2018:Dr. Tan 1.2.3. - Dr. Lee. Charlotte, North Carolina.
My First Experience with Acupuncture
Originally from the Australian countryside, I grew up on a horse ranch with ambitions to become a Veterinarian, my first encounter with acupuncture was around the age of 14 when I saw a horse have acupuncture.
A successful race horses my father trained fell down and hurt its back, X-rays showed no permanent damage but after months of injections, Physical Therapy and Chiropractic the horse still showed pain, bucking and kicking whenever putting a saddle on its back and was not able to train or race.
A Vet we had consulted suggested acupuncture and I watched him do the Acupuncture on the horse without any signs of discomfort, even after the first treatment the horse could walk better and you could touch its back without pulling away in pain. The Vet repeated the treatment several more times over a few of weeks and then we able to start putting the saddle on it's back and it began winning races again.
My father began using the Vet for all our horses with many types of issues and my fascination with acupuncture grew as I continuously saw how acupuncture worked on horses which meant it couldn't be the placebo effect.
It was a couple of years later I tried acupuncture for pain from a dislocated shoulder and felt the benefits for myself, I then began to change my mind about becoming a Vet and started to focus on becoming an acupuncturist for humans.
In 1997, I graduated from the Australian College of Natural Medicine, Brisbane, Queensland as an Acupuncture Physician, continuing one of my life's goals to understanding and practicing Acupuncture better.
My clinical practice started with an internship at the Mater Private Hospital in the Palliative Care unit, then went on to head the Alternative Therapies division for Queensland Positive People outreach center for the Australian Aids Council. I joined a primary care practice with Medical Doctors and Surgeons, after a few years, I established my own practice and began teaching Acupuncture at the University of Technology in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
I continued to study scientific based acupuncture and medical science and in 1999, completed a 1-year postgraduate certification in Dr. Yoshio Manaka Protocols in Australia from Physicians teaching Evidence-based style Acupuncture at Harvard Medical University in Boston, U.S.A.
In 2005, I went to China, Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia for five years to train local therapists in modern standards of care in the health and spa industry. During this time, I researched further into the cultural bias and esoteric myths that are still incorporated in the education and practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine around the world and in the US today.
With ambitions to getting back to practicing Acupuncture but continue traveling, I began working as an Acupuncturist on cruise ships in Europe, Caribbean, North and South America, which eventually lead me to establish a residency in the United States in 2013.
I am on the Faculty of The American School of Natural Health and have completed a Bachelor of Professional Health Sciences and a Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine at Florida College of Integrated Medicine, Orland Florida.
I established Acupuncture Clermont in January2020 in Clermont, Florida where I offer scientific acupuncture integrated with traditional wisdom and care, I invite you to experience the difference.