Dr. Maryam Mahanian, DTCM, RAc
About Dr. Maryam Mahanian
DOCTOR OF CHINESE MEDICINE & REGISTERED ACUPUNCTURIST
“As a highly experienced and skilled specialist in acupuncture, Chinese medicine, nutrition and food cures, I take a genuine approach to caring for my patients.
My mission is to help you look and feel your very best, to balance your hormones, manage your pain, and support your fertility and pregnancy. If you are ready to improve your quality of life, let me help you get there!”
The Passion Behind My Work
"It's about a sincere love for people, scholarship in medicine, and passion to heal people and improving their health."
My clinical practice was established on principles of sincere love for people, scholarship in the field of Chinese medicine, and passion to apply the healing methods of Chinese medicine to help people on their road to improving their health.
I love treating fertility and women’s health and supporting women through their pregnancies. I was also one of the pioneer practitioners in the greater Vancouver area trained in Cosmetic Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation and love the results it gives my patients.
For almost 20 years, I have successfully treated a range of conditions such as PMS, irregular menstrual cycles, menstrual pain, endometriosis, PCOS, infertility, morning sickness, insufficient lactation and postpartum depression and acne.
I strive to make sure my patients are heard, understood, and genuinely cared for and treat my patients with compassion and a high level of knowledge and experience. In your visit with me, you can expect a soothing comfortable atmosphere, a gentle touch and a friendly welcoming smile. Traditional Chinese Medicine has been helping millions of people for thousands of years! I’m excited to share this powerful medicine with you!
PAST TRAINING AND PURSUITS
My journey spans from academia, extensive training and hands-on experience, to a wide range of media coverage and as a contributing author.
In 2002 I completed the doctorate program in TCM at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver Canada and a portion of my clinical training in mainland China. I’m licensed with the CTCMA as a Registered Doctor of TCM and a Registered Acupuncturist. Previous to my training in Chinese Medicine, I studied General Biology at the University of British Columbia (UBC).
I’ve had the opportunity to appear as a guest several times on Breakfast Television and CBC Living Vancouver. I’ve been interviewed by Chatelaine Magazine, Alive Magazine and local newspapers. I’m a regular contributing author for Medicinal Roots Magazine.
I’ve been a qualified examiner with the CTCMA of BC operating and evaluating the practical exams for both doctor of TCM and acupuncturist designations. Previous to becoming a Chinese medicine doctor, I worked as a nutritional consultant advising on diet, nutritional and herbal supplements, and sports nutrition and also assisted in research studies at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) in the Cardiovascular and Nuclear Medicine research departments.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been helping millions of people for thousands of years! I believe it can help you too and I’m excited to share this medicine with you.
Yours in health,
How I got into Chinese medicine
I’m often asked…”How did you get into Chinese medicine anyway“? Well, one of the biggest influences in my life was my grandmother. She was a wise, sweet woman with a heart of gold…and I was her favorite. She lived with us (and practically raised me) when I was a child and was my soulmate. Even though she didn’t speak a word of English and came from a poor uneducated upbringing, she was and probably will always be the wisest person I’ll know. She was even in her own way a natural holistic healer. With every ailment that my brother and I had as children, she would treat us with foods and herbs and it would do the trick every single time.
As a result, natural methods of healing made so much sense to me and I was a faithful believer in it. I knew I wanted to train in Chinese medicine & acupuncture specifically quite early on back when I was 19. I had already been exposed to acupuncture. I’d been taking my mom to her acupuncture appointments after she suffered from a head injury at work. She had lost all her memory. I know!..crazy story. I remember sitting and observing the doctor inserting the needles and being in awe and amazement by the whole thing!
I found myself reading up on acupuncture and other systems of natural medicine in my free time and being fascinated by it. I suppose my mom noticed my fascination with the medicine. One day, out of the blue, she suggested I look into becoming a practitioner myself. Well my friends, that’s when the light bulb went off! Well, the rest is history.. .I have never looked back and the awe and amazement of this powerful medicine continues every day. In case you’re curious, my mom did end up regaining her memory after a tumultuous year! – I keep telling her she should write a book about it, seriously!
My Focus on Fertility, Pregnancy and Women's Health
Chinese medicine can literally treat everything under the sun!…. so why did I choose the area of women’s health as my specialty?
I actually didn’t start out with this particular focus. I was a general practitioner before. I was naturally inclined towards women’s health after several years of practice. I saw more and more women get relief from hormonal issues without the use of drugs and the incredible difference Chinese medicine makes in fertility and pregnancy.
When I had my first child, I decided that I wanted to reach more women and started to specialize. Becoming a mother was truly life-changing for me. That’s why I’m on a mission to help couples who are struggling to conceive to grow their families and experience the awe, joy and profound gratitude that comes with becoming a parent.
Having gone through two (eventful) pregnancies, I feel I have first-hand experience and much support to offer expectant mothers throughout their pregnancies, births & postpartum time.
Some other things about me...
As I’m an avid learner, I’m consistently reading and expanding my knowledge and expertise, listening to podcasts, and taking continuing education courses in my field.
I used to own a fast paced clinic in the heart of Kitsilano (Vancouver). When I had my kids (pretty much back to back… they’re one grade apart), I made the difficult decision of shutting down my practice until such time that my children were a bit older. To my surprise, shortly after shutting down my kits clinic, my family and I moved homes from Vancouver to North Vancouver. There I saw the opportunity to see patients out of our home. This is where I’m now treating my patients…and loving my setup! I’m grateful to be able to do what I love and to be able to do it from the comfort of my home!
When I’m not seeing patients, my time is spent trying to keep up with my nine year old daughter and eight year old son, cooking yummy nutritious food and enjoying the beauty of our city. I also volunteer my time running a Baha’i virtues class for young children that is very near and dear to my heart.
My clinical practice, my family, and my spiritual identity keep my life purposeful and inspired.