About The Teachers

The classes are taught by active practitioners with extensive real-life experience treating patients with TCM herbals.

Ann Tam
Ann is the fifth generation of herbalists in her family. Historically Chinese Medicine was practiced largely within a family-based lineage system and passed down from generation to generation along with specific techniques and “secret” knowledge. Ann’s Great-Great-Grandfather Tam Ri Cai was the first doctor in the family in 1786 and passed the tradition of herbal supplements through four generations down to her.

Today Ann runs a herbal store in Westminster where she has worked with thousands of patients over the years, as well as the website silkieherbs.com. Her clients live in places as far as Europe and Asia and include professional athletes and members of royal families.
She was born in Vietnam, grew up in her Dad’s herbal shop, and studied the health benefits of natural plants at the university for Traditional Chinese Medicine in Hong Kong. She believes strongly in explaining to her clients how the body works according to TCM and how proper lifestyle along with herbs can restore the necessary balance and heal many ailments.

Patricia Jade Nguyen 
Patricia believes that the body has an amazing capacity to heal. Her work as an acupuncturist and herbalist is to ignite and fortify that capacity. In 2013 she received the Golden Flower Award for excellence in herbal medicine. Diagnosis is her strength and she welcomes complex cases in which conventional western medicine has no satisfactory therapy. She studied Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College before completing the Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine and the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She is currently in private practice.