Jesse graduated in 2001 from the Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ITCM) in Toronto, the oldest Chinese Medicine Institute in Canada. Intrigued with the depth of knowledge TCM offered, Jesse made his way to China to live, and continue learning.
While in China, Jesse interned in hospitals and private clinics, making connections and building relationships with professors and mentors, who not only specialized in clinical application, but also Eastern philosophy and classical medical literature. Jesse’s unique approach in acupuncture, tuina massage, and herbal medicine was heavily influenced by the most respected and talented practitioners with whom he had studied.
Jesse returned to Toronto, working independently in a private clinical setting, eventually joining a team of entrepreneurs looking to develop an integrated state-of-the-art, neurological rehabilitation centre. In this venture, Jesse developed and directed a working model that integrated modern robotic technology, functional rehabilitation, and traditional medicine. That clinic became a well-established neurological rehabilitation centre specializing in spinal cord injuries, stroke, brain injury, and Multiple Sclerosis. This pursuit has led Jesse to effectively implement treatment methodologies that utilize both traditional and modern perspectives of practice, as well as develop a deep, practical knowledge in the field of neuroplasticity and neurological sequelae. As well, Jesse has had the opportunity to collaborate with neuro-scientists from York University in the development of a sensorimotor-focused acquired brain injury recovery program. The program is undergoing studies to validate the clinical efficacy of combining cognitive software training with complex ‘Taiji-like’ movements.
While maintaining his clinical practice, Jesse has taught traditional Chinese medicine at many private institutes, and over the years has become recognized for his exceptional presentation and public-speaking abilities. His instinct to disseminate knowledge has led him to leadership positions, making him a sought-after and effective educator, and a strong leader within interdisciplinary clinical settings.
The roots, inspiration, and catalyst for Jesse’s decades of study and clinical practice? Jesse diligently studied and practiced the traditional mind-body customs of QiGong, TaiJiQuan, and Daoist NeiGong, and continues to do so. In 2004, in recognition of his dedication, Jesse became an official 20th generation TaiJi lineage holder, as recognized by the BeiJing HunYuan TaiJi Academy (Zhang YuFei, director). Jesse returns to China annually to instruct on behalf of his mentor and teacher, Zhang YuFei, as well as to advance his own training.
Jesse lives in Toronto, Canada, where he continues to study, practice, and teach. In his free time he drinks a lot of Chinese tea and dabbles at painting.