Meet Our Therapists: Registered Acupuncturists in St. John’s

Ethne Munden

Ethne Munden

Registered Acupuncturist – R.Ac.

Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture – Dr.Ac.

Registered Nurse - R.N.

Back Care Consultant

Registered Homeopath – R.Hom.


Ethne began her career as a registered nurse and nurtured a particular awareness of general wellness. After obtaining a doctorate in traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture, she developed a keen interest in functional back problem assessment, pain management, and back injury prevention and care. Further education and coursework resulted in Ethne’s very eclectic health care and fitness background. She complements her practice with iridology, homeopathy and yoga therapy. She has authored a book and hosted a local TV program on yoga.

Professional Affiliations

With more than 30 years of clinical experience, Ethne has devoted much time and energy to helping acupuncturists and TCM practitioners achieve recognition as health professionals. She has held lead positions, both provincially and nationally, promoting legislation, regulation and education of acupuncturists and TCM practitioners through professional organizations such as:

  • College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Newfoundland & Labrador (CTCMPANL)
  • Canadian Alliance of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners & Acupuncturists
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Council of Health Professionals

Ethne has represented the profession as guest speaker at world, national and provincial conferences. She has appeared in several local papers and on local radio & TV programs, educating the public about her profession.

Ethne is also a member of NUPATH (the National United Professional Association of Homeopaths) and president and part owner of Health Bridges Inc. which has developed, tested and globally marketed Health Bridges, a 3-part postural correction system.

Bengie Munden

Bengie Munden

Massage Therapist – M.T.

Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine – Dr.TCM

Registered Acupuncturist - R.Ac.


Bengie Munden is a massage therapist, licensed Chinese medicine practitioner and a registered acupuncturist. As part of her practice in medical acupuncture and Chinese medicine, Bengie has treated many patients for infertility and is well known in St. John’s for her work in this field. Bengie also has extensive experience and training in cosmetic acupuncture and acupuncture for cellulite. In her practice she combines techniques learned from some of Canada’s favourite and most publicized teachers in the field. Bengie also incorporates her knowledge of professional massage in her treatments. She has appeared in several local papers and TV shows educating the public about her profession. Bengie has been in practice since 2001.


Education & Training

  • Graduate of the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Victoria, British Columbia – Canada’s oldest and most reputable four-year program of traditional Chinese acupuncture and herbal medicine
  • Graduate of the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, Newmarket, Ontario

Barb Draper

Barb Draper

Bachelor of Science – B. Sc,

Diploma of Acupuncture – D. Ac,

Registered Acupuncturist – R. Ac.

After obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology, Barb spent many years in the Arctic involved in research studies. She also worked in a hospital clinical laboratory. The combination of studying the natural environment and working within a traditional health care setting created a desire to pursue a career in holistic healing. Her natural interest in energy systems led her to the study of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.

Since her time in school, Barb has also been involved in the legislative regulatory process for the profession since her time as a member of the Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. She transitioned to taking a very active role in the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncturists of Newfoundland and Labrador when it was formed upon the regulation of the profession. In addition to her work with the College, she is also involved with the Newfoundland Council of Health Care Professionals and nationally with CARB/TCMPA. Barb has been in practice since 2007. Barb has been in practice since 2007.

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Science degree, University of Manitoba
  • Traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture, Eastern College
  • First level Reiki
  • Additional training in back assessment
  • Additional training in cosmetic acupuncture

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