James Saper R.TCM.P.
James Saper, R.TCM.P.
I received my training at Oshio College in Victoria, British Columbia. I graduated with distinction and was among the first group of practitioners to qualify for the Practitioner designation by that province's professional regulatory body, the College of TCM Practitioners and Acupuncturists.
My interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine grew out of my previous university degree and work in the environmental field. Working in the areas of environment and health and being interested in the concept of sustainable ecosystem design, I began to look at topics like Permaculture and the healing properties of herbs. From there, the practice of Chinese medicine was a natural extension.
I started my studies in Chinese Medicine with Dr. Kai Chen M.M. Ph.D. in Hamilton, Ontario. A year of studies with Dr. Chen affirmed my choice to pursue Chinese Medicine and I enrolled in full time studies in Victoria. One year later, Dr. Chen moved to Victoria and I again was able to continue learning from him as one of his students.
In addition to Dr. Kai Chen, the Oshio teaching faculty had many high calibre teachers. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from Dr. Ganglin Yin, Zhiguang Hu, Dr. Michael Chung from Vancouver, Dr. Xiaochuan Pan, Li Yan, Gang Pan, Kit Wong and Andy Bernhart.
While living and studying Traditional Chinese Medicine in Victoria, I had the good fortune to meet and train Chinese Martial Arts with Shane Watson and Andrea Falk. I began a serious study of Yang and Chen styles of Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) in Victoria under Andrea’s vigilant eye. I also was able to learn the Qi Gong form, Lian Gong Shi Ba Fa (18 Postures for Daily Practice), in Victoria from Sue Jiang.
Since 2002 I have been operating a solo practice in Guelph, Ontario. In addition, I am a regular reviewer for Elsevier: Churchill Livingstone (USA) publishers. I've had the opportunity to review a number of Chinese Medicine manuscripts for Elsevier, including, Biomedical Acupuncture for Pain Managment, by Ma, Ma and Cho. In January, 2007, I was invited to participate in McMaster University's clerkship in family medicine initiative. Since then, my clinic has been a site for clinic observation by medical students in their final year of study.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a intricate and sophisticated practice with origins from a different culture and different time. I feel this alternative perspective has a great deal to contribute in today's world. In my practice, I strive to stay true to the Asian traditions as I adapt and apply them here in the West.
last updated June 25, 2007