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Colin Harris

Colin HarrisDTCM, MSN, RN, AOBTA-CP

Colin Harris is a 2000 graduate of a four year Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine program from the Shang Hai TCM College of BC, and is a Certified Practitioner with the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA). Colin is also a registered nurse with a Masters in Nursing with acute care medical experience. This brings a unique perspective to Colin's practice. Over the years Colin has continued to be influenced by Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy and the principles of acupuncture and the movement of energy, but he has moved away from the use of acupuncture needles to a more hands on approach.

Colin takes an holistic approach to the body using Traditional Chinese Medicine theory and principles and blends them with modern osteopathic techniques into manual therapy. Colin integrates energy with structure by various methods such as gentle pressure and traction on joints to clear blockages in the energy flow of the body and by unwinding the meridians. This in turn influences the whole musculoskeletal system. Through integrated bodywork, Colin uses various other modalities to assist functional and structural imbalances throughout the body including often neglected areas such as our organs and their dynamic motion. Colin also addresses restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the function of the central nervous system.

Tension patterns from injuries, surgery, adhesions, illness, postural imbalances and other traumas have a cascade of effects for which our bodies must compensate. Through Colin's unique combination of modalities he encourages your own natural mechanisms to improve functional and structural balance, relieve the negative effects of stress and enhance mobility. The goal is to achieve vital balance with your body, mind and spirit.
In addition to being a certified practitioner of Tui Na, a Chinese bodywork therapy, Colin continues to take advanced training in Zero Balancing, Craniosacral Therapy, and Visceral Manipulation. Most of these therapies can be performed through light clothing therefore, full disrobing is not required which may be a preference for some clients.

Website: http://www.vitalbalancetherapy.ca/

 

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Jason Tutt

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Registered Acupuncturist, Certified Gokavi Transverse Technique Practitioner

Patients like that I can relate to what they are going through because I’ve been dealing with chronic pain for over 10 years.

Graduated Acupuncture school in 2013. 

President of the CMAAC: BC Chapter (2016-2018)

ATCMA Board of Directors and Executive Committee (2016-2018)

CTCMA Patient Relations Committee (2016-2018)

Stenberg College Program Advisor (2016-2017)

TCM Policy Development & Communications Committee (TCM PCC) for the CMAAC (2016)

Secretary Treasurer, Registrar: ARIABC (2015-2017)

Mentored by Dr.Andrew Taylor, Dr.TCM, R.Ac, RMT and Dr.Cynthia Gokavi MD

Special interest in Pain Management, Acupoint/Regeneration Injection Therapies, Biological Medicine.

Advanced Level training in Acupuncture, Acupoint Injection, Trigger Point Injection, Bone Pecking Injection, Ozone Injection, Pain Management, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Prolotherapy, Trigger Point Injection.

Jason is not only a practitioner of these therapies, but also as a patient helping overcome his own chronic pain that has been affecting him since 2005 due to injuries from weight lifting, slips and falls. Jason has had injuries in his back, shoulders, hips, neck and elbows and has had a remarkable improvement in them all and in some cases full resolution. If you want a practitioner that may be able to relate to what you are going through, Jason may be a good choice.

The evolution of Jason’s skills as a practitioner are mostly due to the close work he has done with Dr.Andrew Taylor, Dr.TCM, R.Ac, RMT where he received the majority of his injection training and was asked to become part of the team at Advanced Healing Arts. Jason is a regular reviewer of research papers, continuing education courses and a lifetime student of various experienced mentors helping him improve his skills constantly to provide the best care to his patients.

Consider Jason for help with the following conditions;

  • Myofascial pain syndrome (trigger points, tight muscles)
  • Neuropathic pain or radiculopathy
  • Sciatica, trigeminal neuralgia, numbness or tingling in fingers or toes, other nerve pains
  • Partial thickness tears in tendons or ligaments
  • Knee or hip osteoarthritis
  • Herniated discs
  • Post-surgery rehabilitation of tendons and ligaments
  • Sprains or strains that did not fully heal
  • Shoulder dislocation rehabilitation
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome

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Sarah Hsu

Sarah Hsu smMedical Office Assistant

Sarah received her Medical Office Assistant training at Douglas College. At the end of the program, she completed her practicum placement at Eagle Ridge Hospital and was trained in Emergency Department, Satellite Registration Desk, and Main Patient Registration Desk.

After becoming a MOA, Sarah has gained lots of experiences in the field through working at an optometry clinic, a family practice and a dental office before joining Advanced Healing Arts.

Sarah really enjoys being part of the AHA team, and she will continue to provide exceptional customer services to meet the needs of all patients.

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Trudy Costa

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Medical Office Assistant

Trudy trained and worked as a dental assistant in Vancouver following graduation from Kitsilano High School.  Once her three children were school age she returned to college and became a Medical Office Assistant.  She has years of experience as an office manager for a Physiotherapy clinic and a Family Practice GP prior to joining the AHA team.

Trudy enjoys interacting with clients at Advanced Healing Arts and embraces the opportunity the clinic offers to expand her knowledge. She finds her job to be extremely rewarding and focuses on providing excellent customer care.  She enjoys the part time position as it allows her to spend time with her three grandchildren.

Trudy’s interests include painting, homemaking, cheering on her grandchildren at sports events, and walking her dogs on trails with family whenever they can get away.

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June Wah

June WahRegistered Massage Therapist June moved to Vancouver, B.C. as a teenager and fell in love with her friendly multicultural setting and its beautiful coastline and majestic peaks.  Originally from Malaysia, June speaks fluent English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hakka & Bahasa Malaysia.  Outside of work, June is a food fanatic and  loves sharing her love for food with her family and friends through food photography!   

She excelled through and graduated massage therapy program from West Coast College of Massage Therapy.  She believes that active listening and good clinical reasoning are crucial in helping patients cope with their musculoskeletal pain and stress .  Her current area of interest in massage therapy includes sports injuries, degenerative diseases, CNS  (Central Nervous System) degeneration disorders, anxiety disorder, insomnia, constipation, tension headaches & women's health.
 
June provides direct billing to patients with extended health insurance including Pacific Blue Cross, Manulife, Sunlife, Great West Life & others.  She is now providing direct billing for ICBC claims!

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