About Ian Dunsmuir
Ian Dunsmuir is a Registered Acupuncturist practicing at Advanced Healing Arts located in Port Moody, BC. He specializes in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, chronic pain and allergies. Ian has been providing relief for thousands of patients in Coquitlam. Port Moody and Vancouver for over 17 years.
In my early years of childhood, I developed a condition with my right hip. It was felt that the best course of action was to have surgery. So, in 1982 and at the age of 12, I had corrective surgery. Immediately post-surgery I had 50 pounds of traction on my right leg and had to remain in the hospital. Before being allowed to go home, I was put in a body cast. My head, arms and left leg were free but the rest of me was casted. I remained in the cast for six weeks before it was removed.
I really appreciated all that the nurses and doctors did for me and I believe this molded my desire to want to help others. I wasn’t sure how or what but I just knew I wanted to help others.
After graduating from high school, I was accepted into the School of Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. I had a love for science (and sports) and thought kinesiology was a perfect fit.
In my second year at SFU, I enrolled in a course that taught us all about sport injuries and as well as how to do athletic taping for various injuries. From this course, I was asked to join as a student athletic trainer with a local semi-professional lacrosse team. I believe this event also fulfilled another desire—to help athletes and to be a part of a team. Unfortunately, after my surgery the surgeon told me to not run. No activities that involved running. I didn’t follow his rules all the time but found that it was harder to be a part of a team. So, the athletic training was a great way to help others and be a part of a team.
In 1992, I graduated from SFU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. I dabbled in a few jobs, primarily as a rehab trainer for people that had been involved in car accidents. The jobs were okay but I knew it wasn’t what I really wanted to do.
Many people ask me why or how did a Caucasian guy like me get involved in acupuncture. In fact, one time I had a new patient who was in her 80’s and short and she looked up at me and said, “You are not short or Chinese!!” I laughed with her and explained that many of my colleagues are Caucasian.
My chronic hip (and low back) pain continued to bother me and so it had been suggested to try acupuncture. I didn’t know anything about it. I went to a medical doctor who practiced acupuncture. I found the acupuncture to be amazing and really relaxing! I thought about it for a while and then decided that acupuncture and kinesiology would be a great marriage and would allow me to help people with all kinds of different pain conditions.
In 1996, I enrolled in the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and three years later graduated with a Diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine. I have been practicing ever since!
Currently, I practice acupuncture in Port Moody, British Columbia and also serve the surrounding areas including Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Burnaby and Vancouver.
I am always up for a challenge and feel that my own experience with pain, injury, and rehab have given me a unique set of tools to be able to treat health issues just like yours. I really enjoy treating stubborn, chronic pain conditions where I am the “last resort” as other therapies haven’t achieved the desired results.