Faculty of Traditional Chinese Medicine:
Graduate Practitioner Program
RICHARD KWAN BSc, R.TCMP, R.Ac †
Director of the Acupuncture and TCM Programs
"It is rare to find an acupuncture mentor who not only achieves remarkable clinical results before your eyes, but who shares his immense knowledge with clarity, passion and kindness. I have had the privilege of studying under Richard Kwan both in the classroom, and in his actual clinical practice. He absorbs, integrates, and applies the wisdom of various acupuncture masters, blending the best of their approaches into his own unique style. The astounding effectiveness of his diagnosis, palpation, and needling must be seen to be believed. Richard is an incredible healer and teacher." Pauline Hwang, GEN-R.Ac
TCM Practitioner (Blend of TCM, Japanese, Tung and Tan style Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Chinese Nutritional therapy, Tuina massage, Taiji and Qigong)
Richard completed the 4-year Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) program at the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TSTCM). He lectured extensively at TSTCM and Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine in the theory of TCM, Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. He is also very passionate about his volunteer work with street youth and people with AIDS. Richard has a strong commitment to Tai Chi and Qi Gong, which he has practiced for over 15 years. For the promotion of health and the prevention of disease, he teaches Tai Chi at the downtown YMCA and in the Beaches. Currently, he is the Director of TCM & Acupuncture at the Shiatsu School of Canada and SSC Acupuncture Institute. He also teaches TCM Theory, Acupuncture Techniques and is a clinic supervisor.
In 2008, he started Simple Cures - a Chinese Medicine centre and has been in private practice in The Beaches and Vaughan. Richard believes that a simple lifestyle promotes better health; he strives to empower his patients to become more proactive with their own healthcare.
KATHERINE CHEKHTER BA, R.TCMP, R.Ac
Katherine holds a BA, specialized honours in Psychology from York University and is one of the top graduates in a five year, full time (4220 hours) Advanced traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner program at Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In Addition to being a TCMP she teaches The Jing Luo (Meridians and Collaterals) Systems and TCM Theory at the Shiatsu School of Canada Inc. & The SSC Acupuncture Institute in the acupuncture program as well as Materia Medica & Formulas in the Chinese herbs program.
Katherine specializes in diagnosing and treating a variety of patient disorders with both acupuncture and herbal prescriptions. These include respiratory, digestive, urinary, pain/neurological, gynaecological/obstetric, cardiovascular, blood, psychiatric/mental disturbances, skin, pediatrics and disorders of senses and cancer. In addition, she employís traditional and Dr. Tanís methods for treating pain disorders with acupuncture.
PONEY CHIANG, PhD, R.TCMP, Dipl. OM (NCCAOM)
Poney is a native of Taiwan. He received a Bachelor degree in microbiology and a Doctoral degree in biomedical research from the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto. During his PhD training, his interest in Oriental medicine led him to complete both Zen Shiatsu and Medical Qigong Therapy diploma programs. This was followed by a Masterís degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York, where he graduated with collegiate and national level distinctions. He apprenticed for 5 years with his mentor Dr. Roger Tsao, whose medical lineage once consulted for the Qing imperial palace and 2 Taiwanese presidents. Poney is a Licensed Acupuncturist (NY), Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and a Registered TCM Practitioner in Ontario.
He was fortunate to have a teacher (Paula Haberman) who had dual licenses in TCM and physiotherapy. Even as a student, he could appreciate that her integrative approach gave amazing results. Poney's passion in integrating Classical and Medical acupuncture has led him to cross-reference medical classics with modern research on the peripheral nervous system. He believes this Neuro-Meridian integrative approach will become the standard for acupuncture training and therapy in the future.
Poney has been an author to Oriental Medicine Journal, European Journal of Oriental Medicine and Oriental Medicine Newsletter on a wide range of topics. He has appeared numerous times on local television (OMNI News) as an expert in Chinese medicine. He has been invited as a speaker for the Canadian Dermatology Nurse Association, York Region Police Association and Asian Integrative Medicine Symposium. Poney has had the privilege of teaching TCM since 2008. He is a 22nd generation practitioner of Daoist cultivation from the Dragon Gate sect of the Complete Perfection lineage of Daoism. His interest besides Chinese medicine is internal martial arts and particularly classical swordsmanship. He resides in Toronto with his wife and 3 children.
KENNETH CHOI R. Ac, R. TCMP
Kenneth is most interested in treating internal medicine problems, as that is an area in which conventional medicine is failing many patients. Doctors often cannot diagnose the cause of the problem, or the patient is put on long-term medication to manage their problems, but are unable to cure it. He treats many internal medicine problems including digestive problems, allergies, cardiovascular disorders, neurological disorders, urogenital problems, emotional disorders (ex. stress, anxiety, depression), gynocological disorders (ex. peri-menopause symptoms, menstrual problems, infertility), all sorts of pain disorders.
Kenneth graduated from University of Toronto with his Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, specializing in Genes, Genetics and Biotechnology. He then graduated from Mc Gill University with his Masters of Science in Biotechnology. He received his Chinese Medicine training from the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where he graduated with the 4 year Advanced diploma.
He is also an instructor and student clinic supervisor at the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine for 3 years as well as a supervisor at the Shiatsu School of Canada & SSC Acupuncture Institute.
JOY WALRAVEN, R. TCMP
Joy has been practicing acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, and Chinese herbal medicine since graduating from the ITCM in 2004. She is also a Reiki Master and practices Craniosacral therapy.
Dedicated to ongoing education, she has done further study in anatomy, as well as acupuncture for addiction, and is currently focused on deepening her knowledge of acupuncture for pregnancy and labor. Her expertise is in treating post-traumatic stress and anxiety, scar tissue, and chronic pain.
Joy has over 20 years of teaching experience, in a wide variety of fields. She teaches acupuncture and herbal medicine at the SSC, and also supervises the student acupuncture clinic.