Our Work Team

David McNiff, Ceo, Acupuncturist, Herbalist at Urban Samurai Inc.


Significant History, Education, Courses


1997: University of Calgary: BA: Canadian Studies: Communication and Culture focus

2001: Universal Healing Tao: Qi-Kung and Breathing Instructor. Universal Healing Tao, Silent Ground, Read Island BC

April 2002: Began Clinical Internship at Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental

Sept 2002: Met Dr. Miki Shima, OMD for the first time in Portland Oregon at the Oregon College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  During a seminar on Dr. Shima’s book entitled Divergent Meridians; Deeper Pathways of the Web

April 2003: Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Graduated from
CCAOM with a Diploma in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

2003-2005 Japanese American Acupuncture Foundation: Marin County, California Completed the 8 Part Japanese Acupuncture Techniques Series with Dr. Miki Shima, OMD

2005-2007 Japanese American Acupuncture Foundation: Marin County California Completed the 8 part Shang Han Lun (On Cold Damage) Intensive Herb Training Programme with Dr. Miki Shima,OMD..

The Best Of Professionals

Why I decided to Become and Acupuncturist

There were many factors which helped me determine that the acupuncture world was my calling. Born to a mother working as a nurse in labor and delivery, having a full and successful amateur figure skating career, travelling the world twice over, and enjoying the opportunity to operate and run a successful business.

When I was in college, I read a book by Deepak Chopra entitled Ageless Body, Timeless Mind in which Dr. Chopra talks about a time when people would be more accountable for their health and wellbeing.  He predicted that more illness could be alleviated by knowledge and awareness. He was talking about a time when most people would see the benefits firsthand of taking control of their wellbeing by getting massage, acupuncture and other health modalities regularily. That was in 1994.  The future is now and it’s so exciting!

I chose Japanese acupuncture because it was so thorough.


What to Expect When Getting a Treatment

After a typical acupuncture treatment at our clinic (to which there is a definite beginning, middle, and end), most patients experience an endorphin rush- a feeling of relaxation, and hopefully, relief from specific complaints.

A reasonable expectation for treatment course lies with each patient. Generally, a patient can expect relief from a complaint within 5 treatments. To be reasonable, we also suggest thinking of how long the complaint existed.

The number of years the problem was around can usually be helped in that number of months. ie: 6 months of pain = 6 weeks of treatment.

Center Your Self

Staff Profile

David McNiff, Ceo, Acupuncturist, Herbalist at Urban Samurai Inc.

Currently Licensed under Government Regulations and Licensure to practice in the Province of Alberta


Christa Marx, Acupuncturist at Urban Samurai Inc.

Co-CEO of Urban Samurai Inc.


1995-1999 studied at the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing - Wholistic Therapist and Master Herbalist Programs

2000 studied with author and herbalist Sunsun Weed Woodstock, New York

2001 graduated from the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. After graduating worked withDr. David Chu, a prominent Chinese Medical doctor in Calgary.

2005-2007 studied advanced herbal training with Dr. Miki Shima OMD. Marin Country CA.

Christa now focuses her training and studies on Obsetrics, Gynecology and Infertlity. She also works at Body in Balance where most of her clients are fertility patients going through IUI and IVF.

Why I got in to acupuncture:

I was brought up in family who used herbs and other natural remedies to keep everyone well and balanced. So choosing to study Western Herbs and Alternative Modalities was a natural fit.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine was always very interesting to me and I found my self reading and studying these topics on my own. Enrolling in the Acupuncture and TCM program changed how I viewed everything and became an integral part of my life, including being able to help my own family.