I am delighted to bring to you the first installment of a new series for our blog called, A Day in the Life of a Homeopath. Today, I am pleased to introduce you to one of CCHM's graduates from 2015, Rie Sakamoto. I've asked Rie a few questions so we can get to know her a little and learn about her passion for homeopathy and her growing homeopathic practice here in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
AGD: Hi, Rie! Thank you for sharing with us today. Can you please tell us about what inspired you to become a homeopath?
RS: Hi Andrea! Thanks very much. What inspired me to become a homeopath, was my own experience. I was suffering from some hormonal problems which for 10 years I had tried to treat and all the doctors and specialists told me to give up. However, only three months after seeing Dr. Joseph Kellerstein
my problem was solved with a homeopathic remedy called pulsatilla. I felt like a new person mentally, physically and emotionally. This is only one of many stories which have inspired me to become a professional homeopath. <!--break-->
AGD: What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing it! Now that you have graduated and have begun your homeopathic practice, what do you most love about being a homeopath?
RS: When the patients excitedly report that their symptoms and suffering have gone away with a big smile, it really warms my heart.
AGD: Do you have a favorite homeopathic healing story about one of your patients?
RS: When one of my patients, who was suffering from infertility for over 5 years became pregnant after 3 months of treatment. It happened just before her second IVF and she was so happy to not have to go through that again.
AGD: What a fabulous experience for you both. With a success rate of a mere 35% and at a cost of $10,000 - $20,000 (according to babycenter.ca
), not to mention the toll that IVF takes on the body, it would be so great if more people were aware that homeopathy is an option for infertility issues. It is not uncommon for homeopathy to work for a number of causes of infertility and while homeopathy coaxes the body towards the goal of having a baby, it is doing so, by rebalancing the system and making the body stronger and healthier overall, which is an added bonus and blessing for mom and for baby. Rie, I would love to know more about how your life has changed through homeopathy?
RS: I am very fortunate that there is homeopathy in our lives and I could learn this amazing medicine. I was looking for something which can truly heal and treat people mentally, physically and emotionally without any negative side effects, and homeopathy was exactly what I was looking for.
Since I started to learn homeopathy and take on my own patients, I have seen life differently. Every time my patients open up and share all of their issues and challenges with me, I feel so grateful for their trust. We never know what kind of obstacles people have. I am more appreciative overall.
AGD: What role did CCHM play in supporting your transformation?
RS: At CCHM, I met many wonderful teachers and peers. They were very challenging years, but CCHM made me stronger and made me a confident homeopath.
AGD: What are three key memories from your experience at CCHM?
RS: Lots of laugher, lots of tears, loads of appreciation.
AGD: What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to become a homeopath?
RS: Working full-time and studying at the same time, but CCHM's amazing teachers and a very supportive staff kept me very motivated. Although it was tough, I always became energized and felt alive whenever I would go to the class. I don't miss the lack of sleep but I do miss learning there very much...
AGD: How do you see your future in homeopathy?
RS: I see a great deal of potential in homeopathy, especially because more and more people are aware of it.
AGD: Can you recommend a couple of good books on homeopathy to our readers?
The Organon of Medicine by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann
(Even if you are not a student or homeopath, I think you will grasp Dr. Hahnemann's passion and dedication to help people.)
The Impossible Cure by Amy Lansky
More information about Rie Sakamoto:
Registered Homeopath Hom DCHM, STOTT PILATES Lead Instructor Trainer, Reiki Practitioner, B.A
Rie started her three-year homeopathic education at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine in 2012 and was awarded the Excellence in Homeopathy Scholarship by Boiron Homeopathic Pharmacy. After 944 hours of in-class instruction and over 420 hours of internship/externship clinical experience, Rie graduated at the top of her class in 2015, continuing to dedicate herself to helping people regain good health.
Rie is able to combine her Pilates, Reiki and Homeopathy background into a holistic approach when working with patients of a diverse background in order to help them improve their wellbeing. Please contact Rie by email, [email protected]
, to book a consultation at, Studio3 (1228 Yonge St. Suite 300, Toronto, ON M4V 1G3).
- Andrea Gallant Deal Hom DSHM
is a graduate of CCHM (formerly TSHM 2001) and the Administrative Director/Registrar at CCHM. She is a Registered Homeopath in private practice in Toronto, Ontario.