Faculty | TCM/Acupuncture Diploma Program (TCM-AD)

Dr. John Yang, PhD, TCM  - Faculty of Health - TCM - AD Program Chair

(P) 604.599.2286

(F) 604.599.3130

(E) john.yang@kpu.ca

Dr. John Yang graduated from Hainan University Medical School, Haikou, China. He received his TCM training at Hainan Provincial Hospital of TCM, Haikou, China and a PhD from Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, China. For the past 11 years, John has been the Dean and Clinic Director at the PCU College of Holistic Medicine, Burnaby. As an expert in the field, John has given many national and international presentations and lectures on TCM.

Dr. Yang is the current Vice-President at the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture of British Columbia (ATCMA). He is also the Chair of the Academic/Educational Committee of ATCMA. Dr. Yang is the current President of the Federation of Traditional Chinese Medicine Colleges of Canada and a committee member on the Standards Council of Canada, Canadian Advisory Committees for International Organization for Standardization for TCM. John was elected as professional board member at the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CTCMA). He was also a member of the Audit Team (Topic Specialist) for the Private Career Training Institution Agency of British Columbia (PCTIA), along with numerous past appointments to other TCM provincial, national and international committees.



Dr. Jack Hayes, PhD - Faculty of Health -East Asian Health & Philosophy Instructor

(P) 604.599.2120

(F) 604.599.3130

(E) jack.hayes@kpu.ca


Dr. Sherry Wilson, PhD, ND - Faculty of Science - Biology Instructor

(P) 604.599.2482

(E) sherry.wilson@kpu.ca


Dr. Simon Duffy, PhD, B.Sc - Faculty of Health - Acupuncture Medical Biochemistry & MIcrobiology Instructor

(P) 604.599.2418

(F) 604.599.3130

(E) simon.duffy@kpu.ca


Dr. Steve Chan, M.D., RTCM.P, BCM, MSc - Faculty of Health - Introduction to TCM History & Classics, Musculoskeletal Injury, Tuina, and
Clinical Practice Instructor

(P) 604.599.3333 Ext. 8299

(F) 604.599.3130

(E) kin.chan1@kpu.ca

Dr. Chan received his Bachelor Degree in Health Science from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Australia and the Bachelor Degree in Chinese Medicine from the Hong Kong Baptist University. He further obtained his Doctoral Degree (M.D.) in Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine from the Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China.  His area of research was on stroke treatment with Tong’s extra points.

Dr. Chan specializes in TCM Orthopedics and traumatic injury and stroke treatments. He also pays visits to patients in elderly care centers and hospitals. He has participated in many community health volunteering activities in B.C., Hong Kong and the remote villages in mainland China. He has given many health talks to the public promoting TCM.

Dr. Chan enjoys lifetime learning and already obtained 5 university degrees in engineering and medical studies. His first career was a registered professional engineer in the U.K. and Canada. He first received his Bachelor and Master engineering degrees from the University of Manchester and Heriot-watt University in the U.K


Dr. Yan Qu, Ms, TCM - Faculty of Health - Acupuncture Meridian & Acupoint Instructor

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(E) yan.qu@kpu.ca


Dr. Yingsheng Wu (Wilson), Doctor of TCM, Registrered Acupuncturist - Faculty of Health - Taichi/Qigong Instructor

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(E) wilson.wu1@kpu.ca


Dr. Yanfeng Qu, PhD, MA, BA - Faculty of Arts - Mandarin Instructor

(P) 604.599.2544

(E) yanfeng.qu@kpu.ca

A recipient of the first Annual Dean of Arts Teaching Award and currently Vice President of the Canadian Teaching Chinese as a Second Language Association, Dr. Yanfeng Qu has been teaching and coordinating KPU's Mandarin Chinese Program since 1996. He earned his M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Beijing Foreign Studies University and his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of British Columbia, with his acclaimed doctoral dissertation on Chinese syntax and research presentations at major national and international conferences. His strong academic credentials, combined with his background as a native speaker of Mandarin and his close to 30 years of teaching experience, all contribute to making his Mandarin courses academically focused and effective as well as pedagogically efficient and student-friendly. Under his tutelage, learning Mandarin is by no means drudgery; on the contrary, it is an intellectually inspiring, culturally enriching and socially engaging experience. He often says that nothing makes his career more rewarding and fulfilling than seeing his students fall in love with this challenging but charming language, receive government or private scholarships as well as win prizes and bursaries in the annual BC 'Chinese Bridge' Mandarin Speech and Singing Contests since 2001. Some of his former students are either working with government agencies and private sectors using Mandarin on a daily basis or moving on to further their studies in Chinese in North America, China or Taiwan. As his colleagues in the Chinese teaching community say, he must have done something right for such an exceptional track record of student learning success!

When he is not teaching, you will find Dr. Qu hiking, playing volleyball or Taichi or (if it rains) sipping a cup of green tea over a good textbook on Traditional Chinese Medicine, his newly found passion for the last few year.


Dr. Yanmei Li, PhD, TCMP - Faculty of Health - Diagnosis Pattern Recognition Instructor

(P) 604.599.3333 Ext. 8301

(E) yan.li14@kpu.ca

As a TCM specialist, she treated patients in the teaching hospital; as a professor, she mentored students in the Master and PhD programs. She also conducted medical research and completed three research projects in treating atherosclerosis using TCM formula and published more than ten academic articles in China. She was a board member of Gerontology Association of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine TCM of China.

She would like to introduce TCM to more multiple cultures of people and would like more people to benefit from TCM.


Lenore Riddell, RN, MSN, NP (F) - Faculty of Health - Acupuncture Pharmacology Instructor

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(E) lenore.riddell@kpu.ca

Lenore Riddell, M.S.N., NP(F)  is a Nurse Practitioner.  For many years she was the Nurse Practitioner/Senior Practice Leader in Women’s Health at BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre- a position she retired from recently. Lenore received her RN from Cariboo College (1977), her BScN (1986) and MSN (1992) from UBC and her Advanced Nursing Practice diploma from Athabasca University in 2004 where she earned the top academic award for the year.  Lenore was been instrumental in the development and implementation of many programs and projects at BC Women’s and taught Women’s Health Issues at UBC for a number of years.  The majority of her clinical practice has been with marginalized women which remains a passion for her.  Lenore has taught two nursing courses for the post basic BSN at Kwantlen since 2013.  Lenore has been very active in giving presentations and workshops on reproductive health (including teaching nurses, midwives and naturopaths how to do pelvic exams and clinical breast exams) and general women's health concerns in Vancouver and other communities in British Columbia


Dr. Balbir Gurm, RN, BScN, MA, EdD - Faculty of Health - Acupuncture Communication and Ethics Instructor

(P) 604.599.2267

(F) 604.599.3130

(E) balbir.gurm@kpu.ca

Dr. Balbir Kaur Gurm teaches in the Faculty of Health across programs.  She teaches courses on organizational and social change, research and communication and ethics.  She is an award winning educator. Dr. Gurm has been honoured with the Teaching Excellence Award from the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia and the NISODS Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas. Her doctoral dissertation was a social audit of KPU. She led initiatives across all of KPU’s campuses to define scholarship at KPU. She is a reviewer for several journals and is currently the editor-in-chief of KPU's electronic journal, Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal, https://kpu.ca/TD/.

Her research interests include the social determinants of health, teaching and learning and change in organizations. Her current research is a knowledge translation community action research project on relationship violence (kpu.ca/NEVR). Some of her research has focused on the South Asian community in Surrey.

As well, Dr. Gurm is committed to service and has served on different boards and committees.  In her role on the board of directors of the Canadian Cancer Society, she was honoured with the Volunteer Leadership Award. She has served as chair of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educator’s Education Policy Committee and was instrumental in helping define scholarship in the post-secondary system. Over almost two decades she served as a member of the Faculty Performance Review Committee which has developed and implemented a review process with input from faculty and management. She is currently on City of Surrey’s Diversity Advisory Committee. For her service in the community, she has been given the Shakti Award, Times of Canada Award and the Soroptomist Ruby Award. She is committed to students, colleagues and the community. She believes that educational experiences need to be grounded in reality and educators need to practice what they teach. Every educational experience needs to connect to the learner's previous knowledge and educators need to continually change their courses based on feedback and self-reflection and use their expertise to improve communities.