The Team

Fion Chou, RAc, RTCMP

Fion Chou, RAc, RTCMP

~ Teaching Assistant ~

Hi my name is Fion Chou. I have been practicing acupuncture since 2004. In 2018, I came across Balance System Acupuncture. Leading up to this for the better part of 15 years, I had practiced Japanese Meridian therapy. Though I had good results, it was love at first sight with Balance System Acupuncture! I was very grateful to be among Cohort 1 at Langara College and the Tan Academy of Balance Inc, taught by Dr. Sonia Tan. Nothing brings me more pride and joy when patients experience immediate results. I am honoured to be the official Lead Teaching Assistant of the Tan Academy of Balance Inc.

Meghan Hawkshaw, BA, RAc

Meghan Hawkshaw, BA, RAc

~ Team Leader ~

Meghan is a board certified Registered Acupuncturist with British Columbia’s CTCMA & received her Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from UBC. After becoming a Registered Acupuncturist, she completed a 2 month internship at Taiwan’s Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital where she saw firsthand how effective system based acupuncture could be. This exposure & the rave reviews she heard from colleagues made her look into Balance System acupuncture.

The Tan Balance System of Acupuncture has evolved Meghan’s treatment approach. She finds that it reliably & consistently provides long lasting results for her clients. She enjoys using Balance Acupuncture to treat pain, stress & anxiety, digestive issues, as well as to address women & children’s health issues.

Meghan appreciates how Dr Sonia Tan’s teaching emphasizes simplicity, creativity & the importance of remaining flexible. Discussions within classes have encouraged Meghan to be more inquisitive & helped develop a deeper interest in learning more about Feng Shui & Chinese Astrology.

Outside of the clinic you can find Meghan enjoying the outdoors, baking or hanging out with family.

Adam Slamang, RAc

Adam Slamang, RAc

~ Team Leader ~

Hi My name is Adam Slamang, I am one of the first graduates from Dr. Sonia Tan’s Balance System Acupuncture program at Langara college in Vancouver BC. I opened my acupuncture practice in 2020 in Charlottetown PEI. Starting my practice across the country during COVID has definitely been an interesting experience. Outside of acupuncture I like to think of myself having an entrepreneurial spirit and am always thinking of business ideas to keep me busy and ways to incorporate acupuncture and Balance System into other aspects of my life. Some of my hobbies include writing, acting and spending time in the ocean.

Howard Chen, MD

Howard Chen, MD

~ Lead Grand Rounds Instructor (Certificate Program) ~

Howard Chen, MD, FAAMA, ABOIM, is the founder and director of The Chen Center for Integrative Medicine in Reno, NV, where he treats patients in a membership model using a blended approach of Western and Eastern principles.

Dr. Chen was also the founding Medical Director of Renown Health’s Medical Acupuncture Clinic and their subsequent Integrative Primary Care Clinic.

A devout apprentice and assistant of Dr. Richard Tan from 2010 to 2013, his primary Chinese Medicine techniques include Balance Method Acupuncture and BaZi Birth Chart Analysis. He additionally incorporates YiJing analysis, Muscle Channel Technique, Worsley Five Element, and Chinese Scalp Acupuncture in his diagnosis and treatments. He holds an Executive Practitioner Certification with the Academy of Acupuncture and is certified as a BaZi Consultant by Dr. Tan.

Dr. Chen is a Board-Certified Family Physician, Board Certified by the American Board of Medical Acupuncture, the American Board of Integrative Medicine, and the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine. He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno, and has lectured internationally on Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine.

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