Who We Are
Community wellness is a team effort, generously supported by our diverse community of practitioners, students, clients, volunteers, and donors. Thank you for your support!
Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun, Ph.D., Founder and Executive DirectorWith a group of dedicated volunteers and donors, Dr. Sun founded IQ&IM in 1998 to fulfill a lifelong commitment to teaching and exemplifying the principles and practices of Yi Ren® Qigong. Since then, Dr. Sun has led the development of foundational Yi Ren Qigong training through the Institute and in affiliation with Bastyr University. Through IQ&IM, he has developed a full complement of advanced training in Internal Martial Arts, Secret of the Golden Flower, and the Yijing, and leads the Yi Ren Qigong certified teacher training program. In addition to his position as Executive Director, Dr. Sun offers internal qi-energy consultation services as part of IQ&IM’s Wellness Team.
Harold Ryan Lilly, Wellness Coordinator, Acupuncturist, Qigong Therapist and HerbalistAs an Acupuncturist and Herbalist and certified Yi Ren Qigong instructor, Ryan Lilly offers Chinese medicine services through both private sessions and a variety of group classes. With his deep love for Chinese medicine and his ability to teach and care for people, he partners in the healing process to empower each person to gain control of their health.
Apprenticing and studying under Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun, Ph.D., since 2010, Ryan specializes in Qi/energetic based acupuncture and diagnosis. He treats a variety of health conditions including a particular focus on weight management and diabetes. He also has a special interest in working with children and their families.
Kaisha Thomas, Program Coordinator
Kaisha is a Licensed Massage Therapist and was one of the first certified BodyTalk practitioners in Washington State. Passionate about self-care as being foundational to one’s health and wellbeing, she stepped away from private practice and is currently enjoying actively facilitating Yi Ren Qigong as one option for self-care and cultivation. She is always delighted to have a conversation about raising chickens and sharing chick pictures.
Rimma Drovetskaya, Bookkeeper
Rimma came from Russia with a degree in Horticulture. Later, in the US she received a bookkeeping certificate from NSCC. She has been doing bookkeeping for several small businesses since 2008. Rimma is a Yi Ren Qigong Practitioner since 2010, and became a certified instructor in 2013. She is interested in Chinese astrology, self-cultivation, and helping others to learn and benefit from Yi Ren Qigong. She loves gardening.
Our Board of Directors
Jackie Close – Jacqueline Close, MTCM, EAMP has been a Yi Ren Qi Gong student since 2012 and is a certified instructor. As an acupuncturist and herbalist she has found that studying and practicing Yi Ren Qi Gong has given her a much deeper and more practical understanding of Chinese medicine. She has personally experienced the benefits of Qi Gong and believes it can have an extremely positive impact on health.
Jackie has been in private practice in Seattle since 2002. She hopes to bring her knowledge of owning and operating a successful Chinese medical clinic to the organization.
Lauri Amidon – Lauri is board vice president of the Institute of Qigong and Integrative Medicine and a certified Yi Ren Qigong instructor at IQ&IM’s Center in Bothell, WA. Lauri has served on the Board as a director and President. She also serves as an assistant to Dr. Sun in seminars and mentors in the Teacher Certification Training Program. She has been studying with Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun, the founder of Yi Ren Qigong and IQ&IM for 10 years. She has also been involved with several research studies looking at the effects of Yi Ren Medical Qigong on chronic health conditions, including chronic back pain and type 2 diabetes. In addition to Qigong, Lauri has an extensive background in dance, yoga, pilates and herbal medicine.
Brandea Paulk has practiced in the Seattle area for 12 years as a Physician Assistant in Oncology, Surgery, and Urgent Care. She was drawn to Yi Ren Qigong in 2014, and early in her practice had a remarkable healing experience with Dr. Sun that was unexplained by “conventional” medicine. She has since studied at IQ&IM to certify as a teacher with hopes to help facilitate that healing in others, helping them realize that the potential to heal themselves with this practice is real and within reach. One of her main goals is to help bridge the gap in understanding and communication between Eastern and Western medicine practitioners, and to promote outreach to those who would benefit from this great practice.