After many years of exploring other interests, Michelle discovered her passion in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her upbringing was built upon a strong foundation in natural healing modalities and she is delighted for her future in acupuncture and herbal medicine.
Michelle was introduced to acupuncture while playing 5 years of college volleyball, during which she studied to become a Pastry Chef and then attended Business School. She then moved to the Czech Republic to play professional volleyball for a season. She nearly began her studies at PRC in 2017 before ultimately deciding to move to England for 2 years to work as an au pair and study to be a Vegan Natural Chef at The College of Naturopathic Medicine in London.
Upon moving back to Canada she decided it was the perfect time to start her journey of studying Chinese Medicine and has been loving every step of the way so far.
“The thing I love most about Chinese Medicine is that each patient is seen as an individual and therefore treated as such. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach, and this is crucial in healing.”
After many years of exploring other interests, Michelle discovered her passion in Traditional Chi...
Hi, I’m Mia!
I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and am passionate about helping people find balance with food and their body. I have been nutritionist for the past 5 years both working in clinic and online.
I help people understand their body, learn about food and how it makes them feel and make easy, sustainable changes for life!
Hi, I’m Mia!
I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and am passionate about helping people find...
Effi is an advanced Phytotherapy Student in her last year of school. She brings a unique perspective to her herbal medicine practice, drawing from an inner well of creativity and intuition, along with utilizing a sharp mind that thrives on untangling complex problems.
An avid researcher of herbs and traditional medicines, she weaves in her understanding of energetics and spirit to support a foundation of scientific knowledge.
Her background includes a degree in Graphic Art & Design, as well as extensive experience in IT Support and customer service.
Effi was born and raised on beautiful Vancouver Island. She is currently living in Victoria with a small menagerie of animals ( one big fluffy dog, two mischievous cats and an ornery parrot).
Effi is an advanced Phytotherapy Student in her last year of school. She brings a uni...
Janie’s life is all about food!
By combining spiritual teachings and intuitive eating, s he deeply believes in food as medicine for our physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies.
She discovered yoga over ten years ago during her acting training and in 2012 she chose to become a teacher. In 2018, she becomes a certified Health and Nutrition coach, and now is evolving towards becoming a Holistic Nutrition practitioner.
Her approach is towards creating connections; with oneself, others, and nature surrounding and living within us.
Health is the choice she made dedicating her life to the inquiring, practice, and teaching of yoga, nutrition, functional anatomy, brain function, digestion, and circadian rhythm. Passionate about nature, she’s an avid outdoor person; hiking, snowboarding, skiing, biking, mountaineering and swimming are her go-to. Yoga is her alternative medicine, intuitive eating is her modo.
'’Looking forward to be part of your Health team and support you in your healing journey’’ - Janie
La vie de Janie est tout au sujet de la nourriture! En combinant les enseignements spirituels et l’alimentation intuitive, elle croit profondément en la nourriture pour guerir pour notre corps physique, émotionnel et spirituel. Elle a découvert le yoga il y a plus de dix ans lors de sa formation d’actrice et en 2012, elle a choisi de devenir enseignante. En 2018, elle devient coach certifiée en santé et nutrition, et évolue maintenant a devenir nutritionnist holistique. Son approche vise à créer des liens; avec soi-même, les autres et la nature qui nous entoure et qui vit en nous.
La santé est le choix qu’elle a fait en consacrant sa vie à la recherche, la pratique et l’enseignement du yoga, de la nutrition, de l’anatomie fonctionnelle, de la fonction cérébrale, de la digestion et du rythme circadien. Passionnée par la nature, c’est une passionnée de plein air; la randonnée, le snowboard, le ski, le vélo, l’alpinisme et la natation sont ses incontournables. Le yoga est sa médecine alternative, l’alimentation intuitive est son modo.
« J’ai hâte de faire partie de votre équipe de santé et de vous soutenir dans votre parcours de guérison » - Janie
Janie’s life is all about food!
By combining spiritual teachings and intuitive eating,...
Hello there! My name’s Ryan and if you’re looking for someone whose main interests are working with chronic body pain and mental/emotional support, I’d like to volunteer myself as an option.
After a less than ideal meeting with a truck bumper, I spent the better part of a decade in severe chronic pain. I know how much it effects day to day life, leading me to resonate with the areas of acupuncture that I personally experienced, though I love all aspects of the art.
Thank you for taking the time to read about me, I hope to have the honor of working with you. :)
Hello there! My name’s Ryan and if you’re looking for someone whose main interests are working wi...
Leah is currently a senior student at Pacific Rim College, she is working to complete her 5-year training in both Western Herbal Medicine and Holistic Nutrition. These comprehensive programs blend traditional knowledge of herbs and diet therapy alongside extensive training in biomedical sciences.
In 2020 Leah completed an apprenticeship in Powell River working alongside local herbalist Amber Friedman making a wide range of herbal products from scratch and was responsible for many of the formulations in the Wild Spirit Apothecary product line. Leah also completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2015 from the University of Calgary where she focused on clinical aspects of psychology including mental health conditions.
Leah enjoys working with individuals of all ages and genders in a variety of health conditions including digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, and mental health conditions. Leah’s approach to health and wellness is to focus on supporting the foundational aspects of health including sleep, digestion, blood sugar regulation, ensuring proper nutrition, and stress management.
In her free time, Leah enjoys spending time in the garden, camping, baking sourdough bread, and playing with her two rambunctious kitties.
Leah is currently a senior student at Pacific Rim College, she is working to complete her 5-year ...
Combining my knowledge in western and eastern medicine provides me with the ability to approach your specific needs holistically.
First of all, I have a deep love of cooking and eating! I am passionate about functional nutrition, making sure the food you are eating is beneficial in supporting your health needs. Working with small shifts in a day to day routine can set you up for major long term benefits and overall wellbeing (physical, mental and emotional).
TCM has given me a deep understanding of the body on an energetic and biomechanical level. The variety of conditions and symptoms that can be treated is vast. Anxiety, digestion issues, and pain are some of the most common things I see in the clinic. I love using acupuncture as a baseline to health, supporting our bodies natural healing functions.
Combining my knowledge in western and eastern medicine provides me with the ability to approach y...
Previously to beginning their journey in TCM, their studies have been focused in western herbal medicine , medical astrology, alchemical herbal pharmacy, and superfood nutrition. They Create Hand Crafted Plant Elixirs to compliment any wellness based lifestyle in their own outside herbal practice.
Their concurrent interests in medicine involves advocacy in LGBTQ2SIA+ health care accesibility, community healthcare, alchemical herbal pharmacy, and revitalizing traditional vitalist medicine modalities.
Ask them about Tui Na Massage, Cupping, and Moxa Treatments during your visit.
Previously to beginning their journey in TCM, their studies have been focused in w...
Courtney Viscount is a Western Herbalist student in her 3rd year at Pacific Rim College. She is passionate about sharing health and herbal knowledge with clients to empower folks with the tools to best support themselves. Courtney believes that everyone has a right to be supported in their health journey. With a background in teaching Kripalu yoga, ballet, and belly dance, when appropriate Courtney can incorporate breath and movement techniques alongside her herbal recommendations.
Courtney Viscount is a Western Herbalist student in her 3rd year at Pacific Rim College. She is p...
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 mental and nervous system health, pain management, nutrition, trauma and addictions having seen many such conditions improve with the use of herbal medicine.
His personal journey to heal himself led him to change careers and study herbal medicine. Tony enjoys 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 clinic and medicinal mushroom classes.
Tony graduated with a Diploma in Phytotherapy from Pacific Rim College and is a member of the Can...
Vanessa has been passionate about studying Integrative Medicine from a young age. She has a background in Holistic Nutrition from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and often integrates practical dietary advice along with herbal medicine to best support patients along their journeys of health.
She is passionate about making quality healthcare accessible to all regardless of weight, gender and physical/mental challenges.
Vanessa has been passionate about studying Integrative Medicine from a young age. She has a backg...
Heather is a matchmaker between people and plants. Every herbal protocol she develops is uniquely built for the individual before her.
She saw the limits of generalized medicine from an early age, and she spent years looking for a more compassionate model of care. Herbalism was an obvious choice: it empowers the individual and offers the tailored approach she had been seeking.
Heather began working in holistic health around 2003. This led her to pursue both formal and informal education to integrate therapies for the body, mind, and spirit.
She graduated with distinction from Concordia University where she did a double major in Specialization Psychology and Linguistic Science. In 2016, She graduated with the highest honours from Pacific Rim College’s Phytotherapy program. She has also obtained certification as a yoga teacher, Reiki Master, and she has received training in craniosacral, energetic, and ritual therapies.
Heather is happy to serve the public as an educator and holistic health practitioner.
Heather is a matchmaker between people and plants. Every herbal protocol she develops is uniquely...
Myra is a personal chef of 10 years and a student holistic nutrition practitioner at PRC.
She enjoys simple things like a nice book, a friendly chat, a warm smile, her small edible garden… And profound things like connections, human body and mind, fascinating trees, cultures and nourishing traditions…
She approaches wellbeing as ever-changing balance of physical, emotional and mental selves; and uses food, nutrition, and mindfulness to support body, mind and soul on the path of healing and wellness.
With her deep understanding of traditional food cultures and contemporary approach to food, Myra is keen on supporting individuals to find their own “personal and yet supportive” connection to food, wellbeing and health.
Myra is a personal chef of 10 years and a student holistic nutrition practitioner at PRC.
Makaila’s background in health started with nutrition at a young age, which guided her to herbal medicine in 2018 while living in New Zealand. She began selling herbal-based body care products after pursuing a mentorship. When she moved back to Canada in 2020, she wanted to deepen her knowledge in integrative and functional medicine with a focus on medical herbalism.
Her approach to practicing is by combining a holistic lens (mind, body and spirit) with the support of somatic therapy, evidence-based research and energetics.
Areas of interest include hormonal and reproductive health, mental health and dermatology.
Makaila’s background in health started with nutrition at a young age, which guided her to herbal ...
Hello! My name is Brayln and I’m excited to be offering private acupuncture treatments through the student clinic at Pacific Rim College. I’m in my final year of the acupuncture diploma program and my goal as a practitioner is to provide grounded and informed care for any health concerns you’d like to address. I’m especially interested in providing treatments for stress, mood regulation, sleep support, digestive health, and gynecological concerns. My background in biology, anatomy, and functional movement practices like yoga gives me an informed approach to providing treatments for pain.
With therapies like acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, tui na massage, and moxabustion you will experience the magic of Traditional Chinese Medicine in your treatment. Ask me about food therapy and how to eat seasonally throughout the year. I’m looking forward to seeing you in the clinic!
Hello! My name is Brayln and I’m excited to be offering private acupuncture treatments through th...
Mother of 2, urban farmer, chicken lover, herb enthusiast, psychology nerd and painter of many things. I enjoy exploring many topics including but most definitely not limited to: lifestyle balance, mood and anxiety management, Stress levels, physical pain and social limitations, life transitions, trauma, motherhood and personal growth.
My current “tools of the trade” include acupuncture, cupping, guasha, tui na (TCM massage).
Thank you for visiting. I hope to see you soon!
Mother of 2, urban farmer, chicken lover, herb enthusiast, psychology nerd a...
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.
Juan Huang received her PH.D. in internal medicine of TCM at Beijing University of TCM and Pharma...
Hi! I’m Jessika - marketer turned acupuncturist.
My life-long passion has been helping and supporting people to heal, flourish and feel their best selves. This led me to leave the world of marketing to pursue a Diploma of Acupuncture. I am currently in my final semester at Pacific Rim College.
Areas of interest include (but are not limited to!): peri-menopause, menopause, menstrual health, anxiety, stress and burnout, digestive issues.
I believe that when people thrive, they can contribute back to their communities in a meaningful way. Everyone benefits in
Hi! I’m Jessika - marketer turned acupuncturist.
My life-long passion has been helping and suppo...
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.
Rory Knapp-Fisher is a student of movement and the human body. He has been actively training in m...
Hi I’m Sabby, thank you for considering me as your student acupuncturist.
I am a trauma informed practitioner and I enjoy helping patients process emotions and traumas stored in the tissues. I also like working on a physical level with a deep understanding of facial lines and functional anatomy from my previous career in holistic massage. LGBTQ+ friendly/safe space.
Hi I’m Sabby, thank you for considering me as your student acupuncturist.
I am a trauma informed...
Luke first came to Chinese Medicine ten years ago while seeking to improve his mental and emotional health. The wonderful outcomes inspired him to make a change and share the gift of this medicine with others. Luke aims to help improve the quality of life of those he works with, just as many practitioners from different modalities helped him in the past. He draws on the experience of his own healing journey to help others navigate through the blockages they may encounter on their path to wellness.
In addition to his personal experience with mental and emotional aspects of health, Luke has a strong familiarity with injury recovery and rehabilitation. This is complimented by a keen interest in pain management informed by the bio-psycho-social approach. His background as a professional ski instructor and participation in competitive sports such as soccer, swimming, and freestyle skiing have given him a practical foundation in biomechanics.
Luke’s practice has been influenced by Daoist and Buddhist philosophy, Jungian psychoanalysis, and Transactional Analysis. Luke completed a 3-year program endorsed by the former International Institute of Medical Qigong and received intensive training through the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. He has received additional training in Balance Method acupuncture, myofascial needling, and modern pain science. He also holds a Bachelor of Engineering which he finds balances his more esoteric studies. In his spare time, Luke loves cooking, traveling, and busting moves on the dance floor.
Luke first came to Chinese Medicine ten years ago while seeking to improve his mental and emotion...
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.
Peter Conway is a leading herbalist (Phytotherapist) with a core interest in contrasting and inte...
Lacy Brandt is a Registered Acupuncturist and alumni of the Diploma of Acupuncture program at Pacific Rim College. She grew up in Alberta where she worked as a Physical Therapy Assistant in Hospitals and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies from University of Calgary. Her approach to health is an integration of her Traditional Chinese Medicine education with her work and personal experiences in the Western Medical world. She loves helping individuals achieve a state of wellness with acupuncture because it allows her to unwind all these hidden psychological, emotional, spiritual, and physical connections as complex patterns versus viewing them all as separate parts. Mental health and trauma-informed care is a focus of her practice with educating and creating awareness of how it plays into the physical functions of the body. She also has interest in treating chronic pain, sports injuries, reproductive health, autoimmunity, and digestive health.
Lacy Brandt is a Registered Acupuncturist and alumni of the Diploma of Acupuncture program at Pac...
Luna respectfully acknowledges that she lives, works, studies, and creates on the traditional and unceded territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən People, known today as the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations.
Luna (she/her) is currently in her final year of the Phytotherapy (Western Herbal Medicine) diploma at Pacific Rim College.
She has completed the Community Herbalist Certificate at PRC as well as a Plant Spirit Apprenticeship Program Year 1 & 2 with Megan Waddy of Ancient Origins Medicinals, and has spent three years working at a local herbal medicine store. Passionate about medicine making, she runs her home apothecary and a small herbal business.
Dedicated to being an intermediary between humans and the plant realm, Luna loves creating and holding space to support folks on their individual journeys to health and healing. She welcomes people with an open heart, working with an intuitive, non-judgmental and compassionate approach.
Luna has a special interest in exploring how energetic and spiritual imbalances can relate to our physical, mental, and emotional health. She loves ceremony, dream work, and sacred moon time practices.
Luna respectfully acknowledges that she lives, works, studies, and creates on the traditional and...
B.A. in Sports Medicine,
Former NCAA Gymnast -
B.A. in Sports Medicine,
Former NCAA Gymnast -
Gita is a third-year practitioner in the Phytotherapy (Western Herbal Medicine) program and a student member of the British Columbia Herbalist Association (BCHA). She started studying herbal medicine at the Bloom Institute in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2018, as a means to heal her own health issues and to reconnect. However, she had a passion for herbal medicine and felt the call to explore it as a career path at several points in her life (since 1998). She combines her passion for ocean conservation with botanical medicine for healing and its conservation and sustainable use. In her spare time, she enjoys walks in nature, being on or in the water (snorkelling/scuba-diving), travelling the world, reading, drawing, writing poetry, music, gardening, and medicine-making. She is enjoying the newfound opportunities that plant medicine has given her for growth, creativity, and expanded spirituality. She is excited about using her knowledge and intuition when working with plant spirits and people. She is currently based in Edmonton, Alberta. She also holds a MSc (University of Victoria, Canada) and a PhD in marine ecology (University of Queensland, Australia).
Gita is a third-year practitioner in the Phytotherapy (Western Herbal Medicine) program and a stu...
Pacific Rim College’s on-campus Western Herbal Dispensary is one of the most extensive herbal dispensaries in Canada, carrying over 200 different types of herbs in various forms from tinctures, dried herbs, syrups, infused oils, creams, hydrosols, essential oils, and flower essences.
We dispense various formulas for patients that book appointments through our Western Herbal Student Clinic, as well as provide herbal supplies for all of the herbal hands-on and organoleptic classes at PRC.
Students enrolled in the Phytotherapy Diploma will make medicine for themselves and their patients, under the guidance of Clinic and Dispensary Supervisors.
Pacific Rim College’s on-campus Western Herbal Dispensary is one of the most extensive herbal dis...
My focus is to work with people on an holistic approach to their healing through the use of medicinal herbs, energetics, and various other modalities.
My focus is to work with people on an holistic approach to their healing through the use of medic...
Passionate of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Shi Liao (food therapy), I centre my practice in delivering the most holistic treatments to my patients aligned with the TCM pillars of health: Movement, Diet, and Acupuncture.
Passionate of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Shi Liao (food therapy), I centre my practic...
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 & 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 & 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.
Krista is a Medical Herbalist in private practice in Victoria, BC balancing her private practice ...
Elizabeth is a third-year practitioner currently pursuing her diploma in Phytotherapy (Western Herbal Medicine) at Pacific Rim College. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Environmental Science and is presently studying for her International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) certification. Her passion for herbs and herbal healing started as a young girl learning herbal medicinal treatments from her mother that has been passed down from generation to generation. She endeavors to help others in their healing journeys and believes fervently in the power of plant medicine for healing body, mind and spirit.
Elizabeth has particular interest in supporting patients with chronic conditions and mental health. Her main focus is to help provide support and empower those in marginalized communities with limited access to resources or other health services.
Elizabeth is a third-year practitioner currently pursuing her diploma in Phytotherapy (Western He...
Cindy has love and purpose in holistic health and is extremely dedicated to her new journey into TCM. She started in health care at age 11 as a Candy Striper and then worked as a Registered Dental Hygienist for 15 years which gave her experience in the western medical world. Her own health journey ignited her passion to gain more experience in holistic health so she studied to be a Reiki master in Hawaii and started her TCM journey shortly after. She offers calm and peaceful sessions with a focus on harmonizing the imbalances of the physical, mental/emotional and energetic body.
Cindy has love and purpose in holistic health and is extremely dedicated to her new journey into ...
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.
Ted has been in practice since 2000, when he obtained a 4-year diploma in acupuncture and Chinese...
Alexis graduated from Pacific Rim College in April 2014 with the highest of honours (summa cum laude) 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 British Columbia Herbalist’s Association, and has her own practice as a Medical Herbalist in Victoria, BC. 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.
Alexis graduated from Pacific Rim College in April 2014 with the highest of honours (summa cum la...
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 British Columbia Herbalists Association 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.
Lindsay’s interest in plants was cultivated in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. During 10 ye...
Gigi Vincentine has been in private practice, serving Victoria families, for over 15 yrs. Her interests are in Internal Medicine, Chronic Pain, Sports Medicine, Mental/ Emotional Wellness, Addiction, Pregnancy, Pediatrics, and everything in between!
Self Empowerment and Leadership are key aspects of her practice.
And…She loves teaching! She loves students! It’s a perfect combination.
Living and teaching in Taiwan for 4 1/2 years, she was able to experience Chinese Medicine as a way of life. Taoism, Yoga and Meditation fuel her soul. She looks forward to meeting you.
Gigi Vincentine has been in private practice, serving Victoria families, for over 15 yrs. Her int...
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.
Patrick completed the four year masters program in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture a...
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.
Hillary has been a practicing Registered Holistic Nutritionist since 2004. Her professional exper...
Oh hey there! I am in my last year of the Acupunture program and hail from Jamaica by way of Toronto.
I love using tools such as cupping, gua sha, and tui na (massage) to help with pain management, anxiety, and internal medicine disorders, and also interested in lifestyle and food therapy.
It would be my privilege to be a part of your healing journey.
See you soon,
Oh hey there! I am in my last year of the Acupunture program and hail from Jamaica by way of Toro...
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. Zhang completed a Bachelor of Medicine degree (specializing in acupuncture and moxibustion), ...
Joanie is in her last year of the Phytotherapy diploma and has background schooling in Anthropology and Environmental Sciences. What drove her to become a Phytotherapist is her strong connection with nature and her genuine desire to help people through difficult times. Joanie is a highly curious human being and her approach is influenced by different cultures and alternative health modalities that she stumbled across in her journey of traveling around the world.
Joanie offers trauma-informed consultations and has developed an interest in treating psychosomatic cases. Her main focus is mental health, digestion, and immunity.
Joanie is nourished by outdoor adventures and celebrates life through ski-touring, rock climbing, yoga, swimming, mushroom picking, gardening, cooking, and more. Ultimately, she wants to support people with their forever changing health through herbal medicine, and allow them to shine and show up in the world feeling healthy and empowered.
As a side note, treatment can be provided in English or in French.
Joanie is in her last year of the Phytotherapy diploma and has background schooling in Anthropolo...
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 taken on a new role 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.
Shima Hashemian is a Medical Herbalist and the co-founder of Heartsease Herbs. She has been in pr...
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.
Brook Paulin was born and raised in the harbour town of Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast of British ...
Hello! My name is Sarah and I am currently a practicing RMT with background in yoga. My goal as a practioner is to provide a Heart centered treatment supportive of your health journey. Some areas of interest for me are mood regulation, mental health support, grief support, digestive health and gynecological challenges such as, but not limited to, Dysmenorrhea, Endometriosis, PCOS, Fibroids and PMS/PMSD.
My needling style: I like to build trust with my patients and start by needling gently, working with your comfort level. If it is indicated and there is good communication, we can explore stronger needling and TCM techniques, such as Gua Sha and cupping.
Hello! My name is Sarah and I am currently a practicing RMT with background in yoga. My goal as ...
I’m in my second year of the DTCM program. I was first drawn to Traditional Chinese Medicine and its meridian system after studying with an energy healing practitioner for a few months and I love that TCM can address all the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of our being. TCM has taught me a new way to view the world, our bodies and our health through a holistic and cyclical lens.
I’m from the Colorado mountains and when I’m not studying you can catch me soaking up all the beautiful nature the island has to offer whether I’m surfing, mountain biking, hiking or skiing.
I’d be honored to be a part of your healing journey!
I’m in my second year of the DTCM program. I was first drawn to Traditional Chinese Medi...
Consults are available in both English and Spanish :)
Consults are available in both English and Spanish :)
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.
Dr. Jin Tripp is a registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner with 11 years of training...
- Bachelor degree in Science in Korea
Studied Korean oriental medicine, Sa-am 4 needle technique, Korean hand acupuncture and constitutional therapy by Sa-sang theory including ECM and Five Elements.
For the diagnosis, I check the external climate factors on the birthdate, body structure, navel inspection, abdomen diagnosis and meridian palpation as well as the TCM diagnosis.
- Based on individual constitution, I provide both of Korean needle technique and TCM treatment.
Bachelor degree in Science in Korea
Studied Korean oriental medicine, Sa-am 4 needle te...
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.
David Caudwell completed his studies in Herbal Medicine at the College of Phytotherapy in South E...
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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.
Elham Ansari is a teacher and practitioner of Ayurveda and Holistic Nutrition as well as a healer...
I grew up in Beijing, China, and it was my childhood dream to be a Chinese doctor. With education and life experience, I believe more and more that our bodies are the best tool for healing. Traditional Chinese Medicine provides us with great intervention methods to achieve a balanced and healthier body, and a long, happy life – in a natural way! I appreciate the opportunity to work with you.
I grew up in Beijing, China, and it was my childhood dream to be a Chinese doctor. With educatio...