- Registered Acupuncturist
- Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner
- Additional Training
- Toyohari Japanese Meridian Therapy Certificate
- Kiiko Matsumoto Style Japanese Acupuncture Workshop (Nagano Style)
- Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture Training (YNSA)
- Shonishin: Japanse non-insertive pediatric acupuncture
- Funamizu Style Teishin Needling Therapy Certificate
Kazuo Tateishi, B.Kin., B.Ed., R.Ac., R. TCMP
During my formative years of becoming a physical education teacher, I had a strong desire to promote health preservation as well as prevention
While and after completing my studies at the UBC, and having to work and associate with youths at risk in various educational, institutional and community settings, I recognized an increasing need to reach out to those under-privileged and often troubled teenagers by addressing and catering to their social and emotional needs through multi-dimensional approaches.
In recent years, when I was going through emotionally difficult times, I sought an unconventional medical treatment to help cope with stress. In effect, 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 made a profound effect on my sense of well-being by improving my sleep quality and energy level within a very short period of time.
Prompted by this experience and fueled by my lasting 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.
During my studies, I learned to embrace holistic ways of understanding the relationship between the human body and all the potential environmental factors. Also, I realized that concepts of proactive and preventative treatment of disease and an emphasis on health preservation, in recent times, 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 the surrounding environment and nature.
Just as the world abounds with various environmental and socio-political issues, our bodies are subjected to many challenges in life. Life is tough by itself, and it can be overwhelming for any of us to deal with pain and illness. My passion is to exert influence in people’s ability to cope with and prevail over their health adversities, just as my very first acupuncture treatment instilled in me the feeling of hope and optimism, and stimulated my inherent strength to grow and move forward.
No one is alone. I believe, by making a difference in how we feel about ourselves first, we can then start making changes in our world.