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
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), 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.
Dr. 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.
Dr. Gayle Maguire
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. 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
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.
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
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. 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
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.
Jackie St. George-Rennie
Jackie graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1979 with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physical Therapy and soon discovered Sports Medicine to be her passion. Achieving her Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy, she has worked with athletes of all levels and has attended Olympics, Paralympics, Commonwealth, Pan Am and World University Games as a member of the Canadian Medical Team. Looking for further challenges she began studying acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. After programs in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Acupuncture and studying in Beijing she became a Licensed Acupuncturist.
She enjoys combining her knowledge of Western and Eastern Medicine to provide students with a unique insight in assessing and treating orthopedic and sport conditions. She currently practices at the Calgary Winter Club Sport Physiotherapy Clinic as well as teaching. In addition to her profession, Jackie loves to be outside, climbing, hiking, gardening and generally enjoying nature.
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.
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.
Fraser Dobson B.A. RMT
Fraser holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Political Science. He completed a 2200 hour diploma in Massage Therapy. He is currently in the fourth year of a Bachelor of Health Science degree program. He is a life long student of the martial arts.
He practices Orthopaedic Massage in Calgary.
Dr. Lake Zhu
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.
Dr. Kristin Ruzicki
Dr. Ruzicki is a Naturopathic Doctor who enjoys treating the whole family with special interests in digestive health, hormonal concerns, fatigue, allergies, chronic infections, autoimmunity and environmental medicine. She values integrative medicine, and being able to bridge the gap between conventional and naturopathic care. She uses a variety of approaches to care for her patients including individualized testing, nutrition, botanical medicine, IV therapy and lifestyle management. She has completed additional training in intravenous therapies, chelation therapy, ozone therapy, Lyme disease and chronic infections.
Dr. Ruzicki was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. When she is not at the clinic, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, yoga, hiking, snowboarding and traveling to new destinations.
Dr. Bairu Wang
Dr Bairu Wang earned her Acupuncture Bachelor Degree in Guiyang College of TCM in China. She was then working in Chinese hospital for 6 years from 2010-2016 which later granted her a Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor in 2012. The huge population in China gave her the opportunity to see and treat 40-60 patients a day that contribute to her experience and skills tremendously.
Other than Acupuncture and TCM, Dr Wang is also trained in Tui Na massage. The patient's recovery and smile are the best rewards for her work. She hopes to pass on her knowledge and experience to the future TCM Doctors and Acupuncturist at CITCM!
Dr. Melissa Wecker
R.Ac., DTCM, MScBA
Melissa is a registered Acupuncturist and a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She earned her Masters of Science (MSc) in business management from Lancaster University in the UK in 2007. After working for a charitable organization writing funding proposals for projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo, she decided to change careers and pursued her studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Canadian Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Since graduating in 2013 she has been practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in a private practice in Calgary ever since.
Kristi Lynn Mitchell
Kristi-Lynn Mitchell graduated top of her class from the Mount Royal University Massage Therapy program in 2007 and has advanced credits in a university health science degree program. Since that time, she has studied and practiced orthopedic massage under the direction of Dr. Lanre Salami. She has 7 years experience teaching orthopedic assessment and advanced massage techniques. Kristi-Lynn has a successful practice at Orthopaedic Massage Consultants, is the acting registrar and secondary instructor for “The Orthopaedic Approach for Massage Therapists”, and currently teaches at The Canadian institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Ricardo Guerrero R.M.T
Ricardo Guerrero has over 29 years as a practicing and experienced massage physical therapist. Specializing in "pain free" orthopedic, structural massage physical therapy, that targets all chronical, arthritic and sports injuries.
He competed for over 20 years as an elite middle distanced and marathon runner. Giving him incredible knowledge and a deep understanding of athletes way of thinking, and the development of effective massage therapy to treating all sports and soft tissues lesions. He has taught at all levels of Massage Therapy
Dr. Sheikh Shoeb
Dr. Shoeb is a Medical Graduate, finished degree in Medicine and Surgery in 1993. Practiced in General Medicine for years. Studied Postgraduate in Anesthesiology and Pain management, practiced as Clinical Anesthetist for 8 years in a teaching hospital.
Having done 2200 hours Diploma Program in Massage therapy from a reputable institute in Calgary, Alberta. Practicing Therapeutic Massage since 2015. His main area of practice is focused on Acute and Chronic Musculoskeletal disorders, Nerve Compression Syndromes and various Pain Alleviating Techniques in Massage practice.
He has an extensive experience of teaching Human Sciences for over 20 years. Currently teaching Clinical Assessment, Neurology at CITCM. Working as a part time instructor of Medical Terminology and Canadian Health Professional in a private Healthcare institution.
Volunteered Rural health in various NGOs under UNESCO I the past.
Passion to participate sports and Travelling.
Dr. Meena Lail
Dr. Lail has graduated from the University of Calgary with her Bachelors of Science and has achieved her Medical degree from WUSOM. She strongly believes that the best way to live a healthy lifestyle is by combining western and eastern medical philosophies.
Her passion is to help and educate people on the importance of physical and mental health. When not indoors, Dr. Lail can be found outdoors on bike paths admiring natures beauty.
Dr. Rahim Moledina
Dr. Moledina is a naturopathic doctor, educator, community volunteer and outdoor enthusiast. In his clinical practice, Dr. Moledina educates his patients on wholesome nutrition, stress management, sleep hygiene and an active lifestyle. Dr. Moledina received his Doctor of Naturopathy from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary.
Courses in nutrition, health assessment, and pharmacology, Dr. Moledina has lectured aspiring nutritionists, naturopaths and acupuncturists at colleges in Canada and New Zealand. As an educator, Dr. Moledina creates connections between the students and the curriculum through engaging discussions and critical thinking.
His leadership has earned him opportunities to mentor youth from across the globe in healthcare, service and international development and chair a board advocating for youth development and active living.
Rahim is happiest exploring the outdoors, running, biking and hiking in his hometown of Calgary and the Canadian Rockies.
Dr. Punam Chohan
MD, MSc, RMT, CHNC
After obtaining her medical degree (MD) from India, she practiced and taught Psychiatry and Community medicine to medical graduates. In 2001, she came to Canada pursue her Masters in Cardiac Physiology with St. Boniface Research Center, with University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is a Centre of excellence in heart research in North America. Her research work and study on heart disease and diabetes has been published various high impact factor, peer-reviewed medical journals and book chapters. Dr. Punam has presented her research work in many international conferences and lectures across the country. She continued this work as a senior associate in the Pharmaceutical sector and University of Manitoba for several years.
After working in clinical research for many years both in academia and industry, she moved to Calgary in 2012. Seeing the impact of lifestyle and nutrition on health during her clinical research, she furthered her education and experience in alternative and complementary medicine modalities such as massage therapy, holistic nutrition, and yoga therapy. She practices these holistic clinical modalities through her clinic FitBeeba Wellness.
In her spare time, Dr. Punam applies her passion for yoga and mindfulness as a yoga instructor, mindfulness coach, and public speaker. She teaches yoga and mindfulness all across the globe, as well as engage with local charities and community organizations as a motivational speaker.