Suzanne Williams, BA, APMCP, MBA, R.Ac, is a Registered Acupuncturist and certified Tui Na practitioner. Her scope of practice also extends to other manual therapies such as cupping, gua sha and moxibustion. She is a graduate of ICTCMV and a student in Langara College’s first cohort of the Balance System of Acupuncture Certificate Program. As a proponent of lifelong learning, Suzanne is committed to keeping pace with evidence-based research on acupuncture, while respecting the philosophical heritage of TCM and its founding doctors.
In her youth, Suzanne was drawn to healing professions, yet her passion for languages, culture and travel led her over 12 years of study and work in Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China. While living there, she was exposed to Traditional Chinese Medicine formally, as a patient receiving Tui Na, cupping and Acupuncture, and informally as a recipient of OTC herbal at-home remedies. Suzanne ultimately cultivated a career in research and consulting in China and Canada, and finds that her ability to solve problems for businesses in need of “therapy” translates well into healthcare. The holistic approach of TCM suits her love of thorough investigation, communication and resolution of health issues.
Suzanne approaches her TCM practice as a partnership and works with patients to develop lifestyle habits that support long term health and prevention of disease or injuries. This, in tandem with the appropriate “dosage” of acupuncture treatments, are at the centre of optimal health and healing.
Suzanne studied external martial arts while living in Asia, and has long since been a student of Qi Gong, Tai Ji and other internal martial arts. She is fluent in English and Mandarin. Suzanne now spends much of her time volunteering with community organizations, and can often be found enjoying Vancouver’s water in all its forms, whether racing dragon boats in False Creek, or teaching adaptive skiing on the North Shore mountains.
Dr. Kathy Au-Yeung is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She graduated from the five-year Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine program at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver. She is certified in performing acupuncture, cupping, and prescribing Chinese herbal medicine. After obtaining her certification in Canada, she went to the prestigious First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China for a post-graduation internship. During the internship, she practiced in various outpatient clinics including acupuncture, gastroenterology, respirology, and gynecology. She had exposure to inpatient care in Chinese Medicine which greatly increased her experience in practicing acupuncture to treat diverse types of conditions.
Kathy has always been interested in Chinese Medicine since she was in high school. She was fascinated by the vast number of acupoints displayed on the body atlas and the theory behind the art. As a child, she often observed and smelled various herbs being incorporated into her family's daily diet. She wondered why her parents would drink such bitter, smelly, dark coloured herbal decoction to feel better. Despite her initial interest, she went to the University of British Columbia to obtain an undergraduate degree in biochemistry instead. However, she was deeply inspired to pursue Chinese Medicine after observing the success of Chinese Medicine in treating her relatives, who had suffered from multiple symptoms that were considered unrelated in the eyes of Western Medicine. Her relatives were assessed by several specialists for further investigations and treatments, yet they continued to suffer. Eventually, they were treated with acupuncture and herbal decoction which alleviated most of their symptoms. Kathy was then determined to become a doctor in Chinese Medicine, hoping to help others with conditions that might be challenging to manage in traditional Western Medicine.
Kathy is a strong believer in using Chinese Medicine to regulate the body and maintain its balance as a whole. She has clinical interest in preventive medicine and treatment of common conditions, including digestive issues, sleeping disorders, and women's health. Being an outdoor enthusiast, she has developed an interest in treating musculoskeletal and pain condition with various modalities of Chinese Medicine. She is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. Kathy will help your body find balance, and regain and maintain your health in a caring, holistic approach.
Dr. Kathy Dang is a dually board-certified, licensed Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist in BC. She has been practicing since 2008. She is US trained and practices in Vancouver, British Columbia. She maintains NCCAOM diplomate status in both Herbology & Acupuncture and is a national exam writer for the Traditional Chinese Medicine boards in the US. She is also certified in providing Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. Her undergraduate training in Microbiology and Psychology influenced her views on the gut/brain connection, and it’s importance in inflammation and disease processes, as well as mental health and general well being.
Dr. Dang dedicated her career towards advancing natural medicine and therapies with a scientific background while also maintaining the vital energetics of Eastern medicine. She is a key health investigator and designs individual health plans through the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis, acupuncture, vitamin/supplement/herbal therapies and nutritional/diet guidelines.
Dr. Dang recognizes the complexities and challenges of maintaining health and balance in today’s world. She has clinical interests in family medicine, gastro-intestinal health, autoimmune/dermatologic disorders, endocrine/metabolic/cardiovascular disorders, trauma & addiction, mental health & stress disorders, pain disorders as well as anti-aging/longevity and natural aesthetics.
She is a guide in navigating natural health by blending the wisdom of ancient and modern medicine.
Sonia F. Tan is the Founder & Clinic Director of Red Tree Wellness Inc., a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM degree), 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 Tehfu Tan's Gold level Balance Method (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, in the areas of Chinese Astrology, Face Reading, and Classical Feng Shui. These certifications were under various teachers and completed in 2010. She is a direct and first graduating class disciple of the late Grandmaster Dr. Richard Tehfu Tan. Sonia has also trained with, and is a Certified Feng Shui practitioner since 2010 under 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!