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My interest in this work began with my own struggles with chronic pain in my twenties. While most doctors and specialists I consulted were well meaning they were generally mystified by my condition and I was offered little help beyond a pill, that usually made things worse. Needless to say it was frustrating time looking for answers, and finding none.
My search for a meaningful solution eventually lead me to Chinese Medicine and a new way of approaching health. I encountered acupuncture through the work of Dr Michael Greenwood and the Victoria Pain Clinic. For the first time I felt like my symptoms and experience made sense in a larger context of personal growth.
Rather than being a meaningless inconvenience, pain became a profound messenger inspiring me to change. This period in my life revealed many insights around health, both practical and personal. Meditation became a central part of my healing path, which I continue to this day in the tradition of Shambhala Buddhism.
I am passionate about acupuncture as a therapy for chronic pain. I continue to advance my knowledge of acupuncture, particularly systems commonly practiced in Taiwan, Korea and Japan, including the Balance Method originating from Dr Tan Wu Bian and Master Tung. I firmly believe that acupuncture should yield results quickly and be enjoyable!
In addition to my private practice I work on contract for the Island Health Authority offering community based acupuncture for addictions and pain. I am also a teacher and meditation instructor in the lineage of Shambhala Buddhism.