Heart & Hands acupunk dream team (left to right: Christina Chan, R.Ac., Veronica Palmer-Jones, R.Ac., Susan Shields, R.Ac., Sarah Strohan, R.Ac. & Jenica Geisler, R.Ac.

About your acupunks

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.

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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.

Veronica rejoined the Heart & Hands team in April 2018, 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 since 2007. In her free time, she is an amateur at many things, including playing ukulele, gardening, cooking and yoga.

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