My path to becoming a healing practitioner began with my own personal quest to recover from severe injury and chronic pain. Although restoring my own health and wellbeing was not a simple straightforward process, it taught me a lot about the nature of healing, and opened my heart to what it is like to be a patient with serious health challenges.
In 2002, I suffered a near-fatal 30 foot fall that broke my spine. One of my vertebrae was crushed, my skull fractured, and my left femur bone split in half. This was a turning point on every level, setting me on a trajectory to seek profound healing, and forever changing the course of my life.
I came to understand that Western medicine—while miraculous in its own right—had limits. I knew that complete healing would require more than simply putting my body back together. I would also need to re-align and re-establish balance between the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual aspects of myself.
First Yoga, then Pilates, helped me to rehabilitate my spine and re-connect my mind to my body, as well as re-integrate my broken spirit. So I went on to teach these practices professionally, helping people understand how to heal themselves.
Yet still, there was chronic, intermittent pain that persisted as a result of trauma from the impact, and 3 subsequent surgeries. I was left with a lot of scar-tissue and musculo-skeletal dysfunction. SO I went on to discover the profound relief to be gained from bodywork, and eventually learned the art of Thai-Yoga massage.
Still there were layers to be uncovered, and pathways to be re-wired. Here is where I discovered Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture and herbal medicine had the most powerful and immediate affect on relieving pain in a lasting way, while simultaneously addressing the psycho-emotional and spirit-level aspects of trauma.
So I went on to become an acupuncturist and diplomate of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Jamie holds a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University, and is currently pursuing her doctorate degree at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences. She has done extensive study and internship with Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac, in the field of sports medicine. She specializes in pain management, sports medicine, orthopedic acupuncture, and emotional health.