Andrea Hansen began her career in Chinese Medicine more than 15 years ago while working closely with an acupuncturist / herbalist at the Kamloops Acupuncture Clinic. As a clinical assistant, she discovered the potential and power of Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
Seeking further theoretical and diagnostic depth Andrea began her studies in Chinese medicine, embarking on a comprehensive study of human physiology from both western and classical Chinese perspective, the relationship that we have with nature and the changing world around us, and how are our feelings and emotions are inter related with our body’s inner workings.
Andrea completed her first four years at the Pacific Coast University College of Holistic Medicine, in Burnaby BC, as a qualified licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist in 2004. She went on to graduate from the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ICTCM) in Vancouver BC, as a Doctor of Chinese medicine one year later.
While still living in Vancouver, Andrea joined a group practice that had a special focus on reproductive health. With this group of practitioners, she furthered her training in infertility, gynecology, pre-natal care, and postpartum care.
Ten years ago Andrea and her family moved back to Kamloops, BC, where she opened her private practice — Wild Roots Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Clinic. She continues to work with the complexities of the female body in her practice but is not limited by this.
Andrea is continually inspired by a founding philosophy in Chinese medicine, which implies that treatments are to be focused on restoring the functions of human physiology not treating one isolated part that has “broken down” or become dis-eased. With this idea of holism in mind, Andrea has enjoyed working with and treating all bodies, assisting in the restoration of health and balance regardless of the name or labels given to the condition.
Since moving to Kamloops Andrea’s interest in classical Chinese medicine has further expanded. She began her postgraduate studies 5 years ago through the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine (ICEAM), which is an institute dedicated to the study, practice, and research of Han dynasty classical medical texts of both a theoretical and practical nature. In January of 2015, Andrea became a diplomat of ICEAM and continues on to work on more clinical training through the U.S. to further her proficiency in the lineage and working towards her fellowship with this institute. She has completed over 400 hours of advanced training through ICEAM, both theoretical and clinical studies.
Andrea is also member of the following groups: the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CTCMA) and the Canadian Association of Oriental Obstetrical Medicine (CAOOM).
She welcomes newcomers to experience the balance and wellness that Chinese medicine has to offer!