Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine

All of our acupuncture treatments at Qi Vancouver are with Registered Acupuncturists (R.Ac.) and/or Doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM)

“A Registered Acupuncturist has 3 years of in-depth training in TCM medical theory and diagnosis, acupuncture point location and needling techniques, along with cupping techniques and will be able to offer you an effective treatment plan for acupuncture.
Acupuncture is a very safe procedure when preformed by a Registered Acupuncturist, as they have received mandatory acupuncture safety training, in addition to over 450 hours of supervised clinical experience.”
~ Quoted from the Traditional Chinese Medicine Association of British Columbia, TCMABC

You can be assured that when you receive your acupuncture treatments at Qi Integrated Health, we will provide you with the best benefits that acupuncture has to offer. All of our practitioners are registered professionals in British Columbia and maintain good standing with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC, CTCMA.

The core philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the concept that qi flows through the body in a network of pathways known as meridians. Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine surgical-grade needles at various points along these meridians to strengthen weak qi or remove blockages to restore proper circulation of qi, returning the body to a state of balance and well-being. This does not cause any pain, but will create a unique physical sensation know as “de qi” (arrival of qi).

Chinese Medicine Team


Dr. Karyn Smith, Dr. TCM, R.Ac

Dr. Karyn Smith, Dr. TCM, R.AcBook an appointment with Karyn Smith

Karyn Smith is a Registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and licensed to practice Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture and its associated treatments of Moxibustion, Cupping and Tuina (Chinese massage) therapies.

Karyn graduated from the 5-year doctorate program at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver (ICTCMV) and interned at a hospital in Anhui province in the People’s Republic of China. She has completed a course for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) to use ear acupuncture to help patients recover from addictions. She has learned Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Virginia Doran. Karyn also practices Sound Healing with tuning forks as an adjunct to her TCM practice. She has also been studying Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan’s Acu 1, 2, 3 and Global Balance Method for effective treatment of acute and chronic pain conditions.

Karyn’s practice focuses on patients with a wide range of health concerns and conditions. However she has a deep interest in Women’s health and treating gynecological and reproductive as well as preventative treatments to help women achieve their optimal health goals. She also likes to treat patients for back pain, stress, anxiety, depression, and digestive issues.

Karyn is dedicated to life-long learning in all things as well as improving her practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She lives in Vancouver with her family and enjoys getting outdoors as much as possible, whether on the north shore, Pacific Spirit Park, or any of the wonderful beaches around the city.

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Tedi Fisher, R.AC

Tedi Fisher, R.ACBook an appointment with Tedi

After over a decade of practicing and teaching yoga, I came to realize that my studies were not truly complete. I started to explore different modalities that would help both my students and me. The fundamental philosophy Traditional Chinese medicine is to seek balance. Balance both internally, helping the mind and body and externally, connecting with our environment and community. TCM is a natural medical system that has withstood thousands of years of practice and results. We look at each person as a complex and individual system, which means each person, is treated uniquely based on his or her constitution, lifestyle and symptoms. TCM is empowering in that it tells your body how to heal, it directs your body to areas that need healing and allows the innate intelligence of your system to complete the process. You truly heal yourself.

The beauty of TCM is that it can treat much more than you think. From injuries, to skin conditions, digestive imbalances, weights loss and mental health. TCM is capable of aiding the most stubborn of ailments. The many modalities include acupuncture, moxibustion, Chinese herbs, cupping, gua sha, tui na (massage) and lifestyle and dietary counseling.

My journey started with a fundamental yoga practice followed by completing a degree in Kinesiology, to becoming a yoga teacher and certified personal trainer, and finally a 5-year diploma of Dr of Traditional Chinese Medicine including an internship at the Tsu Chi hospital in Taipei, Taiwan. I’m looking forward to sharing my love of health and healing with you.

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Julie Nelson,R.TCM.P

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Julie is a healer who takes time to completely understand her patient’s illness – the root cause and symptoms. Using Chinese Medicine’s holistic approach she balances the body’s energy through acupuncture, diet and Chinese herbs to restore her patients’ to health and wellness. Chinese medicine is unique because it has many tools to generate or release energy. They can all be used in combinations with each other to provide an effective and natural way for the body to heal itself.

Julie completed her doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine and spent a month interning at Tzu Chi Hospital in Taiwan. She is a licensed acupuncturist and is a member of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturist of British Columbia.
She is also a Healing Touch Level 2 Practitioner.

More information about Julie can be found here.

 Dr. Calvin Crichton, DR. TCM, R.Ac

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Calvin started his life long path of learning to heal from the early age of 10. Thats when he entered into the martial arts and was introduced to his first of many teachers who also knew traditional Chinese medicine.
One of those teachers finally encouraged him to enter formal acupressure training in the late 1990s. Since that time he has received a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine diploma from two different schools, one in Nova Scotia and another in British Columbia. Also, he has continued to study martial arts and the classical Japanese medicine, Isshinho, that goes with it.

Calvin is presently a licensed member of the Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner through the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia. His focus in a clinical setting is on providing treatments that include acupuncture, acupressure, Chinese foot therapy, medical qi gong and the use of essential oils. He also believes in advising patients