Recently, we had the great pleasure of interviewing Kylie Freemantle from Bendigo Chinese Medicine. During our short visit we asked her how she started her practice how the business overcame the pandemic, and what advice she has for new practitioners and students.
How did you discover Chinese Medicine (and decided to open your clinic)?
It was a really boring journey to be honest. Acupuncture and herbs really pick my interest. I had some acupuncture in Mount Waverley. Bendigo always had a lovely Chinese history. So my great-great-grandmother was using herbs and my great grandmother passed away at 103. That means, it would be over a 100 years Chinese Medicine has been part of our family.
After I returned from China with studies, I was broke and working as a waitress three times a week. Then my friend Annalise Drok told me to give Steven Clavey a call to get some clinic time dispensing herbs. This lead into being offered a job as a dispenser. That is how I started working with him at the Grove Chinese Medicine Clinic.
I started my own clinic in Bendigo after I graduated in 2002. So while I was setting up here, I was also working in Melbourne. He was a true mentor to me. He was willing to share and helped me with the medicinal knowledge as well as the business.