Meet Your Speakers

Every year, FLOWS (Formally COMS) strives to bring you an unprecedented lineup of amazing speakers. FLOWS 2021 is no exception! This March, our Live Virtual Symposium is an opportunity to take time for yourself and nourish your Heart/Mind Qi. Make these three days like a personal learning retreat, where you get to connect with teachers from the comfort of your own home, and quietly connect and reflect. We guarantee that you will walk away with both a deeper understanding of the topics and concrete techniques to bring back to your clinic. Plus in this live event, there will be time to ask real-time questions and spend more time with your favourite speakers! Scroll down to learn more. Each day will begin with a one hour Qi Gong training Live with Peter Deadman, streamed from the UK. Make sure to include this as part of your immersion into the daily teaching and events offered.

Peter Deadman – Morning Qi Gong

Peter Deadman has been involved in the so-called ‘alternative health’ field for 45 years. In 1971 he co-founded Infinity Foods – a natural, organic and macrobiotic food store – in Brighton, England. He then trained in Chinese medicine (acupuncture and herbal medicine) and practised for 30 years. He founded The Journal of Chinese Medicine in 1979 and has had a long career writing about and teaching Chinese medicine all over the world. He is co-author of the best-selling A Manual of Acupuncture and author of Live Well Live Long : Teachings from the Chinese Nourishment of Life Tradition. He has practised qigong and other forms of the Chinese internal arts tradition regularly sine 1993 and has taught qigong for many years.

Join Peter every morning for Qi Gong for the Internal Organs! 

Peter will be teaching live from his home studio in the UK direct to wherever you and your streaming device choose to be!

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7:00 -8:00 am (Pacific Standard Time) –  Friday, Saturday and Sunday Morning.

Jeffrey Yuen

Jeffrey Yuen, is an 88th generation Daoist Priest of the Yu Qing Huang Lao Pai (Jade Purity School, Yellow Emperor/ Lao Tzu Sect), ordained by Master Yu Wen, and 26th generation of the Quan Zhen Long Men Pai (Complete Reality School, Dragon Gate Sect), ordained by Master Lu Xin-Xu. Mr. Yuen is recognized internationally to be a Master of Classical Chinese Medicine, Taoism, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, Tai Ji Chuan, and Qi Gong. He has served as a Guest Lecturer at Rockefeller University, City University of New York, San Francisco State University, Vassar College, and is the only non-M.D. acupuncturists on faculty for the American Association of Acupuncture Physicians. Mr. Yuen was the first recipient of the Oriental Medicine Educator of the Year Award presented by the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 1995.

Currently the President of the International Tai Chi Institute, he is responsible for the development of programs to preserve and promote the teaching of Tai Chi Chuan and other Chinese healing arts in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Yuen was the Dean of Academic Affairs at the Acupuncture and Oriental Medical Studies program at the Swedish Institute of Health Sciences, New York. He was a key figure in the development of the first Ph.D. program in the field of Classical Chinese Medicine, now offered at the American University of Complementary Medicine in Los Angeles, CA. Mr. Yuen willingly shares his knowledge of Classical Chinese Medicine through lectures nationally and internationally.

What if your Patient’s Narrative Is Part of Their Disharmony

Your story and the patient’s story

Where my Story is that is where my Qi is.

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Friday, March 26

Bob Quinn

Bob Quinn, DAOM, L.Ac. has been a full-time Associate Professor of Chinese Medicine at National University of Natural Medicine in Portland since 2009; before that, he taught and supervised at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. He first entered acupuncture practice in 1998 with a master’s degree from OCOM, and later returned to earn his doctoral degree in Chinese Medicine in 2008.

Since 1999, Bob has been studying various Japanese styles of acupuncture, bodywork, and moxibustion. He has published many articles in his field, as well as book reviews and interviews with noted authorities. In his practice Bob is committed to the gentle approaches developed in Japan; he finds in these styles a good match for patients suffering from chronic illness, and he enjoys the challenge of helping these patients recover. He has studied shiatsu, traditional Thai massage, Sotai, and qigong tuina. His style of acupuncture is informed by all these studies in bodywork, giving him a very gentle, hands-on approach. At the end of a treatment, his goal is for a patient to feel renewed and transformed in mind and body.

Dream Interpretation – The Finer Details On Making This An Exciting Part Of Your Practice!

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Saturday, March 27

Laurie Regan

Dr. Regan’s journey in natural medicine started with a desire to find larger truths behind the quantitative science she pursued while earning a Doctorate in Neurobiology from Harvard University. She worked on the curriculum review committee at Harvard, but in the end said she “just felt that straight science wasn’t full enough, it didn’t give a complete picture of what was important.”

The missing pieces started to fall into place when she came to NUNM to study homeopathy in 1993 and discovered that classical Chinese medicine embodied the spiritual aspects of healing that she was seeking. Academically, she focused on earning a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, but her personal interest in Chinese medicine led Dr. Regan to join Dr. Heiner Fruehauf and NUNM students on annual trips to China to learn from master practitioners and healers. She took classes in classical Chinese medicine, and became a qigong instructor; after graduating, she taught classes in neuroanatomy, physiology and pathology at NUNM, and remained active in curriculum development.

“Medical students and patients are looking for alternative ways to treat illness, especially chronic disease. They are seeking a path to wholeness and wellness,” she says “I want to gain more visibility for our program and for the medicine.”

Dream Interpretation – The Finer Details On Making This An Exciting Part Of Your Practice!

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Saturday, March 27

David Bray

David Bray, CMD, D.Ac. & Dipl.C.H., trained at and graduated from the Guangzhou University of TCM in 1980. He did his post-graduate specialist studies in TCM Gynecology at Hunan Regional Hospital in Changsha, China. David maintains a very busy private practice in Toronto, Ontario focusing specifically on women’s health issues and principally reproductive wellness and fertility, and has been in continuous clinical practice since completing his studies. David is active in the development of regulatory standards for TCM. He has been a student and instructor of Chinese internal martial arts and therapeutic exercise for over 35 years.

The Endometrium from a Chinese Medicine Perspective

Building the Wall – Strategies & Insights in Managing and Building a Healthy Uterine Lining with Chinese Medicine

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Saturday, March 27

Brenda Hood

Much of Brenda’s CM education was earned in China: first with a degree in CM from the Beijing U of CM; followed by a PhD in Daoist Philosophy from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; finally followed by a Post-Doctorate in Chinese Medicine from the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine under Professor Deng Tie-tao. During the more than 20 years she spent in China gathering this education, she worked with Chinese Medicine doctors outside the academic setting as well as studying with practical adepts of Daoist and Buddhist meditation. Once returned to North America, she started a stint as a professor at National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR which lasted 8 ½ years. Presently Brenda is in private practice in Canada, she is working on translating and writing.

Space and Spirit: The Final Frontier for Acupuncturists

Energetic Hygiene and the Practical Training of Hands and Heart for Clinicians

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Saturday, March 27

Sonia Tan

Dr. Sonia F. Tan, BA, BA(H), DTCM Dip, DAOM, RAc, RTCMP, has been helping guide people on their pathway to health in the TCM world since 2006. She is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM degree), a Registered Acupuncturist, and a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioner. Dr. Sonia Tan obtained her clinical research Doctorate degree from Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Los Angeles, California. She is also a graduate of the five year Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine program from the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Vancouver. Dr. Sonia F. Tan is one of few certified Gold Level practitioners of the late Dr. Richard Tan. His most advanced level courses after all Balance Method levels, were first completed by a group of 16 senior students. Sonia was among those 16. With the blessings of fellow senior students to pass on the Balance Method legacy, Dr. Sonia Tan developed and created the very first Balance Method/System Acupuncture Certificate program at an accredited public post-secondary institution–Langara College –launched in 2018. In 2010, Sonia was honoured to be named and be a part of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Medical Teams. Dr. Sonia Tan has been teaching and keynote speaking since 2013. Sonia began her career in health with a Bachelor’s degree in Honors Kinesiology, with a specialization in Athletic Injuries, from the University of Western Ontario. Sonia has also completed many adjunct and advanced therapy courses, such as Sound Healing, TCM Clinical Aromatherapy & Essential Oils, Dr. Richard Tehfu Tan’s Balance Method (one of few Certified Gold-Level practitioners), and Dr. Jeffrey Yuen & Dr. Yvonne Farrell’s Eight Extraordinary Vessels approach, that she continually uses in her practice. She is a direct and senior student of the late Dr. Richard Tehfu Tan.

In addition, following in her grandfather’s footsteps and the classical umbrella of Chinese Medicine, Sonia completed apprenticeships in Chinese Metaphysics in the areas of Chinese Astrology, Face Reading, and Classical Feng Shui. These certifications were under various teachers and completed in 2011. She is a direct and first graduating class disciple of the late Grandmaster Dr. Richard Tehfu Tan and certified in Ba Zi Chinese Astrology. Sonia has also trained with, and is a Certified Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology practitioner since 2011, under Master Marlyna Los. Sonia is also an ongoing student of a variety of Martial Arts since 1995, and is grateful to her Shifu the late Dale Johns for her foundation, and to Shifu Matthew Dyck for continuing to guide her along this path. While Dr. Sonia Tan enjoys variety and a general practice, her areas of passion and focus are in Immunology, Sport Medicine and Migraines & Headaches. Following in the footsteps of her grandfather, Sonia is immersed in all aspects of Chinese Metaphysics, and thoroughly enjoys educating and inspiring others!

An introduction to the implementation of Astrology, Acupuncture and Feng Shui.

Three Essences Integration – Bringing it all together!

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Sunday, March 28

Janice Walton-Hadlock

Dr. Janice (“J.J.”) Walton-Hadlock, DAOM, LAc. is a professor at Five Branches University, in Santa Cruz, California, where she teaches Advanced Channel Theory, Yin Tui Na, Psychology and Counseling, and clinical instruction and supervision.

She is the founder of the Parkinson’s Recovery Project, a non-profit devoted to dissemination of information about treating Parkinson’s disease using theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine. (www.pdrecovery.org).

Her books include Tracking the Dragon, an acupuncture text on advanced channel theory which includes lessons in how to detect, by hand, Channel Qi; Medications of Parkinson’s disease: Once Upon a Pill; and Recovery from Parkinson’s.

She’s had articles about her Parkinson’s disease research published in major English language journals of Chinese medicine including the Journal of Chinese Medicine and The American Journal of Acupuncture, and her “commentary” on Parkinson’s medications research was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

She lectures internationally and maintains a private practice in Santa Cruz, California, but beats a retreat to the Vancouver, BC, area as often as possible.

Understanding blockages and freeing the lungs: a dive into Intrinsic Asthma: blockages in the Bladder and Kidney channels Part 1

Exploring blockages and freeing the lungs: Using live cases we further a dive into Intrinsic Asthma

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Sunday, March 28

Moshe Heller

Moshe Heller is a graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, CA. He is the former academic dean at Pacific College, New York, and former chair of the Department of Oriental Medicine.

Moshe has been practicing and teaching Traditional Chinese Medicine since 1994. He taught at the Hebrew University, Medicine College, the Israeli College of Complementary Medicine, and Pacific College, NY.

Moshe’s postgraduate work was performed at the Guan An Men Hospital in Beijing, China, where he focused on Internal Medicine and TCM Gynecology. He has also taken various postgraduate studies including Pediatrics and Japanese acupuncture, participating in the Lutheran Medical Center research study, focusing on the use of acupuncture during labor and delivery. Moshe has served as a board member of the Acupuncture Society of New York and currently runs a busy practice in NYC.

Anxiety in children during the pandemic – Part 1 and Part 2

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Sunday, March 28

Venue

FLOWS will be Streamed from Vancouver, BC with speakers joining from around the world!

Location & Directions

Choose a location based on your hearts desire!

Speakers

FLOWS 2021 Brings you the following renowned teachers: Jeffrey Yuen, Bob Quinn, Laurie Regan, Brenda Hood, Sonia Tan, Janice Walton-Haddock and Moshe Heller!

Schedule

Virtually bringing you and your community of colleagues together in a dynamic learning retreat! Get your CEUs, see what is new, meet new and old friends!