"No man is a good doctor who has never been sick himself" - Chinese Proverb
My Approach to Medicine
I believe that healing is an inherently creative, participatory process. I have seen that many people feel frustrated and disempowered because they do not experience active involvement in their own healing journey.
To remedy this, I have crafted a blend of hands-on techniques, counselling, education, and exercises for self-care and self-discovery. This innovative, integrated approach helps my clients to relieve their pain, cultivate their vitality, deepen their relationship with themselves, and ultimately to manifest their unique individual potential.
At age 9 I developed a serious inflammatory digestive disorder which was later diagnosed as Crohn's Disease. For many years I underwent consistent medication and periodic hospitalization to manage my health.
At age 19 I met Dr. Michael Smith, an acupuncturist and herbalist. Within 2 months of starting to see him, I began to experience tremendous changes in my health and after 8 months I was able to stop using Western medicine.
Dr. Smith encouraged me to pursue acupuncture as a career and took me under his wing, teaching me his style of medicine as well as martial arts and philosophy.
I have 6 years of post-secondary education. During my time in University, I studied such subjects as health psychology, addictions treatment, medical anthropology, First Nations healing practices, and Chinese language and history.
After this, I moved to Victoria for formal training at The Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, graduating in 2009.
During my education, I also completed training in Jin Shin Do® BodyMind Acupressure and took a variety of courses ranging from Thai Massage to Intuitive Chakra reading.
More recently, I completed the Practitioner level training in Medical Qi Gong.
I continue to attend workshops and seminars to expand my abilities as a therapist. My goal is that for any person who comes to see me with any problem, I will say, "I can help you with that".