1) Tell us about your overall approach to treating clients.
Meeting people where they are at is the most important overall approach I can take. Patients who come in with immediate acute or chronic pain conditions need to know they can find relief. It’s my job to let them know how quickly we can affect the condition. Pain is difficult on many levels to live with.
When people come in for general wellness we take our time to work out a treatment plan that fits within their lives and challenge them to reach their goals.
Sometimes people come and they don’t know what is happening and are seeing me as a last resort. This is most challenging and can often see the most rewards when I am able to listen to their symptoms, concerns and consider the TCM diagnosis. Often we are able to find what western medicine cannot see. It’s what contributes to the mystery of TCM. A huge part of my approach is helping people understand that I am looking through a very different lens then they are used to.
Sometimes people are interested in the process and sometimes they just want to see results. My mission is to help people feel empowered in their day to day lives and overall health and I share as much or as little as they need to get on board and begin their own transformation.
2) How do you incorporate a client’s emotional health and healing into your practice and treatment?
We’re a body mind spirit medicine. There is no way to separate them. A physical treatment will affect their emotional being and I have to be aware of that. I’ve treated common shoulder pain and have witnessed people crying for a loss they had experienced decades before.
Consciously I listen to who that person is in relationship to their own emotional health. TCM recognizes Seven emotions as being a cause of dis-ease as well as being appropriate expressions of organ systems. Joy, Anger, Anxiety, Pensiveness, Grief, Fear and Fright can contribute to understanding a persons illness and helping them recognize their own patterns and methods of gaining better balance.
3) How can your treatments support fertility?
Herbal formulas and acupuncture have been a feature of scientific research, growing exponentially over the past ten years as it shows to effectively improve ones overall ability to conceive. More and more patients are seeking out supports for both male and female fertility issues.
As a practitioner I am looking to increase the ideal conditions for an egg to be healthy, for it’s journey into the womb to be unobstructed, for the pathway of sperm to be precise, for sperm to be able to maintain strength for the journey and for the fertilized egg to implant effectively into the uterine wall and grow healthy and strong.
TCM Acupuncture and herbal medicine helps to regulate a cycle, increase virility of sperm, stabilize organ systems to strengthen the cellular health and vitality of an individual. Physically the conditions have to be cultivated like one would cultivate a garden. As TCM is based on a cultural study in the organic nature of life this is an ideal medicine to support fertility.
4) What are some other conditions that you can offer support with, that people might not know about?
Pain management and fertility are certainly widely recognized in my practice but people are often surprised that TCM Acupuncture has an extensive menu of conditions it serves to improve.
Digestive issues are of growing concerns and I see a quite a few IBS cases.
Addictions can be difficult for people to deal with and I provide relief for those struggling with the physical and emotional symptoms of detoxing.
Anxiety & Depression, any mental health condition can find comfort in the treatments I offer. So much of our mental health is connected with our physical health as well as the bodies ability to regulate hormones and produce an appropriate supply of them at appropriate times. When you hear people talk about balance and harmony related to Traditional Chinese Medicine, this is pretty much what it means.
Insomnia, migraines and sweating irregularities also fall under this category.
5) How did you become interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine?
It’s a common story in TCM Acupuncture school, I was unwell and tried everything. It was Acupuncture and herbal medicine that turned my health around and gave me a more positive outlook on life. When I realized how effectively it was and how naturally my health improved it became something I was interested in using to support the health of my family and communities. I was being treated in 2006 and by 2007 I was enrolled in a program. I’ve never looked back. I continue to grow as a practitioner, it’s still my first medicine of choice, I continue to learn through workshops, staying up to date on research and dedicating my time to my patients quality of life.