What is Helthe Connect?
Helthe Connect is a Canadian web app that helps empower individuals struggling with stress and burnout by connecting them directly with holistic health and wellness products, services, and resources.
Our Helthe Connect platform is free to use. We charge our providers a commission fee per sales transaction and a platform subscription (free or paid). We strongly believe that wellness needs to be affordable and accessible to everyone.
We're here to support you.
Be connected | Be empowered | Be well
Our Core Values
Nurture and maintain our wellbeing
Support choice, access, and engagement in holistic health and wellness
Continuously learn and grow; personal development is professional development
Treat yourself and everyone with kindness, care, and compassion
Be honest, congruent, and ethical
Explore possibilities, play, and be flexible and adaptable
Connect, share, and collaborate
What is Holistic Health?
Holistic health is an approach that focuses on the whole person: physically, emotionally, mentally and behaviorally. Holistic health practices include both complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
Complementary Care is holistic health practices that help deactivate the stress response to activate the relaxation response. Complementary Care is used in addition to as a support to conventional medicine. Examples of evidence-based Complementary Care practices include and are not limited to: energy work, reiki, biofield/bioenergy, meditation, aromatherapy, reflexology, nutrition consultations, wellness/life coaching, counselling, aromatherapy, TCM, drumming, yoga, qigong, etc. Complementary Care is relaxation-based and focused on supporting selfcare and research have shown it to be cost-effective, costing less than conventional care alone.
Alternative Medicine is holistic health practices that are treatment-focused and can be used in place of conventional medicine. The following Alternative Medicine is covered by MSP supplemental health insurance and coverage is limited to the following: acupuncture, counselling (some), chiropractic care, homeopathy, massage therapy, naturopathy, physiotherapy, and non-surgical podiatry.
Please consult with your primary care physician before undertaking any CAM options.
The Helthe Connect Story
Tu Van Trieu
Tu Van Trieu, Founder and President of Helthe Connect, suffered from severe burnout in 2005. Ten years later, she developed thyroid issues and learnt that chronic stress leads to burnout, which can accelerate chronic illness. With a passion to learn, understand, and help herself, Tu Van dived into and explored diverse evidence-based holistic health and wellness practices---learning that Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) practices, in particular, Complementary Care modalities relax and calm the body to release stress. She learned that when the body is in a chronic disease/illness state, Complementary Care can be effectively used to support allopathic (conventional) medicine.
Through her burnout and chronic health journey using Complementary Care in conjunction with conventional medicine, Helthe Connect was founded to support and help empower others with their selfcare and wellness journey.
Tu Van is a Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC) from the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (#3226) with a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University.
She grew up in Vancouver and enjoys wearing multiple hats … counsellor, coach, instructor, facilitator, and entrepreneur. Her professional background includes restorative justice, preventing bullying and harassment in high schools, international peacebuilding, and supporting mandated men to break their cycle of violence. She is also a sessional faculty coach for the Center for Conflict Resolution at the Justice Institute of BC and a sessional instructor for the Family and Community Counselling program at Native Education College.
Through her personal experience and journey with burnout, Tu Van created Helthe Connect to support others with their selfcare and wellness. She is a passionate advocate for self-empowerment, holistic stress management, personal growth, and strongly believes that professional development is intrinsically connected to personal development.
bOB HOmer is the Senior Developer for Helthe Connect and leads our web app development. bOB’s artistic vision extends across all media and reflects his art school training. As the Co-Founder and Digital Marketing Director of Lethologica, his passion, superior knowledge, and ongoing education in all things web- and SEO-related affords him the expertise to be lead on all web projects. bOB has been bringing his unique vision to the web for over 20 years in coding, UX/UI design, and digital marketing.
After his graduation from art school with a degree in scientific illustration and photography, he went on to own his own gallery, aptly called bOBart, before moving to BC and launching Laundry Room Press, which eventually morphed into Lethologica. The building of the Helthe Connect online marketplace is a perfect culmination of bOB’s design, web, and artistic skills.