Sonia F. Tan is the Founder & Clinic Director of Red Tree Wellness Inc., a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a Registered Acupuncturist, and a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioner. Sonia obtained her clinical research Doctorate degree from Yo San University of TCM in Los Angeles, California, and was the recipient of the DAOM Distinction Award. This doctorate specialized in Integrative Medicine in Aging and Longevity. Her research was on “A novel approach to treating Allergic Rhinitis.” She is also a graduate of the five year Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine program at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver. As part of the program, Sonia interned at a hospital in China: Anhui University of Traditional Chinese Medicine – The Second Affiliate Hospital, in Hefei, Anhui, China. Sonia is also a Certified Gold-Level practitioner of the late Dr. Richard Tehfu Tan’s Balance Method of Acupuncture.
Sonia began her career in health with a Bachelor’s degree in Honors Kinesiology, with a specialization in Athletic Injuries, from the University of Western Ontario. After her degree, Sonia worked as a Physiotherapy Assistant & Clinical Trial Coordinator at a sports medicine clinic. Prior to entering health care, Sonia worked in banking as a Commercial Account Officer, after receiving her double-major Bachelor’s degree in Economics & Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University. Sonia has also completed many adjunct and advanced therapy courses, such as Acutonics® Sound Healing, TCM Essential Oils, and Dr. Richard TSTan Gold level cropehfu Tan’s Balance Methods (one of few Certified Gold-Level practitioners), that she continually uses in her practice. In addition, following in her grandfather’s footsteps and the traditional umbrella of Chinese Medicine, Sonia completed apprenticeships of Chinese Metaphysics and its application to Chinese Medicine, in the areas of Chinese Astrology, Face Reading, and Classical Feng Shui. She is a direct and first graduating class disciple of the late Grandmaster Dr. Richard Tehfu Tan, and as well has trained with Master Marlyna Los. Sonia is also an ongoing student of a variety of Martial Arts since 1995, and is grateful to her Shifu the late Dale Johns for her foundation, and to Shifu Matthew Dyck for continuing to guide her along this path. Sonia was also honoured to be named and be a part of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Medical Team, as an On-Call Specialist (Registered Acupuncturist), and is the Co-Founder and current Co-Chair of the BC Sport Acupuncture Association (BCSAA). Sonia also manages to find time to teach part-time at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine and thoroughly enjoys educating and inspiring about all things Acupuncture and TCM!