Carmina graduated from the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TSTCM), successfully completing their 4-year TCMP Diploma program with honors. She is a registered member of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario and is practiced in the areas of acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion, and Tui Na massage. Carmina has also traveled to Denver, CO to study under Dr. Martha Lucas, where she earned the certification to use Dr. Lucas’ patented Mei Zen cosmetic acupuncture system to treat patients for facial/neck rejuvenation and weight management. Carmina is an educator and an advocate of continuing education and lifelong learning. She’s a faculty member of her alma mater TSTCM where she teaches TCM theory classes and tutors TCM students preparing for their licensing exams. In the clinic, Carmina teaches her patients how to use TCM for self-care at home, providing them with tools like TCM diet and Qigong to help prolong the effects of her treatments.
As a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Carmina’s approach to healing begins with caring and compassion and respecting that each patient is unique. She follows the basic premise of TCM practice: “Treat the patient, not the disease” – meaning she treats the patient as a whole, restoring balance within the body, strengthening the person’s Qi (vital energy), thereby allowing the body to fight the disease naturally. Carmina has successfully treated patients with digestive disorders, gynecological disorders, stress related disorders, pains/aches, allergies, insomnia and as a former intern at the Dorothy Lea Hospice has experience in bereavement support and palliative care.