Melissa is a registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine with the CTCMA of BC. She graduated from the five-year Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) program. Melissa graduated with honors, from Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC. Her training included over 1050 hours of supervised clinical acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine experience. In addition to her TCM practice, she is currently an instructor at Pacific Rim College, teaching courses on TCM Food Therapy and TCM Herbal Pharmacology.
Prior to studying Chinese Medicine, Melissa completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Psychology from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, NS, graduating with honors, magna cum laude. While seeking a career in helping others she was simultaneously exploring natural holistic and energetic medicines to deal with her own chronic health issues. This personal experience with natural medicine and nutrition lead her to make the move from Nova Scotia to Victoria, BC to study Chinese Medicine. It wasn’t until starting her studies that she realized how powerful and all-encompassing Traditional Chinese Medicine can be, providing new ways to address the issues that originally drew her to study psychology – anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc.
Melissa has a special interest in mental-emotional health and wellbeing, as well as hormonal and digestive health, however, she 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, cupping, food therapy and herbal medicine depending on the needs of each individual. Being a perceptive acupuncture patient herself, Melissa has developed a gentle needling technique. Her intention is to help others live a pain-free and vibrant life.