Our Community, Our Home

The New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (NZSATCM) prides itself to be a small tertiary education institution where staff, learners, and practitioners form a community they call “home”.

Introducing The Practitioner – Dongming Su

Dongming Su graduated with a Diploma in Tuina in November 2011. “Within a week, I found a place in Wellington’s Courtney Place to open my clinic,” he says. That single-minded focus explains a lot about this graduate of New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Back in June 2003, when he arrived in New Zealand from his home province of Guangzhou, he spoke almost no English. “Before I came, I had made up my mind that I would come to New Zealand, learn English, and then undertake a professional course to pursue my future,” says Dongming. His link to this country was established through his wife’s family connection to the Vietnamese-Chinese refugee community in New Zealand. “My wife told me New Zealand was a very good place with a good government and very good education system,” he adds.

For three years, Dongming put his nose to the grind and studied English at a polytechnic in Porirua. “It was very difficult but rewarding,” he recollects. Mastery of the language was critical for his next step. The moment he spotted the course advertised in the Chinese newspaper, the attraction to enroll at New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine was a natural one. When he came to New Zealand, he already had seven years’ experience in traditional Chinese massage and herbal medicine. His interest in this area was nurtured by his mother. He joined a local school to learn herbal medicine and then apprenticed himself to a private doctor at a hospital where he learned Chinese massage and manipulation.

While Dongming took to the course like a duck to water, the language of learning and examination proved a challenge. “The subject was no problem but the language was difficult. So good teachers are very important. The teachers at the School are very good. Very patient and knowledgeable. Another important help was the other students, especially the Chinese students who were already good in English,” he adds.

Dongming now runs his own tuina clinic in Courtney Place, Wellington. “I advertise only in the Chinese papers, so my clients are mostly Chinese, Koreans, and Vietnamese with a few Pakeha kiwis. The business was slow in the beginning but it’s going well, although it’s been affected by the Covid-19 lockdowns,” says Dongming. “I came to New Zealand with a dream. I wanted to study English and set up a business. It was a big change for me. Now, thanks to the School and its teachers, I have graduated and had a growing business,” says Dongming, a believer in being focused, with success achieved one sure step at a time.

Dongming’s clinic is at Level 1, Room 16, 37 Courtenay Place, Wellington. The clinic opens Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm. Booking by phone on 04 8025208 or 021 02347268.

20 September 2021

Introducing The Practitioner Heiko Lade

Heiko Lade has been in practice for over 30 years both in Australia and New Zealand. He has a masters degree in Chinese herbal medicine from the University of Technology, Sydney and studied acupuncture under Professor Lou Bai Cen in Hangzhou in 1984.

After moving to New Zealand in 1998, he has taught acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in both Christchurch and Auckland. In addition, he has also served as president of Acupuncture New Zealand and currently practices in Hastings, Hawkes Bay.

Heiko has presented at the Auckland-based New Zealand School of Acupuncture and TCM as a lunchtime guest lecturer. He is currently on the External Advisory Committee of the School and assists the teachers with post-assessment moderation.

Heiko also organises seminars and workshops that are held at New Zealand School of Acupuncture and TCM. His next series of seminars will be in helping promote Tung style acupuncture which will be presented by Kane Monrad.

Heiko Lade’s contact:
The Acupuncture Clinic
206 Charles St Hastings
06 876 3666
www.theacupunctureclinic.co.nz

20 September 2021

Introducing The Practitioner John Munro

John Munro has over 20 years of experience as a TCM and Qigong practitioner. During that time, he has served as secretary, registrar, and vice-president of the New Zealand Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine Association.

John has written several books about qigong practices.

While John’s primary focus is now on training qigong instructors internationally through his school, Long White Cloud Qigong, his initial qigong teaching experience was solely in the context of clinical practice, providing patients with qigong exercises as an adjunct to other aspects of their treatment.

He brings this awareness of the therapeutic application of qigong to all of his teaching, and has a passion for helping people to find the benefits of qigong practice in every aspect of their lives.

John’s website https://www.longwhitecloudqigong.com/

20 September 2021

Introducing The Practitioner – Kane Monrad

Kane became an acupuncturist after completing a four-year acupuncture degree through NZ School of Acupuncture and TCM. He opened an acupuncture clinic (Connect Therapies Ltd) shortly after obtaining his qualification and has been a practitioner in his Hamilton clinic for 12 years.

After spending some time training with Doctor Daniel Deng in Sydney, he then trained in Melbourne and Sydney to learn a different style called Dr Tung’s acupuncture and Master Tan’s acupuncture.  He continued his training with Dr Tan in Sydney over many years learning the balance method.  He also trained in the Tung’s style acupuncture with, Dr Wei-chich Young, Henry McCann, Susan Johnson, Robert chu and Dr Pladen Carson.

He has completed many courses, but the Tung’s style and balance method just seem to suit the way he practises.

Over his 12 years of clinical experience, he has tried many different products and has done the hard work in sourcing high-quality products that work which has led to the formation of Kinetic Distributions Ltd. Kinetic Distributions sells and distributes acupuncture supplies (such as needles and moxa) to practitioners throughout New Zealand. Each product being sold he uses every day in his clinic with amazing results.

He also supplies Golden Sunshine™ products (herbal creams, sprays, patches, and pastes) to other practitioners (such as physio’s and massage therapists) which work by improving circulation to an area. These products use ANCIENT WISDOM & MODERN TECHNOLOGY to increase the blood flow and therefore the oxygen available to speed up healing and recovery.

He has also set up a forum page for acupuncturists in NZ where you can join and ask questions about clinical cases or anything to do with the clinic from other practitioners. Please join forum as this is a great way to connect, seek information or other ideas on cases and share with other practitioners.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1726515050758653
https://www.kineticdistributions.nz/

Kane Monrad’s contact:
Mobile: 0274999831
http://www.kineticdistributions.nz
http://www.connecttherapies.co.nz/

20 September 2021

Introducing The Practitioner – Kerry Castell-Spence

Kerry is a graduate from NZ School of Acupuncture and TCM. Kerry was one of the first group of recipients of the Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture) and graduated from the school in 2007.

He taught at the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for 10 years. Kerry taught the Qigong Diploma, first year theory and practical and Clinical Supervision.

Kerry has been teaching Qigong since 2006 and has also trained in and instructed Aikido for 13 years and trained Chen Style Taiji for 10 years.
Kerry runs a busy Chinese medicine practice in Milford and incorporates Medical Qigong, Manual Therapy and Acupuncture.

Many of the historical masters, Bian Que, Hua Tuo, Li Shi Zhen, Sun Si Miao and others were accomplished Qigong Masters and wrote about the importance of qigong in their classic texts. The capacity to enter into a qigong state can greatly enhance a practitioner’s diagnostic skills and the delivery of the therapeutic intervention.

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