Mark Bodnar, BA(Hons), R.Ac., CAT(C)
I am the founder and director of Vancouver Island Integrative Medicine. I work extensively with Migraine sufferers and have been helping people out of pain for over 15 years. With my unique background in Athletic Therapy, Nutrition, Functional Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine I have a wealth of knowledge and experience with chronic pain of all kinds but I commonly see patients with back pain, neck pain, tension headaches and arthritis in addition to migraines. By incorporating a unique approach that targets pain and inflammation, I often see results in a very short time.
My journey began with always being sick as child and sustaining many sports injuries during my youth. This eventually developed into many other health problems which frequently led me to the doctor’s office. These experiences motivated me to study Kinesiology which gave me a better understanding of the body, and from there I became an Athletic Therapist because I wanted to help others get out of pain. Meanwhile my health problems, mainly migraines at that time, were continually increasing with no answers from medical doctors, so I started to search for different types of therapies and went to see a Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. By the 3rd acupuncture treatment my migraines were completely gone! I was amazed at the profound effects that acupuncture had on my pain. I went on to study Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine so that I could share this amazing medicine with my patients, not only for the pain relief that it offers but for the relief of many other health concerns that Chinese Medicine can address. Chinese Medicine aims to balance the whole person and regulates many internal systems which can effectively improve one’s health. Since finishing Chinese Medicine school I have continued to study many advanced forms of pain relief and I am currently learning Functional Medicine because it really focuses on the person not the disease and looks to identify the root causes that are affecting your health.
Are you tired of being told that your pain is “normal” or that “nothing else can help”? I would love the opportunity to discuss how I might be able to help you. Please contact me for a free consultation so we can discuss your health.