Cathy (Catharine) Kozak is a Chinese medical instructor and retired acupuncturist. She graduated from the 4-year TCM program at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences, Nelson, in 2000. During her last year of training, she completed an internship at the Xi Yuan Hospital in Beijing, and wrote a thesis on her favorite subject, and one of the lesser understood aspects of Chinese medicine – the 8 Extraordinary Vessels (EVs). She’s pleased to share her knowledge of the EVs in a course created exclusively for LIFT Education.
After graduation, Cathy taught at the Academy from 2000-2008, as a principal lecturer and clinical supervisor. She is pleased to see so many of her past students now employed there. In 2009 she created and managed 3 online TCM courses for the layperson, for College of the Rockies. She was also a lecturer and clinical supervisor at Pacific Rim College, Victoria, from 2012-2014. Cathy has practised in a variety of clinical settings over the past 15 years, and spearheaded Nelson’s first free acupuncture clinic for the treatment of addictions, based on the NADA model. The clinic is still running today, thanks to the generosity of local acupuncturists who volunteer their time.
These days, Cathy can be found tutoring, letting her hair grow, playing with her grandchildren, studying at the University of Victoria, and scratching her head in front of a computer as she finishes a long lost novel and recent collection of uncooperative short stories, two of which (astonishingly) pulled up their boots and went on to win awards in Canadian litmags. She divides her time between Nelson and Victoria.