KYLIE RODGER, R.TCM.P.
WHY CHINESE MEDICINE?
In my early twenties, I immersed myself in a lineage of medical qìgōng presented by the late Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui. My training was under the guidance of his disciple, Jenett Ashley, and included studies at her home or in the woods, along with by-donation clinics and meditations around the city of Vancouver. During this time I was fortunate enough to be managing the clinic of two practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine. Every day I saw patients come into the clinic, receive an acupuncture treatment, then leave with a renewed vigour of body and spirit. Here I began to fall in love with the theories of Chinese medicine, all while watching the physical, mental, and emotional changes that the medicine had on patients of the clinic. This experience stoked a burning desire continue my studies of medical qìgōng by pursuing formal training in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
Today I am a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (R.TCM.P.), registered in good standing with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners of British Columbia (CTCMA). I graduated with summa cum laude honours from the Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine diploma program at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, B.C. There I gained over 2200 hours of studies in acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition and biomedicine, and over 700 hours in clinical practice. I then passed the acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine licensing exams, and relocated back to the Okanagan Valley to serve the communities near and dear to my Heart.
Like most others residing in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, my heart is most joyful when in nature. Chinese medicine is rooted in Daoist philosophy, which is based on observations of the natural world. Spending time immersed in nature invariably allows me to learn more about Chinese medicine, and about myself. Hiking, rock climbing, practicing qìgōng, and camping with my husband are my favorite ways to be in nature. When not in nature or the clinic, I am most likely snuggling my cats, writing or reading about Chinese medicine. I am also extremely fortunate to spend my time outside of clinic teaching Chinese medicine for Pacific Rim College and for Pacific Rim College Online's Herbal Bootcamp program.