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Keith Tong, B.HSc., HHP, DNM
Co-founder of Pure5 Wellness Hub
“ “My mission is to educate, empower, and inspire individuals and families to take control of their health rather than suffer with unnecessary illness or disease.”
Keith Tong is a graduate of the international Quantum University for Integrative Medicine with multiple credentials in holistic health, including a bachelor’s degree in holistic health science. He is currently a holistic healthcare practitioner and continues to expand his knowledge and skills through the masters degree program, and eventually the doctorate program in Integrative and Natural Medicine. This approach to healthcare is where he has found his life’s work.
In the business world, he is first and foremost an entrepreneur. He spent many years in various industries in Canada, working for someone else. After marrying, Helen and Keith became partners in both life and business. Full of energy and idealism, they opened a pharmacy and were soon doing something they loved and believed in. Within 6 years, they successfully opened two more pharmacies. At their peak, these businesses grossed over $5 million dollars in revenue, employed over 40 people and filled a thousand prescriptions per day.
Nine years into their business ventures, Keith and Helen decided to embark on an entirely new path for helping people with health issues. Rather than sell drugs, they wanted to help prevent disease and ease symptoms and decided to open a new business with a more personal line of services. The Pure5 Wellness Hub is a well-appointed clinic offering a wide range of natural health care solutions and therapeutic method that help the body heal. The high quality of services and calibre of therapists form exactly what the name describes: a wellness hub.
Helen T.M. Tong, RphT, B.HSc., HHP
Co-Founder of Pure5 Wellness Hub
Helen has worked in the pharmacy industry since 1988, spanning the retail trade from medical clinic dispensaries to national chain drug stores, ultimately becoming a successful outside sales representative for a national pharmaceutical company. Helen taught classes for the Pharmacy Assistant Program at MTI Community College. After opening her first pharmacy, she broadened her career by becoming a registered pharmacy technician through the British Columbia College of Pharmacists and was certified by the Pharmacy Examination Board of Canada.
Helen has said, “If we have one main core belief, it’s that we have a strong moral obligation to help people create value in their lives through our community, our staff members and our customers. This is the foundational belief of any business system we develop.” This personal vision led to establishing Pure5 Wellness Hub.
Helen Tong is a graduate of the international Quantum University for Integrative Medicine with a bachelor’s degree in holistic health science. She is currently a holistic healthcare practitioner, and continues to expand her knowledge and skills through the masters degree program at Quantum University, with plans to complete the doctorate program in Integrative and Natural Medicine.
Dr. Diane Blackburn, PhD, DNM
Dr. Diane has been in the field of integrative medicine for 30 years. She participated in extensive international relief work in Thailand, China and Japan where she acquired valuable insight into the universal nature of the human soul. Diane is a practitioner, researcher and teacher in the fields of iridology and live blood analysis and their application in integrative medicine. She has published a doctoral thesis on iridology and quantum hematology, demonstrating that a quantum leap of creativity can be recorded during a live blood analysis session.
She is co- founder of Qwest 4 Health in Vancouver, BC, an innovative clinic where she practices iridology, nutritional microscopy and biofeedback. She teaches courses in advanced iridology and live blood analysis at Qwest 4 Health Academy and is currently co-writing the quantum hematology course at the International Quantum University of Integrative Medicine (IQUIM) to include her work on the quantum nature of blood.
- Certified doctor of natural medicine
- Certified iridologist, member of the International Iridology Practitioner Association (IIPA)
- IIPA iridology instructor
- Certified nutritionist (CEBHCP)
- Registered member of the North American Board of Natural Medicine Doctors & Practitioners (BNMDP)
- Certified live blood analyst
John Blackburn, Bc.H.H.Sc., Ms.N.M., PhD candidate
In the first 20 years of his life, John was involved with numerous humanitarian and volunteer organizations in both developed and developing countries, observing first-hand the needs of human nature at physical, mental, emotional and social levels. The next 20 years were spent in British Colombia, pursuing studies in natural medicine and health.
John completed a masters degree in natural medicine at the International University of Integrative Medicine and is currently pursuing a doctorate. He is the co-founder of Qwest 4 Health and Qwest 4 Health Academy with his partner, Dr. Diane Blackburn, and a full-time practitioner of integrative medicine and instructor in nutritional microscopy from basic to advanced levels. John is also a biofeedback specialist, with over 10 years’ experience.
- Bachelors degree in holistic health science
- Co-founder of Qwest 4 Health
- Masters degree in natural medicine
- Certified live blood analyst
- Certified biofeedback specialist
Olga Brough, RMT
Olga believes that massage, combined with an active lifestyle and home care, can really benefit a patient’s recovery both physically and mentally. She uses her knowledge of working with the tissues of the body in conjunction with her fitness experience to support clients with maintaining their functionality and doing the things they love.
Prior to graduating from Registered Massage Therapy and Sports Injury Therapy at Canadian Therapeutic College in Burlington Ontario in 2008, Olga become Certified Shivananda yoga instructor in 2000.
She is experienced in multiple massage modalities, including prenatal and postnatal massage, deep tissue therapy, relaxation massage, Swedish massage and sports massage.
Dr. Lindsey Jesswein, ND
Dr. Lindsey Jesswein is a licensed naturopathic doctor passionate about helping her patients live, feel and look their best. Dr. Lindsey is a “health detective” who believes in identifying the root cause of imbalance then combining evidence-based medicine and functional lab testing with the unique biology of the individual to create a custom plan to optimize health. Her integrative approach to wellness focuses on anti-aging medicine through nutrition, digestive health, chronic disease management and hormone balancing.
Areas of focus:
- Optimal adrenal health
- Hormone balance
- Thyroid health
- Optimal nutrition
- Gut health and food sensitivities
- Brain health
- Stress, fatigue and sleep support
- Functional lab testing
Susan Jung, Registered Acupuncturist, B.Sc
With an interest in the human body since childhood, Susan pursued studies in biology at SFU. Through various volunteer positions, including St. Joseph Hospital in London, Ontario, she interacted with many long-term care patients and realized the huge importance of maintaining one’s health. This realization prompted her to switch her studies to Traditional Chinese Medicine, as these types of treatments help people with chronic and complicated diseases. With her enthusiasm in TCM, she also attended the clinical study and observation program at The Korean Medicine Hospital of Kyung Hee University, Korea.
Susan uses diverse TCM techniques based on each client’s condition, such as facial, scalp and ear acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, acu-pressure, cupping and moxibustion – a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials (moxa) are burned near the surface of the skin to warm and invigorate the flow of qi in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences. Her treatments address a broad range of conditions and illnesses including musculo-skeletal pain, traumatic injuries, digestive issues, gynecological problems, sleeping disorders, emotional disturbance, and facial rejuvenation. Her ultimate goal is to help every patient improve their health and find a balanced life.
Susan graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2009 with a bachelor of science degree, then completed the five-year doctorate program (acupuncture and TCM herbs) at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver.
Stephanie Running, RMT
Stephanie Running grew up in the Fraser Valley; her personal interests include gatherings with family and friends, travel and competitive Irish dance. As a dancer, Stephanie found massage therapy to be the most effective way to maintain her health and deal with injury.
Stephanie moved to Vancouver to attend Langara college, where she found herself dabbling in general studies, but her heart always brought her back to massage and health.
Stephanie is very proud to have been a part of the first class to graduate from Langara’s registered massage therapy program, where she had the opportunity to work with athletes, clients with traumatic spinal cord injuries as well as the general public, including the elderly and hospice patients. She acquired her RMT diploma in December of 2015 and passed her board exams the following spring.
As the newest member of the Pure5 Wellness Hub family, Stephanie looks forward to expanding her knowledge base, assisting patients of every kind and giving back to the profession. Stephanie believes that finding the balance between therapeutic treatment and relaxation is paramount to creating the most effective health care plan for every patient.
Alexander J. BAO, registered acupuncturist and also registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner
- Nineteen years overall experience on many chronic disease
- Practice in China Hospital as Medical Doctor from 1998 to 2005
- Manage private clinic since 2006 in Great Vancouver, BC
- Served over 20000 private visit in Canada since 2005
- Successful rate over 90% based on annually statistic
- Focus on Joint Problems such as Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, tennis elbow, and frozen shoulder
- Skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne
- Gynecological disease such as infertility, menstrual disorders, menstrual pain
- Three High syndrome ex. hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol
- Cancer care to help relieve most side effects arising from chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatments
- Emotion Care such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, and stress
- Interior Chapter Chair of ATCMA(over 500 TCM practitioner members in BC has registered in this Association)
Here are some of the testimonials my patients have done:
Severe Migraine Testimonials
“Today I had my first ever acupuncture treatment. I came to see Alexander out of desperation, Having suffered the worst headache of my life.Within the first minute my headache went from a pounding 9 on the pain scale to under a 5. By the end of my appointment my headache was gone. It was crazy. I am looking forward to my future treatments and living life headache free.”
–Angelique S. from British Columbia
Cupping Treatment Testimonials
“My name is Emil Dimitrov and today for the first time I tried cupping. What an experience. My back was extremely tense. Some pain in my left shoulder and neck.After 30 min of treatment tension was gone. I felt energized and relaxed! What a pleasant experience!”
— Emil D. from British Columbia ( Head coach LLSC & KAJ)
Burnaby, BC V5C 4R1
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