- About Clayton
I’ve been in full-time practice since 2004, and have been working under the Community Acupuncture model since 2009 after talking with a colleague about the issues of charging higher fees and the people who couldn’t afford regular care. I was told when I began school that acupuncture was effective, safe and affordable. Now with Nanaimo Acupuncture, I work hard to keep all three of these as true today as it was back then.
As a member of the Community Acupuncture Network, and later a founding member of POCA, I’ve made it a personal goal to provide affordable accessible care to everyone. It’s not a political statement, it’s about compassionate care, what healthcare should be.
- My Practice Model
Shortly after receiving my license in 2004, as a Registered Acupuncturist in BC. I noticed that the results I was getting in my clinic were not what I, or my patients, had hoped for. The results were the same as I had seen at school and through my internship, but I had hoped for better.
My goal as a practitioner is to learn and improve the quality of care for the people who come to see me. So I continue to study and work hard to focus on how to best make acupuncture effective.
Over the years, I have studied various Chinese styles of acupuncture including Yijing/Bagua, Dong/Tung, basic and advanced levels of the Balance Method and Distal Needling. I have also trained in Japanese, Korean, 5 Element, Facial, Auricular and Scalp Acupuncture as well as Motor/Trigger Point & IMS dry needling techniques.
Unfortunately, I've sat through a lot of marketing by people who teach acupuncture without ever practicing it themselves. What I practice now is the best from what I have learned over decades of study.
The most important thing that I've learned over 10 years of regular practice is that there are countless ways of practicing acupuncture, they are all more or less effective, but I’ve chosen the methods that work for me, and left aside the ones that didn’t. The key aspect of acupuncture treatment is not the number of needles you get treated with, not even the techniques or style of acupuncture - it comes down getting frequent and regular care.
Acupuncture builds on itself, the effects stack, but only with regular care. Don’t ride the roller coaster between pain and relief.
I graduated in 2002 from the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver from a four-year Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine Program - acupuncture herbology, massage and more. I also spent many months, during several trips to China, interning in different hospitals.
Over the years I have had the privilege to study or work with many great teachers:
Robert Doane LAc, a student of Richard Tan & Jimmy Chang and an educator of Distal Needle Acupuncture with a more practical / physical emphasis.
Jimmy Chang OMD LAc, a master pulse diagnostician and herbalist.
Dr. Richard Tan OMD is an internationally renowned teacher of the Balance Method, a simple style of acupuncture with some advanced theory and practices.
Susan Johnson LAc is an internationally renowned teacher of the Dong family style (aka Master Tung) acupuncture.
Huang Lichun OMD is a world leading researcher and practitioner of auricular (ear) acupuncture.
Matsumoto Kiiko Lic. Ac. who teaches her own method, as well as a broader knowledge of Japanese Acupuncture and moxibustion techniques.
Mizutani Junji, a Vancouver based Japanese moxibustion & Shiatsu master.