Registered TCM Practitioner
Rufina is a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC. She began her career in health with a bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia. She then spent four years pursuing her master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, graduating summa cum laude as Salutatorian from the College of Eastern Medicine at Southern California University of Health Sciences. Throughout her training, Rufina joined numerous events to provide acupuncture care to under-served populations. She also attended a wide range of seminars to expand her knowledge of the human body, including Neuro-Endocrine Immunology of Exercise™ and Mastering Brain Chemistry™. Rufina completed an internship at Chang Geng Memorial Hospital in Taipei under the supervision of several talented clinicians.
Growing up with both Eastern and Western influences, Rufina has learned to view things with an integrative perspective. She is deeply inspired by both the artistic sensitivity and the synthetic logic of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She understands that each person’s pattern has a unique texture and quality, and as a practitioner, she aims to develop personalized treatments to restore harmony to the body systems and pathways. Her mission is to guide and support each individual to be attuned with his/her innate healing capacity to achieve and sustain optimal health.
Rufina has a broad range of clinical interest: pain management, digestive disorders, gynecological imbalances, respiratory issues, and fatigue syndromes. She is especially passionate about the treatment of psycho-emotional disorders and stress-induced illnesses, such as: anxiety, depression, addiction, brain fog, insomnia, headache, palpitation, and brain chemistry imbalances, as well as the prevention of debilitating brain diseases. She firmly believes that the spirit and the mind are key components to making transformative and impactful changes to one’s well-being. She has deepened into this understanding by studying and adopting the Eight Extraordinary Vessels system, which she relies on in her practice.