Our Practitioners

Meridian Health is a collaborative multi-disciplinary team of practitioners and therapists that can address injuries, strain & pain, women's health and burn out syndrome from a holistic perspective. 

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Darren Tellier  B.A, D.TCM, R.Ac 

Clinical Director, Acupuncturist, Herbalist

Darren has 16 years experience practicing complimentary medicine. Along with Traditional Acupuncture, Darren employes Dry Needling and Trigger Point therapy to provide effective recovery from injuries, strains, and pains; whether they are from a car accident or an athletic pursuit. As Chinese Medicine herbalist he uses the compounding dispensary at Meridian Health to create patient-specific herbal prescriptions for the unique healing needs of each individual. 

Darren has a special interest in stress and anxiety related disorders such as burn out syndrome, chronic fatigue,  PTSD, and depression. 

Outside of the clinic, Darren has served as the President of the (former) Acupuncture Society of Alberta, Executive Director of the College & Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta, and is currently a full-time faculty member in the MacEwan University Acupuncture program where he lectures on a broad range of topics ranging from diagnostics to clinical modalities.

He can be reached at darren@meridianhealthcentre.ca 


Amanda Roth  R.Ac, RMT, FABORM

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Clinical Director, Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Massage Therapist

Fellow, American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM)

As a practitioner of three complementary health practices — Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Herbology, Acupuncture, and Massage Therapy — Amanda Roth takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating patients. 

Amanda has extensive experience treating a wide range of health concerns, but currently her practice focuses on two areas of specialization: Women’s health and fertility (encompassing everything from PMS to menopause) and sports acupuncture (both prevention and the treatment of pain and injury). Every patient she encounters receives the utmost compassion and respect, and a treatment plan customized to their unique health needs.

A leader in the field, Amanda is a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) and sits on board of directors of the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC). As a sessional instructor at MacEwan University, Amanda teaches courses on the practice of acupuncture (including its use in gynecology) and supervises internship students. She has also contributed to several university research projects, including the first in-patient Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) trial in North America — the Pediatric Integrative Medicine (PIM) Trial — at the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

A thirst for knowledge and a commitment to patient care drives Amanda to expand her understanding of her chosen professions and the mechanisms of the body. In addition to on-going professional development courses, she is earning a Bachelor of Science degree at Thompson Rivers University.

 She can be reached at amanda@meridianhealthcentre.ca



Marina Petruk RMT

Registered Massage Therapist, and Cranio-Sacral Therapy

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Prior to finding her life’s passion, Marina studied Culinary Arts at NAIT. Although she excelled at the work, she was left unsatisfied. Her heart wanted more. She searched for a profession that would allow her to indulge her greatest passion: helping people. She found it in massage therapy. 


Marina has completed the 2200 hour massage therapy program at MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy. Her outgoing personality and natural empathy have made this profession a perfect fit. Her clinical style is mostly deep tissue massage, but also includes cupping and craniosacral into her practice this fall. Marina is proficient in injury recovery and can coordinated her treatment plan with our acupuncturists when required. 

She can be reached at marina@meridianhealthcentre.ca


Devon Jarvis R.Ac, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist, Acupuncturist, and Infant Massage Instructor

As both a professional acupuncturist and registered massage therapist, Devon has experienced the power of combining these therapies, in turn extending or amplifying the effectiveness of each. The method of combining acupuncture and massage therapy allows her to achieve changes in muscles and fascia that might otherwise take numerous sessions when using each technique alone. For instance, massage therapy is effective at increasing blood circulation, aligning muscle fibres and breaking up fascial restrictions;  and a manual stretch can return a shortened muscle to its healthy length. When used with Acupuncture she can target deep structures that massage can’t reach, and in turn decrease inflammation and pain, and speed up the healing process.

Devon is also a certified Infant Massage Instructor and was also a practitioner involved in the Pediatric Integrative Medicine (PIM) Trial at the Stollery Childrens Hospital which was the first of its kind to offer complementary health services to hospitalized children. 

Devon is continually working on fine tuning her acupuncture and massage therapy skills in the fields of fertility, obstetrics and gynecology, as well as musculoskeletal pain and imbalances.        

“Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.”       ~Denis Waitley

She can be reached at devon@meridianhealthcentre.ca


Jon McDonell R.Ac

Acupuncturist

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Jon is a recent graduate from the Grant MacEwan Acupuncture program. His undergraduate background in Chinese Language and Literature has given him a deeper understanding of the culture and philosophies that were so integral to the development of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has a profound interest in the Chinese Medical classics and hopes to assist in translating more original source texts into English. In addition to Acupuncture, Jon is also working on honing his skills in Chinese Herbology in order to broaden his scope and offer even more treatment options to his patients. 

Jon believes in helping people take charge of their own health; He believes in helping people listen to and trust in their own bodies. The modalities TCM can offer are very powerful - but the true healing happens when patients begin to incorporate healthy lifestyle changes, and healthy ways of thinking outside of the treatment room. His areas of interest include the treatment of Men’s Health / Male infertility, psycho-emotional disorders, sleep disorders, chronic fatigue, urogenital disorders and gastrointestinal disorders; He is constantly trying to improve his skills in these areas through self study and continuing education.   

Lastly, and most importantly, Jon is passionate about carving out a safe space for Sexual and Gender minorities here at Meridian Health. He longs to create a place where communities that are too often neglected in healthcare can seek treatment without fear of judgement or bias. Jon has particular interest in applying Chinese medical theory to Queer men’s health, and Transgender health. 

He can be reached at jon@meridianhealthcentre.ca

Troy Forest R.Ac.

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Acupuncturist , Herbalist 

Prior to his study of oriental medicine, Troy served 8 years in the Canadian Forces, including one tour of duty in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He is a lifelong athlete, and has worked previously as a personal trainer and martial arts instructor. As a youth he was a competitive water skier at the national level and played minor hockey for 12 years here in Edmonton.

Along with his studies of both Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbology at Macewan University, Troy had the opportunity to study at the Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has also trained as an acupuncture detoxification specialist (ADS), and is a member of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA). He maintains a continued study in traditional medicines along with a focus on the modern scientific research and applications in the field.

To compliment his knowledge of sports acupuncture and trigger point therapy, he also offers a broad knowledge of stretching and exercise therapies to both treat and prevent injuries. Working with clients of all fitness levels, he provides exercise and diet recommendations to fit the needs of each individual client. Along with classical acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, Troy incorporates techniques such as scalp acupuncture, auricular therapy, reflexology, as well as providing his patients with Qigong exercises (therapeutic mindful breathing).

Troy maintains a strong interest in the area of sleep medicine, as well as the treatment of stress and anxiety related disorders. He also works in community acupuncture therapy for addictions of all types, and can provide treatment to compliment an integrated recovery plan.

He can be reached at troy@meridianhealthcentre.ca

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