Traditional Chinese Medicine


TCM Kevin Wallbridge

Kevin Wallbridge, TCMP, B.A.


Kevin earned his degree in Medical Anthropology and Asian Studies. He is a highly experienced teacher of the esoteric concepts of the body and health that are found in Chinese physical culture. From a year-long residency in China, Kevin has first hand experience of the People’s Republic. He was trained as a cross-cultural facilitator by the founder of the Canadian Association of Applied Anthropologists. He offers his twelve years of experience in the Asian martial arts to the benefit of the students and the community alike. Kevin is bilingual in English and Mandarin.

TCM Ellissa Crête

Ellissa Crête, Dr. TCM, B.A.


Ellissa Crête is a BC registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Dr.TCM) and Certified Bodyworker. In 2014, Ellissa graduated from the five-year Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Program at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences (ACOS) in Nelson, BC. She participated in additional TCM clinical internships in Kunming, China. Ellissa is continuing studies in gynecology, mental health, sound healing, and Western herbology. She is an Ohm Therapeutics™ practitioner in sound healing with tuning forks. Ellissa has a private practice in Nelson offering services in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, Tuning Forks, Massage, and Yoga.


Since 2019, Ellissa is an instructor in the TCM program; she teaches Chinese Herbology and Herbal Therapeutics classes. Ellissa is honored to support students on their journey of self-reflection, theoretical understanding, and practical clinical application.

TCM Mary Devan

Mary Devan, M.A.

Counselling and Communication

Mary received her Masters of Arts degree from UBC in 1989, and her Masters in Counseling from Gonzaga University in 2008. Currently also working as a therapist in private practice and a clinical supervisor of a multi-service agency, Mary has 20 years experience working with people healing from trauma. Mary has facilitated several groups and presented at conferences and numerous workshops both locally and in Vancouver. She has experience with various therapeutic modalities and is a Somatic Experiencing practitioner.

TCM Jennifer Moynes

Jennifer Dunn Moynes, R.TCMP


Jennifer received her diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in 2004. Since, she has been a member of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia, and has been practicing in Nelson BC. Her clinical practice and experience include her home practice, supervision of the KCCIHS student clinic, tuina clinic, and classroom clinic, in-hospital treatments and visits to a local psycho-social rehab facility.


Jennifer loves to integrate her clinical experience into her teaching. She has been lecturing at KCCIHS, formerly ACOS, since 2006, and strives to help students embody Chinese Medicine through a combination of theoretical understanding and practical application. Over the past 12 years, she has enhanced both her practice and teaching with advanced studies in Gynaecology, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Neurology, Cardiology, Sports Medicine, Chinese Herbology and Psychotherapy. She believes that continued advancement in all fields of medicine require a dedication to education, both of self and other.

TCM Nina Hamilton

Nina-Lynn Hamilton, B.Sc., CLSp


Nina is an instructor at the Academy in the Western Medicine department. Nina received her B.Sc. from the University of Calgary in cellular, molecular and microbial biology in 1997, and received her post-graduate diploma in Molecular Diagnostics from the University of Connecticut in 1999. Nina worked for six years with Calgary Laboratory Services as a Laboratory Scientist in the Molecular Microbiology Department in the area of Research and Development. In 2006 Nina and her family moved to the Kootenay's to enjoy the lifestyle and slower pace, but quickly took on a new challenge as a Coroner’s agent here in Nelson. Nina is excited to meet and work with the staff and students of KCCIHS during the next year and she wanted to be sure and add … P.S. Microbiology is interesting!

TCM Chris Holland

Chris Holland, B.A.


Chris Holland is a Communications Specialist with a diverse work history and grounded understanding of the needs of businesses. With a degree in Communication from Simon Fraser University, Chris launched his career by creating a one person traveling promotional show for the opening of Science World. Moving into the raucous world of hospitality promotions Chris spent the next decade pioneering new ways to promote, market and advertise using guerrilla tactics fusion campaigns and hosting the grandest events on the most impoverished of budgets.


The adventure continued as Chris spent the next six years in the corporate world developing sales strategies, resource/account management, professional training, development, human resource consultation and advertising/marketing analysis skills. For the past 12 years Chris has been working with entrepreneurs, social enterprises, community organizations, educations institutions and national corporations providing a unique mix of inspiration, education and action. Residing in the Kootenay's Chris Holland brings has cultivated his knowledge and experience to a new plateau through Juggernaut Marketing and Communications. The motivation behind this company is the passion Chris has to truly live the fusion life.

TCM Paul Gaucher

Paul Gaucher, R.TCMP


Paul earned a diploma in the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine program, graduating in 2006. This 5-year full-time program involved intensive studying of acupuncture, herbalism, diet, nutrition, and emotional health. He went on to be an instructor for 2 ½ years in Nelson, B.C., and Paul is now in his 15th year of practice.


At a young age, Paul had a fascination with nature and biology. This innate curiosity about life inspired him to study alternative medicine. Paul has a passion for bringing people to their full health potential, and he is genuinely motivated to help individuals with a wide range of health challenges. researching and sharing her knowledge of TCM remotely.

TCM Daniel Hengsbach

Daniel Hengsbach, RAc, TCMP


Daniel has been practicing as an Acupuncturist and Herbalist since 2007. He has always been intrigued by the philosophy and the practice of traditional Chinese Medicine. His style of acupuncture is always evolving as he learns from other practitioners, teachers, and his own experiences with clients about what can benefit health and well-being. The roots of Chinese medicine involve uncovering and treating the underlying disease and the individual signs and symptoms that are expressed by our internal environment which is the key to long-lasting results.


Daniel feels that in this era of mental stress, pollution, dietary possibilities, and intense technological change, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have a strong role to play in helping people adapt and cope with the different stresses placed upon our bodies.

TCM Kate Butt

Kate Butt, R.TCMP


Kate Butt earned an Honors degree in the Health Sciences from Queen’s University and a diploma degree as a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences graduating in 2006. She travelled to China to further her studies undertaking internships in two hospitals in Beijing as well as one in Xi’an. From 2007 to present she has been in private practice and has spearheaded the opening of a collaborative healthcare centre called the Heritage Health Centre.


She holds a special interest in perinatal health, women’s health, palliative care, and trauma relief. Until 2012 she helped to run a volunteer Acupuncture for Addictions community program at Nelson Mental Health & Addictions Services at which she also taught students acupuncture for treatment of addictions and addiction-related symptoms for the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences. She currently teaches community acupuncture for KCCIHS where she is honored to work both with the community and with KCCIHS students.

TCM Elise Arnaudin

Elise Arnaudin, RAc


Elise was introduced to acupuncture in her late teens when, as a competitive swimmer racing at the national level, she sought relief for an injured shoulder. Her first acupuncture session left her feeling more clear, centred and present, and Elise realized that the effect of this modality extends far beyond the physical. She started her studies at College Rosemont in Montreal, and completed her degree at the Academy of Classical Studies in Nelson, BC, where she graduated with top marks in 2013. Elise furthered her studies through a practicum at the acupuncture department at Yunnan Provincial hospital in Kunming, China. Elise is the co-founder of the Kaslo Community Acupuncture Society, a non-profit whose mandate is to remove any barriers towards accessing acupuncture care in the North Kootenay Lake region.

RMT Janna Clark

Janna Clark, RMT


Janna Clark has been in Nelson for 25 years and has two grown children. Previously she worked as an educational assistant for the Kootenay Lake district for over a decade ranging from kindergarten to grade 12 and all types of abilities and challenges. She opened an outdoor store in Salmo, The Hemlock Hub, and worked as a volunteer ski patrol at the hill before deciding to begin the journey to become a Registered Massage Therapist. After graduating in Nelson in 2021 she began to work for herself out of the Savoy Hotel and continued at the Aura Spa part-time, as well as a stint at a heli ski lodge. Between work, trail running, and family she helped out as a TA for the KCCIHS a handful of times last year. She is happy to be teaching and helping to find the best ways for students to connect to the material.

Jessica Whitley, R.TCMP


Jessica Graduated from the four-year R.TCM.P program at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in Nelson, B.C., in 2014.


Prior to her TCM studies, she completed the RMT program in Vernon, at the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in 2003, practicing as an RMT for a number of years before pursuing a career in Chinese medicine. This former RMT career has provided an additional diagnostic approach when looking at the body. As well as integrating Tui Na massage into her treatments, she utilizes these skills in her TCM clinic when treating pain syndromes, providing a deeper understanding of the musculoskeletal structures' form and function, trigger point release, and therapeutic exercise.


Jessica works and focuses primarily on her TCM career and clinic now and has hung up her RMT hat. She has been practicing TCM for seven years and has taken extra classes to better her understanding of women’s health and TCM herbology, fang ji fang methods, the balance method, western herbology, wildcraft medicine making, and more.

RMT Stephanie Moss

Stephanie Moss, BNSc, BA


Stephanie has a BA from Guleph University, a BNSc from Queen’s University and has worked for over 15 years as a Registered Nurse and Health Advocate in different provinces and countries in a variety of different hospitals and clinical settings. Stephanie recently retrained and took the Holistic Nutrition program offered through KCCIHS and graduated with a diploma in Holistic Nutrition in 2021. She has since started her own Holistic Nutrition consultancy, LifeFlow Holistic Nutrition, where she consults and provides her clients with individualized holistic nutrition care plans. Stephanie is passionate and dedicated to lifelong learning, and continues to take courses, workshops and explore the ever-evolving field of health and nutrition to support her clients and offer her students best-practice. Stephanie is excited to have the opportunity to bring her clinical experience and knowledge of health care to the classroom.

dr sara

Dr. Sara Smith, chiropractor and educator


Dr. Sara Smith is a mom, chiropractor and educator. She has practiced a family wellness practice with a focus on prenatal, pediatric and functional neurology for 20 years. She is passionate about educating patients and students about health and well being. Dr. Smith completed a Masters in Medical Education and has taught anatomy at Mount Royal University for Kinesiology and Massage Therapy Students. Having moved to Nelson in 2020 following 3years in London, UK, Sara is excited to return to teaching and learn more about TCM/acupuncture at KCC.