Practice type: Community
Specialties: Anxiety, depression, general wellness, stress
Styles: Community acupuncture, Five Element acupuncture, herbal therapy
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
In my experience, life leads you along certain paths for a reason. I truly believe that the way I fell into my passion for acupuncture is proof of this. I grew up in Northern Ontario roaming through forests and swimming in cool waters with no knowledge of acupuncture. It wasn’t until I moved to South Korea to teach ESL and began suffering from constant migraines that I was introduced to acupuncture by a concerned co-worker. She suggested going to see her acupuncturist and I hesitantly agreed. After only a few treatments, my migraines subsided and my passion for acupuncture was ignited. I returned to Canada to begin my studies in acupuncture and never looked back.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
For me acupuncture is about creating community. This is why I chose to open a community style acupuncture clinic. I really wanted to make acupuncture available to everyone and create a space where people want to gather and heal together. In practice, I prefer to use Five Element style acupuncture because it addresses all levels of the patient including the physical, emotional, and spiritual. As a practitioner, my journey continues and every day I am furthering my studies in other healing modalities including Reiki, Acutonics, and the teachings of the Medicine Buddha.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
What can I say…I love my job! I wake up in the morning and I am actually excited to go to work. I am just so grateful to have found a profession that inspires me to be a better person on a daily basis and to be able to help others at the same time.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
Acupuncture mainly treats pain. There are so many conditions that acupuncture can treat, from digestive issues to insomnia to menstrual irregularities. Many patients are unaware of this. It is always interesting when a patient comes in for some type of pain problem but with further discussion other health issues are brought up that can also be treated with acupuncture. I love seeing patients’ eyes light up when they ask, “Acupuncture can help me with that too?”
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I enjoy going for rides on my retro bike (makes me feel like a kid again!) and furthering my not-so-good flexibility in yoga as my main forms of physical health. As for my mental health, I try to partake in daily meditation and pour myself into my passion for photography and vintage cameras.
328 Columbia Street, New Westminster, British Columbia V3L 1A6, Canada