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When I was 10 years old I began suffering from allergies. Some of these symptoms were undiagnosed but clearly allergy related. When I was in my early 20’s and would have a reaction to something, I would be sick for days and very tired. One day I came across a clinic called “A New Start Allergy Clinic”. That is when I discovered NAET. NAET treatments made my immune system much stronger and I started feeling more energetic, less headaches, I could eat what I wanted and felt overall much happier. That is when I realized I wanted to help others find health.

I had already attended the University of New Brunswick and graduated with honors with a diploma in Forestry and Environmental Management. With this education I constantly found myself working jobs related to medicinal plants. I spent 8 months in Guatemala doing an internship with CIDA, which focused on the development of an educational forest. I worked on projects involving reforestation of native species as well as developing a system for locals to identify plants and their common use in all aspects including medicine. Health was always part of who I was and I always wanted to learn more.

In 2006 I began my journey with school to become a NAET practitioner. I enrolled in the Acupuncture program at the Academy of Classical and Oriental Sciences in Nelson, BC. NAET is based on Chinese Medicine so it was essential for me to complete this program.


I became so inspired with Chinese Medicine and all that it offers. I loved studying women’s health and decided to do my thesis on pre and post natal health as well as the benefits of Chinese Medicine for mother’s during birth. When I graduated I received the Registrar’s Award.​

After completing the Acupuncture program, I was qualified to start taking NAET courses in Los Angeles. Dr. Devi Nambudripad, the inventor of NAET, was my teacher and I returned 4 more times to complete more courses.

                                                                          COURSES COMPLETED – DATE

    • Basic:  Licensed medical practitioner has learned to evaluate, locate and eliminate food and environmental allergies.  – Dec/2011

    • Advanced I: NAET Basic trained practitioner has learned to eliminate combination treatments, complicated NAET cases, commonly seen emotional blockages, exercise induced allergies, and person to person allergies. – Dec/2011

    • Advanced II A: Autism’ ADD/ADHD, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’ Fibromyalgia – July/2014

    • Advanced II D: Male & Female Infertility, Female Disorders, Thyroid

    • Imbalances, Melt Your Fat – June/2012

    • Advanced II E: Asthma, Head & Back aches, Ear/Nose/Throat, Treatment Enhancement – June/2012

    • Advanced II P: NAET Immune Modulation Technique – Feb/2013

    • Advanced II Q: NAET Immune System Support – Feb/2013

    • Advanced II V: Alzheimer, Dementia – July/2014



NAET is an acronym for Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Technique. NAET, first developed in California, is based on principles from the fields of allopathic (Western medical knowledge), chiropractic, acupuncture, kinesiology, and nutrition. NAET is a natural, non-invasive, and drug-free holistic treatment.


Everything on earth has an electromagnetic field, including foods, pollens, hormones, neurotransmitters, in fact anything you can think of. We work with vials that are imprinted with the electromagnetic field. When you hold a vial your body will "read" or register exactly what that item is, and your body will also know whether you are compatible with it or not compatible. Non-compatible means you are sensitive or allergic to the item.

Several negative things happen when you have an allergic reaction. You can have a rash, or mucous, or an asmatic attack. If you are allergic to a food, your body will have trouble digesting and absorbing the nutrients fully from that allergic food. We also find you can be sensitive or allergic to vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids, hormones, or neurotransmitters. In fact Dr. Devi has said you can be allergic to "anything under the sun, including the sun".

Most of our patients thus have complaints of fatigue, brain fog, and "just not feeling well" as a result of malabsorption of necessary nutrients. When we treat the allergy the body can then begin to absorb and utilize these necessary nutrients, improving overall health.


We use Muscle testing based on the work of Dr. George Goodheart who developed Applied Kinesiology. We can diagnose your sensitivities and allergies using this technique that is extensively used in the chiropractic and alternative health field.


Traditional Acupuncture theory for 3000 years has said that your life force or Chi flows through energy pathways they have identified and called "meridians". When you have a blockage of the meridian pathway you will have a symptom or illness. Allergies will cause major blockages of meridian energy. The originators of Chiropractic taught that chemicals and allergies could cause disruption of correct nerve transmission. Dr. Devi realized that holding the allergen vial was starting that process of meridian and nerve disruption. She theorized that if she opened and balanced the meridian flow, and worked with the spinal nerves including stimulation of the sympathetics in the thoracic spine (while holding the item or vial), that the body would re-program to accept the allergy. This proved to work, and the breakthrough treatment worked with any class of allergen, whether food or pollen or chemical.


The human body including the nervous system is always processing the environment for survival. We believe that the nervous system will always classify something as "safe" or "not safe". The "not safe" category should include viruses and bacteria and not much else. Allergies are a example of the body mistakenly labeling something as "not safe". NAET reprograms the body to more correctly put the item in the "safe" category, thus clearing the allergy. Reprogramming has the advantage of being a fast therapy- it is far easier and quicker to reprogram than to de-sensitize, which has been the traditional allopathic approach. NAET has the additional advantage of being able to help treat any category of allergy, whether it is food, or pollen, or chemical, or fabrics, animals, or any other class of reaction...


We offer allergy testing for foods and other items. The blood sample testing analyses IgG and IgE antibodies. This test comprises of a simple little prick on a finger tip to collect a blood sample. There is a recommended diet protocol to follow 2 weeks prior to completing this test. This will help in a more accurate and complete results.


Premium Assistance
You may qualify for government premium assistance, based on your income. MSP will contribute a portion of the cost toward visits made to supplementary healthcare providers such as massage therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, physiotherapists, naturopaths and podiatrists. RMTs are primary contact providers, therefore you do not require a physician’s referral for MSP coverage. MSP allows for a total of 10 treatments per calendar year divided between these therapeutic modalities. You do NOT require a doctors referral for treatment, however you will be required to pay the entire amount of treatment and then submit your receipt and seek reimbursement. For more information, call MSP at their toll-free number 1 800-663-7100 or follow this link to their website

Employee Benefit Plan

Most extended medical plans will cover 75-100% of the treatment fees up to an annual limit. Please check with your insurer to confirm details and to determine if you require a Doctor’s referral. You will be required to pay the entire amount of treatment and then submit your receipt to seek reimbursement.


Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

The philosophical framework for the practice of acupuncture is grounded in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). TCM offers a perspective on the nature of illness and health that is uniquely different from, and is complementary to Western Medicine. In TCM, human beings are deeply connected with all the phenomena of nature; formed from, and nourished by natures’ essential elements, influenced by its rhythms and subject to its laws of growth and change. Health can be defined as a harmonious relationship between ones’ own internal condition and ones’ external environment; there must be a balance between ones’ body/mind/spirit and ones’ relationship with nature.

In TCM theory, the human body is an energetic system in which energy (QI) flows along defined pathways (meridians) throughout the body. When the body is in harmony and balance the flow is smooth. An imbalance disrupts the flow of QI and manifests as pain, dysfunction, injury, disease and/or disorders. Acupuncture is a therapy to restore the flow of Qi to promote health and balance.



Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the surface of the body. These points lie on pathways called Meridians through which our blood and vital energy – known as Qi – flow. Illness or pain results from the disregulation in this flow or a blockage along the pathway. Problems in the flow of these Meridians will cause pain and dysfunction and compromise our immune system. Physical trauma or viruses and bacteria can block the flow but so can emotions. The TCM practitioner chooses points along the Meridians involved in the patient’s complaint to help restore communication within and between these pathways.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are extremely fine and cause very little sensation when inserted. Acupuncture does, however, result in a unique local sensation that varies from person to person and has been described as any of the following: aching, electric, distending or tingling. Some patients also describe a sensation of warmth or coolness.


For many years I have suffered with seasonal allergies. My symptoms were runny, stuffy nose, itchy watery eyes and low energy. After completing the full round of NAET treatments with Sophie Richard, this whole year I have been allergy free! I’m so thankful for the gift she has given me and I highly recommend her to anyone suffering from allergies.


Brandon Knapp, Nelson, BC

“NAET has done so many things for our lives, I am not sure where to start. NAET completely ridded my son’s severe cracked and bleeding eczema in 2 sessions. I was able to treat my lifetime long fear of the house burning down in my sleep. My entire family’s digestion has improved remarkably. It ‘cured’ the intense morning sickness I was experiencing with my third child. On and on. Sophie’s approach is so caring, loving, soothing and easy. She is understanding and thorough and gets results.”


Candie, Nelson, BC

“My son, Finnegan, had been plagued with horrible allergies since he was very young. During the 2011-2012 school year he missed over 25 days of school with a constant runny nose, pneumonia for over 3 weeks and colds that wouldn’t get better. In May 2012, a good friend recommended we try out NAET to heal some of Finnegan’s allergies. To say it has been a miracle is an understatement. My son has not had a sick day since we began NAET over 11 months ago and he is doing extremely well in school. His behavior has calmed down considerably and I have had numerous friends comment on how grown up Finnegan is becoming. My husband and I have seen him become more grounded in his body and he has gained the appropriate amount of weight for his size, something he always struggled with before. My husband and I are both so pleased with how wonderful NAET has been for our son, we are both doing it now.”


Eileen Barber, Nelson BC

I have been familiar with NAET for at least nine years now having had all the basic treatments with another practitioner in another province. For as long as I can remember I have always had pain throughout my body. Almost immediately that pain went away with the NAET treatment. My doctor is currently treating me for a hypothyroid. He prescribed me Synthroid. Although I was taking the medication, things did not feel right. I was often cold and tired. My doctor increased my dosage. That’s when I decided to see Sophie and she told me that my body was reacting negatively to Synthroid. So she gave me a treatment to help eliminate the side effect I was experiencing from the medication. I felt so much better after. It resolved all my issues. Another problem she helped me with was a bout of dizziness that I was experiencing on a daily basis. She muscled tested me and discovered that I was not absorbing my calcium. Again my dizziness went away. I cannot tell you how much I am grateful for her help. She is gentle and a great listener. I have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone.”


GMR, Nelson, BC

“For several years I had been experiencing increasing joint pain, stiffness and lack of mobility in both my hands due to arthritis and nodes on my tendons. This was particularly painful in my left wrist and the metacarpal area of my left thumb and index finger. Even simple tasks were often difficult to accomplish, and sometimes the pain would keep me awake at night. I saw Sophie Richard for acupuncture to treat the pain and stiffness of this arthritis, and I was thrilled that after receiving only two treatments, my pain was very nearly gone and my mobility had increased considerably. Even though I was not able to return for treatments for a number of months, the effects of the acupuncture treatments continued to allow me more mobility and freedom from pain for a very long time. My hands are stronger, more flexible and I am now pain free. I will return to Sophie for acupuncture treatment whenever I need pain relief, wherever the pain may be.”


Rowena Chow, Vancouver, BC

“My daughter (11) has had many issues with rashes and her bowels since she was 9 months old. We finally decided to seek help from Sophie when she was getting eczema on her eye lids, covered head to toe in a mysterious rash and suffering from excruciating belly pain on a daily basis. After a week of intense NAET treatments we were able to find the reason behind her issues and she no longer has any eczema, her body rash is completely gone, and her belly pain is gone. She has since started growing like a weed again and is a much happier and healthier child. I believe that if it weren’t for the NAET treatments from Sophie, she would still be a sick little girl.”


Kara-Lee Zeolkowski, Vernon, BC

“When I started seeing Sophie for NAET treatments I had chronic pain in my arms and legs, problems with my digestion such as stomach pain and bloating. I also had high blood pressure, mental fogginess and many strong cravings for foods that aggravated my symptoms. Today the pain in my arms and legs is considerably less and I can eat without feeling any discomfort. The bloating and pain has stopped. I can also eat foods that I have been avoiding for years. My blood pressure has also lowered and I am not craving foods like I used to. The emotional treatments have also been extremely beneficial as well. I notice a big difference in my day to day activities after the treatments.”


Rhonda Baines, Nelson, BC

“Our daughter contracted moluscum contagiosum at 18 months old, we watched as the warts spread from her armpit down her arm and across her chest over the next 5 months. All the doctors said was we had to wait it out and the warts were self limiting. Not willing to ‘wait it out’ any longer as there were around 30 warts at this point and spreading we contacted Sophie. We had worked with Sophie doing NAET in the past with our daughter to eliminate her dairy allergy. Sophie did 2 treatments specifically for moluscum contagiosum in February and by the end of March there were only a couple of small scars where some of the bigger warts had been. Incredible ! I would not hesitate to refer anyone to Sophie for NAET treatments as we have watched first hand the results with our daughter.


Terisa Stanley, Nelson,BC


”I’ve had allergies my whole life, which put a damper on my ability to eat certain food, be around certain elements and enjoy life with my furry friends. Since I’ve discovered NAET, I have noticed that my immune system is considerably stronger. I can now eat eggs without any discomfort, enjoy spring and summer without sneezing attacks, snuggle with my horse and feed her hay without having a reaction! Sophie’s treatments with NAET gave me freedom to do what I love and helped my overall health and to me that is priceless!”


A.D., Slocan, BC”



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