Faculty & Staff

Serving as the keystone of Pacific Rim College’s pursuit to provide world class education and opportunities are our Program Directors and Deans, teaching Faculty and Staff.

PRC’s teaching faculty is comprised of a diverse group of instructors with unique backgrounds and enthusiastic teaching styles. When possible, instructors have a terminal degree in their field of expertise and/or extensive experience. We select our instructors not only for their professional qualifications, but also for their passion and ability to inspire students. Via in-class evaluations and verbal feedback, students are integral in PRC’s decision to make instructional and curricular modifications.

See below for more information about Pacific Rim College’s Program and Department Directors and instructional Faculty.

Directors

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todd n howard

Todd N. Howard

Founder & President

Todd Howard was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountain range in the eastern United States. He began his formal medical studies at West Virginia University where he graduated with distinction from the undergraduate School of Medicine, completing a thesis on the role of Complementary and Alternative Medicines in sports therapy. He has since explored …

Todd Howard was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountain range in the eastern United States. He began his formal medical studies at West Virginia University where he graduated with distinction from the undergraduate School of Medicine, completing a thesis on the role of Complementary and Alternative Medicines in sports therapy. He has since explored the world pursuing studies in indigenous medicines. He has traveled on 5 continents in more than 35 countries, including a year of work at the world’s busiest clinic of Acupuncture and Homeopathy in Sri Lanka, 3 months interning in hospitals in China, 4 months as an Acupuncturist and lecturer on a world-class cruise line and 2 months as a medical volunteer in East Africa. Todd earned a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine from the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Victoria, British Columbia. He is currently a Registered Acupuncturist in British Columbia.

Todd is the founder of Pacific Rim College, the director of the college’s Global Outreach Program and was on the Board of Directors of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC from 2011-2013. In 2010 he presented on the global humanitarian TCM movement at the TCM Kongress in Rothenburg, Germany.

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brea segger

Brea Segger, BA, Financial Management Dip., Cert. Pre-Natal Yoga Instructor

Director of Operations & Director of the Holistic Doula Certificate Program

In 2008, Brea became a Director at Pacific Rim College. After the birth of her daughter in 2010, Brea started to focus her attention on pregnancy, birthing and parenting. She created the widely acclaimed Holistic Doula Certificate program. Brea is a Certified Pre-Natal Yoga Instructor and is passionate about the health-related, social, cultural and environmental …

In 2008, Brea became a Director at Pacific Rim College. After the birth of her daughter in 2010, Brea started to focus her attention on pregnancy, birthing and parenting. She created the widely acclaimed Holistic Doula Certificate program. Brea is a Certified Pre-Natal Yoga Instructor and is passionate about the health-related, social, cultural and environmental aspects of birthing and parenting. Brea is also passionate about studying permaculture, biodynamics, and sustainable farming practices. She has travelled to more than 20 different countries and remains fascinated by various cultures.

Brea has extensive experience as a Business and Organizational Manager in a variety of fields including organizational development, business development, performance management and human resources. In early 2005, Brea joined Kirschner Consulting Inc. as a Senior Consultant, focusing on Merger and Acquisition Due Diligence and Organizational Assessments. Brea subsequently founded a consulting firm and has been successful in providing organizational and human capital assessments pre- and post-Mergers and Acquisitions for multi-million dollar businesses primarily in the environmental and construction sectors of the USA, Canada and the Cayman Islands. Brea holds a BA with distinction from the University of Victoria and a Diploma in Corporate Finance from the British Colombia Institute of Technology.

When Brea isn’t at Pacific Rim College you can find her working on her farm, growing food, painting, and playing with her son and daughter.

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James Christian, BSc, MNIMH, RH

Director & Dean, School of Western Herbal Medicine

James Christian is a Medical Herbalist, having studied with the College of Phytotherapy in the UK and achieving a B.Sc. in Herbal Medicine. James is currently completing his third and final year of a M.Sc. program at the University of Central Lancashire studying Herbal Medicine with a specialty in Herbal Education. James maintains professional membership …

James Christian is a Medical Herbalist, having studied with the College of Phytotherapy in the UK and achieving a B.Sc. in Herbal Medicine. James is currently completing his third and final year of a M.Sc. program at the University of Central Lancashire studying Herbal Medicine with a specialty in Herbal Education.

James maintains professional membership in the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (CPP) in the UK and is a previous member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH). James is the past-President of the Modern and Traditional Herbalists Guild of BC and past Board Member of the Canadian Council of Herbalists Associations (CCHA).

James is very passionate about nature and the environment. He travels to various parts of the world to study their use of indigenous medicines. Aside from working with medicinal plants in South Korea, James has spent time in Peru, Nicaragua and Costa Rica studying their local use of plants as medicines. James is also passionate about growing plants and currently has over 50 different varieties of medicinal plants in his yard which he uses to make his own medicines.

Cordelia McFadyen
Cordelia McFadyen

Cordelia McFadyen, RHN

Assistant Dean, School of Holistic Nutrition

Cordelia McFadyen earned her R.H.N. designation after suffering for many years of unknown food allergies. It is because of this that she was determined to find post secondary education that she could utilize alongside her own personal experience to help people feel the way in which our bodies are intended to, which is pain free …

Cordelia McFadyen earned her R.H.N. designation after suffering for many years of unknown food allergies. It is because of this that she was determined to find post secondary education that she could utilize alongside her own personal experience to help people feel the way in which our bodies are intended to, which is pain free and full of energy! She is currently providing private consultations in person out of Synergy Health Centre in Victoria and via Skype. Cordelia also creates unique public speaking opportunities for your health shows and special events. A strong advocate for whole foods and reclaiming your health, she educates her clients on the power of whole foods and how to make them work for your unique life through the use of customized meal plans, detailed resource lists and ongoing up to date nutritional information. Her professional interests focus on food allergies, pre- and post-natal nutrition, weight loss and overall wellness.

Administration

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alissa woods

Alissa Woods

Registrar

Alissa joined the administrative team at Pacific Rim College in 2012 and took on the role of Registrar in early 2014.  With a background in stage management and theatre administration, and a strong appreciation for natural health and healing, Alissa is able to unite many of her interests for her work at PRC. Alissa loves …

Alissa joined the administrative team at Pacific Rim College in 2012 and took on the role of Registrar in early 2014.  With a background in stage management and theatre administration, and a strong appreciation for natural health and healing, Alissa is able to unite many of her interests for her work at PRC. Alissa loves working with students and faculty and is grateful to be a part of such a wonderful community. 

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tiffany dunning

Tiffany Dunning, RAc

Assistant Registrar

Tiffany Dunning, R.Ac, graduated from the Diploma of Acupuncture program at Pacific Rim College with honours in 2014.  She has since gone on to open her own practice, Coastal Elements Acupuncture, which she operates out of Metro Integrated Health in downtown Victoria. Tiffany is passionate about healthy west coast living and loves being able to …

Tiffany Dunning, R.Ac, graduated from the Diploma of Acupuncture program at Pacific Rim College with honours in 2014.  She has since gone on to open her own practice, Coastal Elements Acupuncture, which she operates out of Metro Integrated Health in downtown Victoria. Tiffany is passionate about healthy west coast living and loves being able to partner with her patients to help them achieve their most optimal health. Tiffany is excited to be back at Pacific Rim College, joining the administrative team. She is looking forward to giving back to the school and to helping inspire other students.

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Sasha Ormiston, RAc

Admissions Director

Sasha Ormiston, RAc, graduated from Pacific Rim College in 2011 with the highest of honours. She has always had a passion for health and science and since a young age wanted to work in a field where she could help people. Born and raised in Victoria, Sasha also attended the University of Victoria for 3 …

Sasha Ormiston, RAc, graduated from Pacific Rim College in 2011 with the highest of honours. She has always had a passion for health and science and since a young age wanted to work in a field where she could help people. Born and raised in Victoria, Sasha also attended the University of Victoria for 3 years with a focus on Biology, Physiology and Anatomy. Upon graduation from PRC, Sasha participated in Continuing Education at PRC to become certified in the increasingly popular Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. She now offers it along with several other treatments at her own clinic, Radiance Health and Acupuncture. Not only is she practicing but she is also an Admissions Coordinator at Pacific Rim College. She loves working with new students and being able to share her passion for the college and holistic medicine. For more information feel free to visit her website at www.radianceacupuncture.ca.

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Amy Klazek, Dip.Phyt. (RHT)

Admissions Coordinator

Amy graduated with a Diploma in Phytotherapy from Pacific Rim College and is now a member of the Canadian Herbalist Association of BC and a practicing Medical Herbalist operating out of Linden Lotus Herbal Medicine Clinic in Fernwood Square. Amy has a particular interest in mental and emotional health as well as natural skin care. …

Amy graduated with a Diploma in Phytotherapy from Pacific Rim College and is now a member of the Canadian Herbalist Association of BC and a practicing Medical Herbalist operating out of Linden Lotus Herbal Medicine Clinic in Fernwood Square. Amy has a particular interest in mental and emotional health as well as natural skin care. Amy loves combining her passion for health and wellness with her love of people and enjoys getting to know the incredible student body at Pacific Rim College and contributing to the education of holistic medicine.

 

Nicole Papadoulis
Nicole Papadoulis

Nicole Papadoulis

Admissions Coordinator

Nicole was born in Calgary and raised in Cochrane, Alberta. Her interests in natural forms of healing began when she was sixteen, where during a 10-day meditation retreat she developed an appreciation for the power of the mind and the beneficial effects of wholefoods. Wanting to pursue her interests in health and healing, Nicole moved …

Nicole was born in Calgary and raised in Cochrane, Alberta. Her interests in natural forms of healing began when she was sixteen, where during a 10-day meditation retreat she developed an appreciation for the power of the mind and the beneficial effects of wholefoods. Wanting to pursue her interests in health and healing, Nicole moved to Victoria in 2007, and studied General Health and Sciences at Camosun College for 2 years before deciding to focus on holistic medicine. She enrolled in the Phytotherapy Diploma program at Pacific Rim College, graduating with the highest of honours in 2012.

Since 2012, Nicole has enjoyed furthering her experience in the healthcare field as a Community Support Worker. Through assisting clients that have developmental disabilities, she has learned how important community is for general health and happiness. Nicole is excited to incorporate her education and love for people, health, and community through her work in Admissions/Administration at Pacific Rim College.

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krista poulton

Krista Poulton, BKin, Dip. Phyt. (RHT)

Administrative Coordinator

Krista Poulton, BKin, Dip. Phyt. (RHT), graduated from Pacific Rim College with the highest of honours and is now an Administrative Coordinator. She is also the Student Advisor for the Diploma of Phytotherapy and the Diploma of Holistic Nutrition. Krista maintains a professional membership with the CHA of BC and continues to be actively engaged …

Krista Poulton, BKin, Dip. Phyt. (RHT), graduated from Pacific Rim College with the highest of honours and is now an Administrative Coordinator. She is also the Student Advisor for the Diploma of Phytotherapy and the Diploma of Holistic Nutrition. Krista maintains a professional membership with the CHA of BC and continues to be actively engaged in the CHA of BC as a member of the Board of Directors. Krista has also been actively involved in the People’s Apothecary, a community Herbal Medicine garden located in Quadra Village, since the garden was developed in 2011. Krista balances working with the Administrative team at Pacific Rim College with her herbal medicine practice that operates in Fernwood Square at Linden Lotus Herbal Medicine Clinic.

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alesha werner

Alesha Werner

Administrative Coordinator

Alesha completed the Holistic Doula Certificate program at Pacific Rim College in 2013 and has since joined the PRC administrative team as the administrative coordinator. Alesha is also a practicing holistic doula, with a passion for supporting single mothers and empowering mothers and families in the first nations community. Her interest in holistic health and …

Alesha completed the Holistic Doula Certificate program at Pacific Rim College in 2013 and has since joined the PRC administrative team as the administrative coordinator. Alesha is also a practicing holistic doula, with a passion for supporting single mothers and empowering mothers and families in the first nations community. Her interest in holistic health and alternative healing modalities initiated in her youth and has intuitively guided her to a place where she is now trained to support women during pregnancy, birth and postpartum with knowledge and training in the field. Alesha has attended post-secondary institutions in Kelowna and Victoria, BC, and in Montreal, QC. She has lived abroad in Brazil and Spain and has also had the opportunity to adventure throughout Europe. Alesha loves to talk birth, learn languages and most of all to connect with all the wonderful students and staff at PRC, each semester aspiring to get to know each and every one on a first name basis.

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alexis hennig

Alexis Hennig, Dip.Phyt. (RHT)

Herbal Dispensary Manager

Alexis Hennig graduated from Pacific Rim College in April 2014 with the highest of honours and as class valedictorian. Having been raised in a very health conscious and nature loving family, using natural remedies for health concerns has always been second nature for her. She first started down a career path in natural health in …

Alexis Hennig graduated from Pacific Rim College in April 2014 with the highest of honours and as class valedictorian. Having been raised in a very health conscious and nature loving family, using natural remedies for health concerns has always been second nature for her. She first started down a career path in natural health in 2008, when she attended Mount Royal University and received her certification in Aromatherapy. This soon blossomed into an interest in addressing health concerns internally as well as externally, and a passion for plant medicine in general to help facilitate the healing process – supporting the body, mind, and spirit. In addition to her Diploma of Phytotherapy and her Certificate in Aromatherapy, Alexis also holds training in both Lomi Lomi and CranioSacral Therapy. She is a professional member of the Canadian Herbalist’s Association of British Columbia, and plans on starting up her own practice in the near future. Alexis joined the Dispensary team at Pacific Rim College the summer of 2014 and loves being a part of the PRC community.

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brook paulin

Brook Paulin, RTCMP

TCM Herbal Dispensary Manager

Brook Paulin was born and raised in the harbour town of Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada. He is a lifetime student and practitioner of the healing arts who realized his passion for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) over 12 years ago, and has since been on this path.  Brook attained his Diploma …

Brook Paulin was born and raised in the harbour town of Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada. He is a lifetime student and practitioner of the healing arts who realized his passion for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) over 12 years ago, and has since been on this path. 

Brook attained his Diploma of Acupuncture and Diploma of TCM Herbology from the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He then earned his Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine Diploma, graduating magna cum laude, from Pacific Rim College. He is a Registered Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine in British Columbia. He is also certified in Jin Shin Do, Mei-Zen Facial Rejuvenation, 5-Element Acupuncture, and Sports Medicine Acupuncture.

Faculty

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elham ansari

Elham Ansari, BFA, CAP, RYT

Elham Ansari is a teacher and practitioner of Ayurveda. She specializes in nutrition and digestion therapeutics and provides Ayurvedic assessments and group classes in her practice. She educates clients and students to understand their inherent constitution and current imbalances, in order to address their complete health. She practices at, co-directs, and manages the Awakening Wellness …

Elham Ansari is a teacher and practitioner of Ayurveda. She specializes in nutrition and digestion therapeutics and provides Ayurvedic assessments and group classes in her practice. She educates clients and students to understand their inherent constitution and current imbalances, in order to address their complete health. She practices at, co-directs, and manages the Awakening Wellness Centre in Victoria, BC, and teaches Ayurveda and food therapy at several institutions. Elham studied in New Mexico and India at the Ayurvedic Institute with her teacher Dr. Vasant Lad. She has extensively studied Yoga, food medicine, Chinese Medicine as well as art and design, with a Fine Arts degree from Emily Carr University.

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claire astley

Dr. Claire Astley, MD, DTCM

As the only doctor in BC licensed to practice both Western Medicine as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dr. Claire Astley is uniquely qualified to provide her patients with safe and effective diagnosis and treatment and has done so for over 20 years. Subsequent to graduating from McGill University with a medical degree in 1986, …

As the only doctor in BC licensed to practice both Western Medicine as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dr. Claire Astley is uniquely qualified to provide her patients with safe and effective diagnosis and treatment and has done so for over 20 years. Subsequent to graduating from McGill University with a medical degree in 1986, Dr. Astley developed her interest in alternative medicine studying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at the Nanjing University of TCM in China.

Dr. Astley continued her studies in Canada and the US with David Bray, Bob Flaws, Giovanni Maciocia, Kiiko Matsumoto, Nigel Dawes, Jason Robertson, Brenda Loew and Dan Zizza. In 1996 she studied with Julian Scott and received a post-graduate certificate in Pediatric Acupuncture. She also completed the Japanese Acupuncture Certificate Program at Pacific Rim College and in 2009 and returned to China to study Fire Dragon Qi Gong and meditation with Grand Master Zhang Yuanming at Mt. Qingcheng in Sichuan.

Dr. Astley is the past President of the Association of Complementary & Integrative Physicians of BC, and helped organize two successful conferences on Integrative Medicine held at the University of Victoria as well as The Art & Science of Somatic Meditation retreat at Royal Roads University. At the end of 2011, Dr. Astley retired from her integrative family practice to pursue her passion for Oriental medicine full-time. She can be found at her new clinic, Bubbling Spring Acupuncture in Dragon Alley in Victoria’s historic Chinatown.

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dr. mj atkins

Dr. MJ Atkins, ND

Dr. MJ Atkins, ND, is a Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine graduate. He is a faculty member at Pacific Rim College and in general practice as a licensed ND at Synergy Health Centre. Dr. Atkins has a special interest in pain management and sports medicine. He emphasizes nutrition and digestive health, hormone balancing, chronic disease …

Dr. MJ Atkins, ND, is a Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine graduate. He is a faculty member at Pacific Rim College and in general practice as a licensed ND at Synergy Health Centre. Dr. Atkins has a special interest in pain management and sports medicine. He emphasizes nutrition and digestive health, hormone balancing, chronic disease prevention, and weight management utilizing such therapies as acupuncture, prolotherapy, PRP, neural therapy, detoxification, vitamin/mineral and herbal supplements, and intravenous injections. Dr. Atkins has received his pharmacy training and has a prescribing license. He provides food and inhalant allergy testing and bio-identical hormone therapy. He also has additional training in chelation therapy, neural therapy, prolotherapy, and PRP.

Education is an important part of his practice and he enjoys teaching patients about the importance of identifying and treating the causes of illness through conventional and complementary approaches to optimize their health.

Dr. Atkins is enjoying his new life in the beautiful city of Victoria with his wife and dog. He is an avid cyclist, who also enjoys hockey, yoga, and hiking to keep active. When not outdoors, you can find him in the kitchen preparing delicious meals.

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amber baker

Amber Baker, RNCP, ROHP, CHCP

Amber Baker is a Victoria native who grew up in a self-described “meat, potatoes, and canned-corn kind of family” that never saw many fresh veggies. She realized her passion for health through sickness after a family member’s diagnosis. She began researching complementary care options and discovered the power of whole foods. Amber quickly dove into …

Amber Baker is a Victoria native who grew up in a self-described “meat, potatoes, and canned-corn kind of family” that never saw many fresh veggies. She realized her passion for health through sickness after a family member’s diagnosis. She began researching complementary care options and discovered the power of whole foods. Amber quickly dove into he world of holistic wellness and completed her Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP) diploma in 2012 and is now a Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner (ROHP) and Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner (RNCP) through the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants. More recently, she also received her Certified Holistic Cancer Practitioner (CHCP) designation through Edison College.

Today Amber is a nutritionist at InspireHealth, a supportive cancer care centre, that she serendipitously discovered in her first week of school. On the weekends, you’ll find her leading cooking classes and educating others on the healing abilities of plant-based living, or perusing the farmers market in search of the perfect seasonal produce. She’s thankful to spend every day doing what she loves: sharing her knowledge of whole foods, learning how to better nourish her own body, and empowering individuals to become a part of their own health story.

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shawna barker

Shawna Barker, BSc, RHN

Shawna Barker, BSc, RHN, is nutritionist, raw food educator, and an expert in plant-based nutrition. She is passionate about natural health and sustainable living, which led her to graduate with honours from both the University of British Columbia with a Bachelors of Science degree in Food, Nutrition and Health and the Canadian School of Natural …

Shawna Barker, BSc, RHN, is nutritionist, raw food educator, and an expert in plant-based nutrition. She is passionate about natural health and sustainable living, which led her to graduate with honours from both the University of British Columbia with a Bachelors of Science degree in Food, Nutrition and Health and the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition with a Diploma in Holistic Nutrition.

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paul bergner

Paul Bergner

Visiting Faculty

Paul Bergner is Director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Portland, OR. He has studied and practiced natural medicine, medical herbalism, and nutrition since 1973. He has supervised residents in teaching clinics for medical herbalism and clinical nutrition continuously since 1996, mentoring more than 250 clinical graduates, and has published and edited …

Paul Bergner is Director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Portland, OR. He has studied and practiced natural medicine, medical herbalism, and nutrition since 1973. He has supervised residents in teaching clinics for medical herbalism and clinical nutrition continuously since 1996, mentoring more than 250 clinical graduates, and has published and edited the Medical Herbalism journal since 1989. He has authored seven books on medical herbalism, clinical nutrition, ethnobotany, and naturopathic medicine. Combining information from both nutritional anthropology and biomedicine, he developed a successful protocol for treating insulin resistance between 1997 and 1999, and has been utilizing and teaching the protocol to residents in his teaching clinics since that time. He has lectured on this topic at professional conferences nationally and internationally since 2000.

Illya Borreson
Illya Borreson

Illya Borreson, RAc

Illya obtained his Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine Diploma at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Victoria, B.C. (2002). He concluded his studies with an internship at Tianjing Second University Hospital in Tianjing, China. His intensive experience there sparked a profound appreciation for Chinese culture, philosophy and tradition. Illya’s residency in China also fostered a strong commitment …

Illya obtained his Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine Diploma at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Victoria, B.C. (2002). He concluded his studies with an internship at Tianjing Second University Hospital in Tianjing, China. His intensive experience there sparked a profound appreciation for Chinese culture, philosophy and tradition. Illya’s residency in China also fostered a strong commitment to traditional Chinese medicine and he has been devoted to his practice ever since.   

Upon his second trip to China in 2006, he worked at the reputable Shanghai East International Medical Hospital. After a year and a half of observing a wide variety of health modalities at the hospital – including physiotherapy, chiropractic and western medicine – he then moved to southeast Thailand where he joined the team at Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa Resort. 

Recognized for its outstanding Traditional Chinese Medicine department and signature health retreats, Kamalaya is one of the leading medical spas in Asia. While practicing there, Illya worked in a holistic capacity together with doctors from Naturopathic, Chinese, Ayurvedic and western medical backgrounds to achieve the health goals of his patients.  

Illya returned to Canada in late 2008 and he has since launched Victoria Community Acupuncture + Spa (2011). Blending together the practice of community acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy, registered massage therapy and holistic spa services, the center reflects his passion for alternative medicine. Illya has been working with the community acupuncture model for over 7 years in Victoria and he looks forward to sharing his diverse experience with students at Pacific Rim College as well as learning new insights.    

 

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arwen brenneman

Arwen Brenneman, BSc

Arwen Brenneman is a lifelong entrepreneur and current director of Dancing Star Birth. After graduating with a Computer Science degree in 2001, she worked for a decade as an independent contractor, developing a passion for creating authentic and effective marketing, networks, and interview strategies. Working with various volunteer boards, including Marpole-Oakridge Family Place, allowed Arwen …

Arwen Brenneman is a lifelong entrepreneur and current director of Dancing Star Birth. After graduating with a Computer Science degree in 2001, she worked for a decade as an independent contractor, developing a passion for creating authentic and effective marketing, networks, and interview strategies. Working with various volunteer boards, including Marpole-Oakridge Family Place, allowed Arwen to see the other side of business: creating effective policies and procedures to nurture either a business of one or an organization of hundreds.

In 2011, Arwen took her entrepreneurial and policy experience and applied it to a new career as a doula and Birthing from Within prenatal mentor, and using these frameworks transitioned smoothly. In the spring of 2013, she and partner Judy McLaren purchased and incorporated Dancing Star Birth, and Arwen set about to unfold these skills and strategies in a larger organization. Through Dancing Star Birth, Arwen works with hundreds of families per year – not by working to be all things to all people, but rather by being clear and accessible to those who crave the powerful and unique blend of practical information and emotional preparation that Dancing Star Birth provides.

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david caudwell bio

David Caudwell, BSc, MCPP

David Caudwell completed his studies in Herbal Medicine at the College of Phytotherapy in South East England and was awarded a BSc (Honours) from the University of Wales. After graduating David settled in Sussex, dividing his time between practice, clinic management and teaching responsibilities at the college where he trained. He has taught for the …

David Caudwell completed his studies in Herbal Medicine at the College of Phytotherapy in South East England and was awarded a BSc (Honours) from the University of Wales. After graduating David settled in Sussex, dividing his time between practice, clinic management and teaching responsibilities at the college where he trained. He has taught for the Universities of Wales and East London, and for the “Discovering Herbal Medicine” program run by Dr. Anne Walker. David is a member of The College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy, a professional body of herbalists established to champion the role and development of traditional herbal medicine in the modern world. David has a lifelong passion for wildlife, the outdoors and the world’s indigenous medicine systems, which has led to travel on five continents. In his practice, David takes a particular interest in Women’s Health, Fertility Issues and Cancer Care.

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Kai-Chen

Dr. Kai Chen, BSc, MM, PhD (China), DrTCM

Dr. Kai Chen earn his Bachelor of Science degree at the Beijing College of TCM. He then completed his Masters of Medicine at the China Academy of TCM and ultimately, after 11 years of total TCM training, earned his PhD. Dr. Chen has been practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine in China and Canada for more than …

Dr. Kai Chen earn his Bachelor of Science degree at the Beijing College of TCM. He then completed his Masters of Medicine at the China Academy of TCM and ultimately, after 11 years of total TCM training, earned his PhD. Dr. Chen has been practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine in China and Canada for more than 27 years and has been teaching in Canada for 14 years.

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Malcolm Clark

Malcolm Clark has practiced and taught Tai Qi Chuan and Qi Gong for 10 years. Malcolm brings awareness to students’ structural imbalances through body movement. He discovers where tension resides in the body by warming up the senses within. Experimenting with body movement opens pathways of understanding and an expanded field of possibility in the …

Malcolm Clark has practiced and taught Tai Qi Chuan and Qi Gong for 10 years. Malcolm brings awareness to students’ structural imbalances through body movement. He discovers where tension resides in the body by warming up the senses within. Experimenting with body movement opens pathways of understanding and an expanded field of possibility in the moving body. Some of the techniques used include physical listening, following, spiraling, and falling into space. Malcolm runs a practice of healing energy and bodywork at his studio in Victoria, BC, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

Peter conway
Peter conway

Peter Conway, Dip Phyt, FNIMH, FCPP, DTM, Cert Ed

Peter Conway is a leading herbalist (Phytotherapist) with a core interest in contrasting and integrating approaches to healing from both traditional and contemporary sources. He enjoys testing the alleged boundaries between disciplines and approaches and seeing what happens when these give way to open up to allow new connections and potentials. Peter combines his clinical …

Peter Conway is a leading herbalist (Phytotherapist) with a core interest in contrasting and integrating approaches to healing from both traditional and contemporary sources. He enjoys testing the alleged boundaries between disciplines and approaches and seeing what happens when these give way to open up to allow new connections and potentials. Peter combines his clinical practice in Tunbridge Wells (where he has a special interest in working with people experiencing cancer) with herbal educational and political work.

Peter is a Fellow and former President of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy, a Fellow of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and a former Director of the European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association. He teaches on several herbal medicine courses – including co-teaching one for veterinarians. Peter helped develop the UK National Professional Standards for Herbal Medicine and sat on the UK Department of Health Steering Group looking at the regulation of herbal medicine and acupuncture.

He has written several books including his recent textbook The Consultation in Phytotherapy: the herbal practitioner’s approach to the patient published by Elsevier/Churchill Livingstone.

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marney coulter

Marney Coulter

Marney is an Intuitive, experienced, and knowledgeable Certified Yoga Teacher, Registered Yoga Therapist, Doula and Mother. Her style is a flowing practice that creates self-alignment based on the teachings of Kripalu Yoga, Amrit Yoga, and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. Since 1995, Marney has been offering Corporate Wellness Programs, Community Outreach, Prenatal/postnatal Yoga, Preparation for Birth …

Marney is an Intuitive, experienced, and knowledgeable Certified Yoga Teacher, Registered Yoga Therapist, Doula and Mother. Her style is a flowing practice that creates self-alignment based on the teachings of Kripalu Yoga, Amrit Yoga, and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy.

Since 1995, Marney has been offering Corporate Wellness Programs, Community Outreach, Prenatal/postnatal Yoga, Preparation for Birth Workshops, Kids Yoga, Retreats, and Yoga for All Bodies. Marney is the co-founder, owner and director of Yoga by the Sea, a Senior Teacher with Yoga BC, 200 E-RYT, 500 RYT with Yoga Alliance, certified in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, registered with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and is a trained Massage/Reiki Practitioner offering private yoga therapy and bodywork sessions. She currently resides on the Sunshine Coast, and has been the owner/director of Yoga by the Sea, Center for Health and Wellness since 2006.

marisa covantes
marisa covantes

Marisa Covantes, R.TCMP

Marisa was born and raised in Mexico City. From a very young age she had a passion for medicine and helping animals, and started rescuing and rehabilitating cats, dogs, and birds at the age of 7. So it was natural that after high school she chose to study Veterinary Medicine at the National Autonomous University …

Marisa was born and raised in Mexico City. From a very young age she had a passion for medicine and helping animals, and started rescuing and rehabilitating cats, dogs, and birds at the age of 7. So it was natural that after high school she chose to study Veterinary Medicine at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. After graduation she spent 15 years as a Veterinarian, working in Mexico, Nicaragua, New Zealand and Australia. 

But a turning point happened one summer after Marisa worked as a volunteer, teaching literacy to adults living in a small, poor, rural Mexican village. She discovered that many of the elders in these villages used herbs and traditional remedies for addressing health issues, in an environment which often lacked access to conventional mainstream medicine. It was apparent that these traditional methods were very effective in the healing process. Marisa became interested in human health issues and holistic ways of healing. 

After working full-time in an acupuncture clinic in Mexico City, she decided to come to Canada in 2008 and study Traditional Chinese Medicine, graduating from Pacific Rim College with a Diploma in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Today Marisa works as a TCMP at Active Health and Wellness in Victoria. 

julia dascalescu
julia dascalescu

Julia Dascalescu, RTCMP, FABORM

Julia attended the University of British Columbia for her undergraduate education and then completed the 4-year program to become a Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Victoria, BC. In her private practice she enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions but has a special interest in …

Julia attended the University of British Columbia for her undergraduate education and then completed the 4-year program to become a Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Victoria, BC. In her private practice she enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions but has a special interest in treating women’s health issues such as PCOS, endometriosis, infertility, pregnancy and digestive disorders. She also has a special focus in treating male fertility in order to facilitate natural conception or to optimize outcomes for Assisted Reproductive Techniques such as IUI and IVF. Julia is also proud to be a fellow on the American Board of Oriental and Reproductive Medicine, and one of two FABORM certified practitioners in Victoria, BC. Julia loves using diet therapy to empower patients to increase their quality of life and help facilitate wellness. She has used diet and nutrition to help revolutionize her own life and feels very passionate about making this information and these tools available to others. When not at work, Julia is usually cooking up a storm, blogging about food and nutrition, or laughing at her Boston Terrier, Cherry.

barry dayman
barry dayman

Barry Dayman, RAc

Barry Dayman began studying Acupuncture with the North American College of Acupuncture in Salem Oregon in 1974. He graduated in 1976 and mentored with two Chinese doctors in Vancouver, BC. He graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 1977. In 1984 he completed an international training program at the Nanjing College Of …

Barry Dayman began studying Acupuncture with the North American College of Acupuncture in Salem Oregon in 1974. He graduated in 1976 and mentored with two Chinese doctors in Vancouver, BC. He graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 1977. In 1984 he completed an international training program at the Nanjing College Of Traditional Chinese Medicine, PRC. After returning to Canada he helped establish CCAOM in Victoria, BC. He was on the faculty for more than 20 years, teaching various courses. He taught the Five Element Program for many years and was the clinical director on 2 separate occasions. He has been in private practice in Victoria since 1980.

dr. jaime de melo
dr. jaime de melo

Dr. Jaime de Melo, ND

Dr. Jaime de Melo is a Naturopathic Physician and Educator. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. He has a special interest in treating disorders of the Respiratory and Digestive Systems. Dr. de Melo is the founding Naturopathic physician for the Healthy for Life program at …

Dr. Jaime de Melo is a Naturopathic Physician and Educator. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. He has a special interest in treating disorders of the Respiratory and Digestive Systems. Dr. de Melo is the founding Naturopathic physician for the Healthy for Life program at Aids Vancouver Island in the Access Health Centre. The Healthy for Life program provides free Naturopathic medical care and more (including need supplements) to individuals with low income, some with HIV, Hepatitis C and addictions who would otherwise not have access to appropriate medical care. He has published research in the area of botanical medicine with a focus on reporting quality guidelines. He holds faculty positions at both the West Coast College of Massage Therapy and the Pacific Rim College in Victoria, where he teaches courses on Anatomy and Physiology, Pathology and Nutrition.

sean donahue
sean donahue

Sean Donahue

Sean Donahue is an herbalist, writer and teacher. He is dedicated to the continuation and revitalization of traditions in western herbalism that connect people and plants as partners in healing, honour the inherent intelligence and potential of the human mind, body, and spirit, and recognize the connections between physical, emotional, and spiritual healing and between …

Sean Donahue is an herbalist, writer and teacher. He is dedicated to the continuation and revitalization of traditions in western herbalism that connect people and plants as partners in healing, honour the inherent intelligence and potential of the human mind, body, and spirit, and recognize the connections between physical, emotional, and spiritual healing and between personal, cultural, and planetary healing. He has a particular passion for recovering the spiritual and esoteric aspects of western herbal traditions and reintegrating them with medical herbalism. He has been inspired and influenced by the work of Matthew Wood, Margi Flint, and Stephen Harrod Buhner, as well as by the Physiomedicalist and Eclectic physicians of the nineteenth-century, and traditional Cunningfolk, herbalist, and healers of Europe and North America. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and gatherings throughout North America and a contributor to Plant Healer magazine. You can read more about his work at http://www.medicineandmagic.com/.

Marta-Donovan
Marta-Donovan

Marta Donovan, BSc, RPBio

Marta Donovan is a Registered Professional Biologist who currently works as a botanist in Victoria managing information on the status and distribution of rare plants in BC. She holds a BSc in Biology from the University of Victoria and a Diploma in Environmental Technology from Camosun College. Over the past 20 years she has amassed …

Marta Donovan is a Registered Professional Biologist who currently works as a botanist in Victoria managing information on the status and distribution of rare plants in BC. She holds a BSc in Biology from the University of Victoria and a Diploma in Environmental Technology from Camosun College. Over the past 20 years she has amassed impressive knowledge about local medicinal plants. Before moving to Victoria in 1987, Marta owned and operated one of Toronto’s premier natural food markets dedicated to providing organic foods and natural health care products and promoting organic agriculture.

Bryn Eliot, BSc, MSc

Bryn Eliot earned her B.Sc. (honours) and her M.Sc. degrees with an emphasis in biochemistry, plant ecology, physiology, and the symbiotic associations of plants with other organisms. She has been teaching at a post-secondary level since 2007, both introducing students to the breadth of biological study, and expanding their knowledge of these concepts in the …

Bryn Eliot earned her B.Sc. (honours) and her M.Sc. degrees with an emphasis in biochemistry, plant ecology, physiology, and the symbiotic associations of plants with other organisms. She has been teaching at a post-secondary level since 2007, both introducing students to the breadth of biological study, and expanding their knowledge of these concepts in the fields of biochemistry and plant biology. Since 2014, Bryn has prioritized making science accessible to all students at Pacific Rim College, teaching students how to integrate multiple systems of knowledge into clinical practices.

Bryn is passionate about teaching, and commits herself to lifelong learning, especially as it relates to the natural world.

Dr. Bruce Ferguson
Dr. Bruce Ferguson

Dr. Bruce Ferguson, DVM, MS

Visiting Professor

Dr. Bruce Ferguson (www.naturalvet.org) is an internationally renowned clinician and lecturer in TCVM who is known for his information-packed enthusiastic presentations. He is the president of the American Association of TCVM (www.aatcvm.org) and publishes clinical research and practical application articles in the only English-language Evidence Based Medicine TCVM journal in the world (www.ajtcvm.org). Dr. Ferguson …

Dr. Bruce Ferguson (www.naturalvet.org) is an internationally renowned clinician and lecturer in TCVM who is known for his information-packed enthusiastic presentations. He is the president of the American Association of TCVM (www.aatcvm.org) and publishes clinical research and practical application articles in the only English-language Evidence Based Medicine TCVM journal in the world (www.ajtcvm.org). Dr. Ferguson incorporates Qigong exercises into his lecture breaks to keep mental health and clarity among the participants. Dr. Ferguson is currently an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Murdoch University’s School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences in Perth, Western Australia.

margi-flint
margi-flint

Margi Flint

Visiting Professor

Margi Flint owns and operates EarthSong Herbals, a busy family practice and herb school in Marblehead, Massachusetts. For over thirty years she has worked as a labour coach, polarity therapist, and herbalist. She has been Adjunct Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine where she taught a four-week rotation in clinical herbal medicine for Fourth …

Margi Flint owns and operates EarthSong Herbals, a busy family practice and herb school in Marblehead, Massachusetts. For over thirty years she has worked as a labour coach, polarity therapist, and herbalist. She has been Adjunct Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine where she taught a four-week rotation in clinical herbal medicine for Fourth Year Medical Students and practitioners at Union Hospital and her clinic in Marblehead, Massachusetts. She continues to teach Herbal Pharmacology at North Shore Community College, and for The Masters of Applied Natural Products course at Massachusetts College of Pharmacology. She is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and serves as an Herbal Mentor for those who aspire to professional membership in the organization. She oversees two Practitioners Circles, one at her clinic in Marblehead and one in Newport Rhode Island.

maureen fontaine
maureen fontaine

Maureen Fontaine, B.Ed.

Maureen studied Education at the University of Alberta and went on to specialize with Autistic, ADD and gifted children, which ignited her passion for optimizing cognitive and behavioural states of being. Diet became the focus in a united effort to improve the potentials within challenged children and their families. Further exploration as the Educational Director …

Maureen studied Education at the University of Alberta and went on to specialize with Autistic, ADD and gifted children, which ignited her passion for optimizing cognitive and behavioural states of being. Diet became the focus in a united effort to improve the potentials within challenged children and their families. Further exploration as the Educational Director for a Nutraceutical company, Maureen lectured nationwide and served as the lead consultant at a private alternative health facility. She participated with athletes both in a clinical capacity and as a Provincial Natural Bodybuilding Judge. Maureen currently practices in Victoria, BC, where her focus is on Darkfield Microscopy and Coagulation Morphology – the study of live blood, its anomalies and the impact of toxicity on our systems. Merging biology, science, ontology and consciousness, Maureen offers unique insight into our amazing bodies.

dr. reuven-freesman
dr. reuven-freesman

Dr. Reuven Freesman, Dr.TCM

Dr. Reuven Freesman has been practicing and teaching Chinese Medicine for nearly 10 years. With additional training and expertise in Pulse Diagnosis, 5 Element Acupuncture and Meridian Balancing, Reuven has extensive experience in treating pain, stress, digestive issues, fatigue, menopause and many other issues including working with pregnancy and children. He runs a busy practice providing …

Dr. Reuven Freesman has been practicing and teaching Chinese Medicine for nearly 10 years. With additional training and expertise in Pulse Diagnosis, 5 Element Acupuncture and Meridian Balancing, Reuven has extensive experience in treating pain, stress, digestive issues, fatigue, menopause and many other issues including working with pregnancy and children. He runs a busy practice providing holistic family medicine in Victoria.

erica fritch
erica fritch

Erica Fritch

Erica Fritch is a graduate of the Diploma of Eastern Therapies and Bodywork program at Pacific Rim College, which included modules in Yogatherpay, Thai massage, and Ayurvedic Marmatherapy.  A continues to study and spends countless hours online and buried in books learning about how the body moves and how we can help return to its …

Erica Fritch is a graduate of the Diploma of Eastern Therapies and Bodywork program at Pacific Rim College, which included modules in Yogatherpay, Thai massage, and Ayurvedic Marmatherapy.

 A continues to study and spends countless hours online and buried in books learning about how the body moves and how we can help return to its natural state of fluidity, strength and mobility. When she feels a movement work in her body and can explain it to her clients and students so that it works in their body, she keeps it in her tool box.

 Erica’s goal is to bring her students and clients ease: ease in body, mind and spirit. She thrives on the creativity of keeping the body and the mind interested enough to come back for more, finding the edge that will challenge students in a fun and empowering way, and considers one of the most valuable parts of the teacher’s role to be finding a way to reach and teach to each student as her or his learning needs demand.

Dr. Michael Greenwood
Dr. Michael Greenwood

Dr. Michael Greenwood, MD

Michael Greenwood trained at St. John’s College, Cambridge, and St. Mary’s Hospital, London, and practiced Family Medicine in Victoria for many years. His interest in deep healing arose out of his own experience of chronic pain, which began with a motorcycle accident while he was a medical student. The pain, unresponsive to all that conventional …

Michael Greenwood trained at St. John’s College, Cambridge, and St. Mary’s Hospital, London, and practiced Family Medicine in Victoria for many years. His interest in deep healing arose out of his own experience of chronic pain, which began with a motorcycle accident while he was a medical student. The pain, unresponsive to all that conventional medicine could offer, forced him to face the limits of his own medical training. His search for an answer led him on a fascinating journey to a new understanding of health and illness, stress and deep inner tensions, and how they affect our lives. Many of those insights were recorded in Michael’s first book, Paradox & Healing: Medicine, Mythology and Transformation, co-authored with Dr. Peter Nunn and first published in 1992.

Michael’s explorations into alternative approaches led him to study Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda and meditation before they became generally fashionable. He was one of the founding staff-members of the Canadian College of Chinese Studies, where in addition to teaching, he initiated a research study into the use of acupuncture for post-MVA chronic pain. That research gradually evolved into the highly successful residential program at the Victoria Pain Clinic. His second book, Braving the Void: Journeys into Healing, arose out of his experiences at the Pain Clinic, where he developed many of the interactive techniques discussed more fully in The Unbroken Field: the Power of Intention in Healing.

In 1993, Michael gave up his Family Practice to devote his time to people suffering from chronic pain and other chronic illnesses. He is the Medical Director of the Victoria Pain Clinic.

fiona chambers
fiona chambers

Fiona Hamersley Chambers, BA, MEDes, MSc

Fiona has a Masters of Science in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University and a Masters in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary. Spending many of her formative years in First Nations territory sparked her life-long interest in Ethnobotany. She has taught Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria since 1999, and currently …

Fiona has a Masters of Science in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University and a Masters in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary. Spending many of her formative years in First Nations territory sparked her life-long interest in Ethnobotany. She has taught Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria since 1999, and currently divides her time between teaching, running a small organic farm and nursery in Metchosin, writing books and academic papers, working as a naturalist, and raising two energetic boys.

bryan hardy
bryan hardy

Bryan Hardy, RTCMP, BSc

Bryan Hardy has been a Registered Acupuncturist and Herbalist with the CTCMA since 2000. Bryan earned his Bachelor Degree in Psychology from the University of Regina, and studied at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Victoria, BC, obtaining a 4-year degree in acupuncture, herbology, and Chinese massage. Along with over 10 years of …

Bryan Hardy has been a Registered Acupuncturist and Herbalist with the CTCMA since 2000. Bryan earned his Bachelor Degree in Psychology from the University of Regina, and studied at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Victoria, BC, obtaining a 4-year degree in acupuncture, herbology, and Chinese massage. Along with over 10 years of experience in private practice in Victoria, he is a practicing member of a team of healthcare providers at Cool Aid Medical Center, and is working with VIHA in their alcohol detox facility. For 5 years he was a faculty member of the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Victoria. Special areas of interest and study are mental health issues. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys activities with his family, reading, music and spiritual practice.

dan hayes
dan hayes

Dan Hayes

Dan Hayes is the chef and owner of The London Chef, a dynamic and interactive cooking school, café, pantry and catering kitchen in Victoria, BC. Dan has been in the kitchen for over 15 years working with, and for, some of Europe’s most revered seafood chefs including Rick Stein, Mitch Tonks and Peter Rossiglioni. Dan’s …

Dan Hayes is the chef and owner of The London Chef, a dynamic and interactive cooking school, café, pantry and catering kitchen in Victoria, BC. Dan has been in the kitchen for over 15 years working with, and for, some of Europe’s most revered seafood chefs including Rick Stein, Mitch Tonks and Peter Rossiglioni.

Dan’s food is heavily influenced by his classic French training and love of Mediterranean cuisine. He is passionate about sustainable seafood, sharp knives, and the joy of cooking. Since following a girl (now his wife) from England to Victoria 6 years ago, Dan has been familiarizing himself with west coast cuisine, developing relationships with local chefs and working with regional produce and flavours. In addition to running his own kitchen, Dan regularly teaches in Vancouver, Toronto and London, and stars in documentary food series Moosemeat & Marmalade – an informative and highly entertaining exploration of culture, worldview and really good food.

alexis hennig
alexis hennig

Alexis Hennig, Dip.Phyto. (RHT)

Alexis graduated from Pacific Rim College in April 2014 with the highest of honours and as class valedictorian. Having been raised in a very health conscious and nature loving family, using natural remedies for health concerns has always been second nature for her. She first started down a career path in natural health in 2008, …

Alexis graduated from Pacific Rim College in April 2014 with the highest of honours and as class valedictorian. Having been raised in a very health conscious and nature loving family, using natural remedies for health concerns has always been second nature for her. She first started down a career path in natural health in 2008, when she attended Mount Royal University and received her certification in Aromatherapy. This soon blossomed into an interest in addressing health concerns internally as well as externally, and a passion for plant medicine in general to help facilitate the healing process – supporting the body, mind, and spirit. In addition to her Diploma of Phytotherapy and her Certificate in Aromatherapy, Alexis also holds training in both Lomi Lomi and CranioSacral Therapy. She is a professional member of the Canadian Herbalist Association of British Columbia, and has her own practice as a Medical Herbalist in Fernwood. Alexis joined the Dispensary team at Pacific Rim College in 2014 and the faculty in 2016. She loves being a part of the PRC community.

ari herschberg web
ari herschberg web

Ari Hershberg

With over 9 years’ experience in the meetings industry, Ari Hershberg has established himself as a ‘go-to’ corporate speaker and entertainment professional. He started as an event planner for cmi Speaker Management and within two years was managing a team of 5 as the Director of Customer Relations, consulting fortune 500 clients, branding, marketing and …

With over 9 years’ experience in the meetings industry, Ari Hershberg has established himself as a ‘go-to’ corporate speaker and entertainment professional. He started as an event planner for cmi Speaker Management and within two years was managing a team of 5 as the Director of Customer Relations, consulting fortune 500 clients, branding, marketing and creating systems that helped cmi bill over 1 million dollars for the first time. In 2009, he then moved to See Agency, to help start up a new type of entertainment agency that solely focused on online marketing, predominately social media. Ari has worked behind the scenes with speakers, entertainers and celebrities including Guy Kawasaki, Vince Poscente, Doc Hendley and Gerry Dee.  

After moving to Victoria 3 years ago, Ari became involved with TEDxVictoria as a media coordinator, speaker curator and coach. Ari is the founder of the Victoria Health Wellness and Sustainability Festival that attract top minds from all over the world.

 

patrick higgins
patrick higgins

Patrick Higgins, DTCM, Rac

Patrick completed the four year masters program in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture at CCAOM and has been registered with CTCMA and in private practice in victoria since 2001. At his clinic, Luminous Island, he enjoys incorporating a variety of healing modalities into his treatments. In addition to Acupuncture and Tui Na he offers iRest …

Patrick completed the four year masters program in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture at CCAOM and has been registered with CTCMA and in private practice in victoria since 2001. At his clinic, Luminous Island, he enjoys incorporating a variety of healing modalities into his treatments. In addition to Acupuncture and Tui Na he offers iRest Yoga Nidra, and Zero Balancing. Patrick has taught at the Canadian College of Acupressure and has developed workshops and events that make energetic healing concepts and practices available to a wide range of people.

jeanette holden
jeanette holden

Dr. Jeanette Aditi Holden, MA, ND

Always fascinated by cross cultural perspectives, Jeanette completed her MA in medical anthropology early on and then headed out to learn, teach and work in gardens, ashrams and clinics throughout North, Central, and South America, and Kenya and India. After completing several farm/herbal apprenticeships, including Linnaea Farm’s 8-month ecological garden and Permaculture course, she worked …

Always fascinated by cross cultural perspectives, Jeanette completed her MA in medical anthropology early on and then headed out to learn, teach and work in gardens, ashrams and clinics throughout North, Central, and South America, and Kenya and India. After completing several farm/herbal apprenticeships, including Linnaea Farm’s 8-month ecological garden and Permaculture course, she worked in Nicaragua supporting local families in herbalism and gardens. This work further enhanced the connection between health, community and land and created a strong foundation for her perspective on medicine. Now a naturopathic doctor, her studies have included advanced yoga teacher training and additional training in acupuncture, homeopathy, Ayurveda, craniosacral work and midwifery. Her teachers have included Deb Soule, John Redden, Paul Pitchford, Lori Dechar, Lonny Jarrett, David Frawley, Candice Cantin, Divya Chabra, Alize Timmerman, Hugh Milne, Martin Prechtel and Leonie Lange. Jeanette currently is in private practice at Birdsong Naturopathic in Fernwood, Victoria and supervises at a free Naturopathic clinic for young families in the city.

Lindsay Hounslow
Lindsay Hounslow

Lindsay Hounslow

Lindsay is a herbalist, yogi and naturalist. She was born and raised in Victoria, and returned here to join the PRC community in 2009. After study and practice in yoga, energy work, shamanic studies, nutrition, organic gardening, and herbal wildcrafting, she dedicated herself to herbal studies and was one of PRC’s first Diploma of Phytotherapy …

Lindsay is a herbalist, yogi and naturalist. She was born and raised in Victoria, and returned here to join the PRC community in 2009. After study and practice in yoga, energy work, shamanic studies, nutrition, organic gardening, and herbal wildcrafting, she dedicated herself to herbal studies and was one of PRC’s first Diploma of Phytotherapy graduates. She is now a qualified member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy and is on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Herbalist Association of BC and the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations. Lindsay’s interest in natural health and plant medicine developed through time spent in nature as a wilderness guide. With this background and her formal studies, it is her intention to provide a form of medicine that considers the whole person and their ecological connections. She has a deep love for plants and passion to increase the availability of safe, natural, effective medicines. In addition to teaching, Lindsay is PRC’s Herbal Dispensary Manager and she runs her private practice (lindenlotus.ca) offering herbal medicine and private therapeutic yoga in Fernwood Village.

Dr. kevin hu
Dr. kevin hu

Dr. Kewu (Kevin) Hu, PhD/DTCM (China), RTCMP

Dr. Kewu (Kevin) Hu received his education in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (Doctor of TCM, PhD of TCM) in China. He has practiced and taught Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture since 1986 in China and since 2004 in Canada. He is a registered herbalist and acupuncturist in BC.

Dr. Kewu (Kevin) Hu received his education in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (Doctor of TCM, PhD of TCM) in China. He has practiced and taught Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture since 1986 in China and since 2004 in Canada. He is a registered herbalist and acupuncturist in BC.

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lonny-jarrett_1

Lonny S. Jarrett

Visiting Professor

Lonny Jarrett is a world-renowned presenter and authority on Chinese Medicine, has been practicing Chinese Medicine in Stockbridge, Massachusetts since 1986. He is a founding board member of the Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts and a Fellow of the National Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Lonny is author of Nourishing Destiny: The Inner Tradition of …

Lonny Jarrett is a world-renowned presenter and authority on Chinese Medicine, has been practicing Chinese Medicine in Stockbridge, Massachusetts since 1986. He is a founding board member of the Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts and a Fellow of the National Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Lonny is author of Nourishing Destiny: The Inner Tradition of Chinese Medicine and The Clinical Practice of Chinese Medicine, as can be seen at http://www.spiritpathpress.com/. He runs a cutting edge community for students and practitioners of Chinese medicine online at www.nourishingdestiny.com.

Ali Jopp
Ali Jopp

Ali Jopp

Ali Jopp was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia. Always interested in pursuing a career in medicine, she chose to study Chinese Medicine after personally experiencing its potency. She graduated as valedictorian of the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program from Pacific Rim College in 2015. She spends every possible minute immersing herself in the …

Ali Jopp was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia. Always interested in pursuing a career in medicine, she chose to study Chinese Medicine after personally experiencing its potency. She graduated as valedictorian of the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program from Pacific Rim College in 2015. She spends every possible minute immersing herself in the study of Chinese Medicine- theory, practice, method, history and cultural context – in order to enrich her understanding and offer the best possible treatments for her patients. Her clinical practice is also informed by her years long practice of Qi Gong and Tai Ji Quan. 

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amy klazek copy

Amy Klazek, Dip.Phyt. (RHT)

Amy graduated with a Diploma in Phytotherapy from Pacific Rim College and is now a member of the Canadian Herbalist Association of BC and a practicing Medical Herbalist operating out of Linden Lotus Herbal Medicine Clinic in Fernwood Square. Amy has a particular interest in mental and emotional health as well as natural skin care. …

Amy graduated with a Diploma in Phytotherapy from Pacific Rim College and is now a member of the Canadian Herbalist Association of BC and a practicing Medical Herbalist operating out of Linden Lotus Herbal Medicine Clinic in Fernwood Square. Amy has a particular interest in mental and emotional health as well as natural skin care. Amy loves combining her passion for health and wellness with her love of people and enjoys getting to know the incredible student body at Pacific Rim College and contributing to the education of holistic medicine.

 

rory knapp-fisher
rory knapp-fisher

Rory Knapp-Fisher, BA, RAc

Rory Knapp-Fisher is a student of movement and the human body. He has been actively training in martial arts for over 20 years and completed his BA in Anthropology at Malaspina University (now VIU) with a focus on traditional medicines. These two fields of interest combined in 2008 when Rory went to China on a …

Rory Knapp-Fisher is a student of movement and the human body. He has been actively training in martial arts for over 20 years and completed his BA in Anthropology at Malaspina University (now VIU) with a focus on traditional medicines. These two fields of interest combined in 2008 when Rory went to China on a language study exchange at the Shanghai University of TCM and in 2009 he enrolled at Pacific Rim College. In 2013 he completed his Diploma of Acupuncture and began his professional practice.  Finding that he had a particular knack for injuries, pain and mobility issues he began to direct his practice and advanced training towards Sports Acupuncture techniques. In the summer of 2015 he synthesized his various interests and opened Jin Therapeutics Sports Acupuncture in downtown Victoria. Rory believes that movement is a profound medicine and loves using acupuncture and tui na to enhance his clients’ quality of life. When not in clinic or teaching, Rory can be found walking around Victoria, climbing trees, practicing his martial arts or reading in a coffee shop.  

 

Tayler Krawczyk
Tayler Krawczyk

Tayler Krawczyk, BA

Tayler is an eco-social entrepreneur passionate about regenerative land management and permaculture design. With his partner Solara, he runs Hatchet & Seed, an edible landscaping and climate-smart land planning business, based in North Saanich, BC. With a B.A. in International Development Studies from the University of Saskatchewan and certificates in permaculture design, ecological design and …

Tayler is an eco-social entrepreneur passionate about regenerative land management and permaculture design. With his partner Solara, he runs Hatchet & Seed, an edible landscaping and climate-smart land planning business, based in North Saanich, BC. With a B.A. in International Development Studies from the University of Saskatchewan and certificates in permaculture design, ecological design and organic horticulture, he is keen to make a global impact with local action. Tayler and Solara also co-manage a 3-acre permaculture-inspired garden farm and micro-nursery in North Saanich. With dozens of fruit trees, hundreds of edible plants, laying hens and (sometimes) Jersey cows, they’re keen to re-think conventional agriculture in favor of more ecological alternatives.

dr. martha lucas
dr. martha lucas

Dr. Martha Lucas, PhD

Visiting Professor

Dr. Martha Lucas holds a PhD in Psychology as well as certification and licensing to practice TCM. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience and is described as “a dynamic speaker who keeps her classes engaged and who can explain complex information in an understandable form”. She teaches Pulse Balance System internships that …

Dr. Martha Lucas holds a PhD in Psychology as well as certification and licensing to practice TCM. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience and is described as “a dynamic speaker who keeps her classes engaged and who can explain complex information in an understandable form”. She teaches Pulse Balance System internships that integrate classical pulse models for use in contemporary clinical applications, Qi Gong, Women’s health and herbal prescriptions, and Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture. Her private practice is based in Denver, Colorado, where she specializes in treating serious chronic illness, couples who are having fertility challenges, and anti-aging treatments.

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celina-lyons

Celina Lyons, RAc, LAc, MSc

Celina Lyons is a Registered Acupuncturist in British Columbia and a California Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist, board certified by the U.S. National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She earned her Masters of Science in Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, California. She is also certified …

Celina Lyons is a Registered Acupuncturist in British Columbia and a California Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist, board certified by the U.S. National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She earned her Masters of Science in Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, California. She is also certified in Tui Na, a traditional Chinese medical branch of body work.

Celina has worked both in private practice and in Integrative Clinical settings, in California and British Columbia, specializing in her two great loves: women’s health and pediatrics. The focus of her work has been the treatment of fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, post-partum care and the wellness care and treatment of children.

Celina has also enriched her clinical experience with internships at Survivors International in Oakland, California using Acupuncture to treat a population of refugees and immigrants who had survived torture and war trauma in their home countries, working with acupuncture to help rehabilitate stroke patients on the stroke ward at The California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and volunteering as a Chinese medical practitioner at the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic, a non profit clinic in Oakland California that offers free complementary medical treatments for underserved women with cancer.

Michelle-Maclean
Michelle-Maclean

Michelle MacLean

Since 2005 Michelle MacLean has been one of Vancouver’s busiest and most-skilled Doulas. Michelle is a Childbirth Educator, perinatal loss doula trained in supporting families through pregnancy and early infant loss, and has attended well over 700 births. Michelle is a Birthing From Within Mentor, has completed Lamaze Childbirth Educators training and is a professional …

Since 2005 Michelle MacLean has been one of Vancouver’s busiest and most-skilled Doulas. Michelle is a Childbirth Educator, perinatal loss doula trained in supporting families through pregnancy and early infant loss, and has attended well over 700 births. Michelle is a Birthing From Within Mentor, has completed Lamaze Childbirth Educators training and is a professional Placenta Encapsulator. Michelle works for South Community Birth program and has had the opportunity to work with families of many demographics. Michelle is the mother of 2 girls, and giving birth at the hospital and at home has helped her to understand the range of childbirth options.

cameron moffatt
cameron moffatt

Cameron Moffatt, DO

Cameron Moffatt is a graduate of the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy and a member of the Society for the Promotion of Manual Practice Osteopathy. He has been a marathon and triathlete competitor and for the last 20 years has studied traditional Japanese Martial Arts, Tai Chi and Qi Gong. He holds a second degree Black …

Cameron Moffatt is a graduate of the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy and a member of the Society for the Promotion of Manual Practice Osteopathy. He has been a marathon and triathlete competitor and for the last 20 years has studied traditional Japanese Martial Arts, Tai Chi and Qi Gong. He holds a second degree Black belt and has taught Tai Chi and Qi Gong in several locations. In his clinical practice he brings this knowledge into his treatments and home care. Dr. Moffatt is an osteopath at Victoria Osteopath in Victoria.

krista poulton 2015
krista poulton 2015

Krista Poulton, BKin, Dip. Phyt. (RHT)

Krista is a graduate of Pacific Rim College and balances teaching with her work as a PRC Admissions Coordinator and as a herbalist at her Herbal Medicine clinic that operates in Fernwood Square at Linden Lotus Herbal Medicine Clinic. Krista is passionate about medicine making and has a full dispensary created 75% from herbs she …

Krista is a graduate of Pacific Rim College and balances teaching with her work as a PRC Admissions Coordinator and as a herbalist at her Herbal Medicine clinic that operates in Fernwood Square at Linden Lotus Herbal Medicine Clinic. Krista is passionate about medicine making and has a full dispensary created 75% from herbs she has grown or from tinctures she has made herself from either percolations or macerations. Krista has a strong passion for women’s health and has focused her continuing education within this field with herbal mentors such as Aviva Romm, as well as Fertility Symposiums and Women’s Health conferences. Her mission with her practice is to teach women to love and adore their bodies, address societal norms of body awareness and educate ways to shift reproductive issues with the use of herbs, diet and supplements. Krista offers a popular women’s health workshop series titled “Moon Goddess – Women’s Knowledge of Menstruation and Ovulation” teaching women about their menstrual cycles and how to incorporate Herbal Medicine to address common reproductive pathologies. Krista maintains a professional membership with the Canadian Herbalists Association of BC (CHA of BC) and is actively involved with this organization as a member of the Board of Directors. She is also actively involved in the People’s Apothecary, a community Herbal Medicine garden located in Quadra Village, since the garden was developed in 2011.

maurita prato
maurita prato

Maurita Prato, BA, MSc Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability

Maurita Prato, MSc, works as the Director of LifeCycles Project Society, a local food sovereignty organization. She holds a Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability which encouraged her exploration of global economic systems such as the food industry, and the response of community food- and resource-sharing projects that aim to shift the status quo towards …

Maurita Prato, MSc, works as the Director of LifeCycles Project Society, a local food sovereignty organization. She holds a Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability which encouraged her exploration of global economic systems such as the food industry, and the response of community food- and resource-sharing projects that aim to shift the status quo towards well-being.

Jason Robertson
Jason Robertson

Jason Robertson, MS, LAc

Visiting Professor

Jason Robertson is a licensed acupuncturist and educator in Seattle, Washington. He spent 8 years studying Chinese language and medicine in Taiwan and China. He is the author of numerous articles on acupuncture channel theory and palpatory diagnostic techniques. In 2008, along with Professor Wang Ju-Yi, he co-authored Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine. Jason …

Jason Robertson is a licensed acupuncturist and educator in Seattle, Washington. He spent 8 years studying Chinese language and medicine in Taiwan and China. He is the author of numerous articles on acupuncture channel theory and palpatory diagnostic techniques. In 2008, along with Professor Wang Ju-Yi, he co-authored Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine. Jason was a key speaker at the 2010 TCM Kongress in Rothenburg, Germany. His clinical practice, Kentucky Ginseng, is located in Seattle, and he is a core faculty member at Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine.

hannah roessler
hannah roessler

Hannah Roessler, MA

Hannah is passionate about plants and has a deep commitment to food sovereignty issues. She earned her MA in Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria, where she explored how organic farmers in the Pacific Northwest perceive climate change and adapt to changing environmental conditions at the farm-level. Her current research interests also span agroecology, …

Hannah is passionate about plants and has a deep commitment to food sovereignty issues. She earned her MA in Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria, where she explored how organic farmers in the Pacific Northwest perceive climate change and adapt to changing environmental conditions at the farm-level. Her current research interests also span agroecology, community engagement in food security, permaculture, and traditional land-management and cultivation techniques. Hannah has international permaculture and farming experience, having developed and delivered programs on sustainable food production, food security and health, and having led workshops on plant propagation, cultivation and care, ethnobotany and herbal medicine-making. Some of her videography work highlighting food security and farming challenges and opportunities in and around Vancouver Island can be seen at www.farmersfilmanac.com.

Robert-Rogers
Robert-Rogers

Robert Rogers

Visiting Professor

Robert Dale Rogers has been working with flower essences for nearly forty years. He is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and has written 37 books on plants and fungi of the boreal forest. The Fungal Pharmacy: The Complete Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms and Lichens of North America is a great resource for …

Robert Dale Rogers has been working with flower essences for nearly forty years. He is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and has written 37 books on plants and fungi of the boreal forest. The Fungal Pharmacy: The Complete Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms and Lichens of North America is a great resource for health practitioners.

He is an assistant clinical professor in family medicine at the University of Alberta, and teaches both introductory and advanced flower essence courses at the Northern Star College of Mystical Studies.

His newest book Mushroom Medicines for the Soul: Fungi Essences and Spiritual Growth will be published in Fall of 2015.

shoshana scott
shoshana scott

Shoshana Scott

Dr. Shoshana Scott started in Organic chemistry and won the gold medal at the University of Winnipeg. She switched to Homeopathy after working in a busy homeopathic clinic under a Homeopathic Doctor in Winnipeg. Inspired by Dr. Leelamma Nielsen, Dr. Scott completed a four year degree in Homeopathic Medical Science with an internship at Father …

Dr. Shoshana Scott started in Organic chemistry and won the gold medal at the University of Winnipeg. She switched to Homeopathy after working in a busy homeopathic clinic under a Homeopathic Doctor in Winnipeg. Inspired by Dr. Leelamma Nielsen, Dr. Scott completed a four year degree in Homeopathic Medical Science with an internship at Father Mueller’s Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital in Manganlore, India. Dr. Scott has a strong interest in bringing Homeopathy into mainstream medicine as a gentle, effective choice in health care. Dr. Scott now practices at the integrated medical clinic at the Victoria Community Health Cooperative in James Bay, Victoria, BC. Dr. Scott’s complete bio is available on her website at www.thehomeopathicdoctor.ca.

brandt stickley
brandt stickley

Brandt Stickley, LAc

Visiting Professor

Brandt Stickley is an Assistant Professor of Classical Chinese Medicine at National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, and is also faculty at Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine in Gainesville, Florida. He has studied Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis for 10 years with Dr. Leon Hammer, MD. According to Dr. Hammer: “Brandt Stickley has …

Brandt Stickley is an Assistant Professor of Classical Chinese Medicine at National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, and is also faculty at Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine in Gainesville, Florida. He has studied Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis for 10 years with Dr. Leon Hammer, MD. According to Dr. Hammer: “Brandt Stickley has been an esteemed student and colleague for over a decade during which time he has demonstrated a grasp of my message that has illuminated my way to new and inspiring insights. While occupying his own growing special place in the continuum of Chinese medicine he is furthering my own contribution and is clearly in the tradition of creative and innovative minds such as my teacher, Dr. John H. F. Shen who I was blessed to follow.”

patti thompson
patti thompson

Patti Thompson, RM

Patti has been a midwife for over 30 years. She trained in Vancouver through the apprenticeship model with doctors and midwives. She is experienced in complementary therapies, and focuses on preventative health care for women during pregnancy and birth, and for the newborn. Because of her empirical training, her midwifery philosophy has evolved from responding …

Patti has been a midwife for over 30 years. She trained in Vancouver through the apprenticeship model with doctors and midwives. She is experienced in complementary therapies, and focuses on preventative health care for women during pregnancy and birth, and for the newborn. Because of her empirical training, her midwifery philosophy has evolved from responding to the needs of the many families she has cared for. She supports a woman’s choice to plan her birth in the hospital or at home, and to create a beautiful and empowering experience. Patti has one daughter and one son, both born with midwives at home in the 1970s. She is a visual artist, enjoys yoga and a variety of outdoor activities, and is especially fond of West Coast surfing.

lauren truscott
lauren truscott

Lauren Truscott, Dip.Phyt.

Lauren Truscott is a Medical Herbalist and Holistic Health Coach. She graduated with honours from the Diploma of Phytotherapy program at Pacific Rim College in 2011 and from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition based in New York in 2012. Before discovering her love of herbal medicine, Lauren studied nursing, philosophy and sciences with a focus …

Lauren Truscott is a Medical Herbalist and Holistic Health Coach. She graduated with honours from the Diploma of Phytotherapy program at Pacific Rim College in 2011 and from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition based in New York in 2012. Before discovering her love of herbal medicine, Lauren studied nursing, philosophy and sciences with a focus on food sciences at the University of Victoria and University of British Columbia. Her studies prompted her interest in the healing properties of herbs and the prophylactic benefits of good nutrition. 

Born and raised in Victoria, Lauren spent her childhood up trees and her teenage years making beauty products from fruits and herbs.  Lauren is passionate about animal welfare. Deterring animal research for cosmetics and pharmaceuticals is one of the reasons she became interested in natural health and beauty products. 

Lauren currently offers health consultations and spa practices at Body Blueprint Fitness Education. Lauren also practices bodywork using herbs and natural products to cleanse and rejuvenate. Lauren works with clients with a broad range of health and wellness goals, including skin conditions, anxiety,  and general support for well being, using herbal medicine, nutrition and lifestyle guidance, massage and spa therapies. Her intention is to provide a positive, healing space, instilling confidence in every client and working alongside plants to assist the body’s natural healing process. When not working, Lauren can most likely be found walking her blind Cocker Spaniel, Joe. 

Ted-van-hemert
Ted-van-hemert

Ted van Hemert, RAc

Ted has been in practice since 2000, when he obtained a 4-year diploma in acupuncture and Chinese herbology. His interest in medicine started with botany, Western herbology and nutrition. Study in those areas eventually led him to discover Chinese medicine, and within himself a natural talent for acupuncture. Ted is passionate about medicine and has …

Ted has been in practice since 2000, when he obtained a 4-year diploma in acupuncture and Chinese herbology. His interest in medicine started with botany, Western herbology and nutrition. Study in those areas eventually led him to discover Chinese medicine, and within himself a natural talent for acupuncture. Ted is passionate about medicine and has a genuine desire to bring about an enhanced quality of life in his patients. He has a special interest in community-based acupuncture, and is at the forefront of mental health and addictions treatment in Victoria. With a pragmatic approach to teaching, he blends his clinical experience with humour and visual aids to encourage effective learning from his students.

dr. carrie watkins
dr. carrie watkins

Dr. Carrie Watkins, BSc, ND

Dr. Carrie Watkins is a Naturopathic Doctor, Yoga Teacher and Educator. She obtained her Bachelor of Science at McGill University with a focus in Wildlife and Plant Biology and is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. Dr. Watkins has spent many years leading health education and wellness programs in hospital, …

Dr. Carrie Watkins is a Naturopathic Doctor, Yoga Teacher and Educator. She obtained her Bachelor of Science at McGill University with a focus in Wildlife and Plant Biology and is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. Dr. Watkins has spent many years leading health education and wellness programs in hospital, corporate and community settings. She holds a faculty position at Pacific Rim College teaching biomedical sciences and nutrition.

Dr. jing zhang
Dr. jing zhang

Dr. Jing Zhang, PhD (China), DrTCM

Dr. Zhang completed a Bachelor of Medicine degree (specializing in acupuncture and moxibustion), a Master of Medicine degree (specializing in integrating TCM and modern medicine) and a PhD in Internal Medicine of TCM at the Chengdu University of TCM, Sichuan Province, China. Dr. Zhang has extensive experience in teaching, research and clinical practice in the …

Dr. Zhang completed a Bachelor of Medicine degree (specializing in acupuncture and moxibustion), a Master of Medicine degree (specializing in integrating TCM and modern medicine) and a PhD in Internal Medicine of TCM at the Chengdu University of TCM, Sichuan Province, China. Dr. Zhang has extensive experience in teaching, research and clinical practice in the field of Internal Medicine, Gerontology and Rehabilitation as well as the integration of TCM and Western Medicine. From 1999 until 2008, Dr. Zhang worked as a TCM doctor, acupuncturist and teacher at the First Affiliated Hospital of Chengdu University of TCM.

dr jin zhao
dr jin zhao

Dr. Jin Tripp (Jin Zhao), MD (China), DTCM, RTCMP

Dr. Jin Tripp is a registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner with 11 years of training in Western and Traditional Medicine areas and 30 years’ experience working in Canada and China. After graduation from Jin Zhou Medical University (China), Dr. Tripp worked and taught in China for over 20 years. During that time, she became a …

Dr. Jin Tripp is a registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner with 11 years of training in Western and Traditional Medicine areas and 30 years’ experience working in Canada and China. After graduation from Jin Zhou Medical University (China), Dr. Tripp worked and taught in China for over 20 years. During that time, she became a chief physician, and this gave her extensive medical experience. While in Canada, Dr. Tripp upgraded her skills by studying Traditional Chinese Medicine in English, and earned the TCMP registration in BC. Her TCM clinic, Jin Tripp Health Service, has been open in Victoria in 2006. She has also worked as an instructor and clinic supervisor in TCM colleges since 2008.