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service logo 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.
  • Gary Wai Wah Chan, DTCM, R.Ac., R.TCM.P.
    Gary W.W. Chan is a Registered Acupuncturist and a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioner. He is a graduate of the five year Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine program at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver. During school and early years of his practice, Gary interned in The Second Affiliate Hospital of An Hui in China and a private TCM clinic in Hong Kong.

    Prior to entering health care, Gary was in the field of computing science. With strong logical reasoning and analytical skill, Gary entered the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine with lots of wonder. Gary enjoys practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine and witness the amazing difference this ancient health system can make. Beside Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture, Gary has also completed training in other therapies like Original Yin Stretching Method, Auricular Medicines, Reiki Energy Healing, and Transformation with Matrix Energetic. Gary currently follows the life cultivation philosophy of Lao Zi and he believes all physical ailments can be properly addressed by proper balancing.

    From High Tech to Ancient Wisdom:

    One of the most commonly asked question to Gary is how one goes from Programmer to an Acupuncturist, two apparently unrelated subjects. While there are a lot of factors resulting in such a decision, a taste of the wonder of Traditional Chinese Medicine really clicked the switch inside Gary’s mind.

    At sometime near year 2002, when Gary was still a very hard working programmer in the industry of Information Technology, developing the virtual world in the computer was the desire of Gary. After a few long night of work to meet a project deadline, appearing from nowhere, he developed this rather annoying pain in one of his upper molars on the right hand side.

    When the pain quickly deteriorates from annoying to unbearable, Gary had no choice to visit the dentist. Surprising to him, it was not cavity. According to the X ray, it was a nerve inflammation that result in such a pain. According to the dentist, he will need to drill a hole into the molar, perform a root canal procedure to kill the nerve, and that will effectively stop the pain. This procedure, however, has two small side effects. One, it will kill the teeth when it gets rid of the nerve that govern the teeth. That implies additional procedures of filing the teeth and creating a crown. Two, it will cost Gary approximately $800. The cost and the horrible image of the procedure had successfully distracted Gary from his pain. Gary left the office and decided to sleep on the idea. At the drug store, while purchasing pain killer, the pharmacist notice Gary was bearing unusual amount of pain. After Gary told him that he is having a nerve pain in his teeth, surprisingly, the pharmacist, beside recommending pain killer, asked him to try acupuncture as well.

    Gary quickly visited this acupuncturist. Lying on his tummy on the treatment table, Gary was going to receive acupuncture. He felt something happen behind his neck and all of a sudden, a cooling/numbing sensation happened immediately to his painful molar. It was truly amazing. He woke up happily because the pain is 80% better after the session. After taking some herbal decotion for another day, Gary became completely relieved of the toothache.

    At that point of time, Gary always wondered what had happened. Besides saving lots of money from the dentist, the acupuncturist also fixed the problem rather elegantly. The experience was a shock to Gary’s linear thinking model. While the direct approach (the dentist approach) seems to be the only option, somehow the human body equipped a better solution. In programming, it takes a lot of effort to develop even a minor feature. This experience of toothache let Gary realize the opposite exists in the world. Instead of developing something, the universe (a lot of times) already possess ways, readily available, to achieve greatness with relatively little effort. The meridian system and the Zang/Fu approach of Traditional Chinese Medicine opened the eyes of Gary to a much more resourceful aspect of the universe. It is an amazing experience and an amazing insight. Eventually Gary decided to become part of it, leaving programming behind and attending Chinese Medicine School.

    Gary looks forward to meeting you to help you achieve your best health.

  • Sonia F. Tan, DAOM, R.Ac., R.TCM.P.
    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!