How it all began for me!

Once in a while, someone asks me how I ended up practicing Chinese
Medicine. That’s a good question considering the odds of “making it” in
our society. A practitioner of Chinese Medicine isn’t necessarily the first
person in mind when you’re sick or in pain. In fact, most patients will rely
on other forms of treatments before even thinking about trying
acupuncture or Chinese herbology.
In my early thirties, I had a moment –of clarity maybe?- when I had to
leave the country and see the world. A few weeks later, I was in South
Korea teaching English like so many foreigners there. During the second
year, I lived in a very small town where I was the only Caucasian. Having
plenty of time on my hands, I began reflecting on my life and the
direction I wanted it to take –professionally speaking. A few ideas
popped up including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), but I’d push it
back. The idea of studying full time for five years instead of making
money wasn’t appealing at all. But it was always in the back of my mind.
To make a long story short, after seven months of “soul searching”, I
decided to study TCM, but not right away. I’d wait another year just to
make sure that’s what I really wanted to do. Eighteen months later, I was
back in Canada, in Victoria more precisely, to study TCM. I had to stop
for three years to earn money, so taught English again in Korea with the
intention of finishing the program. Over there, an older friend of mine
offered me to shadow him in his clinic. With over twenty years of
experience in Oriental Medicine, that was a golden opportunity to get
more experience in a real setting, especially when he’d see an average
of seventy patients a day. With that baggage of newly developed skills, I
went back to Victoria and finished the program.
To conclude, I don’t think it’s presumptuous to say that I believe Chinese
Medicine picked me to practice this beautiful art. Why? I have no idea
and I don’t need an answer. What’s important is that I’m right here right
now with my patient. I’m fully present. That’s what matters.