Gary 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. He is also the author of the
Chinese Medicine Mental Wellness Book “Living a happy life in an unhappy world”. 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. While Gary enjoys treating a variety of conditions in his general practice, his areas of focus are Depression, Anxiety & Mood Disorders, Prostate Health & other Men’s Health.
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.
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- I found Gary to be very professional, dedicated, knowledgeable, innovative and committed to my well-being and healing. more>Charonne S.
- The results are simply amazing! I feel much much better now. My energy is clearly returning. more>Martin G.
- The time you have taken to explain acupuncture, to put my mind at ease, and your gentle touch have made the experience both enlightening and rewarding. more>Trevor K.