About the Practitioner...
I’ve always been interested in alternative medicine and wellness. I first became acquainted with Chinese medicine as a child. I was a patient of practitioners in Toronto’s Chinatown and Buddhist monasteries in my youth. The results were amazing; I could not believe how effective the herbs were. However, it was my practice of qi gong that inspired me to pursue a deep study of Chinese medicine and discover a perspective that focuses on the functional relationships that maintain health and wellbeing. I knew that I wanted to be in the field not only for my own health but to be able to share with others as well.
In 2007, I graduated from the 4-year Practitioner of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine program at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in Nelson, BC. My schooling included in-depth training in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and principles of disease and diagnosis in the Chinese medical system. The prestigious school is highly reputed in North America and I was fortunate to have for guidance many excellent teachers trained in China.
While in Nelson, I took an opportunity to complete training in Neuro-Somatic therapy. A form of body work that integrates classical Chinese massage techniques with a modern scientific understanding of fascia and musculoskeletal structure. This work strongly influenced my practice and honed my diagnostic skill of postural strain and injury.
In 2008, I began practice in Peterborough. My time working with people here has given me a depth of experience treating a variety of pain conditions as well as many chronic symptoms that have not responded to previous treatments.
In Chinese medicine, health is a sum of your genetic constitution, your health history and how you interact with the world around you. It includes what and how you eat, your work, your stress levels, your relationships, your age, your mental health, and where you live. It means adapting our lifestyle as we grow older to honour our aging bodies and our changing health needs. It means respecting the environment we live in and adapting our diet and behavior to the seasons. It means having an awareness of our mental and emotional health and how they impact our overall wellbeing and the development of disease.
Chinese medicine is an amazing and powerful system of health and healing. A traditional Chinese medical practitioner offers treatments for a very wide range of common conditions as well as offering a unique perspective of conditions that are difficult to diagnose and treat in conventional care. My training and expertise in diagnosing and treating internal health problems ranges from digestive disorders to insomnia, migraines, menopausal symptoms, and chronic health conditions; from pediatrics to geriatrics. Many of my patients are new to acupuncture, and you will find that acupuncture can be both gentle and relaxing.
Even after many years of practice I continue to be in awe of Chinese medicine’s ability to heal. I look forward to sharing these healing tools with you, so that you too can prosper in health.