Dr. Diana Tong Li
Dr. AC, Dr. TCM, PhD, ND (Dr. NM), MD (China)
CMAAC-NS President

President, Founder, and Professor – Canadian College of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine
Vice President of Liason – Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Association of Canada 
Vice President – Acupuncture & Naturopathy Association of Nova Scotia
Vice President – Federation of Traditional Chinese Medicine Colleges of Canada
Executive Committee Member – World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies

Dr. Li is one of only two practitioners of acupuncture and TCM in Atlantic Canada with PhD’s in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and is renowned in the local medical community for her passion and success in establishing the first clinic dedicated to acupuncture and TCM in Atlantic Canada. As owner and operator of the Life-Care Acupuncture & Natural Medicine Clinics in the HRM, she has helped thousands of patients with a broad array of conditions.

Dr. Li has worked tirelessly to conduct research, attend and speak at national and international conferences (including WFAS international conferences in Paris, Australia, and Houston), and to promote natural medicine to the public. Dr. Li has also been responsible for developing several acupuncture associations in order to lobby government for greater access to funding and to establish professional regulation for the safe delivery of acupuncture and TCM in Nova Scotia. As part of her personal commitment, Dr. Li has also contributed her boundless energy to encouraging others to learn and apply their skills in order to expand the use of natural medicine. She has done so in part by establishing the first college focused on acupuncture and TCM in the region – The Canadian College of Acupuncture and TCM – which is a recognized career-college by the Nova Scotia Department of Education. The college offers two and three year diploma programs in order to train qualified acupuncturists and practitioners of TCM in hopes of meeting the increased demands of the rapidly growing industry.

Dr. Li’s expertise and dedication has led to healing, comfort, and pain relief, and she has also sought to assist mothers and couples who are struggling to bring happy and healthy children into the world. As a result, Dr. Li has specialized in conducting research on infertility and developing a fertility program that helps mothers and families struggling to conceive make their dream come true of having a baby. One of the many accomplishments that Dr. Li is most proud of is her success in having used her Life-Care acupuncture program to help parents overcome years of frustration by conceiving or assisting with IVF, leading to a total of 302 little bundles of joy and even more to come.

Many of these successes, including developing and hosting three national acupuncture conferences, provide the opportunity for crucial round table discussions involving specialists drawn from alternative medicine, acupuncture and traditional western disciplines. Her list of accomplishments grew even further in 2013 when Dr. Li was elected onto the Executive Committee of the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies as the Canadian representative. This is a great honour for Dr. Li, and means that Atlantic Canada now has a voice on the world stage. Dr. Li looks forward to taking part in international discussions and lending her talent and dedication to WFAS. It is an exciting time for acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine in Atlantic Canada as the industry continues to gain recognition and support. Dr. Li continues to contribute her energy and devotion while always striving to promote and improve the practice of acupuncture and TCM in Nova Scotia.

Dr. Franklyn Chen 
Dr. AC, Dr. TCM, PhD, ND (Dr. NM), MD (China)
CMAAC-NS Vice President


Dr. Chen obtained his PhD in Acupuncture & TCM from Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, and has been practicing for over 25 years in Canada. Dr. Chen has successfully treated thousands of patients with various illnesses and conditions.


Due to the positive treatment results of patients with various conditions, including infertility, allergies, pain conditions and many other difficult cases, Dr. Chen has been interviewed frequently by local television, newspaper and radio stations. 


Every year Dr. Li and Dr. Chen attend national and international natural medicine conferences to present their research papers and exchange knowledge with other practitioners.


Dr. Chen is a not only a member but also a director of several national and provincial acupuncture and naturopathy associations; including being the president of the Acupuncture & Naturopathy Association of Nova Scotia. In addition to his practice, Dr. Chen has been teaching acupuncture, acupressure, Traditional Chinese medicine, nutrition and Qi Gong (self-healing exercise) for over 25 years. He is also a co-founder of the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Oxana Getman, R.Ac

CMAAC-NS Treasurer 


My name is Oxana Getman. I am a registered acupuncturist (R.Ac.), graduate of the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (CCATCM), located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic medicine, focusing on the unity and balance of the body, mind and spirit.

By combining my passions of TCM and acupuncture, I am able to organically incorporate many healing modalities in order to achieve the best results. This holistic medicinal approach not only gets rid of symptoms and disease, but also shines as a great preventative measure with long lasting results.

Born and raised in Kyrgyzstan, a neighbour of China, I was close to Chinese culture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. However, my first degree was based on Western theory – I obtained my Master’s Degree in Psychology in 2001. Since a young age I have had a passion to serve people, to help them live their fullest potential and focus on harmony between the psychological and physical bodies.

I moved to Canada from Russia in 2010 and immediately fell in love with this beautiful country. Nova Scotia is my home now and I have contributed to my community with love and passion during these years, working, volunteering and socializing.

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