In addition to the diverse background and journey that brought me to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), I bring with me a deep belief in the body’s ability to heal. This is fundamental to the way I practice TCM. I see all symptoms as relevant and that healing occurs through listening to the body, working with the individual and bringing the systems back to balance.
I believe so deeply in the work I do and feel honoured to have a tool that can aid people in living healthier lives. I know each journey is unique, that we arrive at our current state along individual paths. Therefore I take the time to listen to what is pertinent for each individual – be it mind, body or spirit – and focus the treatment and recovery from there.
I spent 6 years practicing in British Columbia and abroad. At the Centre for Integrated Healing (inspirehealth.ca) in B.C, a non-profit government funded cancer centre, I focused on Integrative medicine and cancer care. I also spent a year practicing in Denmark where I gained experience in pain management and musculoskeletal acupuncture. I am now happily practicing in Toronto as clinic director of Urban Wellness, a multidisciplinary clinic. I have a diverse practice and work to support the individual, wherever they are on their healing journey. Patient education and empowerment is of utmost importance to me, helping the individual to have better understanding of their body, what they can do to change the pattern that got them to their current state and empowering them with tools that they can use to optimize their health in the future.
My studies in Chinese Medicine have included 4 years of training in Canada as well as postgraduate studies in Mainland China. I am a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and a Registered Acupuncturist.
Before embarking on my Traditional Chinese Medicine studies, I earned a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, and studied nutrition and dietetics at McGill University. I also worked in the corporate world as a web producer before my own health issue took me to an acupuncturist where I experienced first hand the healing power of this medicine. Based on my own experience of healing I felt drawn to study TCM. It made a great deal of sense to me in that it focuses not only on the body and symptoms but also on the mind, emotions, lifestyle and the spirit of the individual. All aspects of equal importance: the balance of being human.
I have additional training and experience in reproductive health and fertility including labour preparation and support and postpartum care. I also practice CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki and Cosmetic Acupuncture and have additional training in pain management. I am a regular contributor at theheartysoul.com and am a regular television and radio guest on health and wellness including The Steven and Chris Show on CBC, CBC radio, and various online sites.
I love to educate the public about TCM and how it applies to various medical concerns. I am an active speaker and workshop facilitator and am available for media interviews and speaking engagements.
Areas I focus on in my practice
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Our bodies are talking to us and if we aren’t able to take the time to listen the message will get louder and louder. The beauty of Traditional Chinese Medicine is that it is able to identify and treat seemingly mild symptoms at an early stage, before they will show up on diagnostic tests, therefore preventing conditions from escalating and causing dis-ease within the body. If we learn to listen to our bodies and address even the smallest symptoms at an early stage, we allow ourselves to thrive in a natural state of balance and live healthier, happier more vital lives.