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 CoordinatorKaisha 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 baby chicken 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 has been 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
Lauri Amidon – Lauri is board 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 vice 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 thirteen 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.
Ethan Bryson — Searching for an authentic practice and a deeper personal cultivation, Ethan joyfully connected with Yi Ren® Qigong in 2015. He brings with him a passion for creating native forests that grow rapidly. Ethan established Natural Urban Forests LLC to re-purpose barren urban landscapes for the benefit of the surrounding community, wildlife and the environment. When completing a degree in architecture from the University of Arizona, Ethan’s focus was to create space that harmonized with the natural environment. A perpetual student, Ethan is currently in the Yi Ren® Qigong Teacher Certification Training Program.
Doug Lewis – Doug is an avid Yi Ren® Qigong practitioner and is currently a student in the Yi Ren® Qigong Teacher Certification Training Program. He has over twenty-five years of experience working and leading in corporate organization settings, having spent the last twenty plus years in high tech. Doug has managed and led large global teams and lived and worked internationally. He brings a unique combination of education and experience in the domains of Finance, Information Technology and Organization Development. He holds an MS in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (expected 2019) from HEC Paris, an MS in Positive Organizational Development and Change from Case Western Reserve University and a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. He lives in Kirkland, Washington with his wife and two adult sons. Doug is passionate about participating in creative acts–be that qigong, learning, gardening, woodworking, cooking, guitar, writing poetry, film making and on and on.
Leanne Preble — Leanne began studying Yi Ren® Qigong in 2012 and became a certified Yi Ren® Instructor in 2016. Leanne is a Five Element Acupuncturist and enjoys working with her clients in a deep way using both acupuncture and Yi Ren® Qigong to support health and spiritual growth. Passionate to be continuously learning, she finds constant learning opportunities in her work. Leanne also has a background in nutrition and mediation that enriches both her work and her personal life. She is interested in Taoism, Buddhism, photography, and travel and loves spending time in nature and with her friends and family.