Born and raised in Kitimat, B.C., Dr. Mee Lain Ling first graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree (Elementary School Teacher), then a Master of Arts degree (Social Justice in Education), both from the University of British Columbia (UBC).
She taught for 7 years in public and private schools in B.C. and China.
She organized a one-year internship in the Education Sector of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) based in Beijing, China, and used the experience to complete her Master’s thesis.
Since 5 years of age however, Dr. Ling has been drawn to medicine as her first passion. This is influenced by the sincere compassion seen provided by her father, maternal grandfather and great-grandfather to patients in their care as doctors of western medicine. She is particularly touched and inspired by the history that in 1910 her Scottish-Canadian great-grandfather built the first hospital in Telegraph Creek, B.C.
Dr. Ling then discovered Traditional Chinese Medicine in China while teaching English to graduate and undergraduate students at the Jiangxi Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Nanchang city, Jiangxi province, from 1998 – 2000. She had many discussions with her students over the benefits and limitations of both Western and Chinese medicine. The holistic, philosophical nature of TCM resonated deeply with her.
While living in China for a total of four years, Dr. Ling explored her Chinese ancestral roots and discovered in the process that her paternal grandfather was a well-respected village doctor of Chinese medicine. This intrigued her further and reinforced her decision to study this field.
Thus she began her formal 5-year TCM training in 2006 at the Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver (ICTCMV). She has completed over 3300 hours of studies, including over 1100 hours of clinical training and a three-month internship in Taiwan at the China Medical University and Hospital.
Major courses included: TCM Foundations, Theory, Diagnosis, Acupuncture, Herbology, TCM Internal Medicine, TCM Gynecology, TCM Dermatology, TCM Pediatrics, TCM Gerontology, TCM Clinical Psychology, Food Cures, Moxibustion and Cupping therapy, Classical texts (Wen Bing Xue, Shang Han Lun, Jin Gui Yao Lue, Huangdi Neijing), and Medical Ethics, as well as Western Medical courses on Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Diagnostics, Immunology and Pharmacology.
She has also completed an additional 50 credit hours studying Dr. Leon I. Hammer’s method of contemporary Chinese pulse diagnosis and specific TCM treatments for diabetes and autoimmune conditions.
Dr. Ling has been practicing acupuncture as a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac) since 2010. She moved her TCM medical practice to Richmond, BC, Canada in 2011 after further earning two other licenses required to practice as a doctor – Registered TCM Herbalist (R.TCM.H), and Registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Dr. TCM).
The willpower, discipline, and focus to follow her passions as an educator and doctor stems from Dr. Ling’s training preparing for national and international karate competitions. Trained by her father – alongside three sisters – all of whom are skilled 2nd degree blackbelts at minimum, she was co-captain of the Canadian Karate Team for 3 years, holds title of 8-time National Karate Champion, and represented Canada at several international karate competitions, including placing 5th at the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina.
She and her father co-founded the Delta Karate School in 1993 where she taught children and youth karate for 5 years, and which continues as a small family-run dojo for dedicated karate students. She continues her martial arts through the study of Iai – Japanese swordsmanship, also under the expertise of her master swordsman father.
This striving for excellence, compassion and attuned intuition that Dr. Ling has learned through her family predecessors and the study of traditional martial arts she heartily applies to the medical care she provides to all those who come to her clinic.