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About Us

About Forest of Zen Wellness

About Us

Meet Kazuo Tateishi - Japanese Acupuncture Specialist

From Kazuo Tateishi

There is an Arabian Proverb that says: “He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything.”

When I had my very first acupuncture treatment, it instilled in me, an incredible feeling of hope and optimism, and it stimulated my inherent strength to grow and move forward.

My passion is to exert influence over people’s ability to cope with and prevail over their health adversities, and this is why I established “Forest of Zen Wellness” as a tool to help patients of all ages, from infants to the elderly, with my specialized TCM treatments.

Registered Acupuncturist

Registered TCM Practitioner

My story

During my formative years of becoming a physical education teacher, I always had a strong desire to promote health preservation and illness prevention. During and after completing my studies at the UBC, I worked in many educational, institutional and community settings with under-privileged and often troubled teenagers and that was when I recognized an increasing need to reach out to them by addressing their social and emotional needs through multi-dimensional approaches.

Later on, when I was going through my own emotionally difficult times, I sought an unconventional medical treatment to help me to cope with stress. This was when I met Gerard Tan, a local acupuncturist who specializes in caring for people with cancer. His Japanese style of acupuncture treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine principles had a profound effect on my sense of well-being by improving my sleep quality and my energy levels within a very short time.

Spurred on by this experience and fuelled by my desire to assist people with various health problems, I decided to study Traditional Chinese Medicine, an ancient scientific and philosophical system that is continuously developing and growing.

Here, I learned to embrace holistic ways of understanding the relationship between the human body and all the potential environmental factors. I realized that concepts of proactive and preventative treatment of disease, with an emphasis on health preservation, have become more valued and implemented than ever before.

I believe, as TCM maintains, that the human body, like the world, is an integral whole, in that its constituent parts are inseparable in structure and connected with, and conditioned by one another, as well as by nature and our surrounding environment.

In the same way that our world is affected by various environmental and socio-political issues, our bodies are constantly subjected to hardships. Life is not an easy journey, and it can become particularly overwhelming for us when we also have to deal with pain and illness. I strongly believe in the human body’s natural ability to prevail against any odds and I am dedicated to supporting and strengthening it.

No one is alone, and as such, it is my belief that by making a difference in how we feel about ourselves first, our next step is to start making the necessary changes in our world!

Credentials & Education


  • Toyohari Japanese Meridian Therapy Certificate
  • Kiiko Matsumoto Style Japanese Acupuncture Workshop (Nagano Style)
  • Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture Training (YNSA)
  • Shonishin: Japanese non-insertive pediatric acupuncture
  • Funamizu Style Teishin Needling Therapy Certificate


  • Registered Acupuncturist
  • Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner
  • Additional Training
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Happy Clients

What Our Patients Are Saying

After beginning to experience more fatigue, especially after a long day at work, and more joint pain from lifting weights at the gym, I decided to make an appointment to see Kaz. He checked my pulse, and accordingly, used Japanese style acupuncture. After about two sessions, I noticed a significant difference.

John Lai

Since working with Kaz I’ve noticed such a difference in my overall sense of wellbeing. After his treatments I feel relaxed, balanced and energized. I sleep better and have less body pain. Kaz is kind, supportive and talented. I have seen many acupuncturists over the years and would highly recommend seeing him.

Michele McCabe

I started my weekly treatments with Kaz in May 2018. I am happy to report that my hypothyroidism symptoms that were making daily life challenging have gone away. I so happy to have more energy and no more cold feet.

Carole Esterer

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In our holistic clinic, we specially treat each individual by offering not only acupuncture but also herbal and nutritional therapies.

We emphasize empowering our patients to make sound lifestyle choices despite difficult health conditions.

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