Brad Matthews – Dr. TCM, R. Ac

Brad Matthews – Dr. TCM, R. Ac

Philosophy and Educational Background

Brad’s passion for traditional Chinese medicine grew out of his fascination with Eastern culture and philosophy which he developed while traveling in Asia. In the mid 1990’s, he began practicing yoga and formally studying TCM at the prestigious Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in Nelson, BC. His training included four years of full-time study, followed by a four-month internship at two different hospitals in Beijing, China. He has been a registrant in good standing of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC (CTCMA) since 2001, and has been extensively involved with the regulation of Chinese medicine and the CTCMA since 2003.

Areas of Treatment

Brad operates the North Van Pain Clinic out of the North Shore Wellness Centre. The North Van Pain Clinic is the only acupuncture and TCM clinic in North Vancouver that is focused almost entirely on the treatment of acute and chronic pain, sports injuries, and athletic enhancement. Brad has done extensive post-graduate training with many well-known traditional Chinese medicine Sports Medicine practitioners. In addition to marathon runners, and triathletes, he has also treated pro cyclists and hockey players, as well as MMA and Muay Thai athletes, rugby, football, and soccer players. He is one of very few practitioners in BC with certification in pain management from the Blatman International Myofascial Academy. This training allows him to use therapies such as acupuncture injection therapies, trigger point therapies, and prolotherapy.

Personal History

Brad grew up in beautiful Deep Cove in North Vancouver, and he still makes North Vancouver his home. A lifelong sports enthusiast, he became a competitive triathlete and Ironman finisher in his 40’s. With his love of sport – and by extension his personal experiences and struggles with pain, injury, and training – combined with his passion for holistic medicine, Brad is well-suited to treat people just like you.
A huge believer in work-life balance, he gets tremendous satisfaction from helping his patients achieve their own health and wellness goals, but his heart melts when he hears his children laugh.