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

Todd N. Howard

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 in Victoria, British Columbia. He is currently a Registered Acupuncturist in British Columbia.

Todd is the founder of Pacific Rim College and the creator of the college’s Global Outreach Program. From 2011-2013 he served on the Board of Directors of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC. In 2010 he presented on the global humanitarian TCM movement at the TCM Kongress in Rothenburg, Germany. In 2011 he was named ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ by the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce. In 2017 he was named by Optimyz Magazine as one of Canada’s Top 100 Health Influencers.

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

Director of Operations

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 25 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 Columbia 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.

James Christian, BSc, PGDip (Herbal Medicine), RHT

Academic Dean & 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. He has also completed a post-graduate Diploma in Herbal Medicine at the University of Central Lancashire with a specialty in Herbal Education. James maintains professional membership in the Canadian Herbalists Association of …

James Christian is a Medical Herbalist, having studied with the College of Phytotherapy in the UK and achieving a B.Sc. in Herbal Medicine. He has also completed a post-graduate Diploma in Herbal Medicine at the University of Central Lancashire with a specialty in Herbal Education.

James maintains professional membership in the Canadian Herbalists Association of BC (CHA of BC) and is the current President of the association. He is a past member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (CPP) in the UK and of the oldest professional herbal association in the world, the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH).

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 resides at Tiny Tree Herb Farm on the Saanich peninsula specializing in permaculture and regenerative systems of food and medicine production.

Gillian Marsollier

Chief Operations Officer, Pacific Rim College Online

Gillian Marsollier has been a Registered Acupuncturist in British Columbia since 2001 and an instructor of acupuncture for more than 15 years. After completing a 4-year Masters Program in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, she began her teaching career in Newfoundland where she wrote the bulk of the curriculum for a 3-year acupuncture program and served as …

Gillian Marsollier has been a Registered Acupuncturist in British Columbia since 2001 and an instructor of acupuncture for more than 15 years. After completing a 4-year Masters Program in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, she began her teaching career in Newfoundland where she wrote the bulk of the curriculum for a 3-year acupuncture program and served as the Acupuncture Program Director. Gillian was then transferred to Halifax where she successfully gained approval by the Board of Education in Nova Scotia for an acupuncture program. In addition to teaching, while residing on the East Coast she practiced at a very successful multi-faceted alternative treatment centre.

In 2008 Gillian went to Nepal to teach acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities at a medical facility. They are still using the modalities to this day to treat the locals from the Himalayan hills.

For the last 5+ years, Gillian has been pursuing the media side of acupuncture and natural healing through the creation of LIFT Education. Through this online education platform, she has created many popular courses including bootcamps that have become the national gold standard for preparation for TCM registration exams.

Cordelia McFadyen, RHN

Dean, School of Holistic Nutrition

Cordelia McFadyen, of Inspired Living Nutrition Inc., is a Holistic Nutritionist who works with brands, corporations and most importantly women to recover their digestive health and establish healthy boundaries in order to live a gutsy life. She is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition (B.C.H.N.) and is also a Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner (N.N.C.P.). Cordelia believes …

Cordelia McFadyen, of Inspired Living Nutrition Inc., is a Holistic Nutritionist who works with brands, corporations and most importantly women to recover their digestive health and establish healthy boundaries in order to live a gutsy life. She is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition (B.C.H.N.) and is also a Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner (N.N.C.P.).

Cordelia believes that there is much to learn about health; we must deconstruct old thoughts and beliefs that prevent us from moving forward in order to claim the most optimal health that is available to us all. We are not what we eat but instead what we absorb and assimilate; strong gut health allows us to do just that.

Rory Knapp-Fisher, BA,RAc

Dean, School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

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.  

Laura Interlandi

Director, Holistic Doula Certificate

Raised on Vancouver Island, Laura Interlandi is a birth and postpartum doula with a passion for elevating the invisible labor of parenthood. Since childhood Laura recognized the presence of the mother-wound in the women around her and knew, even then, that it was a symptom of lacking support systems. Having lived in Toronto, Montreal, the …

Raised on Vancouver Island, Laura Interlandi is a birth and postpartum doula with a passion for elevating the invisible labor of parenthood. Since childhood Laura recognized the presence of the mother-wound in the women around her and knew, even then, that it was a symptom of lacking support systems. Having lived in Toronto, Montreal, the UK, and most recently 7 years in New York City, Laura credits her intersectional feminist approach to the radical leaders, teachers and mentors she’s been privileged to learn from. With a background in professional acting and performance Laura’s teaching style has been described as deeply engaging as well as totally hilarious and she is honored to carry on the educational aspect of her family lineage. She maintains her innovative business Birdsong Brooklyn with herbalist and doula Erica Livingston and humbly credits this partnership with the expansion of her truest capacity. Laura is very grateful for the opportunity to work at Pacific Rim College, and to finally be back on Vancouver Island with her three children and very New York Sicilian husband.

Administration

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. 

Jessica Navarro

Assistant Registrar

Born and raised in Brazil, Jessica graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 2015. After a few years of administrative and sales experience, she moved to Victoria and obtained a Post-Degree Diploma in Business Administration and Marketing at Camosun College. Her passion for student experience comes from different opportunities she has had throughout …

Born and raised in Brazil, Jessica graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 2015. After a few years of administrative and sales experience, she moved to Victoria and obtained a Post-Degree Diploma in Business Administration and Marketing at Camosun College.

Her passion for student experience comes from different opportunities she has had throughout the years, such as studying abroad, teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) in her home country, working as an educational consultant, as well as writing for a student newspaper. A lifelong learning enthusiast, Jessica believes in the interconnectedness of knowledge and has always had an interest in understanding the connections between mind and body for a healthy life. She feels inspired by the PRC community and motivated by the college’s commitment to social responsibility through a holistic health approach. As the Assistant Registrar at Pacific Rim College, Jessica really enjoys contributing to a positive learning environment for everyone.

Amy Klazek, Dip.Phyt. (RHT)

Admissions Director

Amy Klazek is a Medical Herbalist and a graduate of the Diploma of Phytotherapy program at Pacific Rim College. She is a professional member the Canadian Herbalist Association of British Columbia and operates a small private practice in Victoria, BC. As a member of the team at Pacific Rim College, she is proud to contribute …

Amy Klazek is a Medical Herbalist and a graduate of the Diploma of Phytotherapy program at Pacific Rim College. She is a professional member the Canadian Herbalist Association of British Columbia and operates a small private practice in Victoria, BC. As a member of the team at Pacific Rim College, she is proud to contribute to the education of holistic health as the Admissions Director, Assistant Director of the Holistic Doula Certificate program, and an instructor for the Holistic Doula Certificate and Community Herbalist Certificate programs.

 

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.

Alexis Hennig, Dip.Phyt. (RHT)

Herbal Dispensary Manager

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.

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

Dr. Jeannie Achuff, ND

Dr. Jeannie Achuff, ND, is a passionate healthcare provider and educator. Her medical training and clinical practice has been focused in women’s reproductive health, including a certificate of midwifery and natural childbirth from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. She has been in private practice as an ND for 10 years, but …

Dr. Jeannie Achuff, ND, is a passionate healthcare provider and educator. Her medical training and clinical practice has been focused in women’s reproductive health, including a certificate of midwifery and natural childbirth from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. She has been in private practice as an ND for 10 years, but her passion for herbal medicine, midwifery, and birthing emerged at age 16 when she felt moving in her the deep stirrings of the lineage of women-as-healers. Dr. Achuff has taught anatomy and physiology, as well as western clinical medicine, to massage and acupuncture students in California and Oregon, and takes great pleasure in creating a juicy learning environment for students to expand their sense of knowledge, their sense of self, and their own capacity as healthcare providers.

Dr. Achuff currently practices at the U-Retreat Spa and Wellness Centre in Victoria, with a primary focus in women’s pelvic health and reproductive medicine, and manual pelvic bowl healing techniques including Holistic Pelvic Care (trained by Tami Lynn Kent) and Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Therapy (ATMAT). She also maintains an active patient base in one of her previous locales, Berkeley, California. The undercurrent of Dr. Achuff’s service in medicine and healthcare is a passion for working with the vital energies of yin and yang, the healing of the feminine energy here on earth, and bringing healing and balance back into ourselves as humans so that we may live more tenderly and more respectfully with one another and in the web of this planet.

Tony Acworth

Tony graduated with a Diploma in Phytotherapy from Pacific Rim College and is a member of the Canadian Herbalist Association of BC. He is a practicing Medical Herbalist at his home based clinic, Woodward Phytotherapy, in Brentwood Bay, BC. He has a keen interest in the areas of nervous system health, pain management and addictions …

Tony graduated with a Diploma in Phytotherapy from Pacific Rim College and is a member of the Canadian Herbalist Association of BC. He is a practicing Medical Herbalist at his home based clinic, Woodward Phytotherapy, in Brentwood Bay, BC. He has a keen interest in the areas of nervous system health, pain management and addictions having seen many such cases improve with the use of herbal medicine.

His personal journey to heal himself led him to change careers and study herbal medicine. Tony enjoys his time in the dispensary, making medicines and connecting with students. His experiences at PRC have been extremely valuable, expanding his awareness and understanding of working with plants and people. He is endlessly fascinated by nature, reality and the interconnectedness of all things. Tony brings his enthusiasm and commitment to healing to his clinical observation classes.

Elham Ansari, BFA, CAP, RYT, BCHN (Board-Certified Holistic Nutrition)

Elham Ansari is a teacher and practitioner of Ayurveda and Holistic Nutrition as well as a healer and social entrepreneur. Her passion is empowering people through education and taking the mystery out of health by integrating indigenous wisdom with conventional knowledge. Elham is known for her fun and inspiring approach as a teacher and healer. …

Elham Ansari is a teacher and practitioner of Ayurveda and Holistic Nutrition as well as a healer and social entrepreneur. Her passion is empowering people through education and taking the mystery out of health by integrating indigenous wisdom with conventional knowledge. Elham is known for her fun and inspiring approach as a teacher and healer.

She teaches Ayurveda and food therapeutics at Pacific Rim College, in Victoria, BC, where she was the former dean of the program. She is also a clinic supervisor in the Holistic Nutrition Student Clinic at the college and maintains a private clinical practice at Awakening Wellness Centre, in Victoria, which she managed and directed for four years. Elham teaches Ayurveda at several institutions including Ajna Yoga College.

Elham studied Ayurveda in New Mexico and India at the Ayurvedic Institute with her teacher Dr. Vasant Lad. She has also extensively studied Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic Yoga, and has a degree in Art and Design from Emily Carr University. Elham has also received Honorary Board Certification in Holistic Nutrition from the National Association of Nutritionists Practitioners for her work on their Credentialing Board.

R. “DALLAS” Killian Arrowood

Dallas was born in New York City and was raised by a family who practiced alternative medicine. They guided her to work toward making people’s lives comfortable, whether by using folk methods, healing, or looking toward the stars. Dallas began studying Astrology in 1984 and has been practicing ever since. Her interest extended to Medical …

Dallas was born in New York City and was raised by a family who practiced alternative medicine. They guided her to work toward making people’s lives comfortable, whether by using folk methods, healing, or looking toward the stars. Dallas began studying Astrology in 1984 and has been practicing ever since. Her interest extended to Medical Astrology after attending a workshop on Evolutionary Herbalism. An ongoing fascination with the topic led her to pursue continuing education in Medical Astrology with William R. Morris.

Dallas moved to Victoria in 2017 and attended Pacific Rim College, graduating with a Diploma of Phytotherapy. Dallas has been running her own practice as an Herbalist, Medical Astrologer, and Maker of Medicinal products in Cedar Hill since the summer of 2019. Dallas believes that if people can understand themselves and their patients better, the mental, emotional, and physical body will allow a faster path to healing.

Dallas has traveled many roads to get here. She was a volunteer with the American Red Cross for over ten years as a Senior Disaster Response Leader. Dallas has worked in business management, accounting, and operations for corporate America and is currently a Notary Public in the States. She owned two businesses in the United States that guided her to continue seeking new ventures. She has done extensive work with the homeless and transgender populations in Washington, DC. She believes you should treat the Queen of England the same way you would treat a homeless person – there should be no difference. She believes all persons deserve care, respect, and access to health education. Dallas brings her experience, knowledge, and wisdom to the table. She is a big believer in intuition and listening to the signs.

Dr. Claire Astley, MD, DTCM

Subsequent to graduating from McGill University with a medical degree in 1986,  Dr. Astley developed her interest in complementary medicine, studying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at the Nanjing University of TCM in China. As a licensed Medical Doctor and a registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dr. Astley has successfully integrated the two modalities in …

Subsequent to graduating from McGill University with a medical degree in 1986,  Dr. Astley developed her interest in complementary medicine, studying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at the Nanjing University of TCM in China.

As a licensed Medical Doctor and a registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dr. Astley has successfully integrated the two modalities in her busy practice for thirty years.

Dr. Astley has continued her studies in Canada and the US, with David Bray, Bob Flaws, Giovanni Maciocia, Kiiko Matsumoto, Julian Scott, Nigel Dawes, Jason Robertson, Brenda Loew and Dan Zizza.

Completing her studies with Julian Scott  in Seattle, she received a post-graduate certificate in Pediatric Acupuncture. In 2010, she completed the Japanese Acupuncture Certificate Program at Pacific Rim College in Victoria.

In 2009, Dr. Astley 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.

Since 2012, she has studied palpation-based acupuncture from the lineage of Master Nagano, with David Euler, Monika Kobylecka, Tsuyoshi Shimamura and Kiiko Matsumoto in San Francisco and Portland This style of acupuncture has now become the basis of her practice.

At the end of 2011, Dr. Astley retired from her integrative family practice to pursue her passion for Oriental medicine full-time at her new practice Bubbling Spring Acupuncture.

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.

Emma Barker, R.Ac, KOHP

Emma is a Registered Acupuncturist who aims to get patients out of their heads and into their bodies. She has seen in others, as well as herself, the amazing changes that can take place as the result of intuitive touch and a few needles, placed just so. After graduating with honours from Pacific Rim College …

Emma is a Registered Acupuncturist who aims to get patients out of their heads and into their bodies. She has seen in others, as well as herself, the amazing changes that can take place as the result of intuitive touch and a few needles, placed just so. After graduating with honours from Pacific Rim College in 2014, Emma honed her skills in a community acupuncture setting, where she had the privilege of giving over 12,000 treatments. In addition to acupuncture, she is a practitioner of Kruger Omni Healing, a gentle, hands-on holistic therapy that stimulates a healing response from the nervous system. When she’s not at Pacific Rim College, you can find Emma helping patients to zen out at Diversified Health Clinic and at her own practice, Barefoot Healing.

Paul Bergner

Visiting Professor

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.

Check out Paul’s nutrition course at PRCOnline.

Dr. Debra Betts, PhD

Visiting Professor

Dr. Debra Betts, PhD, graduated from the London College of Acupuncture in 1989. With a practice based in women’s health in 1997 she commenced acupuncture courses for midwives in New Zealand. Debra is the author of The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth published in 2006 and now translated into German and French. …

Dr. Debra Betts, PhD, graduated from the London College of Acupuncture in 1989. With a practice based in women’s health in 1997 she commenced acupuncture courses for midwives in New Zealand. Debra is the author of The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth published in 2006 and now translated into German and French. Her PhD on the use of acupuncture in threatened miscarriage was completed through the University of Western Sydney, Australia. Debra is currently the Director of an online Master’s qualification in Chinese medicine for the New Zealand School Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She also supervises a hospital maternity acupuncture clinic and lectures internationally on the use of maternity acupuncture.

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.    

 

Arwen Brenneman

Arwen Brenneman is an entrepreneur who loves the authentic storytelling that comes with good marketing. After graduating with a Computer Science degree in 2001, Arwen worked for a decade as an independent contractor, and was surprised to find the world of marketing, network building, and interview was enjoyable, creative fun. Working with various volunteer boards, …

Arwen Brenneman is an entrepreneur who loves the authentic storytelling that comes with good marketing. After graduating with a Computer Science degree in 2001, Arwen worked for a decade as an independent contractor, and was surprised to find the world of marketing, network building, and interview was enjoyable, creative fun. Working with various volunteer boards, including Marpole-Oakridge Family Place, gave Arwen the chance to see how effective policies and procedures can nurture a business of one or an organization of hundreds.

In 2011, Arwen became a doula and prenatal educator with Birthing From Within, and the love of entrepreneurship came with her. Creating holistic, human-centric brands gave meaning and heart to her business life. Arwen was a managing director of Dancing Star Birth from 2013-2016, a time when the business saw 20% growth. She loves to support other doulas as they find their own entrepreneurial fire.

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.

Dr. Angeli Chitale

Dr. Angeli Chitale, ND

Dr. Angeli Chitale, ND, is a Queen’s University Graduate in Molecular Biology and Genetics. During her final year of post-grad work in genetic research at the Department of Pathology at Queen’s, she turned to natural medicine for treating her chronic knee injury. The impact was so significant it inspired her to study Naturopathic Medicine for …

Dr. Angeli Chitale, ND, is a Queen’s University Graduate in Molecular Biology and Genetics. During her final year of post-grad work in genetic research at the Department of Pathology at Queen’s, she turned to natural medicine for treating her chronic knee injury. The impact was so significant it inspired her to study Naturopathic Medicine for both treatment and prevention of illness.

While a student at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto, Dr. Chitale pursued further training in botanical medicine and homeopathy. Upon graduation, she obtained further qualification in Restorative Medicine for the treatment of Thyroid, Adrenal and other endocrine/metabolic conditions.

Dr. Chitale has served as a executive board member and Medical Editor for the OAND (Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors) and has worked overseas with Naturopathic Doctors International providing medical care to patients in remote and isolated areas of Central America, including running women’s clinics and teaching Botanical Medicine and Clinical skills to prospective ND candidates from all over North America.

Dr. Chitale is a professional member of the CAND (Canadian Association of Naturopathic Medicine), BCNA (BC Naturopathic Association) and AARM (Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine). She holds additional qualification for Prescribing Authority and Acupuncture in BC and Ontario and is a member of good standing with the CNPBC (College of Naturopathic Physicians BC) and CONO (College of Naturopaths of Ontario).

Dr. Chitale views health as maintaining balance within all aspects of a person: Emotional, Mental, Spiritual, Environmental, Social and Physical and treatment plans address patient needs on all levels. When not in clinic, she enjoys time teaching, writing articles for publication, gardening, hiking, kayaking and painting.

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Malcolm Clark

Malcolm’s unique outlook allows him to meet clients and students in their individual needs. He turns old art forms into very practical life skills and has built techniques to relieve physical, environmental and emotional stresses. Client involvement is an important part in healing, which he encourages through hands-on bodywork, communication and home exercises. He has been inspired by …

Malcolm’s unique outlook allows him to meet clients and students in their individual needs. He turns old art forms into very practical life skills and has built techniques to relieve physical, environmental and emotional stresses. Client involvement is an important part in healing, which he encourages through hands-on bodywork, communication and home exercises. He has been inspired by practices such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Feldenkrais and Zero Balancing. In addition to teaching at Pacific Rim College in the Acupuncture and Doula programs, he also offers Bodywork and classes at U Retreat Spa and Wellness

Malcolm and his wife Melanie live in Sooke, BC, with their 3 active, joyful, home-learning children. He is passionate about playing music and spending time in nature. 

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.

Liza Couse

Liza is a Medical Herbalist and Holistic Nutritionist deeply committed to expanding her knowledge about all things plant-related. She has lived and worked on various organic farms studying regenerative agriculture, gained experience as a health consultant, and collaborated with various wellness-based start-ups. Since 2017, Liza has helped to develop Pacific Rim College Online, a digital …

Liza is a Medical Herbalist and Holistic Nutritionist deeply committed to expanding her knowledge about all things plant-related. She has lived and worked on various organic farms studying regenerative agriculture, gained experience as a health consultant, and collaborated with various wellness-based start-ups. Since 2017, Liza has helped to develop Pacific Rim College Online, a digital platform for holistic health education. She is currently the Assistant Dean of the Community Herbalist Online program. Offline, Liza is setting up her private practice and works closely with Ravenhill Herb Farm where she grows herbs, leads tours, and hosts events. She also is the creator and curator of a tea project that blends herbs grown at the farm. Liza is a graduate of the Diploma of Phytotherapy program at Pacific Rim College.

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.

Megan Dove, B.A., B.Edu, TCMP, DTCM

Megan completed her Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology (2003) and Bachelor of Education at the secondary level (2005) from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS. She returned home to Victoria upon their completion and was introduced to alternative holistic medicine after trying allopathically to cope with chronic digestive issues and failing. She graduated …

Megan completed her Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology (2003) and Bachelor of Education at the secondary level (2005) from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS. She returned home to Victoria upon their completion and was introduced to alternative holistic medicine after trying allopathically to cope with chronic digestive issues and failing. She graduated from the D.TCM program at Pacific Rim College in 2014. She is the owner/practitioner for Lavender House Acupuncture and Wellness Clinic located in Victoria, BC. Megan believes that we are the sum of our mind, body, and soul, and that our health and wellness comes from within all these levels of our being. Being able to balance these levels allows us to find our true selves, true happiness, and optimal health.

Bryce Ehrecke

Bryce Ehrecke comes from a line of weavers, builders, and explorers. His ancestors created textiles in Ireland, farmed in Normandie, and constructed in Germany, before coming to Canada to lead a different life. From his mother’s side he has gained creativity and ingenuity, and from his father’s side, he has gained craftsmanship and skill. He …

Bryce Ehrecke comes from a line of weavers, builders, and explorers. His ancestors created textiles in Ireland, farmed in Normandie, and constructed in Germany, before coming to Canada to lead a different life. From his mother’s side he has gained creativity and ingenuity, and from his father’s side, he has gained craftsmanship and skill. He now weaves his heritage with place, and natural buildings with natural landscapes, honouring the relationship between human beings and all other beings. Bryce runs a Natural Building and renovation company called Cre, which is based out of Victoria. Using locally-sourced materials, he has worked on many natural buildings and apprenticed with Pat Hennebery of CobWorks. Bryce’s specialties include rock work, earthen and lime plasters, and roundwood. He skillfully uses design and materials that best suit the environment and person he is creating for. He is a faculty member of the School of Permaculture Design at Pacific Rim College and looks to help create a more resilient and compassionate future.

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.

Sally Fallon Morell

Visiting Professor

Sally Fallon Morell is the founding president of the Weston A. Price Foundation and the author of the best-selling cookbook Nourishing Traditions. She is a world-renowned advocate for a return to traditional foods such as butter, whole raw milk, organ meats, bone broth and cod liver oil.

Sally Fallon Morell is the founding president of the Weston A. Price Foundation and the author of the best-selling cookbook Nourishing Traditions. She is a world-renowned advocate for a return to traditional foods such as butter, whole raw milk, organ meats, bone broth and cod liver oil.

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

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, 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.

Amber Fox, Dip. Phyt., Hons. BES

Amber Fox holds a Diploma in Phytotherapy from Pacific Rim College with the highest of honours, an Honours Degree in Environmental Studies from York University, and a wealth of experience in small business start-up and entrepreneurship. Amber has a passion for empowering entrepreneurs and supporting people in their self-development, whether in her private practice as …

Amber Fox holds a Diploma in Phytotherapy from Pacific Rim College with the highest of honours, an Honours Degree in Environmental Studies from York University, and a wealth of experience in small business start-up and entrepreneurship. Amber has a passion for empowering entrepreneurs and supporting people in their self-development, whether in her private practice as a Herbalist and yoga teacher or in her work as an educator.

Drawing on a rich and varied small-business background, Amber has experience in many entrepreneurial roles and knows intimately the power of continual learning and reinvention. From founding three businesses herself, to being a key team member in over half a dozen small business start-ups and international events, to consulting countless entrepreneurs in their fledgling businesses, Amber thrives on offering her rich and varied small-business experience and enthusiasm to inspire confidence and skill in entrepreneurs.

Amber is a Registered Herbal Therapist and Board member of the CHA of BC, and runs a thriving private practice in her home community of Esquimalt as ‘The Embodied Herbalist’. Amber is also a Certified Yoga Teacher with a specific love of teaching Yin and Mindfulness Meditation. When she is not teaching or practicing herbal medicine, you can find her in her medicinal herb garden, out for a long hike or paddle, or on her meditation cushion.

Dr. Reuven Freesman, Dr.TCM

Dr. Reuven Freesman has been practicing and teaching Chinese Medicine for more than 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 …

Dr. Reuven Freesman has been practicing and teaching Chinese Medicine for more than 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.

Jenica Geisler, R.Ac, KOH.P

Jenica Geisler (R.Ac, KOH.P) completed her Doctorate studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Academy of Classical & Oriental Sciences (ACOS) in Nelson, BC, in 2012. She began practicing as a Community Acupuncturist shortly after at Poke in Vancouver and Stillpoint Community Acupuncture here in Victoria, which motivated her to use her skillset for positive …

Jenica Geisler (R.Ac, KOH.P) completed her Doctorate studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Academy of Classical & Oriental Sciences (ACOS) in Nelson, BC, in 2012. She began practicing as a Community Acupuncturist shortly after at Poke in Vancouver and Stillpoint Community Acupuncture here in Victoria, which motivated her to use her skillset for positive social change.

In 2018, Jenica opened up her private practice, Passage Wellness & Acupuncture, on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen-Speaking, in Victoria, BC. Her foundational training is in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. In addition, her practice is informed by training in Dr. Tan and balance method needling, Kruger Omni Healing, somatic bodywork, grief theory, trauma-aware support, healing justice, cultural somatics, interpersonal neurobiology, and animist values.

Jenica believes our well-being is a reflection of the intersections between our bodies and the culture that infuses and surrounds us. At a time of cultural and ecological crisis, she can see that many of us are grieving the waning connection to ourselves, each other, and the land we call home. Jenica is passionate about reconnecting to what it means to be an embodied, relational human, and is inspired to connect with others on re-imagining wholeness at the intersections of intergenerational trauma, current structures of oppression, and a generative and co-creative future.

Ashley Gillies, MA, DipEd

Ashley Gillies is a Community Psychologist, Somatic, Earth-based Therapist and Deep Democracy Facilitator. She loves people and has a lifelong passion for bringing the marginal into the center and deepening justice, understanding and belonging. Her background of praxis includes anti-oppression work, participatory dialogue, grief ritual, sacred clowning, focusing-oriented therapy, community farming, psycho-spiritual nature connection and …

Ashley Gillies is a Community Psychologist, Somatic, Earth-based Therapist and Deep Democracy Facilitator. She loves people and has a lifelong passion for bringing the marginal into the center and deepening justice, understanding and belonging. Her background of praxis includes anti-oppression work, participatory dialogue, grief ritual, sacred clowning, focusing-oriented therapy, community farming, psycho-spiritual nature connection and education. Ashley is a white settler of Scottish/English/Irish descent currently living on Lekwungen territory. She has a private counselling practice focused on assisting people process grief, transitions, relationship struggles and finding soul purpose through deep mythology and dream work, body awareness practices and nature-based approaches to healing and transformation. She also collaboratively hosts dialogues and trainings on various issues of systemic oppression, and facilitates meetings and retreats for organizations focused on relationship building, conflict engagement, rank dynamics analysis and deep visioning. Her favourite places to be are underwater, on her bicycle, in a tree, among the stars or getting down on the dance floor. Find her at www.ashleygillies.ca.

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 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.

Shima Hashemian

Shima Hashemian is a Medical Herbalist and the co-founder of Heartsease Herbs. She has been in private practice since graduating with highest honours from PRC’s Phytotherapy Diploma Program in 2016. Prior to this, she studied Food, Nutrition, and Health at the University of British Columbia, obtaining her Bachelor of Science Degree (Hons) in 2011. There …

Shima Hashemian is a Medical Herbalist and the co-founder of Heartsease Herbs. She has been in private practice since graduating with highest honours from PRC’s Phytotherapy Diploma Program in 2016. Prior to this, she studied Food, Nutrition, and Health at the University of British Columbia, obtaining her Bachelor of Science Degree (Hons) in 2011. There she specialized in Food Market Analysis, with a special interest in Food Security Issues, which took her traveling and farming both at home and abroad. 

Shima has been a supervisor at the PRC dispensary since 2017 during which time she has overseen thousands of herbal formulations. In addition, since January 2020, Shima has served as a supervisor in the student training clinic.

Shima combines her knowledge of health, herbalism and nutrition with her spirituality in all her professional roles. She uses this compassionate, heart-centered, and holistic vision to guide and support her students and patients on their own unique journeys. 

Dr. Melissa Hawboldt, Dr. TCM, BA(Hon)

Melissa is a registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine with the CTCMA of BC. She graduated magna cum laude from the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine Program at Pacific Rim College in 2014. She has since practiced in collaborative multidisciplinary health clinics both in Victoria, BC, and New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. Melissa now practices out …

Melissa is a registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine with the CTCMA of BC. She graduated magna cum laude from the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine Program at Pacific Rim College in 2014. She has since practiced in collaborative multidisciplinary health clinics both in Victoria, BC, and New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. Melissa now practices out of two clinic locations: Copper Mountain Centre in James Bay and Pure Body Health downtown Victoria.

Prior to studying Chinese Medicine, Melissa completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Psychology and a minor in Religious Studies from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, NS, graduating with honors magna cum laude.

Melissa has a special interest in women’s health, mental health and digestion, but enjoys treating a wide range of health issues. She is passionate about the holistic approach of TCM and takes pride in customizing each unique treatment, employing acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, gua sha and food therapy depending on the needs of each individual.

In her down time Melissa enjoys spending time in nature, going for walks, often while listening to podcasts. She’s an avid reader, both of novels and health and wellness books. Melissa loves food, cooking and exploring all the great places to eat in the city.

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, 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.

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.

Ryan Hilperts, MA

Ryan Hilperts is committed to the art of transformational education. She guides processes of individual, group, and community discovery through workshops in facilitation, interpersonal communication, group dynamics, visioning, and living with purpose. She designs her work using ecological systems as inspiration and guides.  Ryan directs the Redfish School of Change, a field school dedicated to …

Ryan Hilperts is committed to the art of transformational education. She guides processes of individual, group, and community discovery through workshops in facilitation, interpersonal communication, group dynamics, visioning, and living with purpose. She designs her work using ecological systems as inspiration and guides. 

Ryan directs the Redfish School of Change, a field school dedicated to fostering a community of leaders working for sustainability and justice on both sides of the international border in the Salish Sea. In addition to teaching courses on farms, in the wilderness, and by kayak, Ryan also works in classroom settings.  She is an assistant teaching lecturer and field school coordinator in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria.  Her academic research focuses on the ways that communities can engage in meaningful ways with the natural world through ecological restoration.

Ryan co-facilitates a weekly Sacred Ecology group based on the work of Joanna Macy, is a songwriter and singer and an avid chef.

Jude Hobbs

Visiting Professor

Jude Hobbs is an internationally recognized permaculture designer, educator and co-founder of the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA). With over 30 years’ experience she utilizes whole-system techniques in urban and rural settings to co-design environmentally sound solutions that inspire sustainable actions. Through her business, Agro-Ecology Northwest, she specializes in optimizing resource conservation, biodiversity, soil and watershed enhancement …

Jude Hobbs is an internationally recognized permaculture designer, educator and co-founder of the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA). With over 30 years’ experience she utilizes whole-system techniques in urban and rural settings to co-design environmentally sound solutions that inspire sustainable actions. Through her business, Agro-Ecology Northwest, she specializes in optimizing resource conservation, biodiversity, soil and watershed enhancement and income diversification for large and small-scale acreage.

As an educator, she conveys her passion for permaculture to students worldwide by providing curricula developed to encompass diverse learning styles with teaching techniques that are accessible, inspiring and information rich.

Jude tends Wilson Creek Gardens, a 7-acre homestead and demonstration site located in Cottage Grove, Oregon. Learn more at www.cascadiapermaculture.com

Dr. Aditi Jeanette Ruth Holden, MA, ND

Aditi’s childhood was spent in the waters of Canadian lakes, rivers and oceans. Her childhood home, passive solar/wood stove-heated situated among forests and gardens, forged in her a strong relationship with nature, the elements and their teachings. One morning a few years back, while sitting on the River Ganga at dawn in India, she realized …

Aditi’s childhood was spent in the waters of Canadian lakes, rivers and oceans. Her childhood home, passive solar/wood stove-heated situated among forests and gardens, forged in her a strong relationship with nature, the elements and their teachings. One morning a few years back, while sitting on the River Ganga at dawn in India, she realized this upbringing was the strong foundation for her own sense of spirituality.

Being brought up in rural queer community, lent to an early understanding of what it meant to live outside of cultural norms, to know homophobia via association to community/family, and at a early age witnessed the effects of oppression, later coming to understand it as a root of disease.

Along with a love of travel, and a love for anyone who walked/thought/expressed themselves outside of the lines – she discovered the subject of Anthropology. This fascination had her completing an Honors Degree with a focus on First Nation Social Studies/Contemporary Representation in Media, as well as a Masters Degree in Medical Anthropology (including research in the social/cultural context of disease) straight out of high school.

She was urged by her thesis advisor to attend medical school at that time. She ignored his suggestion and instead chose travel, in an effort to feel more empowered with her sense of responsibility for coexisting and living on this planet. This included years of learning, working, teaching in organic/permaculture/biodynamic/herbal fields, across North and Central America, Europe, and India. It also included completing an 8 month Ecological Gardening and Permaculture course on Cortes Island, BC and creating/teaching over 14 workshops with a Sandinista NGO in Nicaragua~ based in medicinals and permaculture.

In 2005, after completing 500 hours of Yoga teacher training, she spent 6 months in ashram and was gifted the name Aditi, ‘the living dynamis of the mother’. Since none of her Indian friends could pronounce ‘Jeanette’ with ease, the name stuck. From there her passion for grassroots accessible healing, for plants as food and medicine, for Ayurveda and the elements, and for meditation (she has completed over 10 Vipassana sits) led her into Naturopathic Medical College (more than 4500 school hours in western holistic medical training), from which she graduated in 2009.

She has since become owner and practitioner at Birdsong Naturopathic Clinic, has written and instructed four years of courses at Pacific Rim College (Homeopathy for Doulas, Patient Communication, Ayurvedic Foundation/Herbal/Nutrition classes). She has also spent 4 years being supervisor/instructor with Boucher Naturopathic College at the Free Family Naturopathic Clinic in Victoria.

She has continued her education by completing two herbal apprentices and studying Homeopathy (studied/worked with teachers in India, Africa and Europe) and Traditional Chinese Medicine (she did an additional 1.5 years of training at the Master’s level in Berkeley). She has also trained and done assistant teaching with 3 different teachers in Cranial Sacral work with 400+ hours and now 8 years clinical practice.

Other training has included courses with Vandana Shiva in India, accessible Midwifery in Peru, many intensives in Ayurveda, and with Paul Pitchford (author of Healing with Whole Foods). One of her deepest loves is being a student of Martin Prechtel’s at Bolads Kitchen, New Mexico, since 2012. Recently she has also completed trainings in community at Tamera Healing Biotope, Portugal, and has been committed to sitting with the teachings of a local Haida Gwaii Shaman and Elder.

 

Lindsay Hounslow

Lindsay’s interest in plants was cultivated in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. During 10 years of work as a naturalist guide, Lindsay gained a deep appreciation for ecology and her clinical practice integrates her respect for the profound nature of connection within our web of life. She has a deep love for plants and …

Lindsay’s interest in plants was cultivated in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. During 10 years of work as a naturalist guide, Lindsay gained a deep appreciation for ecology and her clinical practice integrates her respect for the profound nature of connection within our web of life. She has a deep love for plants and a passion to increase the availability of safe, effective medicines in a form that nurtures our shared spiritual and ecological health. After studies in geography, nutrition, and yoga, and mentorship in energy work, shamanism, organic gardening, and herbal wildcrafting, she dedicated herself to herbal studies and was one of PRC’s first Diploma of Phytotherapy graduates. She is a professional member of the Canadian Herbalist Association of BC and is the past Vice President of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations. She practices herbalism in her home community of Fernwood, Victoria and is a happy gardener, yogi, and mother.

Amanda Howe, MSc

Amanda Howe has been a Herbalist for over 35 years. She trained in England in the early ’80s and became a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK). She went on to receive her MSc in Herbal Medicine from the University of Wales. Amanda worked in England in a multidisciplinary clinic before moving …

Amanda Howe has been a Herbalist for over 35 years. She trained in England in the early
’80s and became a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK). She went on to
receive her MSc in Herbal Medicine from the University of Wales. Amanda worked in England in
a multidisciplinary clinic before moving to Vancouver Island 30 years ago. Since moving to
Canada Amanda has been active in practice as a Herbalist and as a herbal educator. She has
served on the board of the provincial Canadian Herbalists Association of BC as well as the
national Herbal Practitioners Council – the Canadian Council of Herbalists Associations
(CCHA), working to ensure continued access to herbal medicines for Herbalists and the general
public. And she also sat on Health Canada’s Natural Health Products Expert Advisory
Committee.

Amanda spent several years teaching at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC. as a teacher in
their excellent full-time Herbal Practitioner training program, and was involved in funded
research projects with the Centre for Livelihoods and Ecology at Royal Roads University.
Amanda is passionate about herbs and herbal medicine and about sharing the connection to the
natural world that can be found through connecting with and learning about the healing power of
plants. Amanda loves to teach and is happiest when she is in the garden teaching people how
to grow, harvest, use and listen to the magic of the plants that are thriving there

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

Dr. Kevin Hu has been devoted to health care career for more than 30 years. He has practiced, researched, taught Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture and western medicine since 1986 in China and has been teaching in Canada since 2004. He has a PhD in Medicine from China and a Doctor of Chinese Medicine from the …

Dr. Kevin Hu has been devoted to health care career for more than 30 years. He has practiced, researched, taught Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture and western medicine since 1986 in China and has been teaching in Canada since 2004. He has a PhD in Medicine from China and a Doctor of Chinese Medicine from the 1st Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou University of TCM, where he later served as professor. He was a physician of integrative Chinese and Western Medicine in Changhang General Hospital. In the past 30 years, he successfully treated thousands of patients suffering from various kinds of diseases, acute and chronic, simple and complicated, like heart failure, arthritis, amenorrhea, infertility, depression and chronic pain syndromes. He is highly experienced in treating severe, chronic and complicated conditions. He currently runs his busy BayVan Clinic in Victoria.

Dr. Juan Huang, BSc, Ph.D. (China), Reg. Dr. TCM

Juan Huang received her PH.D. in internal medicine of TCM at Beijing University of TCM and Pharmacology, Beijing, China. She has been involved in several research projects both experimental and clinical at the municipal and national level in China. Dr. Huang has 20 years of teaching experience both in China and Canada. She has been principle …

Juan Huang received her PH.D. in internal medicine of TCM at Beijing University of TCM and Pharmacology, Beijing, China. She has been involved in several research projects both experimental and clinical at the municipal and national level in China. Dr. Huang has 20 years of teaching experience both in China and Canada. She has been principle instructor at Academy of Classical Oriental Science in Nelson, BC, for 13 years and at Calgary College of Acupuncture and TCM for 3 years. She has taught a broad range of courses from Diagnosis, Acupuncture therapeutics, Herbology, Formula, internal medicine, external medicine, gynecology, Pediatric and classic courses. Additionally, Dr. Huang was a highly esteemed lecturer at the Capital Medical University (Beijing).

Dr. Huang has 28 years of clinical experience both in China and Canada, including 13 years practicing both at Guixi municipal Hospital (Jiangxi Province, China ) and Dongzhimen Hospital, which is the affiliated hospital of Beijing University of TCM and Pharmacology (Beijing, China) and 15 years practicing at TCM colleges in Canada. She has successfully treated many difficult diseases in internal medicine and gynecology with acupuncture and herbal medicine. Dr. Huang has numerous articles published in academic Chinese medicine journals.

Laura Interlandi

Raised on Vancouver Island, Laura Interlandi is a birth and postpartum doula with a passion for elevating the invisible labor of parenthood. Since childhood Laura recognized the presence of the mother-wound in the women around her and knew, even then, that it was a symptom of lacking support systems. Having lived in Toronto, Montreal, the …

Raised on Vancouver Island, Laura Interlandi is a birth and postpartum doula with a passion for elevating the invisible labor of parenthood. Since childhood Laura recognized the presence of the mother-wound in the women around her and knew, even then, that it was a symptom of lacking support systems. Having lived in Toronto, Montreal, the UK, and most recently 7 years in New York City, Laura credits her intersectional feminist approach to the radical leaders, teachers and mentors she’s been privileged to learn from. With a background in professional acting and performance Laura’s teaching style has been described as deeply engaging as well as totally hilarious and she is honored to carry on the educational aspect of her family lineage. She maintains her innovative business Birdsong Brooklyn with herbalist and doula Erica Livingston and humbly credits this partnership with the expansion of her truest capacity. Laura is very grateful for the opportunity to work at Pacific Rim College, and to finally be back on Vancouver Island with her three children and very New York Sicilian husband.

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.

Oliver Kellhammer

Visiting Professor

Oliver Kellhammer is an independent artist, writer, and researcher, who seeks, through his botanical interventions and social art practice, to demonstrate nature’s surprising ability to recover from damage. His work facilitates the processes of environmental regeneration by engaging the botanical and socio-political underpinnings of the landscape. It continues to evolve and has taken various forms such …

Oliver Kellhammer is an independent artist, writer, and researcher, who seeks, through his botanical interventions and social art practice, to demonstrate nature’s surprising ability to recover from damage. His work facilitates the processes of environmental regeneration by engaging the botanical and socio-political underpinnings of the landscape. It continues to evolve and has taken various forms such as small-scale urban eco-forestry, inner city community agriculture, and the restoration of eroded railway ravines. His recent work has focused on the psychosocial effects of climate change, cleaning up contaminated soils, reintroducing prehistoric trees to landscape damaged by industrial logging, and cataloging the ecology of brownfield ecologies. He currently works as a lecturer in sustainable systems at Parsons in New York City. 

He has lectured and given artists’ talks on bio-art, ecological design, urban ecology, and permaculture at universities and cultural institutions throughout North America and abroad, including NYU, Rensselaer Polytechnic, OTIS College, University of Oregon, Emily Carr University, Smith College, University of British Columbia, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, University of Windsor, Aalto University (Finland), and Tohoku University (Japan).

For more information on him and his work, visit his website at www.oliverk.org.

Amy Klazek, Dip.Phyt. (RHT)

Amy Klazek is a Medical Herbalist and a graduate of the Diploma of Phytotherapy program at Pacific Rim College. She is a professional member the Canadian Herbalist Association of British Columbia and operates a small private practice in Victoria, BC. As a member of the team at Pacific Rim College, she is proud to contribute …

Amy Klazek is a Medical Herbalist and a graduate of the Diploma of Phytotherapy program at Pacific Rim College. She is a professional member the Canadian Herbalist Association of British Columbia and operates a small private practice in Victoria, BC. As a member of the team at Pacific Rim College, she is proud to contribute to the education of holistic health as the Admissions Director, Assistant Director of the Holistic Doula Certificate program, and an instructor for the Holistic Doula Certificate and Community Herbalist Certificate programs.

 

Alyssa Jean Klazek

After Alyssa Jean Klazek had her first child, she took her 200hr RYT Yoga Teacher Training in 2011 with Rameen Peyrow and SATTVA School of Yoga. Shortly after she moved to China and had her second child while teaching music to children. When she moved to Victoria she began teaching Prenatal, Postnatal and children’s classes …

After Alyssa Jean Klazek had her first child, she took her 200hr RYT Yoga Teacher Training in 2011 with Rameen Peyrow and SATTVA School of Yoga. Shortly after she moved to China and had her second child while teaching music to children. When she moved to Victoria she began teaching Prenatal, Postnatal and children’s classes at Mothering Touch and other areas in the city. In 2016 Alyssa took her Prenatal Yoga training with Ann Kathrin Martins and Moksana Yoga and her Dona Doula Training with Mothering Touch. She began working as a doula right away and continues her work in Yoga and music for all ages. 

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.  

 

Hillary Krupa, R.H.N.

Hillary has been a practicing Registered Holistic Nutritionist since 2004. Her professional experience has spanned from clinical settings in supportive cancer care and private practice, to nutrition programming for people living with HIV, with a specific focus on not-for-profit and social justice settings.  Alongside clinical practice, Hillary is a freelance writer for various health and …

Hillary has been a practicing Registered Holistic Nutritionist since 2004. Her professional experience has spanned from clinical settings in supportive cancer care and private practice, to nutrition programming for people living with HIV, with a specific focus on not-for-profit and social justice settings. 

Alongside clinical practice, Hillary is a freelance writer for various health and wellness publications and companies, and has taught cooking classes and developed content for community health programs and initiatives. She is passionate about travel and our relationships to food with a special interest in cultural diets and the various ways and contexts in which we nourish ourselves, both individually and collectively.

When not focusing on nutrition, she can be found tasting her way around the world or channeling the ‘50s with her vintage clothing business. 

Mark Lakeman

Visiting Professor

Mark Lakeman is a co-founder of the City Repair Project in Portland, Oregon, and served as the Co-Director of Creative Vision from 1995 to 2008. He is presently active as a core member, overall mentor, and project coordinator in City Repair’s annual urban permaculture festival known as the Village Building Convergence. Mark is also the …

Mark Lakeman is a co-founder of the City Repair Project in Portland, Oregon, and served as the Co-Director of Creative Vision from 1995 to 2008. He is presently active as a core member, overall mentor, and project coordinator in City Repair’s annual urban permaculture festival known as the Village Building Convergence. Mark is also the founder and principal of Communitecture, Inc, a cutting edge eco-architecture and planning design firm with sustainable building and planning projects at all scales. These highly popular projects include such social-ecological innovations as The ReBuilding Center, numerous ecovillage projects and urban infill co-housing examples. Many current projects involve low income and homeless people in the self-development of tiny-home based villages. All of these initiatives were developed out of the Planet Repair Institute, which Mark co-founded, including PRI’s acclaimed urban permaculture design course which is currently taught in collaboration with Permaculture PDX and Witch Hazel Inc.

After working for several years in the 1980s as a lead designer of large scale corporate projects, in 1988 Mark embarked on a series of cultural immersion projects with numerous indigenous societies in order to derive place-making patterns which could be applied to urban settings across North America. These patterns include broad participation, local ownership, and transference of authority to local populations, creative expression in planned and unplanned processes, and social networks as the primary economic medium of change. His travels lasted until 1995 when he returned to Portland to undertake a series of creative, culturally restorative initiatives. His cooperative initiatives include the Last Thursday Arts & Culture Project, The City Repair Project, Communitecture, Inc., the Intersection Repair Project, the T-Horse mobile public gathering place, Dignity Village, the annual Earth Day celebration of localization, and the Village Building Convergence (VBC), and Planet Repair Institute.

Agni Larsen, R.Ac., R.TCM.P, RYT

Agni Larsen, of Twin Cedars Holistic Health, is an educator and practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine as well as a Yoga Teacher with over 15 years of experience teaching across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Agni began her formal study of Chinese Medicine in 2013 at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences, continued …

Agni Larsen, of Twin Cedars Holistic Health, is an educator and practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine as well as a Yoga Teacher with over 15 years of experience teaching across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Agni began her formal study of Chinese Medicine in 2013 at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences, continued her education at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver in 2016, and completed her 5-year Doctorate of Traditional Chinese Medicine at Pacific Rim College in 2017. Agni is a long term student of Tibetan Buddhism and holds a BA in Buddhist Studies and Himalayan Language from Kathmandu University in Nepal where she lived from 2008-2011.

Agni has a special interest in outreach acupuncture, mental and emotional health, addictions, autoimmune conditions, eating disorders, pain modulation, dermatology, digestive health, optimal nutrition, and Chinese botanicals. She loves working with women to balance hormones, regulate menstruation, improve fertility, and support all three trimesters of pregnancy. Agni has additional training in AcuSculpt and Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture, including facial rejuvenation and cellulite reduction. 

Outside of the college, you can find her painting, meditating, shamanic journeying and healing ancestral trauma, brewing potions, writing spoken word poetry, practicing qi gong, and curling up with fantasy and sci-fi novels.

Gavin Larsen, R. TCM. P.

Gavin Larsen, co-owner of Twin Cedars Holistic Health in Victoria, BC, completed his Doctorate studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Academy of Classical & Oriental Sciences (ACOS) in his hometown, Nelson, BC. His practice focuses primarily on addiction rehabilitation, dermatology, and postural alignment. Gavin was introduced to the healing potential of Traditional Chinese Medicine …

Gavin Larsen, co-owner of Twin Cedars Holistic Health in Victoria, BC, completed his Doctorate studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Academy of Classical & Oriental Sciences (ACOS) in his hometown, Nelson, BC. His practice focuses primarily on addiction rehabilitation, dermatology, and postural alignment.

Gavin was introduced to the healing potential of Traditional Chinese Medicine through the use of Chinese herbal medicine, and experienced complete relief from a chronic skin condition. He was deeply inspired by the ability to observe significant change in his overall state of physical and emotional wellness. Gavin completed his studies with a particular passion for Chinese herbs and Chinese language. He believes the medicine is about guiding people towards letting go of lifestyle and emotional patterns that are not serving them, therefore helping them create space for acquiring tools of consistent, lasting support.

Outside of the clinic, Gavin enjoys gardening, Taiji, cooking, studying Chinese language, hiking and breathing fresh air by the ocean.

Dr. Martha Lucas

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.

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.

Dana Leigh Lyons

Dr. Dana Leigh Lyons

Dana Leigh Lyons is a licensed Doctor of Chinese Medicine in Colorado, Florida and Maryland. She is also a certified Primal Health Coach trained in ancestral health and nutrition. She owns holistic coaching business Alchemist Sobriety and Alchemist Academy, which offers NCCAOM-certified continuing education courses. Her work is an alchemy of Chinese Medicine, mindfulness and minimalism.  As …

Dana Leigh Lyons is a licensed Doctor of Chinese Medicine in Colorado, Florida and Maryland. She is also a certified Primal Health Coach trained in ancestral health and nutrition. She owns holistic coaching business Alchemist Sobriety and Alchemist Academy, which offers NCCAOM-certified continuing education courses. Her work is an alchemy of Chinese Medicine, mindfulness and minimalism. 

As a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Dana has treated hundreds of patients over the course of thousands of individual treatment sessions. She has also led more than a hundred group sessions at addiction treatment centres and co-taught addiction treatment trainings for healthcare students and professionals.

She has been an instructor since 2016, teaching courses that included Advanced Therapeutics, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Holistic Nutrition, and Yang Sheng Fa. She has also played a primary role in developing Holistic Nutrition Program curriculum.

Dana holds a Master’s degree from Georgetown University and completed her 5-year Doctor of Chinese Medicine training at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences, in British Columbia.

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.

Cordelia McFadyen, RHN

Cordelia McFadyen, of Inspired Living Nutrition Inc., is a Holistic Nutritionist who works with brands, corporations and most importantly women to recover their digestive health and establish healthy boundaries in order to live a gutsy life. She is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition (B.C.H.N.) and is also a Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner (N.N.C.P.). Cordelia believes …

Cordelia McFadyen, of Inspired Living Nutrition Inc., is a Holistic Nutritionist who works with brands, corporations and most importantly women to recover their digestive health and establish healthy boundaries in order to live a gutsy life. She is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition (B.C.H.N.) and is also a Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner (N.N.C.P.).

Cordelia believes that there is much to learn about health; we must deconstruct old thoughts and beliefs that prevent us from moving forward in order to claim the most optimal health that is available to us all. We are not what we eat but instead what we absorb and assimilate; strong gut health allows us to do just that.

Leslie McGarry

Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Leslie is a child of water, with early years dedicated to sailing with her father and racing in local regattas. Other interests included soccer and field hockey, but Leslie attributes her ease with public speaking to her years in theatre. Participating in theatre also served her well during her …

Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Leslie is a child of water, with early years dedicated to sailing with her father and racing in local regattas. Other interests included soccer and field hockey, but Leslie attributes her ease with public speaking to her years in theatre. Participating in theatre also served her well during her years with the traditional Kwagiulth Dance troupe, The Hunt Family Dancers. Under the direction of her uncle, Chief Tony Hunt, Leslie learned how to convey the importance and cultural significance associated with traditional dance to a variety of audiences from special interest groups to museums.

Today, Leslie represents the 5th generation of her family to work in the field of Cultural Awareness, a legacy that began with her Great-Great Grandfather, George Hunt, who worked with anthropologist, Franz Boaz to record the cultural heritage and practices of the Kwakwaka’ wakw People. Leslie is also a great-granddaughter of the late Chief Mungo Martin and the eldest granddaughter of the late Chief Henry Hunt, both of whom were internationally renowned artists as well as Master Carvers for the Royal BC Museum’s totem pole restoration project. The Royal BC Museum is also home to a replica of a Cedar Big House belonging to Chief Jonathan Hunt, Leslie’s paternal great-grandfather. Leslie’s grandmother, the late Helen Hunt was a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, where Leslie was employed for twenty-six years.

With this inspirational legacy as a guiding force, and working with many community partners, Leslie provides opportunities to enhance and/or develop awareness and appreciation for the cultural diversity within Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples. In her capacity as a First Nation Cultural Liaison, Leslie relays information that reflects a First Nations perspective from pre-contact to post-contact history with cultural authenticity and integrity. From developing school programs in cooperation with the Royal BC Museum to providing cultural support for the BC Legislative Assembly’s Parliamentary Education Office, Leslie provides a cultural component derived from the stories, legends, values and traditions that have been passed down through her family for countless generations. Drawing on her own family history and cultural background, Leslie offers guided tours of the Royal BC Museum’s First Peoples Gallery, providing her audience with a First Nations perspective that serves to enhance the visitor’s experience of the exhibits. Leslie relays information that compliments the gallery, while offering her audience a personal glimpse into the cultural histories of BC’s First Nations.

Leslie and her husband Michael, married for 33 years, are the proud parents of three exceptional sons and grandparents to two beautiful grandchildren.

Kristen Miskelly

Kristen Miskelly is a biologist who specializes in the restoration and botany of southeastern Vancouver Island and is passionate about ecology, conservation, and native plant propagation. Kristen operates a native plant nursery and consulting business in Saanich that she hopes will assist others in conserving and enhancing natural habitat. Kristen is also a volunteer coordinator …

Kristen Miskelly is a biologist who specializes in the restoration and botany of southeastern Vancouver Island and is passionate about ecology, conservation, and native plant propagation. Kristen operates a native plant nursery and consulting business in Saanich that she hopes will assist others in conserving and enhancing natural habitat. Kristen is also a volunteer coordinator for the Haliburton Biodiversity project, which over the last seven years has worked with volunteers to restore wetland and meadow habitat at Haliburton Farm. Kristen received her MSc from the University of Victoria in 2012, focusing on the ancient vegetation of southern Vancouver Island. She has a diverse background in botany, conservation, and ecological restoration and has taught courses and workshops focused on plant identification, restoration techniques, and naturescaping for the last eight years.

Dr. Kayla Moberg, DTCM, Dip. Phyt.

Kayla’s dream of finding a comprehensive herbal medicine program came true in 2009 when she discovered the Diploma of Phytotherapy program at Pacific Rim College. While completing this program, she quickly and passionately fell in love with traditional Chinese medicine, which inspired her to continue her studies. She went on to graduate as a Medical …

Kayla’s dream of finding a comprehensive herbal medicine program came true in 2009 when she discovered the Diploma of Phytotherapy program at Pacific Rim College. While completing this program, she quickly and passionately fell in love with traditional Chinese medicine, which inspired her to continue her studies. She went on to graduate as a Medical Herbalist and a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Prior to her education at Pacific Rim College, she completed various trainings in aromatherapy, birth and postpartum doula, massage, and reiki.

A dedicated yoga practice over the past decade led her to India twice to immerse herself in this spiritual tradition. On her first trip, she completed a yoga teacher training and returned a year later to teach yoga and do volunteer acupuncture at a charitable hospital through the ashram she was living at. The profound effects that herbal medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and yoga have had on her life are what inspired her to study these ancient healing traditions. She is deeply passionate about helping people connect to their innate healing potential. 

She is currently registered with the CTCMA as a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and focuses her practice on women’s health. She is deeply committed to her patients and her greatest joy is supporting women in the areas of fertility, gynecology, pregnancy, digestive health, and mental wellness.

Heather Newman

Born and raised just outside of Montreal, Heather began working in holistic health around 2003. This path eventually led to Pacific Rim College where she graduated with highest honours from the Phytotherapy program in 2016. Since then she has merged herbalism and energy work in her practice. Heather is also a writer and content editor …

Born and raised just outside of Montreal, Heather began working in holistic health around 2003. This path eventually led to Pacific Rim College where she graduated with highest honours from the Phytotherapy program in 2016. Since then she has merged herbalism and energy work in her practice. Heather is also a writer and content editor who loves to help others improve their writing. In 2011, Heather graduated with distinction from Concordia University where she did a double major in Specialization Psychology and Linguistic Science. With over 10 years of experience in the areas of writing, editing, and holistic health, Heather is now pleased to be sharing her knowledge with others.

Christina Nikolic

Christina’s background is in landscape gardening, architecture, and design. She has been teaching organic horticulture, landscape design, and plant ID at Gaia College for 15 years. Christina has designed many Victoria gardens as well! She is a SOUL Certified Organic Urban Land Care Professional and a volunteer with, and past board member of, SOUL (Society …

Christina’s background is in landscape gardening, architecture, and design. She has been teaching organic horticulture, landscape design, and plant ID at Gaia College for 15 years. Christina has designed many Victoria gardens as well! She is a SOUL Certified Organic Urban Land Care Professional and a volunteer with, and past board member of, SOUL (Society for Organic Urban Land Care). Currently she runs a local fertilizer business, The Organic Gardener’s Pantry, retailing fine fertilizers and microbial products. If there is time left, she can be found in the garden, getting her hands dirty.

Julie Parrell

I am a Queer Métis woman who grew up in Winnipeg, MB. I began my exploration of social justice issues while I was still in high school. My first protest was directed at the circus, asking for the fair treatment of animals with PETA. This led to me volunteering with Food Not Bombs – an …

I am a Queer Métis woman who grew up in Winnipeg, MB. I began my exploration of social justice issues while I was still in high school. My first protest was directed at the circus, asking for the fair treatment of animals with PETA. This led to me volunteering with Food Not Bombs – an international group that makes and serves vegan meals to those in need, and activists at protests. My passion for social justice and food security grew, and in 2000 I helped organize 40 people to go to the G8 protest in Québec City. This was my first taste of social democracy and grassroots organizing. I loved it! In 2006 I moved to Vancouver, BC where I worked on a health research study for the Department of Medicine at UBC. We interviewed 400 people who were either vulnerably housed or experiencing homelessness. The aim was to look at the relationship between access to housing and access to health care. This was a pivotal role for me as I could see the disconnect between what we need to be healthy and what our most vulnerable have access to. From 2012 to 2018 I studied everything food-related, from permaculture and urban gardening to getting my Diploma in Holistic Nutrition at Pacific Rim College. I now run Inclusive Nutrition – my own practice that focuses on healing people’s relationships to food. I offer sliding scale appointments to remain accessible. Feel free to check out my website for more of my story – www.inclusivenutrition.ca.

RoseMarie Pierce

Visiting Professor

RoseMarie Pierce, B.Sc. Pharm, is the owner of Pharmacy-Alternatives Corporation, a consulting firm specializing in natural health product research and development. In 1972, she earned her Pharmacy degree from Dalhousie University, Halifax. While at university, she partook in the “Opportunities for Youth” program, managing the dispensary for the Storefront Health clinic located in the under-privileged …

RoseMarie Pierce, B.Sc. Pharm, is the owner of Pharmacy-Alternatives Corporation, a consulting firm specializing in natural health product research and development. In 1972, she earned her Pharmacy degree from Dalhousie University, Halifax. While at university, she partook in the “Opportunities for Youth” program, managing the dispensary for the Storefront Health clinic located in the under-privileged area of Halifax. In the early part of her career, she taught prescription compounding to 4th year pharmacy students at The College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie University. RoseMarie studied Herbology for a number of years with Clinical herbalist Terry Willard, Ph.D. at Wild Rose College in Calgary. Following extensive studies in herbology and nutritional medicine, RoseMarie integrated these disciplines into her pharmacy practice to become one of Canada’s first holistic pharmacists. She is widely recognized in Canada as a well-loved integrated health spokesperson, media personality, and writer.  

Throughout her career, RoseMarie has researched and formulated natural medicines and lectured across Canada on holistic health with an emphasis on women’s hormonal health, digestive issues, cognitive and ocular wellness, inflammation, immunity, pH balance, and drug-nutrient depletions. RoseMarie has a natural ability to present technical information in an easy-to-understand format and acts as a catalyst for individuals who wish to improve their health, enjoy vitality, and realize their potential.

RoseMarie is on the faculty (as a visiting Professor) of Pacific Rim College, an award-winning institution specializing in Holistic Medicine and Sustainable Living. She presents weekend workshops as part of the Diploma of Holistic Nutrition program and now has her first online course on Drug–Nutrient Depletions and Drug–Food–Herb–Nutrient Interactions, debuting through PRCOnline in Fall 2020.

RoseMarie serves as a senior technical adviser for Prairie Naturals Health Products and GFR Pharma Manufacturing. She has over 48 years of extensive experience in both the Natural Health Industry as well as in conventional medicine.

RoseMarie has two grown daughters who spent 9 and 11 years in Waldorf education. She was a founding director and second president of the Calgary Waldorf School and served on the board of the Sunhaven Waldorf School once she and her husband moved to the Sunshine Coast. Anthroposophical medicine and home remedies, Waldorf education, and the work of Rudolf Steiner remain dear to her heart.

RoseMarie and her husband David have been offering community development workshops known as “Heart-to-Heart Communication” to groups and individuals of all kinds in both North America and Europe since the early 1990s. This heart-opening process, helping individuals develop deep human connections, is one of the ways David and RoseMarie feel they can contribute to the betterment of humanity. You can locate her at www.holistic-pharmacist.com.

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

Krista is a Medical Herbalist in private practice in Victoria, BC, balancing her private practice as a faculty member at Pacific Rim College, teaching courses in herbal medicine and medicine making, along with supervising clinical training.   Krista is passionate about medicine making and has a full dispensary created 95% from herbs she has grown …

Krista is a Medical Herbalist in private practice in Victoria, BC, balancing her private practice as a faculty member at Pacific Rim College, teaching courses in herbal medicine and medicine making, along with supervising clinical training.   Krista is passionate about medicine making and has a full dispensary created 95% from herbs she has grown or from tinctures she has made herself from either percolations or macerations. Ethical wild-harvesting, cultivation, and developing those intimate relationships with plants fuels her spirit and her practice.

Krista has focused her continuing education within hormonal health with herbal mentors such as Aviva Romm, as well as Fertility Symposiums and Women’s Health conferences. Krista has spoken at the Kootenay Herb Conference in 2016 and 2018, with Colleen Emery’s Mentorship Program in Winlaw, the Herb Gathering on Vancouver Island in 2017, American Herbalist Guild in 2019, offered a combined practitioner intensive workshop with Bev Maya in the Winter of 2018 and 2019 at Pacific Rim College and will be speaking at the Canadian Herb Conference in 2020. Krista continues to offer through Pacific Rim College Online a three part online course on Menstrual Cycle Tracking and Herbal Medicine for the general public and for practitioners. 

Krista maintains a professional membership with the British Columbia Herbalist’s Association (BCHA) 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.

Maurita Prato

Maurita Prato, BA, MSc Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability

Maurita Prato, MSc, works as the Executive Director of LUSH Valley Food Action Society in the Comox Valley and is the past Executive Director of LifeCycles Project Society in Victoria. These organizations both focus on food security and sovereignty and help communities gain skills and knowledge to grow, access, and prepare healthy, local food. Maurita …

Maurita Prato, MSc, works as the Executive Director of LUSH Valley Food Action Society in the Comox Valley and is the past Executive Director of LifeCycles Project Society in Victoria. These organizations both focus on food security and sovereignty and help communities gain skills and knowledge to grow, access, and prepare healthy, local food. Maurita holds a Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability, a Diploma in Ecological Gardening and a Permaculture Design Certificate. After running her own Certified Organic farming business for 4 years and managing and working at other Organic farms, she spent another 5 years teaching and coordinated several food systems education programs in school yards, community gardens and classrooms to children and adults. She has worked as an Instructor for Pacific Rim College for the last 4 years in the Holistic Nutrition department teaching about the politics of industrial foods systems and the regional response of building local food economies. Maurita is thrilled to be teaching in the new Permaculture Program and looks forward to working and learning alongside her students.

Sarah Pritchard, Lic.Ac, MBACC, Dip.Tui na, Clin. Cert. Tui na (NanJing)

Visiting Professor

Sarah Pritchard was one of the first westerners to practice Tui na in the UK and is known as an inspiring teacher and workshop leader. She originally trained to be an actor at RADA where she was introduced to Alexander Technique, Qi Gong, yoga and meditation as well as the performance and communication skills that …

Sarah Pritchard was one of the first westerners to practice Tui na in the UK and is known as an inspiring teacher and workshop leader. She originally trained to be an actor at RADA where she was introduced to Alexander Technique, Qi Gong, yoga and meditation as well as the performance and communication skills that have proved invaluable for teaching. Her Chinese Medicine studies began in 1992. She trained at the London School of Chinese Clinical Massage Therapy, the Nanjing University of TCM, and the London College of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She has been a member of the British Acupuncture Council since 2000.

Sarah is the author of two Tui na books Chinese Massage Manual, originally published by Piatkus in 1999 and re-published with Singing Dragon in 2015, is the definitive introductory text on Tui na Massage currently published in English. Her second book Tui na: A Manual of Chinese Massage Therapy, published by Elsevier Churchill Livingstone in 2010 and re-published by Singing dragon in 2015, is a comprehensive handbook for the 21st century student and practitioner of Tui na working in the West. Both books are used as essential texts on Tui na training courses in the UK, Europe, and the USA.

Sarah has 17 years of teaching experience. In 2001, she wrote and developed the professional Tui na course for the LCTA London College of Traditional Acupuncture. She was course co-ordinator and senior lecturer until the college closed in November 2010. She is currently senior lecturer and Tui na course co-ordinator at the City College of Acupuncture in London. Sarah has run courses, workshops and postgraduate seminars on Tui na and the integration of acupuncture, moxa, and Tui na for the LCTA, the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM), the International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM) in the UK, for Total Health in Holland, the Florence Tui na Congress, the ScuolaTao Milano in Italy, and for Pacific Rim College in Victoria BC. Sarah has been in private practice since 1994. She is the founder and Director of Blackheath Complementary Health Centre in London, established in May 2000. More can be found on her website at www.sparktheshen.com.

Dr. Carlie Reidlinger

Dr. Carlie Reidlinger, ND

Dr. Carlie Reidlinger graduated from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in Vancouver, BC, after obtaining a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology at the University of Victoria. She currently has a general practice, as a licenced Naturopathic Physician at Vancouver Island Naturopathic Clinic in Victoria where she has a special interest in helping people …

Dr. Carlie Reidlinger graduated from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in Vancouver, BC, after obtaining a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology at the University of Victoria. She currently has a general practice, as a licenced Naturopathic Physician at Vancouver Island Naturopathic Clinic in Victoria where she has a special interest in helping people with digestive disorders, hormone balancing, menopause, men’s health, anxiety, and stress management. She has obtained additional training in pharmacy and has prescriptive authority in BC, as well as advanced training in Women’s Health and hormone therapy. In her practice, Dr. Reidlinger emphasizes nutrition, digestion, and sustainable lifestyle practices – principles she tries to incorporate into her daily life after a history of managing her own health challenges with celiac disease. She utilizes a combination of current and traditional practices to optimize health through a range of treatment modalities that include clinical nutrition, acupuncture, botanical medicine, IV therapies, and physical medicine.

Dr. Elli Reilander, ND

Dr. Elli Reilander is a licensed naturopathic physician in Sidney, BC. She has completed a bachelor of science degree from the University of Victoria and a 4-year doctor of naturopathic medicine diploma from Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. Local to Sidney, Dr. Reilander is excited to be back improving the lives of those from her …

Dr. Elli Reilander is a licensed naturopathic physician in Sidney, BC. She has completed a bachelor of science degree from the University of Victoria and a 4-year doctor of naturopathic medicine diploma from Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine.

Local to Sidney, Dr. Reilander is excited to be back improving the lives of those from her hometown. She focuses on patient-centered naturopathic care and creating individualized, clinically effective, evidence supported treatment plans. Her personal health concerns have allowed for a unique perspective and have directed her to special clinical interests in autoimmunity, digestive and hormonal health.

For fun, Dr. Reilander loves to dance and is still actively involved in her dance community on the Saanich Peninsula. She is also an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible exploring our local wilderness.

Sky Richarde, Dip. Phyt. RH (AHG)

Sky Richarde began her herbal education in 2010 with the Science & Art of Herbalism by Rosemary Gladstar. From there she was inspired to deepen her knowledge, move to Canada from the U.S, and go on to complete the Diploma of Phytotherapy program (with honors) offered by Pacific Rim College. She is now a professional …

Sky Richarde began her herbal education in 2010 with the Science & Art of Herbalism by Rosemary Gladstar. From there she was inspired to deepen her knowledge, move to Canada from the U.S, and go on to complete the Diploma of Phytotherapy program (with honors) offered by Pacific Rim College. She is now a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild and owner of White Owl Medicinals, her personal home-based clinic located in Esquimalt, BC. Besides her work as a clinical herbalist and educator, she is also a personal caregiver, working 24-hour shifts helping to support the lives of those who would otherwise not be independent. 

Sky has a special interest in sleep and dream support where she finds herbal medicine can shine and really make a difference in people’s lives, helping to assist those who are left behind by the conventional medical system. She also works closely with honeybee medicine connected to older European and Gaelic practices, as well as North American medicinal mushrooms. You’ll often find Sky deep in the woods excitedly exploring the flora and fauna and sharing her knowledge with anyone willing to listen, even if it’s just the birds and the bees. 

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, MA, P.Ag.

Hannah Roessler was the Founding Dean of the School of Permaculture Design and the designer of its diploma program. She is passionate about plants and has a deep commitment to food sovereignty issues. She is particularly interested breaking down barriers to food sovereignty by seeking out and engaging a variety of different culturally appropriate solutions. …

Hannah Roessler was the Founding Dean of the School of Permaculture Design and the designer of its diploma program. She is passionate about plants and has a deep commitment to food sovereignty issues. She is particularly interested breaking down barriers to food sovereignty by seeking out and engaging a variety of different culturally appropriate solutions. She is a professional agrologist (P.Ag.) and ethnobotanist, and her research interests span agroecology, permaculture, medicinal plants, and indigenous land-management and cultivation techniques. She has worked and trained in these research areas locally on Vancouver Island, as well as internationally in the US and Central America.

Her M.A. research focused on how organic farmers in the Pacific Northwest used different agroecological methods to adapt to changing environmental conditions. She worked as a farmer for many years, and is currently mentoring with ecological restoration/native plant experts and Indigenous elders on Vancouver Island.

Hannah is a popular lecturer in the Environmental Studies department at the University of Victoria, and also teaches at the Horticulture Center of the Pacific (Ethnobotany, Permaculture, Annual Gardening). She currently teaches upper-level, in-class, as well as field-based, courses in Ethnobotany, Ethnoecology and Permaculture Design at the University of Victoria. Hannah also consults on a variety of food and medicine-plant projects ranging from urban community gardens and small-acre permaculture designs to eco-cultural restoration in remote Indigenous communities. She has also co-developed culturally appropriate curriculum based on ethnobotany, ethnoecology and food security with several First Nations in BC.

In addition to her love of plants and people, Hannah is a keen photographer and amateur videographer and applies these tools to help tell community stories, through the production of both plant booklets and short films.

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.

Angela Schaerer, RM

Angela is the founder of It Starts With Birth, an online lifestyle and education community aimed at encompassing the whole person: body, mind and spirit.  Before creating It Starts With Birth, Angela worked for 9 years as a Registered Midwife and primary care provider to over 550 women and their families. While each of these women’s experience …

Angela is the founder of It Starts With Birth, an online lifestyle and education community aimed at encompassing the whole person: body, mind and spirit. 

Before creating It Starts With Birth, Angela worked for 9 years as a Registered Midwife and primary care provider to over 550 women and their families. While each of these women’s experience in preparing for labour and the transition to motherhood was unique, Angela came to identify a pattern in the needs that they expressed along their journey. It is in response to these common-denominator- needs that Angela created It Starts With Birth!

Angela studied in the U.S. and graduated from the Seattle Midwifery School (Bastyr University). She spent her early years studying in both Canada and the Caribbean, before settling once again in Victoria, B.C. to practice as a Registered Midwife.

Angela’s passion for supporting women on their journey toward motherhood began many years before midwifery school. In the years prior, Angela studied and taught childbirth education, offered breastfeeding support, and worked as a postpartum and birth doula. Her interests and passion have also led Angela to study homeopathy, holistic nutrition, yoga teacher training, Reiki and spiritual healing (wherein she received mentorship from spiritual healers including a First Nations Haida Shaman).

Angela is a lover of the outdoors; sitting atop her favourite mountain to work, hiking its trails, and sitting with a hot tea and her dogs in the early morning light are amongst her greatest pleasures. Her goal for working with women runs parallel to the desire she has for herself and the women in her own life: to inspire women’s evolution toward the amazing lives they deserve!

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.

Mercy Southam

Mercy Southam holds a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, and is a Registered TCM Practitioner practicing in Victoria, BC. She is the Founder + Lead Practitioner of Eir Mobile Medicine, Canada’s first Mobile Acupuncture and Natural Medicine clinic, and was recently recognized as a “10 to Watch” new business on Vancouver Island by Douglas …

Mercy Southam holds a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, and is a Registered TCM Practitioner practicing in Victoria, BC. She is the Founder + Lead Practitioner of Eir Mobile Medicine, Canada’s first Mobile Acupuncture and Natural Medicine clinic, and was recently recognized as a “10 to Watch” new business on Vancouver Island by Douglas Magazine.

Mercy has devoted the majority of the last decade to studying Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine. Having worked in both the USA and Canada, Mercy has immersed herself in a variety of healthcare systems, identifying ways to improve on existing structures. Her studies led her to residencies at Rady’s Children’s Hospital (San Diego, CA) and the MHS Family Recovery Centre (Oceanside, CA), where she witnessed first hand the power of collaboration between Eastern and Western medicine, and the importance of providing Acupuncture and Natural Medicine to the community.  

Prior to becoming a TCM Practitioner, Mercy explored a variety of industries and professions. She competed throughout Europe and North America as a Rhythmic Gymnast, lived alongside indigenous communities in the Kalahari Desert as a Medical Anthropologist, and has worked throughout North America and Uganda as an international non-profit Programs Specialist.

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.”

Anna Stone

Anna is a graduate of the Pacific Rim College Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems program, and also has an academic background in Sociocultural Anthropology. She has been practicing permaculture gardening through working on various sites: in a tropical savannah climate in Colombia, in the Kootenays, and on Vancouver Island. Her passion and love for the …

Anna is a graduate of the Pacific Rim College Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems program, and also has an academic background in Sociocultural Anthropology. She has been practicing permaculture gardening through working on various sites: in a tropical savannah climate in Colombia, in the Kootenays, and on Vancouver Island. Her passion and love for the natural world permeates all aspects of her life. She currently resides and works as part of a community land trust on Cortes Island, that operates as a farm, community hub, and ecological education centre. When she’s not in the garden, she loves spending time in the woods or the mountains rock climbing, hiking, or camping.

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.

Gigi Vincentine, Dr. TCM Dip, R. TCM.P., R.Ac.

Gigi began her studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Taiwan. Dr. Liu, her local TCM Doctor, became her mentor and inspiration for becoming a Doctor herself. After living and teaching there for over 4 ½ years, she was drawn to Victoria to complete a five-year Doctor of TCM program at the International College of TCM. …

Gigi began her studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Taiwan. Dr. Liu, her local TCM Doctor, became her mentor and inspiration for becoming a Doctor herself. After living and teaching there for over 4 ½ years, she was drawn to Victoria to complete a five-year Doctor of TCM program at the International College of TCM. Gigi later returned to China to complete an internship at Zhejian University Hospital in HangZhou.

She has successfully challenged the Acupuncture and Herbal Board Exams and is currently a Registered Acupuncturist and Herbalist under the College of TCM in BC. Gigi has over 15 years of clinical experience in Acupuncture, Herbology, TuiNa Massage, Moxa, Cupping, Reflexology, GuaSha, Shonishin, and listening. Her experience, practice and teaching of Yoga, Taoism, Qigong, and Meditation continue her precious journey inward to reflect our collective truth and light as human beings. Gigi is married with two beautiful children who encourage her to dream big!

Gigi practices out of her beautiful clinic in downtown Victoria. For over 15 years, she has had the pleasure of being and practicing TCM with generations of Victorians. She is a mentor, a teacher, a lecturer, a doctor, a student, and a lifelong learner. Visit her website if you are curious to learn more at www.gigivincentine.ca.

“The Teacher and the Taught Together Create the Teachings.” An Eastern Proverb

Megan Waddy

Megan is a Medical Herbalist (owner of Ancient Origins Medicinals), Mental Health and Addictions Case Manager and Intuitive Healer with a passion for plant medicine, dream work, indigenous akkuship and reconciliation. She has a strong connection with the astrophysical realm, channelling both Earth and cosmic energy into her practice. She combines her medical and botanical …

Megan is a Medical Herbalist (owner of Ancient Origins Medicinals), Mental Health and Addictions Case Manager and Intuitive Healer with a passion for plant medicine, dream work, indigenous akkuship and reconciliation. She has a strong connection with the astrophysical realm, channelling both Earth and cosmic energy into her practice. She combines her medical and botanical knowledge with heart-centered intuition and a spiritual nature based practices.

Megan obtained a bachelor of science in biopsychology from the University of Victoria, a Phytotherapy diploma from Pacific Rim College, has taken masters level counselling courses and completed an alchemical herbalism program that integrates the practices of alchemy, spagyrics, medical astrology, traditional western herbalism, Ayurveda and indigenous traditions. Although her formal education has provided a solid foundation for her practice, her most valuable education stems from studying with indigenous healers, where she witnessed the deep relationship between plants and people, experienced the healing power of nature and learnt directly from the plants. 

Megan has a strong calling towards working in the field of mental health and assisting individuals to access and embody their intuitive gifts. As well as having a medicial herbal practise, she works as a mental health clinician for Island Health, and has 11 years experience in the field of mental health and addictions. She has special interest in working with individuals experiencing spiritual emergencies and first break psychosis. Here, she utilizes a psychospiritual model of healing and therapies ranging from counselling to drum journeying, meditation, energy work and plant medicines. She has been called to be a bridge between the holistic realm of healing and the conventional psychiatric system. She works to collaborate with modern medicine and traditional herbal phychospiritual practices to assist individuals on their healing journey towards health and wholeness of being. 

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.

Nikki Wilkinson

Nikki is a graduate of the Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma from Pacific Rim College. Her interest and knowledge in food production and earth care run far beyond that, with years of farming experience and community work under her belt. Her commitment to regenerative farming practices, carbon sequestration and the incorporation of resilient food …

Nikki is a graduate of the Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma from Pacific Rim College. Her interest and knowledge in food production and earth care run far beyond that, with years of farming experience and community work under her belt. Her commitment to regenerative farming practices, carbon sequestration and the incorporation of resilient food and medicine systems into urban spaces is her lifelong mission. With a background in herbalism, plant medicine and energetics, she is passionate about the internal healing one can experience when caring for those who have no voice. She is always inspired when working with those in her community, and is constantly learning how to better our environment, focus on reconciliation and making food security and sovereignty accessible to all.

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 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.

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