Our Practitioners

Kim Wilson, R.Ac

“I have been both intrigued and obsessed with the body for as long as I can remember, and on a daily basis I am blown away by its amazing potential and capabilities. After completing my Jin Shin Do acupressure, and Certified Massage certificates I knew I wanted to go deeper so continued on in a four year program and completed a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2001.

From here I continued my education and used my athletic background to go deeper with the body through the genius modalities of Stott Pilates and Yoga. These two practices deepened my knowledge and understanding and continue to teach me daily.

The best part for me is that all of these disciplines/practices are a fusion that have the capacity to meld together in accessing the bodies willingness to heal. For me they meld into one, and I hope you can feel my enthusiasm for this in my treatments and in the way that I teach. I am humbled and excited by how much there is to learn about the body and how most practices continue into each other.

To me starting Thrive was about holding a container where health, fitness, safety, openness, community, knowledge, and positivity could all come together in one space. I believe that has happened and is felt at Thrive. I am very excited and grateful to see how Thrive continues to grow and change.”

Jennifer Maddaford, R.Ac B.A LPNĀ 

“The promotion of health and well-being inspired me to first become a Nurse and then an Acupuncturist. I love how Acupuncture supports us in our journey to health, both mentally and physically. Acupuncture has an amazing ability to re-establish homeostasis in the body, helping us find balance and healing. Often our lives feel like they are depleting us, and Acupuncture is part of the way we recover, but also how we can start to make positive changes for ourselves and our health.

I studied Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and at Pacific Rim College, which I graduated from in 2016. As a long-term yoga practitioner, I have long been interested in the mind-body connection, and this interest informs my practice of Acupuncture and my interest in the intersection of Eastern and Western Healing Arts.

I spent most of my twenties travelling and working in Asia before returning to settle in my hometown of Victoria ten years ago. I live with my husband and our rescue animals and I will reluctantly admit to sometimes dressing my dog in pink shirts with hearts.”