As a young girl, Betty remembers leafing through her grandfather’s medicinal books with great interest, marking the start of her introduction into the world of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
In what would become her lifelong passion, a young Betty Bai went on to enroll at the world-renowned Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China where she achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Acupuncture and Tui-Na massage, further pursuing graduate studies in Acupuncture. As one of the top five TCM universities in China and the oldest established TCM university, the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine provided the perfect environment for Betty to practice her skills under the careful tutelage of many knowledgeable and experienced practitioners. Post-graduation, she taught and practiced TCM in various parts of Asia including Hong Kong, Malaysia and China for 10 years.
Betty enjoys the simple life – being able to care for her family and doing what she loves. In pursuit of this, she immigrated to Vancouver, Canada with her family in 2000 where she once again began to practice in her field soon after arriving. In 2002, she opened her own clinic in Coquitlaim. As of 2016, Betty has been practicing Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in Canada for the last 16 years.
Betty’s Acupuncture and Wellness Center is located on Austin Avenue, Coquitlam. Here, she treats numerous patients and their ailments as well as helping them to understand and participate in their own healing. She strives to help people in the Lower mainland recognize the value and benefits of Chinese Medicine.
As an immigrant, a health practitioner, a business owner, a wife and a mother, Betty’s many roles have granted her much insight and instilled in her a deep appreciation of the interplay between a person’s physiology, psychology, socio-cultural make-up, family background, personality, and health and illnesses. She strives to understand each and every patient as an individual, while remembering that deciphering the patient’s health condition is as much a science as it is an art.
Healing comes from the balance and harmony of the human body, as well as harmony within one’s environment. Betty believes in the philosophy of “time specific, place specific, person specific” treatment approach that sees each person’s illness as a result of their unique background and circumstances. In order to help a patient recover, the root of the problem needs to be understood and treated so that balance in the body is restored. Betty believes TCM can help people in a way that promotes healthy and natural living.
Betty is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. She continues to invest time in her own growth as a TCM practitioner through reading, networking with other health professionals, and attending conferences on Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Betty is a Registered Acupuncturist and a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncture of British Columbia.