Classical Formulas Online<br> begins November 23


with Richard Kwan R.TCMP, Katherine Chekhter R.TCMP & Alex Lin R.TCMP

Course Description:

This online course presents the major categories of Chinese herbal formulas and modification of formulas employed clinically.  Differentiation of the types and modifications of formulas adapted clinically and employed clinically in traditional Chinese herbal therapy will be studied in detail.

Students must have completed Herbs I and II or  Materia Medica to be able to register for this course.


Begins November 23, 2020! Please contact us for details. 

To register:
Call 416-323-1818 X 202

AIM Academy
455 Spadina Ave, Suite 300, Toronto ON, M5S 2G8


Instructor: Richard Kwan, BSc, R.TCMP, R.Ac

Richard Kwan Richard completed the 4-year Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) program at the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TSTCM). He lectured extensively at TSTCM and Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine in the theory of TCM, Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. He is also very passionate about his volunteer work with street youth and people with AIDS. 

Richard has a strong commitment to Tai Chi and Qi Gong, which he has practiced for over 15 years. For the promotion of health and the prevention of disease, he teaches Tai Chi at the downtown YMCA and in the Beaches.

Currently, he is the Senior Advisor of TCM & Acupuncture at AIM Academy. He also teaches Fundamentals of TCM, Acupuncture Technique and is a clinic supervisor.

In 2008, he started Simple Cures - a Chinese Medicine centre and has been in private practice in The Beaches and Vaughan.  Richard believes that a simple lifestyle promotes better health; he strives to empower his patients to become more proactive with their own healthcare.


Katherine Chekhter (BA, R.TCMP, R.Ac

Instructor of Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory and Clinic Supervisor

Katherine holds a BA, specialized honours in Psychology from York University and is one of the top graduates in a five year, full time (4220 hours) Advanced traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner program at Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In addition to being a TCMP she teaches The Jing Luo (Meridians and Collaterals) Systems and The Fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine at AIM Academy in the acupuncture program as well as Materia Medica in the Chinese herbs program.

Katherine specializes in diagnosing and treating a variety of patient disorders with both acupuncture and herbal prescriptions. These include respiratory, digestive, urinary, pain/neurological, gynaecological/obstetric, cardiovascular, blood, psychiatric/mental disturbances, skin, pediatrics and disorders of senses and cancer. In addition, she employ’s traditional and Dr. Tan’s methods for treating pain disorders with acupuncture.


Alex Lin (R.TCMP, R.Ac

Instructor of Treatment of Disease and Clinic Supervisor 

Alex comes from a family lineage of TCM practitioners. He is a 4th generation TCM practitioner in his family. He received his undergraduate degree from University of Toronto, and then proceeded to study Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture at the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. His attention to detail and compassionate nature makes him develop the ability to be a well-balanced healer. Due to the environment that he has grown up in, he has had contact with TCM since childhood. He has had apprentice experience in multiple private TCM clinic in Taiwan and Canada.
Alex’s clinic focus is in pain management, occupational injury, sports medicine, rehabilitation, internal medicine, preventative medicine and lifestyle consultation.
Alex’s extensive education includes Honours in Bachelor of Arts (East Asian Studies Specialist) at University of Toronto, Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner at Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Diploma of Acupuncture at Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Integrative Acupuncture Certificate for the Treatment of Neuromyofacial Pain & Dysfunction at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.
He is in good standing as a registered TCM Practitioner & Acupuncturist (Ontario) with The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO) and with the Ontario Osteopathic and Alternative Medicine Association (OOAMA).
In conjunction with teaching at AIM Academy, Alex has experience as a lecturer and instructor at the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is an active speaker at public health seminars educating the public about preventative healthcare.