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Story by Giselle Wedemire | Photo by Harderlee Photography
Dual-Credit Pharmacy Assistant grad blends modern science with traditional medicine.
As an avid runner, Rae LaBerge (PHTR ’11) knows something about head starts. And an impulse decision made as a Grade 11 student has given LaBerge another kind of head start: she chose to fill one of her high school option blocks by enrolling in SAIT’s Dual-Credit Pharmacy Assistant program.
By the time LaBerge graduated simultaneously from St. Francis High School and SAIT, she had earned a high school diploma, a Pharmacy Technician — Retail certificate and an insatiable desire to learn everything about the human body’s inner workings.
A blend of modernity and tradition
For the next seven years — while working at the same COSTCO pharmacy where she did her SAIT internship — LaBerge continued her education by studying holistic nutrition, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Today LaBerge has established a practice as a TCM practitioner and acupuncturist at downtown Calgary’s enduraHEALTH clinic, where she blends her knowledge of modern science with traditional medicine — such as cupping therapy, shown in the featured image.
” … Traditional Chinese Medicine tailors treatments to the different needs of each patient,” LaBerge explains.
TCM’s approach to helping patients achieve balance and optimal wellness is quite different, LaBerge says, from Western medicine, which “clearly separates health from disease. TCM looks at the whole person when assessing, diagnosing and treating them,” she says. “Western medicine can often be one-size-fits-all, where TCM tailors treatments to the different needs of each patient.”