I am a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Dr. TCM), in good standing with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CTCMA). I have been practicing as a Registered Acupuncturist & Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (R.Ac., R.TCM.P.) since 2018 on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen Peoples here in Victoria, BC. I am a member of the British Columbia Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Practitioners (ATCMA), an instructor at the local Chinese Medicine school, Pacific Rim College, and co-owner of Twin Cedars Holistic Health, my home-based Chinese Medicine Practice in Maplewood, Saanich.
I acknowledge and thank the Lkwungen People, also known as the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations communities, for allowing me to live, work and play on their lands.
I was exposed firsthand to acupuncture and Chinese Medicine as a child through both my father’s Chinese heritage and by my mum, who worked as a receptionist for Dr. Zhiheng Li in Saskatoon, SK and nourished my siblings and I with black chicken bone broth infused with astragalus and goji berries.
My formal TCM study began in 2013 at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences (ACOS) in Nelson, BC; I then continued at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver (ICTCMV) in 2015 and completed my 5-year Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine Diploma with great distinction at Pacific Rim College in 2017. I hold a previous degree from Kathmandu University, Nepal, where I graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in Buddhist Studies and Himalayan Language.
I believe that acupuncture and Chinese Medicine add value to society by addressing growing healthcare needs and offering an effective and natural approach to health. In addition to acupuncture, cosmetic acupuncture, cupping therapy, moxibustion, face + body guasha, Tui Na massage, acupressure, facial reflexology and prescribing Chinese herbal medicine, I teach individuals to become ambassadors of their own health through dietary and lifestyle changes. My goal is to provide an inclusive space where health care needs will be listened to and to create a collaborative, personalized treatment plan to help individuals achieve their health goals through holistic, empowered design.
I have a special interest in outreach acupuncture, mental and emotional health, addictions, autoimmune conditions, pain modulation, dermatology, digestive health, optimal nutrition and Chinese herbs. I love working with people to balance hormones, regulate menstruation, improve fertility, and support all four trimesters of pregnancy and postpartum.
I began studying and practicing cosmetic acupuncture during my final year of college in 2017 and am continually upgrading my training and incorporating new methods. To date, I have trained in ACUSCULPTING® Cosmetic Acupuncture with Illya Borreson including facial rejuvenation, breast, abdominal, thigh and glute sculpting and cellulite reduction, Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture including jowl and neck protocols with Martha Lucas, and Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation, facial cupping, facial guasha and microneedling with Michelle Gellis and Josh Nerenberg. I have also studied Dien Chan Multi-reflexology and Chan’beauté facial reflexology protocols with Erica Weiland.
I am a long-term student of Tibetan Buddhism and a Yoga Teacher with over 16 years of experience teaching across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Currently I teach public classes at MĀ Yoga at 539 Herald Street in downtown Victoria and private 1:1 lessons online via Twin Cedars Holistic Health. I have trained and practiced with teachers in Sivananda, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Sun Power Yoga, Universal Yoga, Yogayantra and Shrivasta traditions.
Outside of the clinic, you can find me painting, meditating, brewing potions, practicing qigong, nerding out on Korean skincare and curling up with a mug of tea and a sci-fi novel.