Let’s Get Personal… with Vanessa Pettit

Welcome to our newest blog series – Let’s Get Personal! This series is all about vulnerability & getting to know a different side of our healthcare team. Let’s hear from Vanessa Pettit – our wonderful doctor of acupuncture.

1. What is your favourite part of what you do for a living?

I love that I get to assist people on their journey of health and wellbeing. I’ve always had a fascination for what the body is capable of when it is given the time and resources to rejuvenate. The goal from the very beginning was to provide a calm, grounded, healing space in which people can breathe deeply and get reacquainted with feeling better, both physically and emotionally.

2. Do you feel like you have found your purpose in life, and how did you get there?

I’ve always known that my purpose was to help people. Acupuncture is only part of my purpose. It’s a wonderful tool that provides direct relief for many people and allows me to work with the subtle levels of energy of the body. Acupuncture will always be part of the tool box. I used to do something completely opposite and worked in a corporate setting. I knew I was not fully on purpose during that time, nor was I thriving health-fully in that setting, but that is what I had chosen to do at that point in my life. I just felt compelled to leave it behind and go back to school again with the purpose of leaving a positive ripple in my own life and the lives of others with my work. I haven’t looked back since.

3. What is your proudest accomplishment?

Thus far, it was deciding to pursue a more purposeful career that had meaning to me. I wanted to create bigger ripples with my work. It is pretty easy to remain in place and ignore the call for change due to comfort and habit. Making change doesn’t always mean a complete turnaround, just the willingness and courage to make intentional choices and taking steps from this place.

4. Where is your favourite place in the world?

This Pisces is happy in the mountains or on a tropical beach, as long as I can get my feet into the water.

5. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

There is no wrong choice. Either way, if it does or doesn’t work out, there is no failure, only learning.

6. What lights you up?

It really lights me up to be in service to people in a positive way and to be able to assist with emotional/physical health in this really interesting time in the world. This work felt special to me before and even more right now.

7. What is your favourite quote?

“The game is not about becoming somebody; it’s about becoming nobody.” -Ram Dass

8. What is your favourite book of all time and why?

I don’t have a favourite book of all time however the book of the moment is Breath by James Nestor. My fascination with the breath in general is becoming more prevalent and working with it more formally in the practice might be a thing in the near future.

9. What is one thing that you do every single day that people might be surprised by?

Almost every day I play with brain entrainment in some way, also referred to as brainwave synchronization, to explore the various states of meditation.

10. What is your #1 non-negotiable when it comes to your self-care?

2 things: enough sleep and meditation. Pouring from a full cup is a must, especially these days.

11. If you could speak with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

I’d love to have a visit with my dad, it’s been 27 years since his passing. He gets an earful either way. I’d be really excited to have a two-sided conversation.

12. What do you do when you’re feeling unmotivated?

Depending on the state of my energy, I either make an effort to move my body or take time to rest and meditate.

13. What is one book, podcast, or other resource in the health & wellness space that you would recommend?

I recommend the book “The Genie in your Genes, Epigenetic Medicine and the New Biology of Intention” by Dawson Church. This is a book about how your mind, attitudes and behaviour have extraordinary control over the expression of your genes, thus determining your level of health and prevention of disease. Quality thoughts matter!

Dr. Vanessa Pettit

The primary focus of my practice is to align the physical and emotional well-being of my patients. With an interest in whole body rejuvenation and healthy aging from the inside out, I fully believe that when provided with the right conditions, the body demonstrates its innate ability to repair itself to a more healthful state.


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