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Ian Dunsmuir

Ian Dunsmuir2B.Sc. (Kin), R.Ac. D.TCM  

Registered Acupuncturist, Kinesiologist, Instructor -- Sports Medicine Acupuncture Seminars

Visit Ian's webste here:  http://www.iandunsmuir.com/

Ian Dunsmuir, Registered Acupuncturist, began his career in health with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University . After working as a kinesiologist and a teaching assistant in the School of Kinesiology at SFU, Ian furthered his education by completing a three-year program in traditional Chinese medicine.

Growing up in Coquitlam BC , Ian has always been interested and involved in health and fitness. A competitive athlete himself, and having faced his own health and fitness challenges, Ian's choice of career and specialized applications of his training comes naturally and enhances his compassion and understanding of his patients.

As well as being in private practice at his clinic, The Healing Point, located in Port Moody, British Columbia, Ian is the team acupuncturist for the Coquitlam Senior 'A' Adanacs lacrosse team. Ian was the team acupuncturist for the Vancouver Ravens professional lacrosse team during the 2001 to 2004 seasons. Ian was featured in the Coquitlam Now newspaper due to his involvement as the team acupuncturist for the Coquitlam Adanacs during their 2001 Championship season. This past summer, Ian provided acupuncture services for the 2010 Minto Cup Champion Coquitlam Adanacs. Currently, Ian is a treatment provider for the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League. Since May 2004, Ian has assisted Matt Callison, with the teaching of Sports Medicine Acupuncture seminars in Western Canada and in the United States.

Matt, a leading expert in the field of Sports Medicine Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine has a successful Sports Medicine Acupuncture practice in San Diego, California. Ian is now an instructor of these seminars and has taught in Calgary, Whistler and Victoria and Holland.

Since 2006, Ian Dunsmuir served VANOC (Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee) on the Medical Managers Team for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. This was the first time in the history of the Olympics Games that acupuncture was included. Ian's duties included management of all Acupuncture Services for both Athlete's Village Polyclinics (Whistler and Vancouver) and treatment provider. One of the challenges in life that affects us all is balance. We continually try to juggle our work, family and personal schedules along with numerous other pressures. Ian strives to achieve balance in his life by spending time with family, taking holidays throughout the year, taking care of himself and enjoying various hobbies and activities. Some of these include a regular exercise program (gym workouts as well as biking and running), reading, movies and traveling.

Ian lives in the Vancouver area with his wife DeeDee and daughter Emma.

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MY STORY

In my early years of childhood, I developed a condition with my right hip. It was felt that the best course of action was to have surgery.  So, in 1982 and at the age of 12, I had corrective surgery.  Immediately post-surgery I had 50 pounds of traction on my right leg and had to remain in the hospital.  Before being allowed to go home, I was put in a body cast.  My head, arms and left leg were free but the rest of me was casted.   I remained in the cast for six weeks before it was removed.

I really appreciated all that the nurses and doctors did for me and I believe this molded my desire to want to help others.  I wasn’t sure how or what but I just knew I wanted to help others.

After graduating from high school, I was accepted into the School of Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. I had a love for science (and sports) and thought kinesiology was a perfect fit.

 

In my second year at SFU, I enrolled in a course that taught us all about sport injuries and as well as how to do athletic taping for various injuries.  From this course, I was asked to join as a student athletic trainer with a local semi-professional lacrosse team.  I believe this event also fulfilled another desire---to help athletes and to be a part of a team.  Unfortunately, after my surgery the surgeon told me to not run.  No activities that involved running.  I didn’t follow his rules all the time but found that it was harder to be a part of a team.  So, the athletic training was a great way to help others and be a part of a team.

In 1992, I graduated from SFU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology.  I dabbled in a few jobs, primarily as a rehab trainer for people that had been involved in car accidents.  The jobs were okay but I knew it wasn’t what I really wanted to do.

Many people ask me why or how did a Caucasian guy like me get involved in acupuncture.   In fact, one time I had a new patient who was in her 80’s and short and she looked up at me and said, “You are not short or Chinese!!”  I laughed with her and explained that many of my colleagues are Caucasian.

My chronic hip (and low back) pain continued to bother me and so it had been suggested to try acupuncture.  I didn’t know anything about it.  I went to a medical doctor who practiced acupuncture.  I found the acupuncture to be amazing and really relaxing!  I thought about it for a while and then decided that acupuncture and kinesiology would be a great marriage and would allow me to help people with all kinds of different pain conditions.

In 1996, I enrolled in the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and three years later graduated with a Diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  I have been practicing ever since!

Currently, I practice acupuncture in Port Moody, British Columbia and also serve the surrounding areas including Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Burnaby and Vancouver.

I am always up for a challenge and feel that my own experience with pain, injury, and rehab have given me a unique set of tools to be able to treat health issues just like yours.   I really enjoy treating stubborn, chronic pain conditions where I am the “last resort” as other therapies haven’t achieved the desired results.

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Jay Lowther

R.M.T. Massage Therapist

Jay_LowtherJay Lowther is from the Tri-Cities area and has worked as a Massage Therapist for 12 yrs. he graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1999. 

Jay has completed continuing education courses in Myofascial Release, Muscle Energy Techniques, Joint Mobilizations and Neuromuscular Massage Therapy.

Jay believes in the body's ability to heal itself and that massage therapy is one of the many paths to restoring health and wholeness to the body. he is also a strong supporter of self care and recommends various stretching and strengthening exercises that encourage long term relief from pain.

Jay's approach to treating chronic or acute injuries is that different techniques work for different people and to use whichever approach works the best for the individual. 

Being a believer that different therapy modalities are needed for the wide variety of injuries/conditions people have he is excited to join the diverse team at Advanced Healing Arts.

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Amanda Hsu

Amanda hsu2 smRegistered Massage Therapist, B. Kin.

Amanda graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy after obtaining her Bachelor of Kinesiology at University of British Columbia. She has extensive clinical training and experience in treating patients with a wide variety of conditions and has participated in specialized placements including Canuck Place Hospice, Ride to Conquer Cancer, Friends for Life, Surrey Memorial Hospital, and many more.

Amanda takes a versatile approach to include a personalized assessment, therapeutic treatment, and homecare that tailor to the needs of each individual. Her treatment focuses on normalizing the soft tissues affected by tension, pain, stress, injury, or illness through the use of manual techniques such as light to deep tissue massage, trigger points release, myofascial release, joint mobilizations, passive and active stretching, and Swedish massage depending on what is required through assessment to provide treatments with a perfect balance between relaxing and therapeutic. Amanda believes that homecare is an essential part of the healing process, thus she gives her patients easy to follow instructions on stretching, strengthening, as well as hydrotherapy to achieve optimal health and function.

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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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