Practice type: Private
Specialties: Respiratory conditions, musculoskeletal pain, women’s health, stress, and weight loss
Styles: Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, auricular (ear) acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
When I was a kid and got the flu, my mother called our family doctor who gave me a shot and some pills. When I didn’t get better, she took me a doctor of Chinese medicine. I hated the taste of the herbal teas he prescribed. But after two days I was amazed when my fever, cough, and sore throat disappeared. Thus began my life-long fascination with Chinese medicine. The more I learned about Chinese medicine (which includes acupuncture, massage, herbal, diet and qigong therapy), the more passionate I became about this ancient art of healing. I view it not only as a profession, but also as a calling—one that I can use in the service of others.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I provide all my patients with self-care tools that they can use at home to enhance what I can do for them in the clinic. This includes advice on nutrition and qigong. I’m a certified level one and two instructor and master healer in Spring Forest Qigong, a simple-to-learn yet extremely powerful system of healing. I treat the whole person, the root of a problem, not just the symptom. My goal is to not only restore health but also to keep patients from getting sick in the first place.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy the chance to help people. I love to see the smile on patient’s faces as they get stronger, healthier, and pain free.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
People don’t realize that acupuncture is but one of the five pillars of Chinese medicine. The other four are: massage, herbs, nutrition, and qigong. While acupuncture alone can work wonders, when used in combination with one or more of the other pillars, it becomes even more effective.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I practice qigong daily to stay healthy. Of the five pillars of Chinese medicine, qigong is the one that’s most important because it helps balance the body, mind and spirit. That’s why I teach qigong and recommend it to all my patients.
How do you make acupuncture more accessible in your community?
I provide free acupuncture treatment and qigong classes to U.S. military personnel who have been injured in the line of duty. I also contribute 10 percent of my clinic’s annual net income to a charity that benefits wounded warriors. As a combat veteran, I want to give back to the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country.
1033 Sterling Road, Suite 105, Herndon, VA 20170