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Meet Our Team - Owner Of PANM & Dr Of Chinese Medicine Stephen Pate

Updated: Oct 8, 2021

What made you start Peninsula Acupuncture & Natural Medicine?

In 2009 I returned from working on a cruise ship as an Acupuncturist throughout the Caribbean. In that time my family had relocated from Hampton to the Peninsula. I decided to start my practice from where I wanted to live long term. I initially began PANM from my house in Merricks and consulted a couple days a week from a Physiotherapy clinic in Frankston. At the end of 2010 I decided I needed to be in a more

central location and was fortunate to find the 321 Main Street location after a short search. I envisioned a multimodality clinic which offered many complementary therapies all working together. I think the clinic has achieved that so far :)

How long have you been a practitioner and can you tell us a little bit more about your personal approach to patient care?

I graduated Chinese Medicine in 2008 from RMIT University. So I have been working as a Chinese Medicine Practitioner for close to 13 years - time goes fast!

I would like to think I am a relatively no nonsense practitioner. If I think I can help with your condition I will advise that and do my best to assist you in achieving the plan we set out.

I tend to incorporate Acupuncture, Electro Acupuncture, Cupping, Moxibustion, Massage and supplementation of both Chinese Herbal Medicine and Western Herbal Medicine within my sessions.

Aside from practicing Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and massage, you’re an avid runner and sports enthusiast. Can you tell us a little more about what you do outside of helping others?

Away from the clinic I'm quite into my sports, including hockey as well as endurance sports like running and triathlon. I also have coached local athletes to certain goals including long course triathlon and marathons. In non lockdown times I coach a running group from the Mornington track on Thursday mornings @ 6am. All welcome :)

What is the longest distance you have ever run?

I have done a few Ironman triathlons - which include a marathon to finish but the longest run I have done was from Mornington to Flinders St Station on my birthday 2 years ago (64km).

What hobbies have you picked up through lockdown? How do you live the Chinese Medicine life-style away from the clinic?

In the last year I have found myself doing a few more introverted things around my house; including cultivating a vegetable garden, reading more and cleaning out my garage and setting up a small home gym.

I have also taken more time to try a few recipes I wouldn’t normally have the extended time to cook; I am a sucker for a good muffin so I have been baking more too!

I have tried where possible to keep myself accountable to my fitness by organising to meet a friend to run as well as having a weekly fitness program.

I am a big advocate for a healthy lifestyle that involves adequate sleep, hydration, exercise, supplementation and a health focused diet.

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