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Sonia F. Tan, DAOM, R.Ac., R.TCM.P. - Doctor of Acu & OM, Reg'd Acupuncturist & Reg'd TCM Practitioner
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Sonia F. Tan, DAOM, R.Ac., R.TCM.P. - Doctor of Acu & OM, Reg'd Acupuncturist & Reg'd TCM Practitioner Red Tree Wellness Inc.
550 West Broadway, Suite 743
Neelu Bachra Centre
604-873-3827
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!

Service

  • Initial Consult and Acupuncture Treatment
    Initial Consult and Acupuncture Treatment
    75 to 90 min First visit consultation and assessment, with acupuncture, for NEW patients New patients to the clinic are encouraged to arrive 5-10 minutes before scheduled appointment to complete the intake form. Note: Requires a 100 minute time block opening. If the session takes less only 75 minutes, the rate will be $120.


    Traditional Chinese Medicine theorizes that there are approximately 365 acupuncture points on the human body that connects with 12 main and 8 secondary pathways, called meridians. These meridians create an energy flow and conduct energy or Qi (pronounced “chee”) between the surface of the body and internal organs, and is responsible for overall health. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice that involves puncturing the skin with hair-thin needles (filiform) at particular locations, called acupuncture points, to enhance the flow of Qi. Acupuncture is used to balance and keep the normal flow of energy unblocked, and restore health to the body and mind. When you are healthy, Qi flows smoothly and the body is balanced.

    Does It Hurt?
    The acupuncture needles are so thin that 10 to 15 acupuncture needles can be placed in one hypodermic (injection) needle. The sensation that is expected from acupuncture is not painful (i.e. not what you would expect from a needle). The sensation is called “De Qi” and it can include numbness, aching, tingling, warmth, distension, heaviness, or lightness. The sensation can be local or it may radiate. Many people find acupuncture is actually very relaxing and often fall asleep.

    How Safe Is Acupuncture?
    Acupuncture is very safe. In Vancouver and British Columbia, all acupuncturists must be licensed and are required to complete an acupuncture safety course, which includes clean needle technique (including disposable sterile needles) and acupoint safety. As with any medical treatment, there may be risks involved for the individual and it is important to discuss these with your practitioner.

    Is Acupuncture Covered By Medical Insurance?
    Many extended health insurance plans in Vancouver and British Columbia do cover up to $500 of acupuncture each year. Check with your health insurance provider for details. In BC, MSP will cover a portion of your visit for qualifying individuals. Inquire with your practitioner for more details on the requirements.
     

  • Follow-up Acupuncture Treatment
    Follow-up Acupuncture Treatment
    50 min Follow-up visit for current/returning patients
     

  • Initial Consultation and Assessment - No Acupuncture
    Initial Consultation and Assessment - No Acupuncture
    45 min First visit and consultation and assessment only, no acupuncture, for NEW patients New patients to the clinic are encouraged to arrive 5-10 minutes before scheduled appointment to complete the intake form. Note: Requires a 60 minute time block opening.
     

  • Initial Herbal Consultation only
    Initial Herbal Consultation only
    45 min Initial/First Herbal Consultation only (no acupuncture) and dispensing New patients to the clinic are encouraged to arrive 5-10 minutes before scheduled appointment to complete the intake form. Note: Requires 60 min available time for herbal prescription preparation. Consultation rates do NOT include the cost of herbs. A weekly customized course of herbs ranges between $25 to $50 plus tax.
     

  • Follow-Up Herbal Consultation only
    Follow-Up Herbal Consultation only
    20 min Follow-Up Herbal Consultation only (no acupuncture) and dispensing Note: Requires 35 min available time for herbal prescription preparation. Consultation rates do NOT include the cost of herbs. A weekly customized course of herbs ranges between $25 to $50 plus tax.