Melissa is a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine who helps formulate some of our kyth + kyn tea and soup blends! We're excited to share a bit more about who she is and what being Asian-Canadian means to her.
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?
My name is Dr. Melissa Carr and I’m a registered doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). I’ve been in practice for over 20 years, offering acupuncture, Chinese herbs, nutritional recommendations, supplement guidance, and lifestyle suggestions. I have a degree in kinesiology, so I blend Eastern and Western principles when I guide and treat my patients.
2. What does being Asian-Canadian mean to you?
I think I have a greater appreciation for my mixed heritage, Japanese-Causasian, since I lived in Japan for two years right after university. I grew up with a very Western perspective of the world because my mom and grandparents were born in Canada, and after World War II, they learned to blend in as much as possible. During my time in Japan, I learned to see things from a broader, more holistic point of view, rather than focusing on the minutiae and the parts. Both are important, but they offer different strengths.
3. How do you incorporate Chinese food therapy/Chinese herbs into your daily routine?
As a TCM doctor, Chinese food therapy and herbs are a daily part of my life. When I think about food, I consider not just the nutrients in it, but also its energetics, meaning its flavour and whether it tends to warm or cool the body. I interpret foods the same way as I think of herbs—how they affect the body.
4. As Asian culture tends to put focus on the importance of family, can you share the fondest memory you have with your family?
Well, I have many fond memories, and because I regularly spend time with my family, the fondest may be the most recent ones of going to Disneyland with them, including my 6-year-old nephew. While the big events are just that, even the small moments, like a funny moment at dinner become precious memories.
5. Where can people find you?
You can find me at my clinic, Active TCM, in Vancouver, BC. Or learn more about me at www.activetcm.com.