My real passion in life comes not only from the work I do — which I have been doing for over 40 years now — but the way one comes to regard life and the world as a result of doing this work. I see Asian Medicine as a medicine of relationships. There are so many: the Yin/Yang fusion of opposites; the nature-based and familial correlations of the 5 Elements; the shared locations of different categories of channels; just to name a few. The extensive foundational medical and philosophical concepts in the knowledge base are presented from a completely different cultural sensibility, which has been so stimulating to me.

That said, I absolutely love being in the room with my clients because those teachings are all up for reassembly and redefinition in each client/patient you treat in clinical practice. You must be constantly questioning and reassessing your every assumption to make sure you are applying your knowledge and experience in the most appropriate way for that particular person at that particular time. You are always learning — both by your successes and by your mistakes. I like being a perpetual student!

Equally, I love teaching. At this stage of my life I have a pressing desire, almost a compulsion, to pass along what I have learned about healing from my extraordinary teachers — those who leaned toward more of a shamanic orientation: Shinmei Akinobu Kishi; Grandmother River; Gregory Antyuhin; and others. These are the people who taught me that I am the instrument — not my modality; not my knowledge; not even my hands — but my self. I find it so energizing, so motivating, so engaging to strive toward that goal. And it is such a satisfying pursuit to try to make myself become an instrument of health, balance and harmony for another. That’s what I would like to pass on.