Testimonials

Learn about the wide variety of healing experiences our patients have had

Testimonials 2018-05-23T18:12:53+00:00

My search is over!!

My search is over!! Julie is highly skilled and intuitive. You just know when a person is gifted and Julie is indeed. She keeps you engaged in the process which is so imporant to know what is happening in the healing. A new treatment for me is the tuning forks which I feel is amazing. It just makes sense to me. Again, Julie has had many years experience with them. What a gift she has and lucky for me for knowing and trusting her.

Jo Ann Strcic

I find it a very relaxing experience.

I found I had very good results with both the Facial Rejuvenation and Acupuncture. My migraines have been a lot better and as a side benefit, the arthritis in the base of my thumb has been 90% better. I hardly have any pain in it, as before I had almost constant pain — only relieved by Advil — even after a cortisone shot. I find Julie to be very professional and knowledgeable and caring. She explains everything before and during treatment, and the needles do not hurt (maybe a little around the mouth for my lip lines). I find it a very relaxing experience. I find Julie does have ‘A passion for health and well-being’.

Carolyn Greves

I highly recommend Julie for the above reasons and more!

I have experienced several treatments with Julie and I have referred a long term client to Julie with great success. Julie provides a professional approach and makes her patients feel comfortable and safe. She is very knowledgeable in her field and takes the time to explain what she is doing and why. I highly recommend Julie for the above reasons and more

Yvonne Bray
Pilates Specialist

All together it was an amazing experience!

Thank-you so much Julie for your treatments. Your use of IMS acupuncture and cupping helped to release my tight muscles and promote relaxation. Your approach and technique were very professional and the cupping worked to relieve the pain. Having acupuncture needles sounds like an uncomfortable procedure but it was not at all. On top of those treatments were relaxing music, tuning forks, fragrant scents, heat lamps, hot towels, and cold water. All together it was an amazing experience!

Scott H.

Julie is definitely a great referral for health and healing

I experienced a wonderful treatment with Julie. She provides acupuncture and vibration therapy in order to treat the underlying root of emotional and/or physical symptoms. Julie creates a safe, warm, healing, and relaxing environment and conveys a caring and competent presence. I felt comfortable with Julie and engaged in her approach to treating me. Julie is comprehensive in her intake and follows through on her recommendations by offering alternative, natural resources for everyday issues. Julie is definitely a great referral for health and healing. For my treatment, I strained my arm muscle exercising and through various aggressive movements. It was so uncomfortable and sore, it was distracting me from my work, and I couldn’t lift anything. I received one treatment of acupuncture from Julie Shillabeer, of Acucare Acupuncture. The next morning, my arm felt significantly better, and by the end of that day, my arm was back to normal. Julie’s calm presence, professionalism, and competence helped me feel better quickly and effectively. Thanks Julie!

Grace McDonald
RMFT

Julie’s intuitive and professional approach provided the perfect combination of treatments

I consider myself to be a fairly healthy person, but this past year a series of unexpected stressful events including two deaths in the family, my mother moving from Calgary to Vancouver and living with us for 9 months, a big increase in our business volume, and a personal health issue all led to feelings of chronic fatigue and growing aches and pains. After half a dozen treatments with Julie I could feel my body’s natural ability to cope returning. Julie’s intuitive and professional approach provided the perfect combination of treatments at every visit, and I was impressed with her ability to know what was going on with my body even before I walked into the room. I would encourage anyone who is feeling run down in any way to seek Julie’s services. Whether it is due to an actual health issue or just the curve balls that life can throw your way, I am confident that Julie can stregthen your natural healing reserves and get you back into optimal functioning very quick

Andrea Jacques
Kyocei Consulting

Recommending her to anyone, and have done so repeatedly

In August of 2009 I injured my back and had sciatica down my left leg with much back pain. I went to the Chiropractor, then to physiotherapy, back to the chiropractor and back to physiotherapy for another session of exercises, etc. Still the pain persisted and I was taking pain killers daily. There was no position that was comfortable. The Doctor diagnosed me with having degenerative disc L4-L5. There was a definite lump that I could feel in my back. Finally in July of 2010 I decided to try acupuncture and made an appointment to see Julie Shillabeer. My first treatment was on July 26th. Within just a few treatments my back loosened up and my limp was nearly gone. The pain was gone completely from the first treatment and so were the painkillers. Sometime around the third or fourth treatment the lump went down in my back. Before treatment even going shopping was a real chore and walking around in the malls was out of the question. As a result of the treatments, I can walk again in moderate comfort. I would like to thank Julie for making me feel so much better and have no qualms recommending her to anyone, and have done so repeatedly.

Donna Goddard

I am constantly blown away by Julie!

I began recieving acupuncture from Julie Shillabeer over a year ago for a neck injury from a car accident I was in. Since then I have continued to see her to continue my healing as well as for all my other medical/emotional/etc. concerns as I see instant and continuing results from our treatments. I have seen her for an old shoulder injury from snowboarding. I have seen her for stress, for trouble sleeping, for fertility help when trying to concieve my first baby, for relief from the emotional and physical aspects of my miscarriage and for much more.

Julie’s holistic approach to healing and prevention is extremely refreshing, as is her warm, genuine personality. Treatments with Julie feel like meeting with a friend. Her knowledge level is extremely impressive and she keeps you informed with what she is doing and why throughout the entire treatment. I am constantly blown away by Julie and how successful her work is for me. I will continue to see Julie for as long as I can. Thank you soooooo much.

Brianne Holden
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Definitely making this a regular treatment for myself

I’m 24 and had my first facial acupuncture treatment today to address certain fine lines on my face. I noticed the result right away. I have been using a lot of product on my skin to prevent the signs of fine lines but nothing has ever worked as quickly as today’s facial acupuncture treatment. I could really feel the points releasing the tension on the muscles and my fine lines were impossible to see after the treatment. Definitely making this a regular treatment for myself.

Andrea S.

Her consultations are extremely thorough and get down to the nitty gritty!

I am a hairstylist and I’ve recently been having troubles with my shoulder from having my arms up all day. I have also always had issues with my immune system since I was young. I’ve been seeing Julie for 4 months now and since I’ve been seeing her I have felt healthier and better in my everyday life. Her consultations are extremely thorough and get down to the nitty gritty. I feel like she really pieces together the issues of my every day habits that effect my immune system. I have an anxiety when it comes to needles but with Julie I barely feel my heart begin to rush. Its painless and the sessions are extremely relaxing. With every treatment I feel refreshed, rested, and I feel a positive result after every treatment. My shoulder is nearly back to normal. Now if I am to get sick, its over with quicker and the symptoms affect me with less of an impact then before. She is extremely personable and a pleasure to be around. I highly recommend Julie to anyone with immune system issues and are nervous when it comes to the thought of acupuncture.

Stefanie

Julie has had such a positive impact on reducing my pain levels!

In 2009 I was in a severe car accident that has me in chronic pain. I obtained many injuries, ranging from broken bones to soft tissue damage. Over the last three years I have had over 30 hours of surgery to repair my injuries and improve my condition. I have tried many different kinds of treatment for pain, particularly for early onset arthritis, nerve damage, swelling, and joint and muscle pain. I have tried things from arthrotec to percocet, pain management from cognitive behavioural therapy, and al in addition to attending physio for at least 10 hours a week. To date, I have had three treatments from Julie, and have never had more relief from my ailments. After the first session there was an immediate reduction in swelling and joint pain, and with every session my condition improves. Being 24 years old, it is with great happiness I can say that my treatments with Julie gives me hope that my pain actually can be managed and be far more comfortable living with my injuries. After years of trying different treatments, it is not only exciting for me, but my medical team as well, that Julie has had such a positive impact on reducing my pain levels, and thus assisting me in leading a more normal life.

Chelsea P

Her welcoming and friendly personality made me feel very comfortable.

My appointment at Acucare with Julie was great. She was very informative which allowed me to learn quite a bit about her practice during our session. Her welcoming and friendly personality made me feel very comfortable. I would definitely make a return visit and refer her to others as I had an enjoyable first experience with acupuncture. Thanks Julie!

Richelle Garcia

I came in for Facial acupuncture, and noticed a 40% improvement in two sessions!

I came in for Facial acupuncture, and noticed a 40% improvement in two sessions with my frown line. I was extremely happy with the overall course of relaxing treatments, and continue with maintenance sessions monthly!

Alexandra

As a professional actress and singer, this was more effective than any treatment or remedy I’ve tried

Acupuncture not only distressed my body and mind but it also helped me regain 50% of my vocal loss after just one session. As a professional actress and singer, this was more effective than any treatment or remedy I’ve tried.

Kelly
From the cast of Wicked

Julie is an asset to Royal Caribbean!

Julie is an asset to Royal Caribbean. In addition to being excellent at acupuncture, she makes her clients feel comfortable and very cared for. It was a pleasure to have her facial treatments.

Jean Zack

I have recommended AcuCare to my friends.

I have been a patient since fall 2009. I had severe sciatica. After the second treatment I was able to sleep and the pain began to ease. The treatments also reduced most of the numbness in my feet. In fact, one foot is almost fully recovered. With the advice of Julie I also made it through the winter months completely healthy. I have recommended AcuCare to my friends. They have also agreed with me after their treatments.

Nancy Stewart

I would and will highly recommend Julie to my patients and can hardly wait to go back!

A few weeks ago I went to see Julie Shillabeer for an acupuncture treatment. Although I have recommended acupuncture often to my patients over the years and know the potential benefits of this ancient therapy, I had never actually experienced it personally. My expectations were high.

What were my first impressions? Julie was professional, precise, and pleasant. Professional because she first took a detailed history to understand me better, and while she was working she explained everything in enough detail, without hesitation, to make me understand there was intention and reason behind where she put her needles.

Which brings me to precision. The needles were effortlessly placed and I could literally feel my body’s channels opening up. I know, this is an esoteric, subjective, and hardly a scientific observation, but better that than the opposite sensation any day. I loved the way it made me feel!My last ‘P’ is pleasant… well, have you met Julie?I would and will highly recommend Julie to my patients and can hardly wait to go back!

Dr. Tony McDougall

I still feel the positive effects from the treatment

I had an acupuncture treatment yesterday with Julie Shillabeer, R.Ac., of Acucare Acupuncture & Facial Rejuvenation. I already knew that I could expect a calm, gentle, professional manner as I have seen her before but this time felt a bit different so I wanted to blog about it. Julie does the usual pulse and tongue check that all acupuncturists do. Then she does a few different things.

E.g. tuning forks are used as they balance the left and right brain and ground the body (more info on her website and my previous blog). I felt very relaxed immediately from the tuning forks and this helped me not feel as tense or anxious about having needles in me (even though the needles are very small). This tuning fork treatment in advance is a huge advantage if you are scared of needles as the calming effect was very noticeable as I have never had anyone else do that prior to acupuncture.

Then Julie did muscle testing to get to the DNA/cellular level, constitutional level (root cause), and defensive level – this level deals with “tension” in the body. Julie mentioned that all acupuncturists work on the constitutional (root cause) level but not all acupuncturists work on DNA/cellular and defensive level. She said it is rare to find an acupuncturist who combines all 3 levels as she does. To me, this was an added bonus as I felt I was getting extra value to my treatment. I was wanting stress relief, more energy and a hand with my eczema/digestive issues.I noticed more energy and was definitely calmer yesterday and today I still feel the positive effects from the treatment. My skin is less inflamed too.

As a bonus she referred me to her website where she gave me a Magic Seeds recipe to help digestion and anti-aging. (Julie tells me she has been doing this recipe for the past month and her skin glows so much (I commented on it too before she told me about the recipe) that she told me someone on the street even stopped her and commented on her glowing skin!)

Here’s Julie’s website so can you find out more about her. You can see that acupuncture helps many things including pain, TMJ, digestion, skin issues, frozen shoulder, stress, insomnia, asthma, infertility, etc. She tells me she has a very high success rate with TMJ!

Donna Sam

It’s so relaxing and Julie is so warm and caring!

I had always been both afraid and skeptical of acupuncture. However, always being capable of being active, a recent injury to my neck had left my left arm in agonizing pain. Even with all my pain medications I found myself unable to sleep and walking the decks each morning at 3 am. I was so miserable I decided to consult with the Acupuncturist.

Julie was so warm and genuinely concerned that I figured it was worth the cost to give it a try. After all I had nothing to lose by time and money and at this point my level of pain was so terrible, it didn’t matter. After my first session I felt relief, not complete but I was able to sleep five hours which I hadn’t done in weeks and enjoy myself shopping in St. Maarten. My second session brought even more relief and I was amazed along with my family who were also onboard and had seen my pain levels. After my third session I laughed and told Julie that I thought I was addicted. The level of relief is almost unbelievable and I sleep completely through the night. But I think it’s more than just the treatment – it’s the overall experience. It’s so relaxing and Julie is so warm and caring.

Giving complete attention to each patient with a level of true care – concern that is rarely seen. She is knowledgable in her field and explains everything, every step of the way. I wish I could take her home with us. But to anyone considering acupuncture, I implore you to take the time to sit and consult with Julie. You won’t be disappointed. Julie – gratefully yours.

Laurie Lawrence

Julie is always highly professional, a great teacher and has a warm personality!

Wanting to lose weight, I had 10 treatments and slept through most of them. I immediately felt energized and never hungry. I lost 2.5 kilograms and never skipped a meal! Julie is always highly professional, a great teacher and has a warm personality. I recommend this to anyone who wants to lose weight. It is painless!

Barbara Billette

Three days now I’m on top of the world. Thank-you!

When I came on this ship I wasn’t able to walk. I tried acupuncture now I’m able to walk, dance, workout at the gym. It worked for me, no more pain. Three days now I’m on top of the world. Thank-you!

Ben Devane

We became aware of your practice and thought to give it a try, and we did, and it’s working!

I’ve had chronic pain in the Right leg for one year, which I assumed was the result of trying to improve my golf swing. My self correction was athletic supports on my knee/thigh/ankle and NSAIDs to reduce the pain, with limited success. As luck would have it, we became aware of your practice and thought to give it a try, and we did, and it’s working. Thank-you Dr. Julie.

David Halloran

Liberty of the Seas is fortunate to have you in practice on board!

I am most grateful for the acupuncture treatment you gave me this week. I have had back pain for quite awhile and have attempted to remedy it with massage therapy, chiropractor services and various doctors. Thus far, you have been the most helpful. I also appreciate your professionalism, your promptness and the seriousness with which you handle each case. Liberty of the Seas is fortunate to have you in practice on board.

William Figler

Excellent practitioner, would recommend Julie to any potential client!

First time for acupuncture treatments. Total of three this week. Excellent practitioner, would recommend Julie to any potential client. Very impressed with the treatment and the results. Thank you very much.

Leonard Martin

Julie is professional in all regards. I enjoyed her pleasant demeanor.

Julie is professional in all regards. I enjoyed her pleasant demeanor. She explained the procedure which calmed my fear of needles. I recommend the treatment and Julie as a practitioner of this art and science. All the best in the future, thanks for your help with the pain.

Robert Kennedy

Wonderful treatment applied with a positive attitude.

Wonderful treatment applied with a positive attitude. You have a wonderful personality and will go far in your field with all the knowledge you have acquired.

Sandra DiPrigio

The results were immediate and made me a believer.

This was my first experience with acupuncture and I was skeptical, but willing to try it. The results were immediate and made me a believer. Dr. Julie’s technique made my treatments painless and she explained everything in detail as she treated my ailing shoulder and hand. I wish her the best.

James M. Eaton

I highly recommend this treatment and can assure “first” time patients to relax and enjoy.

This was my first experience with acupuncture. I feel very fortunate to have met Julie and had her as my therapist. She guided me through the process very professionally and sensitive to my needles. The results especially after the second treatment were quite noticeable and of great comfort for my arthritis. I highly recommend this treatment and can assure “first” time patients to relax and enjoy.

Diane Goldfeder

Julie has removed the pain from the entire leg in 4 sessions. IT IS A MIRACLE.

I have had MS for 35 years. My right Leg is “bitterly dead” but painful. It cramps and wakes us up in the night. It ruins my life. Julie has removed the pain from the entire leg in 4 sessions. IT IS A MIRACLE. I have a bladder problem (overactive) and this disappeared. I have an implant and patches I wear, and these do not work. My bladder has been fine on the trip. Now the face….. Too many smiley deep lines – voila – the lines are turning into babies. I have worn bangs for 30 years. I now for two nights worn my hair straight back and people are saying what’s going on – you have such a small pretty face. I was pretty until a few months ago – all hell broke loose – Now Julie has put me back on track. I wanted to come back to her in Europe in April for more treatments. We have before and after pictures. Wanted more treatments but you’re booked.

Pam Olt

I think it is great Royal Caribbean is offering this and was very pleased with my therapist.

This was my first time trying acupuncture. I have tried many forms of treatment and was very pleased with this one. I will be looking for local treatment at home. I think it is great Royal Caribbean is offering this and was very pleased with my therapist.

Scott Madden

You’ve opened my eyes to acupuncture. Best of luck.

Outstanding. Significant pain prior to treatments. Total relief now. Excellent massage. You’ve opened my eyes to acupuncture. Best of luck.

Chris Hess

The whole experience was remarkably painless and relaxing.

Julie was wonderful. I was ready to be afraid of needles, but the whole experience was remarkably painless and relaxing.

Livia Mas

Excellent doctor, Very pleasant!

Excellent doctor, Very plesant.

Donald Shepard

I would recommend this to anyone, especially if you find someone as good as Julie.

Outstanding, professional service. I was totally pleased with the outcome of the procedure. The information was explained in detail by Julie. It was virtually painless, relaxing, and I saw results after the first treatment. I would recommend this to anyone, especially if you find someone as good as Julie.

Patricia Kennedy

Julie’s a sweetheart! Very nice to have her work on me. Highly recommend her!

First treatment the needles (some of them) hurt a little bit going in but felt ok. Immediately could tell a difference afterwards. Later that night noticed two bruises: one next to my eye, one next to my mouth. So for the next two treatments Julie placed the needles along the hairline. Still see a difference in my face and no further bruising. Julie’s a sweetheart! Very nice to have her work on me. Highly recommend her.

Vicki Slone

Dr. Julie is very knowledgeable and with her wonderful personality, is guaranteed to help many people with this painless technique!

Dr. Julie Shillabeer, Thank-you for helping with my sinus problem, which I’ve had for at least 30 years! I can breathe again! This was my first experience with acupuncture and so happy I could attend a class on the Introduction to Acupuncture on the Legend of the Seas. Dr. Julie is very knowledgeable and with her wonderful personality, is guaranteed to help many people with this painless technique!

Shirley Eaton

Very personable and I enjoyed the three treatments.

Julie did a great job. Very personable and I enjoyed the three treatments. A great addition to a great cruise. Thank you.

William Kadow

It was a productive and relaxing experience and added to the total cruise experience.

I will never go on a cruise again unless it has acupuncture. I signed up for a series of three with Dr. Julie. It included treatment for hand and wrist pain and knee pain (a result of athletic abuse from tennis) and also facial rejuvenation. The pain areas were considerably declined and my face felt and looked more youthful and stress free. It was a productive and relaxing experience and added to the total cruise experience. Thank you so much Julie.

Sue Shaw

After one treatment, my hands were completely pain free!

I have wanted to go to an acupuncturist for some time now, and I am glad that I finally did. I have suffered from really bad arthritis for several years now, and it especially affects my hands. After one treatment, my hands were completely pain free. After that, I made three more appointments until the last day. Julie is the best, and I wish she could live in my house! I would not have been able to write this six days ago.

Carol Mas

That confidence that she possesses she instills in her patients. She is definitely an asset to her profession.

The acupuncturist with Legend of the sea, Julie Shillabeer, was very informative. For a person who was extremely apprehensive about this type of treatment she provided the information with sincerity and confidence. That confidence that she possesses she instills in her patients. She is definitely an asset to her profession. I will continue my treatment at home.

Margaret Marcus

You were very gentle and informative Julie!

I certainly feel an improvement in my chronic spinal pain. I’m looking forward to continuing treatments at home. You were very gentle and informative Julie. Would like to continue with you but I’m sure you don’t like artic weather. Thanks for everything.

Jon Burhoe

I got wonderful treatment while I was on my cruise.

I got wonderful treatment while I was on my cruise. Julie helped with my migraines and lower back problem I had. Will look to continue this at home

Beverly Harter

She went that extra mile for me and relieved a lot of pain for me, thank you!

To my acupuncturist Julie, she went that extra mile for me and relieved a lot of pain for me, thank you!

Ed McDonald

Upon 3 treatments of acupuncture I had increased my range of motion in my neck.

I was injured in auto accident prior to this trip. I was experiencing pain in upper and lower back with pain and great amount of stiffness in my neck. Upon 3 treatments of acupuncture I had increased my range of motion in my neck and greatly reduced pain in upper and lower back areas.

Margie Tumolo

She’s so knowledgable about her profession – and I feel 100% confident with all she did.

I was very weary about this by my daughters told me to at least give it a try. And I loved it! Julie talked me through every step that she did – explaining what I might expect. Because I had so much pain I realized that 3 treatments probably wouldn’t totally eliminate all the pain. And that turned out to be the case. However I plan to follow through with more treatments once I’m back home. I just wish I could bring Julie with me! She’s so knowledgable about her profession – and I feel 100% confident with all she did. Thank you so much for being the one I was able to go to (please think about coming to the southern tip of New york when you’re through cruising

Diane Robinson