Clinic re-open and Summer tips!

Clinic re-open and Summer tips!

We’re back! Just in time for Summer 2020.


  • Clinic re-opening May 26! See the enhanced protocols.
  • Summer health tips with Dr. Dang.
  • Did You Knows…


We will be opening the clinic back up May 26, 2020! We missed you all and miss helping you! The BC Government declared a gradual back to work with Phase 2 providers. With the opening, we have new public health enhanced protocols such as extra clean time and space between patients to keep everyone safe. Please read below or click here on our RTW Enhanced Protocols to know how to prepare and what to expect at your next visit.

New clinic public health procedures until further notice at Red Tree Wellness Inc.:

  • Pre-Screening – If you are feeling unwell with any COVID-19 symptoms, please reschedule. Monitor your email and phone temporarily. Your practitioner may be contacting you to conduct an assessment to see if you are fit for coming into the clinic.
  • Masks – Patients are kindly asked to wear a mask while in the clinic. If you do not have your own, we will provide you with a disposable one. In order to reduce waste to the landfill, we recommend you purchase your own reusable/washable masks.
  • Hand sanitation – Hand sanitizers have always been in the reception area, and going forward, ensure you sanitize your hands as soon as you enter the clinic. In addition, please avoid touching any displays, books or pamphlets. Please ask for assistance if you wish for more info with respect to retail products, books, pamphlets, etc.
  • Limited Number of Patients in our waiting area – To ensure 2 metres of separation, please aim to arrive near or exactly at your scheduled appointment start time. Should you arrive early, please wait outside.
  • Sneeze shields – You will notice our front desk look a little different! You can be assured that we have enhanced safety at the reception counter with our sneeze shields!
  • Increased time between treatments – You may notice that the availability of time slots to see your practitioner change. We have added time after our visits to allow for extra cleaning time by our staff. This is in addition to the high levels of sanitization already in place by our practitioners.
  • Staggered Treatments – To help alleviate the number of patients arriving and leaving simultaneously, we have adjusted everyone practitioners schedule to reduce any overlap of arrivals and exits of patients.
  • Reduction of linen use – Until safe to fully transition back, we will be reducing and eliminating where we can, the use of linens to aid in more efficient cleaning procedures. If you tend to get cold in treatment, we recommend you bring layers.
  • Contactless payments – We encourage contact less payments, and if you wish to use Debit, sanitize your hands at the front counter, prior to touching the POS machine.
  • If any Red Tree Wellness staff or practitioners are showing any signs of illness, they will not come to the clinic for their shifts. You will be notified and your treatment will be rescheduled to the earliest available date.
  • Telemedicine services are still available – For those who are in need and unable to come to the clinic.

One of the best ways to keep up-to-date with our operations is by regularly checking our website News page and our Facebook page.

The booking calendar is open! Please note that not all practitioners are returning at once. Visit the online calendar to view the schedules or call the clinic. 

We look forward to seeing you again! 


Naturopathic Back-2-Basics to re-establish baseline: Mindfulness and Movement – With Dr. Kathleen Dang, ND, RAc



Negative thoughts move like water running down a mountain.  They can move easily and with not much effort!  What is effortful is moving those thoughts upward towards gratitude — a practice if done daily can build on itself over and over.

One beautiful thing is that one can start at any time.  It is never too late.

I have young children at home and am constantly striving to find balance and time for mindfulness.  So years ago, I started a little practice with my kids that I still do even to this day.  This practice is basic, but I notice a profound shift in emotional connection my children have with themselves and even within myself.

Every night before bed, I ask each child to share a “squishy” and a “prickly” about their day.

A “squishy” is something that was really great about the day — a joyous or wonderful thing. 

A “prickly” is something that did not go well at all — a troubling or painful thing.

Then we always end with a truthful saying …”tomorrow will be a new day”!

What I’ve come to realize in this simple practice, whether it’s written in a journal, or in our thoughts or said to someone, it is an intention of seeing the good and bad of the day and letting it all go, as it is immaterial.

Tomorrow will come and we have a fresh start and a new outlook of infinite possibilities.



One of the most important and yet most underrated movements of all time, in my opinion, is joint mobility.  Whether you are an elite professional athlete or just beginning into fitness, this daily practice is a form of meditation.  When the body flows, the mind will follow.

Benefits are simple, tune-in to your body, move through those crackles and pops.  Joint mobility circulates fluids, improves flexibility, range of motion and prevents injuries.

Joint mobility can be done at any time of the day and even in limited space, even in the bathroom while standing!

Start from the neck down to the toes.  You will hear “crackles and pops” ! Keep repeating the movement until the “pops” go away.


NECK Slowly do circles in one direction and then the other direction.  Take notice of areas of tension, pain.
SHOULDER/ARMS One arm at a time, do big side circles and then in the opposite direction. Switch arms, repeat.  Also internally rotate arms extended as if pouring a can to empty.
ELBOWS Flex and extend both elbows
WRISTS/FINGERS Slowly do circle movements of both wrists in one direction and then the other.  Also do individual circular motion with each finger.   Open & close the hand into a fist, spreading fingers out.
UPPER/MID BACK Breathing in, move shoulders back, pulling shoulder blades together.  Breathing out, move shoulders forward.  3-5x
LOW BACK/HIP Breathe out and bend forward with arms hanging forward toward the toes.  Breathe in and lift up.  Can extend back slightly if comfortable and then repeat 3-5x.
KNEES Bend both knees slightly and place hands on them.  Move together in a circular motion one direction and the other.
ANKLES/TOES This can be done seated or standing.  Rotate ankle in one direction a few times and then the other.  Extend ankle forward and back.  Flare and extend toes out and then flex all of them.


Here are further resources to deepen your practice:

    • “Mobility for Life” series by Steve Maxwell, online instruction and video.
    • “Essentials of Tai Chi and Qi Gong” by David Dorian-Ross, online 24-class series.
      • Vancouver Public Library is offering free access until the end of August.
      • All you need is your free library card number and pin.
      • Under “Digital Library”, Scroll to AcornTV, click on “The Great Courses”.
      • Another login with your VPL account & pin number is required.
      • Scroll to Health and Fitness and the Tai Chi and Qi Gong series will be there.


Being creative and taking your practice outdoors this summer, by a tree or in the park. Watch how these daily practices enhance your mental and physical health and also inspire others.

In gratitude,

Dr. Kathy Dang ND, RAc

Naturopathic Physician & Registered Acupuncturist


Did you know… 

Lastly we finish off with our traditional quick clinic FYI’s:

  • We will be having a staggered return (besides staggered start times), with each practitioner beginning a different day:
    • Sonia Tan – May 26
    • Kathleen Dang – May 30
    • Suzanne Williams – June 4
    • Kathy Au-Yeung – June 3
  • We continue to stock amazing Essential Oil blends such as Pain Away, Muscular Ease, Headache No More and Immunity Booster, brought to you in partnership with Simon Fraser University PhD Chemistry professor, Reiki Master and master mixologist, Uwe Kresis. Ask us about them next time you are in!We have new silicone cups at our clinic! These are perfect for at-home release of muscle aches and tension due to injuries, pathogens or stress relief as examples! Ask about them next time you are in!
  • We have received the Consumer Choice Award for Best Acupuncture in Vancouver for the second year in a row! Thank you everyone! We are thrilled to continue to support you and your Chinese and Naturopathic medicine needs.
  • We miss helping you. We are happy to re-open with enhanced protocols. We look forward to helping you feel better sooner!


We wish you a very healthy summer season. Be Well.

Yours in good health and happiness,

Dr. Sonia F. Tan, DAOM and the Red Tree Wellness team