Jim's interest in Taoist arts spans more than forty years and many teachers. It was observations and experiences in tai chi and qigong that inspired him to study traditional Chinese medicine in 1991. Following undergraduate Health Studies at the University of Waterloo, Jim received a Master of Science from Samra University of Oriental Medicine in 1995. Certified nationally (US) in 1994 and licensed in California in 1995, he interned in China in '95/'96, including at Beijing TCM hospital before it was opened to foreign students. More recently, Jim studied at Yo San University, receiving a clinical doctorate in integrative medicine, healthy aging, and longevity, with a thesis on TCM research methodology.

In 1999/00, Jim helped establish the first comprehensive acupuncture program in Toronto at the Toronto School of TCM. He has taught qigong and medical qigong at schools in Toronto, Los Angeles, and Hawaii, and is currently an acting clinical supervisor at Ontario College of TCM in Toronto. 

Healing Arts Centre was founded 1996, where Jim practices preferred method of traditional integral medicine, prioritizing lifestyle changes, dietary and herbal medicine, acupuncture and hand manipulation techniques, tai chi, qigong meditation practice, principles and practices of Tao.

Jim's acupuncture experience includes reproductive health (over 600 referrals from infertility clinics), digestive imbalances, dermatology, arthritis, infections, a variety of neurological and orthopedic conditions, diabetes, endocrine imbalance, addiction, and general care. He has managed and dispensed his own pharmacy of 250 herbs. In humility, only scratched the surface, of meaningful understanding. Jim’s passion is to build a medicinal kitchen and pharmacy for teaching and sharing principles, all the while developing concepts around an outcome measure to research this 'new science'.