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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”.

Xiaoxue Yin R.Ac, R.TCMP, PhD (China, TCM)

Xiaoxue Yin received her Bachelor of Medicine Degree from Shaanxi University of Chinese Medicine in 1994.  In 1997 she received her Masters Degree in Orthopaedics and Traumatology and in 2003 she received her PhD in Orthopaedics from Peking University.  Later she completed postdoctoral work in Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at the University of Washington.  With 20 years of clinical experience and 10 years as an educator, Xiaoxue is highly regarded for her expertise in treating musculoskeletal and sports injuries.  Xiaoxue has won various awards for her medical publications including articles by several medical academic journals including Chinese Materia Medica, Beijing Youth, and Peking University Third Hospital. She has also been a reviewer for Acta Pharmacologica Sinica, Acta Laboratorium Animalis Scientia Sinica, a guest editor for the Chinese Journal of Osteoporosis and is an editorial board member for the Chinese Journal of Comparative Medicine.

Recently Xiaoxue has worked as an associate professor, attending doctor and master tutor at the Department of Orthopaedics, Peking University Third Hospital in Beijing.


Lihui Guo R.Ac, R.TCMP, MD (CHINA)

Lihui Guo received his medical degree in 1986 from the Liaoning College of Chinese Medicine. He was an Associate Professor and Vice Chief Physician, teaching and practicing Chinese medicine at the Liaoning College of Chinese Medicine, its affiliated hospital, and the Liaoning Academy of TCM until 1998.  He has taken on-the-job training programs at the China International Training Center of Traditional Therapy of TCM, where he also majored in acupuncture, tuina massage and TCM traumatology. Lihui Guo also conducted clinical research on the effects of acupuncture on high blood pressure. He specializes in acupuncture and tuina treatment of sciatic neuralgia and headaches. He has taught and practiced acupuncture, tuina massage and Chinese Medicine since coming to Canada in 1998.


Poney Chiang R.Ac, R.TCMP, MSc (Traditional Oriental Medicine), PhD (Medical Science)

Poney received a Doctoral degree in biomedical research from the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto, followed by a Master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York. His clinical focus are dermatology, pain and neurological disorders. 
He is an adjunct professor and founder of the Integrative Acupuncture Certificate Program for the Faculty of Health at York University (Toronto). Poney is a professor at the American Neuro-Acupuncture Institute in Santa Fe, and former chair of the herbal medicine department at the Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Poney is an expert in peripheral neuro-anatomy of acupoints and their associated neuro-modulation needle techniques. He has been invited to lecture at various international TCM and biomedical acupuncture symposiums and conduct workshops in North/South America, Europe and Australlia. His current research interest includes MRI-based study of the neuro-anatomy of acupoints, as well as the efficacy of acupuncture in reducing post-operative opioid usage.  Poney is currently focusing on writing an integrative acupuncture textbook with Paradigm publication. His hobbies include mind-body cultivation exercises and historical swordsmanship.


Sarkis Makarians R.Ac, R.TCMP

“The discipline of Traditional Chinese Medicine is a way of life and not just a profession”. Sarkis is a highly respected practitioner of TCM, and is considered by his peers to be an outstanding diagnostician and an expert in TCM theory. As an educator, his unique approach to teaching involves incorporating practical experience and clinical cases with hands on work and demonstrations to complement theoretical learning. His advanced knowledge of herbal medicine backed with a strong base in modern medicine and a knowledge of prevailing alternative practices grant him a unique approach in understanding and treating his patients. He emphasizes using modern scientific research to improve therapeutic efficacy. For instance using anti-viral or anti-cancer herbs to improve treatment outcome. However, he stresses the use of traditional Chinese pattern identification and treatment principals as the basis of determining therapeutic approach.  This combined approach has allowed him to implement several unique strategies in effectively treating gynecological conditions such as PCOS, as well as obstinate diseases such as autoimmune and neurological disorders. In his approach to acupuncture, he employs several strategies such as meridian therapy, five element, neuro-anatomical, scalp and musculoskeletal acupuncture, and emphasizes combining the treatments with patient education, exercise, tuina manipulations and dietary therapy in order to give the best results. He values the use of traditional techniques such as moxibustion and cupping as an inseparable part of the treatments. Sako advocates that acupuncturists should always keep site of the basic treatment methods and TCM principals.  At the same time, he emphasizes that treatments should not be applied mechanically but with flexibility and critical thinking. A solid TCM education, empirical apprenticeship, personal experiences and persistent studies in Canada and China have allowed Sako to continually grow and improve so that he can help his family, his patients and his students. Sarkis currently practices in Richmond Hill, Ontario.  To learn more about his practice please visit

Wendy Yao Yu Ding R.Ac, R.TCMP, MD (CHINA)

Wendy Yao Yu Ding graduated in 1985 from Tian Jin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin, P. R. China. She worked in Tian Jin Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital as a Pediatrician from 1985-1999. Wendy has over 20 years experience teaching TCM theory and practice. In 1999, she moved to Toronto. Wendy recently teaches Nei Ke and Er Ke at Eight Branches where she has quickly developed an excellent rapport with students and faculty.


Carrie Kawahatsu R.Ac, R.TCMP

Carrie graduated from the Eight Branches Academy, earning diplomas in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is a registered acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Onatrio (CTCMPAO).

She is committed to community health, taking part in the community acupuncture movement in Toronto and abroad where she volunteered as an acupuncturist in a community run acupuncture clinic in India.

Carrie is profoundly influenced by her experiences with psychotherapy, meditation, yoga and Qi gong. These experiences have allowed her to bring compassion, presence and awareness to her teaching.

Ariella Meinhard R.Ac, R.TCMP, MSW

Ariella has been in private practice since 2008. Her goal is to help her patients find natural, safe, and effective solutions for their health concerns. Before working as an acupuncturist, Ariella worked in Community Health & International Development. After completing five years of study in acupuncture and Chinese medicine at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Toronto, she pursued post-graduate training and mentorship with expert practitioners and renowned teachers including: Kiiko Matsumoto – Japanese Acupuncture; Lorie Eve Dechar – Alchemical Acupuncture; and Debra Betts – Obstetric Acupuncture.

With ongoing training and clinical experience, she developed expertise working in the fields of women’s health, pregnancy care, and mental-emotional health. She has worked as an instructor and clinical supervisor at both the Institute of Traditional Medicine and Eight Branches Academy. She recently completed her Master’s degree in Social Work at York University, and is excited to combine her expertise in Chinese medicine and community health. She looks forward to getting to know you and supporting you on your journey.


Renee Pilgrim R.Ac, R.TCMP

Renee Pilgrim received her Diploma of Acupuncture and Practitioner Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Institute of Traditional Medicine, Toronto. Growing up in a North Eastern Atlantic-coast Town, Renee understood from early on how important it is to live in relationship with the seasons as well as maintain one’s connection with community.  Rooted in the fundamentals of lifestyle and nutrition, Renee works with people who want to achieve optimum health. Over the past two years, Renee has been studying with Lonny Jarrett to develop the clinical practice of Chinese Medicine and incorporate how the medicine, which is over 5000 years old, relates to who we are in the post-modern world. Drawing on the roots of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Five Element practice, Renee has been working with patients in her current practice ( to transform their physical and emotional health. With a background in arts, psychology and history, Renee takes an integrative approach to her practice. She draws upon her experience in the study of reiki, yoga and tai qi, in combination with the various modalities of Chinese Medicine, such as cupping, guasha, moxa, meditation and Tui Na massage.  In addition to Chinese Medicine, Renee also spent many years working as a sexual health educator where she facilitated talks and workshops in Guelph, Peterborugh, and at several Toronto Universities. Renee’s diverse experiences allow her to take a well-rounded approach to patient care, which ensures that each of her patients reach a balance physically, mentally, and spiritually. Renee is committed to creating accessible spaces.  She offers workshops and information sessions in the GTA.

Stacey Wong R.Ac, R.TCMP

Stacey completed her undergraduate degree in Honours Science and minored in Biology at the University of Waterloo.

She has been a Registered Holistic Nutritionist for many years and then went on to complete a four-year intensive TCM program at the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TSTCM). With a strong foundation in nutrition and an extensive knowledge and experience in Chinese medicine and acupuncture, Stacey has successfully treated many ailments.

Through her extensive knowledge in Holistic Medicine which includes, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, Cupping, Guasha and Tuina Massage, her goal is to help as many people as possible in their pursuit of a happy and healthy lifestyle.

Paymon Sadrolsadot MD (Iran), PhD (TCM)

Paymon received his medical degree from Iran where he practiced as a family physician for 7 years. He later moved to China and completed a 5 year PhD program in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture where he was fortunate enough to be under  the supervision of TCM professor Dr. Chen XinYi at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. Paymon is currently an Ontario licensed acupuncturist. Over the past 18 years, Paymon has treated thousands of individuals with a variety of health conditions such as pain, women’s health, stress, insomnia, hormonal issues and skin conditions. While Paymon’s practice is varied, clients can take advantage of his master training in pain management, insomnia, facial rejuvenation and neurological problems. Paymon is currently an instructor in the acupuncture program at “Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine” and acupuncture clinic supervisor at “Shiatsu School of Canada” in Toronto. He has taught a wide variety of science courses in different colleges and universities in Alberta and Ontario for the past 5 years and his goal is to teach his clients different ways to stay healthy. Paymon’s background in both conventional and alternative medicine allows him to think deeply and find solutions for his client’s health. His approach is always very gentle and specific to each client’s personal needs. In Paymon’s practice he treats musculoskeletal disorders, insomnia and sleep disorders, stress and anxiety, digestive disorders, women’s health (including fertility and obstetrics support), complementary cancer treatment, parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. To learn more about Paymon’s practice, please visit his websites: and


Shadi Sarebanha MD (Iran), PhD (TCM)

Shadi received her Medical Doctorate Degree from Iran University of Medical Sciences. As she was highly interested in natural medicine she moved to China to complete a five-year PhD program in Integrative medicine (Integration of Chinese Medicine and Western medicine) where she was fortunate enough to be under the supervision of TCM professor Dr. Niu Xin (??) at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. Her background in both conventional and alternative medicine makes her able to combine two modalities and bring them to the educational forefront. She has taught a wide variety of science courses including Anatomy and Physiology, Medical terminology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Microbiology, and Biochemistry at various colleges in Alberta and Ontario for the past five years. Shadi has conducted course development for acupuncture programs in Edmonton and has participated in different international congresses of complementary medicine. Currently she teaches Pharmacology for acupuncture students at Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine.


Adina Stanescu R.Ac, R.TCMP

Adina received her acupuncture certificate from The Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1994 and a diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine from the Institute of Chinese Herbal Therapy in 1997. She also interned at the Longhua Hospital of TCM in Shanghai, China.?? Adina has pursued post-graduate studies in dermatology, infertility, autoimmune and allergic diseases, as well as Motor Point Acupuncture. She runs a thriving private practice and writes regularly for various health publications, determined to educate the public on the comprehensive ability of TCM to effectively treat many of the most troubling health conditions of modern society.

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.


Amrit Singh R.Ac

Amrit Singh has been studying and practicing acupuncture for over five years. She completed her Diploma in Acupuncture at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Toronto, after which she extended her studies in both Beijing and Tokyo.  Studying in the East, particularly under the Toyohari Practitioners (visually-impaired Acupuncturists) in Japan, taught Amrit to further refine her techniques and to bring a more gentle approach to treatment. Amrit is currently completing an internship to learn the Kiiko Matsumoto style of Acupuncture here in Toronto, a style well known for its precise diagnosis and gentle needling techniques.  She will also be commencing her Japanese Acupuncture Diploma this fall, to deepen her understanding of this particular style. Amrit’s experience and belief in the value of acupuncture motivate her to make the practice more popular and well understood. “Where modern Western medicine had no explanation, Eastern medicine answered all my questions”, she explains.  Consequently, Amrit sees the importance in answering her patients’ questions during treatments so that they fully understand how and why acupuncture works.  “When the patient has some understanding of what is occurring from an Eastern medicine standpoint, they become more relaxed and trusting, which creates a better healing environment.” Amrit deeply respects ancient and traditional medical systems from around the world. Accordingly, she seeks to integrate the strengths of these systems into our healthcare system today, to provide a comprehensive and effective approach to healing. Keeping with tradition, she believes that acupuncture and traditional medicine should be available to all. In addition to her regular practice, she also offers sliding scale rates through her Drop The Needle Community Acupuncture program. Amrit is a fully insured Acupuncturist certified in Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture, Clean Needle Technique and a member of the Canadian Society of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (CSCMA).  All of her work is conducted in a positive safe space. For more information about Amrit’s background and services, or if you would like to book a complimentary consultation please contact her by phone at 416.662.0564 or email at

Mohmedshoeb Chikhlikar R.Ac, R.TCMP

Mohmed is a Registered Acupuncturist with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists (CTCMPAO). Also a Biochemist, he provides a unique style that focuses on patient-centered care, patient advocacy, and integrative health education and coaching.

In his practice, Mohmed is focused on providing thorough, individualized, and comprehensive care to patents while treating a variety of conditions including pain relief, anxiety, depression, stress reduction, digestive disorders, allergies and female gynaecological disorders. He is committed to helping people feel their best emotionally, physically and spiritually.

As a graduate of Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine, Mohmed has obtained extensive training in several forms of eastern therapies including acupuncture, moxibustion, herbology, shiatsu, tuina, cupping, gua sha and Traditional Chinese nutrition. Mohmed’s background in biochemistry allows him to integrate modern research with traditional wisdom.

Outside of clinic, Mohmed enjoys a passion for horses, calligraphy, xin yi (a Chinese martial art) and appetite for good food and knowledge.


Takamasa Tsurasaki R.Ac

Tak Tsurusaki has been practicing Japanese acupuncture and moxibustion in the lineage of Master Kiiko Matsumoto and Master Kiyoshi Nagano for over 20 years.  He has been passing this knowledge on to his students for over 10 years.Through his apprenticeship and long-term work with Kiiko Matsumoto, Tak has become recognized as a leader in the field of ‘Nagano style’ Japanese acupuncture.

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 ( 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.


Yuxiang Wang R.Ac, R.TCMP, M.Sc. (China, TCM), Dipl. Ac. & C.H. (NCCAOM)

Yuxiang Wang was born in a renowned Chinese family that has specialized in the study of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for over a century. Under the watchful guidance of her uncle, himself a respected TCM doctor, Yuxiang Wang began reading medical journals and instructional texts at the age of ten. At the age of eighteen, she entered Tianjin University’s Medical School, which offers an extensive, demanding eight-year program that is recognized as one of the best medical programs in the People’s Republic of China. There, Yuxiang Wang studied TCM and Western medicine and was awarded her Bachelor’s Degree in TCM, followed by her Master’s Degree with Honours in gynecolology in 1986. For the next twenty-five years, Yuxiang Wang practiced Chinese and integrated medicine, serving first as the director of the gynecology department at the Tianjin University’s Teaching Hospital. Then, after emigrating from the PRC, she worked at clinics in Philadelphia and Toronto and eventually opened her own private practice, Herb Fragrance Oriental Healing Centre, in 2005. In addition to her clinical work, Yuxiang Wang has been an instructor at the Tianjin University of TCM, the Delaware County Community College in Pennsylvania, and the Toronto Chinese Medicine School. Many of her papers have appeared in acclaimed TCM journals. Her book, Handbook of Pediatric Chinese Dietary Therapy, was published in 2005. With her strong background in gynecology, Yuxiang Wang currently specializes in such diseases as infertility, dysmenorrhea, irregular menstruation, and menopause. She has also successfully treated a wide range of chronic and acute illnesses during her many years of practicing experience.

Ana De La Luz R.Ac, 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 ten 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 Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner Diploma Program at Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine.


Simon Yoon R.Ac, R.TCMP

Simon began his career in health with a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science from the National University of Chungnam in Korea.  His enthusiasm for health and wellness lead him to pursue an education in SaAm Five Element (SAFE) Acupuncture where Simon trained and interned at Dr. Kumo’s SaAm Acupuncture Institute in Korea.  He later came to Canada to learn English and to complete a Doctoral Diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In addition to running his clinic, Simon teaches SAFE Acupuncture to the public.  He is also the executive director of the Five Element Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association of Canada (FEACMA). Simon has a strong interest in giving back  to the community and helping those in need locally and around the world, and is active at Kumo’s SaAm Non Profit Acupuncture Service (a registered Korean charity), and Health Mission Outreach (HMO; a registered Canadian charity).


Gregory Cockerill R.Ac

Gregory Cockerill has been a lifelong follower of Eastern philosophy and a registered acupuncturist since 2008 (Alberta).
A lover of music, medicine and martial art, Gregory has an honours degree in Composition/Arranging (Humber/BCOU) and is a graduate of the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.   He has a private acupuncture practice in Roncesvalles Toronto called Live Hand Acupuncture and also teaches Acupuncture theory at Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine as well as the Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  In his spare time, Gregory still performs music regularly and trains in Brazilian Jiujiutsu and Kickboxing. He also holds an instructor certificate and 3rd Dan black belt in Hapkido.

Rong Zhu R.Ac, R.TCMP

Rong Zhu obtained his medical degree in June 1984 from the University of Beijing TCM.  Later he completed advanced professional training in TCM and Biomedicine through the University of Beijing TCM as well as the Medical University of Shanxi in June 1989. Since then, he has been practicing and teaching acupuncture, herbal medicine and biomedicine in China and Canada.

Rong Zhu is one of seven elected members of counsil for the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario.

Kavita Gill R.Ac, R.TCMP

Kavita Gill brings a fresh, holistic and patient centered approach to her practice. Her aim is to facilitate the healing journey, empowering patients to make better decisions and bring mind and body into a state of equilibrium.

Utilizing TCM diagnostic techniques, Kavita is able to treat a variety of ailments from digestive complaints, migraines, insomnia, overwork and stress related illnesses. Specifically, she has interned with TCM leaders in the fields of gynecology and fertility; age-prevention & dermatology; muscular skeletal pain and trauma.

Kavita is a well-respected faculty member at Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine instructing Advanced Chinese Nutrition to the next generation of acupuncturists and herbalists. Kavita Gill is a Toronto-based, registered and licensed Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (CTCMPAO). She is currently practicing professionally as a TCMP at Living Waters Therapies in Leslieville.

Yan Yen Loo ND

Yan Yen is a licensed naturopathic doctor in Toronto. She has a general practice that is grounded in mental, digestive and hormonal health. She received her Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Environmental Sciences from the University of Toronto. Along with her naturopathic education, she has additional training in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine including completion of an internship at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine in China.

Yan Yen has a passion for teaching. When working with patients, she believe that a doctors main role is teacher. Outside of patient appointments, she leads various workshops and teaches students in biomedicine.

Sandy Antunes, M.OMSc.

As the proud co-founder of GTA Osteopathy, 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.

Atanu Nandy MB BS, DMV, MD (INDIA)

Atanu Nandy MB BS, MD, DMV brings more than 25 years of teaching experience and applicable clinical diagnostics in the fields of Microbiology / Immunology / Infectious Diseases working in various hospitals and medical schools in India, the Caribbean, and Canada.

He taught Microbiology and Immunology at Manipal University in India, as well as the Faculty of Medicine at the University of West Indies located in the Caribbean Islands of Trinidad & Tobago.

He has also served the Government of the Bahamas in his role as a Consultant Microbiologist in the capital of Nassau. Dr. Nandy was employed by the Xavier University School of Medicine in Aruba as the Assistant Dean of Students Affairs, as well as a Professor in Microbiology & Immunology.

Recently, he expanded his teaching portfolio in Toronto, Canada, by instructing Biomedical Science subjects in numerous Alternative and Traditional Medical Schools. His academic portfolio includes several published peer-reviewed journal articles in the field of Infectious Disease and Medical Education.


Krysten DeSouza ND, B.Sc

Dr. Krysten DeSouza received her Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph before moving to Toronto to pursue her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. After practicing in Calgary, Alberta for a few years, Dr. Krysten returned home to Toronto where she now shares her knowledge and experience with patients in her private practice (

Dr. Krysten has a special interest in Advanced Pathology, a topic she has previously instructed and enjoys discussing with students and patients from both an Eastern and Western medical perspective. Outside the office and the classroom, Dr. Krysten enjoys an active lifestyle, a creative edge for healthy recipes, and a passion for adventure and travel.

Heather Rule R.Ac

With a background in Gender Studies, and a love of hands-on, practical, and creative work, Heather Rule 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.

Heather 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.

Elyse Tera B.A., R.Ac, Dipl. Ac (NCCAOM)

Elyse Tera has been practicing and teaching Chinese medicine since 1994. She has a Bachelor’s Degree (Honours) in Comparative Religion and Feminist Ethics from Concordia University, received her Shiatsu training at the Dragon and Phoenix School in Montreal, and her Acupuncture certification from the prestigious New England School of Acupuncture, the oldest accredited Acupuncture school in the United States. Before moving to Toronto Elyse ran one of the most successful clinics in Arizona, with 8 treatment rooms, 7 staff, and over 200 patient visits a week. Elyse has advanced certification and training in: Chinese Injury medicine; Classical Japanese acupuncture systems; Paediatric and postpartum acupuncture; and the Si-Yuan Balance method.

In her over 20 years of experience practicing acupuncture and working with other acupuncturists to help build successful practices, Elyse has developed a practice management system that recognizes the unique roadblocks to success facing practitioners in North America, and is passionate about educating students on becoming successful, ethical practitioners. Elyse employs a variety of teaching methods to help students navigate the learning process, and builds each course uniquely to the subject and the students involved.

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.


Donna Oliver

Shifu Donna Oliver M.Q.T. has trained in Chinese internal martial arts and Qigong since 1988 with Shifu Andy James, at the Tai Chi & Meditation Centre in Toronto, where she continues to teach and study.She has consistently won “Gold” in competitions including the Pan Am Games and is a Medical Qigong Therapist from the International Institute of Medical Qigong (Canadian branch) and President of the Taoist and Buddhist Meditation Foundation.



Dondrub Wangchuk ZSP

“I have always been fascinated by the Eastern approach to life from the philosophy, to the martial arts to the healing arts”.

When he was 20 years old Dondrub began to practice Kung fu, the original definition being “excellence achieved through long practice in any endeavour”. The “endeavour” he chose to pursue was Chinese Martial Arts. “I studied for 10 years, and learned how to be in tune with my body on a much deeper level than I ever thought possible”. During that time he was also introduced to Buddhist meditation as well as Tai Chi Chuan. “When I practiced meditation I discovered how loud and busy my mind was and now I was given the tools to help me deal with my mind. With Tai Chi Chuan I discovered a way of practicing being quiet on the inside while moving on the outside”. During this time he began teaching Tai Chi Chuan to the public and discovered “the more I teach the more I learn”. He continues to learn from his students every day. At 27 Dondrub began to study Zen Shiatsu Therapy at Kokoro Dojo. During his 17 years at the Dojo he has learned the art of Zen Shiatsu. “I have learned that it is possible to bring my whole self into a treatment (to be completely there with my client), I have learned to breathe from my hara, I have learned how healing touch can be”. Currently, Dondrub is an Instructor of Tao Yin (Taoist Yoga), Tai Chi Chuan and Zen Shiatsu. He continues to pursue studies in Medical Qi gong.
“I look forward to working with you and sharing with you what I know. I hope to help you regain your own natural flow”.


Come and go with me to that land!…We’ll all be together…nothing but peace… we’ll all be free, in that land…

(sung by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon)

Marnie came to these modalities through Buddhist practice, theatre arts, music, religious studies, and 6 years in hospital-based chaplaincy. Training simultaneously in transpersonal (spiritually-focused) psychotherapy, reiki and zen shiatsu, has enabled Marnie to develop an integrative approach – which she offers in service of our collective journey to that land.

For more information about Marnie’s background and services please contact her by phone at 416.705.8995 or email