Our Team | Jen Cherewaty
Jen Cherewaty BSc., R.TCMP
Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner & Registered
Hello, my name is Jen Cherewaty and I am the Registered Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner at Crossroads Naturopathic.
Whether you are having back pain, insomnia or want to improve your fertility, I have the skills and experience to help you feel better.
Why did I go back to school at 30 to become a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner & Acupuncturist?
In 1994 I was involved in a car accident that fractured two vertebrae in my lower back. My medical doctor recommended fusing my vertebrae together to stop the pain. Believing there must be another way to stop the pain, I went first to a chiropractor to re-align the bones, then for acupuncture and chinese herbal remedies to nourish and restore the muscles and tendons. I also started doing yoga regularly to strengthen and stretch . It took some time, but my back pain went away and a few other health issues that I had were resolved. I was amazed. So amazed that I enrolled into the first year of studies at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto. It was here that I began in depth study of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. I was smitten with this modality of health care and switched schools to study for 4 years and graduate with honours from the prestigious Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences (ACOS) in Nelson, BC.
What I Love about Chinese Medicine
Working as a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (RTCMP) and Registered Acupucnturist (RAc) since 2005, I have developed a deep understanding of using Chinese Medicine to improve health. Chinese Medicine is an effective holistic medicine that incoporates several healing modalities including acupuncture, acupressure, tuina massage, counselling, diet therapy and nutrition, cupping, gua sha-scraping, herbal oils and aromatherpy and chinese herbal medicine. I love that an indivicual can come into the clinic with a variety of health issues and different modalities of Chinese Medicine can be used to bring them to a more balanced state of health. Soon after we begin treatment, the patient begins to feel better, their belief in their ability to heal is strengthened and their health and happiness in life improve.
My deepest fascination within chinese medicine is the power of acupuncture to address a very wide spectrum of symptoms from pain, sport and work related injuries, sleeplessness, mental emotional symptoms and headaches, to women's health, fertility, menopause and much more with great success.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
My greatest interest within Chinese Medicine is with the Chinese Herbs. The vast pharmacy of powerful & effective chinese herbs allows me to prescribe prepared tablets or capsules to patients to enhance their healing. Additionally, writing and ordering custom herbal powders or capsules for people which address each individuals treatment plan and seeing the health improvements that come after taking the herbs.
Women's Health, Fertility, Pregnancy & Birth & Postpartum
As a mom of a 3 and a half year old boy and former childcare worker, I hold a special interest in family and women's health. I treat all stages of a woman's life cycle including menstrual issues, fertility, birth, postpartum and menopause. My interest in fertility & birthing led me to train as a Doula~Birth Attendant and complete my final year thesis studies on using Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture during Pregnancy, Birth and Post Partum. It is a deep honour to participate in the process of regulating menstrual cycles, enhancing fertility and caring for women during pregnancy and recovery in the post-partum period. My work and understanding of fertility has also led me to provide herbal, acupuncture and mental-emotional support for women & their partners that are undergoing assisted reproductive procedures including IVF, IUI etc.
Mental Emotional Symptoms & Sleep Issues
After 4 years of studying, I didn't sleep so well in my last year of school and then again after I stopped breastfeeding my son. Chinese herbal medicine, diet therapy, acupuncture and restorative exercise helped me get my sleep pattern back and I hold deep compassion for those with sleep issues and have deep understanding of how to help them get their sleep on track.
Yoga and Meditation
In addition to qualifications as a Registered TCM Practitioner, I am an Anusara trained yoga teacher. I started yoga after a recommendation for hip pain from my physiotherapist and have now been practicing yoga for over 15 years and teaching for 12. I often give patients simple yoga exercises to improve muskuloskeletal issues. Additionally, if patients wish during treatments, I verbally invite them into deep relaxation where they can allow the body to rest, the mind to stretch and the soul to blossom.
What I did before
Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, I was always intrigued by the west, the natural world and also had an interest in medicine. I attended Queens University at Kingston where I completed my Bachelor of Science in Biology. Afterwards, a fascination for mountains and nature led me to work as a naturalist for Parks Canada in Yoho and Banff National Parks. It was here that I became and avid hiker and started learning the medicinal uses of all the plants I could. I started studying herbal medicine by correspondence and then wanted to know more, so began my studies.
Nowdays, when I am not at the clinic, I am hiking or cross country skiing in the mountains, wandering the oceanside on bike or foot or pulling weeds & watering carrots & zucchinis in my garden, all with my dear son Finn alongside.
Watch this video for a demonstration of Jen performing acupuncture and explaining its benefits:
Watch this video for an explanation on Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies:
To make an appointment to see Jen please call us 604.568.6899