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The Shiatsu School of Canada has operated a Professional Clinic in Toronto since 2000.


Formerly located at 547 College Street, we have moved and are now located at:

455 Spadina Avenue, Suite 300 (College and Spadina).


Our phone number remains the same: (416) 323-1818 ext. 200


About our Therapists:                                   

Daniel Adler, R.Ac        

Daniel Adler R.Ac, is a practitioner of zen shiatsu and acupuncture who has been in clinical practice since 2000. He is the Director of our Shiatsu Program.

Languages spoken: English

In his therapeutic practice he works with a wide range of conditions and situations ranging from musculo-skeletal pain relief and rehabilitation; to internal medical issues such as digestive disorders, gynaecological problems and headaches; to mental-emotional issues such as anxiety, depression and stress reduction.

Daniel is an instructor at the SSC teaching Zen Shiatsu I, II and III, Oriental Medical Diagnosis and Shiatsu 101: Beginner’s Guide to Shiatsu Therapy.

He is a member in good standing with the OAATCM (Ontario Association of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine) and STS (Shiatsu Therapy Society of Canada).

Daniel believes in the study and practice of zen shiatsu and TCM as life practices which benefit both the patient and practitioner.

He will be available for treatments on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Alex Chang, RMT


Biography-Alex Chang, RMT 

With over ten years clinical experience, Alex has successfully treated a diverse group of people and conditions. Customizing therapy based on the client’s condition, he will draw from a unique combination of shiatsu and massage techniques, and acupuncture.  Additionally, Alex can integrate other techniques such as:  myofascia release, soft tissue release, trigger point release or tui-na. He operates a private clinic in downtown Toronto.

As a professional therapist, Alex is dedicated to his practice and clients.  Passionate about his work, he is pleased to offer integrative therapies to optimize healing.

Alex is available Thursdays from 10am – 6pm


Kenneth Choi R.Ac, R.TCMP

(Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture, tuina, cupping, moxibustion, and lifestyle modifications)

Kenneth Choi is a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac), as well as a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (R.TCMP).

Languages spoken: English, Cantonese

Kenneth is most interested in treating internal medicine problems, as that is an area in which conventional medicine is failing many patients. He treats many internal medicine problems including digestive problems, allergies, cardiovascular disorders, neurological disorders, urogenital problems, emotional disorders (ex. stress, anxiety, depression), gynocological disorders (ex. peri-menopause symptoms, menstrual problems, infertility), all sorts of pain disorders.


Kenneth graduated from University of Toronto with his Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, specializing in Genes, Genetics and Biotechnology. He then graduated from Mc Gill University with his Masters of Science in Biotechnology. He received his Chinese Medicine training from the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where he graduated with the 4 year Advanced diploma.


Currently, he is the Director of our TCM & Acupuncture Program at the Shiatsu School of Canada and SSC Acupuncture Institute, instructor in our Herbal Program as well as clinic supervisor. He's also a practitioner in our Wellness clinic and is available for treatments Tuesdays & Thursdays.

He will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

* Free consultations are 30 minutes in duration


Dr. Melissa Cugliari, N.D.

Melissa Cugliari is a licensed naturopathic doctor practicing in downtown Toronto. She graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto and is a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) and the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND). Prior to this, Melissa completed her Hons. BA at the University of Toronto, studying Fine Art History, Philosophy, and English Literature.


 Although she treats all health concerns, Melissa holds a special interest in naturopathic dermatology and cosmetic acupuncture, digestive issues, women’s health (including hormonal balancing, menstrual concerns, fertility, perinatal and menopausal care), mental health concerns including stress management, anxiety, and depression, and health education for children, adolescents and young adults. Melissa has a passion for education which has become a key part of her practice. She is particularly keen on educating and empowering patients in the realm of lifestyle (diet, exercise, sleep) which she believes are foundational in achieving and maintaining optimal health.


Melissa’s priority is to uncover and treat the root cause of disease and remove any obstacles to health--all in effort to facilitate the body’s own ability to heal itself. She is dedicated to individualized medicine, helping facilitate each patient’s learning and understanding of his/her own body. By integrating evidence-based treatments and diagnostic testing with the ancient healing wisdom of herbalism, Asian medicine, and other modalities, Melissa is able to create unique, holistic treatment protocols that address the needs of each patient on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level.


List of Services:


·         customized skin care plans (including product recommendations, treatments, at home routine) to address acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, etc.

·         natural hormone balancing

·         food sensitivity testing 

·         individualized exercise and nutrition plans for weight loss 

·         detoxification programs 

·         immune system optimization and allergy management 

·         protocols to restore digestive health

·         smoking cessation programs

·         autoimmune disease management (thyroid disease, celiac disease, etc.)

·         treatment for infertility

·         adjunctive cancer care

·         sleep balancing regimes 

·         stress management

·         natural mood balancing for depression, anxiety and other mood concerns

Melissa also offers complimentary 15 minute consults for you to learn how naturopathic medicine may benefit you. 



Roberto Iusso R.Ac

(TCM & Kiiko style acupuncture, tuina, cupping, moxibustion, cosmetic acupuncture)

Languages spoken: English & Italian

Roberto is an honours graduate of the three-year Acupuncture Therapy Diploma program at the Shiatsu School of Canada and also holds certifications in Korean Hand Acupuncture (Level 2) from the Santa Barbara Center for Studies in Oriental Medicine as well as certification in Facial Rejuvenation (aka Cosmetic Acupuncture) from the College of Acupuncture & Therapeutics. He has also completed accredited courses in Medical Qigong and Tuina at the Shiatsu School of Canada and has studied Japanese Nagano/Kiiko style acupuncture therapy as well.

Roberto’s interest in Eastern healing practices began over 20 years ago when he undertook courses in Zen meditation to overcome anxiety and fears related to university examinations. Subsequent meditation practices led him to South Korea where he continued meditation practices, frequently taking courses and workshops at Hwagyesa Zen Temple in Seoul while also teaching ESL.

A knee injury during a Taekwondo training session led him to the discovery of Korean Hand Acupuncture Therapy, which he then learned and utilized over many months of self -treatment to recover from his injury.

Stephanie Rana R.Ac

(acupuncture, shiatsu therapy, cupping, moxibustion, cosmetic acupuncture)

Languages spoken: English

Happily, I am now entering the 13th year of my career in healing and wellness through the  practice of Shiatsu and Acupuncture.  I continue to love my craft as it allows me to grow, learn, and be mentored by great teachers, and most importantly through these opportunities help clients in the most effective way. I am a fully certified acupuncturist and also practice traditional shiatsu.

My additional areas of experience include:

-prenatal and postnatal shiatsu or acupuncture, 

-cosmetic acupuncture

-shiatsu and acupuncture for anxiety, insomnia, and mental health

-acupuncture for pain management and sports injuries

-shiatsu for athletic recovery

In my time I've treated everyone from the elderly, children, pregnant mothers to athletes.  I am continually looking for new ways to address pain and illness, promote healing and increase performance capacity.  Treatments can include the following healing arts - shiatsu, acupuncture, cupping, and moxa.


 Julian Yates R.Ac

(shiatsu therapy, Japanese acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion)

Languages spoken: English

Julian Yates is a graduate of both the Shiatsu therapy programme (2004) and the Acupuncture program (2008) at the SSC. He continued his studies in acupuncture by completing a course in the Kiiko Matsumoto style with Tak Tsurusaki (2009).

Julian is an instructor and clinic supervisor in the Shiatsu program at the SSC. He teaches a course of Shiatsu stretching techniques; passive stretches applied by the therapist to the patient. His approach is structural, and he encourages his students to develop keen assessment and landmarking skills, a solid understanding of musculoskletal function, and an awareness of the ways in which everyday life can, incrementally, affect discomfort in the body.

An avid reader, Julian is often reading too many books at once to finish any of them in a reasonable time frame. He has interests in most areas of human endeavor, but currently brewing, neuroscience, writing (poetic and prose), biology, philosophy of science, and music are particularly preoccupying.

Rates for Professional Clinic:

Please note that appointments are recommended. 

Acupuncture, shiatsu or TCM Treatments

Single 25 minute acupuncture, shiatsu or TCM  treatment $50.00
Single 50 minute acupuncture, shiatsu or TCM  treatment $90.00
Follow up to herbal prescription $30.00

Regular client book of 3 coupons

$75 per treatment for a book of 3 treatments, (3 x 50 mins each) = $225.00

(excludes sessions with our RMT & ND)

Registered Massage Therapy:
Single 50 minute Registered Massage Therapy treatment $90 + hst

Naturopathic Medicine

Initial Visit: 1.5-2 hours - $150

Pediatric Initial Visit: 1 hour - $120
(Pediatric = 13 yrs and under)


Follow-up Visits: 1 hour - $110

Pediatric Follow-up Visit: 30 minutes - $60


Acupuncture treatment: 1 hour - $90


Melissa also offers complimentary 15 minute consults for you to learn how naturopathic medicine may benefit you. 


Fully trained therapists and TCM Practitioners offer the following services at the above listed rates:

·         Acupuncture

·         Shiatsu therapy

·         Moxibution

·         Reflexology

·         Cupping

·         Gua sha (detox technique)

·         Tuina (Chinese massage)

If you are looking for a specific type of treatment from this list above, please review the list of therapists (see top of this page) when booking your appointment to ensure you are able to receive your desired treatment.


Specialty Services: 

Cosmetic Acupuncture

Single 75 minute treatment $115
Book of 5, 75 minute cosmetic acupuncture treatments for $500 ($100 per treatment)


Cancellation Policy: We require 24 hours notice for cancellations. A cancellation fee of $50 - $60 will be charged for 'no shows' without exception. Booklets of treatments are transferable, non-refundable and do not expire.



About Our Services


Acupuncture, Moxibustion & Cupping Therapy

An ancient method of healing that uses individually packaged, sterilized,  disposable needles. These extremely thin  needles are positioned on specific acupoints to balance the flow of vital energy, Qi, in the body. Many extended health insurances cover acupuncture and acupuncture is now  regulated in the province of Ontario

Acupuncture Therapists often use other methods to complement needle treatment.  These may include Moxibustion, a heat treatment using a dried herb called "mugwort".  Acupuncture is an effective therapy for a wide variety of conditions including:
- Sciatica
- Headaches, migraines 
- Asthma
- Chronic Fatigue
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- And many other chronic conditions

Shiatsu Therapy

The word shiatsu literally translates as  “finger pressure". Our therapists are trained  in meridian style shiatsu, a form that is deeply rooted in the art of eastern therapeutic medical practices. Gentle, but firm  pressure is applied to specific acupressure points on the body. Stimulating these points helps to re-balance a person’s energy ( “Ki” in Japanese)

Shiatsu treatments have been used to give relief for a wide variety of conditions including:
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Back pain
- Stress
- Headaches
- Poor digestion
- Constipation
- Fibromyalgia
- Many other chronic conditions

Tuina Massage

is a form of Chinese body massage that uses a rhythmic, rocking motion  along acupressure points and meridian lines. It is very useful in treating soft tissue injuries, blood circulation issues, rheumatic pain, fatigue and any symptoms  caused by stress or emotional strain.

Chinese Herbs

have proven to be  extremely successful in treating a variety  of conditions  ranging from dermato- logical conditions or gastrointestinal  problems to managing the side effects  of chemotherapy.  Ask for further information as to which therapist specialized in this service.

Registered Massage Therapy 

consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.

Cranial Sacral Therapy

With a light touch, the cranial sacral practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the cranial sacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the cranial sacral system.

Naturopathic Medicine

Seeks to identify the root cause of illness and optimize the body’s own healing potential through the healing power of nature. By supporting the body’s natural physiological processes, health can be restored. The following modalities can be utilized by a naturopathic physician: Diet & Livestyle Counseling, Nutritional Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Botanical Medicine, Hyrdotherapy, Spinal Manipulation and Homeopathy.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q.  Is there a difference between Registered Massage Therapy and Shiatsu Therapy?
A.  Yes. These are different modalities and usually referred to separately in your statement of coverage. Shiatsu is a form of therapy that provides varying levels of comfortable, appropriate holding pressure on various related pressure points found within the body. Shiatsu is an ancient form of eastern therapeutic practice.

  Do you do direct billing?
A.   No. Payment is due at the time of treatment but we can issue you an ‘insurance letter’ to submit for reimbursement.


Q.  How do I know if I am covered?
A.  Every plan is different so we recommend you contact your provider and ask.


Q.  What can you provide me with to submit to my insurance company?
A.  We can issue you an ‘insurance letter’ with your name, the type of treatment you receive (shiatsu, acupuncture, registered massage therapy or naturopathic session), the therapist’s name and their association number. Clients usually request these at the end of a set of treatments or immediately after their treatment. Letters generally can be prepared very quickly but utmost please allow for 2 weeks to process.


Q.  How can I get my insurance provider to cover my treatments if they do not already do so?
A.  We encourage you to ask for what you want. Be very clear that you are not asking for more coverage – just choice in coverage. The Shiatsu Therapy Association of Ontario has a form letter that it’s member’s give to clients to help them request shiatsu coverage. Please ask at reception for a copy.


Clinic Hours:
Monday to Friday       9:00 AM - 8:00 PM 
(however there is someone in the office to answer your call at 8:30 am)
Saturdays                      9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Phone: (416) 323-1818 Ex.200 or Toll Free: 1-800-263-1703


When making an appointment, please let us know which type of treatment you are interested in receiving.


If these clinic times are not convenient for you, or you are interested in finding other qualified professional shiatsu or acupuncture therapists in your area, please consider contacting graduates of the Shiatsu School of Canada's shiatsu therapy or acupuncture diploma programs. The Online Graduate Registry can be found on the Shiatsu School of Canada's website.



Ki on Spadina
455 Spadina Avenue, Suite 300 (NE corner of Spadina and College)

Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2G8
(416) 323-1818

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