Who We Are
Five Seasons TCM is a POC-women-owned boutique wellness brand. We are here to share and modernize the knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) food therapy through educational content, functional products and its' avant-garde aesthetic.
I. Promote, educate and inspire a TCM lifestyle
II. Provide access to high quality, sustainable, and curated products, inspired by East Asia
III. Showcase the authentic knowledge of using food as medicine
IV. Amplify the voices of the Asian community, practitioners, and talents
Thank you for taking the time to read my words and explore Traditional Chinese Medicinal foods on this website; so much effort, passion, and love has poured into this entity.
Growing up in Shanghai, China, I was immersed in the culture of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Bone broth simmering with seasonal herbs was part of a daily meal; cooling herbal teas could be found on the streets, all summer long; TCM vocabulary is in our everyday language…The integration of TCM into our daily living is so natural that in many cases, we don’t even realize its presence. Only after I moved to the United States nine years ago, did I gradually recognize the benefits of TCM foods and its’ eating philosophies. I wholeheartedly found the lack of this knowledge in the U.S. a shame. At the same time, it frustrated me to see how poorly translated and misunderstood TCM foods were (and continues to be), both in China and the rest part of the world! The precious wisdom in diet and wellness has not been modernized well to suit our lives in the 21st century.
As a chef, nutritionist, practitioner, and a Chinese national, it is my passion and mission to share my understanding and perspective of TCM foods and nutrition. With the help of a group of passionate and talented individuals, I am able to create this hub for TCM food therapy. I truly believe it is beneficial for people across all cultures and backgrounds.
Five Seasons TCM is a place for education. It is a place to explore a better way of eating. It is a place to better understand our unique bodies in a holistic, flexible, and loving way. I hope you can learn a thing or two here. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have ideas, questions, or a pair of helpful hands.
Love and peace,
We are always looking for talented personalities to work and grow with, and are currently seeking: recipe developers/writers, photographers, SEO developers, visual designers, Front & Back of House hands!If you are interested in joining the team, interested in contributing content, or want to learn more about our current opportunities, please introduce yourself!
Yvette Ly | COO & Co-founder
With her people-first approach, Yvette is an astute, agile cross-functional People & Culture leader. She came on board to Five Seasons TCM, leading the team to design their employee experience. She seeks to build collaborative environments that not only inspire but empower! Her work seamlessly transfers between the hospitality, health & wellness, and cannabis fields.
Yvette is the proud elder daughter of Chinese Vietnamese refugees of the Vietnam War. Yvette is an artist and dedicates much of her time to studying Traditional Chinese Medicine and mindfulness.
Kai Yim, MSTOM, L.Ac | Co-founder, Editor, In-House Acupuncturist
Kai grew up with much of the medicine in her household, but largely rejected most of it for lack of understanding. Her homecoming to TCM began after college while she lived in China and Hong Kong, and searched out solutions for her chronic eczema. It was then when she began to fully embrace Chinese herbal medicine and food therapy as the foundations to her healing.
Today, she is a board certified practitioner of Acupuncture (NCCAOM) and Oriental Medicine. She can be found as a full-time clinician treating patients at Oak Point Health & Vitality Center in Astoria, Queens.
As an American-born Chinese, the golden thread of her life has been weaving two opposing perspectives into one functional paradigm: eastern philosophy and the western lifestyle.
Xuenie Zhang | CFO & Founding Member
Growing up, Xuenie has always turned to Traditional Chinese Medicine for long-term healing. She loves that TCM facilitates the correction of imbalances in her body. It has allowed her to enjoy her favorite Szechuan Spicy Fish dish, Shui Zhu Yu 水煮鱼, guilt-free. She goes through jars of herbs and takes great pride in the meals that plaster smiles across her family’s faces.
Xuenie graduated early from New York University magna cum laude in 2019 and is currently working at KPMG in Finance Transformation. She is passionate about guiding people to live a healthy and happy lifestyle by sharing the wonders of Chinese medicinal ingredients.
Cassie Zhang | Photographer
Cassie is a photographer who has her roots in Shanghai, China. From an early age, she has had a keen interest in the culinary arts. Many of her younger years were spent alongside her mother, experimenting with new techniques in baking and cooking Chinese cuisine. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Photography at the School of Visual Arts.
Kate Downes | Copywriter
Kate Downes is a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner-turned-wellness writer. She believes wellness is more than a fix for our health issues – it’s a lifestyle. Her goal is to demystify Chinese medicine so everyone can learn to live (and eat!) in tune with their bodies and the seasons.
Tiffany Leung | Recipe Writing Intern
Tiffany is a graduate from the Institute of Culinary Education. She came to us after attending one of our Chef's Table dinners and became greatly interested in learning more about food as medicine, and currently helps us with recipe creation and experimentation.
Angelie Wee | Customer Experience Intern
Angelie grew up eating her mom’s herbal soups but only fully embraced TCM when she developed severe eczema later in life. Her interest in TCM was piqued after consulting with multiple doctors in Hong Kong and finding relief by religiously following a TCM-based food diet. She is currently taking up Foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Ateneo de Manila University in Manila where she is based.
Natalie Rosborough | Kickstarter Intern
Natalie is currently a MTOM student at Pacific College in NYC. Prior to embarking on this journey to becoming a Chinese Medicine practitioner, she worked as an event producer in LA with a focus on the wellness industry. Her interests lie in nutrition, movement, holistic health, meditation, and indigenous thinking. Ultimately, she's uncovering ways to tie all of these together.
Aimee Chang | Visual Design Intern
Aimee is a current student of TCM in NYC, interested in serving community health and solidarity economies. She was moved and inspired by the Young Lords and Black Panther Party’s education in Eastern medicine to create America’s first acupuncture detoxification program in 1970s New York.
She is an architect and Director of Finance and Design at her family-owned and operated winery, Nine Suns.