Registered TCM Practitioner
Marisa was born and raised in Mexico City. From a very young age she had a passion for medicine and helping animals, and started rescuing and rehabilitating cats, dogs, and birds at the age of 7. So it was natural that after high school she chose to study Veterinary Medicine at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. After graduation she spent 15 years as a Veterinarian, working in Mexico, Nicaragua, New Zealand and Australia.
But a turning point happened one summer after Marisa worked as a volunteer, teaching literacy to adults living in a small, poor, rural Mexican village. She discovered that many of the elders in these villages used herbs and traditional remedies for addressing health issues, in an environment which often lacked access to conventional mainstream medicine. It was apparent that these traditional methods were very effective in the healing process. Marisa became interested in human health issues, and holistic ways of healing.
After working full time in an acupuncture clinic in Mexico City, she decided to come to Canada in 2008 and study Traditional Chinese Medicine. She graduated in 2014 with her diploma in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, from Pacific Rim College.
Marisa worked as a TCMP at Active Health and Wellness in Victoria for over a year.
She enjoys hiking, swimming and beach time during the warm summer days and likes traveling to visit family and friends.