Good Qi

Good Qi

-by Carla Pasteur, DVM, CVA, CVSMT, Ocala, FL, USA

Author: Chi Institute/Thursday, February 13, 2014/Categories: Faculty Spotlight, TCVM Newsletter

We all need to fulfill our inborn personality to be truly satisfied and comfortable in life. For me, this means having a clear goal and a step-by-step plan to reach that goal. Yet the key events in my life were not planned. This is likely the universe’s attempt (my husband would say the unsuccessful attempt) to keep me balanced.


When I was a young horse-crazy girl, everyone told me that I should be a veterinarian when I grew up. I said “No way"! But then, I ended up in vet school. I opened my own practice right after graduation and I was a very conventional DVM: all the alternative medicines were unscientific and “hog-wash”. I laugh at that now and it helps me be patient with veterinarians who still hold that opinion.


In my practice I had a horse with severe navicular syndrome. He did not respond to traditional treatments and the owners did not want to do surgery so he was retired. The owners kept searching for a cure and found a DVM who did acupuncture.


After several acupuncture treatments, the horse became sound and went back to showing. Boy, that really made me mad! Not that the horse was better but that someone fixed one of MY patients when I couldn’t. So I decided it was a coincidence and the horse miraculously got better in spite of the voodoo treatment. As time went on, that same practitioner treated other horses in my practice and helped them as well.


Eventually I had to admit that perhaps acupuncture was doing something, and if he could do it, so could I. I took the IVAS courses taught at the Safety Harbor Resort near Tampa (the Chi Institute hadn’t started yet) at that time. After the second session, I knew this was what I wanted to do with my life and I sold my conventional practice. So I had money in the bank and no work responsibilities, which allowed me to spend most of the time between sessions at the resort. After living in the Midwest my entire life, a winter in Florida was eye-opening. I fell in love with Florida. I never imagined winter could be so easy and I moved to Ocala a few months later. In less than a year, I met and married the love of my life - though I had said I would never get married again. When the Chi Institute started I wanted to take their course to see if there was anything they taught that was different than IVAS, but I didn’t want to pay another full tuition. It happened that they were looking for lab TAs, and TAs were able to attend the lectures. So I started to teach.


I didn’t plan on being a veterinarian; became an acupuncturist because I was in competition; moved to Florida because IVAS courses were offered here the year I took it; wasn’t looking for the perfect husband but found one (or nearly so); aimed to save money but started teaching. All of these things have made my life vastly better and none of them were planned. I was carried along with the flow of good Qi.


TCVM has allowed me to improve the life of my patients, and it has improved my life as well. The best part has been the people I have met along the way. The TCVM community is full of amazing, brilliant people. I am grateful that I get the chance to meet so many of them. I am especially grateful to Dr. Xie, the staff and students at Chi.


Gathering together for a seminar is exhilarating. After a few days at Chi, I am a better practitioner and a better person. I hope we can get together soon.

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