Sonia F. Tan is the Founder & Clinic Director of the award-winning 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 (for excellence in clinical research and clinical didactic work). This doctorate specialized in Integrative Medicine in Healthy Aging and Longevity. Her research was on “A novel approach to treating Allergic Rhinitis and its efficacy results.” 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 and the Balance Method of Acupuncture. Sonia developed and created the very first Balance Method / System of Acupuncture Certificate program at an accredited public post-secondary institution – Langara College – launched in 2018. The program she developed evolves Balance Acupuncture medicine into a new way of learning, competency and confidence, and she is pleased to be carrying on the dream, legacy and lineage of her late Shifu, Dr. Richard Tehfu Tan.
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 Clinical Aromatherapy & Essential Oils, and Dr. Richard T
ehfu Tan’s Balance Method (one of few Certified Gold-Level practitioners), and Dr. Jeffrey Yuen & Dr. Yvonne Farrell’s Eight Extraordinary Vessels approach, 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 and is certified 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 was also a part of the teaching faculty for four years at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, and continues to teach both privately and publicly, nationally and internationally. She thoroughly enjoys educating and inspiring about all things Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine!
So how does one go from being a Banker to a Kinesiologist to an Acupuncturist & TCM Practitioner? Life started out normal for Sonia as a kid who was active in elite-level sports. After completing her Bachelor’s in Economics & Psychology, at the age of 21 she went on to have a successful career as a Commercial Account Banker. During this time, Sonia was still competing internationally in elite rhythmic gymnastics. Though she grew up playing many sports, she also battled severe allergies and asthma from the age of 8.
Fate, one day, lead her to an Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine practitioner to seek a natural cure for her asthma, which was affecting her performance as an athlete as she grew older. Success was found, and Sonia continued to receive treatments for a natural cure to her allergies – to this day she has been happily drug-free and symptom-free! Despite this successful experience, and the fact that Sonia grew up in a household of Chinese Medicine, this was still not enough for Sonia to realize what was directly under her nose. Sonia went on to pursue her long-standing interests in sports and health through her Bachelor’s degree in Honors Kinesiology. It wasn’t until she started working at a sport medicine clinic after her degree, when she realized where her true passion lay: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine – the medicine that greatly helped bring her own health back into balance, in a natural way. Her decision and passion to study TCM was further affirmed during her TCM schooling, when she regained her health from several years of “irritable bowel” problems. Sonia is grateful for this enlightened healing process of feeling whole again, and eating without any restrictions.
Sonia is thankful for the gift of experience that her life has given her thus far. To this day she has been happily drug-free and symptom-free thanks to TCM! Adding to this appreciation is the layer of her blended cultural upbringing. Born in Canada, raised with both Western and Eastern cultural traditions, Sonia grew to appreciate the beauty of both cultures. With Chinese Medicine witnessed in her home, and practised by her Grandfather, Sonia realizes the that the wholeness of the medicine is not limited to what it can heal, but rather in its approach to our overall lifestyle, and how it can help enlighten our awareness of balance and change, in order to achieve and sustain harmony, vitality and longevity. While Sonia enjoys treating a variety of conditions in her general practice, her areas of interest are in Allergies & Immunity, Sports Medicine & Orthopedics, and Headaches & Migraines.
In following with her experience, Sonia is passionate about helping fellow humans find their pathway back to wellness, and giving the gift of health.
Sonia F. Tan – In the Media
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- She is an exceptionally caring person whose warmth makes it easy to talk about difficult topics. more>K. M.
- My pain was reduced, the side effects from my medications were alleviated, and perhaps most importantly my spirits were lifted. Thank you very much Sonia! more>SW
- I highly recommend Sonia and her clinic. She is immensely talented, dedicated and a beautiful person with a huge heart. more>Matt Hill, Run For One Planet
- I am so happy that I sought acupuncture to help strengthen my immunity, and I received a little bit of heaven at the same time. more>Alexandra Parreault, So Chic Image Consulting Inc.
- Sonia brings to the ancient art of acupuncture a clear approach as she demystifies the practice for her clients. more>Mark Ainley, Mark Ainley Contemporary Feng Shui
- Sonia not only “listens” but “hears” what is being communicated and any advice & feedback is presented very clearly. more>HP