“My mission is to educate, empower, and inspire individuals and families to take control of their health rather than suffer from 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 master’s 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 Total Vitality Centre 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.
Co-founder of Total Vitality Centre
Helen T.M. Tong
RphT, B.HSc., HHP
Co-Founder of Total Vitality Centre
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 Total Vitality Centre.
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 master’s degree program at Quantum University, with plans to complete the doctorate program in Integrative and Natural Medicine.
Dr. Rick Santimaw is a Naturopathic Physician. He holds a Bachelor of Health Science in Kinesiology and Anatomy, a specialization that has helped him develop a firm understanding of the human body and all of its intricacies. Dr. Santimaw went on to graduate from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM) where he underwent extensive medical training, preparing him to competently diagnose and treat patients in a holistic manner. It was at BINM that he acquired a great appreciation for the delicate balance between all aspects of the human body, mind, and spirit.
Dr. Santimaw combines his understanding of the human body in both health and disease with the principles of naturopathic medicine to provide his patients with a professional and integrative approach to optimal health. He strongly believes that a healthy lifestyle is easily attainable and works closely with all of his patients to help them achieve this goal.
For all his life Dr. Santimaw has participated in a wide array of sports. This has given him insight into the pain, treatment, and recovery process associated with sports-related injuries. Naturally, Dr. Santimaw has developed a special interest in musculoskeletal injuries, sports medicine, injury rehabilitation, and chronic pain.
Other areas of treatment are:
- Treatment of Addiction (recreational and pharmaceutical) Dr. Santimaw is very passionate about this area of health. He treats the physiological as well as the psychological/behavioural aspects of the disease; using all of the treatment tools at his disposal to help his patients break the shackles of addiction and give them the tools necessary to avoid future setbacks.
- Endocrine/Hormonal Health (diabetes, PMS, thyroid imbalances, adrenal dysfunction, PCOS, menopause and infertility).
- Healthy-Aging (detoxification, nutritional counselling, exercise, and, lifestyle change).
- Stress, Anxiety, and Adrenal Fatigue (Cortisol Dysregulation).
- Traditional Chinese medicine & acupuncture.
- Weight loss and Obesity.
- Cardiovascular Health (hypertension, migraines, headaches and high cholesterol).
- Digestive Health (IBS, acid reflux, colitis, Crohn’s disease, constipation, food allergies).
- Skin Conditions (eczema, psoriasis, acne).
Dr. Santimaw is filled with enthusiastic positive energy and is committed to providing the highest standard of quality care for all his patients. He is proud to be a member of the team at Total Vitality Centre, a clinic specially designed with his patients’ needs and desires in mind. Dr. Santimaw is licensed by the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC), the British Columbia Naturopathic Association (BCNA) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND). He is currently accepting new patients.
Dr. Rick Santimaw
Jennifer Kim is an acupuncturist in good standings with the BC College of Traditional Chinese Medicine since 2015. Prior to coming to Canada, she became a Certified Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, China in 2010. She is fully confident in her treatment protocols including treatments of the following:
- Neck and shoulder pain including the frozen shoulder.
- Tennis elbow, golf elbow, and carpal tunnel.
- Sciatica and lower back pain.
- Migraine, headaches, insomnia, and stress.
- Digestive or bladder challenges.
- High blood pressure or high sugar levels.
- Weight control and Reduce Fatty Liver.
- Immune Weakness.
- Sports injuries.
- Administration of Vitamin Supplements for immune boosting, weight loss, depression, and drug & alcohol dependencies.
Jennifer is fluent in three languages; Korean, Chinese, and English. Whenever she is not practicing, she enjoys reading, exercising, golfing, hiking, travelling, photography, and learning new languages. Jennifer is proud to part of the Total Vitality Centre community.
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, acupressure, 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 musculoskeletal 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 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 Total Vitality Centre 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.
Wendy-Jo has been living on the North Shore most of her life. She went to high school, working at the local Recreation Centres and for the North Vancouver school board. In addition, she comes from a background in Fitness Leadership, Teaching and Outdoor Recreation. Prior to her massage career, she had her first introduction into massage therapy after having a motor vehicle accident. Dealing with her own challenges from the motor vehicle accident (3 MVA in total) and knowing how massage was a valuable & a significant part of her plan for recovery she was Inspired in choosing a new career path change to become a Registered Massage Therapist.
The massage therapy I received gave me insight into what patients go through and what is required to recover from whiplash injuries. Therefore she feels very confident working with upper back, neck and shoulder problems as her experiences as a patient and therapist have taught her the healing powers of a good massage therapy treatment plan.
She started her journey in 2001 as a Spa Therapist working as a bodyworker and Hydrotherapists practicing for 10 years while she was raising her children. However, her interest in understanding the complexities of human anatomy and physiology were the driving force that prompted her to learn more about massage therapy. Once her children were older she attended the 3000-hour program at Utopia Academy of massage therapy and graduated in 2010.
She believes in a holistic approach to her massage therapy treatments & encourages her patients to have some time & space to unwind before & or after the massage as the mind, body, spirit connection works in conjunction together… After all, the massage therapist doesn’t just treat the muscular system but we have a direct impact on the whole nervous system.
When Wendy-Jo treats you, you can be assured that she comes from a diverse massage background and has 18 years of extensive experiences ….from spas to clinics to teaching massage therapy as well as clinic owner. She likes to approach her treatment with a blended style of therapeutic and relaxation, and because she has a background in fitness therapeutic exercises/stretching are always recommended for the aftercare plan for her patients.
Registered Massage Therapist
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
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 spirit.
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 the 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
Dr. Diane Blackburn
Katie has been a part of the yoga community for 8 years now. She started teaching 6 years ago, but her love for yoga and movement started at a very young age.
She began teaching right away after completing her Holistic hatha yoga 250HR YTT through Langara’s continuing studies. She loves studying the anatomy and physiology of the human body, the psychology of the mind, and combining the eastern philosophies and sciences into her own practices and teachings. Her techniques remain open, learning how to integrate these simple mindful practices into our lives on a daily. These practices are designed to help create mindfulness, and awareness and promote relaxation.
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