I have been living and working in Woking since arriving here in 2003. I am from Minnesota, a Midwestern state in the US, which is best known for 3M, Prince, Bob Dylan, the Mayo Clinic and the Mississippi River. Contrary to the Scandinavian feel to the state, from an early age, I grew up with Vietnamese, Hmong and Chinese friends; I was surrounded by East Asian culture. But it wasn't until finishing 5 years of university in 1992 in Minneapolis that I first discovered acupuncture. I took an Amtrak train across snowy landscapes and national parks to Seattle to visit a well known acupuncture university.
Before starting my formal studies, a nanny position in Paris landed in my lap and I eagerly travelled across Europe with my purple travel pack (sometimes called a refrigerator by others). I flew to Israel and volunteered on a kibbutz on the mountainous border of Lebanon working, watching kartusha bombs fly overhead and travelling around the country. I then taught Tibetan and Russian monks English in Dharamsala India while attending the Dalai Lama's public lectures, then travelled by train from Hong Kong to Tibet, passing through Guangzhou, Guilin, Qongqing, Sichuan and Xining.
I spent 4 1/2 years living in Tokyo and Hiroshima, Japan when I started to study Traditional Chinese Medicine at Beijing University of Pharmacology and Traditional Chinese Medicine. After getting politely crushed on the commuter trains, I bought a scooter and rode my mountain bike all over Tokyo. In 2000 I visited Chinese and Tibetan Universities and hospitals in Beijing, Heilionjiang and Qinghai before deciding to enrol in a BSc acupuncture course in I have been living and working in Woking since arriving here in 2003.
Since 2006 I've been practicing acupuncture in Woking and Guildford. Outside of the clinic I like to ice skate, cook bone broth and paleo bars, brush the cat, meditate, do Tai Qi and Qi Gong, and chat with friends and family over a fire pit.
I hope you'll try acupuncture and I can hear your story too.