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Dr. Laura Louie, ND, MSc
Founder and Advisor

Phone: +01 604 731 2682
Email: Laura@LauraLouieHopeProjects.org

#337-1917 West Fourth Avenue
Vancouver, BC, V6J 1M7

“Health is not simply the absence of disease but a state of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.”

Welcome to the Laura Louie Hope Projects. I would like to share a little bit of my background with you. I am a third generation Canadian born in Vancouver, Canada. As a child and teenager, I travelled extensively overseas with my family. These experiences gave me an appreciation of cultural diversity as well as a compassion for those less fortunate. I became inspired to do humanitarian work within the international community. But achieving that goal has been a long journey. I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology in 1983 from the University of British Columbia and was a field geologist for many years working in northern Canada and abroad. After eight field seasons, I made a dramatic change, switching from ‘rocks’ to the human body. I had always been fascinated with medicine and the inner workings of the body. I studied and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Medicine (Physiotherapy) in 1989 from the University of British Columbia. However, I soon desired more of a holistic approach and found it in the study of complementary and alternative medicine. I earned my Master of Science in Acupuncture in 1993 and my Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 1994 from Bastyr University* in Seattle, Washington. In 1994 and 1998, I completed post-graduate studies in China for Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology). I began working as a Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist in 1995 at a private clinic in Vancouver. After 6 years of practice, I decided to follow my dream of doing humanitarian work and took a one year sabbatical to explore volunteer medical opportunities abroad. This search eventually led me to the Mae On Hospital in northern Thailand and the beginnings of a new and fulfilling life path in the field of collaborative humanitarian healthcare. Please see our Projects section for more details.

Profile and Experience

Dr. Laura Louie is a Naturopathic Physician and Registered Acupuncturist with a private practice in complementary and alternative medicine in Vancouver, Canada since 1995. She maintains a general practice with a focus on immune and allergy disorders, women’s healthcare and gastrointestinal conditions. Laura is particularly interested in using complementary and alternative medicine as adjunctive treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Professional Affiliations

  • College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia
  • British Columbia Naturopathic Association
  • College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners & Acupuncturists of British Columbia

Certifications/ Advanced Training

  • Training in Women’s Healthcare at the Institute of Women’s Health and Integrative Medicine (USA)
  • Post-Graduate Studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture (China)
  • Naturopathic Injection and IV Techniques (Canada)
  • Ozone Therapy (Canada)
  • National Acupuncture Detoxification Association - NADA (USA)


  • Bastyr University (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine), 1994
  • Bastyr University (Master of Science in Acupuncture), 1993
  • Bastyr University (Bachelor of Science in Natural Health Sciences), 1993
  • University of British Columbia (Bachelor of Science in Physical Medicine), 1989
  • University of British Columbia (Bachelor of Science in Geology), 1983

* Bastyr University is acknowledged as one of the first American medical schools to unite alternative and western medicine. In 1994, in competition with other prominent medical schools such as Harvard, Columbia and UCLA, Bastyr University was bestowed a prestigious federal grant by the National Institutes of Health to study alternative treatments for HIV and AIDS.

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