A Little Bit About Us
My name is Mario Baldassare Amato and I am Chatham Kent's registered acupuncturist and practitioner of Chinese Medicine. A science graduate at the University of Western Ontario, I went on to study traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at the Institute of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, in London Ontario. The program involved four years of study at the private college with 2 years of clinical. Born and raised in Chatham, my intensions were to bring my training back to Chatham to serve the community. During my clinical in London there had been some patients who travelled from Chatham for treatment, an obvious sign there was a need for these services in my home town. I opened a clinic in Chatham Ontario at 232 St. Clair Street in September 2000, where I continue to be in full time private practice. While the services are provided by myself, I am joined by my receptionist Crystal Miller and registered nurse Mary Van Eerd.
I am also a long standing member of the Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Association of Canada (CMAAC). The CMAAC was the driving force behind the lobbying for regulations for the profession of TCM in Ontario and was involved in the process for regulations in B.C., Quebec and Alberta. The former president of CMAAC sat as the chair for the Transitional Council for traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. The Transitional Council, a body appointed by the Lieutenant government, was accountable to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and was charged with a mandate to establish the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Pactitioners and Acupunctursts of Ontario (CTCMPAO) providing standards for practice as well as criteria for professional titles.