My philosophy of treatment centers around two key ideas. First, I try to figure out what in body’s intrinsic mechanisms is causing one’s symptoms; this is to say I emphasize treatment of ‘function’ rather than focusing on amelioration of ‘symptoms’. Second, I recognize that a state of one’s health is a ‘joint venture’ of multiple domains, the main of which are metabolic processes, neurological function, biomechanical integration, and, last, but definitely not least, our mental & emotional well being.
By training I am a physicist, having at length studied nuclear magnetic resonance, biophysics, and I’ve devoted a decade of my life to working in the industry as a senior nuclear safety analyst (in the areas of reactor and radiation physics) for our Ontario nuclear facilities. What I really enjoyed about physics & mathematics, was problem solving. Not surprisingly, this is still my primary driving force when I examine a patient and try to play a ‘detective’ to make sense out of all the information I can get from their medical history, observation of their body and tongue, as well as palpation and various muscular/neurological testing.
Following my formal acupuncture education at the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, where I’ve devoted a lot of my free time to the study of ancient classical texts and commentaries, I have complemented my skills with a modern-based approach referred to as Contemporary Neurofunctional Acupuncture. This latter approach weights in heavily on the knowledge of the structure and the intricate interplay of the various branches and pathways of the nervous system, and provides solid explanations for numerous facets of the traditional acupuncture point indications and point combinations. I believe that the key is in integration of the two bodies of knowledge, and as such, I am currently developing a unique approach to diagnosis which combines both the traditional and contemporary models. I am an active member of the College of TCM Practitioners & Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO) as well as the Canadian Contemporary Acupuncture Association (CCAA).
Being able to be a part of someone’s health journey is an absolute privilege for me, and I treat it with sacred respect. If you’re wondering whether acupuncture could provide some relief for your condition or be of help in your journey to health recovery, feel free to set up a complementary consultation with me, and we can take some time to assess your situation and take a peek at what the body is trying to communicate through your signs and symptoms.