Jason was introduced to Chinese medicine over 15 years ago in his home county of the United States through martial arts. It quickly became a passion of his, and he decided to finalize his path in Chinese medicine at the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Along with his degree and diploma’s Jason has continued to further his education with seminars and internships with some of the world’s most renowned Chinese medical doctors such as, Debra Betts, Matt Callison, Dr. Wei-Chieh Young, Dr. Wei-Yen Chang and Dr. Yu Yong-Lin.
Jason has a wide variety of experience from working with professional athletes to being a primary referral for midwife groups in Brisbane. He has worked with patients dealing with all types of pain disorders, musculoskeletal complaints, sports injuries and rehab, skin conditions, stress and anxiety, insomnia, digestive complaints, women’s health and pregnancy wellbeing. He also works as a lecturer and clinical supervisor at Endeavour School of Natural Health on the Gold Coast.
Jason was introduced to the community acupuncture structure while he worked at Health Points Acupuncture in Brisbane. This was Australia’s first full time community acupuncture clinic, where seeing five or more patients an hour was not unusual.
At Coastal Community Acupuncture, Jason employs a wide range of acupuncture styles from traditional five-element acupuncture, sports medicine acupuncture and the traditional Tung’s family acupuncture.
He is a member of the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS).
Jason began his healthcare journey as a massage therapist back in 2001. Through this he discovered an intense passion for helping those around him and began looking into therapies which would complement his skill set. It was through martial arts that he first discovered acupuncture and soon he would go on to complete a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in acupuncture, graduating with distinction. He is now a registered acupuncturist and a member of the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA), the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA).
Throughout his degree, and indeed since finishing, Jason has had a strong interest in professional development. He has attended many external training seminars which have helped him to hone his clinical interests and skills. Along with this, Jason also sought out a mentor early in his studies which allowed him to assist in a high volume clinic aimed at providing affordable treatments.
Being a long time local of Murwillumbah, Jason found that he genuinely enjoyed being able to provide access to this ancient and effective medicine within his local communities. He is honoured now to be a part of the team at Coastal Community Acupuncture and looks forward to giving back to his community in the best way he knows how… by helping them achieve optimal health.
When Toni was 12 years old she experienced her first acupuncture treatment. An offhand comment by her dad as they were leaving, “you could do that for a living you know”, left a lasting impression on her. It was easy for her then, when she left school, to know what career she wanted to pursue and four years later Toni is a registered acupuncturist.
Along with her four years of full-time college education, Toni has aimed to enhance her knowledge by attending several seminars and workshops on various Chinese Medicine topics. She also began volunteering at Coastal Community Acupuncture as a receptionist and soon fell in love with the concept of community acupuncture.
This degree is not Toni’s first foray into the health field. In 2012, she completed a Cert III in allied health assistance, a Cert III in health services assistance and a Cert III in aged care. It is with these qualifications that she entered the world of community aged care, where she worked for seven years. While in the field, one of the most prevalent issues she saw was the lack of healthcare choices for people with low income.
Toni brings with her a gentle passion for acupuncture and healing. She is excited to be part of a service that helps to break down the financial barrier and provide a natural and effective health care option for the whole community.
Originally from Sydney, Chris obtained his first formal qualification in a complimentary healing modality by completing his Reflexology Practitioner Course at The Central London School of Reflexology in 2002.
Having subsequently spend many months learning Traditional Thai Massage and Thai Foot Massage in Thailand, he gained the bulk of his initial experience whilst living in Berlin and working on UK, US and Swiss Yoga students on retreat in Spain, Turkey & Italy.
Returning to Australia and living in Melbourne, Chris also completed his Diploma of Shiatsu & Oriental Therapies in 2007 and an Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching in 2011. In order to maintain ongoing professional membership with the peak body associations for each of the modalities he practices, Chris is constantly updating his professional skills, knowledge & techniques.
Having run his own private Yoga & Massage business in Melbourne up until 2018, he also offered treatments to the wider community through both paid and volunteers sessions at Launch Housing Crisis Accommodation, Windana Drug & Alcohol Withdrawal, The City of Stonnington, Sacred Heart Mission and Vision Australia.
Having recently moved up to the Tweed Coast in order to be closer to family, Chris brings nearly 20 years of training and experience into the area and we are very pleased to have him as part of our amazing team here at Coastal Community Acupuncture.
Reflexology is an extremely relaxing, revitalising and therapeutic treatment which uses the feet as a mirror for the structure & function of the entire body. Thumb pressure is applied to reflex points in order to assess and treat specific areas of imbalance, tender points indicating which corresponding part/s of the body are potentially congested. By accessing and encouraging the body’s own innate healing mechanisms, Reflexology rebalances the body by calming over-active and stimulating under-active areas through the feet, a sensitive end point for some of the body’s major nervous & meridian (energy) networks.
Chris’ additional knowledge & experience with Shiatsu Acupressure and it’s relationship to Traditional Chinese Medicine physiology makes his skill set very unique and a perfect match for our clinic here at Cabarita Beach.
Our vision in the clinic is to use the amazing modality of Reflexology as another way to de-stress and promote deep relaxation and / or address any chronic or acute health concerns you may be currently experiencing – by having a Reflexology as a stand-alone or by adding it on to your next Acupuncture session – just ask us how!