• Tan Academy of BalanceTM

    Education in the Balance of the Three Essences of Life:

    Mind - Heaven: Chinese Astrology

    Body - Humankind: Balance System of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

    Spirit - Earth: Feng Shui

    est. 2017

    Doctors in ancient China were educated and practiced in all the Three Essences of Life in order to create whole life balance for a person. Dr. Sonia F. Tan follows in these footsteps of her family and teachers, and lineage of the original way of health care.

    Welcome to the dedicated

    teaching and education website of

    Dr. Sonia F. Tan, BA, BA(H), DAOM, RAc, RTCMP,

    and the Tan lineage of the Balance Method / System of Acupuncture!

    I have created this space for your information, collaboration and support.

  • About Me

    I pursue passions, and lean in.

    Dr. Sonia F. Tan, BA, BA(H), DAOM, RAc, RTCMP, is a Canadian born of Chinese descent, and a second generation Chinese Metaphysician, following in the footsteps of her Grandfather, the late Woon-Yew Tan. She is trained and practices in the fields of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture, Chinese Astrology, Chinese Face Reading, and Classical Feng Shui. A Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a Registered Acupuncturist and Registered TCM Practitioner, Sonia is also a direct and first graduating class disciple, of the late Grandmaster Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan, and as well has trained with and is a certified practitioner of Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology, under Chinese metaphysics Master Marlyna Los. Sonia is one of few Certified Gold Level practitioners of the Balance Method of Acupuncture under the late Dr. Richard Teh-fu Tan. Dr. Sonia F. Tan is the Founder & Clinic Director of the award-winning Red Tree Wellness Inc.

     

    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. Dr. Sonia Tan is one of few Certified Gold Level practitioners of the late Dr. Richard Tehfu Tan and the Balance Method of Acupuncture, and with the blessings of fellow senior students to pass on the legacy, Dr. Sonia Tan developed and created the very first Balance Method / System of Acupuncture Certificate program at an accredited public post-secondary institutionLangara College – launched in 2018. The program she developed and evolved 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. Dr. Sonia Tan also is an adjunct instructor with the Academy of Acupuncture, in the areas of Advanced Chinese Astrology. She has spoken at various speaking engagements, has been a guest on numerous media shows, and her interdisciplinary clinic Red Tree Wellness Inc, is honoured to have won the 2019 Consumer Choice Award for Best Acupuncture in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

     

    Dr. Sonia F. Tan 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, she 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 Tehfu Tan’s Balance Method (Certified Gold-Level practitioner), and Dr. Jeffrey Yuen & Dr. Yvonne Farrell’s Eight Extraordinary Vessels approach, that she continually uses in her practice.

     

    Sonia is former 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). Dr. Sonia F. Tan was a teaching faculty member for four years at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, and continues to teach both privately and publicly, nationally and internationally. She has been teaching since 2013, and thoroughly enjoys educating and inspiring about all things Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine!

     

  • 2019 Teaching Schedule

    January 12 + 13 - Level 1: Single Systems @ The Order of Quebec Acupuncturists, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

     

    February 2 + 3 - Level 1: Single Systems @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html

     

    February 23 + 24 - Level 2: Multiple / Global Systems @ The Order of Quebec Acupuncturists, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

     

    March 2 + 3 - Level 2: Multiple Systems @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html

     

    April 5 to 7 - Certificate program begins with Cohort 1 - Level 3: Channel-Conversion and Grand Rounds @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html

     

    May 4 + 5 - Certificate program - Level 4: 12 Meridian System and Grand Rounds @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html

     

    June 8 + 9 - Certificate program - Level 5: Five Phases Balancing and Grand Rounds @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html

     

    September 3 to 5 - Level 1: Single Systems and Level 2: Multiple/Global Systems INTENSIVE and General Refinement @ Mississauga, ON, Canada. https://redtreewellness.ca/about-us/education/

     

    September 7+8 - Level 1: Single Systems @ Acupuncture Canada, Toronto, ON, Canada. https://www.acupuncturecanada.org/education-certification/courses/balance-system-of-acupuncture/

     

    September 21 + 22 - Certificate program - Level 6: Balance in the Seasons and Grand Rounds @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html

     

    September 27 to 29 - Level 3: Channel-Conversion and Level 4: 12 Magical Points @ The Order of Quebec Acupuncturists, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

     

    October 5 + 6  - Private Class, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

     

    October 19 + 20 - Certificate program - Level 7: Combinations and Cases and Grand Rounds @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html

     

    October 26 + 27 - Level 1: Single Systems @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html

     

    November 2 + 3 - Level 8: Review and Cases and Grand Rounds @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html

     

    November 17: Equivalency Exam @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Available for Level 1 or Level 2. $175/level or $297.50/both. Email soniatan@langara.ca to provide supporting documentation and for more information. https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html.

     

    November 23 + 24 - Level 2: Multiple / Global Systems @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html

     

    November 29 to December 1 - Level 5: Five Phases Balancing, Level 6: Balance in the Seasons, Level 7: Combinations and Cases @ The Order of Quebec Acupuncturists, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

     

    December 15: Equivalency Exam @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Available for Level 1 or Level 2. $175/level or $297.50/both. Email soniatan@langara.ca to provide supporting documentation and for more information. https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html.

    2020 Teaching Schedule

    January 11 + 12 - Level 1: Single Systems @ Seattle, Seattle, WA, USA. https://redtreewellness.ca/about-us/education/

     

    February 1 + 2 - Level 1: Single Systems @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html

     

    February 8 + 9 - Level 2: Multiple / Global Systems @ Seattle, Seattle, WA, USA. https://redtreewellness.ca/about-us/education/

     

    February 23: Equivalency Exam @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Available for Level 1 or Level 2. $175/level or $297.50/both. Email soniatan@langara.ca to provide supporting documentation and for more information. https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html.

     

    March 7 + 8 - Level 2: Multiple / Global Systems @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html

     

    March 22: Equivalency Exam @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Available for Level 1 or Level 2. $175/level or $297.50/both. Email soniatan@langara.ca to provide supporting documentation and for more information. https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html.

     

    April 3 to 5 - Certificate program begins with Cohort 2 - Level 3: Channel-Conversion and Grand Rounds @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html

     

    April 18 + 19 - Level 1: Single Systems @ Yo San University, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

    https://www.yosan.edu/acupuncture-and-chinese-medicine-continued-education/

     

    April 2020 - Level 1: Single Systems @ AAMA Symposium, USA.

     

    May 2 + 3 - Certificate program - Level 4: 12 Meridian System and Grand Rounds @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html

     

    May - Private Class, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

     

    June 6 + 7 - Certificate program - Level 5: Five Phases Balancing and Grand Rounds @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html

     

    August 8 + 9 - Level 2: Multiple Systems @ Yo San University, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

    https://www.yosan.edu/acupuncture-and-chinese-medicine-continued-education/

     

    September 19 + 20 - Certificate program - Level 6: Balance in the Seasons and Grand Rounds @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html

     

    October 17 + 18 - Certificate program - Level 7: Combinations and Cases and Grand Rounds @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html

     

    October TBD - Level 1: Single Systems @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html

     

    November 7 + 8 - Level 8: Review and Cases and Grand Rounds @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html

     

    November TBD - Level 2: Multiple / Global Systems @ Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. https://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/acupuncture/index.html

    2021 Teaching Schedule

    April, 2021 - Balance System Refinement @ The Order of Quebec Acupuncturists, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

  • Praise

    Kind words of the teaching style of Dr. Sonia F. Tan.

    Dynamic

    Dynamic, generous, good teacher, very interesting, makes the subject appealing, well structured. - Quebec, Canada 2017.

    Fantastic

    Good teacher, fantastic, knows the material, speaks clearly, very much at ease. - Quebec, Canada 2017

    Finally

    Finally a channel approach accessible! - Quebec, Canada 2017

    Interesting

    The most interesting course I every took. - Quebec, Canada 2017

    The Best

    Best teacher I've every had! Generous in her teaching and friendly. Very enthusiastic, clear and articulate. Splendid, interesting, sharing knowledge in a fluid way. Very passionate. Animated. Sonia is very alive. - Quebec, Canada 2019.

    Passionate

    Very passionate. Excellent pedagogue! She knows how to communicate her passion and experience. - Quebec, Canada 2019.

    Practical

    The practical work faciliated my learning. Thank you. I cannot wait for the other levels. - Quebec, Canada 2019.

    Useful

    Extremely useful! I will apply it immediately. Amazing training. Enriching. - Quebec, Canada 2019.

    Clear

    Very knowledgeable and conscientious. Teaches the subject very well and is motivating to deepen our knowledge. Clear and precise explanations. Generous. Passionate and professiona. Thank you. - Quebec, Canada 2018.

    Big Thanks

    Big thanks to Dr. Sonia Tan. She is excellent, dynanic, competent, organized and friendly. I cannot wait to take the next levels. - Quebec, Canada 2019.

    Quality

    The level and quality of acupuncture in Quebec would be much higher if all acupuncturists knew classical medicine with Dr. Sonia Tan. - Quebec, Canada 2019.

    One of the best

    One of the best acupuncture courses I've ever taken. Sonia is the best. Very important foundation for any acupuncture. - Langara College student, Vancouver, Canada 2018.

    Impressed

    I am so impressed with how well organized the the curriculum of the course is. I look forward to upcoming modules. Sonia is a fantastic teacher. - Langara College student, Vancouver, Canada 2018.

    Inspiring

    Inspiring: Best of the best! :):):) A+++! - Langara College student, Vancouver, Canada 2019.

    Above and Beyond

    As usual, great job Sonia. I always learn so much from you. You are a true gift to the profession and the world. Thank you so very much for going above and beyond. - Private student, Vancouver, Canada 2018.

  • Referral List

    Here is a list of some of Dr. Sonia F. Tan's international students.

     

    All of the students listed below, have passed testing up to the Level listed beside them. Not every student has had the opportunity or chosen to sit for the testing process. Those listed below have asked to be listed on the referral list, and therefore have requested and passed the competency process. Dr. Tan lists and refers them with confidence!

     

    See our "Other Resources" link for a list of the levels of the Balance Method / System of Acupucture.

    Sara Irving, RAc - Level 5. Authorized Teaching Assistant of Dr. Sonia Tan.

    Registered Acupuncturist

    Columbia Integrated Health Center

    756 Columbia St

    New Westminster, BC

    (778) 397-3981

    www.columbiaintegratedhealth.com/staff/sara-irving/

    sara.acup(at)gmail.com

    Sara Ward, RAc - Level 5. Authorized Teaching Assistant of Dr. Sonia Tan

    Registered Acupuncturist

    The Village Community Acupuncture

    2625 East Hastings

    Vancouver BC

    V5K 1Z5

    (778) 379-0160

    www.thevillagecommunityacupuncture.ca

    info(at)thevillagecommunityacupuncture.ca

    Instagram: @thevillageacupuncture

    Dr. Kathy Au-Yeung, Dr.TCM, RAc - Level 5.

    Registered Doctor of TCM and Registered Acupuncturist

    Red Tree Wellness Inc.

    Suite 743 - 550 West Broadway

    Vancouver, BC, Canada

    (604) 873-3827

    www.RedTreeWellness.ca

    k.auyeung(at)redtreewellness.ca

     

    Edmund Chin, RAc, RTCMP - Level 5.

    Registered Acupuncturist

    TCM Practitioner

    Denturist

    www.aculabo.com

    IG - acu.labo.yyc

     

    Practicing out of:

    Vantage Integrative Health and Wellness

    #102 - 288 kinniburgh Blvd.

    Chestermere, AB

    T1X0V8

     

    P - 403-569-1141

    F - 403-569-1145

    E-mail - info(at)vantageintegrativehealth.com

    Dr. Kathleen Dang, ND, RAc - Level 5.

    Registered Naturopathic Physician and Registered Acupuncturist

    Red Tree Wellness Inc.

    Suite 743 - 550 West Broadway

    Vancouver, BC, Canada

    (604) 873-3827

    www.RedTreeWellness.ca

    drdang(at)redtreewellness.ca

    Hengameh Keshvari, BSc, PMP, RTCMP - Level 5.

    Registered Acupuncturist and Registered TCM Practitioner

    Thread Lift PDO Certificate

    Keshvari Holistic Medicine

    (604) 337-1312

    keshvariholisticmedicine(at)gmail.com

    Suzanne Williams, BA, MBA, RAc - Level 5.

    Registered Acupuncturist and Certified Tuina Practitioner

    A) Red Tree Wellness Inc.

    Suite 743 - 550 West Broadway

    Vancouver, BC, Canada

    (604) 873-3827

    www.RedTreeWellness.ca

    suzanne(at)redtreewellness.ca

    B) The Acupuncture Hub

    367 E. Broadway
    Vancouver, BC

    (604) 620-6776

    www.theacuhub.com

  • Other Resources

    Here's a list of other resources you may find helpful!

     

    Red Tree Wellness Inc.

    Dr. Tan's interdisciplinary clinic.

     

    Sonia F. Tan Inc.

    Dr. Tan's consulting website.

     

    The Levels of the Balance System of Acupuncture (aka Balance Method) of the Tan lineage

    Level 1: Single Systems (Foundations 1) - How to balance one channel for one channel. Two days, 14 CEUs.

    Level 2: Multiple / Global Systems (Foundations 2) - How to balance two or more channels more efficiently, as well as treat for internal medicine disorders. Two days, 14 CEUs.

    Levels 1+2 are the basic Foundations required for the Balance Method / System of Acupuncture.

    Level 3: Channel-Conversion - Using the I Ching to convert a meridian's energy. Two days, 12 CEUs; Certificate program + Grand Rounds 4 CEUs.

    Level 4: The Twelve Meridian / Magical System - How to balance all 12 meridians. One day, 7 CEUs; Certificate program + Grand Rounds 4 CEUs.

    Level 5: Five Phases / Elements Balancing - Using the Five Phases (Elements) and the I Ching to balance a meridian. One day, 7 CEUs; Certificate program + Grand Rounds 4 CEUs.

    Level 6: Balance in the Seasons - Using the I Ching to balance a meridian with a Seasonal issue. One day, 7 CEUs; Certificate program + Grand Rounds 4 CEUs.

    Level 7: Combinations and Cases - Dive deep with cases and combining strategies. One day, 7 CEUs; Certificate program + Grand Rounds 4 CEUs.

    Level 8: Comprehensive Advanced Combinations and Cases - Further application of layers, combinations and cases. One day, 7 CEUs; Certificate program + Grand Rounds 4 CEUs.

    Level 9: Final Exam - Certificate level. Certified Balance Method Practitioner. (Jade Level)

    Topflight level = Diamond Level: Certificate level (passed all 9 levels) + 1,000 patients + minimum 10 years of clinical practice, continual renewal and refinement of the Tan lineage of teaching. Has taken adjunct courses taught by Dr. S.Tan. Interviewed by Dr. S.Tan. Tutor level.

     

    Adjunct Courses

    Balance System Refinement: Headaches+Migraines, Head+Face, OBGYN and other various topics - Review and refinement of the knowledge and application of the Balance Method/System.

    Sport Medicine Conditions and Terminology for the Acupuncturist - Deepen knowledge of common Sport Medicine and Athletic injury conditions.

    Chinese Astrology - Ba Zi / Four Pillars of Destiny style of astrology.

    Feng Shui - Classical Feng Shui.

    Other Chinese Metaphysics - Five Phases/Elements refinement and more.

     

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