Christina Chan, R.Ac.
Christina is a Community Acupuncturist, educator, rider of many things with 2 wheels, and lupus survivor. In 2009, she completed her training as a Registered Acupuncturist at the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) in Victoria, BC.
She has practiced her craft in a variety of settings including at the Vancouver Daytox, Indigenous Wellness Week at UVic’s First People’s House, West Coast College of Massage, Victoria’s Annual Anarchist Book Fair and AIDS Vancouver Island.
She is also a certified Cranial Sacral Therapist, completing her training through the Department of Holistic Health Studies at Langara College in Vancouver, BC and in 2005, completed a Master’s in Health Sciences, specializing in Cardiovascular Cell Biology at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON. She is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Social Innovation at Simon Fraser University.
Active in the community, she is passionate about using acupuncture as a tool for positive social change through providing outreach, increasing accessibility and bringing the practice back to its traditional roots. She continues to explore her own personal experiences as a community organizer, a woman of colour and as a founder of an unorthodox social enterprise in Victoria BC.
Susan Shields, R.Ac.
Susan came across acupuncture in her efforts to heal a sore back and a broken heart. She soon became a big fan and found that the hours spent with those little pins in not only helped her immediate concerns, but also made her entire life much better.
She loves community acupuncture because it helps us reconnect with ourselves in a very real way, makes this powerful medicine accessible to more people, and reminds us that we are not alone in our struggles and triumphs.
Susan graduated from Pacific Rim College in 2012 and honed her skills in private practice, at Peers Resource Society, Poke Community Acupuncture, and with Barefoot Acupuncturists before joining Heart & Hands.
She loves being a community acupunk and is a little awed and humbled that she gets to do this work.
When she isn’t at the clinic she can be found riding her bike, hanging out with her cat, reading, drinking coffee, and unsuccessfully trying to make sense of things.
Veronica Palmer-Jones, R.Ac.
Veronica’s first experience with acupuncture was right here at Heart & Hands. After becoming a regular client in 2012, she became a volunteer at the front desk to become more immersed in the clinic community. After years of being mystified and impressed by the power of acupuncture, she enrolled in the acupuncture program at Pacific Rim College in Market Square.
Three years later, Veronica is thrilled to be rejoining the Heart & Hands team once again, this time in the role of acupuncturist. She believes wholeheartedly in the community model; people get better when they can receive acupuncture in an affordable and accessible way. There’s nothing quite like settling in for an acupuncture nap in a room full of people who are also committed to taking care of their health in a shared environment.
Veronica was born and raised on the West Coast and has been living in Victoria for the past eleven years. In her free time, she is an amateur at many things, including playing ukulele, making jewelry, karaoke, indoor climbing and yoga.
Sarah Strohan, R.Ac.
Sarah has spent the past 5 years studying Acupuncture
and Chinese Medicine at Pacific Rim College, in Victoria BC. Her journey with acupuncture has helped her through her own personal struggles with reproductive health, digestive problems, chronic pain and stress. She has been both an avid acu-napper and volunteer at Heart & Hands and is ecstatic to join the acupunk team!
Originally from Saskatoon, Sarah has been a member of the Victoria community for 12 years. Passionate about accessible health care, she has worked in a variety of community clinic settings, including the student clinic at Pacific Rim College and The Victoria Native Friendship Centre. She believes holistic health care should be accessed by those who need it, and not just those who can afford it.
Sarah has a special interest in pregnancy and reproductive health. She will be working at The Midwives Collective, in addition to Heart & Hands. She will be furthering her skill set through the Maternity Acupuncture Mentoring & Peer Support Program with expert practitioners in the field of pregnancy and acupuncture.
When she isn’t studying TCM herbs or poking she enjoys cooking, spending time with friends, going to movies and being outdoors.
Jenica Geisler, R.Ac.
Jenica Geisler completed her diploma in Doctorate studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences (ACOS) in Nelson, BC, in 2012. She began practicing as a Community Acupuncturist shortly after, which motivated her to use her skillset for positive social change.
She is also a certified Kruger Omni Healing practitioner and is currently embarking on personal ancestral lineage healing, which emphasizes learning to relate directly with one’s recent and more ancient blood ancestors for personal, family, and cultural healing.
Jenica is inspired by the ways in which humans teeter between resiliency and struggle and finds great pleasure in helping us discover the tools to make the journey. In addition to Heart & Hands, you can find her practicing at Stillpoint Community Acupuncture and her own private practice, Passage Wellness & Acupuncture.
Katrina Montgomery, R.Ac.
Katrina has always known that she is most passionate about helping people and making them feel safe and at ease, but wasn’t sure how to channel that energy until she discovered the world of holistic health and, in particular, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
After receiving life changing acupuncture treatments at a community acupuncture clinic, Katrina decided that TCM is what she wanted to dedicate herself to. She graduated from Pacific Rim College in Victoria and wrote her board licensing exams in 2017. She is very excited to be a substitute practitioner at Heart & Hands!
Katrina feels strongly that holistic healthcare should be as accessible and inclusive as possible, and loves that these principles are built right into the community acupuncture model.
When not poking people, Katrina can usually be found either seeking the company of the sea, or doing something profoundly nerdy like playing video games or reading sci-fi novels.