Meet Our Team
Operating Partner & PBM Practitioner
It is truly an honour for Paul and I to have the opportunity to open Luminous Health Solutions.
After living with chronic pain for many years, I truly understand the impact pain and lack of mobility can have on one’s work, personal and family life. It can affect us, and our loved ones, physically, emotionally and financially. Pain medications can often mask some of the pain but they have side effects that can have devastating consequences, such as addiction, leading to a downward spiral that many do not recover from.
I was on a personal journey for pain relief and wellness for over fifteen years before I was introduced to Low Level Laser Light Therapy (Photobiomodulation or PBMT) while attending a Neurovascular health conference. After trying THOR light therapy for my chronic back and hip pain due to MS, I was amazed to find dramatic relief after only four sessions. After a few more light therapy sessions, my pain had completely subsided. I also regained some mobility but most importantly, I “got my life back”. I was able to stop all pain medications, I had energy again, and a renewed sense of hope and purpose in my life.
Many people suffer with chronic pain and are on long wait lists to see pain specialists or for surgery. On my quest for continued pain relief, the more I learned about light therapy (PBMT), the more passionate I became about wanting to make Light Therapy (PBMT) available in our community. And so, Luminous was created!
Our mission is to offer this incredible natural healing therapy to anyone struggling with pain, illness or injuries and for those seeking overall wellness. PBMT has been phrased “the Future of Medicine” and we are thrilled to be part of this revolutionary healing modality and to share it with you!
Operating Partner & PBM Practitioner
Heather and I are very fortunate to realize the opportunity to help so many people benefit from Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMT). Heather’s experience, which she shared in her story, was the catalyst for us to pioneer this amazing healing technology to Greater Vancouver.
We were in a transitional period with careers and the timing could not have been better for us to have discovered PBMT - it feels as though it was meant to be. Health and fitness have always been a big part of my life. I worked as a personal trainer for many years, and worked alongside practitioners in complimentary medicine for fourteen years while running my own business.
Becoming a PBMT Practitioner has been very rewarding as we continue to meet many wonderful people and help them get their lives back, free from pain.
Shortly after we began Luminous, I personally experienced the healing effects of LED / Laser light after I suffered a serious injury to my hand with all four fingers badly lacerated and one fractured. I applied our THOR hand-held device to my hand daily and was amazed at how quickly I healed without scarring and had no need for pain medication.
It has been my passion and within my nature to help people. What better way than with this revolutionary technology, which has been referred to as The Future of Medicine. Heather and I certainly believe it is!
Gillian is a Vancouver native with an interest in health education.
She became involved with Phototherapy when a red light bed helped her to return to work after an injury in 2017. She completed the Thor Photobiomodulation training course in September of that year.
Gillian has a background an English degree from UBC (’98) and a nursing degree from U of T (’07). She has worked in Neurology, Rheumatology and the Emergency Department as an RN. She has 12 years of experience working with patients with a variety of chronic health and pain issues.
While her work at Luminous is not in her capacity as an RN, she applies her knowledge and experience to use the technology of photobiomodulation to help our patients with their concerns.
Gillian's kind and empathetic nature combined with her health care experience makes her an invaluable member of our team.
Dr. Kody Au
Dr. Kody Au obtained his Nursing Degree in 2011 and then his Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, Masters of Science in Exercise and Sports Sciences and a Doctor of Chiropractic in 2015 from the University of Western States. Dr. Au is certified by the national chiropractic examining boards of Canada (British Columbia) and United States.
Kody has extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. He has a special interest in sports related injuries where he applies extensive assessment, traditional chiropractic therapy, and cutting edge rehabilitation techniques.
The combination of his compassion, skill and professionalism is unique and greatly appreciated and respected by all of his clients and colleagues. He is focused on on educating, empowering and helping individuals manage their conditions and establish a plan to achieve their desired goals.
Kody works in partnership with Luminous by assessing and treating clients who require and wish to have both chiropractic care along with photobiomodulation to reach their health goals.
Kody is available to assess potential clients who wish to have a professional referral for light therapy where he will conduct a full history to assess for needs, benefits and any possible risks and questions that clients may have. After a consultation and determination of need for light therapy, clients may use extended health benefits for these services under the case supervision by Dr. Kody.