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Welcome to Acubalance Wellness Centre!
Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our staff and patients.
Covid-19 Update July 1, 2021
COVID-19 still remains a concern. We continue to follow the direction and recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer, our Colleges and WorkSafeBC.
The following policies remain in effect to keep patients and our staff safe:
Wear a mask. Please note that we may be treating immunocompromised and pregnant patients who are more susceptible to becoming severely ill from covid. Please be respectful and wear your mask.
Do not come to the clinic if you have a fever, sore throat or are in any way unwell.
Do not come to the clinic if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
We are proceeding cautiously with patient and staff safety at the forefront. Remember, we are in this together, so let’s practice patience, kindness and make some lemonade out of lemons.
We look forward to supporting you in achieving your health goals.
Acubalance Balance Wellness Centre
Acupuncture / Laser (LLLT)
Lorne Brown, B.Sc, CPA, Dr. TCM, FABORM, CHt, CLT, RTT, OBAAM
Dr. Ashley Damm, Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Kali MacIsaac, Naturopathic Doctor
Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT) and Holistic Pelvic Care™ (HPC)
Dr. Lorne Brown B.Sc, CPA, Dr. TCM, FABORM, CHt, CLT, RTT, OBAAM
Dr. Lorne Brown is the founder and clinical director of Acubalance Wellness Centre, the first Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic in British Columbia dedicated to reproductive health and fertility. Dr. Brown has appeared as a fertility expert on TV, Radio, magazines and newspapers including the Globe and Mail and Macleans Magazine. A complete list can be found below.
After receiving his Dr. of Chinese Medicine at Vancouver’s International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Lorne received extensive postgraduate training in gynecology, obstetrics, and reproductive medicine. Dr. Brown published the Acubalance Fertility Diet which is made available for free from the Acubalance website.
Internationally known for his pioneering work as an educator and advocate for integrated fertility care, Lorne was one of the first board certified fellows of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM). He also contributed greatly to the advancement of Reproductive Chinese Medicine in North America by founding ProDSeminars.com and Medigogy.com. Together, these two sites constitute the largest online source for continuing education and seminars on Chinese medicine for reproductive health. Lorne has a long-standing special interest in women’s health and fertility and is the Acupuncture expert advisor to IVF.ca : Canada’s premier online fertility community.
Lorne has presented at fertility conferences and meetings throughout North America, including the 2012 annual meeting of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOCG), and the Science Advisory Panel of Assisted Human Reproduction Canada (AHRC). He participates on numerous other boards and advisory panels as well, including the Quality Assurance Board of the British Columbia College of Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture (CTCMA), and the PDA Advisory Panel for the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). He is also a member of the Fertile Souls Clinical Excellence in Fertility Professionals (CEFP) and was the first appointed “Natural Products Expert” to the Clinical Research Ethics Board (CREB) for the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Lorne Brown is the founder and clinical director of Acubalance Wellness Centre, the first Tra... Read More
Dr. Ashley Damm ND
“Medicine and its language can be daunting. It is my goal to simplify, educate and empower you to make informed decisions about your health journey.”
Dr. Ashley has always had an interest in the intricacies of the human body and its resilience. She strives to understand the why behind symptom patterns, and uses this information to educate her patients on how to support the body’s intrinsic ability to heal.
As a naturopathic doctor Dr. Ashley takes a holistic approach, using your comprehensive health history, appropriate diagnostic/functional testing and clinical findings to determine the root cause of your concern. She uses her understanding of the body’s physiology to develop creative, evidence-informed treatment options. Together, we establish an integrative plan that works for you. The process is reinforced with strategic monitoring and adjustments as needed, supporting you every step of the way.
Education: Dr. Ashley obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University with Cooperative Studies in Research and Development. Following this, she obtained her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. She is a registrant with the College of Naturopathic Doctors and a member in good standing with the British Columbia Naturopathic Association and Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.
“Medicine and its language can be daunting. It is my goal to simplify, educate and empower you to... Read More
Dr. Ryan Funk Dr TCM, FABORM
Dr. Ryan Funk graduated as a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine from the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver, BC. He then pursued postgraduate studies, completing 500 hours in Gynecology and Internal Medicine at the Anhui Hospital of TCM, Hefei City, China.
Ryan is a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) and believes that true healthcare is a partnership. He is dedicated to working with clients to help them develop their lifestyle, diet, and mind-body practices that will optimize their fertility and increase their overall well-being.
Dr. Ryan Funk graduated as a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine from the International Colleg... Read More
Sarah Lee BMLSc, R.TCM.P
Sarah Lee is a registered practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). After completing a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (B.MLSc.) degree at theUniversity of British Columbia (UBC), she attended the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver (ICTCMV) and completed her program in2018.
Public health and wellness have been one of Sarah’s passions. From working with a medical clinic in Cape Town to provide multimodal services such as family planning to volunteering with our local Heart and Stroke Foundation, she has dedicated her time to the betterment of others.
Sarah’s career and life interests collided together when she entered motherhood shortly after finishing her TCM program. Through her pregnancy journey and exposure to similar mothers-to-be, she developed an additional interest in fertility, gynecology, and obstetrical care. Creating life can be an emotionally and physically daunting process so her mission is to offer her skills to optimize this experience. As a believer in lifelong learning, Sarah is passionate about reproductive health and continues to focus her studies on gynecology, fertility, menopause, and pregnancy support, in order to deepen and expand the knowledge, she brings into her treatment room.
When she is not watching lectures, you may find her playing with her toddler and husky dog in one of the local parks.
Sarah Lee is a registered practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). After completing a ... Read More
Allison Locke R.TCM.P
Allison is a licensed Acupuncturist and a registered member of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia. She began her studies at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City and went on to complete the four year practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine program at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver. Allison has also completed Vancouver’s YYoga 200 Hour Teacher Training program with the intent of supplementing her Acupuncture practice with the knowledge of body movement, alignment, and basic Ayurvedic and Buddhist principles. With an interest and respect for mental and emotional health, Allison has completed basic Psych-K® training in order to facilitate her patients to psychologically transform self-limiting or self-sabatoging beliefs and perceptions that impact life at a physical, cellular level.
She was published in Try Acupuncture magazine in its Spring 2016 issue, explaining the benefits and wide range of therapeutic treatments that encompasses TCM. As an avid believer in affordable health care, Allison has volunteered for numerous years at various community acupuncture clinics in Vancouver including Poke Community Acupuncture, and The Village Community Acupuncture.
Allison has experienced tremendous success in treating a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional concerns including PMS, fertility and irregular menstrual cycles, depression, anxiety, digestive issues, chronic and acute joint and muscle pain, stress, fatigue, and much more. Allison believes in truly understanding the holistic picture of every individual’s health in order to provide exceptional care that surpasses the boundaries of the physical, mental, and emotional levels. She believes that each patient is a unique case that requires understanding, skill, and above all else, compassion.
Allison is a licensed Acupuncturist and a registered member of the College of Traditional Chinese... Read More
Dr. Kali MacIsaac ND, HBSc
“I am willing to challenge the idea that health equals the absence of disease, and I am interested in pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in order to help my patients achieve their highest potential. I’m here to help you find out why.”
Dr. Kali MacIsaac is a registered Naturopathic Doctor (ND) with the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia. She is a member of the BC Naturopathic Association (BCNA) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND). Prior to medical school, Kali earned an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Waterloo where her passion for healthcare developed. Following this, she attended the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto, Ontario, for a 4-year accredited naturopathic medicine program.
Dr. MacIsaac works as a general practitioner, and has special interest in digestive health, reproduction and fertility, endocrinology and hormonal balance. She has completed the full curriculum of Biological Medicine certification with the Paracelsus Klinik Lustmuhle, as instructed by Dr. Thomas Rau MD, as well as a full curriculum in microscope technology from BiomedX. Dr. MacIsaac holds certifications in IV therapy, acupuncture, and a pharmaceutical prescribing license. She believes in the power of an empowered patient, and develops individual treatment protocols to inspire patients to take an active role in their health.
Dr. MacIsaac is also actively involved in educating the public about health and naturopathic medicine through speaking engagements and media appearances.
“I am willing to challenge the idea that health equals the absence of disease, and I am intereste... Read More
Bronwyn Melville B.A, R.Ac., R.Tcm.P, FABORM
Bronwyn Melville is a registered practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. After completing an English degree at the University of Calgary, she attended the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver, graduating from the program in 2002.
Bronwyn’s previous practice was with the Westside Midwives, where she worked primarily with pregnancy-related conditions such as nausea, fatigue, eczema, high blood pressure, cervical ripening and the usual aches and pains of pregnancy. Her career has spanned various other settings as well. For the past 3 years, she has worked in a physiotherapy clinic focused primarily on orthopedic medicine. Concurrent with a private practice, she has had a contract with the PHS Community Services Society in the downtown eastside of Vancouver for almost ten years, where she treats patients with various conditions, including addictions, injuries, HIV, and mental illness. Furthermore, at BC Women’s Hospital in partnership with the University of BC, Bronwyn worked from 2005-2008 on a study performing acupuncture on chemically dependant pregnant women.
Bronwyn lives in Vancouver with her husband and two children.
Bronwyn Melville is a registered practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. After completing a... Read More
Renee Warner RN
Renee offers her Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT) and Holistic Pelvic Care™ (HPC) to women at our Acubalance Vancouver location.
Renee is a compassionate, open-minded, down-to-earth individual with a professional background in Nursing and Midwifery. Throughout her career, her passion has been women’s reproductive health with extensive specialized training in nursing and midwifery.
Renee expanded her Practice to Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT) and Holistic Pelvic Care™ (HPC). She believes that many common health conditions that women experience can be helped dramatically with these techniques. She works in partnership with other health care providers, offering a trusted referral network in support of her Client’s needs and wishes. And now she is available to offer body work sessions at Acubalance.
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage combines western principles of anatomy and physiology with traditional healing and wisdom – an integrative, holistic approach to physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Renee offers her Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT) and Holistic Pelvic Care™ (... Read More
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