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DAOM Spotlight on: Sonia Tan, BA, BA(H), DTCM, R.Ac., R.TCM.P.

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.


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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 eight.

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. To this day she has been happily drug-free and symptom-free thanks to TCM!

Sonia F. Tan is the Founder & Clinic Director of Red Tree Wellness Inc. She has interned at a hospital in China, and completed many adjunct therapy courses, such as Acutonics® Sound Healing, TCM Essential Oils, Five Element Spiritual Acupuncture, and Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan’s Balance Method, 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 Grandmaster Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan, and as well has trained 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 current 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 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, TCM and Integrative Medicine!

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