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Hello, goodbye for owners of Nevada City Chinese medicine clinic

Ten Kay has been working in the Bay Area as a Chinese medicine specialist. She will be replacing Renée Klorman at the Roots & Burls Chinese Medicine Clinic at the end of April.
Submitted photo by Renee Klorman


What: Meet the new owner of Roots & Burls and say goodbye to the previous one

Where: The Summer Thyme Bakery at 231 Colfax Avenue, Grass Valley

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday

As a Ph.D. student studying women’s history, Renée Klorman didn’t anticipate practicing Chinese medicine.

While deciding how to proceed in her studies, Klorman did a swift about-face, leaving her program on the east coast with a master’s degree, and moving to Oakland to study Chinese medicine.

After graduating from school in the Bay Area, Klorman set off to run the Roots & Burls Chinese Medicine Clinic in Nevada City. After five years running the solo practice, Klorman is leaving and passing off the reins to her former classmate and Chinese medicine specialist, Ten Kay.

“Leaving my practice is really hard, which is why I’m so happy to find someone to take over,” said Klorman.

Klorman, who sees about 24 patients, four days each week, is moving to Walla Walla, Washington, at the end of April to work at the Thompson Family Acupuncture Clinic near Whitman College.

“I will be doing what I’m doing now but I’ll just be doing Chinese medicine,” she said.

The general practitioner hopes to deepen her understanding of the methods and spend more time with patients, no longer constrained by business operations.


Klorman first met her replacement, Ten Kay, while taking classes at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences.

“For my patients, they’ll get so much more because of the skills she’ll bring,” said Klorman.

Like Klorman, Kay did not expect to work in Chinese medicine. Before starting the work, she was studying dance, but an early knee injury kept her from pursuing her original path, leading her to alternative medicine. In 2005, Kay went to massage therapy school and later studied acupuncture.

Kay, who has been living in the Bay Area for 10 years and running her own Chinese medicine practice — Seeing Palm Traditional Medicine — recently started a doctoral program in the same field.

The acupuncturist will be splitting time between the Bay Area and Nevada City, running Roots & Burls on an undetermined, rotating schedule that will be available on the clinic’s website.

“It is going to be dynamic,” she said, “but I like that kind of thing.”

Kay’s approach will be similar to Klorman’s, doing acupuncture and body work, but slightly modified with the addition of craniosacral therapy and Chinese massages.

On Thursday, both women will be at the Summertime Bakery, allowing residents to welcome the new owner, and bid the former farewell.

Contact Sam Corey at (530) 477-4219 or at scorey@theunion.com.

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