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Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

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Johannah Ashley


Hi, my name is Johannah and I have been practising Acupuncture in Castlemaine for 21 years. I have completed two 4 year Bachelor degrees: the first in Acupuncture and the second in Chinese Medicine (Herbs). I also completed an Advanced Clinical Internship in China at the end of my first degree.
I am a sensitive empath who has spent much of my own personal journey learning how to feel and process my emotions. I genuinely love humans and have always felt compelled to help and care for others.

What I love so much about Chinese medicine is its wholistic view. Through the lens of Chinese medicine all parts of us (body, mind, emotions, soul) are integrated and effect each other. Our bodies are not separate from our emotions or our spirit. They are one intricately entwined organism.

The ancient Chinese daoists’ sought to understand life and themselves via the innately intelligent cycles and rhythms of nature. I love this lens of looking at ourselves as part of a whole eco-system that is reflected holographically within our bodies. It rings true for me in my heart and this understanding allows me a way to see and feel all that is to be human.

Over the past 6 years I have been furthering my studies with a teacher in New York named Ann Cecil-Sterman. Ann was taught by Jeffrey Yuen who is an 88th generation ancestor of an unbroken lineage from the Jade Purity School of Daoism.
This advanced training has radically changed the way I practise and greatly improved the results I have been achieving. I am now exclusively a Complement Channel Practitioner.
I now treat, not just the 12 Primary channels that enter our organs, but also 57 other channels that have gone out of common usage. It is these Complement channels that store and move around pathology to try and prevent illness penetrating the organs themselves and threatening our life.
This very ancient way of practising has increased my ability to help people with chronic degenerative illness and pain.

Registered Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist with AHPRA
Member of Australian Traditional Medicine Society

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Irene Perkoulidis


Hi, my name is Irene and I am a registered Chinese Medicine practitioner, graduating from Southern School of Natural Therapies with a Bachelor of Health Science in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in 2014.

My dream is that just like a regular GP, every person will also have their own Chinese Medicine practitioner - to incorporate the long-practiced techniques of Classical Chinese Medicine into their primary health care regime.

I am always searching to find a deeper understanding of the experience of being human - how our bodies and minds are constantly seeking health (balance) even in the most difficult circumstances - and how Chinese Medicine can assist with that process.

It was through this search that led me to meeting Johannah 4 years ago and I have since become dedicated to following the classical teachings delivered by Ann Cecil-Sterman, Sean Tuten and the unbroken lineage from the Jade Purity School of Daoism.

My experience in the industry has taken me from apprenticeship, to office manager, locum practitioner, working within large multi-modality practices, and opening and running my own busy clinic in Melbourne for 5 years. I enjoy working with clients of all ages and genders, with special interest in working with the LGBTIQA+ community. I was raised in country Victoria, with a balance of spiritual practice alongside a family full of Nurses and Doctors. I have always felt a natural affinity for helping people find their own personal harmony. My other life loves are my baby boy, my partner, and reminding myself that I'm happiest pottering slowly around my garden!

I hold current AHPRA registration and have worked in the Chinese medicine industry for over 15 years. I offer an open and non-judgmental space with a strong emphasis on assisting people to listen to, and connect to their bodies.

Registrations include:
• Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
• Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA)
• Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA)

Mon 10.30am-4.30pm | Tues 9-5pm | Wed 1-6pmThu 10.45-6.30pm | Fri 9-6pm | Alternate Sat 9.30-4pm

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