Dr. Jonna Eggerer McQuade
Registered Acupuncturist and Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine
From as far back as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a doctor. I can remember my dad always telling people that’s what I was going to be when he introduced me, even when I was only just ten years old. Of course at the time we both had envisioned a white coat and stethoscope but as I grew up and my mind opened to the world around me that vision changed.
I was on route…Athletic Therapy diploma, Alberta Heritage Grant for research, Patient Care Assistant at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Bachelors of Science and to top it off a very scientifically satisfied mind. But something didn’t click. The type of care that was involved with allopathic medicine at the time was not as satisfying as I’d hoped.
So after taking some time off and living abroad and having the chance to experience different cultures and gaining a sense of community and well-being that I never knew existed, I applied to the the Academy of Classical Oriental Medicine in Nelson, BC. I had never had Acupuncture or used Herbs. My family may have thought I had lost my way. But this was the start of my journey.
I learned about medicine that is less supported by scientific theory but more grounded by common sense and perfected by thousands of years of experience. I’ve also learned that this ancient medicine has evolved into modern day allowing us to compliment other modalities or stand alone in the treatment of any ailment.
After graduating from George McDougall High School in Airdrie Dr. Jonna Eggerer began her post-secondary education while playing varsity volleyball at Mount Royal College and the University of Calgary. Off the court her focus was studying physiology and athletic therapy. She graduated from Mount Royal College with a diploma in Athletic Therapy and from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Kinesiology.
After living in both Nepal and Ecuador, she enrolled and was accepted to the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in Nelson, BC. She then transferred to beautiful Victoria, BC to complete her Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine diploma. Through the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Victoria, she had the unique experience of completing her last semester of school as an intern at the First Affiliated Hospital of the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Chengdu, China.
Upon returning to Canada from China in 2009, Dr. Eggerer began practicing in a busy clinic in downtown Victoria, BC. The clinic had a strong working relationship with the Victoria Fertility Centre and this focused group of patients, both fertility and pregnancy related, compelled her to return to China in 2012 for another ten months of more specialized training. During her time in China, Dr. Eggerer worked alongside gynaecology and reproductive specialists at the Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of Chinese Medicine, the Jiangsu Province People’s Hospital, and the Qinhuai Hospital of Chinese Medicine. When she returned to Canada Dr. Eggerer worked at both a Chiropractic clinic and Midwifery Clinic in Vancouver, BC before she returned to her hometown of Airdrie.
Dr. Eggerer is currently a member of the College & Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta as well as a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine.
As a new mom she is looking forward to joining the team at Blessingways Wellness Centre where she can focus her practice in women’s health and family medicine.
I love it here! The front desk staff always have smiles and greet you. The thing I love about them is they are attentive and after only a couple visits know who you are and call you by name! I always get a warm welcome and I appreciate that so much!
Jonna is amazing! I had never done acupuncture before and was nervous. She made sure I was comfortable and walked me through what she was going to do. She is so kind and gentle! I went to her for prenatal acupuncture and she helped so much during my pregnancy! I go to her now after having my baby and feel better after every appointment! I full heartedly recommend Dr. Jonna for acupuncture!