My name is Alex and I am a doctor of Chinese medicine and the clinical director of the Blue Sky Chinese Medicine Clinic.
I am passionate about my work and particularly about helping people to improve their health. The key ingredient, and what sets us apart from other clinics, is our focus on clear communication.
Our patients understand their treatment and are invited to take responsibility for their health.
I graduated from RMIT in Melbourne with distinction in the double degree program, Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese medicine) and Bachelor of Applied Science (Human biology). Over five years I studied in detail the human body, its physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, what makes it work, what makes it vulnerable and the conditions that afflict it. I tutored in the anatomy department, where I gained a deep respect for human anatomy and a detailed anatomical understanding which translates to great accuracy in treatment.
I have also developed a deep understanding of the principles of Chinese medicine, methods of diagnostics and the tools of treatment including the vast array of herbal medicine, acupuncture points and techniques.
The final component of our training was a four month internship in a large and fully integrated (ie Western and Chinese medicine in the same setting) public hospital in Nanjing, China.
I also worked in an acupuncture trial in the Emergency department of the Northern Hospital in Melbourne which gave me additional insight into the workings of an AUstralian hospital as well as the experience of treating patients in need of critical care with Chinese medicine. This year long stint in the ED was at the cutting edge of acupuncture treatment in this country.
Clinically my interest is in gynecology, fertility and pregnancy. The further I delve into this area of Chinese medicine the more I realise the incredible scope for helping women with many of the gynecological problems that are often seen as 'normal' by Western medicine. Period pain, mood changes, clotting, irregular, long, short, heavy or no cycles. Absence of ovulation, difficulty falling pregnant, and so on are all conditions that I see every day. And many of these cases respond so well to treatment. Many women I see in the clinic have had these conditions for much of their lives, and it is incredibly rewarding to see a women who has always lived with terrible periods have a period without pain. This is both heartening and saddening to think that these things are often left untreated when there is a solution.
The other great thing about gynecology is that it covers the full life cycle, from young women starting mentruation, to fertility issues, and to menopause.
My favourite is treating women seeking to fall pregnant and then once they are pregnant we work hard to maintain a healthy pregnancy. Then when its time and if necesasry we help with labour, we provide care and assistance post-natally and throughout the womens lifecycle to menopause and beyond. This area is never the same and there are always things we can help to improve. That is why I am so passionate about this area. It helps that I am blessed with two beautiful children of my own!
If you have any further queries regarding treatments, options or about out practitioners please call or email the clinic or request a call back.
Dr Alex Perry (CM)