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Dr. Xia Cheng

M.D. (China), TCMD, R.Ac., Ph.D.

Dr. Xia Cheng

M.D. (China), TCMD, R.Ac., Ph.D.

Dr. Cheng earned her Bachelor's Degree in TCM and Western Medicine in 1983 from the Hunan College of TCM, China. She did further study at Tianjin College of TCM, China culminating in 1987 with a Master's Degree in Medicine and Acupuncture. In 1990, she received her Ph.D in Medicine from the Chengdu College of TCM, China with a specialty in Acupuncture and Chronomedicine.

Dr. Cheng has over 20 years of clinical experience as a physician, herbalist and acupuncturist. She has been a professor at several colleges as well as instructing foreign students in China. She has translated several publications and is a published author of several TCM works. She is currently the Director of the BodyMind Synergy Health Centre, a member of several professional association boards and Vice-President for the Alberta Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctors. Dr. Cheng is an active participant in the process of regulating TCM in Alberta. She also teaches courses on TCM to medical professionals and offers public education workshops on TCM. In September 2004 her long-time dream of opening a school of TCM was realized with the opening of CITCM, which she is proud to be the director of.

Dr. Lanre Salami

MBBS, RMT

Dr. Lanre Salami

MBBS, RMT

Dr. Salami is a medical graduate and massage therapist practicing since 1994. Dr. Salami has had a positive influence on the development of orthopaedic application of massage therapy as a complementary modality along with allopathic medicine. He is involved in massage training and curriculum development of some of the massage schools and associations in the province. His background in orthopedic medicine provides a comprehensive approach to soft tissue dysfunction assessment and treatment.

He has been a guest speaker in a variety of non-invasive technique application in chronic pain management, physiology seminar presentation involving soft tissue manipulative techniques, massage management in diabetics, TMJ and other fascial disorders. He has been involved with therapeutic massage training both in and out of the province. He was an active participant in the design and implementation of the first psychometrically validated evaluating exam for Massage training in the province.

Dr. Salami is currently a senior instructor at Centre for Complementary Health Education, Mount Royal University, Calgary, in massage therapy training and maintains his therapeutic massage clinic in Calgary, Alberta.

Dr. Shiwu Xiao

TCMD,MD (China), Associate Professor, M.Sc, RAc

Dr. Shiwu Xiao

TCMD,MD (China), Associate Professor, M.Sc, RAc

Dr. Xiao is from Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. He worked as Associate professor and Chief physician in Internal Medicine & Pediatric Department. He received his Masters degree after eight years systematically study TCM and Western Medicine in 1988.

Dr. Xiao has more than 20 years hospital and clinical experience as well as teaching experience. He also worked as visiting professor in Israel for 10 years.

As a known Physician, Herbalist and Acupuncturist, His specialty is treatment of: Asthma, COPD, Allergies, Cancer, Diabetics, he also treats the following: Pain management (Migraine, Back pain, arthritis, Neurological injury), Hormone disorder (Dysmenorrheal, PMS, Male and Female climacteric syndrome), Mental disorder (Anxiety, Depression, Fatigue, Insomnia), Infertility, ADD, ADHD, Eczema, Acne, Psoriasis, Addiction (Cigarettes, alcohol, drugs), Obesity, and diet consultation.

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Juan (Julia) Guo

TCMD, R.Ac., Ph.D

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Juan (Julia) Guo

TCMD, R.Ac., Ph.D

I was born in a medical family where my parents were Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Doctors. Having cultivated and educated in such environment, I developed much interest in TCM. I earned my Master’s Degree in TCM at Chengdu University of TCM and completed my Ph.D. at Shanghai University of TCM. I worked as a TCM Doctor and Professor in Shanghai University of TCM for 7 years continuously.

In 2013, I moved to Canada and still continued my work as a TCM Professor, Clinical Supervisor, TCM Doctor, and Registered Acupuncturist. I gained postdoctoral fellowship from The University of Western Ontario. I have years of experience and training in Chinese herbal prescriptions for various conditions and acupuncture treatments for common illness/conditions, my specialization is in gynaecological diseases, endocrine disorder, cardiovascular diseases.

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Dr. Gayle Maguire

BSc, ND

Dr. Gayle Maguire

BSc, ND

Years of teaching experience: 10
Courses: Western Nutrition, Ethics & Communications 1, 2, 3

Dr. Maguire has been practicing naturopathic medicine in Calgary since 2006, with a primary focus in women's health and pediatrics. She uses primarily nutrition and TCM, and has advanced training in intravenous therapy, prolotherapy, ozone therapy, & vitamin injections. When not indoors doing the job she loves, she can be found on a soccer pitch with her daughters.

Dr. Ivy Juan Wang

MSc. DTCM, R.Ac.

Dr. Ivy Juan Wang

MSc. DTCM, R.Ac.

Dr. Wang is a gyneacology acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine specialist and a graduate of the Master’s degree program of TCM from the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. During Dr. Wang’s studies she was able to mentor with some very talented and well known traditional Chinese medicine doctors in China which allowed her to acquire unique acupuncture skills increasing the effectiveness of her treatments. She has followed two very famous specialists for a period of two years in China.

One is a professor in gynecology and the other one is good at using the ancient traditional acupuncture needling methods to treat stubborn diseases.In addition to her academic duties and her own clinical appointments Dr. Wang likes hiking and studying ancient Chinese philosophy.

Dr. Alex Huang

TCMD, R.Ac.

Dr. Alex Huang

TCMD, R.Ac.

Years of teaching experience- 11 years of teaching
Courses taught: TCM differentiation & syndromes, Acupuncture therapeutics, Micro-acupuncture, Points location & Modalities, Acupuncture techniques, Acupuncture techniques labs. Clinical supervisor

I have a 6 years old dog and his name is called Maximus. I like to stay with him. Usually I bring him to do all the outside activities such as hiking, running, swimming ...
I am doing volunteer work in The Alex Community Health Centre as well as in DI centre where poor or homeless people can find help. I have been in DI for 4 years and The Alex for 2 years. I am glad to know that my skill can help them and make their physical and mental life better and healthier.

Kathy Traptow

B.P.H.E, B.Ed., R.Ac.

Kathy Traptow

B.P.H.E, B.Ed., R.Ac.

Kathy Traptow is a very talented graduate of the Canadian Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine who began instructing at the Institute during this past year. Kathy has a very wide ranging background that has three very consistent themes; sports, health education, and healing. Her athletic background is immense but has culminated with her participating in competitive rowing (where she received a provincial silver medal), basketball, volleyball, swimming, gymnastics, and running which allowed her to compete in several marathons including the Honolulu marathon. These activities and a competitive spirit lead her to pursue a Bachelor degree in Physical and Health Education which she later furthered with a Bachelor degree in Education. Applying her passion to help and educate people lead Kathy to gain experience teaching, working as an exercise physiologist for a breast cancer research trial and as a health care facilitator working for the Calgary Board of Education.

Kathy’s path towards learning and educating, however, had only just begun. She wanted to educate and to heal utilizing hands on approach to make a difference in promoting positive change in a person’s health. Recognizing the benefits of acupuncture and TCM from her exposure to healing from sport injuries that she sustained she began studying acupuncture and herbal medicine at the CITCM. After completing her training she has taken a great interest in furthering her acupuncture career by specializing in sports medicine and instructing at the CITCM where she is a very welcome addition to the staff.

Dr. Allan Fradsham

TCMD, R.Ac

Dr. Allan Fradsham

TCMD, R.Ac

Dr. Allan Fradsham holds a degree as a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine from The Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences. He graduated in 2006 and has been working full time as a TCM practitioner ever since.

Dr. Fradsham runs a full general practice treating most disorders but has a special interest in physical injury and pain disorders. Dr. Fradsham has been teaching since 2009, and was one of the primary instructors at the International Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Ottawa Ontario until he moved to Alberta. Dr. Fradsham has also spoken to and taught the medical students at The University of Ottawa on a yearly basis since 2010, as part of an Integrated Medicine lecture series.

When not in the clinic, Dr. Fradsham spends his time with his his family and his many outdoor pursuits.

Dr. Parveen Inayat

M.B.B.S.

Dr. Parveen Inayat

M.B.B.S.

Dr. Parveen Inayat graduated from King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan with a bachelor's degree in medicine and surgery. After doing her US accreditation, she spent many successful years of family practice with special interest in diagnostic imaging and internal medicine. Settled in the beautiful city of Calgary, Parveen has been engaged in teaching allied health care programs like medical office assistants, unit clerks, massage therapy and pharmacy technicians for more than a decade.

In 2003, Parveen completed a diploma program in business computers and office accounting. She is certified in MS Word 2007 and 2010 and very proficient in all other office applications. In 2011, she completed a one-year program in Anatomy & Physiology from the University of Athabasca and obtained A+ grade.

Dr. Romana Iqbal

M.B.B.S.

Dr. Romana Iqbal

M.B.B.S.

Dr. Romana Iqbal earned her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree (M.B.B.S) in 1998 from Fatima Jinnah Medical College Lahore, Pakistan. She further did her post graduation in the specialty of Obstetrics & Gynecology after four years of residency training. She attained her member ship degree in 2005 ,(MCPS) and In 2009 she attained her fellowship degree (FCPS) from the College of Physician and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP).

Dr. Iqbal has over 12 years of clinical and teaching experience. She worked as senior registrar in the department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Federal Government Polyclinic Post graduate Medical Institute Islamabad, Pakistan. During her job at postgraduate institute she also attained experience in teaching postgraduate, undergraduate and paramedical students. To her credit she has many publications and she was also member of many case study programs conducted in the department. Publication for her fellowship degree was “complications during second stage of labour in adolescent pregnancy”.

During her career she was involved in facilitating and conducting seminars and workshops with JICA, WHO and USAID in the rural and urban areas of Islamabad and AJK, Pakistan.

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Dr. Laureen Macintosh

B.Sc., RMT, DTCM, R.Ac.

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Dr. Laureen Macintosh

B.Sc., RMT, DTCM, R.Ac.

Years of teaching experience: 3
Courses: Western Massage Therapy, Arthrology & Myology, Massage Research, Tui Na

Dr. Macintosh has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2003 and has been practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine since 2014. Her practice focuses on stress reduction and pain management. She uses her background in Human Kinetics when treating muscle and joint injuries and pain and may combine acupuncture with massage, cupping or gua sha to create a unique treatment. Whenever possible Laureen can be found outdoors walking her dogs.

Dr. Huma Shahzad

M.B.B.S.

Dr. Huma Shahzad

M.B.B.S.

I was a Medical Doctor in Pakistan from 1999 to 2013. I worked in intensive care unit and other medical care units for several years before I worked intensively with Unicef, USAID and WHO as Facilitator Trainings for various health and medical related projects. I moved to Canada in 2013 and worked as a Medical Instructor at Reeves College and Evergreen College in Calgary. I also did volunteering work with CIWA (Calgary Immigrant Women's Association) for Breast Health program in 2013.

I completed First Aid & CPR instructor course with Red Cross and started working as a Part time First Aid & CPR Instructor since April 2015 with Titan Health & Safety Calgary. In September 2015, I joined CITCM Faculty member as one of the instructors for massage program.

Dr. Janice Brown

DTCM, R.Ac.

Dr. Janice Brown

DTCM, R.Ac.

Janice has been a health care practitioner and working in a clinical environment since 1998. First in the dental field, then Traditional Chinese Medicine since 2008. An alumni of CITCM, Janice has been involved with the School since beginning her studies and continued supporting the school from 2012 where she spent time as the Quality Facilitator and several years as the Dean of Academics.

Involved in education since the early 90’s, Janice previously held post-secondary instructional positions at Yukon College and SAIT Polytechnic. She was an Education Technologist at SAIT for eight years where she also spent a year as an evaluator; then seven years as a clinic coordinator for the Ottawa-based, National Dental Assisting Examination Board’s Clinical Practice Evaluation (OSCE format testing).

Janice has a clinical practice at BodyMind Synergy Health Centre.

Dr. Janice Patterson

BSc, MSc, DTCM

Dr. Janice Patterson

BSc, MSc, DTCM

Years of teaching experience: 2
Courses: Orthopedic 1, 2 and 3

Prior to receiving an education in Traditional Chinese medicine, Janice worked in various capacities in conventional health care. She was initially trained as a Kinesiologist and worked extensively in spinal rehabilitation. She later received her Masters degree in Health Sciences and worked for Alberta Health Services as an educator in schools, hospitals and local communities. With her background in Kinesiology and lifelong passion for sport Janice specializes in musculo-skeletal disorders and teaches orthopedic courses at CITCM. When not practicing Chinese medicine Janice is involved in cross country and track running, as well as mountain biking, hiking and skiing with her husband and 3 children.

Shannon Gordon

RMT

Shannon Gordon

RMT

Dr. Cristiane Rodriguez de la Hoz

Ph.D.

Dr. Cristiane Rodriguez de la Hoz

Ph.D.

Cristiane holds a PhD in Neuroimmunology and has a wide experience as a Health Sciences researcher. She worked for three years as a postdoctoral associate at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute in the University of Calgary. Part of her work focused on the effects of intranasal insulin treatment in a diabetic neuropathy experimental model.

She has taught Human Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology to nurses, biologists, dancers, and medical students. Her eagerness to improve her teaching strategies to enhance their students’ learning process, directed her to the Teaching & Learning Centre of the University of Calgary. There, surrounded by colleagues sharing the same passion for teaching, she has been having in-depth discussions about innovative and effective teaching approaches. Cristiane has been involved with the Traditional Chinese way of attaining health and maintaining quality of life via acupuncture, massage, herbs, as well as Tai Ji Quan since her undergraduate days. She plans to study the possible joint application of Aromatherapy and TCM.

Ricardo Julio Guerrero

RMT

Ricardo Julio Guerrero

RMT

Years of teaching experience: 15
Courses: Beginners and Advanced Theory & Technical Massage Therapy. Deep Tissue, Myofascial, Structual massage physical Therapy.

Ricardo Guerrero has been practicing massage therapy since 1990. He has worked in many settings and in different countries as a therapist, and has evolved to instruct students in many massage techniques. His focus now is in his own technique that he calls Masofisics, which is a combination of Deep Tissue, Myofascial and structural massage therapy.

Ricardo competed for many years as an elite long and middle distance runner, for such reasons he loves all sports, and continues to run and cycle as nourishment for his mind and body.

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Amber Bridges

RMT

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Amber Bridges

RMT

Amber Bridges graduated from a 2200 hour massage program and has 20 years of experience in a clinical environment as a registered massage therapist. She is a member of the NHPC and is involved in their massage training and curriculum development programs. Amber continually strives to learn new techniques and advance her medical knowledge in the field. She has taken courses of interest such as equine/animal massage, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) techniques, pre/post cancer techniques, Thai massage, nerve mobilization, training in whiplash and upper extremity musculature disorders.

Amber currently runs her own practice at the Massage Centre in NE Calgary. In her spare time, she enjoys keeping herself healthy by regularly working out, running and playing ringette where she volunteers as Vice President of the Women’s Ringette Association Board. She also enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Audrey Li

Teacher

Audrey Li

Teacher

Audrey holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Capital Normal University in China and a certificate of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Beijing Language University. She also completed a language teaching certificate at the University of Calgary.

She has 16 years of experience teaching Mandarin in many different settings (post-secondary, corporate training, private lessons). In 2006, she designed corporate training and taught advanced business Chinese for Microsoft Research Asia. She won third place in the Overseas Chinese Education Lesson Plan Contest in 2016. Her goal is to create engaging learning experiences for students of Chinese and Chinese culture.

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Dr. Lake Zhu

R.Ac, DTCM

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Dr. Lake Zhu

R.Ac, DTCM

Lake is Registered Acupuncturist and a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is a graduate of CITCM since 2013.

Lake also has a degree in Engineering from University of Saskatchewan since 1995. He followed his spiritual calling after a meditation retreat in Thailand which lead him to gave up his engineering career at Shell Canada and lived as a monastic in Forest Traditions Of Buddhism in Thailand and Burma. During these times he practiced long term meditation and studied Qigong, TaiChi and Yoga. He has been teaching Martial Arts, Tai Chi, Meditation and other mind/body programs for MRU and the City of Calgary for the last 17 years.

Lake works as a Registered Acupuncturist and Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine at Mount Royal University wellness centre since 2013. He treats wide range issues from Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Digestive Disorders, Fertility, Headache, Migraines, Tension, Stroke, PTSD, as well as treating any type of pain and injuries.

Lake is strong advocate of using simple, preventative and natural method of maintain well-being to avoid complex health interventions. Lake’s purpose and passion in life is to share, explore, and experience well being with his community.

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