As the only doctor in BC licensed to practice both Western Medicine as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dr. Claire Astley is uniquely qualified to provide her patients with safe and effective diagnosis and treatment and has done so for over 20 years. Subsequent to graduating from McGill University with a medical degree in 1986, Dr. Astley developed her interest in alternative medicine studying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at the Nanjing University of TCM in China.
Dr. Astley continued her studies in Canada and the US with David Bray, Bob Flaws, Giovanni Maciocia, Kiiko Matsumoto, Nigel Dawes, Jason Robertson, Brenda Loew and Dan Zizza. In 1996 she studied with Julian Scott and received a post-graduate certificate in Pediatric Acupuncture. She also completed the Japanese Acupuncture Certificate Program at Pacific Rim College and in 2009 and returned to China to study Fire Dragon Qi Gong and meditation with Grand Master Zhang Yuanming at Mt. Qingcheng in Sichuan.
Dr. Astley is the past President of the Association of Complementary & Integrative Physicians of BC, and helped organize two successful conferences on Integrative Medicine held at the University of Victoria as well as The Art & Science of Somatic Meditation retreat at Royal Roads University. At the end of 2011, Dr. Astley retired from her integrative family practice to pursue her passion for Oriental medicine full-time. She can be found at her new clinic, Bubbling Spring Acupuncture in Dragon Alley in Victoria’s historic Chinatown.