I had always had an affinity and interest in the human body. I had my fair share of injuries growing up, but I was unlike many of my fellow practitioners and classmates as I do not necassarily have an epiphany that is related to my outcome as a patient.
I first received Acupuncture to help with a fracture in my lower leg. It was very much trigger point style needling, it did not feel great, I was a little surprised to watch needles being inserted into my leg, and there were so many other modalities that were used it was hard to tell what was effective.
A few years later, and I had originally planned to go to University to study Physiotherapy; however, the year before I was supposed to start, there was a change in the curriculum and it meant that Physiotherapy was not a graduate program. I ended up study Recreation and Health Education, with a minor in Psychology, at UVic and this allow me to round out my view of Wellness and Health. I came from a competitive sports background, and it was an important formative experience for me to understand better about Holistic Inclusion, Adapted Activity, and Health beyong the Physical.
My wife and I lived and travelled abroad, and I was blessed to have experiences in many different fields that were within my scope of Recreation and Health Education. Upon returning to Victoria in 2016, I was working with training individuals for athletic performance, weight loss, and injury rehab. I found that there was still something missing in my view, and I was introduced to Acupuncture by a variety of circumstances. I recieved a few treatments for wrist tendonitis and a rib fracture, and I started to become more and more interested in studying this ancient Medicine.
Thankfully, my supportive wife encouraged my quarter life crisis and I decided to enroll in Pacific Rim College.
PS. A special honourary influential mention goes to Disney's Mulan (see picture below)