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Dr. Sonia F. Tan

BA (Econ & Psy), BA (Hons Kin), DTCM Dip., DAOM, RAc, RTCMP, CTCMA Registration #02616

Dr. Sonia F. Tan, BA, BA(H), DAOM, R.Ac., R.TCM.P., is the Founder & Clinic Director of the award-winning Red Tree Wellness Inc., a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM degree-USA), 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 one of few Certified Gold Level practitioners of the late Dr. Richard Tehfu Tan and Balance Method Acupuncture. His most advanced level courses after all Balance Method levels, were first completed by a group of 16 senior students. Sonia was among those 16. Dr. Sonia F. Tan is a Master and award-winning teacher of Balance System Acupuncture. With blessings of fellow senior students to pass on the Balance Method legacy, Dr. Sonia Tan developed and created the very first Balance Method / System Acupuncture Certificate program at an accredited public post-secondary institution – Langara College – launched in 2018. She continues this Balance System Acupuncture evolution legacy and certification through the founding of her private school, the Tan Academy of Balance Inc. 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 and her Grandfather, Agong Tan. She is the Founder, Director and Head Instructor of the Tan Academy of Balance Inc, and author of The Foundations of Balance Acupuncture: A Clinical Reference Manual, available in English and French from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Eastern Currents Distributing. Furthering the depth of her Chinese herbs knowledge, Dr. Sonia Tan continually studies with Master Jeffrey Yuan, John Mini LAc, and various lineages in advanced Chinese herbal medicine strategies. She has spoken at various speaking engagements, and has been a guest on numerous media shows. Dr. Sonia F. Tan is grateful to her patients, practice, and clinic honours in receiving the 2019 through to 2024 Consumer Choice Award for Best Acupuncture in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Dr. Sonia Tan began her career in health with a Bachelor’s degree in Honors Kinesiology, with a  specialization in Athletic Injuries, from Western University (aka 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 HealingTCM Clinical Aromatherapy & Essential Oilsand Master 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 in Chinese Metaphysics and its application to Chinese Medicine, in the areas of Chinese Astrology, Face Reading, and Classical Feng Shui. These certifications were under various teachers and completed in 2011. She is a direct and first graduating class disciple of the late Grandmaster Dr. Richard Tehfu Tan, OMD. Sonia has also trained with, and is a Certified Feng Shui & Astrology practitioner since 2011 under Master Marlyna Los with additional training under Master Joseph Yu. Sonia is also an ongoing student of a variety of external and internal Martial Arts since 1995, and is grateful to her Shifu the late Dale Johns for her foundation, and to Laoshi Fabrice Piche for her current path of enlightenment. Sonia is currently a Level 1 Certified Teacher of Taiji Qigong Shibashi. 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!

Sonia is so caring, she listens to her patients and makes them feel really special and taken care of. You make a big difference, Sonia, and this is not just thanks to acupuncture, this is YOU! Thank you!

Alexandra Parreault, President, Personal & Corporate Image Consultant, So Chic Image Consulting Inc.

Her kindness and patience makes for a comfortable and pleasant atmosphere. After a bicycle accident which resulted in a broken leg and back problems, she has greatly helped me in my recovery.

Luke R.

She was very respectful; she answered any questions we had for her, her manner puts you at ease right away.

Freda Roberts, Cultural Education, Trondek Hwech'in, Dawson City

I highly recommend her and her clinic. She is immensely talented, dedicated and a beautiful person with a huge heart. Thank you Sonia Tan, for being who you are and choosing to do what you do.

Matt Hill, Owner, Run For One Planet

Sonia is a consummate professional who creates an ideal atmosphere for the wonderful work she does, and it is my pleasure to recommend her wholeheartedly.

Mark Ainley, Principal & Consultant, Mark Ainley Contemporary Feng Shui

I visited Sonia about 1 week after surgery. After our session my pain was reduced, the side effects from my medications were alleviated, and perhaps most importantly my spirits were lifted and I almost felt normal again. Thank you very much Sonia!

S. W.

She is an exceptionally caring person whose warmth makes it easy to talk about difficult topics. Thank you Sonia!

K. M.

Dr. Sonia Tan is excellent. I have chronic stuffy nose issue. She gave me acupuncture treatments and herbs. I am fully recovered and can breathe easily now.

A. Kamarudin

My Story

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, led 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 she was delighted at this 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. With that, she moved to BC and became a passionate Vancouverite while completing her studies. Her decision and devotion 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 and bred in Toronto, 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 Grandfathers, Sonia realizes that the wholeness of the medicine is more than what it can heal. It is an 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, Dr. Sonia F. Tan is passionate about helping fellow humans find their pathway back to wellness, and giving the gift of health.

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Dr. Sonia F. Tan looks forward to helping you achieve your optimal health and well-being!

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