College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia

Board Members

The Board consists of 9 members. Six are elected from among the CTCMA registrants; three are appointed by the government from the general public. Elections are held every two years. The board is accountable to the public through the Ministry of Health of the government. It proposes and advises the Minister of Health on changes in acupuncture and TCM regulations.


CAO, Bao Qi BenCAO, Bao Qi Ben 

(Chair, Registrant Member - District 1)

Dr. Ben Bao Qi Cao is a Registered Doctor of TCM. Dr. Cao obtained his Medical Doctor degree from the Medical School of Beijing University in China. Since then, Dr. Cao has been a practicing physician, teacher and medical researcher for more than 45 years. Dr. Cao was one of the first practitioners to integrate TCM with western medicine, particularly in the area of acupuncture anesthesia. Dr. Cao was an attending physician at the Department of Cardiology in China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing, China. He was a research scholar (Cardiologist) in Japan and the United States. Since coming to Canada in 1993, Dr. Cao has dedicated vast amount of his time to the practice and promotion of TCM in British Columbia. His past experiences include: instructor of TCM school in 1995, director of education and academy committee, supervisor of Canadian Chinese TCM Practitioner and Acupuncturist Association in 1996; bylaws advisory committee member of the College of Acupuncturists of BC in 1997; keynote speaker at Hearing with Respect to the Designation of Traditional Chinese Medicine Pursuant to the Health Professional Act in 1997; frequent speaker at Heart Health Talks of Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. & Yukon and Health Fair of S.U.C.C.E.S.S and Canadian Cancer Association of BC & Yukon since 1994; Adviser and lecturer in the development of safety course for Registered Dr.TCM in British Columbia in 2000; one of the organizer of the First TCM Cancer Symposium sponsored by Canadian Cancer Association of BC & Yukon and CTCMA and a keynote speaker in 2003.


LEE, Bar-chya (BC)LEE, Bar-Chya (BC)

(Vice Chair, Public Member)

BC Lee is a marketing professional specializing in business development, marketing communications, public &media relations and internal communications. He is experienced in all aspects of media and public relations projects with emphasis in planning and implementation. He is actively involved in various segments of the multi-ethnic communities and facilitates relationship amongst these communities. Born in Macau, he was raised and completed graduate studies with a Masters Degree in Political Science in Taiwan. BC further completed another Masters Degree in public administration from New York University and started as a public relations professional and translator for various international firms. BC then moved to Vancouver in 1992 and was elected to City Council in 2005. BC is fluent in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Taiwanese. His masterful language skill and profound knowledge in cultural etiquettes enables him to bridge cultural gaps, create understanding and develop business and community relationships. BC is an active volunteer for a number of charity and community organizations. He supports the China-Canada Business Association, sat as a board member with the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden and the Taiwan Chamber of Commerce in BC. BC also have a long history of service with the United Chinese Canadian Enrichment Social Society (SUCCESS) and the Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation.


Queenie Choo

CHOO, Queenie

(Public Member)

With her strong background in community services and effective leadership ability, in 2012, Queenie Choo was appointed as the CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S., the largest non-profit social service organization in BC.

Ms. Choo’s role as CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. has been based on her ability to blend a rigorous and result oriented approach with a genuine sensitivity to people. Her unique contributions include, but have not been limited to, presentation to CIC standing committee on women issues, Senate Committee on termination of entrepreneur investment programs to name a few. She has led the teams to develop many innovative programs in the area of skills and training, employment, business development, settlement, language, family & youth, seniors care and housing.

With a true devotion to community, Ms. Choo was recognized as the QE II Diamond Jubilee award recipient for her significant contributions to the community. She received her master degree from the University of Alberta. Ms. Choo has also presented widely, both nationally and internationally.


CHU, Kuo Hsiang (Reagan)

(Registrant Member - District 1)

Mr. Kuo Hsiang (Reagan) Chu completed seven years of medical training in Western medicine and obtained an M.D. degree from National Defense Medical Center (Taipei, Taiwan) in 1983. From 1983-1990, he practiced as a family doctor in Hualien Armed Forces General Hospital (Hualien, Taiwan). In 1991, he passed the national examination of Taiwan and was dispatched to Taipei Veterans General Hospital (TVGH; Taipei, Taiwan), and there he first practiced in the Orthopedics Department for two years, then in the Radiology Department for another two years. In addition, he had received a five-year training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) and worked at TVGH. Meanwhile, he also had completed a training program in Acupuncture at TVGH and two years of law studies at Chinese Culture University (Taipei, Taiwan). He immigrated to Canada in November, 2003, and completed a five-year program in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Central College (BC). He has been practicing as a registered acupuncturist (R.Ac.) since May, 2008. He would love to contribute in the establishing of proper policies and standards to bring advancements in Traditional Chinese Medicine and benefit the residents in BC.


LEE, John Yung Chou

(Registrant Member - District 1)

LEE, John Yung Chou (Registrant Member) Dr. John Lee is a Registered Doctor of TCM and Acupuncturist in BC. He obtained his Ph.D degree and been appointed as a visiting professor from the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine in China. He has been practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture for 40 years. He was born in Taiwan and immigrated to Canada in 1992. Dr. Lee has dedicated vast amount of his time to the TCM/Acupuncture professional community and promoting TCM and acupuncture health to public. He has been appointed as a council member of Advisory Council on TCM by Health Canada since 2012. In May 2007, he and his association colleagues successfully induced Acupuncture as one of Supplementary Health Care of Premium Assistance programs in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. As the task chair of Canadian Coalition of TCM and Acupuncture Associations, he worked with the task team of colleagues across Canada, requesting Federal Government to propose amendment of the Excise Tax Act to exempt GST/HST for Acupuncture service provided by TCM Acupuncturist nation-wide and accomplished the task in 2014. Dr. Lee is an active volunteer for a number of charity and community organization, his past experiences include: Instructor of PCU College of Holistic Medicine, former president of Qualified Acupuncturists and TCM practitioners Association of BC, former president of National TCM Association of Canada, Executive Council member of Pulse manifestation Committee of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS) , Executive Council Member of the World Federation of Acupuncture - Moxibustion Societies (WFAS), Board member of Vancouver Buddha Light International Association.


RANALLO, Joseph

(Registrant Member - District 2)

Joseph Ranallo was born in Italy and has earned an Honor’s English Bachelor Degree from the University of Victoria and a MA (English) from Washington State University. He has taught and administered at the Elementary, Secondary, College, and University levels. UBC has named an ongoing scholarship in his and his co worker’s names. In 2001, when he was licensed as a BC Registered Acupuncturist, he started an Acupuncture practice in Rossland, BC. He has served on the Boards of QATMA, The ATCMA Transitional Board, ATCMA, and the Kwantlen University TCM Advisory Committee. His articles on TCM and other topics have been published in Canada, the US, Australia, Italy, and China. He has presented a variety of TCM workshops. In 2015, on behalf of ATCMA, he addressed the BC government’s Standing Committee on Health Care. The same year, he was inducted in the Vancouver Italian Cultural Centre’s Hall of Fame. He looks forward to the day when TCM becomes a full and equal partner in Canada’s Health Care System.


TAN, WeijiaTAN, Weijia

(Registrant Member - District 1)

Dr. Tan is a TCM physician (Dr.TCM) and instructor possessing excellent knowledge and vast experience in Chinese Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. Dr. Tan began practicing acupuncture in 1975 in China's countryside as a bare-foot Doctor. In 1983, she qualified as a TCM physician at Nanjing University of T.C.M., one of the top universities in the field, and undertook a one-year residency training program for Chinese acupuncture at the Suzhou Hospital of T.C.M. Before coming to Canada, she worked as an assistant professor and TCM physician in the Departments of Acupuncture at the Nanjing University of T.C.M. and the Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of T.C.M. She has published a dozen papers relating to TCM. Dr. Tan has been teaching TCM in Canada since 1989, and teaching in Vancouver since 1994 in a private TCM college (International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine). Over the years, she has taught Acupuncture Meridians & Points theory, Therapeutic Acupuncture, TCM Herbology, TCM Formulas, TCM Internal Medicine, TCM Gynecology, TCM Dermatology, TCM Classics, and TCM Research. She has also been a director and supervisor of the student clinic. Dr. Tan has been in private TCM practice in Canada since 1989, and is currently practicing out of her own clinic. She is currently registered as a Dr. TCM & R. Ac. with the CTCMA (College of TCM Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC). Dr. Tan worked as a volunteer for the Canadian Cancer society, participated in the development of schedule E for the CTCMA and is currently serving on a committee for the CTCMA. 


YU, Weidong

(Registrant Member - District 1)

Dr.Weidong Yu graduated from Shandong university of TCM is in1983. Practiced TCM in China, Europe, US and BC, Canada in past 33 years. He was invited as WHO expert on international guide of acupuncture clinical practice in 2015. He loves BC,Canada as well as TCM profession. He believes a stronger TCM profession is to the best interest of British Columbians. He is willing to volunteer his time and expertise for the betterness of public health through TCM.