Student Association Alumni Panel Rocks!
“Have a realistic business plan, and enhance your practice of Qi Gong” are the words that summarize the advice rendered by three successful Yo San University graduates at a special well attended panel sponsored by the Yo San University Student Association (YSUSA) on Tuesday November 19, 2013. The alumni panel included George Lamoureux, Karen Gordon and Henry Lee.
“Have a realistic business plan, and enhance your practice of Qi Gong” are the words that summarize the advice rendered by three successful Yo San University graduates at a special well attended panel sponsored by the Yo San University Student Association (YSUSA) on Tuesday November 19, 2013. The alumni panel included George Lamoureux, Karen Gordon and Henry Lee. Introduced by YSUSA President, Emily King Quon, each grad eloquently summarized the paths that led to success in their current practices. For Henry Lee, who was formerly a film maker, a major motivation was his desire to engage his craft of film making and thus reach a much broader client base than the usual office practitioner. Lee’s practice combines standard Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) techniques with the production of stunningly beautiful photographic images. Besides seeing 30 patients a week, Lee’s video productions are successfully marketed to Hollywood studios and other world-wide commercial and individual consumers. Lee believes that his video images inspire inner peace, meditation and oneness of each being with the natural universe. Karen Gordon came to TCM with a background in professional music as a singer and composer. Growing up in Korea, Karen’s family has a long history of adherence to TCM practices for health and wellness. As a relatively recent graduate of both the Yo San University MATCM and DAOM Programs Karen emphasized the importance of crafting an attractive and useful website, as well as building mutual referral connections with Western medical practitioners. She urged current students to take their Qi cultivation courses and journaling activities seriously. In her words, “it is only through knowing yourself, that you will be able to help others.” As a refugee from the world of stocks, bonds and high finance, George Lamoureux sought an alternative career through training at the French Culinary Institute in New York, earning a degree which eventually led to his work as a pastry chef with Wolfgang Puck in Malibu, CA. It was a colleague in the often hazard laden restaurant kitchen world that inspired Lamoureux to learn more about the use of herbal tonics to maintain and enhance health. As an early graduate of the YSU MATCM Program Lamoureux recalls the days of the University when both Dr. Dao and Dr. Mao frequently taught didactic courses, facilitated Qi cultivation sessions and served as clinic supervisors. As the founder and proprietor of Jing Herbs, a thriving Los Angeles company with world-wide consumers, George Lamoureux’s practice is strictly in the herbal arena. His current activities include regular trips to China to source the best quality herbs for his line of herbal tonics, as well as involvement in the YSU Doctoral Program, which he will complete in April, of 2014. George is also a devoted Qi practitioner and emphasized the importance of the Qi component of the YSU curriculum. From every perspective these three Yo San University graduates were nothing less than inspiring. Each of the thirty-five participants left the session with confidence that the TCM training in the Yo San Tradition that includes self development through Qi cultivation, will lead to success!