dr.Sillins knowledge and bed side manner in discussing this very sensitive issue. She offered me concrete options to address hormonal imbalances and the stress I had been feeling after experiencing months of continued disappointment. I followed her suggestions and continued appointments every 2 weeks. During that time not only did the combination of the acupuncture treatments and supplements improve how I felt everyday; there was also a positive emotional impact as I felt I was being productive in my efforts to conceive.
On January 15, 2011, I was ecstatic to find out I was 6 weeks pregnant. My first email was to Dr.Sillins to share this amazing news and I continued sessions with Dr.Sillins throughout my pregnancy. My husband I were overjoyed when our beautiful and healthy baby boy was born on September 17, 2011.
Dr.Sillins has opened up my awareness of my body and to be aware of how everything is connected. She has been an amazing support to me and I am so grateful for her dedication and commitment to her patients."
"Acupuncture and TCM has completely changed my life. I was told by medical professionals that conceiving a baby would be difficult for me and that the use of fertility drugs and other methods of modern medicine would be the route I had to take. I wanted to try TCM and acupuncture first. Sabrina is not only an amazing individual in her field but she has such a passionate and uplifting spirit. My husband and I are so grateful for her. I started seeing her in March of 2010, and our son Maddox was born February 3rd 2011. "
"I truly believe in traditional Chinese Medicine. I originally went to Dr. Silins with chronic Sciattic pain. I was totally amazed how quickly that pain could be resolved. I continued to see Dr Silins and was treated for many different problems with supplements, reading and her kind and attentive attitude. Thanks to Traditional Chinese Medicine ie: Acupuncture and Chiropractic adjustments my Back problems are now manageable. I have not felt the need to seek Traditional Chinese treatment for many years but should the need arise I will not hesitate to use that avenue of treatment."
Amy Suddens, Professional Dancer
"Sabrina treated me over a period of 4months during my time as a dancer onboard the Norwegian Pearl. I was suffering from back and neck pain, poor sleep, irregular periods and anxiety. I had never had any contact with acupuncture or Chinese medicine before, but was very open to the idea, and Sabrina’s calming personality convinced me that she could ease my troubles if not fix them entirely. Through a course of acupuncture and the use of ear beads, the pain in my back and neck eased considerably, my periods became regular, and my sleeping patterns began to even out. My treatments were an indulgence - I loved lying on the table under the tender hands of a healer, with ambient music and lighting, and for half an hour allowing my troubles to stay outside the treatment room. Sabrina herself takes care of her patients on an individual and personal level; when she was caring for me I knew that I had her complete, undivided attention, care and support. I would highly recommend her healing hands!"
"After having tried other health and wellness techniques/ practices (massage, eating right, staying active, yoga) I decided to give acupunture a try for my ailments/misalignments in my body. Sabrina helped me to rediscover myself and the person I am on the inside, way deep down. It has been a continuos process for myself in rediscovering who I am and reconnecting with myself at a much deeper level. Though I misalign my priorities for the negatives at times, Sabrina has always been there to help see me through it and to realize that I actually know who I want to be. I am extremely appreciative to have found such a wonderful person as Sabrina. She has helped me in utilizing other health and wellness practices such as, chiropractic. I am thoroughly enjoying this path of self discover that I have embarked upon with Sabrina by way of my acupuncture treatments."
"Sabrina is subtle, intuitive, warm, and professional. Wish I still lived close enough to be her client!"
"Dr. Silins is more than just a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. She has a gift to which words do not easily attach. She nurtures her gift with love and compassion, infusing both into her practice. Under her care, my life has been forever changed. I was able to conceive a child, survive the loss of that child, conceive and nurture a second child, and learn to love and care not only for them, but myself. These, too, are gifts beyond words. I recommend Dr. Silins to anyone with an open heart, or a desire to unlock one and embrace a life-changing journey of professional and compassionate care."
"Dr. Silins has completely changed the way that I am able to function in my life. I suffered from migraine headaches for several years and was heavily medicated for my migraines. There were days that I was not able to function and be a good Mother. I could not be around any form of noise or light and was very nauseous.
Initially, I somewhat skeptical of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine; I decided that I was tired of existing and trying to live with having migraines so I decided to see if acupuncture could help. I have been going to acupuncture since January, 2011 and my migraines are no longer an issue in my life.
Dr. Silins is a true professional; she is passionate and extremely knowledgeable about what she does."
"I’ve been working with Dr. Silins for about a year now. The one thing you will notice about her is that she cares, honestly, fully about you, and what you are there to see her for. I’ve had migraines for 12 years of my life; they were debilitating and required a lot of prescription medication and pain killers to get them to cease, or least be able to function. It has been a long process, but I am now off of medication, and have gone from having migraines several times a month, for several days at a time, to about once per month. This is a miracle! She has performed acupuncture, cupping, as well as prescribed me several herbs to take. In addition to Dr. Silins advice, I have taken flower essence, and have been working on mediation through yoga, and visual CDs. I would suggest anyone with migraines to de-stress and try alternative therapies, given this has worked for me! Finally, I would encourage those working through problems and issues not to give up, as it can be a long process, but well worth the results! Dr. Silins gives you support the entire time, suggesting, guiding, counseling you through it. She is the best!"
"I was diagnosed with Stage IV Lung cancer June 2010. By the time I was diagnosed I had a large mass in my right lung, swollen lymph nodes in my neck, chest and groin, a spot on a vertebrae and a metasisis in my brain.
Surgery was not an option for me but I was treated with whole brain radiation and we began a course of chemotherapy. With the regimen of chemo I ended up in the hospital twice for 3 weeks at a time with febrile neutropenia. This resulted in me having to have 16 blood transfusions.
By this time it was March 2011 and I was sent home to get stronger so that I could have more chemotherapy. I told my cancer was stable. In March my mother was also diagnosed with Stage IV Lung cancer and she passed away in May.
A subsequent CT scan in May/June showed the cancer had turned aggressive and had again invaded my brain and spinal bones, in addition to an increase in size to lung and lymph nodes.
Treatment with Dr. Silins started in early July 2011 and consisted of herbal remedies, as well as Traditional Chinese Acupuncture treatments. Dr. Silins also did research and recommended other treatments, such as Emotional Freedom Training and one on one energy treatments with other providers.
My most recent CT scan in September showed significant reduction in lung mass and lymph nodes.
I have found Dr. Silins to be compassionate and caring and would highly recommend her to anyone I knew. She really cares about her patients and goes to many lengths to treat them or find alternative treatment for them.
"It is impossible for me to put into a brief paragraph how Dr. Sabrina Silins changed my life.
I met her when she was doing her training. I had just finished having 2 consecutive car accidents within a 6 week period. I was on barbiturates, narcotics and many other Dr prescribed medication (18 pills in the evening and morning and numerous during the day) Sabrina knew my son, and offered to help me. Each week I would go to see her we would go through the questions and I would realize WOW that symptom had dissipated...a few weeks later another one had lessened. After approximately one year I was off of ALL pharmaceuticals ... on her concoctions (non of them were endangered species...that was her comment to help me to drink them) and able to have my quality of life back. She is dedicated to her profession like no other, she is a sweet and endearing soul that I cherish a relationship to this day with."
"I had the privilege of working for Dr. Silins in Calgary as well as be her patient. As a receptionist and clinic manager, I saw first hand the love her patients had for her. The practice consisted of several practitioners, however, she had amazing rapport with her patients and numerous people would call and ask for her by name. A patient didn’t leave the room the same way they would walk into it. Her patient care and results were exceptional. I loved being her patient as well because she took care of me personally. The treatment was never about my health only, it was all encompassing; it was about my physical and emotional health. My body responded to the treatments very well... she never seized to be patient, kind, understanding, and warm. I am blessed to have had her as a practitioner and wish she’s still in Calgary!"
"I want to thank Sabrina for letting me live again. For the longest time, looking back now, I just existing and never knew what living was all about. I had suffered for many years with CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and was told that I would have to live with it. I would go through the day stuttering and stammering for words as my brain fog was so intense. I was down and depressed and suffered in silence as my health continued to decline.
Since being introduced to acupuncture and Chinese herbal remedies my life has dramatically changed. I am still not 100 percent but can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel. Sabrina is the consummate professional and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for better overall health.
Thanks for everything you do, you make this world a better place!"
Ann Zee BCom, R.Ac, DTCM
"Do you believe in miracles?
I think they come in fleeting moments and within the capacity for kindness from people.
Sabrina and I were colleagues together from Chinese medicine school.
Sabrina has been gifted with many things; beauty, brains and a capacity for kindness that I have not witnessed very often in my life.
She has won the hearts and minds of so many of her colleagues, including the late Dr David Chu. Dr Chu was responsible for advancing our profession and having it recognized by the government of Alberta. Dr Chu had Sabrina work along side of him until his untimely passing.
Sabrina and I now reside in different cities, and I never hesitate to recommend her to people I meet from Edmonton."
"I have truly appreciated all the care you provided for me, you are truly wonderful at what you do and I am thankful to have met you.
Since breaking my tailbone in my first pregnancy I have experienced a lot of discomfort and pain. I tried traditional medicine and GP’s but I didn’t find any relief. I also suffered from HG (Hyperemesis gravidarum) throughout my pregnancies. When I was told about Dr. Silins I felt I had nothing to lose so I tried it. Both before and throughout my second pregnancy I was under the care of Dr. Silins and a chiropractor. Together I found relief from the pain I was going through daily, I was able to go for longer walks and driving was now tollerable. Thanks to Dr.Silins I also found great breaks from my HG through my pregnancy. I didn’t lose as much weight through my second pregnancy (while under Dr.silins’ care) as I did through my first. Be it pain or stress or physical or mental balancing I found great relief from all these things and more while seeing Dr. Silins for Acupuncture.
Thanks Very Much
Bonnie M., Calgary , Alberta
"My experience with Chinese Medicine and specifically Sabrina was exceptional. Not only did this treatment option address my health concerns at the time, Sabrina always listened for what else was going on in my life that could be impacting my balance and pain. Sabrina is not just a healer but a teacher and I am grateful for her care and guidance during an extremely challenging time. I was always amazed at how great I felt after her treatments. I highly recommend Chinese Medicine and Sabrina for anyone requiring help with chronic pain, stress or insomnia."
"My supervisor at work recommended Dr. Silins to me - I struggle with anxiety and a variety of other, at times dehabilitating psychological issues. When I first met Sabrina I was uncomfortable even taking off my shoes in her office, and was very leery of having anyone touch me. Desperation won out though and something about Dr. Silins demeanor kept me coming back - with thicker socks! Despite my acute awareness of the ridiculous nature of some of my irrational thoughts - Sabrina treated all my thoughts and symptoms thoughtfully and acknowledged my trepidation and proceeded with treatment.
I have had acupuncture before, from a variety of practitioners, each with their own style - but always healing seemed to be something they did - with Sabrina it’s who she is… For her clients and for herself - I have teased her more than once that I truly believe that she has an elven bloodline - and even if that’s not true - there is something ethereal to her practice.. I can state unequivocally that her treatment truly did decrease the amount of anxiety I experienced on a day-to-day basis. Calgary’s loss is definitely Edmonton’s gain!"
"I began seeing Sabrina for my Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS), which symptoms include debilitating abdominal pain and cramping. From the very first treatment my “attacks” subsided to the point that now I often forget I have IBS and am able to fully function in my daily life. Sabrina taught me the importance of remembering to breath deeply and that our stress and anxiety directly effect every part of our mental and physical wellbeing. I have had such success with Sabrina that I began bringing my 10 year old daughter to see her as well for assistance with her allergy and immune sensitivities. Upon learning that my daughter may have some minor learning disabilities Sabrina researched “out of the box” solutions to assist her with her learning challenges. We both greatly appreciate the time and honest concern that Sabrina has dedicated to our continued good health."
"I had been having difficulty with my hormones and my menstrual cycle since my mid thirties. I had undergone some blood transfusions due to out of control menstrual cycles, and the only options the medical community could offer me was either taking a birth control pill continuously until I was ready to have a hysterectomy or I could just have a hysterectomy and problem solved. I was not ready to pursue either of the options and felt I was at a loss. I just continued to manage hoping something would change. By the time I hit my early forties, my hot flashes, night sweats and menstrual cycle was a gong show. Also, I have also been an active person and began training for long endurance events with a goal of completing an Ironman in 2011. As I began training harder, my hot flashes and night sweats increased. In October 2010, I began looking at alternate hormone therapies but was still leery of taking anything artificial. That’s when my co worker suggested I see Dr. Silins, so I did. I began seeing Dr. Silins on a regular basis. I was so impressed with how thorough her assessment process was and how gentle she was with teaching me about acupuncture and Chinese medicine. She did not overwhelm me with supplements, and when she did recommend supplements, they were affordable and easy to find. I started to notice some significant reductions in my hot flashes and night sweats, along with an overall feeling of calmness. As my training regime increased for Ironman, the demands on my internal systems were increasing. Dr. Silins continued to monitor my immune system and hormones to ensure I continued to stay as healthy as I could to reach my goal. I am happy to say that, I not only successfully completed my first Ironman, I have not had any night sweats or hot flashes for many months…nor did I have to have any invasive surgery to control my menstrual cycle. Dr. Silins takes an honest and sincere interest in her patients, not only as it relates to the physical well being, but also the emotional and spiritual being. Dr. Silins was an instrumental part of my successful completion of the Ironman…but more importantly she has become a vital part of my continued health and wellness. "