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Acupuncture, TCM, and Moxibustion

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Ryan Brooks R.Ac, R.TCMP

Ryan Brooks has studied at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in British Columbia and the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  He is also a graduate of the Eastern Studies program at the University of Western Ontario.

Following his studies in Canada, Ryan completed a clinical internship at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Teaching Hospital in the Sichuan Province of China. Ryan’s current practice includes Traditional Chinese Medical treatments such as acupuncture, moxibustion, herbal medicine, auriculotherapy, nutritional and lifestyle counseling, tuina bodywork, gua sha, cupping and Qi Gong.

Ryan is an active lobbyist for the implementation of a high professional code of practice for TCM practitioners.

Since the founding of Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine in 2010, Ryan has been working to implement his vision for the Academy by teaching the numerous modalities of East Asian Medicine.  “My single aim is to help people improve their lives, to take control of their health, and to increase their physical and mental well being”.

For more information about Ryan’s background and services please contact him by phone at 416.925.5722 or email [email protected]

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Timothy Sibbald R.Ac, R.TCMP

Tim is a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, specializing in Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Herbal Formulas, and Tuina Massage. He has been educated in both the Western and Traditional Chinese medical systems, having earned degrees from Queen’s University (B.Sc. Life Sciences) and the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (B.Med. Traditional Chinese Medicine).

Tim is fluent in English and Mandarin, and is an accomplished teacher of martial arts, qigong, and meditation, having studied extensively with some of the world’s top lineage grandmasters in the Chen style Tai Chi and Xinyi LiuHe internal systems for over 12 years.

For more information about Tim’s background and services please contact him at 647.909.1308, email [email protected] or visit his website at http://www.acupunctureintoronto.org

 

Zuocheng Wang R.Ac, R.TCMP, PhD (Medicine)

Zuocheng Wang received his Bachelor of Medicine degree from Hebei University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in China in 1993, Master of Medicine degree from Tianjin University of TCM in 1996 and became an attending physician and lecturer in General Hospital of Tianjin Medical University in 1998. He later received his PhD in medicine from Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan. As a clinician and scientist, Zuocheng has conducted research on many different diseases in China, Japan and Canada. He has published 10 articles and 4 books on TCM topics in Chinese, 1 in Japanese and 20 in English on various medical topics in high-impact peer-reviewed medical journals. Here (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=zuocheng+wang) is his English publication list. He has been a member of many different professional societies such as Canadian Society for Biochemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biology, American Society of Nephrology, China Association of Chinese Medicine, Society for Neuroscience, the Japanese Biochemical Society, and others.

With over 30 years of experience in internal martial arts, Qigong, TCM (herbology, acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, acupressure, Tuina massage, Gua Sha, etc.), nutritional counseling, molecular/cellular biology, genetics, immunology, gynecology, pediatrics, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology, neurology, nephrology, oncology, pulmonology, rheumatology, geriatric and sports medicine, Zuocheng emphasizes the health integrity of a human being within and in harmony with the environment, from psychological to physical and individual to social. He has been applying various approaches including integrated internal martial arts, Qigong, nutrition, TCM and modern medicine to help people with their health issues in above areas of medicine.

For more information about Zuocheng’s background and services please contact him at 647.839.5816 or email [email protected]

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Heather Rule R.Ac

With a background in Gender Studies, and a love of hands-on, practical, and creative work, Heather Rule R.Ac has been focused on the study of reproductive health and pregnancy throughout her education in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Completing two clinical intensives in the labour and delivery ward at Lutheran Medical Centre in Brooklyn NY with Claudia Citkovitz L.Ac PhD, and taking courses with experts in the field of obstetric acupuncture such as Debra Betts PhD, Heather has been inspired by how acupuncture and traditional Chinese Medicine can benefit pregnancy and labour outcomes. She is excited to continue to learn, grow, and collaborate with Toronto’s birthing community to make acupuncture for pregnancy and birth a common and accessible practice.

For more information about Heather’s background and services please contact her at 416.805.0275 or email [email protected]

 

Oksana Kolibaba R.Ac, R.TCMP

Oksana is a Registered Acupuncturist who is committed to working in partnership with her patients to achieve optimal health and well-being. She is a graduate of the four-year Traditional Chinese Medicine program at Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine and is trained to diagnose and treat a wide-variety of conditions utilizing Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Tuina, Cupping, and Guasha.

She has a keen focus on treating both acute and chronic injuries including back pain and sciatica, as well as neck, shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee injuries. The treatment of disc herniations are of particular interest to Oksana since she herself has undergone successful and lasting treatment for this condition with the help of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. She also treats a broad range of neurological concerns such as bell’s palsy, paralysis, and post-stroke complications.

Her approach to treatment is gentle and she utilizes the entire spectrum of modalities within the Chinese medical framework to treat the underlying cause of each patient’s individual health concerns. Oksana takes time to conduct a thorough health history, actively listening to each patient’s health concerns.  She works closely with her patients to develop a unique treatment plan that best suits their recovery and lifestyle.

She is a registered member of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO), as well as the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA), the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) and is an avid supporter of Traditional Chinese Medicine Ontario (TCMO).

Oksana continues to deepen her knowledge of Chinese and Integrative Medicine through advanced studies of formative Chinese medical classics such as the Shang Han Lun, Jin Gui Yao Lue, and the Wen Bing Xue. She is currently engaged in advanced quarterly post-graduate studies in Chinese Medical Dermatology with Mazin Al-Kafaji of Avicenna Centre for Chinese Medicine UK at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City. In support of this learning, she is interning with seasoned TCM herbalist Adina Stanescu, R.TCMP, R.Ac at the TCM Clinic in Toronto where she is involved in an in-depth clinical study of internal and topical Chinese herbal medicine and formula composition for acute and chronic skin conditions.

Outside of the clinic, Oksana is an avid gardener and enjoys hiking, cycling and cooking up a storm.

For more information about Oksana’s background and services please contact her at 416.707.7685 or email at [email protected]

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Matthew Sedo R.Ac

“I feel lucky to have found a career that I love and continue to learn and grow with. I’ve been working with clients on their road to better heath since 2002.”

Matt’s interest in healing grew out of a background in competitive diving. His first introduction to Chinese medicine was through his diving coach from China, who would use acupuncture and massage to manage injuries and relax divers before competitions. “I had little idea about what it was at the time but remember thinking… this is amazing… I want to learn this!”

After university, Matt moved to Japan where he was fortunate enough to study shiatsu with a few great teachers. This sent him on a path back to Canada where he enrolled in the Shiatsu School of Canada and completed a diploma in Shiatsu and later Acupuncture.

Matt apprenticed at a local tuina and acupuncture clinic in Toronto and immediately fell in love with the practice. Tuina as been a staple part of his acupuncture practice ever since.

His clinical focus centers around providing pain management, rehabilitation and stress relief. He approaches treatment through a traditional Chinese medical framework and a contemporary understanding of neuroanatomy, pain and dysfunction. Matt is thrilled to pass on to students what he’s learned and is still discovering.

For more information about Matt’s background and services please contact him at 416.939.4078, email [email protected] or visit his website at www.fixmeup.ca

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Marcel Cozma R.Ac

In 2015, Marcel Cozma graduated from Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine. There he learned how to effectively use all of the modalities that he uses today in his practice. Modalities such as Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Tuina massage, Cupping, Gua Sha, Ear Acupuncture, Zen Shiatsu and Nutrition counseling.

Marcel quickly learned that he had a passion for helping people regain their health and live a more balanced life through the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Having first experienced Acupuncture himself as a patient in 2012, he understands the power and effectiveness of Acupuncture.

He is actively involved in community volunteer work, including providing Tuina Massage to students at the University of Toronto, and treating seniors at The O’Neill Centre Long Term Care & Retirement Home.

He is a friendly, calm acupuncturist with a gentle needling technique. He tailors every treatment to meet the individual needs of his patients. Marcel strongly believes that Western Medicine has its place in the healing process as well as Eastern therapy and encourages patients to confirm with their western doctor as well.

For more information about Marcel’s background and services please contact him by phone at (416) 766-6307 or email [email protected]

“The journey of one thousand miles begins with one step.” Lao Tzu

Rob Timothy Fletcher R.Ac

Rob is a knowledgeable acupuncturist who studied for 3 years at Eight Branches Academy in Toronto. Previously, Rob studied and worked as a personal trainer in some of the largest gyms in Toronto for over 7 years. There he gained the experience and knowledge of working with human Anatomy, Kinesiology and Rehabilitation.
Rob uses meridian theory and Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis to facilitate an effective hands on Acupuncture treatment. He will immediately work on relieving your symptoms while simultaneously and consecutively work on treating the root cause.
“You must completely want to heal before you can completely heal.”
 

Laura Allison Iler Kaufer R.Ac

Laura is registered with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO). She is trained in acupuncture, moxibustion, guasha (soft tissue therapy), cupping and electro-stimulation, and uses these modalities to relieve pain, promote healing and regulate the body.

In 2016, Laura interned at the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine in China completing in-depth studies of neurological and pain conditions, including Bell’s Palsy, neck and back pain, and stroke sequelae. Another area of focus during the internship was treating children for respiratory, digestive and developmental problems.

Laura currently works at three clinics in the GTA: Body In Tune (Liberty Village), Westwood Health (Danforth) and Eight Branches Healing Arts Centre (Annex). She also works with Toronto AcuBirthing to provide acupuncture and Chinese medicine to support pregnancy and ease the transition from pregnancy to motherhood.

With previous education and work experience in nutrition, Laura is passionate about having a positive relationship with food and leading a balanced lifestyle.

As an avid paddler and member of dragonboat and outrigger teams, she has a keen interest in optimal body conditioning and athletic performance using Chinese medicine as a way to balance, tonify and repair.

For more information about Laura’s background and services please contact her at 647.907.7246 or [email protected]

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Chris Savidge R.Ac

Chris has been involved in the healing arts for the past decade and Chinese medicine for the past 7 years.  A graduate of the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Toronto, he became interested in Chinese medicine after spending extensive periods of time in India, where he studied meditation, yoga and energy medicine under the guidance of Ajay Pal Singh.In Chris’ experience, the key to health lies in supporting and maintaining harmony and balance on all levels of body, mind and spirit. He uses acupuncture, moxibustion, herbal medicine, meditation, diet and lifestyle recommendations to help correct imbalance and disharmony in order to help the client experience and express optimum mental, physical and spiritual health. His approach is effective, practical, and puts the client at the centre of the healing process.
Chris practices Japanese Kiiko-style acupuncture, which integrates a profound understanding of the Chinese medicine classics with Western medical insights into a powerful and dynamic style.Chris wishes to thank his acupuncture teachers, Tak Tsurusaki and Tadashi Kojima for their continued guidance and support.

For more information about Chris’ background and services please contact him by phone at 647-882-2287 or email [email protected]

Registered Massage Therapy and Zen Shiatsu

Ana D Ana De La Luz R.M.T., ZSP

Touch is the vehicle through which we comfort one another and we are comforted, via hugs or clasps on the hand. Howard Cutler

Ana brings four years of experience as a health care practitioner to Eight Branches. She has education and training in a variety of modalities which she weaves into her individually focused massage sessions.  In her treatments Ana includes physical assessment, manual muscle and joint manipulation and zen shiatsu acupressure.  As Ana is also guided by her belief and study of Chinese Medicine, she provides a unique balance of Western and Eastern philosophies.

Always engaged in continuing education and with an avid interest in healing, she is currently enrolled in the Acupuncture Diploma Program at Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine.

Her credentials include:

Graduated, ICT Kikkawa College, with electives in Thai Massage and Sports Massage, 2013.

Medical Qi Gong, Level A and B studying under Shifu Donna Oliver M.Q.T., 2012.

CPR and First Aid trained, 2012

Zen Shiatsu graduate in 2009 at Kokoro Do Jo.

Ana’s enthusiasm and love for her practice makes her an exciting new therapist to Eight Branches Healing Arts Centre and we are very happy to welcome her to our team.

For more information about Ana’s background and services please contact her by phone at 647.282.8761 or email [email protected]

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Matias Rozenberg, B.A., R.M.T., Dipl. S.T., M.S.W.

Matias Rozenberg received his Diploma in Shiatsu Therapy in 2003 after studying under Tetsuro Saito, student of Shizuto Masunaga, the creator of Zen Shiatsu. Tetsuro is recognized as the first shiatsu therapist in Canada, having brought shiatsu from Japan to Toronto in the 1970s. Matias continues professional development education with him to this day.Further, Matias has also studied with Akinobu Kishi, who was chosen by Masunaga as the heir to his shiatsu work.

Complimenting his Zen Shiatsu practice, Matias incorporates his teachers’ contributions to the field of shiatsu, in particular, Saito’s Shin So Shiatsu.

He is grateful for the ability to concentrate his energy towards continuously developing his shiatsu skills in service of a greater goal: to help people to lead healthier, happier and longer lives.

For more information about Matias’ background and services please contact him by phone at 416.522.7605, email [email protected] or visit his website www.matiasshiatsu.com

Zen Shiatsu

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Diana Ojeda ZSP

Diana Ojeda graduated from the Kokoro Dojo Zen Shiatsu Diploma Program in 2005 and has been in professional practice since that time. During her subsequent two years of private studies in Zen Shiatsu, she became clinical supervisor, and later an instructor in the Zen Shiatsu Therapy Program. Diana is the hara breathing instructor at Eight Branches.Diana is a member of the Shiatsu Society of Ontario.

For more information about Diana’s background and services please contact her by phone at 416.806.8108 or email [email protected]

 

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Hiroyuki Oki ZSP

After many different work experiences, Hiro discovered his path in Zen Shiatsu. Hiro believe that “honesty, acceptance and challenging one’s self are the best ways to discover the root of your true nature. Growing up in Japan was an advantage in understanding Zen Shiatsu. The structure of each person’s body is unique, like the personality on their face”. Hiro uses sensitivity to find what each client needs while giving treatment.For more information about Hiro’s background and services please contact him by phone at 416.912.5886 or email [email protected]

 

Social Work

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Terri-Lynn Langdon MSW, RSW

Terri-Lynn Langdon has the ability to support others in their journey of growth and healing using social work modalities in a creative non-medical approach that is person-directed. Terri-Lynn earned her social work degree at Wilfrid Laurier University and her motivation for becoming a social worker includes her own experience in accessing the helping profession.

Terri-Lynn also has a background in disability studies as well as policy and she uses these skills to help others navigate complicated and often oppressive systems. She is skilled in working with women experiencing violence, working with challenging emotions, youth work, substance abuse, disability, Student learning and accommodation needs,  access to housing, mental health, illness and grief work.

Her approach involves harm reduction, feminist and gender-based theories, relational-cultural theory, narrative, cognitive, and motivational interviewing approaches.  Terri-Lynn has a strong presence in many activist communities and is committed to an anti-oppressive world view. She invites people to come as they are and feels honored to facilitate a space for healing. She strongly encourages self-compassion in people she meets.

If you have any accommodation requests or access requests related to counselling please do inquire. A sliding scale exists.

For more information about Terri-Lynn’s  services please contact her by phone at 647.520.2558, or e-mail [email protected]

Osteopathy

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Sandy Antunes M.OMSc.

Sandy initiated her health and wellness career at the Shiatsu School of Canada in 1995. She continued her education at the Shiatsu Academy of Tokyo with over 4400 hours of hands on learning.  Before owning her private practice Sandy worked for 5 years alongside various health care professionals including: MD’s, RMT’s, Chiropractors and Physiotherapists, at the Good Health Physical Therapy clinic. Their shared goal was to create the most effective treatment plan for the individual patient.

Sandy’s patients range from children to seniors, aspiring for a healthy and balanced life. She has a specialty in treating women during pregnancy and treating patients with MS.  Sandy takes special interest in developing corporate health and wellness, and treating patients while at work, identifying and treating the underlying cause of their problem.

Sandy approaches her practice with great passion and drive, and welcomes the challenge of assisting her patients in working towards their health and wellness goals in a wholistic and balanced way.

As well as providing treatment to her patients, Sandy promotes her vision and commitment to Osteopathy as teacher at the Shiatsu Academy of Tokyo, where she is able to share her passion for her work.

Sandy is a graduate of the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy & Holistic Health Sciences, with a Master Osteopathic Manipulative Science.  She is a member of the Registry of Osteopaths, the Ontario Osteopathic Association, the Shiatsu Diffusion Society and the Shiatsupractor Association of Canada.

For more information about Sandy’s background and services please contact her by phone at 416.876.4642, email [email protected] or visit her website www.gtaosteopathy.ca