Meet Dr. Tanya Hartz R.Ac, TCMD, ADS
Tanya’s first introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) started a few years after her son was diagnosed with a rare tumor in his airway. With a grim prognosis, she chose to investigate other options to help him overcome his illness.
This path led her towards many alternative modalities including, Shamanism, Reiki, Yoga, meditation and TCM, which, was a godsend. Through the use of herbs and acupuncture, her son elicited an almost full recovery in months. This profound experience challenged Tanya’s traditional views of health and healthcare. So much so that she became an advocate and practitioner of TCM, graduating from the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2008.
Experiences from Tanya’s personal life, coupled with others’ frustrations with the limited ways in which their health was being treated fuelled her desire to find unique approaches for each individual. The intricacies of the human body, mind and deeper spiritual complexities, lead her towards Shamanism and the Taoist principles of consciousness, balance, nature and harmony.
Over her years of practice, Tanya has naturally gravitated toward treating the psyche, the spiritual body and emotional health. Much of her practice has roots in Five Element acupuncture, which is vital to the interconnectedness of both nature and our environment. Without exception, she endeavours to find the root of each problem or dis-ease – anywhere from physical disorders like musculoskeletal, digestive, circulatory, or hormonal; to fertility, which, she has become locally known for her warm, gentle and safe place to land. Promoting the body’s natural ability to heal brings wellness and self-discovery.
Outside of her practice, Tanya has a true love for the garden, family, meditation and nature. The expression of within is without, and once a year she spends a month dry-fasting, which, has transcended her own spiritual growth and healing.
Education and Certifications
Graduated in 2008, with a Doctorate in Acupuncture and TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), Tanya is an Alumnus of the Alberta College of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 2013, the ATCATCM published her doctoral thesis on Uterine Fibroids.
Since 2009, Tanya has held a high standard of practice, education and ethical conduct as a Certified and Registered Acupuncturist from The College of Acupuncturists of Alberta.
Tanya is registered with Acupuncturists Without Borders, whose mission is to bring compassionate and effective relief and recovery to underserved communities affected by disaster, war, conflict and poverty around the globe. Membership honours our commitment to assisting those in need.
Tanya is a trained Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist through the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. NADA is a non-profit organization encouraging community wellness for addictions, behavioural and mental health, and emotional and disaster trauma.