Ontario Establishes New College Of Traditional Chinese Medicine

    McGuinty Government Helps Ensure Alternative Health Care Is Safe

    TORONTO, June 26 /CNW/ - Ontario has appointed a 15-member transitional
council to oversee the practises and services of traditional Chinese medicine
practitioners and acupuncturists. The first public meeting of the council was
held, today, June 26, 2008.
    Established under the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act, 2006, the College
of Traditional Chinese Medicine will make traditional Chinese medicine and
acupuncture services safer for Ontarians by ensuring that only regulated and
qualified practitioners who are accountable to a regulatory body may deliver
services. The transitional council is the public's voice in regulating the
future development of traditional Chinese medicine in Ontario.
    Traditional Chinese medicine is a holistic system of health care that
originated in China. Therapies include acupuncture, herbal therapy, tuina
massage and therapeutic exercise. Ontario is the second province in Canada to
regulate traditional Chinese medicine.


    "Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture has a long history of
bringing its healing practices to millions of people," said Michael Chan,
Minister of Citizenship. "Over a period of time, it has spread beyond the
Chinese community and is now part of the broader choice of healing practices
available to Ontarians."

    "We are committed to putting public safety first," said Emily Cheung,
Registrar of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. "This transitional
council is the first step to regulating the practice of traditional Chinese
medicine which is in the public's best interest."

    "In passing the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act and setting up this
college the McGuinty government wants to ensure the public has a choice of
regulated and qualified practitioners who are accountable to a regulatory body
who will define and shape the delivery of services," said Bas Balkissoon,
Parliamentary Assistant to David Caplan, Minister of Health and Long-Term


    -   TCM is the first new health profession to be regulated in the
        province since 1991.
    -   Ontario is the second province (after British Columbia) to regulate
        traditional Chinese Medicine.
    -   Legislation to regulate TCM received Royal Assent on December 20,


    Learn more about the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners
and Acupuncturists of Ontario (http://www.ctcmpao.on.ca/)

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                        AND ACUPUNCTURISTS OF ONTARIO

    On June 26th the transitional council of College of Traditional Chinese
Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario held its first public
    The members of the council were chosen from a list of people who
responded to a public call, advertised across Ontario, for members. The
appointment of the 15-member transitional council marks a major step toward
the regulation of the TCM profession in Ontario.
    The new council joins Emily Cheung who was appointed Registrar of the new
college on September 1st, 2007.
    The College operates under the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act, 2006.
The Act requires individuals who wish to practice TCM, practice a specialty of
TCM, or call themselves TCM practitioners or acupuncturists to register with
the new regulatory College and be accountable to this governing body.
    Members of the Transitional Council of College of Traditional Chinese
Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario include:


    David X. Bai holds a Master of Medicine degree from Hunan College of
Traditional Chinese Medicine, a Master of Arts degree in Applied Psychology
from the University of New Brunswick and was a Ph.D. candidate in the
Measurement and Evaluation program of the Ontario Institute for Studies in
Education of the University of Toronto. While maintaining his own private TCM
practice in Toronto, he has also worked in the financial industry in several
middle management roles for over eight years. David currently sits on the
Board of Directors of two Canadian Corporations and is actively involved in
the community volunteer work.


    Lynn Bowering holds a Master's degree in planning from the School of
Policy Studies at Queen's University, which awarded her a Distinguished Alumna
award for her work in health planning. She is a Registered Professional
Planner and a full member of The Canadian Institute of Planners and The
Ontario Professional Planners' Institute.
    Lynn has worked in the Ontario health system for almost eighteen years,
including eight years as the Executive Director of two District Health
Councils. Since 2003, she has operated her own consulting business,
specializing in strategic planning, facilitation and organizational
development, mostly in the health and social service field.


    Kristin Bulmer has been a Registered Practical Nurse since 1991. Kristin
lives in Kenora, Ontario and is the Health Director/Advisor of Anishinaabeg of
Kabapikotawangag Resource Council, a First Nations resource counsel for local
communities. It is through this role that Kristin developed her interest in
traditional medicine and healing.
    Kristin has worked in many areas of health care including the Sexual
Assault Partner Abuse Program at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital where
she met and counselled hundreds of women and children in the course of many


    Zhao Cheng graduated from the Beijing University of Traditional Chinese
Medicine and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in 1983 as well as a
Masters Degree of Science in 1986. He worked at the same university as a
professor and researcher in Chinese medicine.
    In 1992, Zhao was invited to Japan as a visiting professor by the
Hiroshima University School of Medicine. From 1993 to 1996, he was a PhD
student focusing on research in the field of Clinical Immunology and Cancer
treatment. From 1997 to 1999, Zhao worked in the United States for his
post-doctoral research at The Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer,
University of Nebraska Medical Center. In 1999, he came to Canada and
established a TCM Acupuncture Clinic in Toronto.


    Cedric K.T. Cheung received a Bachelor's degree from the University of
Western Ontario (UWO) and continued post-graduate studies in medical
physiology at UWO. He also received a Doctor of Science degree in Alternative
Medicine from the Ministry of Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka. He is currently
the National President of the Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Association of
Canada (CMAAC), Vice-President of the World Federation of
Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies and resides in London, Ontario. Cedric is a
certified doctor in Taiwan, licensed acupuncturist in California, an honorary
professor at the Shaanxi Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a
visiting professor at Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and
Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China.


    Richard Dong graduated from the He bei University of Traditional Chinese
Medicine in 1984 and received a Masters degree of Traditional Chinese Medicine
from the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1989. He worked as
an Assistant Professor in the Traditional Chinese Medicine Medical College in
China. From 1992 to 1998, Richard practised TCM and acupuncture in clinics and
taught in various schools. He opened his own clinic in 1999 and has been in
private practice for the last nine years.


    Ian Eng holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Business
Administration degree from the University of Toronto. He is a professional
engineer retired from the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO). As the Deputy
Registrar, Complaints, Discipline and Enforcement, he was responsible and
accountable for: (1) managing the complaints process regarding the conduct and
competency of professional engineers and where appropriate, the conducting of
discipline hearings; and, (2) developing and managing the programs related to
ensuring compliance with the Professional Engineers Act for providing
professional engineering services to the public.
    Prior to joining PEO, he worked at the former Ontario Hydro for twenty
five years.


    James Fu is an active independent TCM practitioner who has practised
acupuncture and herbal medicine for more than 20 years. He obtained his
Bachelor of Medicine degree in 1984 from Jiangxi College of Chinese Medicine
and a Master of Acupuncture degree in 1987 from the China Academy of
Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing. He has treated patients with chronic
pain in the Wasser Pain Management Center at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.
    James Fu is also an educator who enjoys teaching as much as practising.
As a faculty member, he taught on a four-year full time acupuncture program at
The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences. Currently, he is teaching
at the Traditional Chinese Medicine Program at Ryerson University.


    Ellen Hanna brings many years of experience from health care, education,
administration, and business. She has held a variety of positions as a
Registered Nurse, has taught in both university and college programs and has
held the position of Department Head in a hospital. Ellen is an active member
of several professional organizations and has held executive positions at both
the local and provincial levels.
    Her education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State
University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Centre for
International Studies and Cross-Disciplinary Program at the Huron University
College/University of Western Ontario. She also completed the Certificate in
Management program of the Canadian Institute of Management and earned the
Certificat de français pratique at the University of Western Ontario.
    Ellen is currently employed as a Case Manager in the Home Care Sector in
the City of London where she has resided since 1971.


    Sharon Lam resides in Toronto and is a Certified General Accountant. She
has experience in health care, education, financial consulting and quality
assurance. Her community involvement includes volunteering with the United Way
of Greater Toronto.


    Henry Maeots holds an Honour Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and
Political Science from Queen's University and a Masters in Business
Administration in Finance and Human Resources Management from the University
of Toronto.
    As a long term Toronto resident Henry currently lives in Port Union
Village with his wife and son. He is associated with Royal LePage Connect
Realty Brokerage as a Sales Representative. Mr. Maeots has been active for
many years with several academic, charitable, community and ethnic
organizations. He has also previously served the Government of Ontario as a
public representative on the Council of the College of Physicians & Surgeons
of Ontario and as Vice-Chairman of the Ontario Public Service Grievance Board.


    Ruth Pike has a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology. During her 24 year tenure as
professor at the University of Toronto, she was active in university
governance and served on numerous committees including the Governing Council.
She was a Visiting Scholar at Teachers College, Columbia University in New
York, Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Her years of experience in consulting and contract research primarily
pertained to quality assurance issues and program evaluation in education and
in professional regulation.
    At the present time, Ms. Pike is Chair of the Benefits Committee and a
member of the Executive Committee of the Senior Scholars Committee of the
Retired Academics and Librarians at the University of Toronto (RALUT). She is
also a member of the Board of Directors of the Elizabeth Fry Society of


    Joanne Pritchard-Sobhani is the Director of the Institute of Acupuncture
& Traditional Chinese Medicine in Brockville. Joanne is a TCM practitioner,
lecturer and researcher. Joanne graduated from the Institute of Traditional
Chinese Medicine in Toronto in 1995. In pursuit of more advanced clinical
training in Acupuncture and TCM, she studied at the Canadian School of Natural
Health Science in Toronto, the Shanghai Medical University of Shanghai and the
Hua Shan Hospital and Longua Hospital, The Academy of Oriental Heritage,
Vancouver, B.C. (Herbology) and The Open International University of
Alternative Medicine, Medicina Alternativa Institute in Sri Lanka. Joanne's
Doctorate in Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine is from The Open
International University of Alternative Medicine, Sri Lanka. Joanne has an
undergraduate degree in Psychology from Queens University and is a graduate of
St. Lawrence College.


    Catherine Elizabeth Wilson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in
Cultural Anthropology and her Master of Arts degree in Medical Anthropology at
the University of Calgary and terms at Linacre College, Oxford, England. She
has a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology at the University of Manitoba. She
completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship with the Canadian Institute of Health
Research and the Segal Fellowship for research.
    In addition her Chinese and Aboriginal-based research in Sudden Infant
Death Syndrome, the focus of much of her research, has been on the role of
cultural interactions between wellness and societal perceptions of illness.
Her Master of Arts research was completed in southern China under the auspices
of Sun Yet Sen Medical University. Prior to her stay in China, she studied
Chinese health practices and societal perceptions of the value of various
types of remedies and diverse methods of easing pain and illness.


    Mary Xiumei Wu is the Founder and President of the Toronto School of
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TSTCM) since 1995. She majored in TCM, receiving
her medical degree in China in 1982. She also has a Master of Sciencem degree)
from the University of Waterloo in 1990. She was a physician and instructor at
Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Provincial TCM
Hospital before coming to Canada in 1986. She has developed professional TCM
training programs, established and directed the Teaching Clinic at TSTCM. She
has been teaching TCM students, medical students, undergraduate and graduate
students at Canadian universities and professional institutions. She has been
involved in medical research in the fields of reproductive physiology,
diabetes, gene therapy and TCM.

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