Our Community, Our Home – Student

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 – Alexei McDermott

I am in my fourth year of studies working towards a Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture) with New Zealand School of Acupuncture and TCM.

I am Hamilton-born and raised, identifying as a kiwi but my roots run back to Switzerland and Ireland. I can speak English, German and some Japanese. My family puts a lot of emphasis on health, a good lifestyle and diet. Most all of us garden, grow fruit trees and/or raise our own animals; prioritising nutritious organic food, and wholesome pastimes as the basic premise to good health. For the better part of my childhood, my mother practised as a herbalist/shiatsu masseur and my dad also trained and worked as a massage therapist.

I developed a keen interest in complementary alternative medicine. My primary field of expertise, however, is horticulture, in doing work which prioritises the environment, while providing the community with nutrient-dense produce.

Having lived in various countries and a handful of cities across New Zealand, I have encountered many people of different cultural makeup, backgrounds and socioeconomic status which has strengthened my ability to relate to, empathise with and help people from all walks of life. I get a real kick out of supporting people to attain their health goals and overcome obstacles that may be holding them back physically, mentally or otherwise.

Many testify to the benefits of the medicine and it is incredibly heartening when people who have suffered from chronic musculoskeletal pain, incessant headaches, allergies, skin disorders and so forth find relief from their pain/ailments through our therapies.

I had a patient come into clinic complaining of pain in her knees which her doctor diagnosed as osteoarthritis – she described it as constant pain which she graded 7/10 in severity. After three treatments I was amazed to hear that this pain had almost completely subsided, being a 2/10 and only occurring some of the time.

Clinic opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 8:30am to 7:30pm. I’m available for clinic bookings on Wednesday from 8:30am to 12:45pm. Please book here or email to alexei.mcd@gmail.com.

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Introducing – Crystal Lu

I am a year-four student at New Zealand School of Acupuncture and TCM. I came from China 8 years ago. I am fluent in English and Mandarin.

My interest in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) can be attributed to my Chinese roots. Chinese believe in TCM and its practice through diets and daily habits to maintain health. When I provide acupuncture treatments, I give my patients advice on diets to enhance the treatment results.

In my first year of clinical practice, I enjoyed the moments when patients gave me good feedback and the trust was built on them seeing positive results from the treatments they received.

Acupuncture is very effective for musculoskeletal issues such as a sprain or stiff neck. According to patients’ condition. we also use other modalities for treatment, including cupping, moxibustion and tuina.

I have once treated a patient suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome who was not able to hold things with his hands. After a few treatments, his wrist became much more flexible with more motions. At the end of the whole course of treatments, the pain was relieved.

I also received good treatment results from patients with internal problems such as diarrhea, night sweating and dysmenorrhea.

Our clinical practice is under the supervision of our experienced clinic supervisors who are practising acupuncturists.

If you have any health issues, please feel free to book me through ezybook. Clinic opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 8:30am to 7:30pm. I am available on Wednesday from 10:45 am to 3:15 pm, or email me on 875774597@qq.com.

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Introducing – Elaine Gao

I am a year-four student at New Zealand School of Acupuncture and TCM.

Born in Southern China, I am fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English.

I find clinical practice both challenging and rewarding. I feel very happy whenever I can build a strong and trusting relationship with my clinic clients.

With my training on diagnosis, I can quickly identify the underlying health issues of my clients using the four methods, namely: “look/observe”, “listen/smell”, “ask”, and “palpate”.

In my clinical practice last year, a client was amazed at how quickly she could resume her energy level from low to normal with one treatment only. Another client thanked me for improving his depression. Other clients appreciated how I had treated their health issues after a few treatments, on issues such as complex regional pain syndrome, stroke sequelae, facial paralysis, bladder dripping, infertility and insomnia.

Many clients were willing to take my advice on changing diets or habits as part of the holistic therapy. For example, they are keen to learn “qigong”, an Asian form of yoga, recommended by me. During the 60-minute treatment session, I explained relevant traditional Chinese medicine theories and concepts to my clients which helped in building their own knowledge on health issues as well as trust in the therapy.

If you have any health issues, you are most welcome to book me for a 60-minute session. Clinic opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 8:30am to 7:30pm. I am on duty every Wednesday from 11:45 am to 3:15 pm or send an email to me at elainegaoms@gmail.com.

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Introducing – Peter Zhai

I am a fourth-year student at New Zealand School of Acupuncture and TCM.

I began my journey in Chinese medicine when I was a teenager back in China. My elder sister and her husband who were both Chinese medical doctors told me about their amazing experience in healing patients with acupuncture. This prompted me to learn and practise Chinese massage.

My family moved to New Zealand in 2008. My wife was diagnosed with diabetes and began to take Chinese and western medicines to control her blood sugar but with little improvement. I tried Chinese massage on her. To my surprise, I was able to control her blood sugar to the extent that her GP said she could stop taking medication. With continuous treatments, she has greatly recovered from deep vein thrombosis caused by diabetes.

Acupuncture is proven to be effective for women’s issues including infertility, Bell’s Palsy and high blood pressure. An 80-year-old lady who had been suffering from paralysis of her face muscles for a decade recovered a lot after several treatments from me, plus an improvement in controlling her high blood pressure. The supervised student clinics of the School are the training ground for senior students who are under the supervision of highly-experienced and registered acupuncturists.

Clinic opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 8:30am to 7:30pm. I am on duty every Saturday from 2pm to 6pm. You are most welcome to make a booking, or send an email to me at peter19580207@gmail.com.

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Introducing – Stephanie Glover

My story started with travel and an interest in how people heal themselves through indigenous culture, art, music, exercise, ancient healing treatments and rituals. The ocean at Te Arai and the peaceful natural surroundings in this area help to fuel my passion for the outdoors. As a mother of two young children, they ensure that I continue to learn.

After learning and practising massage therapy, visceral manipulation therapy and craniosacral therapy in the past decade, I was able to help people relieving their tensions on bones and muscles. But Chinese medicine and acupuncture greatly enhance my capability to deal with internal medicine, opening up new horizons for me and my patients.

To date, I have learnt so much about health, wellness, meditation and healing rituals that I love to share all of these in my practice. I like to get to the source of people and connect them to themselves or to others who may help in their healing. I try to make an interesting and creative setting for acupuncture therapy in order to bring a distinctive flow to my work.

I am studying at New Zealand School of Acupuncture and TCM. My other qualifications include massage therapist, Dip. Therapeutic Massage (NZCM), Visceral Manipulation Therapy (Barral Institute), CranioSacral Therapy (Upledger Institute) and Cert. Ayurveda.

Clinic opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 8:30am to 7:30pm. I’m available on Monday from 10:45am to 12:45pm and Thursday from 10:45am to 11:45am. Make your booking now, or contact me on my email: stephygrace@gmail.com.

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Introducing – Victor Yu

I am a third-year student at New Zealand School of Acupuncture and TCM.

Born in China, I moved to New Zealand 20 years ago. Driven by my interest in nature and the universe, I studied Ecology and Earth Science in New Zealand and later worked in chemistry and microbiology laboratories. This helped sharpen my skills in problem-solving as well as arousing my interest in health issues, leading me to study traditional Chinese medicine in my spare time.

Fascinated by the holistic approach adopted by traditional Chinese medicine in dealing with health issues, and also the effectiveness of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines in healing diseases and symptoms, I have decided to study Chinese medicine to become an acupuncturist.

Acupuncture is very effective in treating musculoskeletal issues. My lower back pain was gone after a few treatments using acupuncture and cupping.  In addition, acupuncture is also effective in dealing with a great variety of health issues, such as insomnia, nausea, eyes, internal medicine diseases, mental health, and so on.

I am on duty every Thursday from 8:30am to 9:30am and 12:45pm to 3:15pm. You can book acupuncture treatments with me at victor.yu007@gmail.com or online booking.

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Introducing –  Violaine Vair-Piova

I am a student in my final year towards a Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture) in New Zealand School of Acupuncture and TCM.

Born and raised in France, I lived in various countries before settling in New Zealand in 2013. From my first career in HR through to my life experiences, I have developed many of the skills I consider essential to be a great acupuncturist. This includes active listening, patience, empathy, and a drive to solve issues.

For decades, I have dedicated my free time to reading and learning about holistic medicine, from natural remedies to homeopathic treatments. I have always been amazed at the great responses to acupuncture treatments in the world and was even more thrilled to see them myself through the various patients that came to the clinic last year.

I helped patients with different problems such as musculoskeletal disorders, stress, headache, anxiety, pain management, and many other conditions. Acupuncture is backed up by science.

The school’s supervised student clinics are trusted health and wellness centres providing an integrative approach to health care since 1994. The supervised student clinics of the school are the training ground for senior students who are under the supervision of highly experienced and registered acupuncturists. Clinic opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 8:30am to 7:30pm.

Book an appointment with me, and we will find the most suitable treatment for you. I am on duty every Thursday from 8:30am to 12:45pm. You can book acupuncture treatments with me at v.vairpiova@gmail.com.

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