Alix's Approach

Alix combines her passion for research and problem-solving with an empathetic ear and hands-on intuitive approach to treatment. She strives to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western concepts of health and to keep her patients informed of patterns presenting and related take-home methods such as herbs and exercises and meditations to bring them back in to alignment.

Alix respects each individual’s right to express and present themselves relative to their religion, culture, ethnic background, sexual and gender orientation, and physical and mental abilities, and acknowledges that all range of human experience may factor in to overall health.

Alix's Story

My interest in Chinese Medicine was sparked after my own experiences with healing when a car accident at age 19 left me unable to walk and in chronic pain. I underwent multiple surgeries and months of muscle rehabilitation, physiotherapy, yoga, massage, and psych assessments, and when I was scheduled to be complete with rehab, I was still feeling chronic pain. I was frustrated with my body, confused why I wasn't recovering, and struggling to find a better answer.   

I tried acupuncture on a whim one day and knew immediately that here was something different, something that added a missing piece. I continue learning through mindfulness, acceptance and body awareness practices today, and am appreciative of a career where I can share my learning with others. With first-hand experience of the results of acupuncture, qi gong and holistic nutrition, it has become my passion to share the rich potential of this ancient, effective and gentle system of medicine.

 

With gratitude,

 

Alix

Education & Background

Alix has been working in the field of acupuncture and natural wellness since 2011. She was raised in northern BC, where she fostered a love of the outdoors and a penchant for continuous learning.

 

Alix earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology with Honours from the University of Northern BC, where she conducted research on pain and disability management. Alix earned her Acupuncture Diploma with Honours from Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC, and is board certified by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners & Acupuncturists (CTCMA).   She continues her studies in Chinese herbal medicine while in practice, and is also continuing her training in Kiiko Matsumoto Style (KMS) Japanese Acupuncture, her primary style of acupuncture.

Alix has special interest in the following areas:

 

  • mental health and addictions, anxiety, depression, and stress management

  • the intersection of pain, traumatic injury rehabilitation (eg. car accidents), and mental health

  • reproductive health, endocrinology (hormonal health), and fertility

  • inflammation and pain management through diet, lifestyle, mindfulness

  • positive psychology and preventive medicine, and 

  • breathwork, qi gong and somatic/movement based techniques

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